NTSE Eligibility: Now only for students in Class X!
NTSE eligibility criteria have seen many changes over the years. For many years, NTSE used to conduct separate exams for students of Class X, XI ad XII. From 2006 to 2011, NTSE was conducted for students of Class VIII.
From 2012 onwards, NCERT has been conducting National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) only for students of Class X. NTSE eligibility criteria for 2014 will remain the same as eligibility for NTSE 2013.
NTSE exam is conducted in two stages. NTSE 2013 eligibility for Stage 1 of NTSE (conducted at state-level) is as follows:
Indian students, studying in Class X as on July 31, 2013 are eligible for the test, if they have secured at least 60% marks in Class IX during the academic session 2012-13. Students should be studying in recognised schools in respective states/UTs. There are no domicile restrictions though.
* SC, ST and PH category students get a relaxation of 5%, i.e., they can appear for NTSE Stage 1 program if they have secure 55% marks or more in Class IX during the academic session 2012-13.
Eligibility for NTSE 2014 (Stage 2)
Candidates who score more than 80% in the state-level examination and fall within the top ranks of the state (as specified in state quotas) can appear for the national-level examination conducted by NCERT. The details of the state quota will be made available on the official website of the NCERT.
About 4000 students are selected from the entire country for the national-level exam.
Stage 1 of NTSE will be conducted on November 16 and 17, 2013 while Stage 2 of NTSE will be conducted on May 11, 2014.