NTSE 2021 Stage 1: All you need to know

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NTSE 2021 Stage 1: All you need to know

National Talent Search Examination or NTSE is a national level exam that aspirants take to grab the prestigious NTSE scholarship. This year, NTSE Stage 1 and Stage 2 got postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and many students who were preparing for the exams, have now been stuck in a dilemma due to the current situation.

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We are hoping that the dates for these exams get declared soon and the aspirants can get a clear picture of what they need to do next. However, looking at the future and from the perspective of those who have just started their class 9th and will be promoted to class 10th next year, NTSE 2021 will hold a huge amount of significance for those students.

They will be appearing for the NTSE Stage 1, 2021 and must be geared up for the exam to grab the scholarship. NTSE scholars enjoy certain benefits that help them in the long term when it comes to their academic career.

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NTSE 2021 – Everything you need to know  

NCERT is going to conduct the scholarship exam. A total of 2000 scholarships will be up for grabs. The dates for NTSE 2021 are expected to be announced in the second quarter of 2021. However, it’d be interesting to see whether the exams get delayed due to the postponement of NTSE 2020.

Those preparing for the exam must keep their preparations going on under the impression that the exam will not get postponed.

NTSE 2021 Syllabus

The NTSE 2021 syllabus is expected to be similar to NTSE 2020 with no major changes to be made. The syllabus of the NTSE is broadly based on classes 9th and Class 10th. The exam has objective type questions for both papers i.e. Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) on relevant topics.

MAT (Mental Ability Test) is to judge your power of reasoning, logical sequencing, reading comprehension, etc. The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) section tests how much knowledge you have gained in school reading your textbooks.

As different schools (or boards) in India follow different course books, there is no prescribed book or syllabus for NTSE. However, you can refer to the NCERT syllabus for classes 9 and 10 for your NTSE preparation.

NTSE 2021 Important Dates

With a bit of uncertainty over the dates, we have tabulated the tentative dates for NTSE 2021 below:

Events Exam Dates (Tentative)
Notification Release for NTSE 2021 22nd July 2021
Application for NTSE 2021 Starts August 2021
Application for NTSE 2021 Ends Varies from one state to another; to be notified by the respective State/UT
NTSE Stage-1 Admit Card Date October 2021 (state-wise release)
NTSE Stage-1 Exam Date (For Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands) November 2, 2021 (Saturday)
NTSE Stage-1 Exam Date (For all other States and Union Territories except West Bengal) November 3, 2021 (Sunday)
NTSE Stage-1 Exam Date (Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi NCR and Jammu & Kashmir) November 17, 2021 (Sunday)
Declaration of Results for Stage-1 January to March 2022 (Varies from state to state)

NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern

Exam Mode: NTSE is a pen-and-paper based (offline) test.

Exam Duration: Candidates are given 4 hours to complete the paper.

Exam Language: You have the option to take the paper in Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu or Urdu.

Question Type: The questions are of MCQ type with 4 options per question.

Marking Scheme: Candidates will be awarded +1 for a correct response. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.

Qualifying Marks: Qualifying marks for candidates of General category is 40% in each paper. For SC, ST and physically handicapped 32% in each paper.

Section Questions Marks Time
Mental Ability Test (MAT) 100 100 120 minutes
Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT)  




120 Minutes

Total 200 200 4 Hours

The above is the tentative information for NTSE 2021. The accurate information is expected to be declared next year, after the results of NTSE Stage 2.

Those preparing for NTSE 2021 must be on their toes, as time doesn’t wait and the exam will be knocking the doors. To make sure that you’re exam-ready, you must register for myPAT NTSE 2021 course that has 500+ concepts tests and 12 full (4-hour) tests to cover your bases for the preparation and ensures success.

NTSE scholarship can be yours if you make the right decision at the right time.

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