NTSE 2020 Exam Date

What do we Know About the NTSE Exam Date?

The National Talent Search Examination is a national level examination managed by the NCERT or National Council of Education Research and Training. It is one of the most coveted examinations in our country, which provides deserving students with a scholarship. The exam is held in two different levels and is held twice every year. For instance, NTSE exam date 2020 for Class 10 students is November 2020 (for stage 1) and May 2021 (for stage 2) tentatively.

What is NTSE?

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level exam to provide scholarships to the deserving students of our country. NCERT conducts this exam to identify the skilled and intelligent students in the secondary school level. 

NTSE exam is held at two levels, they are:

Stage 1 (State Level)

The first exam is held at a state level. Here all the students of Class 10 from any board are eligible to appear for this exam. This exam also has two parts:

  1. Part I – Mental Ability Test (MAT) which is based on general knowledge.

  2. Part II – Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) which is based on a candidate’s basic school-level knowledge of Science, Mathematics and Social Science.

Stage 2 (National Level)

The second level of this exam is held at a national level where every student who was successful in Stage 1 and has achieved the state cut-off of marks can appear. It is also held in two parts, which include:

  1. Part I – MAT

  2. Part II – SAT

They are the same as stage 1 of the exam.

The Important Dates Associated with the NTSE Exam

This NTSE exam is held all over India and every state has a different time and date for this examination. This entire process starts from the date of application and proceeds to the date of receiving your admit card, finally coming to the NTSE exam date. There are two stages of the exam that are held in a gap of 6 months. Hence, this exam is held over a long period and it involves several dates. For example, from the NTSE exam 2019 date, one can glean a few of the important dates associated with the NTSE exams. They are mentioned in the table below:

Events Associated with the NTSE Exam

Tentative Dates

Starting date of Registration of NTSE exam

Last week of July

Last Date of Application

August or September

Date of Distribution of Admit Card for stage 1

October to November

NTSE exam date for Stage 1


Date of Result for Stage 1

From January to April

The date for distribution of Admit Card Stage 2


NTSE exam date for Stage 2


Date of Result for Stage 2


These are the estimated dates associated with this examination. However, exact dates tend to differ from one state to another. For example, NTSE exam date 2020 for Class 10 students Stage 1 in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar Islands is November 2, 2020. 

The Exam date for Karnataka, West Bengal, Kerala, Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, Jharkhand and Bihar is November 15 and the rest of the states is November 3. Exam for the 2nd stage is supposed to be May 2021. However, all these dates are liable to get postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What is a National Talent Search Examination or NTSE?

Ans. National Talent Search Examination or NTSE is a scholarship programme started by the NCERT board in 1961. It is an initiative by the NCERT to identify students with academic excellence and award them with a scholarship programme until their PhD levels. All students studying in Class 10 from any board can appear for the exam. 

NTSE exams are held in two stages. The first stage is held at a state level, which is open to all students of Class 10. The second stage is held at a national level and comprises those students who are shortlisted in Stage 1. It provides scholarships to the best 2000 students that appear for this exam every year.

Q2. How to Apply for NTSE Exam?

Ans. The application process for the NTSE exam is very simple. The two stages of the exam do not require two separate forms; one form for stage 1 is sufficient for both the stages. Few easy steps to be followed for the application process of NTSE exam are as follows:

  • Step 1: Find out the notification of the Stage 1 NTSE exam date from the local newspaper by the respective state or Union Territory government.

  • Step 2: Collect the application form by the State Liaison Officer.

  • Step 3: Fill up the form carefully.

  • Step 4: Get the form attested by the head of your academic institution.

  • Step 5: Submit the duly filled application form along with the examination fee (if any) to the State Liaison Officer.

Q3. What is the Date of NTSE 2020 Exam Date?

Ans. The date of the NTSE exam 2020 will vary in different States and Union Territories. Stage 1 of this exam, which is held at the state level, is conducted on different dates for different states. The stage 1 exam dates for Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands are on November 1, 2020. For the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, NCT of Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir it is November 15 and for the rest of the states and Union Territories, it is November 3. However, stage 2 of the exam there is held on the same day for all the candidates of all the states, that is May 10, 2021.

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