NTSE Stage 2

The National Talent Search Examination commonly known as NTSE is one of the prestigious exams in India. It is a scholarship exam conducted all over India to select those students having the best academic talent.

The examination is conducted at two levels every year: NTSE Stage 1 (State Level) and Stage 2 (National Level). Stage 1 is conducted by states whereas Stage 2 is conducted by NCERT. NTSE Stage I was conducted on 5th November 2017 and the NTSE Stage 2 paper is set to be conducted on 13th May 2018. Only the students who have cleared the Stage 1 exam are eligible to appear in the NTSE Stage 2 exam.

Candidates who have cleared NTSE Stage 1 are directly eligible for stage 2 and will not have to apply again for the stage 2 examination. Indian students studying abroad will need to fill a separate application form for the stage 2 examination.

NTSE Stage 2 Important Dates

Events Dates
Issue of NTSE Stage 2 Admit Card April 2018
NTSE Stage 2 Exam 13th May 2018
Answer Key May 2018
Declaration of Results July/August 2018

NTSE Stage 2 Exam Pattern

Exam Date Paper Test Timing No. of Questions No. of Marks Time Duration

13th May 2018

(In all Union Territories and the States of India)

Paper-1 Mental Ability Test (MAT) 9:30 am – 11:30 am


(All candidates except Visually Challenged Candidates)

100 100 2 Hours
9:30 am – 12:00 pm


(For Visually Challenged Candidates)

Paper-2 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm


(All candidates except Visually Challenged Candidates)


(Social Science-40, Mathematics-20, Science-40)

100 2 Hours
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm


(For Visually Challenged Candidates)

  1. Qualifying Marks: 40% for General Category students in and 32 % for ST, SC and PWD students (in both papers).
  2. There is no negative marking in Paper-1 and Paper-2.
  3. The candidates who will qualify for both Paper-1 and Paper-2 separately will only be considered for merit.
  4. The selection of awardee will be based on the total marks scored in both Papers.
  5. There will be no paper on Language Test.
  6. Candidates must report at 9:00 am at the exam centre.


NTSE satage 2 syllabus

NTSE Stage 2 Syllabus

  1. Mental Ability Test (MAT)

The MAT section is Stage 2 exam of NTSE will contain questions from various topics like series, analogies, reasoning, problem-solving, figures, classification, coding words, etc. This section mainly checks a candidate’s skills in problem solving and reasoning.

  1. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

This section will contain questions from Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences (Geography, Political Science, History, and Economics).

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