NTSE Exam - National Talent Search Examination

NTSE Exam 2014-15 - National Talent Search Examination acronym as NTSE is taken by the NCERT (since 1963) with a purpose  to identify talented students and nurture their talent in one or more specialized areas. It covers areas like Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law.

It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship (Rs.4000 per month at higher secondry level, Rs.5000 per month at graduation level and Rs.7000 per month of post graducation level)  for the courses in Basic sciences, social sciences and commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D level and for professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation

Note: The NCERT conducts the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in class X (from 2014) only. Top 1000 candidates will be selected for this scholarship.


NTSE Eligibility

Educational Qualification:

Students of Class X studying in recognized schools  who have got 65% marks in class IX are eligible to appear for the respective Class X Stage I examination conducted by the States/UTs in which the schools are located. However there will be no domicile restriction.


NTSE Syllabus

National Talent Search Examination NCERT consists of basic syllabus upto X class along with questions related to analytical reasoning and metal aptitude.


NTSE Pattern

This two state exam will consists of objective type multiple choice type questions consisting of 1 mark each as given below:

1. Stage I: Examination at the State/UT level will comprise of two parts:

Part Subject Marks Time Allowed
1 Mental Ability Test (MAT) 90 90 Minutes
2 Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics 90 90 Minutes

Candidates acquiring more than the required percentage in the state level examination and standing within a specified number of top ranks (state quota) are eligible to appear for the national level examination (about top 3000 students from the entire country).

NCERT conducts the National Level NTS each year in the 2nd week of May. The national level examination has two parts for nominating the required number of candidates for the interviews to be conducted by the NCERT in July/August:

2. Stage II: Examination at the National level will comprise of two parts:

Part Subject No of Items Marks  Time Allowed
1 Mental Ability Test (MAT) 50 50 45 Minutes

Scholastic Ability Test (SAT):

Language Comprehension Test

Aptitude Test








45 Minutes



3. Interview:Candidates who qualify the written examination at the National Level will be invited for interview.


How to apply for the NTSE Exam?

Aspitnats can contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring application form. However, application form can be downloaded from NCERT website  i.e. http://www.ncert.nic.in

The completed application form duly signed by Principal of the school should be submitted to the LO/ concerned district official of the State before the last date.

Note: All correspondence relating to application forms should be addressed to the State Liaison Officers (LOs) whose addresses are given at the end/Website.


NTSE Exam Fee

As far as fee charged is concerned there is no fee taken by NCERT for state- II however States and Union Territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage-I examination.

Therefore it is prudent to confirm the fees and mode of payment from the respective State Liaison Officer  before submitting the application form for stage-I examination  in the respective year.


NTSE Test Selection Process

There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship.

For Stage-I, selection will be done by states/UTs through a written examination. Students who qualify Stage I will be eligible to appear for Stage II examination conducted by NCERT

The States/UTs will also conduct the selection test for National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme along with the Stage-I written examination for NTS.

Note:Indian Students Studying Abroad can appear directly for Stage II NTS Examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure for class X which is available on the NCERT website.

Aspirants can fill up relevant information in the Application Form available on the NCERT website and send to the designated authority along with a Xerox/photocopy of the mark sheet of previous examination latest by March 31st of the respective year.


15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged group of students

State Quotas:

Each State/Union Territory has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage II examination, the details of which will be made available on NCERT website. However, there will be no State/Union Territory Quota for the final award of scholarship after the Stage II examination.

Reservation for SC, ST and physically challenged will be as  per central government notifications.


NTSE Contact Details

Department of Educational Measurement & Evaluation
National Council of Educational Research & Training
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110016.

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NTSE 2014-15

NTSE 2014-15 Important Dates:

For Stage I (state)

Last Date for Submission of Application Form:

  • 31 Aug, 2014

Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

  • 1st Nov, 2014

Examination in all other States and UTs:

  • 2nd Nov, 2014 (Sunday)

For Stage II (National)

Examination in all states and UTs:

  • 10th May, 2015 

NTSE 2013-14 was held on:

  • 22nd May, 2014
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