The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level scholarship program in India started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme is to identify talented students and nurture their talent. It covers areas like Science, Social Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law. The scheme is open to students of Indian nationality. It helps students to proliferate their mental level and also helps them to sharpen their minds. It is organized by NCERT and honors talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D. level whereas for professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation.

Dates for Submission of Application Form and conduct of examination are given below:



Tentative Dates

Stage-I (State Level)

Last date for submission of application form

To be notified by respective States

Examination in States and Union Territories

Month of November

Stage-II (National Level)

Examination in States and Union Territories

Month of May

Eligibility Criteria:

Students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Stage-I examination, conducted by the States/UTs, in which the schools are located.

There is no domicile restriction. For further details please visit:

Structure of Exam:

The written examination for NTSE consists of two stages as Stage-I & Stage-II. Stage - I examination will be at the States/UTs level and Stage - II examination at the National level.

Stage-I examination at States/UTs level will comprise two papers namely Paper-I: Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Paper-II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for nominating the required number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT.

The number of questions, maximum marks and time allotted are as follows:




No. of Questions

No. of Marks

Time Duration


Mental Ability Test (MAT)

09.30 am to 11.30 am



120 minutes


Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

13.30 pm to 15.30 pm
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm for visually challenged candidates

100(Science-40, Mathematics-20, Social Science-40)


120 minutes

*Scheme of Stage-I & II examination will be same. If there is any change in pattern for Stage-II examination then the same will be communicated later on through NCERT website Candidates are advised to keep track of updates on NCERT website.

  • The questions in MAT and SAT are multiple choice based questions.
  • Candidates are required to answer all the questions in separate Answer sheets.
  • Each question has four alternatives.
  • The candidate has to select one correct answer from the given alternatives and mark in the answer-sheet as per the instructions
  • Each question in both the paper shall carry one mark each.
  • A student shall get one mark for correct response.
  • There is no negative marking in either of the test papers.

Candidates have to take the examination in following Parts:
Part I: Mental Ability Test (MAT)

This test is given to the candidates to judge their power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation, etc. A variety of questions, for example: Analogies, Classification, Series, Pattern perception, Hidden figures, Coding-decoding, Block assembly, Problem solving etc. are used for this purpose.

There shall be 100 multiple-choice type questions in MAT paper, with four alternatives. Each question will carry one mark. Candidates are required to answer the questions on a separate OMR sheet as per instructions given in the test booklet and on the OMR sheet.

Part-II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

The scholastic Aptitude Test will consist of 100 multiple-choice questions of one mark each. Each question shall have four alternatives, out of which only one will be the correct answer. There shall be 40 questions from Science, 40 from Social Science and 20 from Mathematics. Candidates are required to answer the questions on a separate OMR sheet to be provided at the examination centre as per instructions.

  • Disclaimer:
    1. Some states provide their own customized pattern of exam. Students are requested to refer their state’s State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT) website for State Level NTSE details.
      For details please visit website:



Junior Science Talent Search Examination (JSTSE) is conducted by Science Branch of Directorate of Education, Delhi every year usually in the month of January for the students of recognized schools of Delhi. JSTSE is organized at state level and total 150 scholarships are offered to the shortlisted candidates.

Important Dates

Tentative Month of Notification


Tentative Month of Level-1 Exam


Eligibility Criteria
  • 1. Any student of recognized school studying in Class IX in Govt./Govt. Aided /Public/KV/Navodaya/NDMC and must have secured 65% marks in class VIII.
  • 2. SC/ST/PH students who have secured 65% marks in class VIII are eligible for the JSTSE.
Exam Structure



No. of Questions



General Knowledge

Paper 1



50 minutes

General Science & Mathematics

Paper 2



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