Most Frequently Asked Questions About NTSE 2019-2020

Here, we provide you with the most frequently asked questions that are arisen in the students’ mind preparing for NTSE. NTSE Guru team compiled all those questions and have tried to resolve all your doubts. You might seek some help to these basic queries about NTSE, so we are providing you the best possible solutions for them.



Who can apply for NTSE?

All the students studying in Class X of any recognized school are eligible to apply for NTSE. Students of Indian nationality studying abroad at a Class X level are also eligible for the NTSE examination provided he/she has obtained minimum 60 percent marks at the previous annual examination. Click here for more information on NTSE eligibility criteria.

How many NTSE scholarships are awarded every year?

Earlier only 1000 scholarships were awarded in NTSE. Recently NCERT has announced the enhancement of scholarships from 1000 to 2000 in NTSE.

Where can I apply for NTSE stage I exam?

Every State/ Union Territory conducts its own examination. Either your school will notify you or you can search for advertisement or official circular from the state/ union territory government for the same.

Can I apply directly?

You need to submit your application after getting it signed by your school principal. You are advised to send your application to Liaison office either via post or by visiting the office before the due date.

When is NTSE Stage I exam conducted?

Stage I exam is conducted on the first Sunday of November every year in all States/ Union Territories except Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar island where it is conducted on the first Saturday of November every year.

Is there any fee for appearing in the NTSE exam?

In Stage 1 exam each State/ Union Territory has the liberty to charge the desired fee. However, there is no fee charged for appearing in Stage 2 exam.

How many scholarships will be awarded to the Students who have cleared NTSE?

The scholarship at different stages is as follows:

1. Students studying in Higher Secondary level will be awarded Rs. 1250/- per month.

2. Graduate and Post Graduate will be awarded Rs. 2000/- per month.

3. For Ph.D. degree (four years) As per UGC norms.

Click here for more detailed information on NTSE Scholarship.

From where can I get the NTSE application form?

You can download the NTSE application form from the official website or issue it from your state’s Liaison officer’s office.   

Who conducts the First level exam of NTSE?

The first level exam is conducted by each State/UT. Every state has the autonomy to make its own norms for the purpose of determining the eligibility criteria.  

Is Language Ability Test (LAT) section still there in NTSE?

No, LAT was abolished in 2018.

What is the selection criterion for the NTSE Stage 2?

Only those students who manage to acquire the minimum required marks in NTSE Stage 1 are eligible for appearing in NTSE Stage 2.

Is NTSE available for other classes also?

No, only Class X students of any recognized schools are eligible to appear in NTSE.

Can I send application directly to NCERT?

NCERT doesn’t accept any application regarding NTSE. You must submit your application to Liaison officer via post or by visiting the office by yourself.

What will be the medium of exam in Stage 1?  

Every state has the autonomy to set its own norms. Information about the medium of your exam will be notified to you on your State Board official website.

Is there any exam fee for Stage 1?

Exam fee for Stage 1 differs from state to state. Your State Board might charge you a fee for appearing in the exam. However, Stage 2 doesn’t charge any kind of fee for the examination.

Are marks scored in State level exam added to the National level exam in NTSE?

No, State level marks are not added in the National level exam result. The final result is based on the combined SAT and MAT score of Stage 2.

I have cleared Stage 1. Do I have to fill another form for appearing in Stage 2?

No, there’s no need to fill another form for appearing in Stage 2.

 What will be the syllabus for NTSE 2019?

The syllabus has not been announced for NTSE 2019. However, both the NTSE paper would be based on the academic level of Class IX and X.

Is there any negative marking in Stage 2?

A few years ago there was negative marking in each paper. However, it has been abolished. So, there will be no negative marking in the stage 2 paper.

How many exams are there in NTSE?

NTSE is a two-tier exam. Stage 1 is conducted by State Board whereas Stage 2 is conducted by NCERT every year. Both Stage 1 and Stage 2 include SAT and MAT sections of 100 questions each.

What are the best books for NTSE?

NTSE Syllabus is based on Class IX and X Science, Mathematics, Social Science, and Mental Ability. Refer your NCERT books for the preparations of NTSE. For Mental Ability refer study and practice material provided by NTSE Guru for better understanding of the questions. Read our blog best book for NTSE for more information.

Can an ICSE student appear for NTSE?

Yes, any student studying in Class X of a recognized school including Kendriya Vidhyalaya, Sainik School, etc. are eligible to appear for NTSE.

Does NTSE include multiple choice questions?

NTSE exam includes only multiple-choice questions. Each question comes with four alternatives. The exam conducted in offline mode. Students are required to fill the correct answer in an OMR sheet provided at the exam centres. 

I am from Odisha, will I be getting my NTSE paper in Odia?

Yes, the NTSE paper will be available in the following languages: Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. The student has to mention his/her option regarding the language in which he/she wants to take the test in the application form.

When can I check by NTSE Stage 2 result?

NTSE Stage 2 results have not been declared yet. Results are more likely to be declared in the first week of September. Here’s detailed information regarding NTSE 2019 Stage 2 result.  

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