National Talent Search Exam FAQs
Frequently Asked Question NTSE

NTSE Frequently Asked Questions

Since 1963, the National Council for Educational Research (NCERT) has held the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) to identify gifted students and support them by providing scholarships to further their education. NTSE is still not well known enough

August 12, 2022

By CoachingSelect

Career & Coaching Expert


Since 1963, the National Council for Educational Research (NCERT) has held the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) to identify gifted students and support them by providing scholarships to further their education. NTSE is still not well known enough, despite all of its awesomeness. Here is a selection of NTSE-related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist you start planning your career in high school.

Q1. How is the NTSE carried out?

Ans. The NTSE exam is administered in two stages. States and Union Territories administer the NTSE Stage I examination (UT). The chosen candidates show up for Stage 2, which is administered by NCERT. No interviews are conducted.


Q2. Who may register for this test?

Ans. Any student enrolled in Class 10 at a recognised institution, such as a Kendriya Vidyalaya, a military academy, or a Sainik School, is qualified to sit for the State level Examination (NTSE Stage One) in their state. Other classes cannot use this programme. Additionally, the concerned State/UT may impose additional requirements for eligibility to take the Stage One Exam.

Q3. How many students pass Stage One of the NTSE?

Ans. Each of the States and UTs has a quota set out for them. The State Quota is determined based on the number of secondary school students enrolled, with a minimum of 10 for UTs and 25 for states.

Q4. How many scholarships are given out annually?

Ans. Each year, about 1000 scholarships are given out.

Q5. Are scholarships subject to any limitations?

There is a provision for ST and SC applicants to be given a 15 percent and 7.5 percent reserve, respectively, depending on national standards. Only candidates who meet the minimal requirements in these categories are qualified for a scholarship. Additionally, there is a 3 percent reservation for pupils with physical disabilities.


Q6. For how long will scholarship recipients receive funding?

The scholarship recipients are entitled to receive funding up to the PhD level if they are enrolled in courses in the humanities, social sciences, languages, business, or vocational fields. Scholarships up to the second degree level are available to recipients who are enrolled in professional programmes in medicine, engineering, technology, management, and law.

Stage One Exam for NTSE

Q1. How and when do I submit an application for the Stage One exam?

Ans. The advertisements for the Stage One exams are released in the months of July and August for each State/UT. You must look for the appropriate State/UT government's advertisement or circular in the school and follow the instructions. Please get in touch with the liaison officer of your state or UT, whose contact information is listed on the NCERT website, if you have any additional questions.

Q2. When are the Stage One exams held?

Ans. Except for Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya, and Mizoram, where it is often held on the second Saturday of November each year, unless and until certain exceptional circumstances arise, the state level exam is typically held in all States/UTs on the second Sunday of November.

Q3. Should we apply directly or through the institution?

Ans. Before the deadline, you must submit your application after having your principal sign it. It is advisable that you send your application to the State/UT Liaison Officer.

4. Can we submit our application to NCERT directly?

Ans. Applications for the Stage One exam are not accepted, nor does NCERT respond to any inquiries about it.

Q5. In what format will the Stage One Examination be administered? Does it cost anything to take the exam?

Ans. The State/UT will announce the examination's medium. Similar to this, each State/UT has its own regulations regarding the collection of fees.

Q6. What is the NTSE Stage One pattern?

Ans. The first stage exam typically consists of three components: the MAT (Mental Ability Test), the LAT (Language Test), and the SA (SAT).

Q7. When will the NTSE Stage One results be released? Are the marks earned in Stage One counted toward the NCERT Stage Two exam?

Ans. Results are typically announced by the respective State/UT by January or February. No, the initial scores are only used to qualify for the subsequent level.

Stage Two Exam for NTSE:

Q1. What time is the Stage Two Exam held?

Ans. Every year, it takes place on the second Sunday (unless notified).

Q2. I passed the Stage One examination. What is the current procedure?

Ans. The selected students will receive information from NCERT via fast post about the roll number, location, and time for the national level exam. There is no need to submit any more forms. Any more questions should be directed to NCERT. Prior to the national level exam, it will be necessary for the candidate to notify the State Examining Authority of any address changes. The State Examining Authority will then notify NCERT.

Q3. What should I do if, after receiving the application, I want to alter the exam location?

Ans. In any situation, NCERT is not required to alter the exam location. On a written request received by NCERT 15 days after the issuing of the admit cards and 10 days prior to the exam, the centre may, nevertheless, be altered in a unique circumstance. Additionally, the candidate will receive the test booklet in English in this situation.

Q4. My son or daughter is a student overseas; can he or she take the NTSE?

Ans. Any Class 10th student of Indian nationality who is studying abroad is eligible to take the NTSE as long as they received a 60 percent or higher on their last exam. Students from other countries must pay their own expenses to take the NTSE in India. Such applicants can submit an application request (together with an attested copy of their Class 9th result) to the Head Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-16 through the head of their institution. If these individuals are chosen, the scholarship will only be paid to study in India.

Q5. What format does the Second Stage NTSE paper follow? What is the required syllabus, furthermore?

Ans. There are three papers for the NTSE Stage Two exam, each with a set time restriction to complete it: a 50-question Mental Ability Test, a 50-question Language Test, and a 100-question Scholastic Aptitude Test (90 minutes). For each test, three separate OMR sheets will be provided. The questions' standards will be secondary level appropriate. The NTSE Stage Two paper has no set syllabus, nevertheless.

Q6. How many languages are used for language tests? Is the nature of it qualifying?

Ans. Depending on the candidate's preference, the language test is administered in either English or Hindi. The Language test is of a qualifying nature; therefore, the scores earned there will not be included in the final merit.

Q7. Will the SAT and MAT question booklets be sent to me in my chosen State Language?

Ans. Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telgu, and Urdu test booklets will also be offered.

Q8. When will the NTSE Stage two results be released?

Ans. By August, results will be posted on the NCERT website. Only chosen candidates will be notified via fast post. 9. Exists a method for rechecking or retotaling?





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