NTSE Exam 2020-21


NTSE Exam Information

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The full form of NTSE is the National Talent Search Examination. It is one of the most prestigious scholarship exams in this country. This test aims to provide financial assistance to the academically gifted students. The National Council of Educational Research and Training or NCERT organises this exam every year via a two-tier process. Tier one is a state or union territory level exam and conducted by the respective state or UT government. Students who qualify this level can attend the Tier two exam, which is a national level exam. NCERT conducts this phase of the NTSE exam.

NTSE Exam 2020-21

Eligibility Criteria of NTSE Exam 2020-21

As mentioned above, this examination has two tiers and its eligibility criteria changes accordingly.

For Tier 1 Exam

  1. Students of Class 10 from any recognised school can apply for it. Candidates must know that they can only appear from the state where their school is situated.

  2. Additionally, students who are pursuing open and distance learning are also eligible provided that they have not crossed 18 years of age. Also, they are not employed and appearing for Class 10 for the first time.

  3. A state or UT may have their own set of eligibility criteria which they must fulfil.

For Tier 2 Exam

  1. The second stage of the National Talent Search Examination is open to every student of India.

  2. Also, Indian students who qualify the Tier 1 examination are eligible for this phase.

For Students Studying Overseas

Students who are Indian nationals and studying abroad in Class 10 can also apply for NTSE 2020-21. However, they need to fulfil the following criteria:

  1. They have to secure at least 60% in their previous examination.

  2. Candidates must take the exam in India, and bear the travel cost.

  3. They need to request via their respective Head of Institution.

  4. Lastly, they are eligible for the NTSE scholarship if they pursue their future studies in India.

While gathering information about the NTSE exam, students must accommodate themselves with its pattern as well. Follow the table mentioned below to know more:

The Pattern of NTSE Exam

Particulars of the Exam



Offline in OMR sheet


English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Asamiya, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam.

Number of Papers

2- MAT and 2- SAT

Number of Questions

Total 200 Questions, 100 Questions in each paper

Type of Questions

MCQ with four options and No Negative Marking


4 hours

Did You Know?

Qualified candidates will receive a scholarship of Rs.1250 every month for Class 11 and 12.

Syllabus of NTSE

Every candidate must know the details about the syllabus. As mentioned above, the exam has two papers i.e. MAT and SAT.

MAT (Mental Ability Test) has the Following Topics:

  • Coding-decoding

  • Venn diagram

  • Embedded Figure

  • Direction Sense

  • Analogy (verbal and non-verbal)

  • Mathematical Operations

  • Time and clock, and calendar problems

  • Ranking and Arrangements

  • Water and Mirror Images

  • Classification

  • Blood relations

  • Word problems

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) has three subjects: Science, Mathematics and Social Science. Students can follow the NCERT curriculum of these three subjects for preparations.

NTSE Exam Registration 2020-21

The NTSE exam registration process is straightforward. It is an offline process and students need to submit their application manually. Also, they do not need to fill out two separate applications for each stage. Here is a step by step guide for this process:

For Indian Students

  • Since the state or UT government organises the Tier 1 exam, students must keep an eye on the circulars in their schools and local newspapers.

  • Once it is available, they can get in touch with their State Liaison Office to get their NTSE form.

  • Fill the application form correctly and get it signed by the school Principal.

  • Submit it with the examination fee if it applies as per the State Liaison Officer.

For Indian Students Overseas

  • Request Head of Institution to appear for this exam.

  • Attest the Class 9 mark sheet from HOI ie Head of Institution.

  • Send the NTSE exam form with the attested mark sheet to the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi- 110016, before the last date.

  • The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class shall be exempted from the first level-screening test and shall be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT.

NTSE Exam Fees

NCERT does not charge any fees for the second tier of the exam. However, state or UT governments may charge fees for the first tier. Students can avail the NTSE exam details from their respective State Liaison Officer.

Due to the current situation, there has been some rescheduling of the exam dates of NTSE 2020-21. Candidates can refer to the following table for more information:

Exam Dates of NTSE

Events Associated with the NTSE Exam

Tentative Dates

NTSE Application Dates

October 2020

Date of Distribution of Admit Card for Stage 1

November 2020

NTSE Exam Date for Stage 1

December 12 and 13, 2020

Date of Result for Stage 1

January - March 2021

The date for distribution of Admit Card Stage 2

Awaited Notification

NTSE exam date for Stage 2

Awaited Notification

Date of Result for Stage 2

Awaited Notification

NTSE offers an opportunity for students to test their merit while competing with the best minds of this country. Apart from its monetary rewards, the recognition of this scholarship is invaluable.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What is the NTSE Exam?

Ans. NTSE is a scholarship program which aims to help students financially to bear the expenses of their studies. This exam has two stages: Part One and Part Two. The state or UT governments are responsible for organising the part one exam while NCERT conducts the second part. Students who successfully clear both the stages become eligible for the scholarship. Apart from Indian students, any candidate who is Indian but studying abroad can also participate, proving he/she fulfils the eligibility criteria. NTSE full form is the National Talent Search Examination. The exam has two papers MAT and SAT, and each paper carries 100 marks.

Q2. What are the Benefits of the NTSE Exam?

Ans. The NTSE exam benefit is that it provides financial support to students to continue their studies. Indian students who are studying abroad can only avail this scholarship if they plan their further studies in this country. Upon clearing this exam, an aspirant will receive Rs.1250 per month for Class 11 and 12, Rs.2000 during their graduation and post-graduation studies, and for their PhD course, they will receive a monthly allowance as per the norms of UGC.