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Recent Notification on NTSE 2017-2018 

 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 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. The NCERT conducts the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class X only.

 1. NTSE Scholarships: On the basis of the examination conducted, 1000 scholarships will be awarded for each group of students appearing for Class X examinations.
2. NTSE Reservation: 15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged Group of Students.
NTSE Selection: Stage-1, selection will be done by States/UTs and those who qualify Stage - 1, will be eligible to appear for Stage - 2 examination, conducted by NCERT
NTSE Qualifying Marks: Qualifying marks for candidates from General category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC, ST, PH is 35% in each paper
Language Test Qualifying in nature and marks obtained for Language Test will not be counted for final merit
Important Dates: Dates for submission of 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



4th Nov, 2017



Examination in All other States and Union Territories



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



5th Nov, 2017



Stage II (National)



13th May 2018


6. NTSE Eligibility: Students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the respective Class X Stage I examination conducted by the States/UTs in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction. 

Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for scholarship, provided the student is below the age of 18 years (as on 1st  July of the particular year), the student is not employed and s/he is appearing in class X examination for the first time 

7. Examination: The pattern of written examination will be as follows
Stage 1 examination at the State/UT level will comprise of two parts, namely
(a) Mental Ability Test (MAT)
(b) Language Test  (LT)
(c) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

The pattern of stage I and II will be as under:
Paper        Test                              No. of Questions    No. of Marks    Duration  
Paper-1     Mental Ability Test (MAT)                50                   50            45 min
Paper-2     Language Test (LT) English/Hindi     50                   50            45 min
Paper-3     Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)        100                 100           100 min

As Stage-2 (National Level), there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions


8. State Quotas: Each State/Union Territory has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage II examination, the details of which will be made available on NCERT website. However, there will be no State/Union Territory Quota for the final award of scholarship after the Stage II examination.
9. Application Form: You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring application form. However, application form can be downloaded from NCERT website


10. Fees: States and Union Territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage-I examination. Therefore, before submitting the application form, you may find out the fees charged for Stage-I Examination and also the mode of payment from the respective State Liaison Officers (LOs). However, NCERT does not charge any fee for Stage-II examination. 

Click Here to Download the Detailed List of respective State Liaison Officers (LOs) 

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