NTSE Exam 2021: Eligibility, Selection Procedure, Results

NTSE ( National Talent Search Examination) is a National Level competitive exam in India conducted by NCERT ( National Council of Research and Training) to identify and nurture talented students with good intellect. This examination is open to all Class X students studying in any type of recognized schools in India.

Talented students who qualify at the NTSE Examination will be provided Scholarships to pursue courses in science and social science streams up to the doctoral level. In Professional courses like medicine and engineering, Scholarships will be awarded up to 2 degree-level.

Selection Procedure

The Candidate Selection Procedure for the NTSE scheme is down to Two levels. First Level is a State level test conducted by the respective Home state of the Student. The second level is a National Level Test (NTS) conducted by NCERT.

State-level Examination

Each state has the autonomy to conduct its own examination to select deserving candidates for NTSE Scheme. The purpose of the state level examination is to select potential candidates for the scheme. Students who crack the state level NTSE Examination will be permitted to attend the National-level NTSE Examination conducted by NCERT.

Eligibility

1. A class X student studying in any type of recognized school is eligible to apply for NTSE Scheme.

2. Home Schoolers or Distance learners of Class X are also eligible for this Scheme provided they are below the age of 18 years as of July 1st of the particular year.

3. Students must not be employed.

4. States may have other eligibility condition which is subjected to respective states. So you may need to meet your state’s eligibility requirement to apply for this scheme.

Examination DatePaperTestTimingsNo of questionsNo of MarksTime DurationQualifying marksSelection Criteria
1st Sunday of
November
(In all the
States/UTs of
the country
except
Nagaland,
Mizoram,
Meghalaya
and Andaman
& Nicobar
exam where
will be held
on 1st
Saturday
November
month every
year)
Paper IMental
Ability
Test
(MAT)
09.30 am to
11.30 am
(All
candidates
except
visually
Challenged
Candidates)

09.30 am to
12.00 noon
(Only
visually
Challenged
Candidates)
100100120 minutes32% SC,
ST and
PWD and
40% for
Others
(General&
OBC
• Only candidates
qualifying in
both the papers
separately will
be considered
for merit
• Selection of the
awardees will be
made on the
basis of total
Marks scored in
MAT & SAT
based on merit
• There will be
No Negative
Marking
As abovePaper IIScholastic
Aptitude
Test
(SAT)
13.30 pm
to
15.30 pm
(All
candidates
except
visually
Challenged
Candidates)

13.30 pm
to
16.00 pm
(Only
visually
Challenged
Candidates)
100
(Science40,
Mathemati
cs-20,
Social
Science40)
100120 minutes

The Students qualifying in the State Level Examination will be chosen to sit for Nation Level Examination conducted by NCERT. State Level Examination is only conducted for the sake of selecting the right deserving candidates to sit for NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) which is conducted every year at the national level.

The marks obtained in the state level examination will not be recorded or utilized ever again. Only Marks obtained in the Final National Level Exam will be recorded and mentioned in the certificates.

The SC/ST and physically challenged candidates require a 32% score to qualify for the national level test. The General and Obc candidates require to achieve 40% score to qualify.

The Results of State level examination will be released by States/UT in the months of January and February every year.

Nation Level NTSE Examination

Eligibility Requirement For Indian Nationals

The Class X Candidates qualifying State level Examination Shall be permitted to appear for the National Level Examination conducted by NCERT.

Eligibility Requirement for NRI candidates.

  1. NRI Candidates studying Class 10 abroad shall be permitted to appear final Examination without appearing state-level Examination provided certain eligibility conditions are fulfilled.

2. The candidate should have obtained a minimum of 60% marks at the annual examination conducted in the previous year at his/her School/Institution. The Class IX mark sheet attested by the head of the institution/school should be sent to the Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st December of the concerned year along with the letter requesting admission into the Final level NTSE Examination.

3. Examination will be conducted only in the centers in India.

4. Roll No, Date of the examination, and the Exam Venue Shall be announced by the council.

Examination DatePaperTestTimingsNumber of questionsMarksTime DurationQualifying marksSelection Criteria
2nd Sunday
of May every
year
(In all the
States/UTs of
the country)
Paper IMental
Ability
Test
(MAT)
09.30 am to
11.30 am
(All
candidates
except
visually
Challenged
Candidates)
09.30 am to
12.00 noon
(Only
visually
Challenged
Candidates)
100100120 minutes32% marks
SC, ST and
PWD and
40% for
Others
(General
&OBC)
Category
separately
in both
papers
• There will be
No Negative
Marking
• Only candidates
qualifying in
both the papers
separately will
be considered
for merit
• Selection of the
awardees will be
made on the
basis of total
Marks scored in
MAT & SAT
based on merit
Paper – IIScholastic
Aptitude
Test
(SAT)
13.30 pm
to
15.30 pm
(All
candidates
except
visually
Challenged
Candidates)

13.30 pm
to
16.00 pm
(Only
visually
Challenged
Candidates)
100100
(Science 40,
Mathematics – 20,
Social
Science – 40)
120 Minutes

Both the MAT and SAT examinations will be conducted on the same day. Questions will be asked in a multiple-choice format with four options to choose from. Candidates have to fill the answer in a omr sheet given to them.

In the Mental Ability test, there will be 100 multiple-choice questions. Each right answer carries 1 mark. There is no negative marking for the wrong answer.

In the Scholastic Aptitude Test, 100 Questions will be asked for the total 100 marks. 40 questions from science subjects, 20 questions from Mathematics, and 40 questions from social science. Each right answer carries 1 mark and there are no negative markings.

NTSE Results

Selected candidates will be announced through letter and NCERT website. All candidates can see their marks individually at the NCERT website.

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