NCERT NTSE Scholarship Exam

National Talent Search Examination 2013-14

Last date to apply

For stage 1: 

For Stage 2 for Indian students studying overseas- March 31, 2014

About National Talent Search Examination 2013-14

  •  The scholarship was constituted in 1963 by NCERT.
  • It is one of the most prestigious scholarship in India and is also considered one of the toughest scholarship exam in India.
  • The Work related to National Talent Search Examination is looked after National Talent Search Scheme Cell.
  • The Scholarship is provided for higher studies
    • The scholarship is provided to students pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level.
    • In case of professional courses like medicine and engineering the scholarship is up to second-degree level subject.
  • Students studying overseas but are Indian citizens can participate in NTSE second stage directly and last date to apply is March 31, 2014 >> Download Application Form
  • The NTS First Stage Exam would be held on November 17, 2013
  • The NTS Second Stage Exam would be held on May 11, 2014- The Stage 2 exam is postponed till further notice. >> Read the Notice

Who can apply - The Eligibility Criteria

Gender Girls and Boys both can apply for NTSE Scholarship
Region  All India and NRI Students
Class Class 10 
Details The scholarship is for higher studies in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages Commerce, vocational studies and fine arts


  • The Students who qualify NTSE Exam will be paid an amount of of Rs. 500 per month as scholarship.
  • The scholarship will be paid to students studying in Class 11 onwards (irrespective of class/course).
  • For Ph.D. it will be paid as per UGC Norms.

Application Mode and Process

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 latest by March 31, 2014.
  • Mention the State/ UT prefered in the Covering Letter: The students has to mention the name of State/ UT, where the candidate wants to appear in the national level NTS examination, in the covering letter.

Selection Process

Examination pattern

  • The Examination will be Consist of Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test.
  Marks No. of Questions Duration
Mental Ability Test 50 50 45 minutes
Scholastic Ability Test-
Language Comprehensive Test
40 40 45 minutes
Scholastic Ability Test-
Aptitude Test
90 90 90 minutes

Aptitude Test-  The aptitude test will consist questions from History, Geography, Political Science, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 1/3 for every wrong answer and no negative marks would be awarded for unanswered questions.

Language of Examination:

The Examination is conducted in various languages that are: Assamese, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Quota for States/ UT

Quota would be calculated on the basis of student's enrolment in Class 9 and Class 10

Contact National Talent Search Examination 2013-14

NTS National Level Exam
011-26560464 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)

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

NTSE Scholarship

Phone no. -011-26562704 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)

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