Maharashtra Talent Search Examination (MTSE)

Aims of MTSE

  • To Search the talented students.
  • To equip the students for NTS (std.VIII) and other competitive examinations in future.
  • To encourage the students to appear for various competitive examinations and to create an urge and ambition to succeed in each examinations from an early age.
  • To honor and encourage the selected students by awarding scholarships and prizes


  • All students studying in std. VIII, IX and X in Govt. recognized schools. Appearing for MTSE has proved to be useful as a preparation for NTS Examination. Majority of MTSE Scholars have succeeded in NTS Examination. However, appearing for MTSE is not a prerequisite for NTSE..
  • For appearing at MTSE std. IX, it is not compulsory to have appeared at MTSE std. VIII.
  • For appearing at MTSE std. X it is not compulsory to have appeared at MTSE std. VIII & IX.


Paper I - Mental Ability Test (MAT)

It will have a slightly higher difficulty level than the Mental Ability Paper of Scholarship Examination of Std. VII for Std. VIII., MTSE & NTSE of Std. VIII for Std. IX and MTSE & NTSE of Std. IX for Std. X. For mathematics the syllabus will be as per the school syllabus for respective classes for the entire academic year.

Paper II - Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

For Std. VIII, Std. IX and Std. X the syllabus will be as per the school syllabus for respective subjects and classes for the entire academic year. The students should use the regular prescribed text books prescribed for the academic year. It is expected that the student should thoroughly study the curriculum of the whole year.


Interview will be conducted only for Std. IX & Std. X carrying 50 marks. There is no specific syllabus for the interview. The abilities such as understanding, analysis, application with respect to the school subjects will be tested. In addition, the knowledge of current national and international events, the environment in which one lives, achievements in extra-curricular activities in school, hobbies, sports etc., will also be considered.

Pattern of Question Paper

There will be two written papers. Total time: Three hours. It will be of multiple choice type. Four alternative answers will be provided for each question and the student has to select the appropriate answer.

Tentative Schedule

Written exam: End of April
Interviews: End of May
Communication of Results to Schools: End of June

Source: http://www.mtsexam.org