NTSE Exam Pattern


NTSE Exam Paper Pattern 2020

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NTSE, or National Talent Search Examination, is a national level scholarship program introduced by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) back in 1963. It aims to determine the students with academic excellence and provides them with a scholarship for their higher studies.

It is one of the most sought-after exams in our country as every student studying in Class 10 from any school of any board can appear for the exam. Hence NCERT follows an uncomplicated NTSE exam pattern, which is accessible by all.


Exam Pattern Followed by NTSE

NTSE exams are held in 2 stages. State-level authorities conduct stage 1 i.e. state-level of the exam and centre conducts stage 2 at National level. Students qualifying for stage 1 are allowed to appear for stage 2 of the NTSE exam. There is no negative marking. The pattern of both the stages is discussed in details below. 


NTSE Stage 1 Exam Pattern

The authorities of state-level oversee stage 1 of NTSE exam. States lay down various norms regarding the exam pattern, which may differ from state to state. Features of the exam pattern are as follows:

  • Exam Mode - It is an offline exam where a candidate has to be physically present at the exam centre and use pen and paper to write their answer.

  • Question Type - The paper is based on the multiple-choice with Four Options type of questions where the candidate has to select their answer from the several options given and mark it in the OMR sheet.

  • Medium of Exam - Candidates have to choose the medium/language of instruction and questions of the stage 1 examination. They should choose a language while applying for the exam. Medium can either be in English, Hindi or any other regional language as decided by the state authorities.

  • Exam Duration - The exam consists of two papers, MAT, or Mental Ability Test, and SAT or Scholastic Aptitude Test. Each of 100 marks and a duration of 4 hours.

  • Marking - There is no negative marking for wrong answers.


NTSE Stage 2 Exam Pattern

Stage 2 of the NTSE exam is held directly by the NCERT at the national level. Students qualifying in stage 1 are eligible to appear for this exam.  Exam patterns and rules remain the same for all the candidates of different states.

  • Exam Mode - It is also an offline examination. Here the candidate has to physically travel to the exam centre and give the exam using pen and paper.

  • Question Type - Questions of stage 2 NTSE exam pattern are also objective types with multiple choice answers with Four Options.

  • Medium of Exam - Medium of language offered by the NCERT at the national level is either English or Hindi. The candidate has to choose from the options while filling in their application form.

  • Exam Duration - Stage 2 also has two papers, the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Each paper is of 100 marks and their duration is 4 hours.

  • Marking - Similar to stage 1, there is no negative marking in stage 2.

  • No request for change should be entertained.

  • If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.

  • Candidates can download their E-Admit cards themselves before 21 days of examination.


Highlights of NTSE 2020 Exam Pattern

Exam pattern of 2020 is the same as mentioned above. Stage 1 is the state-level screening and stage 2 is the national level screening. Though the NTSE exam pattern of both the stages remains similar, it gets relatively tougher in stage 2.

Any changes in pattern of the examination will be conveyed to the candidates through their official website. Hence candidates are advised to keep a close check on any updates.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the Importance of the NTSE Exam?

Ans. NTSE exam provides a scholarship of Rs. 1250 per month to the students of Class 10 for their future studies. The scholarship increases to Rs. 2000 per month at the undergraduate level.

NTSE also instils confidence in scholars for cracking the various competitive exams that they need to undertake in Class 12. Even Delhi – IIT provides an extra 6 marks to JEE Mains of NTSE scholars.

Many foreign universities give preference to NTSE scholars during their selection procedure. Many popular coaching institutions, which prepare candidates for JEE, also provide NTSE scholars with free or discounted tuition fee.

2. What is the Instruction that is to be Followed for the NTSE Exam?

Ans. On the day of the exam, it is essential to follow specific instructions so that candidates do not face any undesirable situation. Instructions are divided into a few do’s and don’ts that are easier to understand for any candidate.

They should reach the venue at least 45 minutes before the test starts. Candidates who reach later than 15 minutes after the starting of the exam, will not be allowed to appear for the test. They are required to bring their admit card, photo identity proof, and other necessary items. Any gadgets, like a calculator and digital watches, are not allowed inside the exam centre.