NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program in India
that started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme was to identify talented students and nurture their talents. It covers areas like Science, Social Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management, and Law. It is organized by – National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and it honors and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship.


NCERT conducts the NTSE for students studying in Class X. The exam is conducted at 2 levels: Stage – I (State Level and Stage – II (National Level).


Stage Area Examination fee
Stage-I (State Level) Examination in States and Union Territories

Notified by State Liaison Officers & Union Territories

Stage-II (National Level) Examination in all State and Union Territories No fees



NTSE details/Pattern



  • Student studying in Class 10th
  • 61% marks and above for General Category students and 5% relaxation in marks for reserved category.

For further details please visit: www.ncert.nic.in/



Test type Marks No. of Ques. Duration
Mental Ability Test (MAT) 100 100 120 min
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 100 100 120 min



On basis of NTSE stage-I results, scholarships are awarded to top 1000 students all over India.

Awardees of the National Talent Search Examination will receive a scholarship of

  • Scholarship of Rs. 1250 per month for Class XI – XII
  • Scholarship of Rs. 2000 per month for UG and PG
  • Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. be fixed by UGC Norms



Important Events Dates (Expected)
Availability of Application form July Mid
Last date to submit Application form August End
NTSE Stage – I Exam – State Level 1st Sunday of November
Result of Stage – I February
NTSE Stage – II Exam 2nd Sunday of May
Result of Stage – II July-August



  • The application form is meant for the students appearing at the State Level NTS examination conducted by each state/UT.
  • The candidate/Principal shall submit the form directly to the state/UT Liaison officer only.
  • The candidate/Principal must deposit the application fee, if any, prescribed by state/UTs with the application form.
  • The candidate/Principal should leave the 4-Digit Centre code blank, to be filled by the liaison officer/other authorities.



NTSE syllabus