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Class IX, X

Class IX, X

It is the delicate stage of a student’s academic life when the seed of their career aspirations somewhat start getting planted in their minds. At RN Classes, we mentor students in their preparation for competitive exams while covering their complete syllabus, be it CBSE or ICSE.

Our Class IX & X courses invariably captures the requisites to succeed in competitions like JEE, KVPY, Olympiad, NTSE & SAT. Students are comprehensively exposed to a variety of problem solving techniques and every effort is made to make every mathematical concept crystal clear to them. As a result, even the most complex questions are broken down to small discernible pieces which they can easily understand and solve with their logical reasoning skills. This also goes a long way in boosting their morale.


NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) 2021 is a National Level Examination conducted by NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) to provide scholarship to the deserving candidates who want to pursue higher education in the field of Science or Social Studies. This exam is for 10th standard students only to identify and recognize those with high intellect and skills. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels:

Stage 1: It is a state level examination conducted across all Indian states and Union Territories.

Stage 2: This is national level examination conducted by NCERT for only those students who qualify and clear the NTSE stage 1 test.

For both stages, exam is divided into two parts i.e.

  • Mental Ability Test (MAT)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Exam Name National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)
Conducting Body
  • NTSE Stage 1 is conducted by respective states/UTs
  • NTSE stage II is conducted by NCERT
Class Level 10th standard
Examination Frequency Once in a year
Total Scholarships 2000
Scholarship Amount
  • Rs.1250 per month for Class XI & Class XII
  • Rs.2000 per month for Undergraduates and Postgraduates
  • As per UGC norms for Ph.D. level
Eligibility Criteria Stage 1
  • Candidate must be a Class X student from any government or private school in India.
  • There is no domicile restriction. Candidate can belong to any State/UT of India.
  • Candidates studying in open or distance learning are also eligible, provided they are less than 18 years of age, not employed and are appearing for Class X board examination for the first time.
Stage 2
  • Only those students who qualified in stage 1 (state-level examination) are eligible to appear for stage 2 examination. The roll number, venue, date of examination details will be communicated to the selected candidates by NCERT through its official website.
Students Studying Abroad
  • Indian national students studying abroad are eligible to directly appear for stage 2 of NTSE exam.
  • They must have scored at least 60% in the previous qualifying examination, ie. Class IX.
  • They have to appear for the examination in a center in India.
  • They will receive the scholarship only if they plan to pursue their higher education in India.
  • They must request through the Head of the Institution where they are studying, along with an attested copy of Class IX mark sheet. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi by 31 December of the concerned year.
Application Form Online
Examination Mode Offline
Test Type
  • Mental Ability Test (MAT)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Exam Duration 4 Hrs (2 Hrs MAT and 2 Hrs SAT)
Marking Scheme Stage 1
  • 1 Mark will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • No negative marking for the wrong answer.
Stage 2
  • 1 Mark will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • For every wrong answer, one-third of the marks will be deducted.
  • No negative marking for questions left unattempted.
Qualifying Marks
  • 40% Marks in each paper for General category students.
  • 32% Marks in each paper for SC, ST & PH category students.
Total Exam Centers
  • For NTSE Stage I exam - In all 28 states and 9 UTs
  • For NTSE Stage II exam - 35 exam cities
Registration Dates Registration begins in August every year and the last date of application is notified by respective State/UT separately
Exam dates for NTSE 2021
Stage 1
  • November 07, 2020, for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • November 08, 2020, for All other states and UTs
Exam date for NTSE 2020
stage 2
May, 2021, for all states and UTs (Postponed).
Official Website
NTSE 2021: Important dates and other events

Candidates can find all the important events and dates related to NTSE 2021 below::

Events Stage I Dates Stage II dates
NTSE Application Dates October 2020 No Registration
NTSE Admit card Release Dates November 2020 By the Third week of May 2021
NTSE Exam Dates December 12 and 13, 2020 June 13, 2021
NTSE Result January – March 2021 October 2021

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools, and is one of the most preferred boards or students here. It has a very structured curriculum to ensure balanced academic activities in the schools and thus achieve academic excellence among students. It provides for a child centred and holistic education to all students.

Every year, CBSE conducts the final examinations for Class X (the All India Secondary School Examination, AISSE) and Class XII (the All India Senior School Certificate Examination, AISSCE). Besides, it is also responsible for conducting JEE (Main) exam, the competitive test for entry into engineering courses.

The Class X board exams are the first level of competitive hurdle for a student to move ahead in their academic career path. Hence this is the right time to build on concepts which will eventually lead to a strong foothold in higher studies as well as in professional life ahead.

The Class XII board exams help decide the way ahead for chosen career basis the academic stream chosen in Class XI & XII (Humanities, Science or Commerce). So if you are keen on choosing a career in engineering, finance or statistics etc. Mathematics could be a critical subject for you to opt for.

Important Dates:

  • 1st Sep, 2020: CBSE 12th Result 2020: CBSE class 12th Revaluation Result released.
  • 15th Jul, 2020: CBSE 10th Result 2020 declared.
  • 13th Jul, 2020: CBSE 12th Result 2020 declared.
  • 7th Jul, 2020: CBSE Board Exams 2021 Revised Syllabus for Classes 9 to 12 released.

The Board has reduced the CBSE Syllabus 2021 by 30% owing to COVID-19 pandemic which has led to extended lockdowns and consequently resulting in delay in the commencement of the academic session.


The ICSE syllabus is comprehensive and structured in a way to develop analytical skills and practical knowhow of the students. The board focuses on a thorough study of every subject so that the students have the needful information and confidence to choose specific subjects in higher classes.

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) conducts three examinations, viz., the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE – Class X); The Indian School Certificate (ISC - Class XII) and the Certificate in Vocational Education (CVE - Year 12).

In the Class X exam, there are 7 subjects in all, out of which 4 are compulsory subjects, and 3 have a choice of subjects.

Exam pattern for Mathematics (2 ½ hours)

  • Section A (4 questions of 10 marks each = 40 marks)
  • Section B (7 questions out of which 4 are to be solved for obtaining 40 marks)