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NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern, Exam Duration and Marking Scheme

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Mar 19, 2021

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The state education boards and NCERT prescribe NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern on their official websites. The exam pattern will help candidates in preparing for the national level exam. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage – 1 (State Level) and Stage – 2 (National Level). The NTSE Stage 2, will be conducted in June 13, 2021.

For both stages, the exam is divided into two parts i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). NTSE is organized in offline or pen paper-based mode. The paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium.

Students need to select any one language from both languages. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark while there is no negative marking for wrong attempts. The total time to answer the paper is 120 minutes for each part. Only those who clear stage-1 will be shortlisted for the Stage 2 exam.

NTSE Highlights

NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

NTSE Stages
  • Stage 1 – State Level Exam
  • Stage 2 – National Level Exam
Mode of Exam Offline
Number of subjects 3
Duration of exam 120 minutes for each stage respectively
Number of questions 100 in each paper
Marking Scheme
  • 1 mark for each right answer
  • No negative marking for wrong answers
Total Marks 400
Language of paper English, Hindi

NTSE Stage 1

NTSE 2021 Stage-I Exam Pattern

Stage-I is conducted at State/UT level by the concerned State/UT authorities. Candidates have to select 1 language from English or Hindi to solve the paper. Each correct answer is awarded 1 mark and there is no negative marking at this stage. The paper is divided into two parts:

Part 1 – Mental Ability test (MAT): This part contains logical and analytical reasoning based questions. This section tests the candidate’s reasoning, ability to think, evaluate, ability to discriminate, and visualize. A total of 50 questions is to be answered under this section.

Part 2 – Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): This part consists of 150 questions from Science, Mathematics, Social Science, and English Language. This section judges the student’s reading abilities, interpretation, evaluation, and general awareness of the subjects. Read NTSE Syllabus

TEST Subjects No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
MAT Aptitude Test 100 100 120 Minutes
SAT Science, Social Science, Mathematics 100 100

NTSE Stage 2

NTSE 2021 Stage-II Exam Pattern

  • Stage-II is conducted at National Level, where shortlisted students from Stage-I (State-level) exam appear to compete for the scholarship.
  • The paper is divided into two parts – MAT and SAT, like that in Stage-I. There will be 100 questions in both MAT and SAT (Science-40, Maths-20, Social science-40).
  • The duration of both the exams is 2 hours or 120 minutes. In NTSE Stage 2 exam.
  • There is no negative marking. Only candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be considered for merit.
  • Selection of the awardee will be made on the basis of total marks scored in MAT and SAT-based on merit.

NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern of Stage I and Stage II are given below:

TEST Subjects No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
MAT Aptitude Test 100 100 120 Minutes
SAT Science, Social Science, Mathematics 100 100

Indian Students Studying Abroad in Class X can directly appear for Stage - II of NTSE 2021 if they qualify for the condition mentioned in the NTSE brochure available at NTSE Official Website. 

NTSE 2021 FAQs

NTSE Exam Pattern FAQs

Ques. What are the passing marks of theNTSE exam?

Ans. The minimum qualifying marks that a student must obtain is 40% in each paper (for General/OBC category students) and 32% in each paper (for SC/ST/PH category students).

Ques. Is there any negative marking for the unattempted answers?

Ans. No, there is no negative marking for wrong answers and unattempted answers.  

Ques. Is the GK section mandatory in the NTSE exam?

Ans. In the NTSE Stage 1 and 2, there would a lot of GK based questions. Therefore, look at this as an opportunity to improve your GK and find your interests.  

Ques. Has NCERT changed the exam pattern of NTSe 2021?

Ans. No, there is no negative marking for wrong answers and unattempted answers.  

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

Comments


60 Comments
S
sunny pandey
I heard that questions asked in the exam can be descriptive as well?
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jaya garg

Hi. All the papers of NTSE state level and national level exams will be objective type questions having multiple choices. Candidates need to select the correct option out of other given options. The state education boards and NCERT mention NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern on their official website

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yash raj singh
How much time will I get to complete my NTSE exam?
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jaya garg

Hi. Total exam duration is 120 minutes for all candidates except visually challenged candidates who are provided 150 minutes for all papers. So try to complete your exam within the given time limit only.

V
vipasha
Can you tell me in which medium the NTSE exam will be taken?
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jaya garg

Hi. The language or the medium of instructions and questions asked will be of candidates’ choice from the language options provided by the exam conducting body for State level examination. The NTSE stage 1 exam is taken in English, Hindi or any regional language.

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sunny pandey
I am preparing for the Part 2, Scholastic Aptitude Test. Can you tell me the kind of subjects I need to prepare?
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jaya garg

Hi. This part consists of 150 questions asked from Science, Mathematics, Social Science, and English Language. This section in included to judges the student’s reading abilities, interpretation, evaluation, and general awareness of the subjects.

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pradeepraje
Is there any negative marking in the exam?
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jaya garg

Hi. No, there is no negative marking. Only candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be considered for merit. The final selection of the candidates will be made based on the total marks obtained in MAT and SAT-based on merit. Check NTSE Exam pattern here.

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mohammed najamuddin
What is the syllabus for the NTSE exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi. For both stages, including stage 1 and stage 2, the exam is divided into two parts i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The exam I taken in an offline or pen paper-based mode and the mode of the exam is both the Hindi and English medium.

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ayush goel
Please make it clear that when will the state authorities are going to declare the result of stage 1. Especially the Uttar Pradesh government. As I am from UP.
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nitin yaduvanshi

The result of Stage 1 will be released separately by all respective states and UTs between February and March 2021.

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surabhi s
How many candidates will be selected for SSC JHT descriptive paper?
J
jaya garg

Hi Surabhi. Paper 2 will be taken offline and have descriptive questions on Translation and Essay. Only the ones who cleared paper 1 will be allowed to give paper 2.
More information related to the same is mentioned here.
 

S
swarup
How many written exam stages are there in the SSC JHT examination?
J
jaya garg

hI Swarup. There are two stages in the written exam, including Paper 1 and Paper 2. Final selection will be made based on the candidates’ performance in a computer based exam and Descriptive.
More information related to the same is mentioned here.
 

V
vivek kumar joshi
I am in class 10 can I give this exam?
A
aniket ranjan

Hii Vivek. Yes, You are eligible to apply the eligibility criteria is you must have completed the class IX examination with a minimum of 60% marks. For more details Click Here

R
ranjan gorai
My admit card
D
diya suresh

Hi Ranjan,  Please specify the state as some states release admit cards in online mode while UTs and SCERT releases admit card individually in offline mode. For Punjab and Karnataka, admit cards will be available on the official website to download.

For stage 2, admit cards will be release din May June 2021 tentatively. Find other details at NTSE 2021 admit card.

S
sourajit mukherjee
what type of questions are asked in ntse?
J
jaya garg

Hi Sourajit. Multiple choice questions are asked in the exam. The exam pattern for NTSE is the same for both stage 1 and stage 2, there are three tests including Mental Ability Test (MAT), which test student's problem-solving and reasoning skills.
Further details are mentioned here.
 

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monicka v g
What is the dress code for ntse exam?
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diya suresh

Hi Monicka, There is no hard and fast rule of dressing in NTSE exam. You can wear as per your choice, but it is advisable to wear something simple. The only mandatory thing is carrying the admit card to the exam center. To find more details visit NTSE exam

H
hemasre
What is the dress code for ntse examination? Do we need to be in uniform or formal dress
D
devnath tiwary

Dear Hemasre

Greetings from Collegedunia. You have to wear whatever you wish during appearing for NTSE Examination 2021. There is no official dress code allotted by conducting authorities. You have to appear in Examination Centers with your Admit Card and Photo ID Card. You will not get entry without Admit Card and Photo ID Card. For more details, kindly go through this link – NTSE 2020 Admit Card

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siddharth giri
wrong exam date in my admit card.
D
diya suresh

Hi Siddharth, The exam hall ticket will be made available to download on the official website of NTSe. If a student finds any discrepancy in the same, it must be brought to the notice of State Liaison/Chief Superitendent of state as soon as possible. To know details of NTSE admit card 2020 click here.

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samriddhi kulshreshtha
I have still not got the admit card .Can you please please give the link for admit card ??
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aditi arun

Hello Samriddhi,

You can visit the official website of the SCERT of your respective state and then go to the ‘Quick Link”. You will find the link of admit card there. If you are not able to access your admit card, contact the State Liasion officer of your state. For more details, visit – NTSE Admit Card.

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samriddhi kulshreshtha
Can you please tell where ' quick linl ' is present .
G
gurpreet singh

HI Samriddhi

You can visit on our official website of NTSE Admit Card to get the link of admit card you will also get the whole details on how you can downlaod your admit card online.

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lakshay kakkar
Language Test is conducted in how many languages?
J
jaya garg

Hi Lakshay. The language section in the NTSE exam has been removed. Now, there are a total of 2 sections including MAT and SAT. MAT comprises reasoning while SAT consists of Science, Maths, Social Science.  Latest exam pattern is mentioned here.

A
avinash sahu
Language Test is conducted in how many languages?
J
jaya garg

Hi Avinash. The language of paper is English and Hindi. Students are supposed to select any one language from both the languages. More details related to the NTSE exam pattern are mentioned here.
 

A
avinash sahu
Is there a negative marking in NTSE 2020-21?
J
jaya garg

Hi Avinash. In NTSE exam, there is no negative marking. For correct answer, 1 mark will be given to the candidates while for the incorrect option, no marks will be deducted. Candidates who have qualified both the papers separately will be considered for merit. Selection of the awardee will be made on the basis of total marks scored in MAT and SAT based on merit. Check out more details here.
 

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puja sao
What is this two -tier examination scheme?
J
jaya garg

Hi Puja. For both these stages, exam is divided into two parts including Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). NTSE is taken offline. The paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. Students need to select any one language from both the languages. More details related to the same are presented here.

 

J
jaya garg

Hi Puja. For both these stages, exam is divided into two parts including Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). NTSE is taken offline. The paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. Students need to select any one language from both the languages. More details related to the same are presented here.