NTSE 2018

NTSE 2018NTSE 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 was conducted at state level on November 4 and 5, 2017 and the one at national level will be conducted on May 13, 2018. Candidates could 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, exam centres, test pattern, result as well as qualifying criteria, reservation and selection criteria mentioned on this page below.

LATEST - State wise NTSE Result 2018 and NTSE Cutoff 2018 declared! Check now.

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


Undergraduate level

Rs. 2000

Postgraduate level

Rs. 2000

Ph.D. level

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


Reservation Criteria

Scheduled Caste


Scheduled Tribes


Physically Handicapped


Total reserved scholarships

26.5% of 1000 scholarships

NTSE Important Dates 2018


The important dates of NTSE 2018 are now available from July 31, 2018. Candidates who appeared for the national scholarship exam can check here the NTSE 2018 important dates as mentioned below –


NTSE Important Dates 2018


Important dates


July 31, 2017

Application begins

August 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 Result 2018


All States and Union Territories have declared the result of NTSE 2018. The NTSE result 2018 for stage 1 exam are announced separately for each conducting state or UT. Candidates can check their NTSE Result 2018 for stage 1 exam by loging in 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


Karnataka has declared the state wise 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 2 as mentioned in the tables below -

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 Answer Key 2018

The exam conducting authorities for NTSE 2018 stage 1 exam released 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 Admit Card 2018


Candidates who applied for NTSE 2018 stage 1 exam were issued admit card for appearing in the exam. The NTSE 2018 stage 1 admit card were issued by the respective states only. The admit card was issued in offline mode only. The exam conducting body sent the admit card of NTSE stage 1 2018 exam through post to the applicants. Also, candidates could collect their NTSE 2018 admit card for stage 1 from the chief superintendent from the allotted exam centre. Candidates should to obtain their NTSE admit card 2018 at least 3 days before the exam so as to avoid any last minute rush.


NTSE Exam Pattern 2018


The stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018 was 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 1, there will be no negative marking.

In Stage 2 examination, the examination pattern has been modified by NCERT. The NTSE Stage 2 exam will comprise of two papers. Paper 1-Mental Ability test and Paper 2- Scholastic Aptitude Test. The NTSE 2018 Stage 2 exam will be held on May 13, 2018. There will be no paper on Language Test. Each paper will consist of 100 questions. Also, there will be no negative marking in both the papers. Only those candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be cosidered for merit.


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 who appeared for the state level exam of NTSE 2018 could 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 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.


NTSE Exam Centres 2018


List of NTSE 2018 Exam Centres for Class-X

S. No


Examination Centre


Arunachal Pradesh

Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2

Itanagar Papumpare Dist.

Arunachal Pradesh-791111



Kendriya Vidyalaya

CRPF (GC) 9 Mile Amerigog

Dist Kamrup, Guwahati




Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1

Lamphelpat, Imphal

P.O. Lamphelpat




Kendriya Vidyalaya

Happy Valley 58 GTC

Shillong East Khasi Hills




Kendriya Vidyalaya Aizawl,

Project Pushpak, Zemabawk




Kendriya Vidyalaya Kohima

CRPF Camp, Lerie Hill

Kohima, Nagaland-797001



Kendriya Vidyalaya NHPC Singtam

Teesta Stage-V, Power Station,

NHPC Ltd., Balutar

P.O. Singtam, Dist-East Sikkim




Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1

Kunjaban, Agartala

Near ILS Hospitals

Agartala, West Tripura-799010


Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Kendriya Vidyalaya No 2

Raksha Vihar, Minnie Bay

Junglighat Post, Port Blair

Andaman & Nicobar Islands-744103



Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1

Kankarbagh P.O. Lohianagar




Kendriya Vidyalaya CCL

Rajendra Nagar Ranchi

P.O-Hehal Ranchi




Kendriya Vidyalaya No.3

Mancheswar Railway Colony

Pragati Vihar, Bhubaneshwar



West Bengal

Kendriya Vidyalaya Ballygunge,

Ballygunge Maidan Camp

Ballygunge Circular Road

Kolkata, West Bengal-700019



Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1

Air Force Station Halwara

Halwara A.D. Distt. Ludhiana



New Delhi (including districts of Western UP)

Kendriya Vidyalaya No.3

Ring Road Narayana Delhi Cantt,

New Delhi-110010


Chandigarh (UT)

Kendriya Vidyalaya

Air Force Station, High Grounds,



Jammu & Kashmir (Jammu)

Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1

Jammu, P.O. Gandhi Nagar Jammu

Jammu & Kashmir-180004


Haryana (Gurugram)

Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1

Airforce Station, Sector-14

Old Delhi Road



Himachal Pradesh

Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jakhoo Hills

Shimla-171001 (HP)



Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1

Bajaj nagar, Opp. Tonk Phatak

Bajaj Nagar, Jaipur

Pin:302015, Rajasthan


Uttar Pradesh (Except districts of Western U.P.)

Kendriya Vidyalaya New Cantt.

Near topkhana Bazar, VD Road

Allahabad-211001, U.P.



Kendriya Vidyalaya, ONGC

Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun




Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2

Sector-IV, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar Raipur, Chattisgarh-492010


Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu (Combined Centre)

Kendriya Vidyalaya

Govt. H. School Campus

Tokarkhada, Silvassa

Dadra & Nagar Haveli-396230



Kendriya Vidyalaya

I.N.S Mandovi verem, Bardez

Panaji, Goa-403109



Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1

MR campus, Shahibaug

Near Police Commisioner’s Office




Madhya Pradesh

Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1

Opp. Maida Mill

Hoshangabad Road


Madhya Pradesh


Maharashtra – I (District’s)

1. Akola

2. Aurangabad

3. Bhandara

4. Buldhana

5. Dhule

6. Jalgaon

7. Mumbai

8. Mumbai (North)

9. Mumbai (West)

10. Nashik

11. Raigarh

12. Ratnagiri

13. Sindhudurg

14. Thane

15. Washim

Kendriya Vidyalaya Bhandup

N.C.H Colony LBS Marg Kanjurmarg (W)



Maharashtra – II (District’s)

1. Ahmednagar

2. Amravati

3. Beed

4. Chandrapur

5. Gadchiroli

6. Gondia

7. Jalna

8. Kolhapur

9. Latur

10. Nagpur

11. Nanded

12. Nandurbar

13. Parbhani

14. Pune

15. Sangli

16. Satara

17. Solapur

18. Usmanabad

19. Wardha

20. Yavatmal

Kendriya Vidyalaya BEG

Near Deccan College Road

Near Sadal Baba Darga, Yarwada



Andhra Pradesh

Kendriya Vidyalaya

Nallapadu, Guntur District

Andhra Pradesh-522005



Kendriya Vidyalaya,

A.S.C. Victoria Road

Opp. Life Style Mall




Kendriya Vidyalaya

Port trust, Willingdon Island

Kochi, Ernakulum-68200



Govt. Senior Secondary School


U.T of Lakshadweep-682555



Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1

Jipmer Campus, Gorimedu



Tamil Nadu

Kendriya Vidyalaya

IIT Campus, Adyar




Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1

Golconda langar House Opposite Langar House, Police Station


Telangana State


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 were available in online mode or offline mode. Each state or UT was provided 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.

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