NTSE 2018 - The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), a national scholarship examination for awarding scholarships to class 10th students is conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). NTSE is a two-tier exam where stage 1 is conducted by the States/UTs and stage 2 exam is conducted at national level by NCERT. This year, NTSE 2018 will be conducted at state level on November 4 and 5, 2017 and at national level on May 13, 2018. Candidates can apply for NTSE stage 1 2018 for their respective states. The last date of filling NTSE application form 2017 is different for all states/UTs. Candidates who are studying in class Xth can apply before the last date of application. The exam for NTSE stage 1 and stage 2 will be based on Mental Ability Test, Scholastic Ability Test and Language Ability Test. NTSE 2018, at both state level and national level will be conducted in offline mode only. Candidates who will qualify NTSE 2018 at state/UT level are eligible to appear for national level screening test. The candidates who will qualify NTSE 2018 will be awarded scholarship for till their Ph.D level studies or postgraduation level studies depending on their stream. Candidates can know here all about the state level and national level scholarship aptitude test, NTSE including important dates, application, eligibility, test pattern, result as well as qualifying criteria, reservation and selection criteria mentioned on this page below.
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Quick Facts of National Talent Search Examination
Overview of NTSE 2018
Exam Name – National Talent Search Examination
Abbreviated as – NTSE
Level of examination – State as well as National level
Exam conducting body – National Council of Educational Research and Training
Selection procedure – Mental Ability Test, Language Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test
Exam mode – offline mode/ pen paper based mode
All about NTSE 2018
National Talent Search Exam or National Science Talent Search Scheme was launched in 1963 by NCERT with an aim to identifying the talented students and grant them with scholarship to pursue their further education. The NTSE exam is a two-tier/stage exam where candidates are tested for their Mental, Language and Scholastic abilities. The stage 1 exam of NTSE is conducted by the respective state or UT only and the stage 2 exam is conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training. The candidates who are shortlisted through this two-tiered examination are awarded as many as 1000 scholarships every year. Only Class X students are eligible to appear for NTSE.
For how long the NTSE scholarship amount is provided to the qualified candidates?
NTSE 2018 Scholarship Criteria
Candidates who will pursue further studies in Science, Humanities, Languages, Commerce, vocational studies and Fine Arts will be awarded scholarship amount till Ph.D level
Candidates who study professional programmes i.e. Medicine, Engineering, Technology, Management and Law are provided scholarship amount till their second degree level or postgraduate programme
NTSE 2018 Scholarship Amount
The exam conducting body has updated the scholarship amount for different level of education as mentioned below -
Level of Education
Scholarship amount for year 2018 (in INR)
Class XI to Class XII
As per UGC norms
NTSE 2018 Reservation Criteria
NCERT awards as many as 1000 scholarships to the qualified candidates of NTSE. Out of the total scholarships, the exam conducting body has set a reservation quota for some categories as mentioned below -
NTSE 2018 Reservation Policy
Total reserved scholarships
26.5% of 1000 scholarships
NTSE Important Dates 2018
The important dates of NTSE 2018 is now available from July 31, 2018. Candidates who want to appear for the national scholarship exam can check here the NTSE 2018 important dates as mentioned below –
NTSE Important Dates 2018
July 31, 2017
Last date of NTSE 2018 application form
Will be announced separately by each state/UT
NTSE stage 1 exam for Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
November 04, 2017
NTSE stage 1 examination for all other states and Union Territories
November 05, 2017
National level NTSE Stage II exam 2018
May 13, 2018
NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2018
Candidates appearing for NTSE stage 1 and stage 2 examination need to satisfy the eligibility criteria of NTSE 2018 as mentioned by each state as well as NCERT. Candidates can check below the NTSE 2018 eligibility criteria as mentioned below -
Candidates currently studying in class 10 are eligible to apply for stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018
Candidates must not be more than 18 years of age as on July of year of the examination
Candidates studying through open learning/ distance mode education are also eligible to apply, however, they must not be above 18 years of age and not be employed anywhere.
Candidates must not be re-appear examination of class 10
NTSE Application Form 2018
The application form of NTSE 2018 will be available in online mode or offline mode. Each state or UT will be providing their own application form for stage 1 examination of NTSE 2018. Candidates 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. Candidates need to contact the liaison Officer of the state for queries related to application form submission. Candidates need to remit the application fee for NTSE stage 1 exam as mentioned by the states. However, candidates need not submit any application form to NCERT and also no fee required for NTSE 2017 stage 2 to be conducted by NCERT.
NTSE Exam Pattern 2018
The stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018 will be conducted by the respective states and UTs on November 4 and 5, 2018 in an offline mode. For stage 1 and stage 2 exam of NTSE 2018, there will be three tests as mentioned below -
Mental Ability Test (MAT) – The written test MAT of NTSE 2018 will be based on 50 objective type questions for one mark each. Candidates will be provided 45 minutes to attempt the test.
Language Aptitude Test (LAT) – The second paper will be of language test for English or Hindi as selected by the candidate. There will be 50 questions for the language paper carrying a total of 50 marks and the time duration will be 45 minutes.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – The paper III of NTSE 2018 will be scholastic aptitude test for a total of 100 marks and will be carrying 100 questions.
For stage 2 also same NTSE 2018 exam pattern will be followed, however, if there are any changes in the exam pattern it will be updated here. For stage 1, negative marking scheme has not been updated but there will be negative marking of 1/3 marks in stage 2 exam of NTSE 2018 for wrong attempts.
NTSE Syllabus 2018
NCERT has not prescribed NTSE syllabus 2018. However, the questions of NTSE stage 1 exam will be based on class 9 and class 10 levels. The questions of NTSE 2018 stage 2 exam will be based on NCERT syllabus of class 10 level only. Candidates can refer to the syllabus of class 9 and class 10 for NTSE state level exam and they can refer to NCERT syllabus for NTSE national level exam 2018.
NTSE Sample Paper 2018
Candidates appearing for the state level exam of NTSE 2018 can download the sample papers for their respective state. The sample paper of NTSE stage 1 exam is available with answer keys. Candidates can download the NTSE sample paper with answer key to practice for the exam. The sample paper of NTSE 2018 mentions the sample questions and options. Candidates can have an idea about the question paper pattern with help of NTSE sample papers 2018.
NTSE Admit Card 2018
Candidates who will apply for NTSE 2018 stage 1 exam will be issued admit card for appearing in the exam. The NTSE 2018 stage 1 admit card will be issued by the respective states only. The admit card will be issued in offline mode only. The exam conducting body will be sending the admit card of NTSE stage 1 2018 exam through post to the applicants. Also, candidates can collect their NTSE 2018 admit card for stage 1 from the chief superintendent from the allotted exam centre. Candidates need to obtain their NTSE admit card 2018 at least 3 days before the exam so as to avoid any last minute rush.
NTSE Answer Key 2018
The exam conducting authorities for NTSE 2018 stage 1 exam will be releasing the answer key for all papers in online mode. Candidates can check the NTSE answer key 2018 for MAT, LAT and SAT papers to cross-check their responses as marked in their answer sheets. The answer key for NTSE 2018 stage 1 will be mentioning the correct options for all questions mentioned in the question paper of MAT, LAT and SAT. Also, the NTSE 2018 answer key will mention marking scheme for each paper. For stage 2 exam of NTSE 2018, the answer key will be released by NCERT in online mode only and candidates can download it through the official link provided after the exam is over. Moreover, various coaching institutes for NTSE 2018 will be releasing the answer key for stage 1 and stage 2 exam of NTSE 2018 either on same day or a day after the examination has been conducted.
NTSE Result 2018
NTSE 2018 stage 1 result will be announced by the respective states and UTs after the exam will be conducted on November 4 and November 5, 2017. The NTSE result 2018 for stage 1 exam will be announced separately for each conducting state or UT within a month after the conduct of Tier I exam. Candidates can check their NTSE Result 2018 for stage 1 exam by login through the official link only. Candidates need to enter their registration number or roll number and date of birth to login and check their qualifying status for NTSE 2018 stage 1 exam. The candidates who will qualify the stage 1 exam will only be eligible to appear for the national level stage 2 exam of NTSE 2018 conducted by NCERT. The result of stage 2 exam of NTSE will be announced in online mode June 2018. Candidates who will qualify the national level NTSE 2018 exam will be awarded scholarships.
NTSE Cut off 2018
Candidates need to satisfy the minimum cutoff marks as specified by the exam conducting bodies for state level NTSE exam 2018 as well as for stage 2 to be conducted by NCERT. The criteria for stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018 is as mentioned below -
Selection Criteria for NTSE stage 1 exam -
Candidates from all Union Territories appearing for stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018 need to obtain minimum 10 marks in each paper i.e. MAT, SAT and LAT to qualify for NTSE stage 2 exam 2018
Whereas, candidates from all states need to score at least 25 marks in each paper of NTSE 2018 stage 1 exam
Candidates can check here the cutoff marks for NTSE stage 1 and stage 2 as mentioned in the tables below -
Subject-wise NTSE cutoff (Paper 1, 2 and 3)
Paper I MAT
Paper II English
Paper II Hindi
Paper III SAT
Category-wise NTSE cutoff
NTSE Cut Off 2016
Maximum Marks of MAT and SAT
NTSE Participating States/UTs List 2018
All state recognised schools including Kendriya Vidhayalya, Sainik Schools, and Military Schools of the 36 states and UTs of India, participate in National Talent Search Examination. Candidates can check below the list of states and UTs for State Level NTSE 2018 as mentioned below -
List of Participating States and UTs in NTSE 2018 -
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Jammu & Kashmir
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