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About NTSE

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is considered one of the most prestigious examinations in the country, for its reputation as well as its scholarship for motivating students to pursue courses in sciences and social sciences. The examination is considered very difficult and so are the interviews. The examination is considered at par with the likes of KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana).

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) was established by the Government of India in the year 1961 with a view to bringing about qualitative improvement in school education in the country. No sooner the Council was set up than it mounted a number of programmes in this direction. One such programme took up the shape of a scheme called National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) in the year 1963 which provided 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. In the year 2000, the number of scholarships was raised from 750 to 1000 with the provision of reservation for SC and ST candidates based on the national norms of 15 per cent and 7½ per cent respectively.

Recent developments

    • The examination will consist of Mental Ability Test(MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test(SAT)
    • Quota for State/UT will be computed proportionally on the basis of students enrollment in Class IX and X
  • The amount of scholarship will be Rs. 500/- per month for all the students studying in Class XI onwards(irrespective of class/course) except for Ph.D., wherein it is paid as per UGC norms.

The scholarships under the present scheme are awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions provided in this brochure.

Important Dates

The first round of NTSE takes place in the month of November every year. For the complete schedule, you can view the following table:

Events Dates(Tentative)
Application begins August 2018
Last date of application As provided by States/ UTs
NTSE stage 1 exam for Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands November 4, 2018
Stage 1 exam for all other states November 5, 2018
NTSE stage 2 exam May 13, 2019

Make sure to be updated by the dates set by your state and Union Territories for the last date of application. Students must make a note that NTSE Stage-I Admit Card will be available from your State/UT website.

NTSE Application form

  • Students can download the application form of NTSE 2017-18 for different states and Union territories from the respective official websites where it is available, or through the liaison officer of each state.
  • Candidates can either download the application form from the official website or obtain it from the listed liaison officer. However, the NTSE application form 2017-18 has to be submitted in offline mode only.
  • During completion of the form, candidates are required to remit an application fee for NTSE 2017-18 along with the application form.
  • Candidates must make sure that they need not send any NTSE 2017-18 application form to the official address of NCERT. It is to be submitted to the liaison officer of the respective state.
  • Candidates are not required to apply for NTSE stage 2 exam as NTSE application 2017-18 is a one-step application process.

Step by step procedure of NTSE application form

Students must carefully note the following steps and only do as mentioned. Since the methods are slightly unconventional with respect to other examinations, students must not make any error while applying for the NTSE examination. Read on the step by step procedure for filling the application form:

Step 1: Obtaining the application form

To obtain the NTSE application form, students can download the application form of NTSE 2017-18 for different states and Union territories from the respective official websites where it is available, or through the liaison officer of each state.

Step 2: Filling up the NTSE application form

Candidates need to fill up the NTSE application form in their own handwriting as per the instructions and affix their photograph along with signature at the space provided on the application form. The following details have to be provided:

  • Passport size photograph – black and white and attested by the Head of the institution
  • Name of the candidate
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name
  • Area in which candidate resides (Rural/urban)
  • Gender, Category, Disability
  • Postal Address for correspondence
  • Name and address of institution in which studying class X level
  • Type of institution (Govt/Private/Govt Aided/Private unaided/Rural/Urban)
  • Medium of Examination at State and NCERT level
  • Parents’ occupation
  • Parents’ annual income
  • Contact details

This completed application must be signed by the Principal of teh school (Head of the institution). The candidate as well as the principal should adhere to the last date of submission of the application form.

Other instructions:

  • Use Legal (8.5” x 14”) size paper for taking print.
  • Incomplete/wrongly filled in NTSE application forms are liable to be rejected.
  • The Indian Students Studying Abroad should fill the relevant items of the application forms and should forward it to NCERT along with Class IX mark sheet.
  • Please mention the name of State or Union Territory, where the candidate wants to appear in the national level NTSE examination, in the covering letter.
  • Applicants are requested to refer/consult the NTSE application form, published by the State or Union Territory, for caste category reservation. Some options of Caste Category (like OBC, Other 1 and Other 2), given in the form are applicable for the State or Union Territory only. No reservation will be given against these categories by the NCERT in the national level examination.
  • NCERT is not responsible, if any other item, which is not given in the common NTSE application form, has been included by the State or Union Territory.

Step 3: Payment of application fee

States and Union Territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage-I examination. Students will be required to remit the application fee as specified by the state or union territory exam conducting body. Before submitting the application form, you may find out the fees charged for Stage-I Examination and also the mode of payment from the respective State Liaison Officers (LOs). However, NCERT does not charge any fee for Stage-II examination.

Step 4: Submitting the NTSE application form

Candidates must make sure that they do not have to send the NTSE application form to NCERT office. The application form needs to be submitted in offline mode at the official address of the state liaison officer. Before submitting the form, candidates must ensure the NTSE application form has been filled and attached with required documents as per the instructions only. Candidates can either send the NTSE application form via speed post/registered post or can submit it at the official address by visiting the liaison office in person. For the address and contact details of the respective liaison office, you can refer to the following detail for each state and union territory.

List of Liaison Officers for NTSE Application Form

Candidates can check below the list of officers as appointed by the NCERT for NTSE application form related queries –


Name of the

Name of the State/UT Liaison Officer and

Ph. No. Office Email Address

Official Website

1 Arunachal Pradesh Mr. Talom Tabi
Deputy Director
Directorate of Secondary Education
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh – 791111
Fax No. 0360-2291482,
[email protected] click here
2 Assam Mr. Khabir Uddin Ahmed
Dy. Director
Office of the Director of Secondary Education, Kahilipara, Guwahati, Assam – 781019
0361-2381657 [email protected] click here
3 Manipur Sh. R.K. Tenedy Singh
Vigyan Mandir Officer
Directorate of Education (Schools), Lamphelpat, Imphal, Manipur – 795004
0385-2411095 [email protected] click here
4 Meghalaya Smt. Margarette C. Blah
Selection Grade Lecturer
Directorate of Educational Research And Training (DERT), Laitmukhrah Nongrimmaw,
Shillong, Meghalaya – 793011
0364-2233752 [email protected] click here
5 Mizoram Mrs. Zothanmawii
Deputy Director, School Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Chaltlang, Aizawl, Mizoram – 796012
0389-2347790 [email protected] click here
6 Nagaland Mr. N. Woshamo
Research Associate, SCERT, Kohima, Nagaland – 798621.
Fax 0370-2270173
[email protected] click here
7 Sikkim Mr. Bilal Prabhakar
Deputy Director (Scholarship) Human Resource Development Department of Education
Govt. of Sikkim, Tashiling Secretariat
Gangtok, Sikkim – 737101
03592-220903 PBX Fax-03592-205177
[email protected] click here
8 Tripura Smt. Kuheli Debbarma
Deputy Director
SCERT, Abhoy Nagar, Agartala, Tripura – 799005
[email protected] click here
9 Andaman & Nicobar
State Institute of Education, Siksha Sadan, Link Road, Port Blair, A & N Islands – 744101
03192-232730 [email protected] click here
10 Bihar Dr. Sanjiwan Sinha
SCERT Mahendru Post Office
Patna, Bihar – 800006
Fax 0612 2370783
[email protected] click here
11 Jharkhand Dr. Arbind Pd. Singh
Jharkhand Academic Council, Gyandeep Campus, Bargawan Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand – 834010
0651-2261181, 6453342,
43, 44 and 45
Fax 0651-2261999
[email protected] click here
12 Odisha Mrs. Aparna Mishra
Assistant Director
Directorate of TE & SCERT Unit IV, Bhubaneswar, Odisha – 751001
0674-2502928 & Fax
[email protected]
[email protected]
click here
13 West Bengal Dr. Syed Nurus Salam
Deputy Director of School Education (Basic)

Directorate of School Education
Bikas Bhawan, 7th Floor
East Block, Salt Lake City
Kolkata, West Bengal – 700091033-23348005
Fax [email protected]click here14ChandigarhMrs. Mamta Sharma
Assistant Professor
SCERT, Sector – 32C, Chandigarh (U.T.) – 160031.0172-2676011
Fax 0172- [email protected]click here15New DelhiMs. Madhu Singh
Deputy Director, Directorate of Education Science & TV Branch
Behind Lady Shri Ram College, Lajpat Nagar – IV, New Delhi-110024.011-26280409
[email protected]click here16Jammu and KashmirDr. Farooq Ahmad Peer
Director Academics, Liaison Officer (NTS), J & K State Board of School Education, New Campus
Lal Mandi, Bemina, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir – 190018Fax-cum Phone
[email protected]click here17HaryanaSh. Sunil Vashishta
Lecturer Commerce, SCERT, Sohna Road,
Opp. Panchayat Bhawan, Gurugram, Haryana – [email protected]click here18Himachal PradeshMrs. Rita Sharma
Associate Professor
SCERT, Rabon, Solan, Himachal Pradesh – 1732110179-227135

[email protected]

[email protected]

click here19PunjabMrs. Rumkeet Kaur
Lecturer in Math
State Institute of Science Education, PSEB Complex, Block-E 6th Floor
Phase – 8, Ajitgarh, SAS Nagar, Mohali, Punjab – [email protected]click here20RajasthanMr. Rajendra Kumar Saxena
Assistant Director – Exams
Board of Secondary Education
Ajmer, Rajasthan – 3050010145-2632877
[email protected]click here21Uttar PradeshSh. Anandkar Pandey
Director, Bureau of Psychology
SCERT, 2 Lowther Road, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh – [email protected]click here22UttarakhandDr. Sunita Bhatt
Assistant Director
State Council of Educational Research and Training, Rajeev Gandhi Navodaya Vidyalaya, I.T Campus, Nanurkhera, Dehradun, Uttarakhand – 2480010135-2789655
0135- 2789710
[email protected]click here23ChhattisgarhProf. S.L. Ogare
SCERT, DIET Campus, Shankar Nagar, Raipur, Chhattisgarh – 4920010771-2442241
[email protected]click here24Daman & DiuSh. Rajesh J Halpati
Head Master
Government High School, Vaniyawad, Nani Daman

Opposite Custom House, Daman & Diu – [email protected]click here25Dadra and Nagar
HaveliSh. Salim Dinganker
State Liaison Officer, NTS/NMMS Directorate of Education
1st Floor, Building No.5 PWD Campus,
Above Animal Husbandry, Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli – [email protected]
il.comclick here26GoaSh. Jaywant Waman Naik
Vocational Education Officer
Directorate of Education
State Council of Educational Research and
Training , Alto-Porvorim
Bardez, Goa – 4035210832-2417276
[email protected]click here27GujaratSh. Dharmendra R Saradava
Gujarat State Examination Board, Opp. Government Library,
Sector-21, Gandhinagar, Gujarat – 382021.079-23248461
[email protected]click here28Madhya PradeshMs. Survi Parashar
Assistant Manager, Rajya Shiksha Kendra Pustak Bhawan “B” Wing,
Arera Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh – 4620110755-2559952
Fax – [email protected]click here29MaharashtraSh. Sukhdeo Hari Dere
Maharashtra State Council of Examinations
17 – Dr. Ambedkar Road,
Pune, Maharashtra – 411001020-26123066
Fax [email protected]click here30Andhra PradeshSh. Chikile Nageswara Rao
Deputy Commissioner
Office of the Director of Govt. Examinations,
Chapel Road, ABIDS Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh – 500001040-23237345
Fax –
[email protected]
yahoo.comclick here31KarnatakaDr. M.V. Krishnamurthy
Senior Assistant Director
DSERT, No.4, 100 Feet Ring Road, Banashankari,
3rd Stage, Bangalore, Karnataka – 560085080-26422239
Fax 080-26422377
080-26422372/[email protected]click here32KeralaDr. Meena. S
Assistant Professor, SCERT

Vidhya Bhavan, Poojappura (P.O.)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala – 6950120471-2341883
FAX [email protected]click here33LakshadweepMrs. Subaidabi, C.P.
Govt. Senior Secondary School, Kavaratti, Lakshadweep – 68255504896-262874
[email protected]click here34PondicherryDr. J. Krishna Raju
Joint Director
Directorate of School Education, Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Centenary Educational Complex, Anna Nagar, Puducherry – [email protected]click here35Tamil NaduMs. D. Vasundra Devi
Directorate of Govt. Examinations, College Road
Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu – 600006044-28272088, 28278286
[email protected]click here36TelanganaSh. D. Chalapathi Rao
Deputy Commissioner
Director of Govt. Examinations, Chapel Road, Hyderabad, Telangana – [email protected]click here

NTSE is one of the most prestigious examinations of the country. Make sure to follow the above procedure step by step. Feel free to contact elders and teachers regarding any step where you feel stuck. Get the documents ready correctly in the first attempt so as to save further effort. That’s all for now. All the best!


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