The Government of India founded the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in 1961 with the aim of improving the quality of school education in the country. One of these programmes was designed to recognise and cultivate gifted students. This programme took the form of the National Talent Search Exam (NTSE), which allowed for the identification of gifted students and the granting of scholarships to them.
The NTSE is divided into two levels. Both states and UTs administer the stage 1 test, while NCERT administers the stage 2 exam at the national level only to those students who pass the stage 1 exam. Students who pass the NTSE Stage 1 exam are entitled to take the Stage II exam.
A two-stage screening process is used to identify talent. Although each state/UT is responsible for the first stage of selection, the NCERT is responsible for the second stage of selection at the national level.
Each state/UT is responsible for its own review. They have the authority to establish their standards for deciding the candidates' eligibility. This exam is mainly used to recommend a certain number of candidates for the NCERT's second-level assessment. This figure is based on the number of students enrolled in Classes IX and X in various states/UTs. The candidates will be recommended based on their performance in the written examinations held by the states/UTs.
Eligibility For Stage 1
Students in Class X at any recognised school, such as a Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, or Sainik School, will be entitled to take the State Level Examination in the state where the school is located.
However, there will be no restrictions on where you will live.
The state may enforce any other eligibility requirements for taking the screening test, such as a minimum percentage of marks in the previous annual review.
Students enrolled in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible for a scholarship, if they are under the age of 18 (as of July 1st of that year), unemployed, and entering class X for the first time.
The Required Minimum Score in Class 9 For Stage 1-
Minimum Qualifying Marks (For General Category)
Minimum Qualifying Marks (For Reserved Category)
Jammu and Kashmir
NTSE Stage-2/ National Level Examination
Eligibility For Stage-2
Students of Indian nationality studying in India or abroad in Class X are qualified to take the National Talent Search Examination.
1. Candidates studying in India
Only the candidates chosen by the states/UTs based on their screening examinations will be qualified to take the NCERT's national level test, which will be held on the second Sunday of May each year (unless otherwise notified).
2. Candidates Studying Abroad
Students of Indian nationality studying in Class X abroad are eligible to apply for the Talent Search Award if they meet the following criteria:
Indian students in Class X or similar classes studying abroad will be exempted from the first-level screening test and will be allowed to take the NCERT's second-level examination directly.
An applicant is only entitled to sit for the second level NTS examination if he or she received at least 60% (in aggregate) in the previous annual examination.
An applicant must take the NTS test at a centre in India at his or her own expense.
An applicant who wishes to take the NTS examination must submit a request to the Head of the Institution where he or she is enrolled, along with an attested copy of the Class IX mark sheet (signed by the Head of the Institution). By the 31st of December of the relevant year, the request must be received by the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016.
The Council may assign roll numbers to qualified candidates and notify them of the exam date, time, and place, as well as any other pertinent instructions.
No requests for a change of centre will be considered.
If an applicant is chosen, the scholarship will only be paid for studies in India.
Change of centre will be allowed only under exceptional circumstances and following NCERT guidelines.
NTSE Registration/ Application form
Candidates have the option of filling out the application form online or offline. Different states will distribute the application form separately. The deadline for submitting an application varies from state to state.
The following are some general guidelines for the form filling procedure-
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Application form available online or with State/ UT liaison officer is only valid for the Stage 1 test. Liaison Officers of the State/UT agencies may provide some additional information or answer any questions about the specifics of the state-level investigation.
Before the due date as advertised/circulated by each concerned State/UT, the student's filled-in application must be sent to the State Liaison Officer, properly signed by the school's Principal.
Candidates must pay the application fee set by their respective state or territory.
Candidates or the principal must leave the 4-digit centre code blank on the NTSE 2021 Application Form; this must be filled out by the liaison officer, concerned district officer, or centre superintendent.
NTSE Application Fee
The state has the authority to charge any fee for the application form of the Stage-1 exam.
The applicants would not need to pay the entrance fee for the National Level Examination.
NTSE Exam Pattern
NTSE Exam is divided into two stages i.e. stage 1 and stage 2. Stage 1 is a state-level test administered by various states and union territories' authorities. Stage 2 is a national level test administered by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for Stage 1 qualifiers and Indian nationals studying abroad who are excluded from the Stage 1 exam. Both the Stage 1 and Stage 2 exams follow the same pattern.
The NTSE Exam is a paper-based test. Candidates must fill out OMR sheets with their responses.
There are two papers in the test. The Mental Ability Test (MAT) is the first document, and the Scholastic Ability Test is the second (SAT).
For Stage 1 exams, the test's medium will be determined by the State/UT.
For Stage 2 exams, in the application form, the applicant must specify the language in which he or she wishes to take the exam. As a result, the applicant will be given a question booklet in that language in the middle. After you've used this option, you won't be able to request a change of the medium. The exam medium can be Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu etc.
There is no negative marking in NTSE 2021.
The NTSE syllabus is based on NCERT's class 10th curriculum.
While studying for the exam, students should go through each subject thoroughly.
Multiple-choice questions from the Mathematics, Science, Social Science, English, General Knowledge, and Mental Ability syllabus are included in the NTSE.
STAGE 1 or State Level Examination Syllabus
There may be two sections to a state-level examination: Part-I of the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Part-II of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are used to choose the requisite number of candidates for the NCERT's second-level test.
STAGE 2 or National Level Examination Syllabus
Written Examination- Paper-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Paper-II Scholastic Aptitude Test would make up the written sample (SAT). The tests will both be given on the same day.
Mental Ability Test- There will be 100 multiple-choice objects, each with four options. There will be one mark on each piece. Candidates must respond to the items on a separate OMR sheet, following the directions in the test booklet and on the OMR sheet.
Scholastic Aptitude Test- The Scholastic Aptitude Test will consist of 100 one-point multiple-choice objects. Each item will have four options, with only one of them being the correct answer. Candidates must answer the items on a separate OMR sheet given at the examination centre according to instructions. There will be 40 items from Science, 40 from Social Science, and 20 from Mathematics.
The following is a brief description of all the topics in MAT:
Topics of NTSE Exam
Verbal and Non Verbal Analogy
Verbal and Non-Verbal Series
Water and Mirror Images
Cube and Dice
Alphabet and Number Test
Distance and Direction
Paper Cutting and Folding
Ranking and Arrangements
Calendar, Time, and Clock
NTSE Marking Scheme
No. of Questions
Paper 1 – MAT
Paper 2 – SAT
100 (Science-40, Math-20, Social Science-40)
There is no negative marking.
NTSE Exam Dates
NTSE application dates
NTSE Admit card releases
NTSE Exam dates
December 2021 & January, February 2022
NTSE Result releases
January – March 2022
The State/Union Territory will compile a list of candidates' merits, ensuring that they meet the required qualification marks in both examinations.
Candidates in the General and OBC categories are to receive 40% of the points, while SC/ST/physically disabled candidates shall receive 32%.
The results of the State Level Talent Search test are announced by the states/UTs themselves in January/February.
This assessment is only used to suggest candidates for the NCERT's second-level NTS examination.
The results of the State Level Examination are not applied to the results of the National Level Examination when scholarships are awarded.
The NCERT will not respond to correspondence about first-level examinations administered by the state/UT.
Any applicant who has a question, complaint, or clarification about the State Level Test should contact only the state examination agencies.
The final merit list will be prepared after the stage 2 results have been announced. On the website, the merit list will be available. To check the examination score, students can visit the official website of NCERT. Students have to enter their Registration number and Date of Birth to check the result.
For each level of education, around 2000 scholarships are awarded. These are the stages:
A scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month is given for students in classes XI to XII.
A scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month is offered to undergraduates and postgraduates.
The scholarship amount for PhD students is determined by UGC guidelines. Information on the NTSE Scholarship can be found here.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. What are the Benefits of NTSE?
You can bypass college admissions tests and gain direct admission to the college of your choosing.
Most reputable coaching centres that train students for careers in science (JEE, medical school, etc.) provide free entry and up to 50% off study materials.
If you are applying to the IIIT-Delhi, your JEE Main score will be increased by 6 points when considering entry.
NTSE scholars are given priority by a variety of international universities that offer undergraduate science programmes.
Getting the title of NTSE Scholar makes securing internships during the early years of college much easier than for others.
If they want to study in a foreign country, NTSE Scholars have an advantage over their peers. Those who qualify for US scholarships receive bonus points for taking the NTSE.
In India, some colleges have seats reserved solely for NTSE students. Without taking any entrance exams, you can get direct entry.
When applying for work interviews, having the tag of "NTSE scholar" on your resume is a plus. In government employment, an NTSE scholar is also given preference. In reality, it is beneficial during the selection process for NDA interviews.
2. What is the NTSE Exam For?
Ans. The NTSE is a scientifically developed talent assessment framework for students in class X. It assesses an individual's strengths and weaknesses using principles learned in school. Every year, nearly 300,000 students (a largely self-selected group of students) take the scholarship exam, with 2,000 scholarships awarded, 775 of which are not reserved. An NTSE scholar has a lot to look forward to in high school and beyond after an exciting and wonderful training trip.
3. Who is Eligible For the NTSE Exam?
Ans. Along with the official notification in the NTSE Stage 1, the conducting body has released the upper age limit for all candidates. Students in the open programme must be under the age of eighteen. This age restriction applies to both Indian and Indian-origin students who are studying abroad. If they are attending an open school or are of Indian descent studying abroad, the applicants must be unemployed.
For Stage 1
Candidates must register with the State/UT exam conducting body to take the NTSE exam. Indian citizens are the only ones who are qualified to apply.
Candidates in class X are also qualified to apply for the exam.
Candidates who wish to take the NTSE exam in class X must have passed a recognised board's class IX test. The applicant must have received a minimum of 60% on the class IX test.
Candidates must hold a degree that has been approved by the board.
Students who have completed or are scheduled to complete the class 10th examination and are enrolled in Open Distance Learning (ODL) are qualified to take the NTSE exam.
For Stage 2
Approximately 8000 candidates take the NTSE stage 2 exam each year. Candidates who pass stage 2 of the NTSE with the necessary minimum score are eligible for scholarships.