NTSE 2018-19

ntseNTSE 2018-19: The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is an offline national level scholarship examination conducted by National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT). Students studying in class 10 can take the exam and candidates qualifying NTSE 2018-19 are awarded scholarship till their Ph.D or post-graduate level studies provided they study Basic Science programmes. The exam is conducted at two levels annually-stage1 at the state level and stage 2 at the national level by NCERT. Candidates who qualify NTSE 2018-19 stage 1 are eligible to appear for NTSE stage 2. NTSE 2018-19 for stage1 will be conducted in first week of November while stage 2 will be conducted in the second week of May across 36 states/UTs. The admit card for stage 1 will be available online by September and that for stage 2, a week before the exam. Aspirants have to take the Mental Ability Test (MAT), Scholastic Ability Test(SAT) and Language Ability Test (LAT) in NTSE stage 1. Stage 2 includes MAT, SAT and an interview. Candidates must read NTSE 2018-19 to know everything about both the stages, important dates, application form, eligibility, result, qualifying criteria, reservation and selection criteria.


NTSE 2018-19-Exam Overview

Exam name

National Talent Search Examination stage 1

National Talent Search Examination stage 2

Known as

NTSE stage 1

NTSE stage 2

Level of examination

State level

National level

Conducting body


National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)

Selection procedure

Mental ability test, language test and aptitude test

Mental ability test and aptitude test

Exam mode

Pen and paper

Pen and paper

NTSE 2019 Dates 


Important dates


July 2018

Application begins

First week of August 2018

Last date of NTSE application form

Will be announced separately by each state/UT

NTSE stage 1 exam

First week of November 2018

NTSE Stage 2 admit card release date

Third week April 2019

National level NTSE Stage II exam 2018

Second week of May 2019

NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2019

Candidates appearing for NTSE stage 1 and stage 2 have to satisfy the following eligibility criteria set by each state and NCERT. Read on below to know eligibilty criteria for NTSE exam.

  • Students studying in class 10 in recognized schools are eligible to appear for NTSE stage 1 exam. There is no domicile restriction

  • Candidates studying under open distance learning are also eligible to apply provided they do not cross 18 years of age as on 1st July and should not be employed.

  • Candidates must be appearing in class 10 exam for the first time

  • Students who will clear NTSE stage 1, only they can apply for stage 2 national level exam 

NTSE 2018-19: Indian students studying abroad

Indian students who are studying abroad can directly apply for NTSE stage 2. Such candidates, however, have to check conditions mentioned in the NTSE borchure, which is available on the NCERT website. Candidates have to fill the application form available on the NCERT website. After filling the form, it should be sent to the undersigned along with a photocopy of the marksheet of last examination. Application form for students studying abroad is uploaded in October.

NTSE Application Form 2019

Each state or UT provides their own application form for stage 1 examination of NTSE 2018-19. Candidates have to fill and submit the application forms of NTSE stage 1 before the last date as mentioned by their respective state or UT. Candidates need to pay the application fee for NTSE stage 1 exam as mentioned by the states. The application form needs to be submitted in the offline mode at the official address of the state liaison officer. Candidates appearing for NTSE stage 2 will not have to submit any application form to NCERT neither any fee.

NTSE Syllabus 2019

The questions of NTSE stage 1 exam is based on class 9 and class 10 levels. The questions of NTSE stage 2 exam is based on NCERT syllabus of class 10 level only. Candidates should prepare from the syllabus of class 9 and 10 for NTSE state level 2018 exam and they should follow NCERT syllabus for NTSE national level exam 2019.

NTSE Exam Pattern 2019

NTSE stage 1 is conducted by the respective states and UTs in November in the offline mode. There are three tests held for stage 1 as mentioned below:

Exam pattern for NTSE stage 1



No. of questions



Paper I

Mental Ability Test (MAT)



45 minutes

Paper II

Language test (LT) English/Hindi



45 minutes

Paper III

Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)



90 minutes

Exam pattern for NTSE stage 2

In NTSE stage 2, the paper is divided in two parts-Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). There will be 100 questions in both MAT and SAT (Science-40, Maths-20, Social science-40). The duration of both the exams is 2 hours. There will not any negative marking.


NTSE 2018-19: Reservation Criteria


Reservation Criteria

Scheduled Caste


Scheduled Tribes


Physically Handicapped


Out of 4 % for physically challenged students, one percent shall be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses:

a) Blindness and low vision

b) Deaf and hard of hearing

c) Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.

1% for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses:

  • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness.

  • Multiple disabilities amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness in the posts identified for each disability

NTSE Admit Card 2019

The admit card for NTSE will be provided to students by the authorities as per the official schedule. The admit card of NTSE contains important information, such as candidate’s name, roll number, exam date and timing and exam center address.


Below is given the steps to obtain NTSE Admit Card 

  • NTSE admit card for stage 1 will be available online, students can download from the respective website of state authority. The admit card will also be sent by post to candidate’s address, as mentioned in the application form.

  • In case any candidate does not receive the admit card, he or she can visit the office of Chief Superintendent to obtain the same

  • The admit card for NTSE Stage 2 will be available on the official NCERT website a week before the date of the exam.

  • Candidates are advised to download their respective hall tickets from the website. 

NTSE 2019: Documents to carry along with NTSE Admit Card

Apart from the admit card, candidates have to carry a photo ID card. Valid photo ID in original and a photocopy of the same will be accepted. Candidates, otherwise, will not be allowed to enter the examination center.


NTSE 2019 Participating States/UTs list

All the 36 states and UTs of India take part in National Talent Search Examination. The examination centre in Arunachal Pradesh is Kendrividya No. 2, Itanagar Papumpare Dist while in Assam it is Kendriya Vidyalaya, CRPF (GC) 9 Mile Amerigog. In manipur the examination center is based in Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Lamphelpat, Imphal


NTSE 2018-19: Sample Paper

Candidates who are appearing for NTSE state level exam can download the sample papers for their respective state. The sample paper of NTSE stage 1 is available with answer key. Candidates can download them and start practicing. The sample paper of NTSE 2018-19 includes the sample questions and options.

NTSE Answer key 2019

The answer key for NTSE stage 1 is published by the conducting authority in the online mode. Candidates can check the answer key for the following papers-MAT, LAT and SAT papers to verify their answers. The answer key for stage 1 includes the correct options as well as marking scheme for each paper. For NTSE stage 2, the answer key is released by NCERT in the online mode only. Candidates can go to the official link and download the answer key post exam.

NTSE Result 2019

NTSE result for stage 1 is announced separately by each conducting state/UT. Candidates can check their NTSE Result 2018-19 for stage 1 exam by loging in through the official link only. To check the result, candidates have to enter their registration number or roll number and date of birth. Only candidates who will qualify stage 1 will be eligible for appearing NTSE stage 2 exam. The result for the same is announced in June in the online mode. Qualified candidates will be entitled for scholarships. 

NTSE Cutoff 2018-2019

Candidates need to obtain the minimum cutoff marks as specified by the exam conducting bodies for both NTSE stage 1 and NTSE stage 2. The following are the criteria for stage 1

Selection Criteria for NTSE stage 1 exam -

  • Candidates from all Union Territories who are appearing for NTSE stage 1 need to obtain minimum 10 marks in each paper- MAT, SAT and LAT to appear for NTSE stage 2.

  • Candidates from all states have to score at least 25 marks in each paper

Candidates can go through the cutoff marks given below for NTSE stage 2

Subject-wise NTSE cutoff (Paper 1, 2 and 3)

Test Papers

Maximum Marks

Qualifying Percentage/Marks



Paper I MAT


40% (19.6)

35% (17.15)

Paper II English


40% (20.0)

35% (17.5)

Paper II Hindi


40% (20.0)

35% (17.5)



40% (38.4)

35% (33.6)

Total Marks


40% (58)

35% (50.75)

Category-wise NTSE cutoff


NTSE Cut Off 2016

Maximum Marks of MAT and SAT


52. 12











NTSE selection process 2019

The selection process for NTSE is based on two stages. Students must read below to know the criteria for the selection process.

  • For students appearing for stage 1, the selection is done by States/Uts. Qualifying students are eligible to appear for NTSE Stage 2.

  • Qualifying marks for students belonging to the general category are 40% in each paper while it is 32% in each paper for candidates belonging to SC, ST and PH.

NTSE 2018-19-Scholarships

Around 1000 scholarships are awarded to candidates based on NTSE. Go through the table below to know the scholarships that are provided to candidates in different stages of education. 

Level of Education

Scholarship amount for year 2018 (in INR)

Class XI to Class XII


Undergraduate and postgraduate level

Rs. 2000

Ph.D. level

As per UGC norms








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