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NTSE- National Talent Search Examination 2017-18

Last date to apply

31 August 2017/ September 2017*

* Various from state to state

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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. 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 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 Date

NTSE 2017-18 stage 1 exam was held on 4 and 5 November 2017 in the states of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar Islands as well as in other States and UTs respectively. NTSE 2017-18 stage 2 exam for the selected candidates will be conducted on 13 May 2018.

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NTSE 2017-18  Dates


Date 2017

Date 2018

Opening of NTSE Application 1 August 2017 August
Last Date to submit the NTSE 2018 Application 7 September 2017  September 2018
Exam Dates
Exam in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland
and Andaman & Nicobar Islands

4 November 2017 (Saturday)

November 2018

Exam in all other States and UTs 5 November 2017 (Sunday) November 2018
Examination in all States and Union Territories 13 May 2018 (Sunday) May 2019



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 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 with the UGC norms
  • The NTSE scholarship will be paid to students studying in Class 11 onwards (irrespective of class/course).

Guidelines for Disbursement of Scholarship - Read Here

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 Admit Card 2017-18 - Download Here

NTSE Admit Card for the Gujarat and Kerala State has been released on 23 & 24 October 2017. The candidates can download the admit card by following the link given below. The admit card for the West Bengal NTSE will be available to download from 24 October to 1 November 2017.

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 3 November 2017.

NTSE Admit Card 2018 - Download Here

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 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


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 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 2018-19 will be held on 4 November 2017 in the states of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Island and on 5 November 2017 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.

NTSE Stage 1 Exam 2016-17 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% 4%


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)
    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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