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NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)

The national Talent Search Examination for student studying in class X is meant to identify the nurture talent. The Examination is conducted every year at two level. Stage I ( State Level) and Stage II (National Level). Stage-I is conducted in the first conducted in November and Stage II is conducted in May.

Scholarship: About one thousand scholarship are awarded for different stages of education as follows:
(a) Scholarship of Rs. 1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII.
(b) Scholarship of Rs. 2000/- per month for Undergraduate and Post- Graduates.
(c) Amount of scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed as per norms of UGC.

Reservation: 15% for students belonging to SC category, 7.5% for students belongings to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged group of students.

Selection: Stage-I, selection will be done by states/UT's and those who have qualify Stage-I, will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT.

Qualifying Marks: Qualifying Marks for candidates from General category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC, ST and PH is 32% in each paper.

Language Test: Qualifying in Nature and marks obtained from Language Test will not be counted for final merit.


All students of class X studying in recognised schools are eligible to appear for the Stage-I Examination, conducted by the states/UT's in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.

Examination Pattern:

The pattern of written examination will be as follows:

Stage-I and II: Examination at the state/UT and Nationallevel will be comprise of three parts namely

(a) MAT (Mental Ability Test)     (b) L.T.(Language Test)     (c) SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

The pattern of Stage-I & II will be as under

Paper Test No. of Question Marks Duration (In Min.)
Paper I MAT 50 50 45
Paper II LT 50 50 45
Paper II SAT 100 100 90

At Stage-II (National Level), there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.

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