About NTSE Delhi, Exam and Selection Procedure

About NTSE Delhi, Exam and Selection Procedure

NTSE Delhi

National Talent Search Exam:

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a scholarship program which was introduced by NCERT in 1961 as an initiative to identify and promote academic talent. While it was started only for the students of Delhi, today NTSE is the most prestigious national-level scholarship exam conducted at secondary school level.

NTSE is conducted in two stages for the students of class 10. 1000 scholarships are awarded every year out of which 250 are reserved for SC, ST and physically challenged students.


Eligibility Criteria:

For a candidate to be eligible to take NTSE 2018, he must fulfill the following criteria.

  • Candidate must be an Indian.
  • Candidate should be less than 18 years of age as on July 1, 2017.
  • Candidate must be studying in class 10 in a recognized school in India.
  • Candidate must secure at least 75% in class 9.

Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible for NTSE, given that they are under 18 years of age, are not employed and are appearing for class 10 examination for the first time.


NTSE Stages:

NTSE is conducted in two stages, Stage-1 and Stage-2, the details of which are mentioned below.

             NTSE Stage-1:

  • It is conducted at the state or union territory level.
  • Candidates can apply for the first stage from their respective states.
  • Results are announced separately for different states and union territories.
  • Candidates must score a minimum of 10 marks each in MAT, SAT and Language Paper to qualify for NTSE Stage-2.
  • About 4000 students qualify Stage-1 who then become eligible to participate in Stage-2.

           NTSE Stage-2:

  • It is conducted at the national level.
  • Candidates who qualify Stage-1 can appear for the Stage-2 exam.
  • Questions are not asked from the language section in this paper. There are 100 questions each from MAT as well as SAT.
  • Candidate must score well individually in SAT and MAT to qualify Stage-2.
  • Top 1000 candidates who qualify Stage-2 will be given the prestigious NTSE scholarships.


           Exam Pattern:

The question paper is divided into two sections – Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT).

MAT: The questions in this section are designed to judge the ability to think, the power of reasoning, ability to judge, evaluate, visualize in space, etc. Questions are asked from series, analogies, pattern perception, classification, coding-decoding, problem-solving, hidden figures, block assembly, etc.

SAT: The questions in this section are further divided into language test and test for science, math, and social sciences. The language test will consist of questions either from English or Hindi (as selected by the user).

Note: SAT and MAT questions are asked in both NTSE Stage-1 and Stage-2. However, the language test is omitted in NTSE Stage-2. Stage-2 has 100 questions each from SAT and MAT.

  • Mode of Exam: NTSE is a pen-and-paper based (offline) test.
  • Exam Duration: Candidates are given 3 hours to complete the paper.
  • Language for Question Paper: You have the option to take the paper in Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu or Urdu.
  • Question Type: The questions are of MCQ type with 4 alternatives per question.
  • Marking Scheme: Candidates will be awarded +1 for a correct response. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • Qualifying Marks: Qualifying marks for candidates of General category is 40% in each paper. For SC, ST and physically handicapped 32% in each paper.

Important Dates related to NTSE Delhi Result 2018:


Date Event
Date of NTSE 2018 Stage 1 Exam November 5, 2017
A result of NTSE Delhi 2018 Stage 1 announced March 12, 2018
An announcement of NTSE Delhi Cutoff 2018 March 12, 2018
NTSE 2018 Stage 2 Exam May 13, 2018

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