NTSE - National Talent Search Examination 2018

  • Exam Type:National Level
  • Format: Offline/PBT
  • Language:English,Hindi

National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) was started by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in the year 1963 under the scheme called National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS). Under this scheme scholarships used to be provided to the students based on their performance in the written exam, a project report and an interview. In 1976, the NSTS scheme underwent a change and widened its horizons by providing scholarships for engineering and medicine as well. Keeping the changing educational system in the mind, the scheme was made open for X, XI and XII students through separate exams.

NTSE Exam consists of Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) followed by personal interview. On successfully clearing the exam, candidates get scholarship for pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level and for professional courses such as medicine and engineering up to second-degree level.

NSTE 2018 exam will be conducted at two levels: Stage I (State Level) and Stage II (National Level) for the students studying in Class X.

NTSE Scholarships

NTSE awards 1000 scholarships to different candidates. The scholarship amount is divided as given below:

  • INR 1250 scholarship per month for class XI and XII
  • INR 2000 scholarship per month for UG and PG
  • Scholarship for Ph.D. depends on the UGC Norms



04 Nov,2017
Date of Exam

Eligibility Criteria

Students studying in Class X in recognized schools can take Stage I exam, which is conducted by the States/UTs.

Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) are also for the NSTE 2018 exam. There are a few conditions students from open learning school need to fulfill. These include:

  • The student should be below the age of 18 years (as on July 1st of the particular year)
  • The student should not be employed
  • The student is studying in Class X for the first time

NSTE Exam 2018 Reservation:

In 1981 the number of scholarships was enhanced from 500 to 550 from which 50 scholarships were reserved for SC and ST candidates. NSTE exam 2018 also has a reservation of scholarship for candidates from different categories including:

  • 15% for SC candidates
  • 7.5% for ST candidates
  • 4% for Physically Challenged candidates


Application Details

Candidates who want to apply for NTSE 2018 exam can procure application from the State/UT Liaison officer. Candidates need to get their fully filled form signed by the school Principal and submit it before the last date of submission.

As different states have varied last date for form submission, candidates should confirm the dates as well as address to submit the form from the Liaison Officer of their state, which is available on NCERT website.

NTSE 2018 Exam Important Dates:

Schedule for NTSE 2018 exam has been released by NCERT. Check important dates regarding NTSE exam 2018 application submission, Stage I exam and Stage II exam in the table below.



Tentative Dates

Stage – I (State)

Last date for 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

November 04, 2017

Examination in All other states and Union Territories

November 05, 2017

Stage – II (National)

Examination in All states and Union Territories

May 13, 2018

Applications sent to NCERT will not be accepted.

NTSE 2018 Application Form for Indian Students Studying Abroad

Indian students studying abroad can also appear for this exam to get a scholarship. To apply for the exam, they need to contact the Head of the Institution where they are studying. Students with Indian Nationality in studying abroad need to send their applications to Head Educational Survey Division, NCERT, Delhi – 16.

Once application is accepted, NCERT sends the examination details and roll numbers to the selected candidates through speed post.

National Level Stage II NTS Exam


Last date of Submission of Application Form

31 Dec 2017

Date of Examination

13 May 2018

NTSE 2018 Admit Card

NTSE 2018 Admit Card will be available for download from late October 2017. NTSE 2018 Admit Card for the National Level exam will be tentatively made available in mid-April 2018. It is advisable for the candidates to regularly check NCERT official website for admit card notification and other updates regarding NTSE 2018 exam.

How to download NTSE 2018 Admit Card?

Unlike other competitive exams, NTSE Admit Cards are not available online. Candidates need to follow given steps to get their admit card for NTSE 2018 exam.

  • After allotment of enrollment numbers, the authorities will issue NTSE 2018 admit card at the office of chief superintendent by post
  • Candidates who don't receive their admit cards at their address need to collect it in person from chief superintendent office before the last date of admit card issuance
  • Candidates must carry their Admit Card in the NTSE examination hall to sit for the test.


To appear for NTSE exam 2018, applicants need to pay a certain amount as the examination fee. To confirm fee amount and the mode of payment, candidates should contact State Liaison Offices of their respective state. Those who successfully clear Stage-I exam don’t need to pay any fee for Stage II examination.

Exam Pattern

NTSE Exam Pattern

NTSE Exam 2018 is conventional paper based exam with multiple choice questions. Candidates need to find the correct answer and mark its number on the answer sheet as per the instructions given. Candidates can try MAT and SAT sample questions to get a feel of the nature and the level of the questions in the test.

NTSE Stage I Exam 2018

Stage I or the State/UT level exam consist of three papers, including: 



No. of Questions

No. of Marks


Paper - I

Mental Ability Test (MAT)



45 Minutes

Paper -II

Language Test (LT) English/Hindi



45 Minutes

Paper - III

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)



90 Minutes

Any change in the pattern for Stage –II exam will be communicated with the students through official website of NCERT.

Multiple choice questions are asked in the exam, which also includes negative marking for wrong answers. Each wrong answer bears a deduction of 1/3 marks. MAT is conducted in various languages including Asamiya, English, Gujarati, Bangla, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu, Malyalam, Punjabi, Urdu, Odia and Tamil.

Qualifying Marks: General category students need to score at least 40% marks in each paper to clear the exam while candidates from SC, ST and PH need to score 32% marks in each paper.

Language Test: Final merit calculation does not include Language Test marks and the candidates qualifying in nature. 


Only the applicants who successfully clear both state level and national level examination are called for the interview. After the counselling session, the authorities make a list of candidates who will be awarded the NTSE scholarship.

In order to get a scholarship every year, candidates need to score an aggregate of 60% marks.

Exam Syllabus

NTSE is a 2-stage selection process where state/UT conducts Stage I exam and NCERT conducts national level Stage II exam. Selected 1500-1600 candidates are called for the interview process.

Mental Ability Test (MAT)

 This exam is conducted to judge candidates' reasoning power, thinking ability, evaluation ability, spatial orientation and ability to judge. Different questions on analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, coding-decoding, problem-solving and hidden figures are asked in mental ability test.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Language test is conducted to check reading comprehension, logical sequencing, interpretative, evaluative, creative and predictive abilities in language. National level NTSE exam 2018 will include Language test just either in English or in Hindi, based on the option selected by the candidate.

NTSE Syllabus for Mathematics

Mathematics, Science and Social Science are the subjects which need more preparation. To score well in NTSE Exam 2018, candidates should pay due attention to these sections. Mathematics includes around 30 questions from class VI to X.

Algebraic Expressions

         Percentage & its Application


         Playing with Numbers

         Arithmetic Progressions


         Basic Geometry

         Quadratic Equations


         Rational Numbers

         Coordinate Geometry

         Simple interest & Compound interest

         Direct & inverse variation

         Square Root & Cube Root



         Linear Equation

         Surface Areas and Volumes



         Number System


NTSE Syllabus for Social Science

To prepare social science, you need to study Class VIII to X books. It basically includes questions on History, Geography, Political Science and Economics.


         Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks


         Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History


         Jainism, Budhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands

         British Raj

         Local and State Government

         Culture, Science and Literature

         Major Domains and Landforms

         Democracy and Elections

         Maps and Globe

         Diversity and Livelihood

         Medieval Architecture and Culture

         Early Medieval Period

         Motion of the Earth

         Early States

         Nationalism in Various Countries

         Eighteenth Century Political Formation

         Natural Vegetation

         French Revolution

         New Empires and Kingdoms

         India and its Neighbors

         Our Country – India

         Indian Constitution

         Popular Movements and Social Reforms

         Indian Economics


         Indian Freedom Struggle

         Resources and Development

         Indus Valley Civilization

         Solar System

         Industrial Revolution

         The Delhi Sultanate


         The Judiciary

         Union Government

         The Mauryas

         Vedic Period

         The Mughal Empire

         Water Resources

         UN and International Agencies

         World History


NTSE Syllabus for Science

This section also covers topics from Class VI to X books with more emphasis on chapters given in class IX and X books. Around 35 questions in the exam are from this subject.

         Acid Bases and Salt



         Motion and Force

         Carbon and its Compounds

         Our Environment

         Cellular Level of Organisation

         Periodic Classification of Elements

         Diversity in Living Organisms

         Physical and Chemical Changes

         Fibres and Plastics

         Plant and Animal Nutrition

         Food Production & Management


         Heredity and Evolution


         Human Body

         Some Common Diseases

         Life Processes



         Source of Energy

         Magnetism & Electricity at Work

         Structure of Atom


         The Universe

         Metals & Non Metals


         Work and energy


NTSE Syllabus for Mental Ability

NTSE 2018 exam syllabus for mental ability includes different questions on analogies, series, and patterns, classification, hidden figures, assembly of blocks, coding and decoding, to name a few.

         Alphabet and Number Test

         Figure Partition and Dot Situation

         Analogy (Non Verbal)

         Mathematical Operations

         Analogy (Verbal)

         Missing Character

         Blood Relations

         Ranking and Arrangements

         Calendar, Time and Clock

         Series (Non - Verbal)


         Series (Verbal)


         Venn Diagrams

         Direction Sense

         Water and Mirror Images

         Embedded Figure

         Word Problems

NTSE Syllabus for English

The language test is the area where candidates get an opportunity to score well. Main topics covered in English language are reading comprehension, logical sequencing and creative components of English.


         Reading Comprehension

         English Grammar

         Rearrangement of Jumbled Words

         One word substitution

         Sentence Completion

         Paragraph Completion


NTSE Syllabus for General Knowledge

Candidates who keep them abreast with the latest happenings in India as well as across the world can score well in this section.



         Awards and Recognitions


         Books and Authors



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