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All states and union territories have started to release the NTSE application form 2021 in October 2020 on the official website. Some states and UTs Boards have made the NTSE registration process 2021 completely online. Students need to fill and submit the NTSE 2021 application form, along with the application fee (if any) in the online mode.

The NTSE 2021 Stage 1 is scheduled to be conducted on December 12, 2020 for Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, on December 27 for Jammu & Kashmir, January 24 for Bihar and Karnataka, and on December 13 for all other states and union territories.

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NTSE 2020-21 Important Dates: 

Last date for Submission of NTSE Application Form : To be Notified by the respective State & vary from State To State 

NTSE Stage-I (State) : Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands : 12th December 2020 

NTSE Stage I Examination in All other States and Union Territories : 13th December 2020 

NTSE Stage-II (National) : Examination in All States and Union Territories : 13th June 2021 (Tentatively)


NTSE Bihar, NTSE Assam, NTSE Andhra Pradesh, NTSE Odisha, NTSE Kerala, NTSE Himachal Pradesh, NTSE Haryana, NTSE Delhi, NTSE Uttarakhand, NTSE Madhya Pradesh, NTSE Meghalaya, NTSE Jammu & Kashmir, NTSE Chhattisgarh, NTSE Karnataka, NTSE Punjab, NTSE Chandigarh, NTSE Maharashtra, NTSE Uttar Pradesh, NTSE Rajasthan, NTSE Goa, NTSE Jharkhand, NTSE Telangana, NTSE Tamil Nadu, NTSE West Bengal, NTSE Manipur, NTSE Gujarat, NTSE Arunachal Pradesh, NTSE Nagaland, NTSE Sikkim, NTSE Mizoram, NTSE Andaman & Nicobar Islands, NTSE Tripura, NTSE Daman & Diu  , NTSE Dadar and Nagar Haveli, NTSE Puducherry, NTSE Lakshadweep


National Talent Search Scheme is a flagship activity of the NCERT started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme was to identify talented students and nurture their talent. Talent refers to the potentiality that manifests itself in a high level of performance in one or more specialized areas. The NTSE scheme, therefore, covers areas like Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D. level. For professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation. From the selection year 2012-2013, the NCERT will conduct the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class X only.

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NTSE Scholarship : The scholarship under the present scheme awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in science and social science up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions provided in this brochure. As on date 2000 scholarships are awarded in the country with reservation of 15 percent for SC, 7.5 percent for ST and 27 percent for other backward classes and 4 percent for group of students with benchmark disabilities. 

NCERT announces enhancement of the number of scholarships from Rs.1000 to Rs.2000 in NTSE

NTSE Scholarship Amount: The Amount of scholarship will be : 

(a) Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for class XI to XII

(b) Scholarship of Rs. 2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates.

(c) Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. be fixed in accordance with te UGC norms.


Identification of talent comprises NTSE two-stage selection process.
The individual State/UT conducts the NTSE first stage selection,
the NTSE second stage selection at the national level is carried out by the NCERT.


Each State/UT conducts its own NTSE Stage 1 examination. They have the autonomy to lay down their own norms for the purpose of determining the eligibility of the candidates. This NTSE Stage 1 examination is primarily used to recommend a given number of candidates for the NTSE second level test to be conducted by the NCERT.
This number is based on the enrolment of students at Classes IX and X in different States/UTs.

The state level NTSE screening examination is conducted in all State/UT’s on first Sunday of November except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram where it will be conducted on first Saturday of November every year until and unless some special circumstances occur.

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The candidates are to be recommended on the basis of the merit in the NTSE written examination conducted by the States/UTs. The details of the number of candidates for different States/UTs as applicable are notified separately.

The addresses of the NTSE Liaison Officers of each State/UT are given in with whom information about NTSE state level examination may be sought.

NTSE Important Dates (Stage I) : Dates for Submission of NTSE Application Form and conduct of examination are given below:

Stage I (State)

Last Date for Submission of Application Form

Exam Dates

Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands

 To be notified by the respective state and vary from state to state


12th December 2020

Examination in All other States and Union Territories

To be notified by the respective state and vary from state to state

13th December 2020

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NTSE Eligibility (Stage I) : All students studying in Class X in any type of recognized school including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya and Sainik School etc. will be eligible to appear at the NTSE State Level Examination from the State in which the school is located. However, no domicile restriction shall be imposed. The state may impose any other eligibility condition for appearing in the NTSE screening examination like any qualifying percentage of marks in the previous annual examination etc. 

Students registered under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible for scholarship provided the students are below the age of 18 years (as on 1st July of that particular year) the students is not employed and they are appearing in class X for the first time.

How to apply (NTSE Stage I) : The students studying in Class X in the country ought to be on the look out for any advertisement in the newspapers or circulars in the school by the respective Government of their State/UT for the above said examination and act as per the requirement given in the State advertisement/circular. Any other information/query about the details of the state level NTSE examination may be had from Liaison Officers of the State/UT agencies, the addresses of which are given in the Appendix.

The filled in NTSE application by the student be submitted to the State Liaison Officer duly signed by the Principal of the school before the due date as advertised/circulated by each concerned State/UT.

Medium of NTSE Examination (Stage I) : The medium of the NTSE test shall be as announced by the State/UT.

Fee (NTSE Stage I) : State may impose any fee for examination and/or for application form.

Pattern of NTSE Examination (Stage I) : State level examination may have two parts :
Part-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and
Part-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

for nominating the required number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT.

Results of NTSE Stage I : The State/Union Territory will prepare a merit list of the candidates ensuring the minimum qualifying marks in both the NTSE tests separately.
These marks are 40 percent in the case of General and OBC category candidates
and 32 percent in the case of SC/ST/physically challenged candidates.
The result of State Level Talent Search examination (NTSE) is declared in months of January/ February by the States/UTs themselves.
This examination is used only to recommend the candidates for second level NTS examination conducted by the NCERT.
The marks of the State level NTSE Examination are not added to the National Level Examination for award of scholarship. No correspondence will be entertained by the NCERT with regard to first level examination conducted by the State/UT. The candidate having any query/complaint/clarification with regard to the State Level Examination shall have to correspond only with the state examination agencies.


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Fee (NTSE Stage II): There is no fee of any kind for appearing in the National Level Examination

NTSE Eligibility : The National Talent Search Examination is open for students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at Class X level.

Candidates Studying in India :
Only the candidates selected by the States/UTs on the basis of their NTSE screening examination shall be eligible to appear in the National level examination to be conducted by the NCERT on the Second Sunday of May each year (unless otherwise notified). The NCERT will convey the roll number, the venue, the date and time for the national level examination to all such candidates directly through its portal

Candidates Studying Abroad :
Students of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class X level may also compete for Talent Search Award under the following conditions:
(i) The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class shall be exempted from the first level-screening test and shall be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT.
(ii) A candidate shall be eligible to appear in the second level NTS examination only if he or she has obtained at least 60 percent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination.
(iii) A candidate will have to appear in the NTS examination at a centre in India at her/his own cost.
(iv) A candidate desiring to appear in the NTS examination may request 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 latest by 31st December of the concerned year.
(v) The Council shall allot roll numbers to the eligible candidates and inform them about the date, time and the venue of examination along with other relevant instructions.
(vi) No request for change of Centre shall be entertained.
(vii) If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.
(viii) Change of center will be permitted in genuine cases and as per instructions issued from NCERT.

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NTSE Syllabus  :
There is no prescribed syllabus for the NTSE examination. However, the standard of items shall be conforming to the level of Classes IX and X.
A separate booklet called Learn about the NTSE Test containing sample items for both the Tests - MAT and SAT is available in print as well as on the NCERT website

Important Dates (NTSE Stage II) : Dates for Submission of Application Form and conduct of examination are given below:

NTSE Stage II (National)

Exam Dates

Examination in All the States and Union Territories of the country

13TH June 2021

Written Examination (NTSE Stage II) :

The NTSE written examination shall consist of two paper -
NTSE Paper-I Mental Ability Test (MAT)
NTSE Paper-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Both the NTSE tests will be administered on the same day 

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Students are allowed to take away NTSE question booklets of both the tests (Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test) after the examination. 

Medium of Examination (NTSE Stage II) :

The NTSE tests will be available in the following languages: Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

The NTSE candidate has to mention his option regarding the language in which he/she want to take the test in the application form. Accordingly, the question booklet in that language shall be made available to the candidate at the centre. After exercising this option, no request for the change of medium will be entertained.

Declaration of Result (NTSE Stage II) : : The final award shall be declared on the basis of combined  scores of NTSE MAT and SAT. Only the selected candidates shall be informed by registered letter and through NCERT website  

For More NTSE Details Visit

For NTS National Level Examination Inquiry:  

Phone No : 011-26560464 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)  

E-mail : 

For NTS Scholarship disbursement Inquiry:  

Phone No : 011-26562704, 011-26567401, 011-26567402 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)  

E-mail : 


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