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NTSE - National Talent Search Examination

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a State Level exam conducted by National Council for Education Research (NCERT) since 1963. The exam is organized with the view to find, nurture and encourage talented students by offering scholarships for pursuing further studies.


Students satisfying the following criteria can participate in NTSE:

  • An Indian Citizen
  • A student studying in class 10 in a recognized school of India
  • Student should secure 75% or above in class 9 to sit in this exam

Medium of Examination

English and Hindi

NTSE Reservation

15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged Group of Students each in respect of the class X.


First level exam for class 10


SAT: The syllabus for Mathematics, Science and Social Science is broadly based on the prescribed respective State Board Syllabus from standard 10th class (100 questions in SAT).

MAT: It has 50 question of 50 marks Time allotted is 45 minutes.

Language Test: It contains 50 questions on English Language. State Board books cover a lot. More focus is on vocabulary, grammar and basic understanding. Language in first stage is of qualifying purpose (40% of maximum score) only.

Second level exam for class X

NCERT has announced new pattern for stage 2 exam in December 2017, where each correctly answered question awards the student +1, and there is no negative marking.

PATTERN: Mental Ability test: 100 questions, 100 marks; Language test : No language Test ; Scholastic Aptitude test : 100 questions, 100 marks (40 questions from Science, 20 questions from Mathematics and 40 questions from Social Sciences). In SAT, the Mathematics and Science questions will be asked from the chapters in the syllabus of class 9 and 10. The Social Science questions will also be asked from the class 9 and 10 NCERT textbooks. Language test is only of qualifying purpose (40% of maximum score), its marks are not counted in the merit list.

Declaration of results

The results of the first stage of the exam are declared between Januarys to April, varying from state to state. The results of the second stage are declared between Julys to August. Students are divided into 4 quotas: General, SC, scheduled tribes ST, Disabled. Around 775 students are selected from General quota, 150 from SC, 50 from ST. The finals results of the second stage are displayed on the website by any time before May next year. They can publish final key/frozen key/revised key etc., as and when required.


The students who will qualify second stage (stage-2) are eligible for the scholarship. The amount of scholarship has been enhanced to Rs.1250 per month for class XI and XII and Rs.2000 per month for students studying under graduate and above. The scholarship is provided immediately after the result. In case students have not received the letter from NCERT after 5 weeks of the declaration of the result, they should contact NCERT for updates. The scholarship is expected to increase up to 4000-5000 in next few years. It was increased to Rs.1250 and Rs.2000 as per the orders in July 2014. There are no restrictions like parental income, government school, domicile etc. In case the student moves abroad for studies, the scholarship will no longer be provided.


NTSE Important Dates OF NTSE 2019


NTSE Events

NTSE 2019-20 Stage-1

NTSE 2019-20 Stage-2

NTSE application dates

August 2019 (Tentative)

No registration required

NTSE Admit card dates

Second week of October 2019 (Tentative)

Third week of April 2019 (Tentative)

NTSE Exam dates

November 02,03 2019

May 10, 2020

NTSE Result dates

January – March 2020 (tentative)

September 2020 (Tentative)

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