National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)

Detailed view of the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)

National Talent Search Examination

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national scholarship program in India that was established in 1963. The scheme’s primary purpose is to discover and support gifted students. Every year, the NTSE Exam 2021 is given at two levels: Stage 1 (State Level) and Stage 2 (National Level). As a result, to be eligible for the scholarship program, applicants must pass both stages of the exam.

The first stage exam is a state-level examination that is administered by all Indian states and UTs. NTSE stage II, on the other hand, is only for students who have passed the first stage. As previously stated, only individuals who pass the NTSE Stage I exam will be allowed to take the Stage II exam. These are the primary criteria.

Meanwhile, the goal of conducting NTSE is to provide scholarships to eligible candidates who wish to pursue further education in the fields of Science or Social Studies. Students will be able to continue their studies in their selected field thanks to these scholarships.

The NTSE scholarship will be awarded based on students’ total achievement in both parts of the examination.

NTSE Eligibility for Stage 1 (State level examination)

Due to the country’s COVID circumstance, there is no specific date for registration or the date of the exam, but students studying in Indian schools are eligible to take the stage 1 exam.

The following are the eligibility requirements:

  • The aspirant must be a Class X student from any of India’s government or private schools.
  • There is no domicile restriction. The candidate may be from any Indian state or union territory.
  • Candidates enrolled in open or remote learning are also eligible to write the NTSE 2022 if they are under the age of 18, unemployed, and taking the Class X board test for the first time.

Eligibility for Stage 2 (National level examination)

Only students who passed the Stage 1 (state-level examination) are eligible to take the Stage 2 exam. NCERT would communicate the roll number, venue, and date of the examination to the shortlisted candidates via its official website.

Eligibility Criteria For Students Studying Abroad

Indian residents studying abroad may also take the NTSE exam under the following conditions:

  • The student must be of Indian origin.
  • If the candidate is in class 10th or equivalent, he or she is automatically eligible for Stage 2.
  • The candidate must have received a minimum of 60% on class IX final exams.
  • The candidate must select an examination center in India.
  • He/she must submit a request to the Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, along with the attested clas IX mark sheet from the institution where he/she is studying.
  • The candidate is only eligible for the scholarship if he or she continues his or her education in India.


The Indian government provides NTSE scholars with a stipend of Rs 1250 per month for Class XI and XII and Rs 2000 per month for graduation and higher education.

Aside from that, becoming an NTSE scholar provides the following advantages:

• The UPSC-organized NDA National Defence Academy Exam gives an advantage to NTSE scholars.

• Reputable engineering colleges for information technology, such as IIIT-Hyderabad, give 15 seats to NTSE scholars. This institute is regarded as the equivalent of IIT-Bombay.

• NTSE students will have an advantage in foreign university admissions.

• Preference for numerous jobs in the public and private sectors.

• NTSE scholars are given ‘extra marks’ at IIIT-Delhi, a Government of Delhi Engineering College.

Application Form

Students who are interested in taking the NTSE should contact the State/UT Liaison officer. The completed application form should be signed by the school’s principal well in advance of the deadline for submission. After the deadline for submitting the Application Form, no applications will be accepted.

Varying states may have different submission deadlines. Students are recommended to double-check and confirm the dates with their state’s Liaison Officer. The address and phone number of the State/UT Liaison Officers are provided (state-by-state) on NCERT’s website www.ncert.nic.in.

Candidates should be aware that only State Liaison Officers will be able to answer their questions about the application form (LOs). They must not submit their application to NCERT.

In terms of application fees, the states and union territories will set a certain sum and notify candidates of the amount they would need to pay. Before filling out and submitting their application forms, candidates should research the fees for the Stage-I Examination. Also, confirm with the respective State Liaison Officers about the fee payment method (LOs). The NCERT does not charge a fee for the Stage-II exam.


The NTSE 2022 results will be released in the form of a merit list. In the result file, students will be able to see their scores, names, and roll numbers. Students must look for their registration number, roll number, or name on the merit list.

Only students who pass stage 1 will have their names listed in the pdf and will be permitted to sit for stage 2 of the NTSE exam. The outcome of stage 2 will be disclosed online in September 2022. Along with the outcome, students will be able to view the NTSE cut-off.


There is no set syllabus for the NTSE, however, experts have devised one based on past year paper analyses. The curriculum covers all of the fundamentals of 9th and 10th grades.

MAT Syllabus

Verbal Reasoning MAT (Mental Ability Test):

AnalogyPuzzle TestAlphabet Test
ClassificationLogical Venn diagramsBlood Relations
SeriesLogical sequence of wordsVerification of truth of the statement
Coding-DecodingProblems on clocksAnalytical reasoning
Direction Sense TestSeries completion testArithmetical reasoning test
Mathematical operationsInserting a missing characterTests

Non-Verbal Reasoning MAT (Mental Ability Test):

Transparent paper foldingEmbedded figureDot fixing situation
Analytical ReasoningWater imagesProblems on cubes and dice
Incomplete FiguresFolding Papercutting 

SAT Syllabus

Science Syllabus (Physics, Chemistry, Biology):

Acids Bases and SaltsCarbon and its CompoundAir
Cellular Level of OrganizationFibers and PlasticsDiversity in Living Organisms
Food Production & ManagementHuman BodyHeredity and Evolution
Life ProcessesMagnetic & Electricity at WorkLight
MeasurementMicro-OrganismsMetals & Non-Metals
Motion and ForcePeriodic Classification of ElementsOur Environment
ReproductionSome Common DiseasesSoil
SoundStructure of AtomSound of Energy
The UniverseWork and EnergyWater

Social Science Syllabus (History, Geography, Civics):

British RajCulture, Science and LiteratureDemocracy and Elections
Diversity and LivelihoodEarly Medieval PeriodEarly States
Eighteen Century Political FormationIntroduction and Sources of Ancient Indian HistoryIndia and its Neighbours
Local and State GovernmentIndian EconomicsIndian Freedom Struggle
Indus Valley CivilizationIndustrial RevolutionIndustries
Internal Structure of the Earth and RocksResources and DevelopmentJainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands
The Delhi SultanateThe Mughal EmpireMotion of the Earth
Nationalism in Various CountriesVedic PeriodNew Empires and Kingdoms
The JudiciaryPopular Movements and Social ReformsPopulation
UN and International AgenciesMedieval Architecture and CultureNatural Vegetation
French RevolutionOur Country- IndiaUnion Government
Indian ConstitutionSolar SystemThe Mauryas
Water ResourcesWorld History 

Math Syllabus:

Algebraic ExpressionsArithmeticArithmetic Progressions
Basic GeometryDirect & Inverse VariationsCoordinate Geometry
Percentage & Its ApplicationExponentStatistics
MensurationNumber SystemSquare & Cube Roots
Playing with NumberSurface Areas and VolumeQuadratic Equations
Rational NumbersTrigonometryCircles & Triangles
Linear EquationProbabilitySimple & Compound Interest

NTSE 2022 Exam Structure

  • The paper is broken into two sections: SAT and MAT. Both the SAT and the MAT include 100 questions (Maths – 20, Science – 40, Social Science – 40).
  • Both the MAT and the SAT last 120 minutes, or 2 hours.
  • There are no negative points. Candidates who pass both tests will be evaluated individually for merit.
  • The candidate who is eligible for the scholarship will be chosen based on his/her cumulative MAT & SAT score.

NTSE 2022 Exam Date

EventNTSE 2022 Dates
Start Date of NTSE 2022 Registration formOctober 2021
NTSE Application Last DateNovember 2021
NTSE Stage 1 Admit Card Release DateAround 7-10 days before the exam
NTSE Stage 1 for Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar islandsJanuary 15, 2022 (Postponed)
NTSE Stage 1 exam date 2022 (for other states and UTs)January 16, 2022 (Postponed)
NTSE Stage 1 exam date for West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and TelanganaJanuary 23, 2022 (Postponed)
Stage- 1 ResultMay 2022
NTS Stage- II Admit Card 2022Two or four weeks before the exam
NTSE Stage 2 Exam DateJuly 2022
NTSE Final ResultsSeptember 2022

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