Maths Talent Search Examination (MTSE)

Maths Talent Search Examination (MTSE) is a competitive examination conducted at various levels by the Indian Institute for Studies in Mathematics (IISMA). The focus of this exam is on mathematical reasoning, mental ability, novel approach, concepts, accuracy and speed.


  • Compels one to think critically.
  • Enhances one’s reasoning.
  • Tests one’s confidence.
  • With negative marking, gives exposure to the real competitive test.


MTSE is an open exam. Any student studying in Class III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX under any educational board is eligible to appear for MTSE. A student can appear only for the class in which he/she is studying during the academic year.

Nature of Exam

The paper consists of 50 objective questions i.e. each question has 4 alternatives. These questions are to be answered in 90 minutes, on an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) answer sheet. The correct answer is awarded with 2 marks, whereas the wrong one carries a penalty of 0.5 marks, except for Class III and IV.


Syllabus of respective class covered in CBSE and ICSE.

Tentative Exam Date

MSTE Exam is normally held in the month of April.


Students scoring above 30 or the Benchmark score, whichever is higher, are declared as successful. (The Benchmark score is the average score of all the students for that class.) The top 5 rank holders of each class are awarded mementoes. The top 200 successful students from each class are awarded a Certificate of Merit and Cash prizes worth more than Rs. 3.5 lacs as under. A Certificate of Participation is awarded to all other students writing the examination.


1stRs. 2500
2ndRs. 2000
3rdRs. 1500
4thRs. 1250
5thRs. 1000
6th to 10thRs. 750 each
11th to 20thRs. 400 each
21st to 35th Rs. 300 each
36th to 55th Rs. 250 each
56th to 80th Rs. 225 each
81st to 110th Rs. 200 each
111th to 150th Rs. 175 each
151st to 200thRS. 150 each

Source: http://www.iisma.com