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National Talent Search Examination (NTSE ) Previous Papers 

About Exam

National Talent Search Examination popularly known as NTSE is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for identifying talented students who want to pursue higher education in Science and Social Studies streams.

The examination is conducted at two levels i.e. first, state-level talent search examination and then, National Level Talent Search Examination.

The State Level Talent Search Exam is conducted by 29 States/07 UTs for all students studying in Class 10th.

The students qualifying in State Level Talent Search Examination are eligible to appear for NTSE stage II examination to be conducted by NCERT.

The aim of NTSE scheme is to award talented students pursuing education in Science and Social Studies stream with scholarships to help continue their education.

Exam Pattern

NCERT has released the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) exam pattern on the official website.

NTSE will be held in the offline mode i.e. in Pen-Paper mode for both levels i.e.

State level examination (stage I) and National level examination (stage II).

The scholarship exam by NCERT comprises two papers i.e.

Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

NTSE Stage 1 Exam Pattern 

Exam Features

Mental Ability Test

Scholastic Aptitude Test

Examination  Date

November 02, 2019 for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands November 03, 2019 for All other states and UTs, November 17, 2019, for Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi NCR and J&K

November 02, 2019 for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands November 03, 2019 for All other states and UTs, November 17, 2019, for Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi NCR and J&K

Exam Timings

09.30 am to 11.30 am (09.30 am to 12.00 pm- 30 minutes extra for visually  Challenged Candidates)

01.30 pm to 03.30 pm( 01.30 pm to 04.00 pm for Visually Challenged Candidates)

Total Questions

100

100

Total Marks

100

100

Exam Duration

120 (150 for VC candidates)

120 (150 for VC candidates)

Minimum Qualifying Marks

32% for SC, ST and PWD and 40% for Others (General & OBC)

32% for SC, ST and PWD and 40% for Others (General & OBC)

Marking Scheme

No negative marking for wrong attempts.One mark for each correct attempt.

NTSE Stage II Exam Pattern:

Exam Features

Mental Ability Test

Scholastic Aptitude Test

Examination  Date

May 10, 2020

Exam Timings

09.30 am to 11.30 am(09.30 am to 12.00 pm for visually  Challenged Candidates)

01.30 pm to 03.30 pm (01.30 pm to 04.00 pm for Visually Challenged Candidates)

Total Questions

100

100

Total Marks

100

100

Exam Duration

120 (150 for VC candidates)

120 (150 for VC candidates)

Minimum Qualifying Marks

32% for SC, ST and PWD and 40% for Others (General & OBC)

32% for SC, ST and PWD and 40% for Others (General & OBC)

Marking Scheme

No negative marking for wrong attempts.One mark for each correct attempt.