Brief Overview   

The National Talent Search Examination is open for students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at Class X level. It is a national-level scholarship program in India to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent. It is one of the most prestigious exams in India. 2000 successful students are awarded financial assistance in the form of monthly scholarship; Rs 1,250/- per month every year for class XI and XII and thereafter Rs 2,000/- per month for undergraduates and post-graduates level. There is no prescribed syllabus for the NTSE. However, the standard of items shall be conforming to the level of Classes IX and X. These tests are given to the candidates to judge their power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation, etc. Thus preparation for NTSE forms a base for future competitive exams. It is conducted in two stages; Stage-I & Stage-II.


Eligibility Criteria

Students studying in Class IX & X


Exam Pattern

Stage – I   (State Level)

PaperTestNo. Of Questions No. of Marks Duration (in minutes)
Paper- I Mental Ability Test (MAT) 100100120
Paper- I IScholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 100
(Science- 40,
Social Science- 40)

Stage – II (National Level)

PaperTestNo. Of Questions No. of Marks Duration (in minutes)
Paper- I Mental Ability Test (MAT) 100100120
Paper- I IScholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 100
(Science- 40,
Social Science- 40)


 Important Dates

NTSE 2019 Exam Dates



Tentative Dates
Stage-1 (State)
Last date of submission of application form To be notified by the respective State and it may vary from State to State
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands
03rd November, 2018 (Saturday)
Examination in All Other States and Union Territories except West Bengal 04th November, 2018 (Sunday)
West Bengal 18th November, 2018 (Sunday)
Stage-2 (National ) Examination in All States and Union Territories 12th May, 2019 (Sunday)

 Application Procedure

Instructions for Filling up the Application Form for State Level National Talent Search Examination:-

  1. Use Legal (8.5” x 14”) size paper for taking print.
  2. This application form is meant for the students appearing at the State Level NTS examination conducted by each State/ UT.
  3. The candidate/Principal of the school must confirm the last date for submission of Application Form and where to submit it, from the State/ UT liaison officer. No application should be sent to NCERT.
  4. The candidate/Principal must deposit the application fee, if any, prescribed by state/union territory with the application form.
  5. The candidate/ Principal should leave the 4-digit Center code blank, to be filled by the liaison officer/ concerned district officer/ Center Superintendent.
  6. Incomplete/wrongly filled in application forms are liable to be rejected.
  7. Applicants are requested to refer/consult the application form, published by the States/ UTs, for caste category reservation. Some options of Caste Category (like OBC, Other 1 and Other 2), given in the form are applicable for the State/ UT only. No reservation will be given against these categories by the NCERT in the national level examination.
  8. NCERT is not responsible, if any other item, which is not given in the common application form, has been included by the State/UT.

Instructions for Indian Students Studying Abroad:-

  1. The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class shall be exempted from the first level-screening test and shall be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT
  2. A candidate desiring to appear in the NTS examination may request through the Head of the Institution where he or she is studying along with an attested copy (by the Head of the Institution) of the mark sheet of Class IX. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st December of the concerned year



NTSE – Paper-II (SAT – Science & Maths)

Includes following topics*





Physics Chemistry Biology Maths
1. Motion 1. Matter 1. Human Health & diseases 1. Number System
2. Force 2. Acids, bases & Salts 2. The living world 2. Polynomials
3. Work, Energy & Power 3. Structure of atom 3. Our environment 3. Pair of linear Equation in two variables
4. Heat 4. Periodic Properties 4. Natural resources 4. Quadratic equations
5. Wave motion & Sound 5. Chemical bonding 5. Nutrition 5. Arithmatic Progression
6. Reflection of light 6. Chemical reactions 6. Respiratory & Circulatory system 6. Trigonometry
7. Refraction of light 7. Organic Chemistry 7. Excretion & Locomotion 7. Co-ordinate geometry
8. Electricity 8. Metals & Non metals 8. Control & Coordination 8. Triangles
9. Heating & Magnetic Effect of current 9. Reproduction 9. Circles
10. Sources of energy 10. Cell & tissues 10. Areas related to circles
11. Exploring Universe 11. Food Resources 11. Surface Areas & Volumes
12. Pollution 12. Statistics
13. Genetics & Evolution 13. Probability
14. Commercial mathematics
15. Logarithm


NTSE – Paper-II (SAT – Social Science)

Includes following topics*


Social science


History Geography Civics
1. French Revolution 1. Water Resources 1. Indian Constitution
2. Industrial Revolution 2. Biosphere 2. Local and State Government
3. British Raj 3. Atmosphere 3. Judiciary
4. Mughal Empire 4. Agriculture 4. Indian Government
5. Maurya Empire 5. Resources and Development
6. Early Medieval Period 6. Diversity and Livelihood
7. Medieval Architecture and Culture 7. Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks
8. Indian Freedom Struggle 8. Maps and Globe
9. Early States 9. Natural Vegetation
10. Indus Valley Civilization 10. Our Country – India
11. Jainism and Buddhism 11. India and its Neighbors
12. Conquerors from Distant Lands 12. Motion of the Earth
13. Popular Movements and Social Reforms 13.Climate – India and World
14. Nationalism in Various Countries 14. Indian Physiographic Division
15. Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History 15. Drainage in India
16. History 16. Solar System
17. Vedic Period 17. Major Domains and landforms
18. World War I and II 18. Population
19. New Empires and Kingdoms
20. World History
21. UN and International Agencies

(i) There is no prescribed syllabus for the NTSE.
(ii) The topics given hereinabove are indicative.
(iii) The standard of questions shall be confirming to the level of Class IX and X.


 Preparation Resources


Mock Test Series

Previous Years Paper