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All about NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students. It is organized by NCERT and is therefore generally regarded as the toughest and most prestigious examination at high school level in the country. It helps students to challenge their mental levels and helps them to sharpen their minds.

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Details of NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) Exam

The test is a 2-stage selection process. While the individual state or union territory conducts the first stage selection, the second stage selection at the national level is carried out by the NCERT.This is followed by the interview of the selected 1500-1600 students. Candidates acquiring more than the required percentage in the state level examination and standing within a specified number of top ranks (state quota) are eligible to appear for the national level examination (about top 3000 students from the entire country). The national level examination has two parts:

  • Part-I:Mental Ability Test (MAT)
  • Part-II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)(with questions on history, civics, geography, rarely economics, maths, physics, chemistry and biology.)

The students who qualify all the stages of NTSE successfully are eligible for scholarship. The amount of scholarship has been enhanced to Rs. 500/- per month for all the students studying in Class VIII onwards except for Ph.D., wherein it is paid according to UGC norms. The older system of book grant has been removed. The criterion of parental income for deciding payment of scholarship has also been discontinued. From 2011 no interview will be held in NTSE.For the year 2011, NCERT will conduct the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class VIII only.

There is no negative marking. Each right answer is awarded one mark. Once the students finish the MAT, the SAT is administered after a short break of about 5 minutes.

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) Exam Eligibility Criteria

The scheme is open to students of Indian nationality. Only students studying in Class VIII are eligible to appear for the selection process. A total of 1000 scholarships are to be awarded - 15% of them will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for the Physically Challenged Group of Students

How to Prepare for NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) Exam ?

The MAT (Mental Ability Test) will have 100 questions that will test your reasoning skills. General candidates need to score 40% here to qualify while SC/ST/PC candidates need to score 32%.

The SAT (Scholastic Ability Test) will also have 100 questions with 20 questions from Mathematics, 35 from Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and 35 from the Social Sciences. The last 10 questions are mixed from different subjects.

The best way to prepare for NTSE would be to practice as many sample tests as possible. Find free sample tests here on htcampus.com and utilize them to gain an edge over others. Be thorough with your class 8th textbooks. It would be wise to also glance through 7th and 9th standard textbooks as a precautionary measure. Get hold of books which have maximum number of mock tests to solve.

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