What is NTSE?
NTSE or National Talent Search Examination conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). It is a national level exam, conducted only for 10th standard students .The objective of the exam is to provide scholarships to the exemplary students studying in class 10th. It is a matter of great honour and esteem for students to be known as the nation’s talent. The exam is conducted in two stages – Stage I and II.
The Stage 1 exam is a state-level exam and is conducted by all the Indian states and UTs. NCERT conducts Stage 2 exam which is a National level examination. Only those students who qualify in NTSE stage 1 will be eligible to appear for the Stage II exam.
NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern
|Papers||Total number of questions||Total marks||Subjects||Duration|
|Paper 1-MAT (Mental Ability Tests)||100 Questions||100||Aptitude Test||120 Minutes|
|Paper 2-SAT (Scholastic Ability Tests)||100 Questions(Science – 40, Social Science – 40, Mathematics – 20)||100||Science, Social Science, Mathematics||120 Minutes|
The students must have clarity regarding the exam pattern for better preparation.The NTSE is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage I and Stage II. The NTSE paper is available in both Hindi and English medium. The students get a choice to select any one language. The paper is divided into two sections i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).
- The paper is comprised of Objective type multiple choice questions.
- The examination is conducted through the offline mode only.
- For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given and there is no negative marking at stage 1 and stage 2.
- Reserved category candidates have to secure 32% marks to qualify the test, whereas general category candidates have to secure 40% marks to qualify the exam.
NTSE Syllabus for MAT (Mental Ability Test)
MAT tests for students’ logical reasoning and analytical skills. Students must have conceptual knowledge to solve the problems and also the key to score more is practice in Mathematics.
|Verbal and Non Verbal Analogy||Verbal and Non-Verbal Series|
|Distance and Direction||Blood Relations|
|Alphabet and Number Test||Ranking and Arrangements|
|Venn Diagrams||Mathematical Operations|
|Calendar, Time and Clock||Missing Characters|
|Embedded Figures||Paper Cutting and Folding|
|Cube and Dice & Water & Mirror Images||Word Problems|
NTSE Syllabus For Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)
As mentioned above, the SAT has two parts – Language Test and Science, Social science &Maths. The SAT, basically, tests students for their academic knowledge, reading skills, application skills, etc. The detailed syllabus for each of the parts of SAT are tabulated below:
NTSE Syllabus For Language Test
|Antonyms and Synonyms||Basic Rules of Grammar|
|Sentence Completion||Filling the Gaps|
|Comprehension Reading||Rearrangement of Jumbled Words|
|One Word Substitution||Paragraph Completion|
NTSE SAT Syllabus For Science, Social Science & Maths
This part includes three subjects – Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), Social Science (History,
Geography, Civics) and Maths. The syllabus for each of these subjects is given below:
NTSE Science Syllabus -
NTSE SAT Science Syllabus are tabulated below:
|Physics Syllabus||Chemistry Syllabus||Biology Syllabus|
|Magnetism and Electricity||Acid, Bases, Salt||Air, Water, Soil|
|Measurements||Periodic Classification of Elements||Micro-organisms|
|Motion and Force||Metals and Non-Metals||Reproduction|
|Work and Energy||Structure of Atom||Life Processes|
|Light and Sound||Physical and Chemical Changes||Heredity and Evolution|
|The Universe||Carbon and its Compounds||Food Production and Management|
|Source of Energy||Fibres and Plastics||Diversity in Living Organisms|
|-||-||Plant and Animal Nutrition & Human Body|
|-||-||Cellular Level of Organisation|
|-||-||Some Common Diseases & Our Environment|
NTSE Syllabus For Social Science
NTSE SAT Social Science Syllabus are tabulated below:
|History Syllabus||Geography Syllabus||Civics Syllabus|
|French Revolution||Water Resources||Indian Constitution|
|Industrial Revolution||Biosphere||Local and State Government|
|Mughal Empire||Agriculture||Indian Government|
|Maurya Empire||Resources and Development||-|
|Early Medieval Period||Diversity and Livelihood||-|
|Medieval Architecture and Culture||Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks||-|
|Indian Freedom Struggle||Maps and Globe||-|
|Early States||Natural Vegetation||-|
|Indus Valley Civilization||Our Country – India||-|
|Jainism and Buddhism||India and its Neighbors||-|
|Conquerors from Distant Lands||Motion of the Earth||-|
|Popular Movements and Social Reforms||Climate – India and World||-|
|Nationalism in Various Countries||Indian Physiographic Division||-|
|Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History||Drainage in India||-|
|Vedic Period||Solar System||-|
|World War I and II||Major Domains and landforms||-|
|New Empires and Kingdoms||Population||-|
|UN and International Agencies||-||-|
NTSE Syllabus For Mathematics
NTSE SAT Mathematics Syllabus are tabulated below:
|Arithmetic Progressions||Number Systems|
|Quadratic Equations||Rational Numbers|
|Square Roots and Cube Roots||Direct and Inverse Variation|
|Surface Areas and Volumes||Trigonometry|
|Circles||Simple and Compound Interest|
|Coordinate Geometry||Linear Equations in Two Variables|
|Introduction to Euclid’s Geometry||Statistics and Probability|
NTSE 2020 Answer Key, Solutions & Detailed Analysis
On clicking the links given below for stage 1 and stage 2 respectively, you will get the following information:
- NTSE 2020 Answer key
- NTSE 2020-21 Stage-1 Overall Paper Analysis
- NTSE video solutions
- NTSE target score predictor
- Previous years question papers and answer keys
Scholarships and its Benefits
The primary objective of conducting NTSE is to award scholarships to potential candidates who are aspiring to pursue higher education in Science or Social Studies stream. These scholarships takes away some of your financial concerns and provide you more time to study, gain knowledge and secure better marks. NTSE scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the aggregate performance of students in both the stages of the examination.
NTSE scholars are granted a scholarship of Rs. 1250 per month for Class XI and XII and Rs. 2000 per month for graduation and higher studies by Indian government.
|Rs. 1250 per month||For Class XI and XII|
|Rs. 2000 per month||For graduation and higher studies by Indian government|
Benefits of the scholarship
NTSE scholars receive the following benefits other than the above mentioned:
- Preference to NTSE scholars in NDA (National Defence Academy) Exam
- NTSE scholars are offered 15 seats in IIIT-Hyderabad which is considered equivalent to IIT-Bombay.
- NTSE scholarship is a step towards easy Foreign University admissions.
- Positive impact in various Public and Private sector Jobs.
- Bonus marks are provided to scholars who clear NTSE by IIIT-Delhi, an Engineering College under Government of Delhi.
Basic Requirements for awarding NTSE Scholarships
- The candidate should pursue only the approved courses in Science, Social Sciences, Engineering and Medical streams only and should be willing to pursue higher education in India only
- Candidates should maintain good code of conduct in their school and continue their higher education in future.
- They should attend the school regularly, not take leaves unless essential and inform the authorities on taking any leave.
- The candidates should not be engaged in any sort of employment, not earn any salary or have any source of income and should be a full time student
- If the candidate is already getting any other scholarship under any other scheme he/she has to opt for one of them. The candidate will be bestowed the benefits of NTSE Scholarship only when he/she requests for the same to NCERT.
- The candidates getting fee waivers/ one-time grant/fee subsidy and accommodation are eligible for NTSE Scholarship
- If any student discontinues his/her education within one year of admission, the scholarship will not be awarded to him/her.
- Candidates must pass all subjects of their course in the first attempt only. In case they fail to do so in any of the core subjects, their scholarship will be cancelled.
NTSE 2021 Eligibility Criteria
Educational Qualification for Stage 1
- 1. The students should be Indian Nationals and registered with theState/UT exam conducting body to appear for this exam.
- 2. The students who are in class X can also apply for the exam.
- 3. The students must have cleared the class IX examination from arecognized board and with a minimum of 60% marks.
- 4. The students must have obtained a degree recognized by the board.
- 5. The students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) andappearing/completed class 10th examination are allowed to appear for the NTSE exam.
NTSE 2021 Eligibility Criteria for Stage 2
- 1. Students who have secured 80% marks on the state board are eligible for stage 2 of the NTSE exam.
- 2. Every year around 4000 candidates appear for stage 2 of the NTSE exam. The candidates who clear the NTSE stage 2 with the minimum marks defined are eligible for scholarships.
NTSE 2021 Reservation Policy for Indian Nationals
The NTSE will follow some rules defined by the Government of India. The candidate must be Indian nationals. The candidates who qualify for the NTSE stage 2 examinations will be getting reservation benefits.
The general category candidates must secure 40% marks in each of the NTSE exam papers. The reserved category students need to secure 32% marks in each of the exams. The NTSE reservation scheme is as follows:
|Category details||Percentage reservation|
|SC (Schedule Cast)||15%|
|ST (Scheduled Tribe)||7.5%|
What is the reservation scheme for Indian Nationals Studying Abroad
The students of Indian origin who are studying class 10th from any foreign board or school will be getting a scholarship only if he/she studies further in India. The following table shows the reservation ratio percentage scheme in NTSE exam:
|Category details||Percentage reservation|
|SC (Schedule Cast)||15%|
|ST (Scheduled Tribe)||7.5%|
Exam Day Guidelines
- Students must bring their admit cards, pencil, pen, and a photo identity card to the examination hall.
- All the students should reach the exam centre at least 45 minutes before the commencement of the examination.
- Any student who is comes 15 minutes after the commencement of the exam, will not be allowed to write it.
- It is not allowed to bring electronic gadgets in the examination centre.
NTS Exam Procedure 2021
Students appearing for the NTSE can apply from their respective state/UT in the offline/online mode. Students who wish to give the examination need to download the form online and submit it to the School Principal for certification before the last date along with the application fee (if applicable).
NOTE : The offline NTSE Application Form 2021 can be obtained from the school or if no information is provided by the school, students can directly contact the the listed Liaison Officers for the states/UTs only.
The NTSE admit card 2021 is attached with the application form of NTSE which is required to be filled by the students. This admit card is then signed by the State Liasion officer and handed over to the candidate in October.
Atleast 15 days before the examination, admit card for stage – 1 will be made available by the school authorities. The admit card is provided is provided by online/offline modes by the respective state/UT for state-level examination. Without admit card, no student will be allowed to sit for the exam.
Students who qualify the state level examination are issued NTSE 2021 admit card by NCERT for stage 2 exam in the online mode only that can be downloaded from the official website of NCERT in the month of April 2021.
The NTSE stage I result declares the students who qualify the paper of both MAT and SAT. The candidates can check the result of NTSE stage 1 exam in the online mode on the official website of the SCERT/DGE of the respective state/UT. The NTSE stage I exam result 2021 is released in the form of a merit list, which mentions names, marks, ranks of all qualified candidates for the respective state/UT.
All those candidates who qualify the stage 1 exam of NTSE, at the state level are eligible to appear for National Level NTSE which is conducted by NCERT. The exam pattern, exam details, and subjects are the same as that of NTSE stage 1
The result of NTSE stage II examination is announced in the month of September. Candidates will be able to check their NTSE stage 2 result through the link provided by the NCERT where they need to enter their roll number and date of birth. The result mentions separate scores as well as the combined score for MAT and SAT paper. The NTSE scholarships will be granted after the announcement of NTSE stage 2 result based on its Merit list.
The NTSE state level and national level examination is conducted at the exam centres 2021 designated by the exam conducting authorities. For state-level examination of NTSE, the respective states/UTs allot the exam centre to candidates that is mentioned on the NTSE admit card. For NTSE 2020 stage 2, the examination is conducted at the designated test centres by NCERT.
NTSE Exam Centres for Stage 1
- The states/UTs conduct the NTSE exam 2021 in the offline mode at appointed exam centres only.
NTSE Exam Centres for Stage 2
|Andaman & Nicobar Islands||KV No 2, RakshaVihar, Minnie Bay|
|Andhra Pradesh||KV, Gandhi Gram Post, Malkapuram, Visakhapatnam|
|Arunachal Pradesh||KV No 2, Itanagar, Chimpu Post, Arunachal Pradesh|
|Assam||KV CRPF Mile Amerigog, Kamrup, Guwahati|
|Bihar||KV no 1, Lohiya Nagar, Near Heart Hospital, Kankarbagh, Patna|
|Chandigarh||KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh|
|Chhattisgarh||KV No 2, DeenDayalUpadhyay Nagar, Sector 4, Raipur|
|Dadra & Nagar Haveli||KV, Government High School Campus, Silvassa|
|Delhi||KV No 3, Ringroad, Near SeemaSadakBhawan|
|Goa||KV, INS Madovi, Panjim|
|Gujarat||KV No 1, Near Police Commissioner’s Office, ShahiBaug, Ahmedabad|
|Haryana||KV No 1, AFS, Sector 14, Old Delhi Road, Gurugram|
|Himachal Pradesh||KV No 1, DharamshalaCantt, Kangra|
|Jammu and Kashmir||KV No 1, Gandhinagar, Jammu|
|Jharkhand||KV CCL, Rajendra Nagar, Ranchi|
|Karnataka||KV, ASC Center, Victoria Road, Bangalore, Karnataka|
|Kerala||KV No 3, Port Trust, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Ernakulam|
|Madhya Pradesh||KV No 1, Opp Central India Flour Mill, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal|
|Maharashtra||KV, Bhandup, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg West||KV, BEG, Near Deccan College, Pune|
|Manipur||KV No 1, Lamphelpat, Imphal|
|Meghalaya||KV, Happy Valley, Shillong|
|Mizoram||KV, Project PushpakZemabawk, Aizawl|
|Nagaland||KV, CRPF Camp, Lerie Hill, Kohima, Nagaland|
|Odisha||KV No 1, Unit 9, Near Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar|
|Puducherry||KV, IIT Campus, Chennai|
|Punjab||KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh|
|Rajasthan||KV No 1, Bajaj Nagar, OppTonkPhatak, Jaipur|
|Sikkim||KV, Post Tadong, Middil, Siyari, Gangtok|
|Tamil Nadu||KV, IIT Campus, Chennai|
|Telangana||KV No 1, Langer House, Golconda, Hyderabad|
|Tripura||KV (GC) CRPF, Adarani, Salbagan, Agartala|
|West Bengal||KV, Ballygunge, Circular Road, Kolkata|
|Uttar Pradesh||KV, Lucknow Cantt||KV, New Cantt, VD Road, Allahabad|
NTSE 2020 Qualifying Cutoff
|MAT||40% i.e. 40 marks out of 100||32% i.e. 32 marks out of 100|
|SAT||40% i.e. 40 marks out of 100||80 out of 200 marks|
|Total||32% i.e. 32 marks out of 100||64 out of 200 marks|
Previous Year NTSE stage 2 Cut off
|Category||Combined MAT & SAT paper (total scores out of 197 maximum marks)||NTSE Cut off marks|
|General||186 marks||150 marks|
|General PH 1 (Physically Handicapped – Orthopedic)||144 marks||111 marks|
|General PH 2 (Physically Handicapped – Hearing Impaired)||124 marks||78 marks|
|General PH 3 (Physically Handicapped – Visually Impaired)||131 marks||101 marks|
|SC||149 marks||122 marks|
|SC – PH 1||113 marks||71 marks|
|SC – PH 2||87 marks||87 marks|
|ST||145 marks||113 marks|
|ST – PH 1||93 marks||90 marks|
|ST – PH 2||81 marks||81 marks|
NTSE 2020 Scholarship Quota
|1||Andaman & Nicobar Islands||20|
|8||Dadra & Nagar Haveli||20|
|9||Daman & Diu||20|
|15||Jammu & Kashmir||64|
|Total||29 States and 7 UTs||8387|
Download Stage 1 NTSE 2021 Result of all States and UTs
NTSE stage 1 Result 2021 is announced by all states and UTs between March and March 2021. The candidates are intimated about NTSE 2021 stage 1 results by respective state/UT as and when announced. The NTSE results 2021 for Stage 1 mentions the qualifying status of candidates in both the papers i.e. MAT and SAT. The result of NTSE stage 1 2021 is made available on the official website of the exam conducting authority of respective state/UT.
|States/UTs||NTSE Stage 1 Results|
|Karnataka NTSE Result 2021 (Out)|| Click to download district-wise merit list
Click Here to visit the official website
|Jharkhand NTSE Result||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Gujarat NTSE Result||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Chandigarh NTSE Result||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Jammu & Kashmir NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Tamilnadu NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Kerala NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Rajasthan NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Maharashtra NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Assam NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Uttarakhand NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Himachal Pradesh NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Meghalaya NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Punjab NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Odisha NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Haryana NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Puducherry NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Andhra Pradesh NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Telangana NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Chattisgarh NTSE||Click Hereto visit the official website|
|West Bengal NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Madhya Pradesh NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Uttar Pradesh NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|Delhi NTSE||Click Here to visit the official website|
|NTSE Goa||Click Here to visit the official website|
|NTSE Sikkim||Click Here to visit the official website|
NTSE Stage 2 Result 2020
Students can check their NTSE result using their roll number and date-of-birth. NTSE stage 2 result is provided in the form of provisional result and will include student’s score details along with their OMR response sheet of NTSE exam. Students need to verify their NTSE stage 2 result using their response sheet and answer key and report for any kind of discrepancy before the last date as mentioned on the official website. The final result of NTSE is declared by NCERT in the form of category-wise merit lists. Stage 2 cutoff marks are also released along with NTSE Stage 2 result.
The merit list of NTSE stage II will mention candidates' names, their father's name, and roll numbers. It will not mention scores or ranks for the stage II exam of NTSE. These candidates will be awarded the NTSE scholarship.
The result of NTSE stage 2 exam will be processed in the online mode only and NCERT makes sure that there is no discrepancy in processing the results. Therefore, NCERT will not consider any request for re-checking/re-evaluating the results, if any candidate raises an objection to the scoring.
NTSE 2021 Dates
|Application Forms releases||October 2020|
|Last date to apply||Varies from state to state|
|NTSE admit card for stage 1 (in online as well as offline mode)||November 2020|
|NTS Examination 2021||December 12, 13, 19, 27, 2020 and January 3, 17, 24, February 21, 2021|
|NTSE answer keys (stage 1)||Within 5-7 days after the exam|
|NTSE Results (stage 1)||March-May 2021|
|NTS Stage 2 examination 2020||February 14, 2021|
|NTS Stage 2 examination 2021||June 13, 2021|
|NTSE stage 2 Result 2020||April 2021|
|NTSE Results (Final) 2021||October 2021|
|8 Mar '21 - 31 May '21||Announcement of NTS Stage 1 Examination State-wise
|13 Jun '21||NTSE 2020 Stage II Exam|
|1 Oct '21 - 29 Oct '21||Announcement of NTS Stage 2 Examination|