NTSE Exam Pattern 2023 for National Talent Search Exam

NTSE Exam Pattern 2023 (Scheme of Exam) for National Talent Search Exam. Learn about the National Talent Search Tests. The National Talent Search Examination will be conducted for students studying at the Class X level. The examination consists of tests, namely the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

The items in the MAT and SAT are multiple-choice questions.  Each question has four alternatives. The candidate has to select one correct answer from the given alternatives and mark its number in the answer-sheet as per instructions are given on the answer sheet.  Each correct answer carries one mark.  Thus, the total score of a candidate in a test is equal to the number of questions answered correctly by him/her.

The number of questions, maximum marks and time allowed are as follows: NTSE Exam Pattern

TestNo. of   Questions Maximum   Marks Time
(i) Mental Ability Test505045 minutes
(ii) Scholastic Aptitude Test
a) Language Test
505045 minutes
b) Sciences, Mathematics   & Social Sciences 10010090 minutes

To acquaint the candidates with the tests, some sample questions in each i.e. MAT and SAT are given.  The questions will give the candidate, a feel of nature and the level of the questions expected in the test.

NTSE Exam Details and Tips: Every exam has its own strategy to select the best students, so it becomes all the more important that a student must under this strategy and perform accordingly. The below points will help a student give his/her best performance on the NTSE Exam day.

1. Synchronise your class X preparation with NTSE Syllabus – Before coming into a preparation mode for NTSE, you must have clarity about the NTSE syllabus and you should sync it with your 10th standard studies. This ensures that your NTSE preparation moves according to what the exam demands and you do not have to put extra effort into NTSE preparation. Your efforts will be in the right direction.

2. Know your Strengths and Weaknesses: Before beginning preparation for NTSE Stage I exam, the candidates must know about their existing level of preparedness for the NTSE exam. For this, the candidates need to check the last years’ NTSE papers, and they can evaluate where they stand. Simultaneously, they can analyze their strengths and weaknesses based on their existing preparedness and the required NTSE preparation. This will help the candidates decide how much weightage they have to give to various sections under the limited time frame they have for NTSE preparation. Candidates can then utilize their strength and make a strategy to improve their weaknesses during the NTSE preparation.

3. Study Material/Training for Preparation: When you think of preparing for an exam like NTSE, it is better to have clear concepts and build the right exam temperament. It is important to have the proper training to appear for NTSE as merely solving NCERT Problems may not help. A systematic approach and proper guidance is necessary to clear the two stages of NTSE Exam. Having clarity of concepts and improving your problem-solving ability will help you ace NTSE.

4. Regular practice and revision: You may have prepared very well for NTSE, however, it is important that you do regular practice and revision of topics. Also, if one is regular at revising and practising the chapters you develop a good command on your speed and accuracy while solving NTSE questions. With clear concepts and time management, you ensure a significant rank on NTSE merit list.

5. Solving previous year papers: To evaluate the level of your preparation, it is important to solve more and more previous year NTSE test papers. You will be able to identify areas you are weak and work out your preparation plan for improving upon them. In the last two weeks of your preparation, you should put special emphasis on previous year papers to give your best efforts in the remaining time-frame before NTSE exam. While solving a set of old test papers, you get accustomed to the type of questions asked in NTSE. You need not worry about any kind of surprise element during the exam.

6. Take good sleep prior to NTSE exam day: It is important to have a seven-to-eight-hour sleep a night before the NTSE exam day. Going early to bed in the night prior to the exam day and getting up early in the morning on the NTSE exam day will help relax your mind and body, and you will enter the exam hall with full of energy.

NTSE Exam Day Instructions: NTSE Exam Pattern
Candidates are advised to follow these important instructions alongside do’s and don’ts at NTSE Exam Day:
*Candidates should reach the test centre 45 minutes before the test commences.
*Candidates, who reach more than 15 minutes after the scheduled test time, may not be allowed to take the test.
*Candidates are required to bring admit card, photo identity and ball pen to the exam centre.
*Any type of gadget, watch and calculators are not allowed inside the exam centre.
*Attempt all questions as there is no negative marking.
*Maintain speed and try to attempt all questions.

Mental Ability Test (MAT): NTSE Exam Pattern – This test is given to the candidates to judge their power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation, etc.   A variety of questions, for example, analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, hidden figures, coding-decoding, block assembly, problem-solving etc. are used for this purpose.

Sample Questions for Mental Ability Test (MAT): 1. In a certain code, MONKEY is written as XDJMNL.  How is TIGER written in that code?
1.   QDFHS
2.   SDFHS
3.   SHFDQ
4.   UJHFS

2. In a queue, Rekha is 9th from the back.  Geeta’s place is 8th from the front.  Ramya is standing between two.  What could be the minimum number of girls standing in the queue?
1. 12
2. 14
3. 16
4. 18

3. Which one of the four diagrams given below represents the school, teachers, and students?

Sample Questions for Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): NTSE Exam Pattern
LANGUAGE TEST: Language Test is designed to judge the power of reading comprehension, logical sequencing; interpretative, evaluative, predictive and creative components of language.  The candidates may please carefully note that language test is to be attempted either in English or in Hindi (as per the option of the candidate) in the national level NTSE.

Sample Questions in the English Language: NTSE Exam Pattern
I. Read the following passage about the people of Coorg and answer the questions that follow.

The fiercely independent people of Coorg are possible of Greek or Arab descent. As one story goes, a part of Alexander’s army moved south along the coast and settled here when return became impractical. These people married amongst the locals and their culture is apparent in the martial traditions, marriage and religious rites, which are distinct from the Hindu mainstream. The theory of Arab origin draws support from the long, black coat with an embroidered waist-belt worn by the Kodavus known as kuppia, it resembles the kuffia worn by the Arabs and the Kurds.

1. The word ‘possibly’ means…
1. The writer has good reasons to believe that the Coorgs are of Greek or Arab descent.
2. The writer is not sure.
3. The writer is stating a fact.
4. The writer says that it is unlikely.

2. Return became ‘impractical ‘ means
1. The Greeks could not go back.
2. The Greeks wanted to stay back.
3. They found it difficult to go back.
4. They found it frivolous to go back.

3. ‘distinct from the Hindu mainstream’ means
1. Clear
2. Differentiated
3. Similar
4. Obscure

4. The Arab origin of the Coorg implies
1. How the Arab originated
2. How the idea that the Coorgs are of Arab origin originated
3. How a theory originated among Arabs
4. Living in Coorg is same as living in Iraq

5. Find the adjective that describes the Coorg
1. Independent
2. Impractical
3. Protective of their identity
4. Distinct

II. The following five sentences come from a paragraph. First and last sentences are given. Choose from the given three sentences (P, Q, R) the order in which they appear to complete the paragraph.
S1 Many new government buildings in Delhi will have cool roofs S2 S3 S4 S5 A whitewash of a dark roof is one cheap and simple option.
P This will help reduce energy use by air conditioners.
Q They will reflect sunlight and heat, unlike conventional dark ones.
R Cool roofs do not require high level ‘rocket technology’.

Choose from the option given below.
1. PQR
2. RQP
3. QPR
4. PRQ

III. Rearrange the words into meaningful sentences.
1. /we / since / my brother / in this place / have been living /was born. /
2. /are /many ways / theorem /where /a mathematical / can be/ proved./
3. /on/stay/ their seats / passengers/ has opened / conductor / door / requested/ are/ the /until/ the /
4. / before / diseases / known / 18th century / some / not / were / of / these / the/ common/
5. /cancer/ her / had / family/ knew/even/Anand/ but / did not / tell / he /his/

IV. Find the word which best completes the sentence.
1. Apart from my life.
1. odd
2. opportune
3. irregular
4. timely
cough and cold, I have been remarkably healthy all

2. Our hosts had prepared a meal with five courses to celebrate our arrival.
1. Generous
2. profuse
3. lavish
4. extraordinary

V. There are different names for the word  ‘storm’  depending on their nature.
Choose from the box below which suits the definition of the word.
1. A violent tropical storm in which strong winds move in a circle.
2. An extremely strong wind.
3. A violent tropical storm with very strong winds.
4. A violent storm whose centre is a cloud in the shape of a funnel.
5. A violent storm with very strong winds, especially in the western Atlantic ocean.
6. A very strong wind that moves very fast in a spinning movement and causes a lot of damage.
a. Gale
b. Whirlwind
c. Cyclone
d. Hurricane
e. Tornado
f. Typhoon

VI. Choose the correct phrase from the given options to complete the sentences.
1. It requires such depth of oppression  
1. not to create fear.
2. to create such heights of character.
3. for a free country.
4. to lead to unpleasantness.

2. Courage was not the absence of fear
1. but the triumph over it.
2. but the fight over it.
3. but the feel of it.
4. but an act of self-preservation.

Sample Questions for Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): NTSE Exam Pattern
Sample Questions in Social Sciences
1. Trace the growth of different strands of the National Movement in India in time sequence.
a. Establishment of Depressed Classes Association
b. Indian Industrial and Commercial Congress
c. “Purna Swaraj”
d. Non-cooperation and Khilafat Movement
1. a, c, d, b
2. d, b, c, a
3. c, a d, b
4. d, c, b, a

2. Match the natural vegetation in Column I with the State in Column II
Column I                 Column II
A. Tropical Evergreen Forest 1. Rajasthan
B. Tropical Deciduous Forest 2. Kerala
C. Montane Forest                  3. Uttarakhand
D. Tropical  Thorn Forest       4. Jharkhand
1.   A2, B1, C3, D4
2.   A2, B3, C4, D1
3.   A2, B4, C3, D1
4.   A4, B2, C3, D1

3. Ford Motors, an MNC wants to invest in India for manufacturing automobiles because
1. they can hire cheap labour.
2. tax laws are very stringent.
3. industrial licensing policy is applicable.
4. foreign companies are regulated.
1. I-B, II-D, III-C, IV-A
2. I-C, II-D, III-B, IV-A
3. I-C, II-B, III-A, IV-D
4. I-A, II-C, III-B, IV-D

4. Which of the following situations is the example of a violation of the Principle of ‘free and fair election’?
1. A candidate openly supports reservation on the caste basis and gets overwhelming support of the voters of a particular caste.
2. A party promises in its election manifesto that if it wins, it will make a policy to give every household a free TV set.
3. A Leader declares that if his party forms the government it would waive the loans of small farmers.
4. A candidate distributes motorcycles to all those who manage more than one hundred votes in his favour.

Sample Questions in Sciences and Mathematics: NTSE Exam Pattern
1. An element ‘A’ reacts with oxygen to form a protective layer of compound ‘B’.  The component ‘B’ is also obtained by the reaction of ‘A’ with rust.  The compound ‘B’ is known to react both with acids and bases.  Identify the element ‘A’.
1. Silver
2. Aluminium
3. Copper
4. Magnesium

2. In a fight and flight situation, adrenaline hormone is secreted to enable to deal with, the responses include:-
A.  Increase in blood supply to skeletal muscle and contraction of the diaphragm. B.  Increase in blood supply to the digestive system and contraction of rib muscle. C.  Supply of more oxygen to muscle and reduced blood supply to the skin.
D.  Increase in heartbeats, breathing rate and increase blood supply to the digestive system.
1. A & D
2. B & D
3. B & C
4. A & C

3. A horse pulls a carriage with a force P.  Which two among the following statements are correct?
a)  The carriage also pulls the horseback with a force P.
b)  Since the carriage pulls the horseback with an equal force P, the system does not move at all.
c)  The system moves because the horse can hit the ground with its hoofs; the horizontal component of whose reaction is greater than the total frictional and other forces of resistance offered by the ground.
d)  The acceleration of the horse and the carriage are unequal.
1. a and b
2. a and c
3. a and d
4. c and d

4. ABCD is a quadrilateral, and AB2 + BC2 + CD2 + DA2 = AC2 + BD2. Then
1. All angles of ABCD are equal.
2. All sides of ABCD are equal.
3. ABCD must be a parallelogram.
4. ABCD is a trapezium.

5. There are two cups filled with an equal amount of tea and coffee.  A spoonful of coffee is first transferred from coffee-cup to the tea-cup and then a spoonful from the tea-cup is transferred to the coffee-cup, then
1. Amount of tea in the coffee-cup is more than the amount of coffee in the tea-cup.
2. Amount of coffee in the tea-cup is more than the amount of tea in the coffee-cup.
3. Amount of coffee in the tea-cup is the same as the amount of tea in the coffee-cup.
4. These amounts cannot be compared unless the volume of a spoon and that of the cups are known.

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