NTSE – All you need to Know

What is NTSE?

The National Talent Research Examination (NTSE) is a national level examination conducted by NCERT. The exam was established by the Government of India in 1961. The exam is to identify academically excellent students and to reward them with scholarships. In the first year of implementation, the scheme was confined to the Union Territory of Delhi but was later extended to all states and Union Territories in 1964. The number of scholarships at the time of implementation was a mere 10 and over the years, it has increased to 2000. The scholarships are awarded for pursuing courses in Science and Social Science upto doctoral level, and in Medical and Engineering courses upto second-degree level.

NTSE is a two-stage selection process, where stage 1 is conducted at the state/UT level, and stage 2 is conducted at the national level by NCERT. The paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. Students need to select any one language from both the languages. The paper is divided into two sections i.e.  Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). The stage 1 level exam is conducted every year on the first Sunday of November, while stage 2 exam is conducted in the month of May.

What is the eligibility for taking NTSE?

Students pursuing class X from any recognized school, including all public and private schools are eligible to appear for first stage of NTSE. All the candidates who qualify the first level of NTSE are eligible to take the level two examination.

What is the pattern of NTSE exam?

  • NTSE is conducted in offline mode.
  • It is an objective-type exam.
  • NTSE has no negative marking scheme.
  • Reserved category candidates have to secure 32% marks to qualify the test, whereas general category candidates have to secure 40% marks to qualify the test.







No. of questions


No. of marks

Duration (in minutes)

Paper I

Mental Ability Test  







Paper II

Scholastic Aptitude Test  






Must do topics for NTSE?

Following are the important subject-wise topics for NTSE:

Science – Magnetism and Electricity, Periodic Classification, Physical and Chemical Changes, Some Common Diseases, Acid, Bases and Salts, Structure of Atom, Light, Food Production and Management, Sources of Energy, and Micro-organism.

Math – Mensuration, Basic Geometry, Number System, Linear Equation, Exponent, Algebraic Equation, Percentage and its Application, and Simple Interest and Compound Interest.

Social Science – British Raj, Local and State Government, Maps and Globe, Natural Vegetation, Major Domains and Landforms, Indian Constitution, India and its neighbors, Vedic Period, The Mauryas, Democracy and Elections, New Empires and Kingdoms, Indus Valley Civilizations, and Popular Movements.

MAT – Classification, Venn Diagrams, Figure Partition, Missing Characters, Ranking and Arrangements, Puzzle Tests, Analogy (Verbal), Series (Non-Verbal).

What are the important dates for NTSE 2020?

Stage Area Tentative Dates
Stage-I (State) Last Date for Submission of Application Form


Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Examination in All other States and Union Territories except above & below mentioned 9 States/UTs

Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, NCT of Delhi and J&K

To be notified by the respective State and it may vary from state to state


2nd November 2019 (Saturday)

3rd November 2019 (Sunday)


17th November 2019 (Sunday)

Stage-II (National) Examination in All States and Union Territories 10th May 2020 (Sunday)

Where are the test centers for NTSE?

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Andaman and Nicobar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal, Chandigarh, New Delhi, UP, Srinagar, Haryana, Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Pune, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu.

Important website for NTSE


Here is a link to further guide you about the examination:


Importance of making a Study Plan for JEE 2020 by – Manmohan Gupta

Weekly series for JEE 2020, will tell students on how to score high and get a great rank in JEE Main & JEE Advanced 2020. This series will have a new episode every week by Veterans of VMC, like Manmohan bhaiya (Founder), Bade bhaiya (Founder), Narender bhaiya (HOD-Chemistry), Shobhit bhaiya (HOD-Physics), Saurabh sir (Director-Academics) and other leaders in the JEE Test prep industry.

In this video, Manmohan Sir will be talking about the importance of making a proper Study Plan for the next 3 months. Also, he talks about making a time table and locking the numbers of hours and giving maximum time in coming three months June-August.

10 lesser known facts about IIT JEE

JEE is an All India Level examination for admission to prestigious institutes like IITs, NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs. JEE, considered to be one of the toughest exams consists of JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Every year, lakhs of engineering aspirants sit for JEE to get into the best institutes for engineering.

Some lesser known facts about IIT JEE:

  1. The first IIT, IIT Kharagpur launched in 1951, but the examination for entrance started in 1955.
  2. 1961 benchmarks the beginning of the IIT-JEE examination.
  3. The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) as we now know it was earlier known as Common Entrance Examination (CEE).
  4. India’s first woman metallurgist graduated from IIT Bombay in 1981.
  5. In 1998, JEE terminated the English paper as a part of the entrance examination.
  6. Till 2005, JEE was an amalgamation of subjective and objective questions. From 2006 onward, JEE became an “objective-type test”.
  7. As per the decision taken by MHRD in 2017, over 800 supernumerary seats have been allotted for female candidates in 23 IITs, and the decision is an attempt to increase female enrollment in IITs from 8 to 20 percent by 2020.
  8. As per the new guidelines, JEE Main exam would be conducted twice a year. Though, it is upon the aspirants whether they want to take both the attempts or not.
  9. As per the “Eligibility for appearing in JEE (Main) – 2019” clause, a candidate gets to take JEE Main for three consecutive years.
  10. NTA has established Test Practice Centers (TPCs) to help candidates become familiarized with taking Computer Based Tests (CBTs). TPCs will provide free mock-tests to JEE Main and JEE Advanced candidates who can register themselves on the NTA website or the NTA app.

What is the best time to start preparing for JEE examination?

JEE Main, applicable for admission to IITs, NITs, and CFTIs, is considered to be one of the toughest examinations in India. Every year millions of students sit for JEE, but, only a lucky few clear the rigorous exam. Thus, the foremost question for any Engineering aspirant becomes, “when to start the preparation?”

There is a saying, “The sooner, the better”. Thus, keeping in mind the ever-increasing competition, most aspiring engineers start preparing for JEE from as early as class VIII. A lot of the aspirants start their preparation with online coaching for iit jee. Students who start the preparation at an early stage have added advantages in comparison to those who start late. Various JEE Toppers claim that the best time to start preparing for JEE is along with class IX.

The following are some reasons which will make clear the advantages of starting early:


* The concepts and topics as introduced in class IX form the basics of the questions asked in JEE. Thus, starting from class IX would ensure that the students get a strong hold of all the basic concepts. Some basic research would also prepare the students for class XI which is a drastic change as compared to class IX.

* In comparison to their senior counterparts, IX standard students get ample time to start with the preparation. Availability of time would allow the students to take out a few hours from the daily routine of school and homework, and dedicate this time to go through the syllabus, format, exam pattern, and find the best study material for iit jee. It would also be helpful for students to learn the significance of time management.

* The competition has only increased with the added condition requiring JEE candidates to secure more than 75 percent in XII Boards. The rule ensures that the students preparing for JEE don’t compromise on their XII board examination. Thus, the students who start their preparation in class IX itself can give equal attention to both JEE and XII Boards.

Thus, the hard work the students put in at the early stage would gradually decrease the pressure as they get into higher classes and simultaneously approach the much-awaited JEE Main.

In conclusion, the earlier you start with the preparation, the better chances you have at succeeding. So, buckle down and start with the challenging and rewarding journey of JEE.