NTSE Stage 2

The National Talent Search Examination, commonly known as NTSE is one of the prestigious exams in India. It is a scholarship exam conducted all over India to select those students having the best academic talent.

The examination is conducted at two levels every year: NTSE Stage 1 (State Level) and Stage 2 (National Level). Stage 1 is conducted by states, whereas Stage 2 is conducted by NCERT. NTSE Stage I 2021 was conducted in December 2020 and the NTSE Stage 2 paper is set to be conducted in October 2021. Only the students who have cleared the Stage 1 exam are eligible to appear in the NTSE Stage 2 exam. The NTSE application form 2022 has been released in all states and territories. NTSE 2022 application forms have been released in Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Telangana, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, HP, Meghalaya, and other states. NTSE registration is available both online and offline.

Candidates who have cleared NTSE Stage 1 are directly eligible for stage 2 and will not have to apply again for the stage 2 examination. Indian students studying abroad will need to fill a separate application form for the stage 2 examination.

NTSE Stage 2 Important Dates

Events Dates
Issue of NTSE Stage 2 Admit Card May 2022
NTSE Stage 2 Exam 12th June 2022
Answer Key June
Declaration of Results October/November 2022

NTSE Stage 2 Exam Pattern

Exam Date Paper Test Timing No. of Questions No. of Marks Time Duration

12th June 2022

(In all Union Territories and the States of India)

Paper-1 Mental Ability Test (MAT) 9:30 am – 11:30 am


(All candidates except Visually Challenged Candidates)

100 100 2 Hours
9:30 am – 12:00 pm


(For Visually Challenged Candidates)

Paper-2 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm


(All candidates except Visually Challenged Candidates)


(Social Science-40, Mathematics-20, Science-40)

100 2 Hours
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm


(For Visually Challenged Candidates)

  1. Qualifying Marks: 40% for General Category students in and 32 % for ST, SC and PWD students (in both papers).
  2. There is no negative marking in Paper-1 and Paper-2.
  3. The candidates who will qualify for both Paper-1 and Paper-2 separately will only be considered for merit.
  4. The selection of awardee will be based on the total marks scored in both Papers.
  5. There will be no paper on Language Test.
  6. Candidates must report at 9:00 am at the exam centre.

NTSE Stage 2 Syllabus

  1. Mental Ability Test (MAT)

The MAT section in Stage 2 exam of NTSE will contain questions from various topics like series, analogies, reasoning, problem-solving, figures, classification, coding words, etc. This section mainly checks a candidate’s skills in problem solving and reasoning.

  1. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

This section will contain questions from Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences (Geography, Political Science, History, and Economics).

Eligibility Criteria for NTSE Stage 2

  • Students who pass the NTSE stage 1 test in their home state are eligible to take the NTSE stage 2 exam.
  • Every state publishes a list of students who have passed the national level stage 2 exam.
  • Foreign citizens are eligible to apply straight for the stage 2 exam. They are excluded from the first stage of the examination.They must have received at least 60% in their prior qualifying examination, i.e. in Class 9th.
  • After receiving the NTSE Scholarship, such individuals should intend to pursue their higher studies solely in India.

Read more: NTSE Eligibility

NTSE stage 2 exam

Candidates who pass the stage 1 NTSE test at the state level are qualified to take the national NTSE exam, which is administered by NCERT. On June 12, 2022, the NTSE stage 2 exam will be held. The exam pattern, details, and subjects are identical to those of the NTSE stage 1 exam. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NTSE Stage 2 exam was postponed until 2021. For all candidates, the NTSE results for Stage 2 are likely to be revealed in January 2022.

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Frequently Asked Questions on NTSE STAGE 2

When will the first stage of the NTSE 2022 be held?

The first stage of the NTSE 2022 will take place on January 15 and 16, 2022. The NTSE test 2022 will be conducted in an offline mode at designated exam centres only by the states/UTs.

When will the results of the NTSE 2021 stage 2 be released?

The final NTSE results were announced on February 18, 2022. Due to the postponing of the stage 2 exam in the midst of COVID-19, the publication of the results was postponed last year.

How many students are chosen in the first stage of the exam?

In the stage 1 exam, around 8500 candidates are chosen to take the stage 2 exam.

Does NCERT conduct interviews following the Stage 2 examination?

No, to be eligible for the NTSE scholarship, an applicant must pass both Stage 1 and Stage 2 exams. Candidates must pass all of their course subjects on the first try. Their scholarship will be revoked if they fail to accomplish so in any of the essential disciplines.

Is it possible to take the NTSE 2022 in class 9?

No, all students in grades 10 and up are eligible to take the NTS exam. Candidates who want to take the NTS 2022 scholarship exam must meet the NCERT’s qualifying requirements. In addition, each State and UT lists the NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2022, which include academic qualifications, age restrictions, and minimum qualifying marks in the preceding class that candidates must meet in order to apply for the exam.