NTSE a Two-tier Exam Conducted in Two Stages

TEJASWI /STI Correspondent

NTSE National Talent Search Examination is a national-level scholarship program in India to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent. It is one of the most prestigious exams in India.

Close to 500,000 appear in this scholarship exam every year, and 1000 scholarships are awarded, of which 775 are unreserved. The scheme is open to students of Indian nationality.

NTSE  is an exam under NTS scheme to award scholarship to students studying at the Class X level. Scholarships are awarded up to Ph.D. in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Commerce, Vocational Studies and Fine arts.

And up to second degree level for professional courses in medicines, engineering, technology, management and law. NTSE is a two-tier examination conducted in two stages. NTS stage-I is conducted by States and Union Territories whereas NCERT conducts stage-II examination

Eligibility  :    10th Class

All students studying in Class X in any recognized school is eligible to appear in Stage-I NTS exam. Additionally, State/UT can impose any eligibility criteria to appear in Stage-I. For stage-II, there is a quota for each State and Union Territory computed based on Student enrollment at secondary level.

Students with Indian Nationality studying abroad need to secure 60% marks in previous examination to apply for NTS exam. Such students, if selected, need to appear for Stage-II NTSE directly.

Conducting Body :   NCERT

Result :

The results of the first stage of the exam are declared between January to April, varying from state to state. The results of the second stage are declared between July to September. Students are divided into 4 quotas: General, SC, ST, Disabled.

No Of Students Selected :

Around 775 students are selected from General quota, 150 from SC, 50 from ST . The finals results of the second stage are displayed on the website www.ncert.nic.in by any time before May next year.They can publish final key/frozen key/revised key etc., as and when required.

First level exam for class X


SAT: The syllabus for Mathematics, Science and Social Science is broadly based on the prescribed respective State Board Syllabus from standard 10th class (100 questions in SAT) .

MAT: It has 50 questions of general nature.

Language Test: State Board books cover a lot. More focus is on vocabulary, grammar and basic understanding. Language in first stage is of qualifying purpose(40% of maximum score) only.

Second level exam for class X

NCERT has announced new pattern for stage 2 exam, where each correctly answered question awards the student +1, while an incorrect answer deducts 1/3 marks.

PATTERN of Exam –  Two tire Exam

Mental Ability test: 50 questions, 50 marks; Language test : 50 questions, 50 marks; Scholastic Aptitude test : 100 questions, 100 marks (40 questions from Science, 20 questions from Mathematics and 40 questions from Social Sciences).


In SAT, the Mathematics and Science questions will be asked from the chapters in the syllabus of class 9 and 10.

The Social Science questions will also be asked from the class 9 and 10 NCERT textbooks.  Language test is only of qualifying purpose(40% of maximum score), its marks are not counted in the merit list.

Scholarship  Amount :

The students who will qualify second stage (stage-2) are eligible for the scholarship. The amount of scholarship has been increased to Rs.1250 per month for class XI and XII and Rs.2000 per month for students studying under graduate and above.

The scholarship is provided immediately after the result. In case students have not received the letter from NCERT after 5 weeks of the declaration of the result, they should contact NCERT for updates.

The scholarship is expected to increase up to 4000-5000 in next few years.It was increased to Rs.1250 and Rs.2000 as per the orders in July 2014. There are no restrictions like parental income, government school, domicile etc. In case the student moves abroad for studies, the scholarship will no longer be provided.

For NTS National Level Examination Inquiry:

For NTS National Level Examination Inquiry:Phone No : 011-26560464 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)

E-mail : ntsexam.ncert@gov.in

For State Level NTS Examination Enquiry :

Contact the Liaison Officer of your State

For NTS Scholarship disbursement Inquiry:

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

E-mail : scholarship.nts@gov.in

For Nurturance programme for NTS Awardees:E-mail : nurturance.nts@gov.in

To Know the Liaison Regionwise Officer click here :

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