National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is an examination conducted to provide scholarships for deserving candidates. Stage – I of the examination is conducted by all the States/ Union Territories of India. All the candidates who score the minimum required marks are selected for Stage – II. The Stage – II examination is conducted by NCERT. All the queries regarding the examination are clarified here.

Q1: What is this scheme about?

Answer: This scheme aims at providing scholarships to talented students.

Q2: How old is this scheme?

Answer: This scheme was started in the year 1963 by NCERT.

Q3: How long does it take for the successful candidates to receive the scholarships?

Answer: The awardees studying in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Commerce, Languages, Vocational Studies and Fine Arts are eligible to receive a scholarship up to PhD level, whereas the awardees studying professional courses in medicines, engineering, technology, management and law are eligible to receive the scholarship up to second-degree level.

Q4: How are talented students identified?

Answer: The two-tier examination process helps in identifying talented students.

Q5: What is the two-tier examination scheme?

Answer: This is a scheme in which the examination is conducted in 2 stages.

Q6: Who conducts the first level examination?

Answer: NTSE Stage I is conducted by the states and union territories. The purpose of the first level examination is to screen the candidates for the second level examination conducted by NCERT.

Q7: Who conducts the second level examination?

Answer: National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) conducts the second stage of the examination.

Q8: What is the criterion for selection to stage-II examination?

Answer: There is quota earmarked for all the states/Union Territories. The state quota is computed on the basis of the student’s enrolment at the secondary level 

Q9: Who can appear for NTSE Stage -I?

Answer: The NTSE can be taken by students currently in Class X.

Q10: Is this scheme available for other class students also?

Answer: No

Q11: How many scholarships are awarded every year?

Answer: Every year 1000 scholarships are available.

Q12: Is there any reservation for scholarships?

Answer: Yes, there are reservations for SC and ST candidates.

Q13: Does the scheme have the provision of reservation for physically challenged students?

Answer: Yes, there is a provision of 3% reservation for physically challenged students.

Q14: Are there any eligibility conditions for appearing in the screening examination like qualifying percentage of marks in the previous year annual examination etc?

Answer: Eligibility criteria for stage 1 varies for different states. The State/ UT may impose any eligibility condition for appearing in Stage I examination.

Q15: When will the notification be given?

Answer: For Stage I examination advertisement is released in the month of July – August.

Q16: Where can I get the application for Stage I?

Answer: You should contact the Liaison Officer of the State/UT. Address of Liaison Officers is mentioned on the NCERT website.

Q17: Do all the states/ UTs conduct Stage I examination every year?

Answer: Yes, each state/UT conducts its own stage I examination.

Q18: When is the Stage I examination held?

Answer: The Stage I examination is conducted on the second Sunday of November except for a few places like Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar islands, Meghalaya and Mizoram. In these places, it is conducted on the second Saturday of November.

Q19: When to appear for Stage I NTSE?

Answer: The examination is held in the month of November for which application form is given in the month of July – September (as per advertisement of each State/ UT).

Q20: Should we apply through school or directly?

Answer: The application form should be submitted after getting it duly signed by the Principal of the school before the due date.

Q21: If I have some queries regarding the Stage I examination whom should I contact?

Answer: Liaison Officer of the particular State/ UT.

Q22: Can the application form be sent directly to NCERT?

Answer: No, the application form should be submitted to the Liaison Officer.

Q23: What will be the medium of examination for Stage I?

Answer: The medium of the examination shall be as announced by the State?UT.

Q24: Is there any fee for appearing for Stage I examination?

Answer: Each State/ UT has its own rules with respect to charging of fee. It has to be checked in the advertisement.

Q25: Are the marks scored in Stage I examination added to the Stage II examination conducted by NCERT?

Answer: No

Q26: Is there any fee for appearing in the National Level Examination?

Answer: No fee is charged for NTSE Stage-II Examination.

Q27: I have cleared Stage I examination. Should I fill another form for Stage-II examination?

Answer: No, you need not fill another form for Stage-II examination.

Q28: Whom should I contact for Roll Number for the Stage II examination?

Answer: NCERT will send the Roll Number and venue details by speed post.

Q29: What is the syllabus for NTSE examination?

Answer: There is no prescribed syllabus. However, the standard of examination shall be conforming to the secondary level.

Q30: How many papers will be there in Stage II?

Answers: For Stage II NTSE there are three papers. Mental Ability Test (MAT) of 50 questions, Language of 50 questions and Scholastic Aptitude Test of 100 questions.

Q31: Is there negative marking?

Answer: Yes, there is negative marking. For each wrong attempt, ⅓th marks will be deducted.

Q32: Language test is conducted in how many languages?

Answer: It is conducted in Hindi and English. Candidates must choose between these two languages.

Q33: Is there any interview in the examination schedule?

Answer: There is no interview.

Q34: How will I come to know about the results?

Answer: Results will be uploaded on the NCERT website. Only the selected candidate will receive the results from NCERT through speed post also.

Q35: Is there any provision for rechecking or re-totalling?

Answer: No, there is no provision for rechecking or re-totalling.