• National Talent Search Examination is a flahship activity of the NCERT started in the year 1963.
  • The scheme covers areas like Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law.
  • It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of monthly scholarship.
  • This assistance is provided up to Ph.D level, for the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce.
  • For professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation.


  • On the basis of the examination conducted, 1000 scholarships will be awarded for each group of students appearing for Class X examinations.
  • The amount of scholarship will be Rs.500/- per month as per NTS rules.


  • 15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category,
  • 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category.
  • 3% for Physically Challenged Group of Students.


  • There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship.
  • For Stage-I, selection will be done by States/UTs through a written examination.
  • Students who qualify Stage-I will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination conducted by NCERT.


  • Students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the respective Class X Stage-I examination conducted by the States/UTs in which the schools are located.


The pattern of written examination for Class X will be as follows :

  • Stage I : Examination at the the State/UT level will comprise of two parts, namely

(a)   Mental Ability Test (MAT)

(b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering Social Sciences, Sciences and Mathematics.

  • Stage II : Examination at the National Level will comprise of

(a) Mental Ability Test (MAT)

(b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering Social Sciences and Mathematics.


  • First level NTSE conducted by the State / UT.
  • Most questions will be from the State Syllabus of Std. X while fewer questions shall also come from CBSE and ICSE Syllabus.
  • The Class X MAT and SAT will consists of 90 questions each.
  • SAT will have 35-40 questions for Social Sciences.
  • 35-40 for Science and 20-25 for Mathematics.
  • Second Level NTSE conducted at the National Level.
  • This will include most questions as those that are taken at the CBSE and ICSE, prescribing the NCERT Syllabus.