NTSE - National Talent Search Examination

NTSE is the National level scholarship program by Govt. of India and most venerated exam of India. It is most prestigious examination of India. It is not only about scholarship but a matter of great pride and honour for every student to be recognised as the nation’s talent. The NTSE examination is conducted every year at two levels – Stage I (State level) and Stage II (National Level). NTSE Stage I is conducted by States and NTSE Stage II is conducted by NCERT.

NTSE Stage I State level
NTSE Stage II National level

NTSE 2019 Eligibility

According to the criteria laid out by CBSE, NTSE is open for the students of Indian nationality irrespective of whether they study in India or abroad at class X level.

-Candidates studying in India will be selected on the basis of their screening examination will be eligible for NTSE.
-Candidates studying Abroad having Indian Nationality are eligible. They are exempted from the first level and are permitted to appear directly at the second level examination.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria (Stage 1) • Candidate must have scored a minimum of 60% marks in Class IX. The candidate must be of recognized school in the respective State or Union Territory.
• The Open Distance Learning (ODL) program students will also be considered eligible if they are below 18 years of age as on July 1, YYYY(the same year in which candidate giving the exam) and are not employed when they appear for Class X examination.
NTSE Eligibility Criteria (Stage 2) • Candidate must have scored 80% marks or above in the State level exam, to be considered eligible.
• The student who secures the minimum required marks in Stage II will be eligible for the scholarship program.

NTSE Scholarship & Other Benefits

NTSE scholars are provided with the scholarship of Rs 1250 per month for Class XI and XII and Rs 2000 per month for graduation and higher studies by Indian government. Apart from this, being an NTSE scholar provides following benefits:

• NDA National Defence Academy Exam organized by UPSC gives preference to NTSE scholars.
• Renowned Engineering College for Information Technology such as IIIT-Hyderabad offers 15 seats to NTSE scholars. This institute is considered equivalent to IIT-Bombay.
• NTSE scholars will have upper edge in Foreign University admissions.
• Preference in various Public and Private sector Jobs.
• IIIT-Delhi, an Engineering College under Government of Delhi, gives ‘bonus marks’ to NTSE scholars.

NTSE 2019 Syllabus

Syllabus of NTSE is based on 9th & 10th class level. For Stage 1, NTSE preparation should be state wise & for Stage 2, the preparation should be national level wise. Students are advised to go through each and every topic. NTSE consists of multiple choice questions which are asked from the subjects like Mathematics, Science, Social Science, English, General Knowledge and Mental Ability syllabus.

NTSE 2019 Exam Pattern

The NTSE is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage I and Stage II. The NTSE paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. The students have to select any one language from both the languages. The paper is divided into two sections i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).

MAT (Mental Ability Tests) 100 Questions 120 Minutes
SAT (Scholastic Ability Tests) 100 Questions 120 Minutes
• The paper is comprised of Objective type multiple choice questions.
• The examination is conducted through the offline mode only.
• For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given and there is no negative marking at stage 1 and stage 2.
• Reserved category candidates have to secure 32% marks to qualify the test, whereas general category candidates have to secure 40% marks to qualify the test.

NTSE 2019 Exam Centers

At the time of filling application form for NTSE 2019, students have to select the particular exam center. The students can check the name of examination center on their admit card once the application form is successfully submitted. The details of the examination center are as follows:

Arunachal Pradesh 0360-2203509
Himachal Pradesh 0179-2270580
Assam 0361-2895041
Punjab 0161-2805551
Manipur 0385-2429214
Rajasthan 0294-2584904
Meghalaya 0364-2535737
Uttar Pradesh 0532-2622058
Mizoram 03892331559
Uttarakhand 013502453893
Nagaland 0370-2801550
Chattisgarh 07712263743
Sikkim 03592232646
Daman & Diu 02602630624
Tripura 03812346040
Goa 08322402609
A&N Island 03192225093
Gujarat 07923261211
Bihar -
Madhya Pradesh 0755-2551640
Jharkhand 0651-2525601
Maharashtra 022-25783004
Odisha 06742748437
Pune 020-20271666
West Bengal 033-24865171
Andhra Pradesh 0863-2596124
Chandigarh 01762-288044
Karnataka 080-25302862
New Delhi & Western UP 011-25693499
Kerala 04842667102
Srinagar 01933223329
Puducherry 04132655745
Jammu 0191-2592007
Tamil Nadu 044-22240739
Haryana 0124-2309304

NTSE Reservation

a) 15% for students belonging to SC category.
b) 7.5% for students belonging to ST category.
c) 4%for Physically Challenged group of students, benchmark disabilities of which –

    1% each will be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses:
    • Blindness and low vision
    • Deaf and hard of hearing
    • Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.

   1% for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses:
    • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness.
    • Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses in the posts identified for each disabilities.

NTSE 2019 Highlights

Conducting Body NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training)
Mode Offline
Medium English and Hindi
Duration 120 Minutes ( For each part)
Type & Number of Questions Objective Type Questions (Stage 1: 200 Questions), (Stage 2: 200 Questions)
Sections 2 (Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Ability Test)

NTSE 2019 Cut off

The minimum marks that are required by candidate to clear the examination are cut off marks. It will be declared by the respective states. The final cut off mark will be declared by NCERT after the completion of NTSE stage 2 examination. NCERT publishes category wise and subject wise cut off marks.

The factors affecting the state wise cut off marks are as follows:


• Students appearing in the exam
• Difficulty level of the paper
• Marking scheme
• Number of seats available

NTSE 2019 Result

• Once the stage 2 result will be announced, the final merit list will be prepared accordingly.
• The merit list will published on the website. It will not be sent through post.
• To check the examination result of the final stage 2, students can visit the official website of NCERT i.e. www.ncert.nic.in.
• To check the result students have to enter their Registration number and Date of Birth.
• The NTSE result will be available in PDF file format.

The students can easily download their NTSE 2019 result by following the below steps:


Step 1: Visit the official website of state government/ union Territories.
Step 2: Click on the link ‘NTSE 2019 Result’
Step 3: After clicking on the link, students will be redirected to next page.
Step 4: Enter the required details i.e. Roll number, date of birth
Step 5: Click on the submit button.
Step 6: NTSE Result will be displayed on the screen.
Step 7: Download the same for future reference.

The qualified students are eligible for scholarship on the basis of the final merit list.