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NTSE 2017-18 Question Paper Analysis & Answer Key

Last Updated - November 15, 2017

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program for class X students in India. It is a two-tier exam where stage 1 is conducted by the States/UTs and stage 2 exam is conducted a national level by NCERT.

Telangana NTSE 2017 Answer key was released on November 13. Candidates can submit challenges against the answer key till November 20 via mail at Official Answer Key

NCERT has successfully conducted NTSE 2016 stage 1 exam on November 8, 2016. As like earlier, NTSE was organized in offline or pen paper based mode. Candidates who appeared for NTSE 2016 stage 1 exam were informed about the official NTSE Answer Key through the official website of respective conducting body.

NTSE Answer Key by ALLEN Career Institute Rajasthan, Stage-1

State (Area)MAT Answer KeyLCT Answer KeySAT Answer Key
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ChhattisgarhClick HereClick HereClick Here
DelhiClick HereClick HereClick Here
GujaratClick HereClick HereClick Here
HaryanaClick HereClick HereClick Here
Himachal PradeshClick HereClick HereClick Here
JharkhandClick HereClick HereClick Here
KarnatakaClick HereClick HereClick Here
Madhya PradeshClick HereClick HereClick Here
OdishaClick HereClick HereClick Here
RajasthanClick HereClick HereClick Here
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TelanganaClick HereClick HereClick Here
Uttar PradeshClick HereClick HereClick Here
UttrakhandClick HereClick HereClick Here
West BengalClick HereClick HereClick Here

NTSE 2017 will be conducted at state level on November 4 and 5, 2017 and at national level on May 13, 2018. So, a questions paper analysis will help candidates who are appearing for NTSE 2017-18. Here we are sharing some insights of NTSE 2016 stage 1 question paper. To recall, stage 1 of NTSE consists of Mental Ability Test (MAT), Language Aptitude Test (LAT) for English or Hindi and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

  • Difficulty level of the paper was moderate to difficult. Check NTSE 2017 Exam Pattern 
  • There were total 200 questions, in three papers, MAT, LAT having 50 questions each and SAT having 100 questions.
  • There was no negative marking in the stage 1 exam.
  • Official Answer key of NTSE stage 1 was released after the exam on official website.
  • NTSE Result will be declared in January, 2017 on the respective official websites.
NTSE 2016 Answer KeyDecember, 2016
Submission of Grievances, if anyJanuary, 2017
Final Answer KeyJanuary, 2017
NTSE 2016 ResultsFebruary, 2017

NTSE 2017 Answer Key

NTSE 2017 Answer Key will be accessible online after the exam on the respective official website. The answer key will be available separately for MAT, LAT and SAT papers to cross-check the responses as marked by candidates in their answer sheet. With the help of NTSE answer key 2017, every student will have the option to estimate their approximate score in the exam. The official answer keys will be published right after the exam by some caching centres as well made by their subject experts, so students can calculate the answer in their own way at the earliest. Candidates can use the NTSE answer keys for the following reasons:

  • To know the correct answer for the questions asked in the examination
  • NTSE 2017 answer key will also mention marking scheme for each paper
  • It requires to know the solved steps and answers for the questions
  • To evaluate their answers with the actual answer

Moreover, candidates can even challenge the answer key if they find any discrepancy in it. The challenges against the answer key will be referred to the exam conducting body.

How to download NTSE 2017 Answer Key?

In order to access NTSE 2017 answer key, candidates have to visit the respective official website and follow the steps:

  • Visit the official website of their respective state’s exam conducting body
  • Enter the required credentials i.e. Application ID and Password
  • Then, click on submit button
  • NTSE 2017 Answer Key will be displayed

Candidates can download and take a print out for future reference. Now, they can use NTSE 2017 answer key to match answers with your responses.

Challenging NTSE Answer Key 2017

Candidates who find any issues regarding any questions given in the NTSE 2017 answer key, can send in their complaints to their state exam conducting authority. After that, the final answer key of NTSE 2017 will be released. To challenge NTSE Answer key, candidates has to submit their challenge or grievance only through email at an official id.

It is to be noted that no hard copy will be accepted. The challenges received from the candidates will be evaluated by an experts committee and their decision will be accepted as final.

NTSE 2016 Question Paper Analysis

Unlike previous years, there were some ambiguous questions in NTSE 2016 exam. One question in MAT and four in SAT. Overall, NTSE was easy to moderate at level of difficulty. It has very direct and conceptual questions from class 9 and class 10 levels. However, NTSE 2016 seemed to be lengthy despite being moderately easy.

All subjects were of easy and moderate level. Physics and Social Science and Chemistry were on the tougher side compared with MAT, LAT and Mathematics. Biology was also a little bit difficult. A subject wise analysis on the scale of level of difficulty of NTSE 2016 is as follows:

SubjectDifficulty Level
Social ScienceDifficult

Overall, the paper is considered slightly easier than the last year. Hence the cut off should slightly increase from last year in all categories as it is inversely proportional to level of difficulty of exam.

NTSE Cut Off 2016

NTSE Cut off is based on the performance of the candidates in the exam. NTSE 2017 cut off is the minimum marks which are required to be scored by the candidate to be eligible for the scholarship. The cut off will decide the selection of candidate for the scholarship. Candidates must obtain the scores equivalent to the cut off scores.

In the following table, NTSE Cut off for 2016 is mentioned category and paper. NTSE 2017 candidates can get a fair idea of the NTSE cut off from the following table:

Test PapersMaximum MarksQualifying Marks
Paper I MAT49 (1 question was scrapped)40% (19.6)17.15
Paper II Language Test (English)502017.5
Paper II Language Test (Hindi)502017.5
Paper III SAT96 (4 questions were scrapped)38.433.6
Total Marks for calculating Merit1455850.75



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