NCERT Announces Enhancement of The Number of Scholarships From 1000 to 2000 in NTSE

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  1. NTSEAn Overview
    The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is the most prestigious talent cum scholarship examination at high school level in India to identify and nurture talented students. Every year, lakhs of students appear for this exam from all over the country. Out of the lakhs of students who appear for this exam, only twothousand students are selected for the scholarship based on their performance. It is an exam that is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) New Delhi for the students of Class 10. It honors and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship for the entire Academic Career.

  2. Advantage Of Being An NTSE Scholar
    Apart from the scholarship that NTSE scholars receive throughout their education, there are other advantages as well.
    • Preparing for and cracking the NTSE builds supreme confidence to appear for various other competitive exams. In fact, most of the NTSE scholars become top rankers in competitive entrance exams like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, BITSAT, NEET, AIIMS, CLAT, etc.
    • Students planning to join foreign universities for their higher studies get an edge over other students if they are NTSE scholars. The universities abroad are familiar with NTSE and give preference to candidates who have qualified the exam. Those applying for US scholarships get additional marks for being an NTSE scholar.
    • NTSE Scholarship is your gateway to the topmost colleges in India. Many colleges in India have seats reserved for NTSE scholars.
    • ‘NTSE scholar’ on resume is an added advantage when you apply for jobs or interviews. An NTSE scholar is given preference in government jobs as well. It is indeed helpful when appearing for interviews for IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, etc.
    • Study material and various courses are available at a discounted price for NTSE scholars

  3. Present NTS Scheme
    The scholarship under the present scheme awarded to the students for pursuing courses in Science and Social Science up to doctoral level and in professional courses like Medicine and Engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions.

    Category wise Reservation:


    Reservation %









    Scholarship Pattern:



    For class XI and XII students

    Rs. 1250/- per month

    For UG and PG students

    Rs. 2000/- per month

    For Ph.D. students

    As per UGC norms

  4. NTSE Selection Process
    There is a two-stage selection process for award of scholarship

    Stage – I: State Level Examination
    The first stage of the National Talent Search Examination(NTSE) broadlyconsists of two papers: Paper-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Paper-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

    The NTSE Stage-I exam on November 4 was conducted for all the states and UTs except Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The exam was conducted by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) for each state.

    Candidates have to clear both MAT and SAT separately to be considered eligible for Stage-II. Selection will, however, be done only on the basis of the combined score in both MAT and SAT.

    Qualifying Marks: 40% for General & OBC Category

    32% for SC, ST & PHC Category

    Each year almost 4000 students are selected who qualify Stage-I of the examination. NCERT announces enhancement of the number of scholarships from 1000 to 2000 in NTSE. As a result, the number of students selected in the Stage-I examination from every state will be doubled i.e. 8000. From both the Telugu States 523 students are selected (Telangana: 236 & Andhra Pradesh: 287).The selected students then appear in Stage- II examination.

    Eligibility for Stage - I
    All students studying in Class X in any type of recognized school including KendriyaVidyalaya, NavodayaVidyalaya, and schools affiliated to CBSE & ICSE New Delhi will be eligible to appear at the State Level Examination from the State/UT in which the school is located.

    Syllabus for Stage – I & II
    As India doesn’t have any single unified board system, NCERT has not prescribed any particular syllabus for the State Level Examination (Stage – I) or for the National Level Examination (Stage – II). You can expect questions that are asked at the State/National Level Examination to be standard of Classes IX and X level.

    Paper – I: Mental Ability Test (All fundamental lessons of Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning)
    Paper – II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (Subjects - Science, Mathematics & Social Science)

    Stage – II: National Level Examination
    Eligibility for Stage-II
    The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is open for students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at Class X level.

    A) Students Studying in India
    Only the students selected by the States/UTs on the basis of their performance in Stage–I exam shall be eligible to appear in the National level examination (Stage-II) to be conducted by the NCERT New Delhi.

    B) Students Studying Abroad
    1. The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class shall be exempted from theState Level Examination and shall be permitted to appear directly at the National Level Examination conducted by the NCERT New Delhi.
    2. A student shall be eligible to appear in the National Level Examination only if he or she has obtained at least 60% marks at the previous annual examination.
    3. A student will have to appear in the NTS examination at a center in India at his/her own cost.
    4. If a student is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.

  5. NTSE Merit Clause
    • Only students qualifying in both the papers separately will be considered for merit
    • Selection will be made on the basis of total Marks scored in MAT & SAT based on merit
    • All the students who achieve requisite scores in Stage - II automatically qualify for scholarships that are handed over by NCERT

  6. How to Crack NTSE 2019 Stage-II Exam?
    A)NTSE 2019 Stage-II Exam: An Overview



    Date of Exam

    16th June 2019 (Sunday)

    Mode of Exam

    Offline (OMR based)

    Medium of Exam

    English, Hindi, Telugu and Urdu

    Test Areas

    Paper-I: Mental Ability Test (MAT)
    Paper-II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

    No. of Questions

    Paper-I: 100
    Paper-II: 100 (Science-40, Mathematics-20 & Social Science-40)

    Type of Questions

    Multiple-choice questions, with four alternatives

    Time Duration

    Paper-I: 120 Minutes
    Paper-II: 120 Minutes
    (Both the tests will be administered on the same day)

    Maximum Marks

    Paper-I: 100
    Paper-II: 100

    Marking Scheme

    1 mark is awarded for each correct answer
    No marks will be deducted for incorrect or unattempted answers

    Qualifying Marks

    40% for General & OBC; 32% for SC, ST & PWD
    (Students have to Clear both the papers separately)

    Admit Card

    Students can download their E-Admit Cards (Contains-Roll number, Venue, Date & Time of the test) from the NCERT website

    Candidates are advised to keep track of updates on NCERT website

    B) Preparation Strategies& Tips
    One of the most competitive national level scholarship exams in India, the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) witnesses lakhs of school students appearing for it every year. While the competition is tough it is definitely beatable if students follow a structured NTSE preparation plan. As a strong preparation strategy and a disciplined approach is a must to crack this exam.

    Mental Ability Test (MAT)
    This test is to judge the power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation, etc. In this test, questions are picked from all fundamental lessons of Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

    It has a variety of questions about series, analogies, classification, coding-decoding, blood relations, clocks, calendars, direction sense, sitting arrangements, logoicalvenn diagrams, inserting the missing character, puzzle test, data sufficiency, Non-Verbal series, analogy & classification, Mirror and water images, dice test, paper folding and cutting, etc.

    Solve as many questions of mental ability as possible so that you’re not shocked on the exam day.

    Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
    The SAT section is designed to judge reading abilities, interpretation, evaluation and general awareness about the subjects.In this test, questions are picked from extreme subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Civics, Economics, Geography and History.

    This test has multiple-choice questions, where one alternative is correct. However, it can also have matching, arrange the sequence, true & false statements and questions based on passages.

    Follow NCERT books of classes IX and X for SAT preparation. You must also read a good general knowledge book for ‘out of the course’ questions.

    For clearing any exam, a decent amount of self-study is important. It is one of the most basic and important of all the tips to become an NTSE scholar. One should devote at least 3-4 hours to self-learning to crack this competitive exam.

    Regular Practice and Revision
    You may have prepared very well for NTSE,however, it is important that you do regular practice and revision of exercises that you have already learnt. Make it a habit and revise all topics time and again. This ensures you don not forget what you have already learnt. Also, if you are regular at revising and practicing your chapters, you get desirable command on your speed and accuracy during solving NTSE questions. With clear concepts and time management, you ensure a significant rank on NTSE merit list.

    Students must solve sufficient number of NTSE practice questions in a time-bound manner every time they complete a chapter. The last month of NTSE preparation is crucial. At this time, students should give special attention to practice and revision of MAT and SAT topics of NTSE.

    Make Question Bank of Difficult Questions
    You must have found many questions difficult during your preparation. You should make a question bank of those difficult questions to practice them in the last week of your NTSE preparation. With this, you will be able to know most of your common mistakes and will not repeat them in NTSE exam hall.

    Go for Group Exercise
    Group exercises are always good when you plan to appear for an exam like NTSE. Group study immensely helps crack this competitive exam. All you have to do is to coordinate with a group of 5-10 friends towards regular studies and practice. When each of your group members comes with 10-20 questions a day, you will be able to learn at least 50-100 questions every day.This promises to be a very fruitful practice.

    Solve Enough Previous Year Papers
    • To evaluate the level of your preparation, it is important to solve more and more previous year NTSE test papers. With this, you will be able to list out the areas where you are weak and work out your preparation plan for remaining days.
    • In the last two weeks of your preparation, you should put special emphasis on previous year papers in order to give your best efforts in the remaining time-frame before NTSE exam.
    • While solving a set of old test papers, you get accustomed of the type of questions asked in NTSE. If you had been solving NTSE papers, you need not worry about any kind of surprise element during the exam.

    Mock Test Practice
    • You must write mock tests at least thrice a week. With mock test practice, you’ll also get more confident about your speed, subject knowledge, and accuracy. This will also familiarize you with important topics to be covered from NTSE syllabus as well as the exam pattern.
    • While you are writing mock tests in the coming days, do remember that at this time, it is more important for you to understand the reasons for your errors than the number of correct answers. At this stage, correcting a conceptual error will reward you more than learning something new.
    • So spend double the time on evaluating “what went wrong” rather than relishing a good performance. When you reward yourself with the wisdom of correcting an error by understanding the steps that led you to that mistake, you are taking a better grip on test dynamics.

    Keep Focused and Calm
    You need not get stressed as the NTSE exam date approaches. Stay calm, cool and stable before the exam and try to give your best in the exam hall. It is just an exam and you are fully prepared for it. You have practiced a lot for last few months, revised the exercises regularly, and solved a number of question papers. Now is the time to appear in the exam with cool mind.

    C) Test Taking Strategies
    • Be mentally prepared for surprise elements
    • Don’t waste time scanning the entire paper before you start attempting it
    • Read the complete question and all the 4 choices before marking the answer
    • Attempt easy and doable questions first. Don’t miss these
    • Don’t panic if you feel a question is difficult – lots of other students will have same feeling
    • Don’t get stuck in a question – Keep moving on
    • Elimination of choices - May work for some questions
    • Always better to solve the questions without guesswork
    • Even if you can’t eliminate answer choices, go ahead and GUESS
    • Fill out the answers regularly

  7. Reference Books for NTSE Preparation
    For MAT
    • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S.Aggarwal
    • MAT for NTSE Made Easy for Class 10 – MTG Publications
    • Boost your Intelligence IQ TESTS SERIES – Arihant Publications

    For SAT
    • NCERT textbooks (Class IX & X)
    • MATH IQ Challenge – MTG Publications
    • Mathematics Maximizer for NTSE – G K Publications
    • SCIENCE IQ Challenge – MTG Publications

    For MAT & SAT
    • A Comprehensive Manual for NTSE for Class X – Access Publishing
    • NTSE Explorer for Class 10 – MTG Publications
    • The Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 – Pearson Publications

    For Mock Test Practice
    • National reputed institute’s Test Series (1 or 2 institutes)
    • Mock Test Papers for NTSE - ArihantPublications
    • Mock Test Papers for NTSE - Tata McGraw-Hill Publications
    However, before you refer to these books, you must finish the NCERT textbooks and have a strong command over them.

  8. NTSE-2018 Stage II Exam: Category Wise Maximum Marks and The Cut Off


    Total Score of MAT & SAT

    Total Score of MAT & SAT




    General- PH1



    General- PH2



    General- PH3






    SC- PH1



    SC- PH2






    ST- PH1



    ST- PH2



    PH1: Orthopedic; PH2: Hearing Impaired; PH3: Visually Impaired

  9. NTSE-2018 Stage II Exam: Subject wise Marks Distribution



    Class IX

    Class X


    No. of Questions

    No. of Questions

    No. of Questions

    Mental Ability




















    Social Science




    Grand Total




  10. "The Bottom Line"
    • “The NTSE scholar tag demands a lot of respect in our society”
    • “Getting NTSE Scholarship could help in every aspect of academic life and career”  
    • Every student studying in Class 10 must appear for NTSE and give their best shot in the exam. Being an NTSE scholar is highly prestigious that guarantees security in academics and provides high job prospects

Article Written By: P.V. Narsireddy, Director, Maximiser EdTech, Hyderabad.
Published on 5/14/2019 5:24:00 PM

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