NTSE Exam 2020 (National Talent Search Examination)

NTSE or National Talent Search Examination is a national level exam conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for granting scholarships to the meritorious students studying in class 10th. NTSE is only held for 10th standard students and the exam is conducted in two different stages – Stage I and II.

The first stage exam is a state-level exam and is conducted by all the Indian states and UTs. On the other hand, NTSE stage II is conducted for those students who clear the first stage. As mentioned earlier, only those who qualify in NTSE stage 1 will be eligible to write the Stage II exam. This is the main criteria. Meanwhile, the objective of organizing NTSE is to award scholarships to potential candidates who are aspiring to pursue higher education in the field of Science or Social Studies.

With these scholarships, students will be able to continue their education in their desired stream. NTSE scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the overall performance of students in both the stages of the examination.

NTSE Exam Overview

Exam Name National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)
Conducting Body National Council Of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Frequency of Exam Once a year
Application Online
Mode of Exam Offline
Exam Duration 4 Hrs (2 Hrs MAT and 2 Hrs SAT)

NTSE 2020

Below students will find the details related to NTSE 2020.

  • NTSE 2020 admit cards were released in October/ November 2019.
  • NTSE exam 2020 (Stage 1) was conducted on November 2nd, 3rd, and 17th, 2019 and December 1st, 2019.
  • Official NTSE Answer Keys were released in November 2019.
  • NTSE results for stage 1 exam have been announced by the different authorities. Students can check the official websites for details.
  • NTSE exam 2020 (Stage 2) has been postponed and the new dates are yet to be announced by NCERT.

NTSE Scholarships

Around 2000 scholarships are awarded for each stage of education. These stages are:

  1. For Class XI to Class XII, a scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month is provided.
  2. For Undergraduates and Postgraduates, a scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month is provided.
  3. For Ph.D., the scholarship amount is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

NTSE Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021

NCERT has defined an age limit for the students to appear for the exam. Candidates should be below the age of 18 years (as on July 1, 2020).

NTSE Eligibility for Stage 1 (State level examination)

Due to the COVID situation in the country, there is no exact date given about the registration and date of the examination but students who are pursuing their studies from schools in India are eligible to appear in the stage 1 exam. Eligibility criteria are as follows;

  • The candidate must be a Class X student from any Government/ Private schools in India.
  • There is no domicile restriction. The candidate can be from any State/Union Territory of India.
  • The candidates studying in open or distance learning are also eligible to write NTSE 2020, provided they are less than 18 years of age, not employed and are appearing for Class X board examination for the first time.

NTSE Eligibility for Stage 2 (National level examination)

  • Only the students who qualified in stage 1 (state-level examination) are eligible to appear for Stage 2 examination. The roll number, venue, date of examination details will be conveyed to the selected candidates by NCERT through its official website.

NTSE Eligibility for Students Studying Abroad

  • Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent are eligible to write stage 2 (second level examination) directly and are exempted from the stage 1 examination.
  • The candidate must have scored 60% in the previous year’s annual examination.
  • The candidate should appear for the examination in a centre in India.
  • The candidates must request through the Head of the Institution where he/she is studying, along with an attested copy of Class IX mark sheet. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi by 31 December of the concerned year.
  • The selected candidate will receive the scholarship only if he/she decides to pursue studies in India.

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NTSE Application Form

NTSE Application Form 2020-21 – State-wise NTSE registration form 2020-21 will be released before Dec 2020. NTSE from 2020 has been delayed this year due to COVID-19 pandemic situation. NTSE 2020 application forms will be released in online and offline mode. Students can fill NTSE applications form 2020-21 through respective schools. State-level authorities will release the stage 1 NTSE application form 2020 on different dates. NTSE registration form 2020-21 last date will vary depending on the state.

The dates of NTSE registration 2020-21 will vary depending on the state. Students should know about NTSE form release and last dates for their states to apply without any hassle. The state-level exam authorities do not accept any form after NTSE application form last date.

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How to fill Online NTSE Application Form 2020-21 (Stage 1)?

Some states release stage 1 NTSE 2020 application form through the official website. Students who meet the eligibility criteria can fill the NTSE stage 1 application form 2020-21 in online mode. They will have to upload documents attested by their Principal for online NTSE registration 2020-21. The steps to fill the NTSE form 2020-21 are given below.

Step-1- Visit the SCERT website of respective state/UTs or click on the relevant link from the table given above.

Step-2- Select the NTSE section available on the home page and click on the NTSE 2020-21 application form.

Step-3- Enter the details in online NTSE form 2020-21 such as student name, date of birth, gender, caste, mobile number, academic details, family Income and more.

Step-4- Upload the scanned photograph, signature file and other documents as required.

Step-5- Pay the application fee (if applicable) through online mode.

Step-6- Download the filled-in NTSE application form 2020-21 and submit at the school. After reviewing the applications, the Head/ Principal of the School will send the forms to the State Liaison Officer.

NTSE Exam Pattern

  • NTSE exam pattern  for Stage 1 & Stage 2  is divided into two parts as SAT & MAT 
  • There will be 100 questions each in both MAT and SAT (Science-40, Maths-20, Social science-40).

Part 1 – Mental Ability Test (MAT)

  • This section will have questions on analytical and logical reasoning.
  • This section tests the students on their ability to solve reasoning questions, ability to think, evaluate and visualise.
  • The section consists of a total of 100 questions. 
  • The main topics from this section consist of series, pattern perception, analogies, coding-decoding, classifications, hidden figures and problem-solving etc.

Part 2 – Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

  • This section will have a total of 100 questions which is further divided into  Science (40), Social Science (40) and Mathematics (20).
  • The student has to be well versed in the syllabus taught in class 9 and 10th.
  • The time allotted for the SAT section is 120 minutes.
  • The level of questions will be equivalent to class 10th or equivalent exam.

The Exam pattern is the same for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 and there will be only the objective type of questions in both the stages of examination.

Papers Maximum Marks Number of Questions Time Allotted
MAT 100 100 120 minutes
SAT (Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences) 100 100 120 Minutes 

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NTSE Exam Marking Scheme

NTSE Exam (Paper 1 & Paper 2)
Stage 1 1 Mark will be awarded for every correct answer.
No negative marking for the wrong answer.
Stage 2 1 Mark will be awarded for every correct answer.
For every wrong answer, one-third of the marks will be deducted.
No negative marking for questions left unattempted.

NTSE Exam Qualifying Marks

  1. 40% Marks in each paper for General category students.
  1. 32% Marks in each paper for SC, ST & PH category students.

NTSE Reservation

Category Reservation
Schedule Cast 15%
Scheduled Tribe 7.5%
Person with Disability 3%

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