All You Need To Know About the National Talent Search Examination

We tell you all you need to know about the highest prestigious examination for the youth in this age group.

Considered to be one of the toughest scholarship examination in the country, the National Talent Search Examination is conducted by the NCERT(National Council for Educational Research and Training), to recognize students in India, who possess commendable intellect and are extremely talented when it comes to academics.

Also know to be one of the highest prestigious award for students of this age, the NTSE is recognized by a number of other institutions in other countries, as an exemplary touch to admit students from India. We tell you all you need to know about the highest prestigious examination for the youth in this age group.


The very first thing you ought to know before you apply for NTSE is that only Indian nationals  are eligible to take the test. The minimum requirement to appear in the test is That you should have appeared or appearing in the upcoming standard 10th boards. Incase you’re an Indian national, but are pursuing education overseas, you can still apply for the test. However, you get to apply directly to the second level.

Pattern of the exam

NTSE is held in two stages. They are MAT(Mental Ability Test) and SAT(Scholastic Ability Test), respectively. MAT tests your data interpretation related skills, and you’re required to complete ninety questions in forty five minutes. On the other hand, SAT tests your language and aptitude skills. Ninety questions from all theoretical subjects like, history, geography, political science, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics etc are to be answered.

What do you gain

Every year about fifteen lakh students appear for this test and on an average, only thousand qualify. Once, you qualify all the levels of the exam, you are awarded with scholarships to continue your education in the field of science and social sciences, until you acquire a doctorate. For technical and medical courses like engineering and medical, you can avail the scholarship until you acquire the second degree, which is post graduation in most of the courses.

As the number of students appearing for the test are big in number, the government has has limited the seats to a particular number. So, before you apply for the scholarship, make sure you are well preapred to take the test. For more details regarding application process and eligibility, you can log onto the official website for NTSE.

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