NTSE (national talent search examination) is the National level examination conducted by NCERT in order to find talent and skills across the nation. It is conducted at two stages: Stage 1(State Level), Stage 2 (National Level). It is conducted for the 10th standard students and provides scholarship up to Ph.D. level

The number of scholarships  has increased from 1000 to  2000

  • Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII.
  • Scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Postgraduates.
  • Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.


Conducting Body NCERT
Mode of Examination  Online
Duration of examination 120 minutes
Type and number of questions  Objective type questions with 200 question in each stage
Papers in the first stage Two-, mental ability test, and the scholastic aptitude test

NTSE 2020 Exam Dates:

First Stage exam 2 November 2019 Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar islands
17 November, 2019 Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. 
3rd November 2019 IN rest all states
Second stage exam  10th May 2020 in all states and Union Territories.

The last date to fill the application form will be released by each state individually.

There will be no fees for the second level of examination. Although, it is expected to be imposed in the first level and the amount would be decided by the state authorities

NTSE Reservation Criteria

  1. 15% for students belonging to SC category.
  2. 7.5% for students belonging to ST category.
  3. 27% for students belonging to OBC category.
  4. 10% for students belonging to EWS (Economically Weaker Section) SC, not covered in ST and OBC category.
  5. 4%for Physically Challenged group of students

For Students Studying in Abroad:

Students studying abroad can also appear for NTSE and can fill the form in October 2019. A student who is studying in class 10th in the school outside India will be exempted from the first stage of examination and can appear directly in the second stage. The only condition is that a student should have obtained at least 60% marks in the previous annual examination. 

A candidate will have to appear in the NTS examination at a center in India at her/his own cost. A candidate desiring to appear in the NTS examination may request the same through the head of the institution where he or she is studying along with an attested copy (by the head of the institution) of the mark sheet of Class IX. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 the latest by 31 December of the concerned year. The Council shall allot roll numbers to the eligible candidates and inform them about the date, time and venue of examination along with other relevant instructions. No request for change of Centre shall be entertained.

If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only

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