What is NTSE?

NTSE or National Talent Search Examination is a national level exam conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). This exam is conducted only for 10th standard students .The objective of the exam is to provide scholarships to the exemplary students studying in class 10th. Moreover, it a matter of great honor and prestige for students to be known as the nation’s talent. This exam is conducted in two different stages – Stage I and II.
The Stage 1 exam is a state-level exam and is conducted by all the Indian states and UTs. Stage II is a National Level exam conducted by NCERT. Only those students who qualify in NTSE stage 1 will be eligible to write 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.


There is no defined syllabus of NTSE but on the basis of past year paper analysis experts have created the given syllabus. The syllabus includes all basics of class 9th and10th.

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
Classification Coding-Decoding
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
British Raj Atmosphere Judiciary
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 -
World History - -
UN and International Agencies - -

NTSE Syllabus For Mathematics

NTSE SAT Mathematics Syllabus are tabulated below:

Arithmetic Progressions Number Systems
Polynomials Real Numbers
Quadratic Equations Rational Numbers
Square Roots and Cube Roots Direct and Inverse Variation
Mensuration Percentage
Surface Areas and Volumes Trigonometry
Circles Simple and Compound Interest
Triangles Arithmetic
Coordinate Geometry Linear Equations in Two Variables
Introduction to Euclid’s Geometry Statistics and Probability
Quadrilateral Parallelogram

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 fundamental objective of organizing NTSE is to award scholarships to potential candidates who are endeavoring to pursue higher education in Science or Social Studies stream. These scholarships takes away some of your financial concerns. Thus, it gives you more time to study, gain knowledge and secure better grades.. NTSE scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the overall 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%
Physically Challenged 3%

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%
Physically Challenged 3%

Exam Day Guidelines

Do not panic on the day of examination and do follow the these 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

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

The table below lists all the exam centres for NTSE Stage 2 –

UttarakhandKV ONGC, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun

State/UT Exam Centre(s)/Venue
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
Lakshadweep KV, Kavaratti.
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

NCERT revised the quota for allotment of NTSE scholarship for each state in 2019. The scholarship quota is revised every 3 years for 29 states and 7 UTs. Check below the present scholarship Quota for each state in the table below -

S.No States/UTs Quota
1 Andaman & Nicobar Islands 20
2 Andhra Pradesh 263
3 Arunachal Pradesh 50
4 Assam 202
5 Bihar 691
6 Chandigarh 20
7 Chattisgarh 195
8 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 20
9 Daman & Diu 20
10 Delhi 153
11 Goa 50
12 Gujarat 360
13 Haryana 186
14 Himachal Pradesh 51
15 Jammu & Kashmir 64
16 Jharkhand 142
17 Karnataka 371
18 Kerala 220
19 Lakshadweep 20
20 Madhya Pradesh 530
21 Maharashtra 774
22 Manipur 50
23 Meghalaya 50
24 Mizoram 50
25 Nagaland 50
26 Odisha 259
27 Puducherry 20
28 Punjab 183
29 Rajasthan 485
30 Sikkim 50
31 TamilNadu 466
32 Telangana 216
33 Tripura 50
34 UttarPradesh 1408
35 Uttarakhand 79
36 WestBengal 569
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. The table below mentions the links to check state-wise result of NTSE 2021 stage 1.

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

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is expected to release the NTSE Stage 2 Result 2020 in April 2021 on the official website. The stage 2 examination of NTS 2020 was scheduled to be conducted on May 10 but got postponed due to COVID19 pandemic. The exam was later conducted on February 14, 2021.
Candidates will be able to check their NTSE result using their roll number and date-of-birth. NTSE stage 2 result 2020 will be provided in the form of provisional result and will comprise student’s score details along with their OMR response sheet of NTSE exam. Students need to verify their NTSE stage 2 result 2020 using their response sheet and answer key and report for any kind of discrepancy before the last date. NCERT declares the final result of the National Talent Search Examination in the form of category-wise merit lists. Stage 2 cutoff marks will also be released along with NTSE result 2020 for Stage 2. The link to check the NTSE Stage 2 result 2020 will be provided below.
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

Events 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