NTSE Exam Pattern 2018

NTSE_exam_patternNTSE Exam Pattern 2018 – The state education boards and NCERT have mentioned the exam pattern of NTSE 2018 on their official websites. NTSE 2018 exam pattern will help the candidates in preparing for the national level exam meant to identify and nurture talent and provide them a scholarship. The awareness about NTSE exam pattern 2018 provides a better understanding of the examination to the candidate in terms of the marking scheme, maximum marks, duration of the exam and more. The complete exam pattern of NTSE 2018, an examination based on pen and paper format is mentioned below. Candidates must note that NTSE 2018 is an objective type question paper and each question will carry 1 mark. Candidates are advised to go through the NTSE 2018 exam pattern thoroughly and make the best use of time and information available to perform well in the scholarship test. NTSE exam pattern for Stage 1 helps the candidates know the first level of the scholarship test and qualify for the second stage. Similarly, the NTSE exam pattern 2018 of Stage 2 will help candidates in getting aware for the final round of selection process for the scholarships.

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Exam Pattern of NTSE 2018 – Stage 1


NTSE 2018 examination was conducted in two stages. Stage 1 is conducted at State/UT level by the concerned State/UT authorities. The question paper consists of two parts; Part 1 and 2. The NTSE exam pattern 2018 states that the Stage 1 examination can be attempted in either Hindi or English language. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark while there is no negative marking for wrong attempts. The total time to answer the paper is 90 minutes. Candidates can find the details of Paper 1 and 2 of Stage 1 examination below:


Part 1Mental Ability Test (MAT): MAT consists of questions based on analytical and logical reasoning. The objective of MAT is to test the candidate’s reasoning, ability to think, ability to evaluate, ability to discriminate and visualize. MAT section consists of a total of 50 questions. Questions are asked from series, pattern perception, analogies, coding-decoding, classifications, hidden figures and problem-solving etc. The time allotted for this section is 45 mins.


Part 2Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): SAT section consists of a total of 50 questions from Language and 100 questions from Science, Social Science and Mathematics. The section tests the candidate’s reading abilities, interpretation, evaluation and general awareness of the subjects. The time allotted for the language section is 45 minutes and that for Maths, Science and Social science is 90 minutes.


NTSE Exam pattern 2018 - Stage 1


Number of questions

Maximum marks

Duration (minutes)





SAT - Language




SAT – Maths, Science and Social Science




NTSE Exam Pattern 2018 – Stage 2

The second stage of the NTSE 2018 will be held by NCERT at the National Level. In Stage 2, only the shortlisted candidates of Stage 1 can appear to compete for the scholarship. The exam pattern of NTSE 2018 for Stage 2 states that in this stage also, the paper is divided into two parts namely MAT and SAT. The difference being the presence of negative marking for every wrong attempt. Every wrong attempt by a candidate attracts a negative marking of 1/3 marks. The duration to complete the stage 2 of NTSE examination is 135 minutes.


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