National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is held with the objective of awarding scholarships to meritorious students studying in Class X. Winners will receive scholarships to pursue higher studies up to Ph.D. in sciences, languages, humanities, social sciences, commerce, fine arts and vocational studies. Those who pursue engineering, medicine, management, law and technology will also receive scholarships up to the second degree level. NTSE is conducted in two stages. NTSE stage 1 examinations are conducted by the states and union territories. The stage 2 examination is conducted by NCERT. About 1000 scholarships are awarded every year.


All class X students studying in a recognized school can write the NTSE exam. The applicants should not be employed. Also they should be appearing for the class X board exam for the first time.

Exam Pattern

There are 3 papers in both stages –

Mental Ability Test (MAT), (50 Questions / 50 Marks / 45 Minutes)
Language Test and (50 Questions / 50 Marks / 45 Minutes)
Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). (150 Questions / 150 Marks / 90 Minutes)


The questions will cover subjects like mathematics, English, general knowledge, mental ability, science, social science.

NTSE Preparation

Here at NCERT Guides.com we have got sample papers and question banks for students preparing for NTSE Stage 1 and Stage 2 examinations. To get started click on the links given below.

NTSE SAT Preparation (Science)

NTSE SAT Preparation (Social Studies)

NTSE English Model Papers


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