About NTSE

National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) is the scholarship exam conducted by NCERT, under their National Talent Search Scheme. It was started in 1963 to identify talented students and nurture their talent. The NTSE is one of the most prestigious talent search exams in the country. The scheme provides financial assistance to the meritorious students in the form of a monthly scholarship and an annual book grant. Students who are awarded the scholarship receive financial assistance up to the Ph.D level in Social Sciences, Basic Sciences and Commerce. The NTSE scholars will receive a sum of Rs. 500/- per month as per NTS rules. Apart from the scholarships that can be won by the students of Class X, a good performance in the NTSE will be a very valuable addition to the overall credentials of a child later in his/her career. In fact, the very process of appearing for NTSE can be a very enriching experience for a child.

For the year 2012, NCERT will conduct the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class X only. A total of 1000 scholarships are to be awarded – 15% of them will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for the Physically Challenged Group of Students the selection process will consist of two stages. Stage I is an elimination round. Students qualifying in Stage I will be eligible to appear for Stage II. TEST AREAS: The written examination for Class X will be in two stages:

TEST AREAS :

The written examination for Class VIII will be in two stages: Stage I examination at the State/UT level will comprise of two parts, namely

1. Mental Ability Test (MAT)

2. Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics.

Part/Section Areas Tested No. of Questions Total Marks Total time allotted for the section
MAT (Mental Ability test) Reasoning 100 (numbered 1 to 100) 100 90 minutes
SAT (Scholastic Ability test) Mathematics (20 questions) Science (35 questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology) Social Sciences (35 Questions from Social Sciences) The last 10 questions are mixed from different subjects. 100 (numbered 101 to 200) 100 90 minutes

 

Each state will nominate students (as per the state quota) to appear for stage II at National level Stage II examination at the National level will comprise of

1. Mental Ability Test (MAT),

2. Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and ____mathematics,

Part/Section Areas Tested No. of Questions Total Marks Total time allotted for the section Qualifying Marks
MAT (Mental Ability test) Reasoning 100 (numbered 1 to 100) 100 90 minutes 40% for General category and 32% for SC/ST/PC
SAT (Scholastic Ability test) Mathematics (20 questions) Science (35 questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology) Social Sciences (35 Questions from Social Sciences) The last 10 questions are mixed from different subjects. 100 (numbered 101 to 200) 100 90 minutes 40% for General category and 32% for SC/ST/PC
Interview 25 15-20 minutes No Qualifying marks

4. There is no negative marking

5. Each right answer is awarded one mark

6. Once the students finish the MAT, the SAT is administered after a short break ____of about 5 minutes.