NCERT Started NTSE As a scheme called National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) in the year 1963  for the identification of talented students and awarding them with scholarships.

During the first year of the implementation of the scheme, it was confined to the Union Territory of Delhi wherein only 10 scholarships were awarded to the Class XI students.

ntse stage 1

In the year 1964, the scheme was extended to all the states and the union territories in the country with 350 scholarships for the students of Class XI.

These scholarships were awarded on the basis of a written examination, a project report and interview .after changes for many decades present scheme of NTSE has arrived.

NTSE Now a day is perceived as MINI IIT JEE EXAM for class 10 students Thanks to Coaching centres for the Publicity.

It has been Observed That KVPY Scholars are generally NTSE Qualified and a pretty large no. of NTSE Scholars Beg Seats In Indias Premier Engineering Colleges. Being A NTSE SCHOLAR is an achievement in itself.

Presently  The scholarship is awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in science and social science up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering. As on date, 1000 scholarships are awarded in the country with reservation of 15 per cent
for SC, 7.5 per cent for ST and 27 per cent for other backward classes and 4 per cent for a group of students with benchmark disabilities.

the latest change in NTSE pattern was made in  2018.

  • English/Language Paper Was abolished.
  • there is no negative marking for the NTSE Exam. 



The No. of Scholarship will Increase to 2000 in upcoming years NCERT is waiting for final approval by MHRD.


State level NTSE or NTSE Stage 1 Examination

 State Level NTSE-1 Exam is Conducted By State Education Authorities for the state and Selected  Candidates are recommended for NTSE STAGE 2 Level Which happens under the supervision of NCERT Delhi.

This examination is primarily used to recommend a given number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT. This number is based on the enrolment of students at Classes IX and X in different States/UTs. The candidates are to be recommended on the basis of the merit in the written examination conducted by the States/UTs.

The state-level screening examination is conducted in all State/UT’s on first Sunday of November except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram where it will be conducted on first Saturday of November every year until and unless some special circumstances occur. 

The following are the details for this year’s examination

Stage Date States/UTs
Stage-I 03 November ,2018 (Saturday) Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
04 November,2018 (Sunday) All other states
18 November ,2018 (Sunday) West Bengal and Kerala
Stage-II 12 May,2019 (Sunday) All States/UTs

After clearing both stages, Approximately 1000 students will be selected for a monthly scholarship. (After Stage 2 Exam).


Eligibility for NTSE Exam


All students studying in Class X in any type of recognized school including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Sainik School etc. will be eligible to appear at the State Level Examination from the State in which the school is located.

There is No domicile restriction for NTSE exam. Many times Students from Some state (like Delhi) Appear from UTTAR PRADESH(another state) to increase chances of selection. 

Minimum marks requirement is separate for the separate state and can be seen in different notifications here

Students registered under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible. for the scholarship provided the students

  • are below the age of 18 years (as on 1st July of that particular year) .
  • the students is not employed and they are appearing in class X for the first time.


For indian students studying abroad

The National Talent Search Examination is open for students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at Class X level. Students of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class X level may also compete for Talent Search Award under the following conditions:

  •  The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class shall be exempted from the first level-screening test and shall be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT.
  • A candidate shall be eligible to appear in the second level NTS examination only if he or she has obtained at least 60 per cent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination.
  • A candidate will have to appear in the NTS examination at a centre in India at her/his own cost. 
  • A candidate desiring to appear in the NTS examination may request through the Head of the Institution where he or she is studying along with an attested copy (by the Head of the Institution) of the mark sheet of Class IX. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st December of the concerned year.
  • The Council shall allot roll numbers to the eligible candidates and inform them about the date, time and the venue of examination along with other relevant instructions. No request for change of Centre shall be entertained.

If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only. Change of center will be permitted in genuine cases and as per instructions issued from NCERT


NTSE Stage 1 Exam Pattern:

There is no prescribed syllabus for the NTS examination. However, the standard of items shall be conforming to the level of Classes IX and X.From this year onwards English will not be the part of NTSE Exam and There will be NO Negative Marking for Any Wrong Question.

Paper Test name Maximum Marks No of Questions Duration
(in minutes)
Timings of Exam
I Mental Ability Test (MAT) 100 100 120 different for different states
II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 100 100 120  

different for different states

 *Exam Duration will be 150 minutes for Specially Abled students.

MAT Will Have Reasoning Type Questions to test Logical Ability of Students. Mental Ability Test will have 100 questions for 100 Marks.

SAT will Have Questions Testing Subject Knowledge of Students In Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Social Sciences. Scholastic Aptitude Test for 100 Marks with 100 Questions comprising Sciences (40) and Mathematics (20) Social Sciences (40).Each Question Carries one mark. All questions are Multiple Choice Questions with four options.


 There is a minimum cutoff requirement of 40 % in MAT and SAT separately for general category and minimum cutoff of 32 % in MAT and SAT for SC/ST/PH (both paper separately).



Medium of The exam

The tests will be available in the following languages:

Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. The candidate has to mention his option regarding the language in which he/she want to take the test in the application form. Accordingly, the question booklet in that language shall be made available to the candidate at the centre.

Every State and UT Mentions the medium in their Notification.


NTSE Scholarship Detail:

All selected (1000) students will get a monthly scholarship as per decided by NCERT, Delhi. Here Selected Means Final Selection In the Merit List Prepared by NTSE After Two Stages of Examination.

  • For Intermediate students (11th and 12th) – Rs. 1250 per Month.
  • For Under Graduation & Post Graduation Students – Rs. 2000 per Month.
  • For PhD students – As per UGC Norms 

 How to Apply

Each state publishes a notification for NTSE Exam on their websites and In prominent newspapers .as the notifications get published you can contact your school and apply online /offline. click here to get latest notifications

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED while filling the form

For SC, ST, and PH – A copy of caste, reservation, category, and disability certificates must be attached along with the application form.

For OBC Candidates – OBC or Other Backward Class applicants will also be required to send a copy of their caste certificate attached with the application. Only ‘Non-creamy layer’ students will be able to avail the reservation. 

  • Applicants must locate and identify their caste/ community in the ‘Central List of OBCs’ by NCBC (National Council of Backward Classes.
  • To find your caste/ community in the Central List of OBCs click here


It is essential to attach caste certificate (OBC/SC/ST) and Certificate for a Physically Challenged group, Certificates should be attested by gazetted officer. if the candidate of OBC/SC/ST/PH does not attach the attested photocopy of caste/disability certificate with application form they will be treated as a general candidate.


students are advised to have a photocopy of admit card for his/her record as admit card will be submitted after the exam.

The question paper will be given to the student.

In case of Any Help

Contact  the liaison officers of that particular state as liaison officers are responsible for state level NTSE Exams click here to get the list of liaison officer.

For NTS National Level Examination Inquiry:

Phone No : 011-26560464 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)
E-mail : ntsexam.ncert@gov.in
For State Level NTS Examination Enquiry : Contact the Liaison Officer of your State



The State/Union Territory will prepare a merit list of the candidates ensuring the minimum qualifying marks in both the tests separately.

These marks are 40 per cent in the case of General and OBC category candidates and 32 per cent in the case of SC/ST/physically challenged candidates.

The result of State Level Talent Search examination is declared in months of January/February by the States/UTs themselves. This examination is used only to recommend the candidates for second level NTS examination conducted by the NCERT.

The marks of the State level Examination are not added to the National Level Examination for an award of scholarship.

Admit Card 

Admit Card for NTSE STAGE 1 Exam are generally available 7-15 days before the exam. you can collect the admit card from your school district education officer or liaison officer of your state.

Quick Links

State NTSE Official Websites Link 2018-19


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