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NTSE Exam: 2017-18


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NTSE Exam 2018

General Information for NTSE

Existence: 1961

Exam Type:  Scholarship test from Class10 to Ph.D level

Conducted by: All States and Union Territory

Benefits of NTSE Exam

  • 1000 scholarships per class for each state test

  • Scholarship worth Rs 500 is provided to the candidate who qualifies the examination

  • Scholarship amount for Ph.D., is paid as per UGC norms

  • The scholarship is expected to increase up to 4k-5k in next few years

NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2018

The minimum eligibility for the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) examination is Class 10. However, from 2017 – 2018, it has been decided that NTSE exam will only be conducted for students of Class X from recognized schools, without domicile restriction.

NTSE Exam Pattern 2018


Questions, Maximum Marks and Time Allowed Table Sheet



No. of Questions

Maximum Marks



Mental Ability Test (MAT)



45 Minutes


Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
a) Language Test
b) Sciences, Mathematics & Social Sciences



45 Minutes



90 Minutes

Note: From 2017-18 there would be negative marking in NTSE second stage.

NTSE Syllabus 2018

I level exam for Std X


  • The syllabus for Mathematics, Science and Social Science will be broadly based on the prescribed respective State Board Syllabus from Std 9th - 10th class

  • Few states like Kerala refer both state board and NCERT books while few states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh ask questions primarily from their state board books

II level exam for Std X

At level II examination, there will be:

  • Mental Ability Test: 50 questions 50 marks

  • Language Test: 40 questions 40 marks

  • Scholastic Aptitude test: 100 questions 100 marks (40 q from Science, 20 q from maths, 40 q from SST)


  • The mathematics and science questions will be asked from the chapters in the syllabus of class 10th

  • The social science questions will be asked from class 10th


Candidate need to focus more on vocabulary, grammar, general awareness and basic understanding

NTSE Reservation

  • 15% scholarship is reserved for students belonging to SC category

  • 7.5% scholarship for student belonging to ST category

  • 3% for physically handicapped group

NTSE Quotas

Each state/Union Territory has been allotted a quota. The details of state/Territory quotas are made available on NCERT website.

NTSE Application Form 2018

  • The application form is made available at the NCERT official website

  • All correspondence relating to application form need to be addressed to the State Liaison Officers

NTSE Important Dates 2017 – 18

Know the important dates of NTSE examination 2017-18 and prepare accordingly.



Notification released on


NTSE Application process starts from


Last Date for Submission of NTSE 2018 Application Form for Stage-I

To be notified by the respective State/UT and may vary from State to State usually conducted in July

Stage-I Exam in Mizoram, Meghalaya,

04 November 2017 (Saturday)

Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Stage-I Exam  in  all other  respective States and Union Territories

05 November 2017 (Sunday)

Stage-II National level Exam  in  all States and Union Territories

13 May, 2018 (Sunday)

Final Result of NTSE 2018

Last week of August 2018

NTSE Results 2018

The result of NTSE first stage comes in the month of January, varies from state to state. The finals result of the second stage gets displayed on the official website of the NTSE.