NTSE Key Dates, Examination Pattern, Syllabus Eligibility Criteria and Much More
NTSE is one of the prestigious National- level scholarship programs conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). This exam was introduced in the year 1963. Every year close to 20000 students appear for the scholarship exam and only a few get selected.
I know after reading this; you have lots of questions popping in your head like what is NTSE all about? How to apply for NTSE? How to crack the NTSE exam? What is the Syllabus of NTSE? Eligibility Criteria of NTSE and, who are eligible for NTSE scholarships? In how many levels this exam is conducted? Where can a student apply for NTSE? and, much more.
So with this article, I have tried to answer all your queries related to the scheme. Let’s discuss from scratch.
What is NTSE?
National Talent Search Examination widely known as NTSE is a national level scholarship program conducted every year, explicitly for students of Class X by NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training).
The purpose of this examination is to identify students with high wit and academic talents and, honor them by providing a monthly scholarship. This financial assistance in a form of scholarship helps a large number of students who want to pursue higher education in Social Studies, Science Stream (for up to doctorate level studies) and professional courses such as medical and engineering (for up to second –degree level). However, in 2019, the numbers of scholarships have been lifted to 2000.
Who conducts NTSE?
NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) is conducted by NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training)
The exam is held in two stages, Stage 1 (State Level) and, Stage 2(National Level) and, the eligibility criteria for each stage differ.
Who can give NTSE?
NTSE Eligibility Criteria (Stage 1)
• The candidates must be an Indian National irrespective of whether they study in India or abroad at class X level.
• Candidates who have secured a minimum of 55% marks in Class IX can sit for the test.
• 50% marks in Class IX for SC, ST, and Physically Challenged.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR STAGE II
The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE )is open for all the students at class X level who belongs to Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad.
For Candidates Studying in India
Only the candidates who are selected by State/UTs on the basis of their screening examination can appear in the National Level examination which is to be conducted by NCERT.
The examination is conducted on the second Sunday of May each year (if there is any change in the date the students will be notified).
The Candidates can get their roll numbers, the venue, the date and the time for national level examination directly through the NCERT portal firstname.lastname@example.org
For Candidates Studying Abroad
Indian students studying abroad at Class X level can also apply for this examination, in the following terms and conditions.
i) Students of Indian nationality at class X level shall be excused from the initial screening (first-level)test and shall be permitted to compete directly at the second level examination which is being conducted by NCERT.
ii) A student is only eligible to appear in the second level NTS examination if he /she scored at least 60 percent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination.
iii) Students will have to appear in NTS examination at a center in India at his /her own expense.
iv) The candidates who are likely to appear in NTSE may request through the Head Of Institution where they are studying along with an attested copy (by the Head of Institution) with mark sheet of Class IX. This request shall reach the Head Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi.
v) There shall be no request for the change of center.
vi) The Council will allot concern roll numbers to the eligible candidates and inform them about the date , time and venue of examination.
vii) If students get selected, the scholarship will be paid for pursuing studies in India only.
viii) Only in genuine cases, the change of center will be permitted as per the instructions issued from NCERT.
How to apply for NTSE 2020 Exam?
NTSE 2020 Registration/ Application Process
The Application process for enrolling to NTSE examination can be easily performed by following simple steps.
NTSE Registration Process at State Level ( NTSE Stage 1 Exam)
A Step by Step Guide for Indian Students
• Students can look out for the notification of application form of the exam in the local/ National Newspapers from their respective state or Union territories or in the circulars circulated in the schools by school authorities.
• After getting the form either by online or offline mode as per the student’s convenience, fill in the form and, get it duly signed by your school Principal.
• Submit the duly filled application form along with the examination fee (If applicable) to the State Liaison Officer or your school authorities before the last date of application as mentioned by the concerned state/UT.
Note: The last date of application submission varies from state to state.
A Step by Step Guide for Indian Students Studying Abroad
The Indian Students studying abroad can directly apply for the National Level Exam by following these steps:
• Generate Your request through your respective Head of Institution (HOI)
• Get your mark sheet of class IX attested by the HOI.
• Submit your application to the Head, Department of Educational survey division, NCERT New Delhi before the last date of submission.
NTSE Admit card
Generally, the exam conducting authorities handover the admit card to the candidates at least 15 days before the exam date by post to candidate’s address specified in the application form. Moreover, many states provide the admit card to the candidates in the offline mode while if some issue persist candidates can download the admit card online.
Note: It is compulsory for all the candidates to carry the admit card on exam date as no candidate is allowed to sit in the examination center without admit cards. The candidates who qualify the stage 1 (state level examination) are issued NTSE admit card for stage 2 in the online mode only on the official website of NCERT.
Documents to carry along with NTSE admit card
Carrying only the admit card for the NTSE exam is not enough. Entry inside the examination center is prohibited if the student doesn’t carry:
• Valid photo identification in original or photocopy of the same
• For identification process any of below-mentioned documents are required:
Result announcement of Stage 1 Exam- The candidates can check the result of the stage 1 exam in online mode as the qualifying status will be available on the official website of SCERT/DGE of the respective state/UT. This result will mention the qualifying status of candidates for both papers i.e. MAT and SAT.
NTSE Registration Process at National Level ( NTSE Stage 2 Exam)
Candidates who qualify for Stage 1 at the state level will only be eligible to appear for the National level examination i.e. NTSE stage 2, which is conducted by NCERT. The exam pattern, subjects and, exam details are the same as NTSE Stage 1.
NTSE Stage 2 Results- Students can check their result of stage 2 through the link provided by NCERT by simply entering their roll number and, date of birth. The result will display the separate scores as well as combined scores for MAT and, SAT paper.
NTSE- Examination Fee
Although, NCERT doesn’t charge any fee from the candidates to appear for stage 2 examinations. However, the states and Union Territories may charge the nominal fee which students need to pay to appear for the Stage 1 examination. Students can get detailed information about the application fee and how to pay it through respective State Liaison Officer.
Every year, the NTSE exam is conducted in two stages namely State Level and National level. The state-level (Stage1) is conducted under the supervision of State/UTs while the National level (Stage2) is conducted by NCERT. Adding, each stage comprises three tests for students namely MAT (Mental Ability Test) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). For more detailed information refer to the table attached below:
Mode of examination- Offline (OMR)
Number of Papers- 2 (MAT & SAT)
Marks allotted for each question- 1 (one)
The time duration for each test- 120 minutes
Number of Questions- MAT (100)/ SAT (100)
Negative Marking- Not applicable for stage 2.
Although NTSE doesn’t specify any prescribed syllabus, students aspiring to give examination can prepare from their syllabus of class 9th and 10th level. However, Mental Ability Test (MAT) requires students to solve the question that tests their mental aptitude, while the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) carries questions from Social Science, Science, and Mathematics.
Selection Process of NTSE
Stage 1 (State Level Examination) 40% in each paper (for General/OBC category students
32 % for SC/ST/PH Category Students
Stage 2 (National Level Examination) Students qualifying stage 1 can appear for Stage 2 Examination
The scholarship under NTSE undergoes several revisions. However, as per the latest scheme, around 2000 scholarships will be given to students nationwide out of which 15% reservation is given to students who belong to SC category around 7.5% to Students of ST Category, 27% reservation is given to students of OBC category.
Level of study Scholarship amount
For class 11th/12th INR 1250 per month
For undergraduate and postgraduate courses INR 2000 per month
For students pursuing Ph.D. courses As per UGC norms