Let us first know “What is NTSE”
NTSE is the National level scholarship program by Government of India. It is not just a competition for scholarship but also a matter of pride for many students as they get awarded nationally. NTSE is usually conducted in two levels i.e. Stage I and Stage II every year. Stage I is held by respective State and Stage II is by the NCERT them self. In both the stages students are tested on subjects like Mental Ability (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). It constitute of Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. It is a very important exam for point of view of class X students. If the students clear this exam they get ample of benefits till they get a nice handsome job. Now let’s know the important part i.e. Eligibility.
Eligibility for NTSE
Like other exam this one also has an eligibility i.e. all students cannot enrol under this program. Student of Indian nationality is only eligible irrespective whether they study in India or not at Class X level. Whereas candidate studying Abroad having Indian Nationality can exempt first level and have permission to appear directly for second level.
Now, let’s have a glance over the eligibility of each Stage:
NTSE Stage I eligibility: 1. Candidate must have scored at least 60% marks in Class 9th and have passed the exam from any recognised Institute of State or Union Territory.
- The open Distance learning (ODL) students are also eligible for this exam.
- ODL candidate is eligible only if they are below 18 year of age at the time of exam and also are not employed.
Now, For S stage II: For NTSE stage II only those candidate is eligible who clear the NTSE stage I.
Benefits of NTSE Scholarship
Since NTSE program is a National level exam and only few candidates clear Stage II thus its benefits are also many. These benefits should serve as a” Motivation” to all those candidates who have a goal to clear this exam. NTSE scholars are provided with scholarship of rupees 1250 per month for Class XI and XII. Also, students are also awarded with rupees 2000 per month for graduation and higher studies by the Government of India.
Apart from these benefits the NTSE scholars also get benefits of:
- NTSE scholars also get Preference from NDA National Defence Academy Exam organised by UPSC.
- Many Engineering College for Information Technology such as IIIT Hyderabad offers 15 seats to NTSE Scholars
- These scholars also get preference in Foreign University admissions.
- Scholars also get an important benefit in Private and Public jobs.
- IIIT-Delhi gives bonus Marks to these NTSE scholars, an Engineering College under Delhi Government.
For any students these benefits will make their education pretty easy and privileged. Students who are in the 9th or below classes can prepare in prior for this exams and should avail the benefits of such a program by Government. Any average student can become NTSE scholar as this exam will test your understanding of each and every subject you have studied up to Class 9th.Above benefits can allow students to create their own Fate.
Now, let us get about the aspect of this exam.
As discussed previously, this exam will be held in two stages i.e. Stage I and Stage II. This exam allows students to give exam in either English or Hindi. This allows students from every sphere to prepare for this exam. This paper is divided into:
No. Of Questions
SAT language test
SAT ( Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences)
NTSE exam has a very easy pattern as compared to other exam. NTSE pattern consists of:
- Objective type multiple choice questions
- The examination is conducted through offline mode only
- For every correct answer 1 mark is allotted
- There is no negative marking in both stage
Talking about the different category, General category students have to obtain 40% marks to qualify while reserved category students have to obtain 32% marks to qualify the test. With this a question comes in the mind of students that what is the cut-off of NTSE? So here the final cut off marks is usually declared by NCERT after the completion of Stage II. There are subject wise and also Category wise cut off by NCERT. While for Stage I it is decided by the respective states.
For the NTSE Result, Merit list is published once the result of stage II is announced on the official website of NCERT i.e. www.ncert.nic.in.