National Talent Search Examination

(NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program in India to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent. It is one of the most prestigious exams in India. Close to 3,00,000 students (a largely self selective group of students) appear in this scholarship exam every year, and 1,000 scholarships are awarded, out of which 775 are not reserved. The national level examination has two parts for nominating the required number of candidates. Students studying overseas but are Indian citizens can participate in NTSE second stage directly.
·  Part-I: Mental Ability Test (MAT) + Language (English / Local Language)
·  Part-II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)(as given above)

First level exam

SAT: The syllabus for Mathematics, Science and Social Science will be broadly based on the prescribed respective State Board Syllabus from Std 9th – 10th class. Few states like Kerala refer both state board and NCERT books while few states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh ask questions primarily from their state board books. 
MAT: General questions Language: state board books covers a lot. More focus is on vocabulary, grammar and basic understanding. In 2013 – 14 Language in first stage is of qualifying nature only.

Second level exam

NCERT has announced new pattern for stage 2 exam, where each correctly answered question awards the student +1, while an incorrect answer deducts 1/3 marks. 
Mental Ability test: 50 questions 50 marks
Language test : 50 questions 50 marks
Scholastic Aptitude test : 100 questions 100 marks (40 questions from Science, 20 questions from maths, 40 questions from SST)
Note: The mathematics and science questions will be asked from the chapters in the syllabus of class 10th. The social science questions will be asked from class 10th.