NTSE 2017 - 2018 Exam Dates Eligibility Application Form

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is conducted by NCERT every year for the award of scholarship to the telented students. This exam is taken by thousands of students studying at the Class X (10th) through out the country. The students have to face two exams in order to qualify for scholarship as given below:

NTSE Stage 1 Exam: This exam is conducted by respective States and Union Territories (UTs). Students of differrent states and UTs are required to contact Liaison Officers of their state / uts for submitting the application form. This is a screening exam. Eligibility Criteria, Application submission last date, exam fee and test date are different for various states and UTs.

Know more about State Level Stage 1 NTSE Exam and download NTSE Application Form 2017-18

NTSE Stage 2 Exam: This exam is conducted by NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi). This is a national level exam. Students who have passed state level exam can appear in this exam. Students are not required to apply seperately for this exam.

Application Form

NTSE Application form can be obtained from State/UT Liaison officer. Click here Liaison Officers to get list of Liason Officers. Different states may have different last dates for submission of application form. Students are required to submit completed application form duly signed by the Principal of the school to the liaison officer of State/UT.

Indian students studying abroad can find there application form on the NCERT website in October, 2017. These students are not required to appear in state level exam.

Details of NTSE Scholarships

NTSE Scholarships are given up to Ph.D. level in the following areas:

Social Sciences, Languages, Sciences, Humanities, Commerce, Vocational Studies and Fine arts.

NTSE Scholarships are given up to PG level for professional courses in engineering, technology, medicines, management and law.

There are @ 1000 scholarships are awarded. Amount of scholarship awarded is given below:
• 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Following is the NTSE general eligibility criteria: Only students studying in Class X (10) are eligible to appear for the Stage - 1 examination. Minimum percentage required in qualifying exam may be imposed by states / UTs. There is no domicile requirement. Students appearing in Class 10 for first time from Open Distance Learning are also eligible. These students should have their age below 18 years (as on 1st July) and should not be employed. Indian students studying abroad in class X are permitted to appear directly for Stage II Exam of NTSE.


15% scholarships are reserved for students of SC category,
7.5% for students belonging to ST category and
4% for Physically Challenged students.

Exam Pattern

The NCERT NTSE Exam Pattern 2017 -2018 of written examination will be as follows :

There will be three question papers, namely, MAT, LT and SAT. The questions asked are multiple choice questions. Each question has four alternatives. The candidate has to choose one correct answer. Each correct answer carries one mark. There will be negative marking. 1/3 mark will be deducted for wrong attempted question. No deduction for unattempted question. The number of questions and time allowed are given below:

Paper Test Duration (minutes) Questions  
Paper1 Mental Ability Test (MAT) 45 50  

Language Test (LT)

English/ Hindi

45 50  
Paper3 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 90 100  

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

Exam Dates

NTSE Stage 1 examination will be conducted on following dates:

In Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Island : 4th November 2017

In All other States / UTs : 5th November 2017 (Sun)

NTSE Stage 2 examination will be conducted on date:13th May 2018 (Sun)

NTSE Syllabus

There is no specific syllabus mentioned for NTSE. Questions may be standard of 10th Class and below.

Visit NTSE Learn Test to learn about the test.

Selection Process: There is a two tier selection process

NTSE Stage 1 Exam: This exam is conducted by states / UTs for screening the students for stage 2 exam. There is a quota fixed for all the states / UTs.

NTSE Stage 2 Exam: This exam is conducted by NCERT. Students recommended by state / UTs through stage 1 exam can take this exam. Award of scholarship is based on performance of student in stage 2 exam.

Exam Fee:

NTSE Stage-I exam fee varies from state to state. For NTSE Stage-II examination, no fee is required.

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