NTSE 2019
Jasleen Kaur Taneja, 21 Nov 2018, #NTSE

NTSE 2019 - The answer key of NTSE 2019 for stage 1 has been announced by respective states and UTs. The National Council of Education and Research Training (NCERT) conducts NTSE for class 10 students in two stages. Stage 1  of NTSE 2019 conducted at state level by SCERT of all States and UTs was held on November 3, 2018, for Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar islands; on November 4 for all other states and UTs and on November 18 for West Bengal and Kerala . Stage 2 of NTSE 2019 will be conducted by NCERT on a national level on May 12.  National Talent Search Scholarships aka NTSE will be awarded to candidates who qualify both the stages. The NTSE result 2019 for stage 1 will be declared from January to March, 2019 individually by the States and UTs. Candidates have to qualify stage 1 to be eligible to write the NTSE 2019 stage 2. The result of NTSE stage 2 will be announced tentatively in August in online mode.

Candidates who qualify the second stage of NTSE 2019 will be awarded scholarships in science and social science up to the doctoral level; medicine and engineering courses up to second-degree level. Read the complete article to know more about NTSE 2019 - the important dates, admit card, answer key, result, qualifying criteria, reservation and selection criteria. 

NTSE 2019 - Exam Overview

Exam Name

NTSE stage 1

NTSE 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)

Purpose of NTSE Exam

1000 Scholarships to pursue Sr. Secondary and higher studies in Science and Social Sciences

Selection procedure

Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test

Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test

Exam mode

Pen and paper

Pen and paper

Medium of language

 Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu

Negative Marking

No Negative Marking

No Negative Marking

What's New in NTSE 2019?

This year, NCERT has introduced a few changes in the exam as mentioned below:

1. No Language Paper - Till last year, NTSE included a language paper, the marks of which were not really counted while calculating the total score. From this year, the language paper has been abolished.

2. New Reservation - NTSE 2019 has added an extra reservation of 27% for OBC (Non-creamy Layer) apart from the existing 15%, 7.5% and 4% for SC, ST and Physically Handicapped. The income limit currently is 8 Lakh per annum for OBC NCL.

3. Timing- The duration of the exam has been increased to 4 hours from 3 hours. Duration for MAT and SAT is 2 hours each.

NTSE 2018-2019 Exam Dates

Events - Stage 1

Important dates


Last week of July 2018

Application begins

August 2018

Last date of NTSE application form

Announced separately by each state/UT

Admit card of NTSE stage 1

Second week of October 2018

NTSE stage 1 (for Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar islands)

November 3, 2018

NTSE stage 1 (for all other states and UTs except West Bengal and Kerala)

November 4, 2018

NTSE stage 1 (for West Bengal and Kerala)

November 18, 2018

Result of NTSE Stage 1

January/February 2019

NTSE 2019 Result

NTSE result for stage 1 is announced separately by each conducting state/UT. Candidates can check their NTSE Result 2019 for stage 1 exam by downloading the pdfs released by the respective states. To check the NTSE 2019 result, candidates have to check for their registration number or roll number and name. Only candidates who qualify stage 1 will be listed in the pdfs released by the state SCERTs. Such candidates can appear for NTSE stage 2 exam 2019. 

NTSE Result 2019 Stage 2 will be announced tentatively in August in online mode. Candidates must login using their roll number and date of birth to access their individual scores in the stage 2 of NTSE 2019. Candidates will also be able to check the cutoff for NTSE stage 2 that will be released along with the NTSE stage 2 result 2019.

NTSE Rechecking of Result 

Candidates should know that no request for re-evaluation or rechecking of the result is entertained. Candidates can have access to their scanned OMR sheets, which will be uploaded on the NCERT website along with final scoring key so that they can calculate their own score.

NTSE Cutoff

In order to qualify NTSE 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 is the qualifying criteria for stage 1. However the cutoff for stage 1 of NTSE differs from state to stae. The respective SCERTs of the states and UTs will announce the NTSE cutoff for stage 1 along with the result. The cutoff announced will be the minimum marks that were used to shortlist candidates for the NTSE 2019 stage 2.

Qualifying Criteria for NTSE stage 1 exam -

  • Candidates belonging to general category must score 40% marks separately in each paper- MAT and SAT to appear for NTSE stage 2.

  • Candidates  belonging to SC/ST category must score 32% marks separately in each paper- MAT and SAT to appear for NTSE stage 2

NTSE 2019 stage 2 Cutoff

NCERT will announce the cutoff for stage 2 of NTSE 2019 along with the result. The total marks of MAT and SAT as well as minimum marks (sum of MAT and SAT) for each category will be announced. Candidates can use the previous year cutoff marks to get a better idea of the marks required to qualify for the scholarships.

Candidates can go through the cutoff marks given below for NTSE stage 2 2018

Category-wise NTSE cutoff 2018



Maximum Marks out of 197 (MAT & SAT)

Cutoff (MAT & SAT)




General- PHl



General - PH2



General- PH3









SC- PH-2


i                     87










NTSE 2019 Answer Key

The NTSE answer key for stage 1 has been published by different SCERTs on the respective official websites. Candidates can check the answer key for the following papers -MAT and SAT papers to verify their answers and calculate a probable score. The answer key for stage 1 includes the correct options as well as marking scheme for each paper. Students can also check the answer key released by various coaching centres that were released after the conduction of the exam. For NTSE stage 2, the answer key of stage 2 will be released by NCERT in online mode only. 

NTSE 2019 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for both the stages of NTSE is given below. Candidates must refer to the NTSE 2019 exam pattern as it makes us familiar with respect to the number of questions, marking scheme, the time allotted and much more.

Exam pattern for NTSE 2019

  • There will be two papers held for stage 1 and 2 as mentioned below. Unlike previous years, there will be no Language paper.
  • Candidates need to score 32% for SC, ST and PWD category and 40% for the General category in order to qualify the exam.
  • The selection criteria for stage 2 of NTSE 2019 requires a candidate to qualify in both the papers separately. Selection of the awardees will be made on the basis of total Marks scored in MAT & SAT based on merit. 
  • Each question in both the tests carries one mark and there is no negative marking. 

NTSE 2019 Exam Pattern



No. of questions




Paper I

Mental Ability Test (MAT)



120 minutes

9:30 am to 11:30 am (till 12 noon for visually challenged candidates)

Paper II

Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)

100 (Science40, Mathematics-20, Social Science40)


120 minutes

13:30 pm to 15:30 pm (till 16:00 pm for visually challenged candidates)

NTSE 2019 Admit Card

The admit card for NTSE has been released. Some states have released the admit card online which candidates can download. Other States will provide the NTSE 2019 admit card offline. Candidates could collect the same from their respective school. The admit card of NTSE 2019 contains important information, such as the candidate’s name, roll number, exam date and timing and exam centre address. Candidates must remember that they will not be allowed to enter the NTSE 2019 examination hall without the admit card. 

Steps to obtain NTSE Admit Card 2019

  • NTSE admit card for stage 1 has been released in the third week of October 2018. Candidates can either obtain it online or offline (depending on the state).

  • In case any candidate does not receive the admit card, he or she can visit the State Liaison Officer to obtain the same.

  • The admit card for NTSE Stage 2 will be available on the official NCERT website 21 days 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

Along with the admit card of NTSE 2019, 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 centre.

NTSE Question Paper

Candidates who will be appearing for NTSE 2019 state level exam can download the sample papers for their respective state here. The sample papers of NTSE 2019 stage 1 are available for thorough practice. Candidates can download them as many times as they want and start practising. The sample paper of NTSE 2018-19 include the sample questions and options.

Click Here for NTSE Sample Papers 

Click Here for NTSE 2019 Best Books

NTSE 2019 Application Form

Application form for NTSE stage 1 2019 was released by State/UTs in August. Candidates had to fill and submit the application forms before the last date as stipulated by their respective State/UTs. Candidates need to pay the application fee for NTSE stage 1 if mentioned by the state. Candidates appearing for NTSE stage 2 will neither have to submit an application form to NCERT nor any fee.

NTSE Reservation Criteria


Reservation Criteria

Scheduled Caste


Scheduled Tribes


Physically Handicapped


Other Backward Class


Out of 4 % for physically challenged students, one per cent 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 2019 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates appearing for NTSE 2019 stage 1 and stage 2 have to satisfy the following eligibility criteria set by each state and NCERT. Read below to know the eligibility criteria for the NTSE exam.

  • Students studying in class 10 in recognized schools are eligible to appear for NTSE 2019 stage 1 exam. There is no domicile restriction.

  • Candidates studying under open school or distance learning are also eligible to apply provided they do not cross 18 years of age as on 1st July of that year.

  • One should not be employed.

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

  • Some states require candidates to score minimum marks in class 9 to apply for NTSE 2019. This is mentioned separately by States on their official website.
  • Students who clear NTSE stage 1 only can appear for stage 2 national level exam.

  • Indian students studying abroad in Class 10 or equivalent class can directly apply for NTSE 2019 stage 2. They must obtain at least 60 per cent marks (in aggregate) in class 9th.

NTSE 2019 Syllabus

The questions of NTSE stage 1 and 2 exams are based on class 9 and class 10 level. Candidates can also refer to the official booklet - ‘Learn about the Test’ that contains sample papers for both the Tests- MAT and SAT. It is available in print as well as on the official website of NCERT.

NTSE 2019 Change of Exam Centre

Change of centre is entertained upon written request only in exceptional cases under special circumstances, such as the transfer of parents of candidates. Candidates have to send the written request to NCERT within 15 days of the download of the E-admit card prior to at least 21 days of examination. Candidates, however, must note that in such cases they can take the exam only in English medium. For information on NTSE 2019 State Liaison Officers, refer below. 

List of Liaison Officers for NTSE Form 2018-2019

Candidates can check below the list of officers as appointed by the NCERT for NTSE application form related queries -

S. No.

Name of the State/UT

Name of the State/UT Liaison Officer & Addresses



Arunachal Pradesh

Mr. Gania Leij Dy. Director, Directorate of Secondary Education Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun, Itanagar- 791111, Arunachal Pradesh.




Mr. Khabir Uddin Ahmed Dy. Director Office of the Director of Secondary Education, Kahilipara, Assam, Guwahati-781019 (Assam)




Sh. R.K. Tenedy Singh Vigyan Mandir Officer Directorate of Education (Schools), Lamphelpat, Imphal (Manipur)-795004




Smt. Margarette C. Blah Selection Grade Lecturer Directorate of Educational Research And Training ((DERT), Laitmukhrah Nongrimmaw, Shillong- 793011 (Meghalaya)




Mrs. Zothanmawii Deputy Director, S.C.E.R.T., Chaltlang, Aizawl, Mizoram-796012

https://dietaizawal.weebly.com/notice- boardnews.html



Mr. Shilu A O Joint Director, SCERT, Nagaland, Kohima-798621.




Mr. Bilal Prabhakar Deputy Director (Scholarship) Human Resource Development, Department of Education, Govt. of Sikkim, Tashiling Secretariat Gangtok-737101 (Sikkim)




Smt. Kuheli Debbarma Deputy Director, Tripura State Council of Educational Research and Training, Abhoy Nagar, Agartala, Tripura (West)-799005.



Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Shri Mammen Thomas Principal, State Institute of Education Siksha Sadan, Link Road Port Blair-744101, (A&N Islands)




Dr. Sanjiwan Sinha Director, S.C.E.R.T. Mahendru Post Office, Patna-800006 (Bihar)




Dr. Arbind Pd. Singh Chairman , Jharkhand Academic Council Ranchi, Gyandeep Campus, Bargawan Namkum, Ranchi- 834010.




Dr. Puspanjali Pani Assistant Director, Directorate of TE & S.C.E.R.T. Unit IV, Bhubaneswar-751001, Orissa



West Bengal

Dr. Syed Nurus Salam Deputy Director of School Education (Basic) Directorate of School Education Bikas Bhawan, 7th Floor, East Block, Salt Lake City Kolkata-700091 (West Bengal)




Mrs. Mamta Sharma Assistant Professor State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) Sector-32C, Chandigarh (U.T.) 160031.



New Delhi

Ms. Usha Chaturvedi Deputy Director, Directorate of Education Science & TV Branch Behind Lady Shri Ram College, Lajpat Nagar-IV, New Delhi-110024.



Jammu and Kashmir

Dr. Farooq Ahmad Peer Director Academics, Liaison Officer (NTS) J&K State Board of School, Education, New Campus Lal Mandi, Bemina, Srinagar (J&K)-190018.




Sh. Sunil Vashishta Lecturer Commerce, S.C.E.R.T., Sohna Road, Opp. Panchayat Bhawan, Gurugram-122001 (Haryana).



Himachal Pradesh

Mrs. Rajni Sankhyan Associate Professor S.C.E.R.T., RABON Solan-173211, (Himachal Pradesh).




Mrs. Rumkeet Kaur Lecturer in Math State Institute of Science Education, PSEB Complex, Block-E, 6th Floor, Phase-8, Ajitgarh, SAS Nagar (Mohali), Punjab.




Mr. Rajendra Kumar Saxena Assistant Director Exam, Board of Secondary Education , Ajmer, Rajasthan-305001.



Uttar Pradesh

Mrs.Usha Chandra Director, Bureau of Psychology SCERT, 2 Lowther Road Allahabad-211001 (UP)




Dr. Vinod Prakash Semwal Lecturer State Council of Educational Research and Training, Rajeev Gandhi Navodaya Vidyalaya, I.T Campus, Nanurkhera, Dehradun, Uttarakhand




Dr. Prasoon Sarkar Professor, State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT), DIET Campus, Shankar Nagar, Raipur, Chattishgarh-492001.



Daman & Diu

Sh. Rajesh J Halpati Head Master Government High School Nani Daman Vaniyawad Opposite Custom House Daman & Diu -396210

www.daman.nic.in directorate_of_education.aspx


Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Sh. Salim Dinganker State Liaison Officer, NTS/NMMS Directorate of Education 1st Floor, Building No.5 PWD Campus, Above Animal Husbandry, Silvassa-396230 UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli

https://www.dnh.nic.in/ departments/education.aspx



Sh. Jaywant Waman Naik Vocational Education Officer, Directorate of Education State Council of Educational Research and Training Alto-Porvorim, Bardez-403521 (Goa).




Sh. Dharmendra R Saradava Secretary, Gujarat State Examination Board, Opp. Government Library, Sector-21, Gandhinagar Gujarat-382021.



Madhya Pradesh

Ms. Surbhi Parashar Assistant Manager, Rajya Shiksha Kendra Pustak Bhawan “B” Wing, Arera Hills, Bhopal-462011 (M.P.)




Sh. Sukhdeo Hari Dere Commissioner, Maharashtra State Council of Examinations 17-Dr. Ambedkar Road, Pune-411001 (Maharashtra).



Andhra Pradesh

Sh. D. Ramachandra Murthy Deputy Commissioner Office of The Director of Govt. Examinations D.No. 20-124, Beside SPNRCH High School Opp. Andhra Hospitals, Gollapudi Vijaywada, A.P-521225




Sh. Jaya Kumar H.S. Senior Assistant Director DSERT, No.4, 100 feet Ring Road, Banashankari, 3rd Stage, Bangalore-560085 (Karnataka)




Dr. Meena. S Assistant Professor, S.C.E.R.T., Vidhya Bhavan Poojappura (P.O.)Thiruvananthapuram-695012,




Mr. Chandrashekhar Principal Govt. Senior Secondary School, Kavaratti, UT of Lakshadweep-682555.

https://www.schoolspedia.com/website/gov- sr-sec-school-kavaratti-lakshadweep



Dr. J.Krishna Raju Joint Director Directorate of School Education, Perunthalaivar Kamarajarcent.Edu. Complex, Anna Nagar Puducherry-605005.



Tamil Nadu

Ms. D. Vasundra Devi Director Directorate of Govt. Examinations, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai-600006.




Sh. D. Chalapathi Rao Deputy Commissioner Director of Govt. Examinations Chapel Road, Hyderabad Telangana-500001.


NTSE 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 the year 2018 (in INR)

Class XI to Class XII

Rs.1250 pm

Undergraduate and postgraduate level

Rs. 2000 pm

PhD level

As per UGC norms

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