NTSE

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)



National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program as well as one of the oldest and most prestigious examinations in India conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training NCERT at the Secondary school level to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent.Introduced in 1963 with the objective of acknowledging intelligent students and nurturing their talent, the National Talent Search Examination is touted as one of the toughest exams held across India at the high-school level.The skill-based assessment is based on the syllabi of different central and state education boards, and primarily focuses on measuring how well the students have learned the concepts and skills underlying the school syllabus.The examination is conducted every year at two levels:Stage-I (State Level) and Stage-II (National Level). The total number of students appearing for class 10 exams of all state boards and central organisations put together is roughly 18.6 million (2018).The most important aspect of the exam is not the percentage a student scores but where he is placed in the descending order of merit list. This directly relates to one's cognitive skills and reasoning abilityThis exam is provided to Class X students only.

Currently the following pattern of Examination is followed:

NTSE Stage 1 - State Level Examination

The states and Union territories have full independence to devise and administer the Stage 1 examination . Any student studying in Class 10 is eligible to appear for the examination. The candidates are selected on merit and recommended for the Stage 2 Examination held at national level. The examination is usually held on the first Sunday of November and the results are usually declared by January last week to February first week of the next year.

Mental Ability Test (MAT): It contains 100 questions on Mental Ability. Each correct answer awards +1 mark while there is no negative marking. The maximum marks is 100. The time given for this paper is 120 min.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): It contains 40 questions on Social Sciences, 20 questions on Mathematics and 40 questions on Science. Each correct answer awards +1 mark while there is no negative marking. The maximum marks is 100. The time given for this paper is 120 min.

NTSE Stage 2 - National Level Examination

The Stage 2 examination is administered by NCERT at the national level. The candidates who have cleared Stage 1 are eligible to appear for the Stage 2 examination which is held on the second Sunday of May. The results are declared by the end of August and the names of the selected candidates are published in their website and are also informed by a letter sent to their registered address.

Mental Ability Test (MAT): It contains 100 questions on Mental Ability. Each correct answer awards +1 mark while there is no negative marking. The maximum marks is 100. The time given for this paper is 120 min.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): It contains 40 questions on Social Sciences, 20 questions on Mathematics and 40 questions on Science. Each correct answer awards +1 mark while there is no negative marking. The maximum marks is 100. The time given for this paper is 120 min.

Candidates must go through the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. A candidate who does not satisfy the eligibility criteria will not be considered for the admission process. Given below is the eligibility criteria set by NSTSS for school and graduation students.

NTSE Eligibility for school students:

  • Student must be appearing for class 10 examination from a recognized school.
  • Students who have applied for class 10 through open learning can appear for the NTSE exam.
  • Age must be less than 18 years.
  • All standards from class 1 to class 10 must be cleared.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria for graduation students:

  • Student must be appearing for class XII from a recognized school.
  • Class 11 examination must have been cleared without backlogs.
  • No backlogs in class 12 examination final results declared by CBSE or state boards.
  • Class 10 examinations must have been cleared with a minimum of 60 percent marks.
  • No age limit is defined.

New changes in NTSE Gujarat 2019

Examination Pattern - Only Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Ability Test will be conducted as Language test or Language Comprehension Test has been removed from NTSE stage 1 exam from this year.

Time Duration - Students will get 2 hours each for MAT and SAT tests as the duration of the exam has been increased to 4 hours.

NTSE Gujarat Eligibility Criteria 2019

NCERT has laid down the eligibility criteria for NTSE stage 1, 2019 exams. The eligibility criteria states the following conditions to be met to apply:

  • Candidate must be a student of class 10 in the current academic year of 2018-19.
  • Those who have appeared for class 10 board examinations in 2018 cannot apply for the exam.
  • Candidates must from the state of Gujarat.
Education level Scholarship Amount
Classes 11th to 12th Rs. 1,250 per month
Undergraduate Rs. 2,000 per month
Post-graduate Rs. 2,000 per month
PhD As per UGC norm.

This was an all-India exam; however, the syllabus for NTSE 2017 was based broadly on the prescribed State Board Syllabuses of Class IX and X.

  •  NTSE exam for Sciences, Mathematics and Social Sciences covered questions from respective State Boards syllabus of Class IX and X.
  •  Mental Aptitude Test covered general questions that test their power of reasoning and evaluate.
  •  Language Comprehension Test was a general test that focuses on vocabulary, grammar and basic understanding of topics covered by the State/UT Board Books

Topic-wise Allocation of Marks

In the tables given below is provided the marks allocation as per topic of every subject as per NTSE 2013 of Rajasthan State. Most states follow a similar pattern, but you need to analyse the NTSE paper pattern of the state from which you are planning to appear from.

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This is just a broad guide that tells you which topics carry what weightage and thus help you plan your study schedule.

Physics

Topic No. of Questions No. of Marks Weightage (in %)
Wave Motion of Sound 3 3 25.0
Electricity 2 2 16.7
Sources of Energy and Nuclear Physics 2 2 16.7
Heat and Universe 2 2 16.7
Magnetic Effect of Current 1 1 8.3
Light 1 1 8.3
Force and Laws of Motion 1 1 8.3
Total 12 12 100.0

Chemistry

Topic No. of Questions No. of Marks Weightage (in %)
Structure of Atoms 2 2 18.2
Acids, Bases and Salts 2 2 18.2
Metals and Non- Metals 2 2 18.2
Mole Concept 1 1 9.1
Periodic Table 1 1 9.1
Carbon and Its Compounds 1 1 9.1
Total 11 11 100.0

Biology

Topic No. of Questions No. of Marks Weightage (in %)
Nutrition 3 3 25.0
Diversity of Living World 3 3 25.0
Transportation 2 2 16.7
Fundamental Unit of Life 1 1 8.3
Tissue 1 1 8.3
Reproduction 1 1 8.3
Control and Coordination 1 1 8.3
Total 12 12 100.0

Mathematics

Topic No. of Questions No. of Marks Weightage (in %)
Trigonometry 2 2 10.0
Lines and Angles, Triangles 2 2 10.0
Perimeter and Area of Plane Figure 2 2 10.0
Surface Area and Volume 2 2 10.0
Statistics 2 2 10.0
Number System 1 1 5.0
Surds and Exponents 1 1 5.0
Polynomial 1 1 5.0
Linear Equations in two Variables 1 1 5.0
Quadratic Equations 1 1 5.0
Progression 1 1 5.0
Co-ordinate Geometry 1 1 5.0
Quadrilateral 1 1 5.0
Circle 1 1 5.0
Probability 1 1 5.0
Total 20 20 100.0

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