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)





Everything You Need to Know About NEET 2020


The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a national level entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in Indian universities and colleges. The exam, which was conducted by CBSE until 2018, is now conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). NEET is a single examination being conducted to fill over 66,000 MBBS and BDS seats across the country.

Following is everything you need to know about NEET 2020:

Important Dates:


Tentative Dates

Online Registration/Filling Application Form First week of November 2019
Issuance of Admit Card April 2020
NEET 2020 Exam First week of May
Result Announcement First week of June
Mode of the examination:

The mode and frequency of the examination to be held in 2020 are still unclear. However, NEET 2020 maybe conducted twice a year, and in online mode. All aspirants will soon be updated about the changes by National Testing Agency (NTA).

Eligibility for NEET 2020:
  • Age limit: Upper age for candidates from General category is 25 years and for candidates from OBC/SC/ST categories is 30 years.
  • Educational Qualification: A candidate must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English as compulsory subjects in class XII.
  • Minimum marks required: (For UR – 50%), (For OBC/SC/ST – 40%), and (For PWD – 45%)
Languages you can take NEET 2020 in:

English, Hindi, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Tamil, and Telugu.

Steps to fill application form:
  • First Step – Register
  • Second Step  – Fill the application form
  • Third Step  – Upload photo and signature
  • Fourth Step  – Pay online fee
Documents required at the time of online registration:
  • X mark-sheet
  • XII mark-sheet
  • Identification proof
  • Scanned photograph
  • Scanned signature

Is Engineering no longer a popular choice for students?

With the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) completing the admission process for undergraduate engineering courses in the various IITs, NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs on July 19, 2019, and the release of the seat matrix indicating the number of vacant seats by the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB); a shocking data has been presented. The figure of 7464 vacant seats in various NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs raises a question on the status of engineering being the most sought-after professional course. Seats lying vacant even in prestigious NITs like Delhi, Calicut, and Warangal is truly an eye-opener.

To look at the statistics of this academic session, a total of 2,45,000 students qualified to get admission in 25 IIITs, 31 NITs, and 28 GFTIs, but out of the total number, 29,139 students did not even register for seat allotment. Around 13,000 candidates opted out of the seat allocation process in the initial phase only. In fact, many students opted out of the JoSAA counseling process even after being qualified to get admission in one of the 23 IITs.

Following is a table showing the statistics of vacant seats in the various NITs:

NITs No. of Vacant Seats
NIT, Agartala 295
NIT, Srinagar 227
NIT, Jalandhar 198
NIT, Surat 192
NIT, Raipur 161
NIT, Durgapur 154
NIT, Rourkela 149
NIT, Nagaland 128
NIT, Nagpur 124
NIT, Calicut 121
NIT, Karnataka 114
NIT, Patna 108
NIT, Bhopal 102
NIT, Mizoram 102
NIT, Arunachal Pradesh 100
NIT, Tiruchirappalli 99
NIT, Kurukshetra 90
NIT, Andhra Pradesh 87
NIT, Jaipur 85
NIT, Silchar 83
NIT, Sikkim 82
NIT, Hamirpur 77
NIT, Manipur 69
NIT, Delhi 68
NIT, Warangal 62
NIT, Meghalaya 51
NIT, Jamshedpur 51
NIT, Allahabad 50
NIT, Puducherry 46
NIT, Goa 35
NIT, Uttarakhand 24

Following table shows the vacancy of seats in the various areas of specialization:

Branches No. of Vacant Seats
Mechanical Engineering 421
Civil Engineering 391
Electronics and Communication Engineering 380
Computer Science and Engineering 287
Chemical Engineering 231
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 186
Electrical Engineering 181

There is also a subsequent decrease in the number of aspirants appearing for JEE exam. From 12,90,028 students taking the exam in 2014, the number reduced to 11,47,125 in 2019. The following bar chart shows the yearly statistics of the declining number of JEE aspirants:

The data forces us to confront the shifting interest of students in the present time, where non-engineering courses are getting equal, if not more attention. The question then is – what is the reason behind this drastic change?

Some plausible reasons to support the data may be:

  • Increasing interest in new-age professions such as journalism, digital marketing, content writing, graphic designing etc.
  • The pressure and competition of undertaking the journey of becoming an engineer makes the option less appealing. The difficulty level of the examination is as relentless as to drive students to the point of depression.
  • Lack of interest in students to pursue Science because of poor teaching methodologies at school level.
  • The dismal education system of the country doesn’t provide engineers with the adequate skills required in the professional world, thus leading to lack of employment.

Thus, it is time that we seriously consider what the future holds for engineering as a profession. Whether it will lose its glory or continue to be the most booming industry is a question which needs our immediate attention.