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Learn About the National Talent Search Tests
It is always best to know as much as possible about the test before you take it. The National Talent Search Examination will be conducted for students studying at class VIII level. The examination consists of two tests namely the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Each test consists of 90 multiple choice type questions.

Each question has four alternatives marked 1,2,3 and 4. The candidate has to select one correct answer from the given alternatives and mark its number in the answersheet. Each correct answer carries one mark. Thus the total score of a candidate in a test is equal to the number of questions answered correctly by him/her. To make the candidates acquainted with the questions in the above tests, some sample questions in each of the two tests are given below. These questions will give the candidate, a feel of the nature and level of the questions expected in the test. The answer for each question is provided at the end. The rationale has also been given for some questions, which will help you to understand the logic of the correct answer. Mental Ability Test Items

This test is given to the candidates to judge their power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation, etc. A variety of questions e.g. analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, hidden figures, coding-decoding, block assembly, problem solving etc. are used for this purpose. To acquaint the candidates with such questions, some examples are given below. The rationale to find the answer to each question is given at the end. The candidates are advised to try to solve these questions themselves first. Later on, they may look at the solutions to find their correct answer and the rationale

Sample Questions for Mental Ability Test (MAT)

1-3. There is some relationship between the two terms (figures/letters) on the left side of the sign (::). The same relationship exists between the two terms on the right of the sign (::) of which one is missing. Find the missing one from the given four alternatives.
1. L L M O : M M N O : : A A B D : ?
1. B B C E
2. B B C D
3. A A B D
4. A B B C
2. 9 : 25 : : 49 : ?
1. 36
2. 81
3. 64
4. 100

4 – 5 The capital letters in each of the following words are coded and written in small letters on the right side of each word, but the small letters do not appear in the same order as the letters in the word. Find out the codes for letters and answer the questions that follow.
K I N G : b d m e
R I N G : d e o b
I N K : e m b
I R K : o e m

4. Which is the code for letter K?
1. e
2. m
3. d
4. b
5. What would be the code (in correct order) for the word K I N ?
1. e m b
2. m b e
3. o m e
4. m e b
6. In the following question the problem figure on the right is hidden in one of the four figures marked 1, 2, 3 and 4. Find the alternative, which the problem figure is hidden.

7.– 8 Study the following number line and answer the questions that follow .
7 5 9 5 2 3 5 9 4 8 5 9 5 4 5 9 3 5 5 9 5 3 5 9 4 5 2 5 3 5 6 5 9 . 7. How many times is ‘5’ is followed by ‘9’? But in such pairs, ‘3’ should not come before ‘5’.
1. 3
2. 4
3. 5
4. 6
8. How many times do the two consecutive numbers (numbers one after the other) have a difference of 2?
1. 5
2. 7
3. 9
4. 8

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  1. pavithra says:

    dear sir

    i want last year nts model questions paper


    i want the sample paper of imo class 8th sir plzz send me the sample paper

  3. ashish says:

    very bad

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