NTSE(National Talent Search Examination)

National Talent Search Examination popularly known as NTSE is conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for identifying talented students who want to pursue higher education in Science and Social Studies streams. The examination is conducted at two levels i.e. first, state-level talent search examination and then, National Level Talent Search Examination. The State Level Talent Search Exam is conducted by 29 States/07 UTs for all students studying in Class 10th. The students qualifying in State Level Talent Search Examination are eligible to appear in NTSE stage II examination to be conducted by NCERT. The aim of NTSE scheme is to award talented students pursuing education in Science and Social Studies stream with scholarships to help continue their education.

Scholarships & Rewards: Around 1000 scholarships are awarded for entire academic career. From the year 2014-15 there is a change in amount of scholarship from 500/- per month to as given below.

  •  Scholarship of 1250/- per month during class 11th and 12th.
  •  Scholarship of 2000/- per month during graduation and post graduation.
  •  For PhD as per UGC norms. 


Latest Changes in NTSE from NTSE 2018 (Stage 2) exam:

  • There is no paper on language test.
  • There is no negative marking in both the papers.
  • Only candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be considered for merit.
  • Selection of the awardees will be made on the basis of total marks obtained in both the papers.
  • From the year 2018-19 reservation(@27%) to Other Backward Class (OBC) will be implemented in the NTS scheme.


NTSE 2018-19 Stage 1 Detail (For M.P State students): Based on performance in written test approximate 284 students are selected from M.P. state for NTSE stage-2. 


NTSE 2018-19 Exam Pattern for Stage 1:




No. of Ques.



Qualifying Marks

Paper 1

Mental Ability Test(MAT)



120 Min

32% for SC, ST & PWD and 40% for General Category & OBC in both the papers

Paper 2

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

100(Science40, Maths-20, Social Science40)


120 Min


Highlights of National Talent Search Examination

Exam Name

  • National Talent Search Examination
  • Commonly known as NTSE, STSE

Conducted by

  • State level examination/NTSE Stage 1 is conducted by respective states/UTs
  • National level or NTSE stage II is conducted by NCERT

Exam Level

National Level

Class level

Class 10th only

Total Scholarships


Scholarship amount

  • Rs. 1250 per month for Class 11-12
  • Rs. 2000 per month for UG and PG level
  • As per UGC norms for research level

Scholarship level

Up to Ph. D. level

Exam Mode

Offline examination

Exam Papers

Mental Aptitude Test (MAT)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Test Duration

120 minutes for each paper at each level i.e. Total 240 minutes each for STSE and NTSE

Total Exam Centers

For NTSE Stage I exam - In all 29 states and 7 UTs

For NTSE Stage II - 35 exam cities

Registration dates

Registration began in August 2019 and the last date of application is to be notified by respective state/UT separately

Exam dates for NTSE Stage I exam 2018-2019

Start Date for Application Form-   08-08-2019

Last date for  Applications online- 08-09-2019

NTSE Stage-1 Exam date- 03-11-2019

NTSE Stage-2 Exam date- 10-05-2020

Exam date for NTSE Stage 2 exam 2019

May 10, 2020, for all states and UTs

Exam Helpline for NTSE Stage ii examination only

Phone number - 011-26560464

e-mail - ntsexam.ncert@gov.in

Official Website


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