Saturday, October 12, 2013



What is NTSE?

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a National Level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship for the entire Academic Career. Students studying in Class X are eligible to appear for the selection process. As it is organized by an official body (NCERT), it is widely regarded as the most prestigious examination at high school level in India. For more details of NTSE, students can visit

There is a two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage - I, selection will be done by States/UTs through the written examination. Each State/Union Territory has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage - II examination, the details of which are available on NCERT website Students who qualify Stage - I will be eligible to appear for Stage - II examination conducted by NCERT.

Why should I appear in NTSE?

NTSE is one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarship exams in India. An NTSE scholar commands tremendous respect in the society. Around 1000 NTSE Scholars are finally awarded scholarships based on Stage – II.

It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. The scholarships under the present scheme are awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions.

The Pattern of Written Examination:

Stage - I Examination at the State / UT level will comprise two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering Social Sciences, Sciences and Mathematics, which also Includes Language Comprehensive Test.

Stage - II Examination at the National Level will comprise (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering Language comprehensive Test*, Social Sciences, Sciences and Mathematics.
*Language Comprehensive Test in the Stage – I &II was introduced last year only.

Important Dates for NTSE Selection Year 2013-14:

Stage I (State)
Last Date for Submission of Application Form
31st August, 2013
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands
16th November, 2013
Examination in All other States and Union Territories
17th November, 2013
Stage II (National)
Examination in All States and Union Territories
11th May, 2014 (Sunday)

When & How do I prepare for NTSE:

The recent announcement by NCERT to change the eligibility to appear in National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) now allows students who are currently in class X to compete in this exam. Student should focus on clearing their fundamentals and attempting a lot of practice tests.

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