NTSE

National Talent Search Examination

About the Exam: NTSE is a national-level scholarship program for students studying in Class X to identify and recognize the nurture talent.

It is one of the most prestigious exams in India conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

The exam is conducted every year at two levels: Stage-I (State Level) and Stage- II (National Level).

Scholarships:

The scholarships are awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in Sciences and Social Sciences up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level.

Close to 500,000 students appear in this scholarship exam every year, and 1000 scholarships are awarded for different stages of education as follows:

a.     Scholarship of Rs. 1250/- per month for Class- XI to XII

b.     Scholarship of Rs. 2000/- per month for undergraduates and Post-graduates.

c.      Amount of Scholarship for Ph. D. is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

Eligibility:

  • All the students of Class X are eligible to appear for the Stage-I exam.
  •  Students from both government and private schools are eligible to register.
  • Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for the scholarship, provided the student is below the age of 18 years (as on 1st July of the particular year), the student should not be employed and s/he should be appearing in class X examination for the first time.
  •  The scheme is open to students of Indian nationality & can be from any state of the country.
  • Qualifying marks for candidates from General category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC, ST and PH 32% in each paper.

Reservation:

Category

SC

ST

PC

Percentage

15

7.5

3

Selection:

The states and the union territories have been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting the first tier screening examination known as State Level Talent Search Examination.

Each state and union territory selects and recommends a stipulated number of candidates for the national level examination to be conducted for about 4000 candidates by the NCERT.

Those who qualify Stage-I, will be eligible to appear for Stage-II, conducted by NCERT. A stipulated number of candidates who qualified at the national level examination are called for face-to-face interviews.

Exam Format:

Stage-I & II: Exam at the State/UT level will comprise of three parts, namely     (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT), (b) Language Test (LT) and (c) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

  • The pattern of Stage-I & II will be as follows:

Paper

Test

Questions

Marks

Duration

Paper-I

MAT

50

50

45

Paper-II

LT(Eng/Hindi)

50

50

45

Paper-III

SAT

100

100

90

  • At Stage-II (National Level), there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducted.
  • No marks will be deducted for un-attempted questions.

The award of scholarships is finally determined on the basis of the candidates’ scores obtained in all three components namely the MAT, the SAT and the Interview.

NTSE 2017, Stage - II (State) Examination is on Nov. 4 & 5, 2017 and Stage-II (National) Examination in All States & Union Territories is on May 13, 2018 (Sunday).

**Indian students studying abroad are exempted to take Stage-I Exam.