NTSE National Talent Search Examination details

What is NTSE Exam ?

National Talent Search Examination which is called NTSE in short is a national level examination which is conducted by NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training). This is one of the most prestigious national level scholarship based exam conducted in India.

This is also one of the oldest exam conducted at a national level in India. The first exam was conducted in 1963. The objective of the exam is to identify and award the best students in the country.

The exams are conducted for class 10 students.

What are the stages of NTSE exams ?

The exam has mainly two stages namely – Stage 1 (conducted at state level) and Stage 2 (Conducted at national level).

More than a million students from entire country are expected each year to participate in the exam.

This exam is taken very seriously by students who plan to appear for IIT-JEE examination as the marks obtained in the NTSE tests help them to take up coaching in prestigious coaching institutes and also get scholarships from these institutes.

Following are the details relating the various stages of NTSE exam:

Stage 1 :

Mental Ability Test (MAT): This exam is conducted to test the mental ability of students. The examination paper has almost 100 aptitude level questions of various difficulty levels. Each question carries one mark. The good part is that there is no negative marking for wrong answers.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): This exam also has 100 questions but in this there are 40 questions each from Science and Social science subjects and 20 questions from Mathematics. Here also each question carries one mark each and there is no negative marking.

National Talent Search Examination is a prestigious scheme to find and encourage the talented students in the country under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development implemented by NCERT. Under the scheme 1000 talented students are selected after passing two-tier NTS Examination. The following are the details for this year’s examination

NTSE Stage 2 – This exam is held at national level and only those candidates who qualify in the Stage 1 exams are eligible to sit in the NTSE stage 2 exams.

What is the Eligibility Criteria for NTSE Exams ?

If you meet the following conditions then you are eligible to sit in the NTSE examinations:

a) You should have score atleast 60 % marks in your class 9 examinations

b) This exam is applicable only for residents of India

c) If you are studying in a recognized school in class 10 then you can take this exam. The intimation of the exam will reach the school and the school will help you to send your applications.

All the schools affiliated to the Board are requested to encourage students studying in class X to appear for the National Talent Search Examination and see it as an opportunity to showcase their talent at national level.

What is the schedule for the NTSE exams ?

The schedule for NTSE Stage 1 is provided below -

schedule for NTSE Stage 1

Schedule for NTSE Stage 2 Exam is given below:

Schedule for NTSE Stage 2 Exam

Where can I get NTSE admit cards?

The NCERT has now started to provide eadmit cards to students for the NTSE Stage 2 exams, which can be downloaded from the NCERT website.

In which language can I give the NTSE exam ?

The students have the option to give tests in the following languages: Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. The student must mention the language option during the application stage. Please note that once the application is submitted then it will be difficult to change the language option. The examination paper will be accordingly available at the examination centre based on the choice of the student.

Where will I give the exams?

NCERT has allocated centres in various schools in the entire country. There will surely be a centre near to your home. All the details of the examination, date, time, address of the examination centre and your role number will be available on the admit card.

When will I get the NTSE admit card ?

The eadmit cards will be available on the NCERT website atleast 20 days prior to the examination date. In case the student finds any mistake in the admit card then they can get in touch with the NCERT NTSE helpdesk to resolve their queries.

How do I give the exam ?

The examination is taken on OMR sheets. The students are required to choose the correct answer. The evaluation of the answer sheets is done by computer. NCERT has always taken efforts to ensure error free results

What is the scholarship which I will get ?

About one thousand scholarships are awarded for different stages of education as follows:

(a) Scholarship ofRs.1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII.

(b) Scholarship ofRs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates.

(c) Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

What is the reservation for SC/ ST ?

At  the  national  level  for   Stage-II  Examination   15%   for  students   belonging  to  the SC  category,  7.5%   for  students  belonging  to  the  ST  category  and  27%   for  students  belonging  to OBC category     (Non-creamy layer) as per central list available on www.ncbe.nic.in/user panel/centralliststateview.aspx and 4% for Physically Challenged Group of Students, with benchmark disabilities of which, one per cent each shall  be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities  under clauses (a), (b) and (c) and one per cent for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses (d) and (e) namely:


a)      blindness and low vision;              (BLV)

b)      deaf and hard of hearing;             (DH)

c)       locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy;   (LD)

d)      autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness;  (AID) (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness

e)      in the posts identified for each disabilities'   (MD)


What are the dates of the upcoming examinations ?



Tentative Dates


Stage-I (State)

Last Date for Submission of Application Form

To be notified by the respective State and it may vary from state to state

Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands

03th November, 2018 (Saturday)

Examination in All other States and Union Territories except West Bengal

04th November, 2018 (Sunday)

West Bengal

18th November, 2018 (Sunday)

Stage-II (National)

Examination in All States and Union Territories

12th May, 2019 (Sunday)

What type of questions come in the NTSE exams, can I see sample question papers ?

Please refer to some sample questions below-

NTSE Sample Question Papers

NTSE Sample Question Papers

NTSE Sample Question Papers

NTSE Sample Question Papers

NTSE Sample Question Papers

NTSE Sample Question Papers

NTSE Sample Question Papers

NTSE Sample Question Papers

NTSE Sample Question Papers

The best way to prepare for the NTSE examination will be by referring to the NCERT books and doing the NCERT questions which are given at the end of the chapters which are coming in the exam.  After doing the NCERT questions the student should refer to the NCERT solutions which have been given on this website.  The NCERT solutions have been prepared in a very detailed manner which will help the students to understand a step-by-step approach of solving the questions.  Since the teachers have prepared these NCERT solutions does the students can refer to them and then understand the way by which the solutions have to be written in the examinations.  By doing the NCERT solutions they can be sure that the preparation is exactly as per the syllabus which have been issued by CBSE and nothing has been done out of course.  The importance of NCERT and NCERT solutions is increasing day by day as the books are being implemented in the entire country.

Click here to download NCERT Solutions free in pdf

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