NTSE or the National Talent Search Examination is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research & Training to award meritorious students from all backgrounds with scholarships. Students normally prepare for NTSE Examination while in class 10th.
National Talent Search Scheme started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme is to identify talented students and nurture them. This year NCERT will conduct the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) in coordination with states for students studying in Class X. NTSE 2018 – 2019 in all States and Union Territories will be conducted on Nov 03, 2018. NTSE 2018 – 19 stage II will be held on May 12, 2019.



NTSE Eligibility


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. However, no domicile restriction shall be imposed. The state may impose any other eligibility condition for appearing in the screening examination like any qualifying percentage of marks in the previous annual examination etc. Students registered under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible for 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.
Centre of Examination


Generally the candidate belonging to a particular state shall be allotted the centre in the same state. Normally there is only one centre in each state for the National Level Examination. The conduct of examination at the centers shall be done under the supervision of the Centre Superintendent appointed by the NCERT. An independent observer for each centre is also appointed by the NCERT.
NTSE State Quotas


Each State/Union Territory has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage II examination, the details of which will be made available on NCERT website. However, there will be no State/Union Territory Quota for the final award of scholarship after the Stage II examination.
NTSE Examination Pattern


State level examination may have two parts: Part-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Part-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for nominating the required number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT. The pattern of written examination at State / UT level is as follows:
Stage I & II: Examination at the State/UT level will comprise three papers i.e
 No of questions
 Mental Ability Test (MAT)
120 minutes
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
120 minutes
Mental Ability Test: There shall be 100 multiple-choice type items, with four alternatives. Each item will carry one mark. Candidates are required to answer the items on a separate OMR sheet as per instructions given in the test booklet and on the OMR sheet.
Scholastic Aptitude Test: The scholastic Aptitude Test will consist of 100 multiple-choice items of one mark each. Each item shall have four alternatives, out of which only one will be the correct answer. There shall be 40 items from Science, 40 from Social Science and 20 from Mathematics, Candidates are required to answer the items on a separate OMR sheet to be provided at the examination centre as per instructions.
  • Only candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be considered for merit.
  • Selection of the awardees will be made on the basis of total Marks scored in MAT & SAT based on merit.
  • There will be No Negative Marking
  • 32% SC, ST and PWD and 40% for Others (General& OBC)
NTSE Selection Process


There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage-I, selection will be done by States/UTs through a written examination. Students who qualify Stage I will be eligible to appear for Stage II examination conducted by NCERT.
Qualifying marks for candidates from General category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC, ST, PH is 32% in each paper.
Language Test : Qualifying in nature and marks obtained for language test will not be counted for final merit
NTSE Reservation


  • 15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category,
  • 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and
  • 4% for Physically Challenged Group of Students.
NTSE Scholarships


On the basis of the National Talent Search Examination, 1000 scholarships will be awarded. The amount of scholarship will be as uner:
  • Scholarship of Rs. 1250 per month for class XI & XII
  • Scholarship of Rs. 2000 per month for UG & PG
  • Scholarship for Ph.D will be fixed in accordance with the UGC Norms.

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