NTSE FAQs

NTSE is conducted by NCERT to recognize and nourish talented students by awarding them scholarships for future studies and research work. Despite all its greatness, NTSE has many rumors and wrong information circulating in society. Here are some frequently asked questions answered in the best possible way by team NTSE Guru.

How is NTSE conducted?

NTSE is conducted in two stages: Stage 1 is conducted State wise & Union Territories wise. Stage 2 is conducted by NCERT, only for the students who have cleared Stage 1. It is only one test across the nation. No interview is conducted at any stage.

What is the eligibility criteria of NTSE?

Students of Class X studying in any recognized school including Kendriya Vidhyalaya, Military School & Sainik School can appear in NTSE Stage 1.

How many students are selected in NTSE Stage 1?

Selection is done on the basis of quota, which is State wise & Union Territories wise. The State quota is calculated on the basis of students enrollment at the secondary level with a minimum of 10 for UTs and 25 for states.

How many scholarships are rewarded in NTSE every year?

NTSE awards about 1000 scholarships every year.

Is reservation applied for these scholarships?

Yes, as per national norms-

  • For ST and SC candidates – 15% and 7.5%, respectively.
  • For physically challenged students – 3 %.

Only those candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks under these categories are eligible for the scholarship.

Till which Class/Stage, will the scholarship be given?

Qualified students who are studying Science, Social Science, Humanities, Languages, Commerce and Vocational courses are eligible to receive the scholarship up to PhD level. The qualified students studying professional courses in Medicine, Engineering, Technology, Management, and Law are eligible to receive the scholarship up to second-degree level.

How to apply for Stage 1? Please elaborate the process.

An advertisement is released by each Sate/UT, in the month of July-August to conduct the Stage 1 of NTSE. The advertisement or circular can be obtained from your school and can be applied accordingly. You can visit NCERT website or contact the Liaison Officer of your respective State/UT whose address is provided on NCERT official website for more information. You can also look for this Blog post.

When is the examination for Stage 1 held?

The Stage 1 examination is scheduled normally at-

  • The second Sunday of November in all States/UTs, except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram.
  • Second Saturday of November every year in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram.

The days can be changed in special circumstances.

Can I apply directly or school intervention is a must?

No, you should submit your application only after getting it signed by your school principal before the last date. You must send your application to the Liaison Officer of your State/UT. NCERT does not receive applications or entertain any queries related to the Stage 1 exam.

What is the medium of the examination?

The State/UT will announce the medium of examination respectively.

Is there any fee for appearing in the exam?

Every State/UT has its own rules with respect to charging the fee.

What is the pattern of the examination in stage 1?

There will be 2 parts in Stage 1 examination-

  1. Mental Ability Test(MAT),
  2. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

When are results of Stage 1 announced?

In every state/UT, results are usually declared by January/February.

Will the marks obtained in Stage 1 examination be included in stage 2?

No, the stage 1 marks are for mere qualification to the next stage.

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