National Talent Search Examination 

NTSE is a national-level scholarship program in the Indian Union to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent. It is one of the most prestigious exams in India. Close to 300,000 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 scheme is open to students of Indian nationality. Students studying in Class X are eligible to appear for the selection process. As it is organized by an official body (NCERT), it is widely regarded by the Government of India as the most prestigious and the most difficult examination at high level in the country.

First level exam for class X

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 for class X

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 q from Science, 20 q from maths, 40 q from SST)

SAT: 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.   

Language test is only for qualification , it is not counted in merit list.

From 2013-14 there would be negative marking (-1/3) in NTSE second stage.