Maths Talent Search Examination


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 the respective class covered in CBSE and ICSE.

Tentative Exam Date

February first Week


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.





Rs. 2500


Rs. 2000


Rs. 1500


Rs. 1250


Rs. 1000

6th to 10th

Rs. 750 each

11th to 20th

Rs. 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 200th

RS. 150 each


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