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National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is conducted by National Council for Educational Research (NCERT) since 1963 to remark talented students and nurture them through offering scholarships for pursuing future studies. NTSE, despite all its awesomeness, is still not known enough. Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding NTSE to help you shape your carrier right from High School.

1. How is NTSE conducted?

NTSE is conducted in a two tier examination process. NTSE Stage one exam is conducted by States and Union Territories (UT). The selected candidates appear for Stage Two which is conducted by NCERT. There are no interviews.

2. Who can apply for this exam?

All students studying in Class 10th in any type of recognized schools including Kendriya Vidyalayas, Military School and Sainik School are eligible to appear for the State level Examination (NTSE Stage One) from their respective states. This scheme is not available for other classes. Moreover, the concerned State/UT may impose other eligibility criterion for appearing in the Stage One Exam.

3. How many students get through NTSE Stage One?

There is a quota earmarked for all the States and UTs. The State quota is calculated on the basis of student enrolment at the secondary level with a minimum of 10 for UTs and 25 for states.

4. How many scholarships are awarded every year?

About 1000 scholarships are awarded every year.

5. Is there any reservation for scholarships?

There is a provision of reservation for ST and SC candidates based on National norms of 15% and 7.5%, respectively. Only those candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks under these categories are eligible for scholarship. Moreover, there is a provision of 3% reservation for physically challenged students.

6. How long successful candidates will be getting scholarship?

The awardees studying Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Commerce, Vocational courses are eligible to receive scholarship up to PhD level. Awardees studying professional courses in Medicine, Engineering, Technology, Management and Law are eligible to receive scholarship up to second degree level.


1. When and where can I apply for the Stage One exam?

Each State/UT conducts its own Stage One exam for which advertisement is released in the month of July- August. You need to look for advertisement or circular in the school by the respective State/UT government and act as per the requirement. For further queries, please contact the Liaison Officer of your respective State/ UT whose addresses are provided on NCERT official website.

2. When is Stage One examination held?

The state level exam is normally conducted in all States/UTs on the second Sunday of November except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram, where it is conducted on second Saturday of November every year until and unless some special circumstances occur.

3. Should we apply through school or directly?

You need to submit your application after getting it signed by your Principle before the due date. You are advised to send your application to the Liaison Officer of your State/UT.

4. Can we send our application directly to NCERT?

NCERT does not receive applications or entertain any queries related to the Stage One exam.

5. What will be the medium of Examination at Stage One? Is there any fee for appearing in the exam?

The medium of examination shall be as announced by the State/UT. Similarly, each State/UT has its own rules with respect to charging of fee.

6. What is the pattern of the NTSE Stage One?

The first Stage examination normally has three parts- Mental Ability Test(MAT), Language Test, and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

7. When are the results for NTSE Stage One announced? Are marks scored in Stage One included in Stage Two exam conducted by NCERT?

Results are usually declared by January/ February by the respective State/UT. No, the first stage marks are for mere qualification to the next stage.

8. What is the eligibility for appearing in NTSE exam?

NTSE eligibility.

9. What are the 10 things to be an NTSE scholar?

Best tips and tricks to be an NTSE scholar.


1. When is the Stage Two Exam conducted?

It is conducted on the second Sunday of each year (unless notified).

2. I have cleared my Stage One exam. What is the protocol now?

NCERT will convey the Roll number, venue and the time for national level exam to the selected students through speed post. There is no need for any further form submission. Please contact NCERT in case of further queries. In case there is any change of address prior to the national level exam, it shall obligatory on the part of the candidate to communicate the same to the State examining authority, which in turn shall inform NCERT.

3. What should I do if I seek a change in the exam venue after receiving the application?

NCERT is not obliged to change the centre of exam in any case. However, in an exceptional case, the centre may be changed on a written request received by NCERT 15 days after the issue of the Admit cards and 10 days prior to the exam. Moreover, in such a case, test booklet will be provided in English to the candidate.

4. My son/daughter is studying abroad; can he/she appear for NTSE examination?

Any student of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class 10th level can appear for NTSE, provided they have secured 60% in their previous examination. Abroad students will appear in the NTSE Centre in India at his/her own cost. Such candidates are exempted from Stage One Exam and can send application request through the head of their institution (along with an attested copy of Class 9th result) to Head Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi- 16. If such candidates are selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.

5. What is the pattern of the Second Stage NTSE paper? Also, what is the prescribed syllabus?

For NTSE Stage Two, there are three papers with a prescribed time limit to finish each- Mental Ability Test of 50 questions (time limit- 45 minutes), Language Test of 50 questions (45 minutes) and Scholastic Aptitude Test of 100 questions (90 minutes). Three different OMR sheets will be provided for each test. Standard of the questions will be conforming to the secondary level. However, there is no prescribed syllabus for NTSE Stage Two paper.

6. Language test is conducted in how many languages? Is it qualifying in nature?

Language Test is conducted in either English or Hindi, according to the choice of the candidate. The Language test is qualifying in nature, i.e., marks scored in Language test will not be counted in the final merit.

7. Will I be getting the SAT and MAT question booklet in my respective State Language?

Test booklets will be available in Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telgu and Urdu.

8. When are the results of the NTSE Stage two declared?

Results will be uploaded on the NCERT website by August. Only selected candidates shall be informed through speed post.

9. Is there any provision for rechecking/ re-totalling?

All the OMR sheets are put on the web portal to maintain transparency. Since the exam is computer based, which is highly efficient, there is no provision for re-totalling or rechecking.

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