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National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)

Updated: Jul 2, 2022

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NTSE Exam Overview

Name of the ExamNational Talent Search Examination aka NTSE
Which body conducts this exam
  • NTSE stage 1 is concluded by the respective states/UTs
  • NTSE stage 2 is concluded by the NCERT
Type of ExamNational Level
Class Standard12th Class
No. of Scholarships2,000
Scholarship Money

Rs. 1250 per month for Class 11th and 12th

For UG and PG it is Rs. 2000 per month

and, for research-level, the fee is described as per the UGC

Mode of ExamOffline
Exam Subjects & Papers

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Mental Aptitude Test (MAT)

Exam Duration

Mental Aptitude Test (MAT) -120 Minutes

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) -120 Minutes

Exam Date (2019-20)  for Stage 1

Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andaman, and the Nicobar Islands - November 03, 2019

All other states and UTs - November 04, 2019

Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal Delhi NCR - November 17, 2019

Jammu & Kashmir and Leh - December 1, 2019

Exam Date (2019-20) for Stage 2All States and UTs - May 10, 2020
Exam Centres

All 28 states and 9 Uts for Stage 1 exam

35 exam cities for STage 2

Official Website
Help Desk for the only Stage 2


Phone No: 011-26560464

Registration DatesThe official notification for the exam begins every year in August and the last date is notified by the respective States/UTs

NTSE 219-20 Important Dates

EventNTSE Stage -INTSE Stage -II
Registration DateBeginning of August 2019No Registration required
Admit Card Release DateOct 2019April 2020 3rd week
Result NotificationBetween January & March 2020September 2020


Candidates who wants to proceed for NTSE exam must accord the rules of

  • Every state and UT have their own set of rules in accordance with the NCERT such as age limit, minimum qualifying marks in the previous class, and academic qualification.

Stage 1 Eligibility Criteria

  • Students currently pursuing their studies in Class 10th. The school must be hailed from any recognized Private/Government schools including schools like Sainik Schools, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Kendriya Vidyalaya   

  • There is no domicile limitation so the respective students can appear in their respective state/UT’s for the NTSE stage 1 exam

  • There may be an additional rule applied by the SCERT of respective state/UTs for the stage 1 exam, for instance, minimum qualifying marks in the previous class.

  • Plus, this exam is applicable to those candidates too who are completing their education from Open Board such as the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or State Open Boards 

  • For candidates who are completing their education from Open Board, their age must not be less than 18 years when appearing for the NTSE scholarship exam. Also, the candidate should not have a job even a part-time job and the student should be appearing for the 10th standard for the first time.

Stage 2 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates studying in India`

  • The candidates should be an Indian Nationals, irrespective of the place from where they pursue their Class 10th qualifying examination i.e. in India or foerign

  • Obviously, they should have cleared the stage I exam at the states-level

Candidates studying outside India

  • The Indian national candidates pursuing studies foreign doesn't have to go for NTSE stage 1 instead they can directly go for Stage II exam of the NTS scholarship award.

  • The minimum qualifying marks should be at least 60 % marks in their previous classes which is  Class 9th.

  • Such candidates should be aiming to complete their rest of studies i.e. higher education only in India after the approval of the NTSE Scholarship.

NTSE 2020 General Requirements

  • The candidate should be willing to pursue higher education in India only besides going for approved subjects/courses like Social Science, Science, Economics, Engineering, and Medical stream.

  • The student should adhere to a proper code of conduct and behavior at the current school and for which the student is going for higher studies

  • Should not be on leave or absent from school without proper documentation and school authorities

  • The student should be a full-time student and doesn't work even part-time job or getting a salary/stipend

  • If the student is availing scholarships from one or two more schemes, the candidate has to decide which one to go for as the student can continue with only one

  • If the student is receiving getting benefits from any other scholarship, then the students NTS scholarship will be stopped and can be continued only if the services of the previous scholarship are stopped and the student has made application/request to NCERT for resuming the NTSE scholarship

  • If the student is getting a fee waiver or subsidy on their studies or one time grant, the candidate is still eligible to the NTSE scholarship
  • The NTSE scholarship will be discontinued if the candidate leaves out or drops out of studies within 1 year of the admission
  • The last but not the least, the candidate has to pass in all subjects if not the scholarship will be canceled and the passing subjects have to be the core subjects too and it should be in the first attempt too

NTSE Application Process

  • The candidates applying for the exam can apply to their respective states/UTs in offline/online mode or the method as prescribed by the respective authorities
  • The students can download it direct  from the official site or acquired from the respective schools/ the listed liaison offices of UTs/sates
  • Then submit to the school authority/principal along with the application fee if any

NTSE Admit Card

Stage 1

  • The Admit card for the NTSE exam is come up with the application form.
  • The students  are required to fill the admit card form along with the application form
  •  The requisite body/Liasion officer of state/UT signed the admit card and handed to the students on the second week of October

Stage 2

  • Now those who qualified Stage 1 can proceed on to the second stage
  • Admit card will be issued to them
  • They can download directly from the NCERT site in the month of April i.e. 1st week or 2nd week