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The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) organized by an NCERT, is a national level scholarship program in India started for the purpose of to identify talented students and nurture their talents. It covers the topics like Science, Social Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law. It helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a scholarship. It is for the students of Indian nationality which helps them to diversify their mental level and also sharpen their minds.
This scholarship is provided up to Ph.D. level for the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce whereas for professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law it is given only up to Post Graduation.
NTSE Registration / Application Form
Candidates acquiring more than the required percentage i.e. 80% in the state level examination and standing within a specified number of top ranks (state quota) are eligible to appear for the NTSE exam. Application form will be available only on the official website www.ncert.nic.in or you can collect the form from the school coordinator. The candidate/ Principal must deposit the application fee, if any, prescribed by the state/ union territory with the application form.
NTSE Exam Dates
NTSE exams are held twice a year in two stages. Stage I is held in November and Stage II in the month of May.
NTSE Application Form
There is no definite syllabus for NTS Examination. Candidates can refer the text books of class 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. There are two tests in the exam:
Mental Ability Test:-
This section has questions from finding the patterns (numeric, visual and verbal), direction and orientation, sequences & series, geometry, odd one out, Venn diagram and puzzles.
Scholastic Ability Test:-
The examination consists of tests,namely Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
The items in the MAT and SAT are multiple choice questions. Each question has four alternatives.
The candidate has to select one correct answer from the given alternatives and mark its number in the answer-sheet as per instructions given on the answer sheet. Each correct answer carries one mark. Thus, the total score of a candidate in a test is equal to the number of questions answered correctly by him/her.
Test - No. of Questions - Maximum Marks - Time
Mental Ability Test - 50 Qs - 50 marks - 45 minutes
Scholastic Aptitude Test
a) Language Test - 50 Qs - 50 marks - 45 minutes
b) Sciences, Mathematics & Social Sciences - 100 Qs - 100 Marks - 90 minutes
NTSE consists of two tests:
Mental Ability Test
Scholastic Ability Test
Each test consists of 90 multiple choice questions which are to be solved in 90 minutes each. One mark for each correct answer and there is no negative marking for incorrect answer.
National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a scheme that provides scholarship to the talented students of India to brighten up their future and achieve their goals. Below are some tips which would help you in your preparation:
For any test preparation, first important thing is to understand your strength and weakness towards any particular subject. It will help you to create plan on how to strengthen the weak points.
Ask for help from your teacher or friends if you do not understand any specific topic.
Revising your topics is most important. Set your timetable accordingly.
NTSE Preparation Tips NTSE Coaching Institutes
NTSE Sample Papers
Stage- I (State)
Last Date for Submission of Application Form - 31st August, 2013
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands 16th November, 2013
Examination in All other States and Union Territories - 17th November, 2013
Stage- II (National)
Examination in All States and Union Territories - 11th May, 2014 (Sunday)
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