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National Talent Search Examination

National Talent Search Examination

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) 2019 is a National Level Examination conducted by NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) to provide the scholarship to the deserving candidates. This exam is for secondary school level to identify and recognize students with high intellect and skills. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage 1 (State level) and Stage 2 (National level).

Registration process will begin from Second week of September 2018.
  • NTSE stage 1, exam will be held on November 03 and 04, 2018 andstage 2, exam will be conducted on May 12, 2019.
  • The papers are conducted through offline mode only and have objective type questions only.
  • For both stages, exam is divided into two parts i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Every year around 1,200,000 to 1,400,000 students appear for the examination, while only 5000 students are selected for stage 2. Out of these 5000 students only 1000 candidates are selected for the scholarship.

Scholarship: one thousand scholarships are awarded for different stages of education as follows:

  • Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII.
  • Scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates.
  • Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

NTSE 2019 Highlights

Conducting Body NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training)
Mode of Exam Offline
Medium of Exam English and Hindi
Duration of Exam 120 Minutes ( For each part)
Type and Number of Questions Objective Type Questions (Stage 1:  200 Questions), (Stage 2: 200 Questions)
Sections 2 (Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Ability Test)

NTSE 2019 Exam Dates

NTSE 2019 stage 1 will schedule to be conducted on November 03, 2018. Interested candidates can apply from Second week of September 2018. The NTSE exam schedule is given below:

Event Date
NTSE 2018 Application Forms for Stage 1 Second week of September 2018
NTSE 2018 Stage 1 Admit Card October 2018
NTSE 2018 Stage 1 Exam Dates
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Andaman and Nicobar Island November 03, 2018 (Saturday)
Examination in all other States and Union Territories except West Bengal November 04, 2018 (Sunday)
West Bengal November 18, 2018 (Sunday)
NTSE 2018 Stage 2 Exam Date May 12, 2019 (Sunday)

NTSE 2019 Eligibility

There are certain criteria laid out by CBSE that one should keep in mind before applying for the exam. NTSE Eligibility Criteria for each stage differs. The detailed criteria are provided below.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria (Stage 1)

  • Candidates must be an Indian national.
  • Class X students can also apply for Stage 1.
  • A minimum of 60% marks Class IX is required. SC, ST and PH candidates will need 55% marks in Class IX.
  • Candidate must be studying in a recognized school in their respective State or Union Territory.
  • Those who are registered in Open Distance Learning (ODL) program will also be considered eligible if they are below 18 years of age (as on July 1, 2018) and are not employed when they appear for Class X exam.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria (Stage 2)

  • Candidates will need 80% marks or above in the State level exam, to be considered eligible.
  • Every student who secures the minimum required marks in Stage II will be eligible for the scholarship program.

NTSE Reservation Criteria

  1. 15% for students belonging to SC category.
  2. 7.5% for students belonging to ST category.
  3. 4%for Physically Challenged group of students, with benchmark disabilities of which – 1% each will be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses –
  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.
  1. 1% for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses
  • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness.
  • Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses in the posts identified for each disabilities. 

NTSE 2019 Application Form

Candidates can fill application form through both the online and offline modes. Application form will be distributed separately by different states. Last date of application submission also varies from state to state.

  • Some general guidelines regarding the form filling process are as discussed below.
  • If downloading, then while taking the printout use legal 8.5” * 14” size paper.
  • Application form available online or with State/ UT liaison officer is only applicable for Stage 1 exam.
  • Candidates have to pay the application fee as prescribed by their respective State/UT.
  • While filling NTSE 2019 Application Form candidates or the principle have to leave the 4-digit center code blank, this has to be filled by the liaison officer or concerned district officer or center superintendent. 

How to fill NTSE Form?

The process of form filling is different for Indian students who are studying in their home country and Indian students studying abroad. The details are provided below.

Indian Students

  1. Candidates must download the application form available on the official NCERT website.
  2. After filling in all fields, the applicant must get the form signed by the principal of his school.
  3. Then the application form must be submitted to the State Liaison Officer before the last date of submission.

Indian Students Studying Abroad

  1. Such candidates can directly apply for Stage 2 of NTSE exam.
  2. The application form will have to be downloaded from the website.
  3. The duly filled in application must be sent with a photocopy of the mark sheet of the previous exam to the following address:

Head, Educational Survey Division,
National Council of Educational Research and Training,
Sri Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi 110016.


NTSE 2019 Admit Card

The admit card for NTSE will be made available by the authorities according to the official schedule. It will contain important information such as candidate’s name, candidate’s roll number, exam date and timing as well as exam center address.

The steps to obtain admit card are explained below:

  1. NTSE admit cards for Stage 1 will be sent by post to candidate’s address, as specified in the application form.
  2. In case the admit card is not received, candidates can visit the office of Chief Superintendent to obtain their hall ticket.
  3. The admit card for NTSE Stage 2 will be available on the official NCERT website a week before the date of the exam.
  4. Candidates must download their respective hall tickets from the website.

Documents to carry along with NTSE Admit Card

Carrying only the admit card on the day of the exam is not enough. Entry inside the exam center will not be granted if the student fails to produce his photo ID card. A candidate must carry any one of the below documents:

  • Valid photo ID in original and a photocopy of the same
  • Any one of these will be accepted for Photo Identification purposes:
NTSE 2018 documents required with admit card

NTSE 2019 Exam Centers

  • NTSE 2019 examination is conducted in various states.
  • At the time of filling application form, students have to select the particular exam center.
  • Once the application form is successfully submitted students can check the name of examination center on the admit card.
  • Following table shows the details of the examination center like location, contact number etc.:
Center Location Contact Number Center Location Contact Number
Arunachal Pradesh 0360-2203509 Himachal Pradesh 0179-2270580
Assam 0361-2895041 Punjab 0161-2805551
Manipur 0385-2429214 Rajasthan 0294-2584904
Meghalaya 0364-2535737 Uttar Pradesh 0532-2622058
Mizoram 03892331559 Uttarakhand 013502453893
Nagaland 0370-2801550 Chattisgarh 07712263743
Sikkim 03592232646 Daman & Diu 02602630624
Tripura 03812346040 Goa 08322402609
A&N Island 03192225093 Gujarat 07923261211
Bihar - Madhya Pradesh 0755-2551640
Jharkhand 0651-2525601 Maharashtra 022-25783004
Odisha 06742748437 Pune 020-20271666
West Bengal 033-24865171 Andhra Pradesh 0863-2596124
Chandigarh 01762-288044 Karnataka 080-25302862
New Delhi & Western UP 011-25693499 Kerala 04842667102
Srinagar 01933223329 Puducherry 04132655745
Jammu 0191-2592007 Tamil Nadu 044-22240739
Haryana 0124-2309304 - -

NTSE 2019 Exam Pattern

The exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 examination is conducted at state level by the state authorities. Stage 2 examination is conducted at all other states and union territories. The paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. Students need to select any one language from both the languages. The paper is divided into two sections i.e.  Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).

  • The examination is conducted through the offline mode only.
  • The paper is comprised of Objective type multiple choice questions.
  • For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given and there is no negative marking at stage 1 and stage 2.
  • Reserved category candidates have to secure 32% marks in each year to qualify the test, whereas general category candidates have to secure 40% marks to qualify the test.

NTSE Exam Pattern of both the Stage 1 and Stage 2 are explained below:

Section No of Questions No. of Marks Time Duration
Stage 1 MAT 100 100 120 Minutes
SAT 100 100 120 Minutes
Stage 2 MAT 100 100 120 Minutes
SAT 100 100 120 Minutes

NTSE 2019 Syllabus

  • Syllabus of NTSE is based on 10+2 curriculum of NCERT.
  • Students are advised to go through each and every topic while preparing for the exam.
  • NTSE consists of multiple choice questions which are asked from the subjects like Mathematics, Science, Social Science, English, General Knowledge and Mental Ability syllabus.
  • Following is the detailed explanation of all the topics of different subjects along with the weight-age of particular topic:

Mathematics Syllabus

NTSE Mathematics section contains around 30 questions which include the topics from class 6 to 10.

Topics Weight-age Topics Weight-age
Algebraic Expressions 5% Percentage& Its Application 8%
Arithmetic 15% Playing with Number 1%
Arithmetic Progressions 1% Probability  1%
Basic Geometry 15% Quadratic Equations 8%
Circles 1% Rational Numbers 1%
Coordinate Geometry 1% Simple & Compound Interest  2%
Direct& Inverse Variations 0% Square & Cube Roots 3%
Exponent 1% Statistics 1%
Linear Equation 3% Surface Areas and Volume 4%
Mensuration 10% Triangles 1%
Number System 9% Trigonometry 9%

Science Syllabus

In the science syllabus, topics are included from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This section contains around 35 questions.

Topics Weight-age Topics Weight-age
Acid Bases and Salts 2% Metals & Non Metals 5%
Air 4% Micro-Organisms 3%
Carbon and its Compound 6% Motion and Force 3%
Cellular Level of Organization 4% Our Environment 5%
Diversity in Living organisms 2% Periodic Classification of Elements 2%
Fibres and Plastics 1% Reproduction 5%
Food Production & Management 1% Soil 1%
Heredity and Evolution 1% Some Common Diseases 7%
Human Body 7% Sound 2%
Life Processes 4% Sound of Energy 4%
Light 5% Structure of Atom 3%
Acid Bases and Salts 2% The Universe 1%
Magnetic & Electricity at Work 5% Water 4%
Measurement 3% Work and Energy 6%

Social Science Syllabus

In this subject, topics are from History, Civics, Geography, Economics and General Awareness. This section contains around 35 questions.

Topics Weight-age Topics Weight-age
Agriculture 2% Local and State Government 1%
Atmosphere 3% Medieval Architecture and Culture 1%
Biosphere 1% Motion of the Earth 3%
British raj 5% Nationalism in Various Countries 2%
Culture, Science and Literature 1% Natural Vegetation 3%
Democracy and Elections 2% New Empires and Kingdoms 2%
Diversity and Livelihood 2% Our Country- India 4%
Early Medieval Period 3% Popular Movements and Social Reforms 2%
Early States 1% Population 1%
Eighteen Century Political Formation 1% Resources and Development 5%
French Revolution 1% Solar System 1%
India and Its Neighbours 2% The Delhi Sultanate 3%
Indian Constitution 4% The Judiciary 2%
Indian Economics 4% The Maurayas 2%
Indian Freedom Struggle 5% The Mughal Empire 5%
Indus Valley Civilization 4% UN and International Agencies 1%
Industrial Revolution 2% Union Government 2%
Industries 1% Vedic Period 2%
Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks  2% Water Resources  2%
Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History 2% World History 3%
Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands 2% - -

English Syllabus

Topics Weight-age
One Word Substitution  30%
Paragraph Completion 5%
Reading Comprehension 10%
Rearrangement of Jumbled Words 5%
Sentence Completion 10%
Synonyms 15%
Antonyms 15%
English Grammar 10%

General Knowledge Syllabus

Topics Weight-age
India 40%
World 20%
Abbreviations 10%
Awards and Recognitions 10%
Books and Authors 10%
Sports 10%

Mental Ability Syllabus

Topics Weight-age Topics Weight-age
Alphabets and Number test 1% Figure Partition and Dot Situation 1%
Analogy(Non Verbal) 5% Mathematical Operations 3%
Analogy(Verbal) 5% Missing Character 9%
Blood relations 9% Paper Folding and Cutting 2%
Calendar, Time and Clock 1% Ranking and Arrangements 7%
Classification 9% Series (Verbal) 7%
Coding-Decoding 7% Series(Non Verbal) 8%
Cube and Dice 5% Venn Diagrams 2%
Direction Sense 7% Water and Mirror Images 4%
Embedded Figure 5% - -

 

 

NTSE 2019 Result

  • Those students who have successfully qualified the test are eligible for scholarship.
  • Students will be selected for the scholarship on the basis of the final merit list.
  • Once the stage 2 result will be announced, the final merit list will be prepared accordingly.
  • The merit list will published on the website. It will not be sent through post.
  • To check the examination result, students can visit the official website of NCERT i.e. www.ncert.nic.in.
  • Students have to enter their Registration number and Date of Birth to check the result.
  • The result will be available in PDF file format.

By following the below steps students can easily download their NTSE 2019 Result:

  1. Visit the official website of state government/ union Territories.
  2. Click on the link ‘NTSE 2019 Result’
  3. After clicking on the link, students will be redirected to next page.
  4. Enter the required details i.e. Roll number, date of birth
  5. Click on the submit button.
  6. NTSE Result will be displayed on the screen.
  7. Download the same for future reference.

NTSE 2019 Cut off

Cut off marks are the minimum marks that are required by candidate to clear the examination. The cut off marks will be declared by the respective states. The final cut off mark will be declared by NCERT after the completion of stage 2 examination. NCERT publishes category wise and subject wise cut off marks.

The factors affecting the state wise cut off marks are as follows:

  • Students appearing in the exam
  • Difficulty level of the paper
  • Marking scheme
  • Number of seats available

NTSE 2019 Expected Qualifying Cutoff

Category Cutoff
General 40
OBC 40
SC 32
ST 32

The following table shows the category wise and subject wise 2018 cut off marks:

Category wise cut off marks

Categories Total Score of MAT and SAT Cutoff Maximum marks out of 197 of MAT, SAT
General 150 186
General- PH1 111 144
General- PH2 78 124
General- PH3 101 131
SC 122 149
SC- PH1 71 113
SC- PH2 87 87
ST 113 145
ST-PH1 90 93
ST-PH2 81 81

Subject wise cut off marks

Test Papers Maximum Marks Qualifying Percentage
    ST/ SC/ PH General
Paper I MAT 49* 35% (17.15) 40% (19.6)
Paper II English 50 35% (17.5) 40% (20.0)
Paper II Hindi 50 35% (17.5) 40% (20.0)
Paper III SAT 96** 35% (33.6) 40% (38.4)
Total Marks 145 35% (50.75) 40% (58)