NCERT NTSE Scholarship Exam

NTSE- National Talent Search Examination 2017-18

Last date to apply

For NTSE Stage 1: August  3rd week 2017* (Tentative)
* it may vary from state to state

About NTSE

NTSE - National Talent Search Examination 2017-18 is a scholarship exam conducted by NCERT. NTSE scholarship was constituted in 1963 by NCERT. It is one of the most prestigious scholarships in India and is also considered one of the toughest scholarship exam in India. NTSE is for students of Class 10 and is conducted in 2 stages. Lakhs of students appear in the exam and close to 1000 students are awarded the NTSE scholarship. These students receive NTSE Scholarship from Class 11 till their PhD studies. It is merit based scholarship and not a means based scholarship. This page holds the complete information about the NTSE Scholarship.

  • NTSE exam can be taken by the Indian students as well as by Indian students studying abroad. NTSE Application begins in July every year and has to be submitted to the state SCERTs.
  • NTSE Stage 1 Exam is held in the month of November and the students who qualify the exam to appear in NTSE Stage 2. For this year the NTSE Application Forms have been released by various states, and students can fill the application form in time to appear in the exam.

 NTSE Application Form

NTSE Exam Date: NTSE 2017-18 stage 1 exam will be held in the month of November 2017 in all the states and UTs except Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar Islands where the exam was conducted in the month of December 2017. NTSE 2017-18 stage 2 exam for the selected candidates will be conducted in the month of May 2017.

NTSE 2017-18 Important Dates




Area Dates
Exam in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands


November 2017

Exam in West Bengal and Bihar 
Exam in all other States and UTs
NTSE Delhi Exam Date
Examination in all States and Union Territories May 2017



Purpose of NTSE Scholarship

NTSE Scholarship is provided for higher studies

  • The scholarship is provided to students pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level.
  • In the case of professional courses like medicine and engineering, the scholarship is up to the second-degree level subject.
  • NTSE Scholarship is a two stage Exam, Stage 1 is conducted by the State/UT, and the qualifying students appear for NTSE stage 2 exam which is conducted by NCERT.
  • The Work related to National Talent Search Examination is looked after National Talent Search Scheme Cell.

NTSE for Indian Students Studying Abroad

NCERT has released notification for NTSE Stage 2 examination for Indian students studying abroad. Important dates as per the notification:

  • Indian Students Studying Abroad should fill in the relevant columns and forward the application form to NCERT along with marks sheet of class 9 before the last date as mentioned above.
  • Application Form: The application form can be downloaded by Indian Students Studying Abroad from the website of NCERT.

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NTSE Eligibility Criteria

Gender Girls and Boys both can apply for NTSE 2017-18
Region  All India and NRI Students
Class Class 10 

The scholarship is for higher studies in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages Commerce, vocational studies and fine arts.

Students studying overseas but are Indian citizens can participate in NTSE second stage directly.

NTSE Reward

NTSE Scholarship amount has been increased from this year onwards.The Students who qualify NTSE Exam will be paid the scholarship on per month basis as follows:

  • Rs. 1,250 per month for Class 11& 12
  • Rs. 2,000 per month for Undergraduate & Post Graduate Students
  • For PhD students, the scholarship would be paid in accordance to the UGC norms
  • The NTSE scholarship will be paid to students studying in Class 11 onwards (irrespective of class/course).

Disbursement of NTSE Scholarship

Guidelines for Disbursement of Scholarship

NTSE Application form and Process

The students have to take the NTSE 2017-18 Application Form from the State/UT Liaison Officer. Region wise list of State Liaison Officers for NTSE is given towards the end of this page. The candidates can download the application form by following the link below.

  • The student has to fill in the required details in the NTSE Application form and the completed application form should be signed by the Principal of the school.
  • As NTSE Stage 1 is conducted by Individual State & UT so the last date to submit the NTSE Application form may differ.
  • The student has to confirm the last date to submit NTSE application form from their respective State Liaison Officer.

Download NTSE Application Form Here

For Indian Students Studying Abroad

  • They should fill the relevant items of the Application forms and should forward it to NCERT along with Class 9 mark sheet.
  • The students have to mention the name of State/ UT, where the candidate wants to appear in the national level NTS examination, in the covering letter.

NTSE Application Fees

  • Stage 1 of NTSE is conducted by different State/UTs so the application fee has to be paid to them directly.
  • There is no fee for taking NTSE Stage 2 exam conducted by NCERT.

NTSE Selection Process

The Examination will be Consist of Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). Along with these two subjects, there is an another subject named Language Comprehensive Test.

 Subjects Marks No. of Questions Duration
Mental Ability Test- MAT 50 50 45 minutes
Scholastic Ability Test-SAT
Language Comprehensive Test
50 50 45 minutes
Scholastic Ability Test-SAT
Aptitude Test
100 100 90 minutes

Important Points of NTSE Exam

  • Aptitude Test:  The aptitude test will consist questions from History, Geography, Political Science, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.
  • Negative Marking in NTSE:  There will be negative marking of 1/3 for every wrong answer and no negative marks would be awarded for unanswered questions.
  • The language of NTSE Examination: The Examination is conducted in various languages that are: Assamese, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
  • NTSE Examination qualifying marks are 40% for the general category and 32% for the reserved categories i.e SC/ST/PwD. Candidates have to score these minimum marks in each paper so as to qualify.

NTSE Answer Keys 2017-18

NTSE Answer keys for stage 1 exam conducted on 5, 6 and 13 November 2017 has been released for all the states and UTs. The candidates who have appeared in the exam can check the answer key and tally their answers.

Most of the states release the answer keys within a week of conducting the NTSE exam and give sufficient time for the students to challenge the answer key. For NTSE stage 2 the answer keys were released 2 days after the conduct of the stage 2 exam.

NTSE Answer Keys - Check Here

NTSE Result 2017-18

The NTSE Stage 1 exam for the year 2017 - 18 will be held in the month of November 2017 and NCERT conducts NTSE Stage 2 exam every year in the month of May 2017. However, the result for the NTSE exam held on last year is given below.

NTSE Stage 1 Exam 2017 Result has been declared by the respective state/ UT. However, the result for the NTSE Stage 2 exam has also been announced by the NCERT. For the results of the respective States and Union Territories refer to NTSE Results.

Andhra Pradesh Chhattisgarh Himachal Pradesh Kerala Meghalaya Punjab
Arunachal Pradesh Chandigarh Jammu and Kashmir Madhya Pradesh National Capital Territory of Delhi Rajasthan
Assam Gujarat Jharkhand Maharashtra Uttar Pradesh Sikkim
Bihar Haryana Karnataka Uttrakhand Odisha Tamil Nadu
West Bengal Telangana  -  -  -  -


Reservation for NTSE & Quota for States/ UT

The quota would be calculated on the basis of student's enrolment in Class 9 and Class 10, Reservation guidelines as per the NCERT are given below.

Category SC ST Physically Challenged
Quota 15% 7.5% 3%


NTSE Sample Paper 2016

NTSE Contact Details


In Charge, National Talent Search Scheme Cell,
Education Survey Division,
National Council of Educational Research & Training,
Sri Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi 110016

Contact Details:

  • NTS National Level Exam
    Ph: 011-26560464 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)
  • NTSE Scholarship
    Phone no. 011-26562704 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)

State Level NTS Examination Enquiry: Contact the Liaison Officer of your State 

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