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NTSE 2018-Application Form, Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Cutoff



NTSE 2018 Notification Contents

1About NTSE
2History of NTSE
3NTSE 2018 Exams Date
4Eligibility Criteria for Stage 1
5Eligibility Criteria for Stage 2
6NTSE Application Form
7NTSE Syllabus
8NTSE Exam Pattern
9NTSE Selection Process
10NTSE Stage 1 and NTSE Stage 2
11NTSE 2018 Admit Cards Download
12NTSE 2018 Result
13NTSE Cut Off Marks
14NTSE Scholarship Details
15NTSE Helpline Official Websites
16Terms and Condition Regarding NTSE Scholarship
18NTSE Previous Years Question Papers

About NTSE

NTSE stands for National Talent Search Examination. It is a National level scholarship program which is conducted by NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training).

NTSE scholarship program is to identify the talent of students of Class X of CBSE board or any recognizing board of educational. It is the one of the most prestigious exams in India.

So those students of class X who want to appear in NTSE 2018 scholarship program can apply.

History of NTSE

As we know that the Indian Government established NCERT in 1961 to qualitative improvement in the school education in our country.

During that time a number of programs was launched by NCERT. In 1963, NCERT launched a special scholarship program to identify the academic talent of school students and nurture their talent. This program is known as National Talent Search Exams (NTSE). During the first year of implementation of NTSE, the scholarship program was offered to the union Territory of Delhi students.

From 1964, it was extended to all the states and union territory in the countries and then provide the scholarship to the students of class X in all over the country for the studying in class XI.  

In 2003, a changes was made in NTSE that it was conducted at the end of class VIII. Since class VIII students are not fit for any competitive exam at this age, so from 2010, again it was decided that NTSE is conducted at the end of Class X. 

NTSE 2018 Important Dates

NTSE Exam date in every year is approximately fixed. NTSE Stage 1 will be held on second Sunday of November and NTSE Stage 2 will be held on second Sunday of May of the next year.

Important dates of NTSE 2018 like last date of NTSE Application Form Submission and NTSE Stage 1 and 2 Dates are given below.

Last Date of Submission of Application Form of:  To be notify the respective states and it may vary from state to state.

NTSE 2018 Stage 104 November 2017 (Saturday)Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andman and Nicobar Island
05 November 2017 (Sunday)All other states and union territory
NTSE 2018 Stage 213 May 2018 (Sunday)All other states and union territory

NTSE 2018 Stage 1 Eligibility Criteria

All student of class X studying in any recognised government or private school are eligible for the NTSE 2018 scholarship program. A student of Class X applying for the NTSE 2018 Scholarship program can be from any states.

There is no domicile restriction for this scholarship program. Students who are registered under any ODL (Open Distance Learning) program are also eligible for this NTSE 2018 Scholarship program.

NTSE 2018 Stage 2 Eligibility Criteria

Students who qualify the NTSE 2018 Stage 1 are eligible for the NTSE 2018 Stage 2 Exams which will be conducted on 3 May 2018.

NTSE 2018 Application Form

To apply NTSE 2018 Scholarship program, the students must register and fill the NTSE form through the NTSE official websites of different states schools.

To obtain the NTSE 2018 Application form (NTSE Form), the students are advised go to NTSE official websites (Click Here To get the Official Websites) or may contact their school principle or State/UT officers.  

NTSE 2018 Syllabus

In NTSE Syllabus, the questions are from the CBSE Class 9th and 10th level. For the NTSE preparation, every students must know the NTSE Syllabus, given as below.

Mathematics: Algebraic Expressions, Arithmetic, Arithmetic Progressions, Basic Geometry, Circles, Coordinate Geometry, Direct & inverse variation, Exponent, Linear Equation, Mensuration, Number System, Percentage & its Application, Playing with Numbers, Probability, Quadratic Equations, Rational Numbers, Simple interest & Compound interest, Square Root & Cube Root, Statistics, Surface Areas and Volumes, Triangles, Trigonometry

Science: Acid Bases and Salt, Air, Carbon and its Compounds, Cellular Level of Organisation, Diversity in Living Organisms, Fibres and Plastics, Food Production & Management, Heredity and Evolution, Human Body, Life Processes, Light, Magnetism & Electricity at Work, Measurement, Metals & Non Metals, Micro-organisms, Motion and Force, Our Environment, Periodic Classification of Elements, Physical and Chemical Changes, Plant and Animal Nutrition, Reproduction, Soil, Some Common Diseases, Sound, Source of Energy, Structure of Atom, The Universe, Water, Work and energy

Social Science: Agriculture, Atmosphere, Biosphere, British Raj, Culture, Science and Literature, Democracy and Elections, Diversity and Livelihood, Early Medieval Period, Early States, Eighteenth Century Political Formation, French Revolution, India and its Neighbours, Indian Constitution, Indian Economics, Indian Freedom Struggle, Indus Valley Civilisation, Industrial Revolution, Industries, Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks, Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History, Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands, Local and State Government, Major Domains and Landforms, Maps and Globe, Medieval Architecture and Culture, Motion of the Earth, Nationalism in Various Countries, Natural Vegetation, New Empires and Kingdoms, Our Country – India, Popular Movements and Social Reforms, Population, Resources and Development, Solar System, The Delhi Sultanate, The Judiciary, The Mauryas, The Mughal Empire, UN and International Agencies, Union Government, Vedic Period, Water Resources, World History

General Knowledge: Abbreviations, Awards and Recognition, Books and Authors, India, Sports, World

English: Antonyms, English Grammar, One word substitution, Paragraph Completion, Reading Comprehension, Rearrangement of Jumbled Words, Sentence Completion, Synonyms

Mental Ability: Alphabet and Number Test, Analogy (Non Verbal), Analogy (Verbal), Blood Relations, Calendar, Time and Clock, Classification, Coding-Decoding, Direction Sense, Embedded Figure, Figure Partition and Dot Situation, Mathematical Operations, Missing Character, Ranking and Arrangements, Series (Non – Verbal), Series (Verbal), Venn Diagrams, Water and Mirror Images, Word Problems.

NTSE 2018 Exam Pattern

For NTSE Stage 1

In this Exam, there are two NTSE papers as below.

  1. Paper 1: MAT (mental Ability Test) contains 50 questions with duration 45 minutes.


  1. Paper 2: LCT (Language Comprehensive Test) & SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) contains 50 LCT questions and 100 SAT questions with duration 45 minutes for LCT and 90 minutes for SAT.


Each NTSE paper is in the language of Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. LCT papers will be in two languages: English and Hindi.

Each question has four alternatives as 1,2,3,4 and each question is of ONE Mark and there is NO negative marking in the NTSE stage 1 Exam.

The students have to select one correct answer from the given alternatives.

The NTSE Stage 1 Exam is conducted by concerned States/UT and final selection of the students by the respective States / UT.

Qualifying Marks: For General Category, Each student must obtain at least 40% marks in each paper. For SC, ST and PH Category, Each student must obtain at least 35 Marks in each paper.

For NTSE Stage 2

Those students who are shortlisted by their respective States/UT are qualified for the NTSE Stage 2 Exam. It is conducted by NCERT at the National Level.

NTSE Stage 2 exam also contains two papers MAT and SAT as like in NTSE stage 1 but with a Negative Marking. There is 1/3 negative marks awarded for the each incorrect mark. The total duration for NTSE Stage 2 is 135 minutes.

NTSE Selection Process

NTSE Selection Procedure of schol­ars is done on the basis of their scores in the National level test. NTSE scholarship exam is a national level examination cum scholarship program which recognizes and nurture talented students across India and also offers cash awards to the suc­cessful candidates.

Scholars are selected on the basis of the scores achieved in the final National level test. NCERT selects only those candidates who have successfully achieved the required score in the final stage of the examination NTSE Scholarship Program is categorised under two important sections- State level and National level.

Students of class X across India can apply for the NTSE state level, which is conducted by individual state and Union Territories. After achieving desirable score, they are eligible for National level. Almost 4000 students are selected for the National level test across the country.

Every student who scores the required number of marks at Stage II is eligible for the scholarship program. Each state has recommended a quota of specific number of students to be sent for the National level of examination. However, there is no such quota for awarding the scholarships but certain percentage of scholarships is reserved under different categories. 15% reservation of scholarships is for SC.

NTSE Stage 1 and NTSE Stage 2

NTSE Selection comprises two stages to identify talent:

NTSE Stage1: This stage is conducted by the State/UT usually in November. Any student of class X can register themselves for this stage of the selection process.

NTSE Stage2: Those students who qualify Stage I appear for this stage of the examination. This is conducted at the National level and students from across the country that has cleared Stage I compete at this level.

NTSE Admit Card 2018 Download

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) releases the Admit Card for NTSE in October before the Stage I of the exam, which is held in November. Candidates can download their NTSE Admit Card by clicking on the link provided on official website of NCERT.

No candidate is allowed to appear for the NTSE exam without a valid NTSE Call Letter. The Admit Card of NTSE contains the identity and particulars of the candidate for written exam.

To download NTSE Admit Card 2018, go to NCERT Official Website. Enter Your NTSE Application no and Date of Birth. Click Generate Admit Card button to avail your Admit Card. And then Print your NTSE 2018 Admit Card.

NTSE 2018 Result

NTSE Stage 1 is conducted every year on first Sunday of November. This stage 1 is conducted by State Government Education board. NTSE Stage 1 result is declared in February or March of the next year. This result is announced by various States and Union Territory.  

Once the State level exam is completed, the names of selected students eligible for the National level (NTSE stage 2) are announced. Students then appear for the NTSE stage 2, after which candidates are selected on the basis of their overall scores. The NTSE Result of NTSE is declared after the Level II of the exam is conducted.

The students, who score minimum eligible marks in Level II, are selected for NTSE scholarship. The NTSE result is declared after the completion of Stage II of the examination. The NTSE result is always declared on the official website of NCERT.

NTSE Cut Off Marks

In a competitive exams, the candidates need to obtain the minimum marks in order to qualify that competitive examination. This minimum marks is known as Cut-Off Marks of that particular competitive exams. The cut off marks may be either for each subjects or each papers or overall final selections etc. This cut off marks is set for reducing the shortlisted candidates.     

Thus, in the same way, NCERT declares the cut off marks for the NTSE Stage 1 after the NTSE result declaration. The candidates must attain the cut off marks for passing the exams.

NCERT declares the final cut off marks after the announcement of NTSE final result. The NTSE cut off marks of 2017 and 2016 are given below.

Subject-wise Expected NTSE Cut off 2017

PapersMaximum MarksQualifying Percentage/Marks
Qualifying Percentage/Marks
Paper I- MAT4920- 25 (40%)15- 20 (35%)
Paper II- Language Test (English)5020- 25 (40%)15- 20 (35%)
Paper II- Language Test (Hindi)5020- 25 (40%)15- 20 (35%)
Paper III- SAT9635- 40 (40%)30- 35 (35%)
Total Marks14555- 60 (40%)50- 55 (35%)

Category-Wise Expected NTSE Cut off 2017

CategoryMAT/SAT Maximum MarksCut Off Marks
Scheduled Caste14555-65
Scheduled Tribe14550-60
Physically Handicapped14550-60

Subject-wise Expected NTSE Cut off 2016

PapersMaximum MarksQualifying Percentage/Marks
Qualifying Percentage/Marks
Paper I- MAT4919.6 (40%)17.15 (35%)
Paper II- Language Test (English)5020 (40%)17.15 (35%)
Paper II- Language Test (Hindi)5020(40%)17.15 (35%)
Paper III- SAT9638.4(40%)33.6 (35%)
Total Marks14558 (40%)50.75 (35%)

Category-Wise Expected NTSE Cut off 2016

CategoryMAT/SAT Maximum MarksCut Off Marks
Scheduled Caste14556.43
Scheduled Tribe14552.12
Physically Handicapped14553.47

NTSE Scholarship Details

After the final selection of the students for the NTSE Scholarships, NCERT awards 1000 students every year at different stage of his education. The NTSE Scholarship of successful students is as below.

  • From Class XI to XII: Scholarship of Rs 1250 per month.
  • From Under-Graduate to Post-Graduate: Scholarship of Rs. 2000 per month.
  • For Ph.D.: Scholarship amount is fixed and it is according to the UGC Rules and Regulation.

NTSE Helpline Official Websites

Candidates can check below the list of officers as appointed by the NCERT for NTSE application form related queries:

S.No.Name of the
Name of the State/UT Liaison Officer and
Ph. No. OfficeEmail AddressOfficial Website
1Arunachal PradeshMr. Talom Tabi
Dy. Director
Directorate of Secondary Education
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun, Itanagar-791111, Arunachal Pradesh.
Fax No. 0360-2291482,
ddsesm@gmail.comClick Here
2AssamMr. Khabir Uddin Ahmed
Dy. Director
Office of the Director of Secondary Education, Kahilipara, Assam Guwahati-781019 (Assam)
0361-2381657direcsec123@gmail.comClick Here
3ManipurSh. R.K. Tenedy Singh
Vigyan Mandir Officer
Directorate of Education (Schools), Lamphelpat, Imphal (Manipur)-795004
0385-2411095tenedy@rediffmail.comClick Here
4MeghalayaSmt. Margarette C. Blah
Selection Grade Lecturer
Directorate of Educational Research And Training ((DERT), Laitmukhrah Nongrimmaw,
Shillong-793011 (Meghalaya)
0364-2233752dertmegh@gmail.comClick Here
5MizoramMrs. Zothanmawii
Deputy Director S.C.E.R.T., Chaltlang Aizawl, Mizoram-796012
scertmizo@gmail.com.Click Here
6NagalandMr. N. Woshamo
Research Associate SCERT, Nagaland Kohima-798621.
Fax 0370-2270173
woshamoy@gmail.com.Click Here
7SikkimMr. Bilal Prabhakar
Deputy Director (Scholarship) Human Resource Development Department of Education
Govt. of Sikkim, Tashiling Secretariat
Gangtok-737101 (Sikkim)
03592-220903 PBX Fax-03592-205177
bilalprabhakar2014@gmail.comClick Here
8TripuraSmt. Kuheli Debbarma
Deputy Director
Tripura State Council of Educational Research and Training, Abhoy Nagar, Agartala, Tripura(West)-799005.
kuhelidebbarma@gmail.comClick Here
9Andaman & Nicobar
State Institute of Education Siksha Sadan, Link Road Port Blair-744101
(A&N Islands)
03192-232730devpearlpb@gmail.comClick Here
10BiharDr. Sanjiwan Sinha
S.C.E.R.T. Mahendru Post Office
Patna-800006 (Bihar)
Fax 0612 2370783
exam.scertbiharpatna@yahoo.comClick Here
11JharkhandDr. Arbind Pd. Singh
Jharkhand Academic Council Ranchi, Gyandeep Campus, Bargawan Namkum, Ranchi- 834010.
0651-2261181, 6453342,
43, 44 and 45
Fax 0651-2261999
chairman.jac2003@gmail.comClick Here
12OrissaMrs. Aparna Mishra
Assistant Director
Directorate of TE & S.C.E.R.T. Unit IV, Bhubaneswar-751001Orissa
0674-2502928 & Fax
Click Here
13West BengalDr. Syed Nurus Salam
Deputy Director of School Education
Directorate of School Education
Bikas Bhawan, 7th Floor
East Block, Salt Lake City
Kolkata-700091 (West Bengal)
Fax 033-23378036
ddsebasic2016@gmail.comClick Here
14ChandigarhMrs. Mamta Sharma
Assistant Professor
State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT)
Sector-32C, Chandigarh (U.T.) 160031.
Fax 0172- 2602011
mamtajnu@gmail.comClick Here
15New DelhiMs. Madhu Singh
Deputy Director Directorate of Education Science & TV Branch
Behind Lady Shri Ram College, Lajpat Nagar-IV, New Delhi-110024.
sciencebranch@gmail.comClick Here
16Jammu and KashmirDr. Farooq Ahmad Peer
Director Academics, Liaison Officer (NTS), J&K State Board of School Education, New Campus
Lal Mandi, Bemina, Srinagar -190018.
Fax-cum Phone
directorjkbose@gmail.comClick Here
17HaryanaSh. Sunil Vashishta
Lecturer Commerce, S.C.E.R.T., Sohna
Road, Opp. Panchayat Bhawan, Gurugram-
122001 (Haryana).
0124-2321909examwing3@gmail.comClick Here
18Himachal PradeshMrs. Rita Sharma
Associate Professor
Solan-173211, (Himachal Pradesh).
Click Here
19PunjabMrs. Rumkeet Kaur
Lecturer in Math
State Institute of Science Education, PSEB Complex, Block-E
6th Floor, Phase-8, Ajitgarh, SAS Nagar (Mohali), Punjab.
0172-2210144sisepunjab@yahoo.comClick Here
20RajasthanMr. Rajendra Kumar Saxena
Assistant Director Exam
Board of Secondary Education
Ajmer, Rajasthan-305001.
secy-boser-rj@nic.inClick Here
21Uttar PradeshSh. Anandkar Pandey
Director, Bureau of Psychology SCERT, 2 Lowther Road Allahabad-211001 (UP)
0532-2256511bureauofpsy@gmail.comClick Here
22UttarakhandDr. Sunita Bhatt
Assistant Director
State Council of Educational Research and Training, Rajeev Gandhi Navodaya Vidyalaya, I.T Campus, Nanurkhera, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
0135- 2789710
scertuk@gmail.comClick Here
Prof. S.L. Ogare
State Council of Educational
Research & Training (SCERT), DIET Campus, Shankar Nagar, Raipur, Chattishgarh-492001.
slogare57@gmail.comClick Here
24Daman & DiuSh. Rajesh J Halpati
Head Master
Government High School Nani Daman Vaniyawad Opposite Custom House Daman & Diu -396210
ghsnanidaman@yahoo.inClick Here
25Dadra and Nagar
Sh. Salim Dinganker
State Liaison Officer, NTS/NMMS Directorate of Education
1st Floor, Building No.5 PWD Campus, Above Animal Husbandry
UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Click Here
26GoaSh. Jaywant Waman Naik
Vocational Education Officer
Directorate of Education
State Council of Educational Research and
Training , Alto-Porvorim
Bardez-403521 (Goa).
scertgoa@rediffmail.comClick Here
27GujaratSh. Dharmendra R Saradava
Gujarat State Examination Board, Opp. Government Library,
Sector-21, Gandhinagar
gseb21@gmail.comClick Here
28Madhya PradeshMs. Survi Parashar
Assistant Manager Rajya Shiksha Kendra Pustak Bhawan “B” Wing,
Arera Hills, Bhopal-462011 (M.P.)
Fax - 0755-2552363
ntse2011@gmail.comClick Here
29MaharashtraSh. Sukhdeo Hari Dere
Maharashtra State Council of
17-Dr. Ambedkar Road
Pune-411001 (Maharashtra).
Fax 020-26129919
mscepune@gmail.comClick Here
30Andhra PradeshSh. Chikile Nageswara Rao
Deputy Commissioner
Office of The Director of Govt. Examinations,
Chapel Road, ABIDS Hyderabad-500001 (A.P.)
Fax -
Click Here
31KarnatakaDr. M.V. Krishnamurthy
Senior Assistant Director
DSERT, No.4, 100 feet Ring Road, Banashankari,
3rd Stage, Bangalore-560085 (Karnataka)
Fax 080-26422377
dsertkar@gmail.comClick Here
32KeralaDr. Meena. S
Assistant Professor S.C.E.R.T., Vidhya Bhavan Poojappura (P.O.) Thiruvananthapuram-695012, Kerala.
FAX 0471-2341869
scertkerala@gmail.comClick Here
33LakshadweepMrs. Subaidabi, C.P.
Govt. Senior Secondary School, Kavaratti, UT of Lakshadweep-682555.
subicp20@gmail.comClick Here
34PondicherryDr. J.Krishna Raju
Joint Director
Directorate of School Education, Perunthalaivar Kamarajarcent.Edn. Colmplex, Anna Nagar
jd-edu.pon@nic.inClick Here
35Tamil NaduMs. D. Vasundra Devi
Directorate of Govt. Examinations, College
Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai-600006.
044-28272088, 28278286
dgedirector@gmail.comClick Here
36TelanganaSh. D. Chalapathi Rao
Deputy Commissioner
Director of Govt. Examinations Chapel Road, Hyderabad Telangana-500001.
040-23230942dirgovexams.tg@gmail.comClick Here

Terms and Condition Regarding NTSE Scholarship

There are a lot of rules and regulation regarding the NTSE Scholarship. To know about the NTSE Scholarship, Click Here.

FAQ about NTSE Scholarship

For Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the NTSE Scholarship, Click Here.


NTSE Previous Years Question Papers

To Download the NTSE Previous Years Question Papers, Click Here. From this link, you can also get the NTSE Sample papers for class 10. The NTSE Question Papers helps the students to know about the level of difficulty of NTSE Scholarship Examination.

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