NCERT NTSE Scholarship Exam

NTSE- National Talent Search Examination 2016-17

Last date to apply

For NTSE Stage 1: August 31, 2016* (Tentative)
* it may vary from state to state
NTSE Application Form

About NTSE

NTSE - National Talent Search Examination 2016-17 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. 

  • 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 have 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.

Latest Update:  All the important dates related to the exam is given below on this page. NTSE has updated the exam date for Delhi. Earlier the exam was scheduled to hold on November 6, 2016, which has changed now. The NTSE Exam for Delhi is now going to hold on December 18, 2016

NTSE Application Form has been released for various states, and the candidates have to fill in the application form to appear in NTS Scholarship exam.

 NTSE Application Form

NTSE Exam Date: NTSE 2016-17 stage 1 exam will be held on November 6, 2016, in all the states and UTs except Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar Islands where the exam was conducted on November 5, 20. NTSE Examination of Bihar and West Bengal was conducted on November 13, 2016. 

NTSE 2016-17 stage 2 exam for the selected candidates will be conducted on May 14, 2017.

NTSE 2016 Important Dates




Area Dates
Exam in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands November 5, 2016
Exam in West Bengal and Bihar  November 13, 2016
Exam in all other States and UTs November 6, 2016
NTSE Delhi Exam Date December 18, 2016
Examination in all States and Union Territories May 14, 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:

  • The last date to submit the application form: December 31, 2016
  • Date of Examination: May 14, 2017
  • 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.

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NTSE Eligibility Criteria

Gender Girls and Boys both can apply for NTSE 2016-17
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. 1250 per month for Class 11& 12
  • Rs. 2000 per month for Undergraduate & Post Graduate Students
  • For Ph.D 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 2016-17 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 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.
  • NTSE Application form 2016 has been released for students of Delhi, Tripura, Karnataka, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh >> Download NTSE Application form

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.
  • Mention the State/ UT preferred 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.

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

NTSE 2016 -17 Exam pattern


  • The Examination will be Consist of Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)
  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
  • 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 Sample Paper 2016

NTSE Answer Keys

NTSE Answer keys for stage 1 exam will be released by all the states and UTs and for stage 2 will be released by NCERT. 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 Result 2016-17

NTSE Stage 1 Exam will be declared by the respective state/UT. However, For NTSE Stage 2 the result will be 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%

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NTSE Address

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

NTSE 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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