NTSE 2016-17 Exam Dates, Eligibility, How to Apply

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a scholarship exam for the students studying at the Class X (10th). The exam will be conducted in two levels – Stage 1(state level) and Stage 2 (national level). Stage 1 exam is conducted by respective states/ union territories. Candidates who qualify in stage 1 exam have to face stage 2 exam which is a national level exam conducted by NCERT.

Application Form

Application form can be obtained from State/UT Liaison officer. Click here Liaison Officers to get list of Liason Officers. Last date for submitting the application form will be notified by respective State/UT only. Different states may have different last dates for submission. hThe completed application form duly signed by the Principal of the school will be submitted to the address specified by liaison officer of State/UT.

Indian students studying abroad can find there application form on the NCERT website in October, 2016.


Scholarships are given up to Ph.D. level in Social Sciences, Sciences, Humanities, Commerce, Languages, Vocational Studies and Fine arts. However, scholarships are given up to second degree level for professional courses in engineering, technology, medicines, management and law.
About 1000 scholarships are awarded every year on the basis of NTSE Exam. Amount of scholarship awarded is as mentioned under:
• Rs.1250 per month for class XI and XII.
• Rs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Postgraduates students.
• Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. will be fixed based on the UGC norms.


All the students of Class X (10) studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Stage - 1 examination, conducted by the State/UT's, in which the schools are located. There is no domicile requirement. Students from Open Distance Learning are also eligible if there age is below 18 years (as on 1st July) and appearing in Class 10 for first time. They should not be employed.

As per NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2016 - 17 Indian students studying abroad in class X can appear directly for Stage II NTSE.


15% scholarships are reserved for students belonging to the SC category,
7.5% for students belonging to ST category and
3% for Physically Challenged students.

Exam Pattern

The Exam Pattern of written examination for Class X will be as follows :

Stage 1 & 2

The National Talent Search Examination will be conducted for students studying at the Class X level. The examination consists of tests, namely Mental Ability Test (MAT), Language Test (LT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The items in the MAT, LT and SAT are multiple choice questions. Each question has four alternatives. The candidate has to select one correct answer from the given alternatives and mark its number in the answer-sheet as per instructions given on the answer sheet. Each correct answer carries one mark. Thus, the total score of a candidate in a test is equal to the number of questions answered correctly by him/her.
The number of questions, maximum marks and time allowed are as follows:

Paper Test No of questions No of marks Duration (minutes)
Paper1 Mental Ability Test (MAT) 50 50 45

Language Test (LT)

English/ Hindi

50 50 45
Paper3 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 100 100 90

Mental Ability Test (MAT)
This test is given to the candidates to judge their power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation, etc. A variety of questions, for example: analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, hidden figures, coding-decoding, block assembly, problem solving etc. are used for this purpose.

Language Test is designed to judge the power of reading comprehension, logical sequencing; interpretative, evaluative, predictive and creative components of language. The candidates may please carefully note that language test is to be attempted either in English or in Hindi (as per option of the candidate) in the national level NTSE

SAT there will be Questions in Social Sciences, Sciences and Mathematics.

Qualifying Marks: General Category; 40% in each paper. SC, ST and PH Category: 32% in each paper.
Language test is of qualifying nature. Marks obtained will not be considered in final merit.

Stage 2:

There will be negative marking. 1/3 mark will be deducted for wrong attempted question. No deduction for unattempted question.

Exam Dates

Stage 1 examination will be conducted on following dates:

Examination in Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Island : 5th November 2016 (Saturday)
Examination in Bihar and West Bengal : 13th November 2016 (Sunday)
Examination in All other States/UTs : 6th November 2016 (Sunday)

Stage 2 examination for all states / UTs will be conducted on: 14th May 2017 (Sunday)

NTSE Syllabus

There is no specific syllabus mentioned. Students can expect questions to be standard of Classes IX and X level.

Visit NTSE Learn Test to learn about the test and get an idea of types of questions.

Selection Process:

Stage 1 selections will be done by State / UT. These students will be eligible to appear in Stage 2.

Exam Fee:

NTSE Stage-I exam fee will be decided by State/UT conducting stage 1. For NTSE Stage-II examination, no fee is charged by NCERT.

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