NTSE Exam 2022: Exam Date, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Notification

About NTSE Exam 2022

National Talent Search Examination is a National-Level exam and it is popularly known as NTSE. Every year, the NTS examination is conducted by the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) to offer accomplishments to the commendable students studying in class 10th. NTS Exam is conducted only once in a year in two different Stages- Stage I and II for 10th standard students only.

In this article, we have discussed NTSE 2022 Exam in great detail. Interested candidates are suggested to have a nice look at it. 

NTSE Exam 2022 Exam Basic Info

The table below lists the basic details of NTSE 2022 Exam.

Exam NameNational Talent Search Examination
The conducting bodyStage 1 by respective states/UTsStage II by NCERT
Exam LevelNational Level
Class levelClass 10th
Number of Vacancies2000
Amount of ScholarshipINR 1250 per month for Class 11-12INR 2000 per month for UG and PG levelAs per UGC norms for research level
Level of Scholarship Up to Ph.D.
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Mode of ExamOffline
Exam PapersMAT & SAT
Duration of Exam120 minutes for each paper
HelplinePhone number – 011-26560464e-mail – [email protected]
Official Websitehttp://www.ncert.nic.in

NTSE Exam 2022 Important Dates

Candidates who are willing to take part in NTSE 2022 can check the table below for all the important dates. Dates provided below are tentative and subject to change.

Tentative Exam Schedule  

EventsStage I datesStage II dates
NTSE application starts fromOctober 2021No registration required
Releasing date of NTSE Admit cardNovember 2021By the third week of May 2022
Exam dates of NTSEDecember 2021June 2022
Declaration of NTSE ResultJanuary – March 2022October 2022

NTSE Exam 2022 Eligibility Criteria

There are certain conditions laid out by NCERT that one should keep in mind before applying for the exam. NTSE Eligibility Criteria for each stage differ. The detailed criteria are provided below.

  • Candidates must be an Indian national.
  • Candidates must be studying in class 10 in a recognized private or government school in India.
  • Unemployed candidates below the age of 18, studying in class 10 from open or distance learning are also eligible to apply.
  • States or UTs may lay down some more conditions such as minimum qualifying marks in the previous class, age limit, etc.
  • The aspirants will not be qualified for the second stage if they will not meet the sectional cutoff in stage 1 (even after meeting the overall cutoff score).
  • The Indian students (who are studying abroad), should send the attested copy of the class 9 marksheet to the head of the Educational Survey Division, NCERT. 

Required Minimum Qualifying Score in Class 9

StateMinimum qualifying Marks (For General Category)Minimum qualifying Marks (For Reserved Category)
Maharashtra60% marks55%
Uttar Pradesh55%44%
West Bengal50%40%
Madhya Pradesh40%32%
Tamil Nadu60%
Jammu & Kashmir60%55%
Himachal Pradesh60%55%

NTSE 2022 Reservation Criteria

There are provisions of reservation in NTSE 2022 as per government of India norms:

CategoryReservation Percentage
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Other Backward Classes (OBC)27%
Persons with Disabilities (PWD)4%
Economically Weaker Section (EWS)10%

NTSE 2022 Exam Pattern

NTSE Exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 is a state-level examination conducted by authorities of various states and union territories. Stage 2 is a national level examination conducted by NCERT for Stage 1 qualifiers and Indian nationals studying abroad as they are exempted from the stage 1 exam. The pattern for both the Stage 1 and Stage 2 exams is the same.

  • NTSE Exam is an offline test. Candidates have to mark their answers in OMR sheets.
  • The exam is divided into two papers. Paper 1 is Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Paper 2 is Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).  
  • The medium of the Stage 1 exam is specified by respective state authorities while Stage 2 exam is offered in Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu language.
  • There is no negative marking applicable in NTSE 2021.

NTSE Exam Pattern for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 are explained below:

NTSE PapersNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
Paper 1 – MAT100100120 Minutes
Paper 2 – SAT100 (Science-40, Math-20, Social Science-40)100120 Minutes

Syllabus for NTSE Exam

  • The syllabus of NTSE is based on 10 curricula of NCERT.
  • Students are advised to go through every topic while preparing for the exam.
  • NTSE consists of multiple-choice questions which are asked from the subjects like Mathematics, Science, Social Science, English, General Knowledge, and Mental Ability syllabus.
  • Following is the detailed explanation of all the topics of different subjects along with the weight-age of the particular topic:

Syllabus of Part 1 – Mental Ability Test (MAT)

Verbal and Non-Verbal AnalogyVerbal and Non-Verbal SeriesWater and Mirror Images 
ClassificationCoding-DecodingCube and Dice
Alphabet and Number TestBlood RelationsWord Problems
Distance and DirectionPaper Cutting and FoldingRanking and Arrangements
Venn DiagramsMathematical OperationsEmbedded Figures
Calendar, Time, and ClockMissing Characters– 


Syllabus of Part 2 – Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

This section is divided into 3 sections: 

  • Mathematics: There will be 20 questions from this section in the SAT. 
  • Social Science: There will 40 questions asked from this section. 
  • Science: From this section, candidates will face at least 40 questions. 

NTSE Exam 2022 Application Process

Candidates can fill the application form through both the online and offline modes. The application form will be distributed separately by different states. The last date of application submission also varies from state to state.

  • Some general guidelines regarding the form filling process are as discussed below.
  • If downloading, then while taking the printout use legal 8.5” * 14” size paper.
  • Application form available online or with State/ UT liaison officer is only applicable for the Stage 1 exam.
  • Candidates have to pay the application fee as prescribed by their respective State/UT.
  • While filling NTSE 2022 Application Form candidates or the principal have to leave the 4-digit center code blank, this has to be filled by the liaison officer or concerned district officer, or center superintendent. 

Indian Students

  1. Candidates must download the application form available on the official NCERT website.
  2. After filling in all fields, the applicant must get the form signed by the principal of his school.
  3. Then the application form must be submitted to the State Liaison Officer before the last date of submission.

Indian Students Studying Abroad

  1. Such candidates can directly apply for Stage 2 of the NTSE exam.
  2. The application form will have to be downloaded from the website.
  3. The duly filled in application must be sent with a photocopy of the mark sheet of the previous exam.

NTSE 2022 Application Fees

  • Application fees of the aspirants are dependent upon the respective states and Union territories.
  • The candidates will not need to pay the entrance fee for the National Level Examination. 

NTSE Scholarships

Around 2000 scholarships are awarded for each stage of education. These stages are:

  1. For Class XI to Class XII, a scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month is provided.
  2. For Undergraduates and Postgraduates, a scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month is provided.
  3. For Ph.D., the scholarship amount is fixed as per the UGC norms.

NTSE 2022 Exam Centers

NTSE 2021 exam is conducted in various states and union territories. Candidates have to indicate their preferred exam center at the time of filling up the NTSE Application Form. The address of the allotted exam center will be mentioned on the admit card. Below is the list of exam centers for the NTSE 2021 examination:

States/ UTsExam Centre Venue
Andaman & Nicobar IslandsKV No 2, Raksha Vihar, Minnie Bay
Andhra PradeshKV, Gandhi Gram Post, Malkapuram, Visakhapatnam
Arunachal PradeshKV No 2, Itanagar, Chimpu Post, Arunachal Pradesh
AssamKV CRPF 9 Mile Amerigog, Kamrup, Guwahati
BiharKV No 1, Lohiya Nagar, Near Heart Hospital, Kankarbagh, Patna
ChandigarhKV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh
ChhattisgarhKV No 2, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, Sector 4, Raipur
Dadra & Nagar HaveliKV, Government High School Campus, Silvassa
DelhiKV No 3, Ringroad, Near Seema Sadak Bhawan
GoaKV, INS Mandovi, Panjim
GujaratKV No 1, Near Police Commissioner’s Office, Shahi Baug, Ahmedabad
HaryanaKV No 1, AFS, Sector 14, Old Delhi Road, Gurugram
Himachal PradeshKV, Dharamshala Cantt, Kangra
Jammu & KashmirKV No 1, Gandhinagar, Jammu
JharkhandKV CCL, Rajendra Nagar, Ranchi
KarnatakaKV, ASC Centre, Victoria Road, Bangalore, Karnataka
KeralaKV No 3, Port Trust, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Ernakulam
LakshadweepKV, Kavaratti
Madhya PradeshKV No 1, Opp Central India Flour Mill, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal
MaharashtraKV, Bhandup, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg West
MaharashtraKV, BEG, Near Deccan College, Pune
ManipurKV No 1, Lamphelpat, Imphal
MeghalayaKV, Happy Valley, Shillong
MizoramKV, Project Pushpak Zemabawk, Aizawl
NagalandKV, CRPF Camp, Lerie Hill, Kohima, Nagaland
OdishaKV No 1, Unit 9, Near Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar
PuducherryKV, IIT Campus, Chennai
PunjabKV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh
RajasthanKV No 1, Bajaj Nagar, Opp Tonk Phatak, Jaipur
SikkimKV, Post Tadong, Middil, Siyari, Gangtok
Tamil NaduKV, IIT Campus, Chennai
TelanganaKV No 1, Langer House, Golconda, Hyderabad
TripuraKV (GC) CRPF, Adarani, Salbagan, Agartala
UttarakhandKV ONGC, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun
Uttar PradeshKV, Lucknow Cantt
Uttar PradeshKV, New Cantt, VD Road, Allahabad
West BengalKV, Ballygunge, Circular Road, Kolkata


This article discusses NTSE 2022 Exam in details. Every candidate is suggested to go through the aforementioned information very carefully. It is hoped that the contents of this article result to be helpful to all the candidates.  

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