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NTSE 2018 - National Talent Search Examination

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August to September 2018

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About NTSE

NTSE 2018: The Information Brochure about NTSE for the academic year 2018-19 has been released on 4 July 2018. NTSE Stage 1 Exam will be held on 4 November 2018 for all the states and union territories except Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, where NTSE Exam for the stage 1 will be conducted on 3 November 2018. National Talent Search Examination 2018-19 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. Every year lakhs of students appear in the exam and close to 1,000 students are awarded the NTSE scholarship. These students receive NTSE Scholarship from Class 11 till their Ph.D. studies. It is merit-based scholarship and not a means based scholarship. This page holds the complete information about the NTSE 2018. The candiddates are also advised to register for free SMS Updates to get latest information on NTSE 2018.

Latest Update: NTSE Information Brochure for the academic year 2018-19 has released today i.e. 4 July 2018. NTSE Exam for stage 1 will be held on 4 November 2018 in all other States and UTs except in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Read more on the same below.

NTSE Exam Date

As per NTSE Information Brochure released on 4 July 2018, NTSE 2018-19 stage 1 exam will be held on 3 and 4 November 2018 for the states of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar Islands as well as in other States/ UTs respectively.

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NTSE 2018-19  Dates

NTSE Dates for the academic session 2018-19 are given below:

Events Dates
NTSE 2018 Application Open 1st week of August 2018
NTSE Last date to apply Last week of August/ 1st Week of September
NTSE Stage 1 Exam Date 
For Exam in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland 
and Andaman & Nicobar Islands

3 November 2018

  • SAT - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • MAT - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
NTSE Stage 1 Exam Date
In all other States and UTs

4 November 2018

  • SAT - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • MAT - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
NTSE Stage 2 Exam Date
Examination in all States and Union Territories

12 May 2019 (Sunday)

  • SAT - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • MAT - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Note: The visually Challenged Candidates will get 30 minutes extra in both exams.

NTSE Scholarship Significance

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 Scholarship 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.

Read more about the NTSE Scholarship for Indian Students Studying Abroad

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NTSE Eligibility Criteria

Gender Girls and Boys both can apply for NTSE Scholarship
Eligible  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 Stage 2 directly.

NTSE Reward

NTSE Scholarship amount has been increased from 2014-15 onwards. Earlier it was Rs 500 per month. The students who qualify NTSE Exam will be paid the scholarship on per month basis as follows. Once the student is given the scholarship they have to keep up with their academic performance. Moreover, the scholarship is renewed every year based on the academic performance of the scholarship holder. If the student fails to satisfy the scholarship criteria then their scholarship might be cancelled. The candidates will get NTSE Scholarship for the maximum of 12 months in an academic session.

Class NTSE Scholarship Amount
Class 11 & 12 Rs. 1250 per month
Undergraduate & Post Graduate Students Rs. 2000 per month
Ph.D. students Scholarship would be paid in accordance with the UGC norms


Guidelines for Disbursement of Scholarship - Read Here

NTSE Application form and Process

The students have to take the NTSE 2018-19 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 available on 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.

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 the NTSE Stage 2 exam conducted by NCERT.

NTSE Admit Card 2018-19 - Download Here

NTSE Admit Card will be released for NTSE Stage 1 by each state and union territory individually. The Admit card will be released on different dates. The candidates are advised to bookmark this page to get the latest information on NTSE Admit Card. The candidates will be available to download NTSE Admit Card by following the link available on this page.

The candidates whose application gets accepted will be able to download the admit card. In case of any problem in downloading the admit card, the candidates can contact the concerned office of the District Inspector of Schools (SE) on or before the due date.

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 another subject named Language Comprehensive Test.

 Subjects Marks No. of Questions Duration
Mental Ability Test- MAT 100 100 120 minutes
Scholastic Ability Test-SAT
Aptitude Test
100 100 120 minutes
Total 200 Marks 200 Questions 240 minutes


Qualifying Marks: Qualifying marks for candidates from the General category are 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC, ST and PH is 32% in each paper.

Important Points of NTSE Exam

  • Aptitude Test:  The NTSE Exam will consist of two tests which are Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). Further, there are 40 questions from Science, 40 from Social Science and 20 from Mathematics in SAT.
  • Negative Marking: There is No Negative Marking in NTSE 2018-19
  • 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 2018-19

NTSE Answer keys for stage 1 exam will be released for all the states and UTs separately. The candidates who appear 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. The candidates can check NTSE Answer Key as soon as it is released by the states/union territory.

NTSE Result 2018-19

The NTSE Stage 1 exam for the year 2018-19 will be held on 3 November 2018 in the states of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Island and on 4 November 2018 in all other states and UTs. The NTSE Result will be declared by the respective states on their website and the link to check the result will also be available on this page. On another hand, the NTSE Result for the last year is given below which the candidates can check by following the link.

The candidates can check NTSE Stage 1 Exam Result (Last Year) which was 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. For the academic year 2018-2019, OBC Quota has been implemented by the government of India for NTSE Stage 2.

Category SC ST OBC* Physically Challenged
Quota 15% 7.5% 27% 4%


Note: OBC Quote is subject to the income limit notified by the Government of India.


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)
    E-mail: ntsexam.ncert@gov.in
  • NTSE Scholarship
    Phone no. 011-26562704 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)
    E-mail: scholarship.nts@gov.in

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

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