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What is NTSE?

  • National Talent Search Examination or commonly known as the NTSE is an National Level Examination conducted by NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) to provide the scholarship to the deserving candidates.
  • This exam is conducted for secondary school level to identify and recognize students with high intellect and skills. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage 1 (State level) and Stage 2 (National level).
  • Roughly around 1000 scholarships are awarded to candidates and about 1,200,000 to 1,400,000 students appear for the examination every year.
  • Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII. Scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates and an amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.
  • Below are all other details of the NTSE examination that you need to know.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who wish to appear for this examination must note that there are certain eligibility criteria set out by the CBSE. One should keep this in mind and must fulfill them to appear for the NTSE examination. Remember that the NTSE Eligibility Criteria for each stage differs.

  • Nationality: Only Indian nationality candidates can appear for the examination.
  • Age: Those who are registered in Open Distance Learning (ODL) program will also be considered eligible if they are below 18 years of age (as on July 1, 2018) and are not employed when they appear for Class X exam. Class X students can also apply for Stage 1.
  • Qualification: A minimum of 60% marks Class IX is required. SC, ST and PH candidates will need 55% marks in Class IX. Candidate must be studying in a recognized school in their respective State or Union Territory.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria (Stage 2)

  • Candidates will need 80% marks or above in the State level exam, to be considered eligible.
  • Every student who secures the minimum required marks in Stage II will be eligible for the scholarship program.

NTSE Reservation Criteria

  • 15% for students belonging to SC category.
  • 5% for students belonging to ST category.
  • 4%for Physically Challenged group of students, with benchmark disabilities of which – 1% each will be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses –
  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Loco motor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.

1% for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses, Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness. Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses in the posts identified for each disabilities.

Application Process

  • Mode of Application: Candidates can fill application form through both the online and offline modes. Application form will be distributed separately by different states.
  • Application Fee: Candidates have to pay the application fee as prescribed by their respective State/UT.
  • While filling NTSE 2019 Application Form candidates or the principle have to leave the 4-digit center code blank, this has to be filled by the liaison officer or concerned district officer or center superintendent.
  • Note: The process of form filling is different for Indian students who are studying in their home country and Indian students studying abroad.

Admit Cards

The admit card for NTSE will be made available by the authorities according to the official schedule. It will contain important information such as candidate’s name, candidate’s roll number, exam date and timing as well as exam center address.

  • NTSE admit cards for Stage 1 will be sent by post to candidate’s address, as specified in the application form.
  • Candidates can visit the office of Chief Superintendent to obtain their hall ticket, in case the admit card is not received.
  • The admit card for NTSE Stage 2 will be available on the official NCERT website a week before the date of the exam.
  • Candidates must download their respective hall tickets from the website.
  • Carrying only the admit card on the day of the exam is not enough. Entry inside the exam center will not be granted if the student fails to produce his photo ID card.

Exam Dates

  • Last submission date of NTSE 2018 Application Form: To be notified by the respective State/UT. It may vary from state to state (31st August 2018 tentatively)
  • NTSE 2018 Admit Card for Stage 1: October 25, 2018 to November 4, 2018 tentatively
  • Stage 1 Exam in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands: November 3, 2018
  • Stage 1 Exam in all other States/UTs except West Bengal: November 4, 2018
  • Stage 1 Exam in West Bengal: November 18, 2018
  • Stage 2 Exam in all the States/UT: May 12, 2019

Exam Pattern

  • The exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 examination is conducted at state level by the state authorities. Stage 2 examination is conducted at all other states and union territories.
  • The paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. Students need to select any one language from both the languages.
  • The paper is divided into two sections i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).
  • The examination is conducted through the offline mode only.
  • The paper is comprised of Objective type multiple choice questions.
  • For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given and there is no negative marking at stage 1 and stage 2.
  • Reserved category candidates have to secure 32% marks in each year to qualify the test, whereas general category candidates have to secure 40% marks to qualify the test.

Tips to Prepare for NTSE

  • Thoroughly go through the NCERT books of 9th and 10th for the NTSE exam.
  • Choose your reference books prescribed experts and toppers and stick to them.
  • Since there is a lot of content available on the NTSE, you are advised to choose your content wisely and follow it till the end.
  • Practice as many sample papers as you can.
  • Analyze your performance after each mock test.
  • Work on individual sections
  • You should strengthen your MAT and SAT sections. Give sufficient time for both and also work on your general knowledge skills.
  • Work Hard and stay healthy.

Important note for NRI applicants: NRI students do not need to appear for Stage 1. They are directly qualified and can appear for Stage 2 Exam.