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:


Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad 2019-20

One of the major initiatives undertaken by the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) in collaboration with Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) is the Mathematical Olympiad Program. The aim of this program is to identify mathematical talent in the country.

The first stage of this program is Pre- Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) and is conducted by the Mathematics Teachers Association, India (MTA).

The PRMO Exam will be held on 11th August 2019 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in different centres all over India. In some regions the exam has been re-scheduled.


In order to register for the PRMO:

  • Candidates must be Indian Citizens
  • Born on or after 1st August 2000
  • They should also be studying in Class 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th

It is the student’s responsibility to determine that she/he satisfies the eligibility norms. If at any stage, it is found that the student is not eligible, she/he will be immediately disqualified.

Exam Pattern

The PRMO 2019 will be a 3 hour test and will have 30 questions. The exam will be conducted in English and Hindi.


The syllabus of PRMO covers topics mostly from Class 11 to Class 12 levels, but the candidates must note that the problems under each topic involve a high level of difficulty. The difficulty level increases from RMO to INMO to IMO.

The syllabus for Mathematical Olympiad (regional, national and international) is pre-degree college mathematics. Topics included are:

  • Arithmetic of integers
  • Geometry
  • Quadratic Equations and Expressions
  • Trigonometry
  • Co-ordinate geometry
  • System of linear equations
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Factorization of polynomial
  • Inequalities
  • Elementary combinatorics
  • Probability theory and number theory
  • Finite series and complex numbers
  • Elementary graph theory

The syllabus does not include Calculus and Statistics


The result of the PRMO Exam will be declared in the third week of September. The result will be declared online at the official website. Along with the result, HBCSE will also release the state wise cut-off. The final result will be declared by the fourth week of September after considering the discrepancies (if any reported).

The candidates who qualify the PRMO Exam, will be eligible for the next stage of the Mathematics Olympiad Program, the Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO)





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.