How many attempts in NTSE

How many attempts in National Talent Search Examination


How many attempts in National Talent Search Examination

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program as well as one of the most prestigious examinations in India at the Secondary school level to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent. Close to 20 students appear in this scholarship exam every year, and 1000 scholarships are awarded, of which 750 are unreserved. It is held every year and aims at screening the most gifted students from the general lot — the students who have a special aptitude for Sciences, Mathematics, Social Sciences and, above all, questions based on analytical reasoning. The most important aspect of the exam is not the percentage a student scores but where he is placed in the descending order of merit list. This directly relates to one’s cognitive skills and reasoning ability.

1. When and where can I apply for the Stage One exam?

Each State/UT conducts its own Stage One exam for which advertisement is released in the month of July- August. You need to look for advertisement or circular in the school by the respective State/UT government and act as per the requirement. For further queries, please contact the Liaison Officer of your respective State/ UT whose addresses are provided on NCERT official website.

2. When is Stage One examination held?

The state level exam is normally conducted in all States/UTs on the second Sunday of November except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram, where it is conducted on second Saturday of November every year until and unless some special circumstances occur.

3. Should we apply through school or directly?

You need to submit your application after getting it signed by your Principle before the due date. You are advised to send your application to the Liaison Officer of your State/UT.

4. Can we send our application directly to NCERT?

NCERT does not receive applications or entertain any queries related to the Stage One exam.

5. What will be the medium of Examination at Stage One? Is there any fee for appearing in the exam?

The medium of examination shall be as announced by the State/UT. Similarly, each State/UT has its own rules with respect to charging of fee.

6. What is the pattern of the NTSE Stage One?

The first Stage examination normally has three parts- Mental Ability Test(MAT), Language Test, and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

7. When are the results for NTSE Stage One announced? Are marks scored in Stage One included in Stage Two exam conducted by NCERT?

Results are usually declared by January/ February by the respective State/UT. No, the first stage marks are for mere qualification to the next stage.


1. When is the Stage Two Exam conducted?

It is conducted on the second Sunday of each year (unless notified).

2. I have cleared my Stage One exam. What is the protocol now?

NCERT will convey the Roll number, venue and the time for national level exam to the selected students through speed post. There is no need for any further form submission. Please contact NCERT in case of further queries. In case there is any change of address prior to the national level exam, it shall obligatory on the part of the candidate to communicate the same to the State examining authority, which in turn shall inform NCERT.

3. What should I do if I seek a change in the exam venue after receiving the application?

NCERT is not obliged to change the centre of exam in any case. However, in an exceptional case, the centre may be changed on a written request received by NCERT 15 days after the issue of the Admit cards and 10 days prior to the exam. Moreover, in such a case, test booklet will be provided in English to the candidate.

4. My son/daughter is studying abroad; can he/she appear for NTSE examination?

Any student of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class 10th level can appear for NTSE, provided they have secured 60% in their previous examination. Abroad students will appear in the NTSE Centre in India at his/her own cost. Such candidates are exempted from Stage One Exam and can send application request through the head of their institution (along with an attested copy of Class 9th result) to Head Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi- 16. If such candidates are selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.

5. What is the pattern of the Second Stage NTSE paper? Also, what is the prescribed syllabus?

For NTSE Stage Two, there are three papers with a prescribed time limit to finish each- Mental Ability Test of 50 questions (time limit- 45 minutes), Language Test of 50 questions (45 minutes) and Scholastic Aptitude Test of 100 questions (90 minutes). Three different OMR sheets will be provided for each test. Standard of the questions will be conforming to the secondary level. However, there is no prescribed syllabus for NTSE Stage Two paper.

6. Language test is conducted in how many languages? Is it qualifying in nature?

Language Test is conducted in either English or Hindi, according to the choice of the candidate. The Language test is qualifying in nature, i.e., marks scored in Language test will not be counted in the final merit.

7. Will I be getting the SAT and MAT question booklet in my respective State Language?

Test booklets will be available in Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telgu and Urdu.

8. When are the results of the NTSE Stage two declared?

Results will be uploaded on the NCERT website by August. Only selected candidates shall be informed through speed post.

9. Is there any provision for rechecking/ re-totalling?

All the OMR sheets are put on the web portal to maintain transparency. Since the exam is computer based, which is highly efficient, there is no provision for re-totalling or rechecking.