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NTSE Exam 2023-24 | Exam Dates, Eligibility, Steps to Apply, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

NTSE 2023: National Talent Search Examination is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for recognizing talented students who desire to pursue higher studies in Science and Social Studies branches. The exam is administered at two levels, first is state-level talent search examination and next is the National Level Talent Search Exam. The State Level Exam is conducted by 29 States/07 UT’s (Union Territories) for all students of Class 10th. Students who have qualified in State Level Talent Search Examination are eligible to give the NTSE stage II examination which will be conducted by NCERT. The purpose of the NTSE scheme is to award skilled students seeking education in Science and Social Studies stream with scholarships to help them continue their studies.

The program was commenced in 1963 as National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) as an action to help capable students with scholarships. The scholars who applied for NTSE scholarships were chosen based on qualifications in the written test, project report, and interview. The written test consists of Science Aptitude Test (SAT) and an essay based on a scientific description only. The project record is also required to be submitted at the time of the written test. The scholarships will be awarded to only those students who want to pursue higher studies in Basic Sciences from Class 11th to Doctorate level.

National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) 2023

  • Name of the Exam: National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)
  • Conducting Body: NCERT
  • Level of the Exam: National
  • Mode of the Exam: Offline
  • Exams: Mental Aptitude Test, Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • Class level: 10th standard
  • Exam duration: 120 minutes for both MAT and SAT
  • Application Form Availability: August 2023
  • Total Scholarships: 2000
  • Scholarship amount:
    • Higher Secondary level – Rs. 1250/- p.m.
    • Graduate and Post Graduate – Rs. 2000/- p.m. (3 Years),
    • For a Ph.D. Degree 2000/- (four years) – As per UGC norms
  • Official Website: 

Latest Update: Application Form for NTSE Stage 1 was released. Click Here to Apply.

NTSE Exam Dates 2023

Events Stage I Dates Stage II Dates
Application Dates October 2023 No need for registration
NTSE Admit Card release date November 2023 Third week of May 2024
NTSE Exam date December 2023 June 2024
NTSE Result January-March 2024 October 2024

Note: The Exams on the given dates will be conducted for the following states and UTs.

  • November 2023 for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • November 2023 for All other states and UTs
  • November 2023, for Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal Delhi NCR, and Jammu & Kashmir
  • May 2023, for all states and UTs.

NTSE 2023 Application Form Link

Scholarship for 10th Passed Students

Ntse 2024: Important Dates And Other Events

All candidates can get information about 2024 Important date in the given below table

Events Stage I dates (Adhoc Dates) Stage II dates (Adhoc Dates)
NTSE application dates Aug/Sep 2024 No registration
NTSE Admit card releases October 2024 May 2025
NTSE Exam dates November 2 To 3, 2024 June 8, 2025
NTSE Result releases January To April 2025 August 2025

NTSE Eligibility

The National Talent Search Examination is open for scholars of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at the Class Xth level.

In 2015, The minimum qualifying marks for SC/ST/PH candidates is 35%. In 2017 4% reservation to Physical Challenged Category was implemented for group of students, with benchmark disabilities of which, one percent each shall be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses (a), (b) and (c) and one percent for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses (d) and (e) namely

  1. Blindness and Low Vision
  2. Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  3. Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy
  4. Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness
  5. Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deafblindness in the posts identified for each disability.

Check Complete NTSE Eligibility

NTSE Eligibility for Indian Candidates

Only the applicants selected by the States/UTs on the base of their screening exam will be eligible to appear in the National level examination which will be conducted by the NCERT firm on the Second Sunday of May each year The NCERT will dispatch the roll number, the venue, the date and time for the national level examination to all the applicants directly through its website, [email protected].

NTSE Eligibility for Abroad Candidates

Students of Indian nationality who are studying abroad at the Class 10th level may also participate for Talent Search Award under the following conditions

  • The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class will be spared from the first level-screening test and will be allowed to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT.
  • A candidate will be eligible to appear in the second level NTSE examination only if he or she has obtained at least 60 percent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination.
  • A candidate will have to appear in the NTSE examination at a center in India at her/his own cost.
  • An applicant desiring to appear in the NTS examination may request through the Head of the Institution where he or she is studying along with an attested copy (by the Head of the Institution) of the mark sheet of Class IX. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st December of the concerned year.
  • The Council shall allot roll numbers to the eligible candidates and inform them about the date, time and venue of examination along with other relevant instructions.
  • No request for change of Centre shall be entertained.
  • If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.
  • Change of center will be permitted in genuine cases and as per instructions issued from NCERT.

NTSE Eligibility for Scholarships

  • The applicant should pursue the recommended courses in Science, Social Sciences, Engineering and Medical streams only. The candidate should be ready to pursue higher education in India only.
  • The applicants should be certified as managing good conduct at their school and should continue their higher education.
  • They should not be absent from school without proper leave or informing the school officials.
  • The applicants should be a full-time student and should not be working anywhere or getting salary/stipend.
  • If the candidate is getting scholarship under any other scheme as well then, he/she should decide which scholarship scheme he/she wants to continue with.
  • If any candidate is getting any other scholarship then, his/her NTS Scholarship will be stopped for that year and can be continued only after he/she requests NCERT for resuming the scholarship; they have to discontinue benefits from other scholarship schemes.
  • The candidates getting fee waivers/ one-time grant/fee subsidy and accommodation are eligible for NTSE Scholarship
  • If any candidate drops studies or discontinues his/her education within one year of admission, then no scholarship will be awarded to him/her.
  • The candidates should pass in all subjects of their course in first attempt only and if they fail in any of the core subject his/her scholarship will be canceled.

NTSE Syllabus

There is no designated syllabus for the NTSE examination. However, the type of items will be according to the level of Classes IX and X. A separate booklet called ‘Learn about the Test’ holding sample items for both the Tests – MAT and SAT is available in print as well as on the NCERT website www.ncert.nic.in.

NTSE MAT Syllabus

Checkout the MAT Paper Syllabus from below

  1. Verbal and Non Verbal Analogy
  2. Verbal and Non-Verbal Series
  3. Classification
  4. Coding-Decoding
  5. Distance and Direction
  6. Blood Relations
  7. Alphabet and Number Test
  8. Ranking and Arrangements
  9. Venn Diagrams
  10. Mathematical Operations
  11. Calendar, Time and Clock
  12. Missing Characters
  13. Embedded Figures
  14. Paper Cutting and Folding
  15. Cube and Dice
  16. Word Problems

NTSE SAT Syllabus

As mentioned above, the SAT has two parts

  • Language Test and Science,
  • Social science & Maths.

The SAT, basically, tests students for their academic knowledge, reading skills, application skills, etc

Check Out Complete NTSE Syllabus

NTSE Exam Pattern/Scheme

The written examination shall consist of two papers; Paper-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Paper-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Both tests will be administered on the same day.

  • Mental Ability Test: There shall be 100 multiple-choice type items, with four alternatives. Each item will carry one mark. Candidates are required to answer the items on a separate OMR sheet as per instructions are given in the test booklet and on the OMR sheet.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test: The Scholastic Aptitude Test will consist of 100 multiple-choice items of one mark each. Each item shall have four alternatives, out of which only one will be the correct answer. There shall be 40 items from Science, 40 from Social Science and 20 from Mathematics, Candidates are required to answer the items on a separate OMR sheet to be provided at the examination center as per instructions.
  • Medium of Exam: The tests will be available in the following languages: Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. The candidate has to mention his option regarding the language in which he/she want to take the test in the application form. Accordingly, the question booklet in that language shall be made available to the candidate at the center. After exercising this option, no request for the change of medium will be entertained.

NTSE Stage – I Exam Pattern for MAT

  • NTSE Stage I Exam Dates for MAT
    • For Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman, and the Nicobar Islands – November 02, 2019
    • All other states and UTs – November 03, 2019
    • For Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi NCR, and J&K – November 17, 2019
  • Exam Timings: 09.30 AM to 11.30 AM (09.30 AM to 12.00 PM – 30 minutes extra for visually Challenged Candidates)
  • Total Questions: 100
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice (MSQ)
  • Time Duration: 120 minutes, 150 for Visually Challenged
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks: 32% for SC, ST, and PwD,  40% for Others (General and OBC)
  • Marking Scheme: No negative marking for wrong attempts. One mark for each correct attempt.

NTSE Stage – I Exam Pattern for SAT

  • NTSE Stage I Exam Dates for MAT
    • For Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman, and the Nicobar Islands – November 02, 2019
    • For All other states and UTs – November 03, 2019
    • For Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi NCR, and J&K – November 17, 2019
  • Exam Timings: 1:30 PM to 03.30 PM (01:30 PM to 04.00 PM – 30 minutes extra for visually Challenged Candidates)
  • Total Questions: 100 (Science – 40, Mathematics – 20,  Social Science – 40)
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice (MSQ)
  • Time Duration: 120 minutes, 150 minutes for Visually Challenged
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks: 32% for SC, ST, and PwD,  40% for Others (General and OBC)
  • Marking Scheme: No negative marking for wrong attempts. One mark for each correct attempt.

NTSE Stage-II Exam Pattern for SAT

  • NTSE Stage-II Exam Dates for SAT: May 10, 2020
  • Exam Timings: 9.30 AM to 11.30 AM (09.30 AM to 12.00 PM – 30 minutes extra for visually Challenged Candidates)
  • Total Questions: 100
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice (MSQ)
  • Time Duration: 120 minutes, 150 minutes for Visually Challenged
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks: 32% for SC, ST, and PwD,  40% for Others (General and OBC)
  • Marking Scheme: No negative marking for wrong attempts. One mark for each correct attempt.

NTSE Stage-II Exam Pattern for SAT

  • NTSE Stage-II Exam Dates for SAT: May 10, 2020
  • Exam Timings: 1:30 PM to 03.30 PM (01:30 PM to 04.00 PM – 30 minutes extra for visually Challenged Candidates)
  • Total Questions: 100 (Science – 40, Mathematics – 20,  Social Science – 40)
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice (MSQ)
  • Time Duration: 120 minutes, 150 minutes for Visually Challenged
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks: 32% for SC, ST, and PwD,  40% for Others (General and OBC)
  • Marking Scheme: No negative marking for wrong attempts. One mark for each correct attempt.

Note:

  1. Only candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be considered for merit
  2. Selection of the awardees will be made on the basis of total marks scored in MAT & SAT based on merit
  3. There will be No Negative marking

NTSE Application Form

  • The application form of NTSE 2023 will be available in online mode or offline mode. Each state or UT provides their own application form for stage 1 examination of NTSE 2023.
  • Applicants need to fill and submit the application form of NTSE stage 1 before the last date of application as mentioned by their respective state or UT.
  • Applicants need to contact the Liaison Officer of the state for questions related to application form submission.
  • Applicants need to send the application fee for the NTSE stage 1 exam as specified by the states.
  • However, applicants need not submit an application form to NCERT and also no fee required for NTSE stage 2 to be conducted by NCERT.

How To Fill NTSE 2023 Application Form?

  • Candidates are required to download the NTSE registration form from the official website of NCERT or they can collect it from the liaison officer of the state.
  • Applicants are required to fill up the application form in their own writing as per the directions and paste their recent passport size photograph along with signature at the space provided.
  • Applicants will be required to enter the following details in the NTSE application form:
    • Name of the candidate
    • Mother’s name
    • Father’s name
    • Caste or category
    • Address etc.
    • Candidates will be required to pay the NTSE application fee (if specified by the state/UT).
  • Documents Required with Application Form
    • Caste certificate
    • Recent passport size colored photograph

The NTSE application form has to be submitted in an offline/online mode as specified. Since last year, some states have begun to receive the completed NTSE application form in the online mode too. Applicants must assure that the application form of NTSE is filled and attached with the required documents as per the instructions are given.

NTSE Admit Card

The NCERT will upload the E-Admit Cards for the second level examination on its website, www.ncert.nic.in. In case there is any modification of address prior to the National Level Examination, it will be required on the part of the candidate to say the same to the state examining authority, who will inform the NCERT department for change of address after the applicant has downloaded the admit card/letter for second-level examination. The same may be said to the NCERT directly.

The admit card will have all the details about the venue, the roll number, the date and time of the test. Applicants can download their E-Admit cards themselves before 21 days of examination.

The admission letter assigned to the candidate should contain E-Admit Card to be filled in by the applicant. They have to paste an attested passport size photograph at the relevant place in the E-Admit Card. This shall have to be submitted to the Centre Superintendent on the day of the National Level Examination.

NTSE Results

  • NTSE Results will be available online only.
  • The scoring of the OMR-sheets for both the MAT and the SAT will be done through the computer system.
  • The final prize will be published on the basis of combined scores of MAT and SAT exams.
  • Only the selected candidates will be notified by registered letter and through the NCERT website www.ncert.nic.in.
  • Marks secured by the applicants in written examination will be revealed to all the contestants individually through the NCERT website.

Since the NCERT applies accurate checks and counterchecks before the announcement of the result, no application for re-evaluation or rechecking of scripts will be considered. Applicants will be given the facility to have access to their scanned OMR sheets which will be placed on the NCERT website along with the final scoring key so that they can calculate their own score.

NTSE State-Wise Quota

Andaman & Nicobar Islands – 20 Lakshadweep – 20
Andhra Pradesh – 263 Madhya Pradesh – 530
Arunachal Pradesh – 50 Maharashtra – 774
Assam – 202 Manipur – 50
Bihar – 691 Meghalaya – 50
Chandigarh – 20 Mizoram – 50
Chattisgarh – 195 Nagaland – 50
Dadra & Nagar Haveli – 20 Odisha – 259
Daman & Diu – 20 Puducherry – 20
Delhi – 153 Punjab – 183
Goa – 50 Rajasthan – 485
Gujarat – 360 Sikkim – 50
Haryana – 186 Tamil Nadu – 466
Himachal Pradesh – 51 Telangana – 216
Jammu & Kashmir – 64 Tripura – 50
Jharkhand – 142 Uttar Pradesh – 1408
Karnataka – 371 Uttarakhand – 79
Kerala – 220 West Bengal – 569

Total Seats: 8387 Seats, Quota is revised after every three years

NTSE Reservation

  • 15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category,
  • 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and
  • 27% scholarships for students belonging to the OBC category.
  • 4% for Physically Challenged Group of Students.
  • 10% of scholarships for students belonging to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) category.

The scholarship under the present scheme awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in science and social science up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions. As on date, 2000 scholarships are awarded in the country with reservation of 15 percent for SC, 7.5 percent for ST and 27 percent for other backward classes and 4 percent for a group of students with benchmark disabilities.

NTSE Contact Details

Prof. Indrani Bhaduri Head,
Educational Survey Division,
NCERT, Sri Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi – 110016
Email ID: [email protected]NCERT Website: www.ncert.nic.in

NTSE Scholarship

The top 1000 students get scholarship amount as follows

 Class 11 and 12 Rs 1250 per month
 UG and PG Rs 2000 per month
 Ph.D. As per UGC norms

Find Out Benefits of Becoming An NTSE Scholar Here

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