NTSE 2019 - State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) of all States and Union territories will conduct the stage 1 of NTSE at the state level while NCERT will conduct the stage 2 at the national level. Only candidates who qualify NTSE 2019 stage 1 will be eligible to appear for stage 2. The NTSE 2019 stage 1 will be held for Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar islands on November 3 while for all other states and UTs (except West Bengal), it will be conducted on November 4, 2018. This year, NTSE 2019 West Bengal will take place separately on November 18, 2018. Only students studying in class 10 can appear for the NTSE to gain scholarships in science and social science upto doctoral level as well as medicine and engineering courses upto second-degree level.
The NTSE application form 2019 for Stage 1 has been released by States/UTs. The admit card for NTSE stage 1 will be available online in the second week of October. Read the complete article to know more about NTSE 2019 - it's important dates, application form, eligibility, result, qualifying criteria, reservation and selection criteria.
LATEST - Candidates can download and fill NTSE Application Form 2019 here!.
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. The duration of the exam has been increased to 4 hours from 3 hours till last year. Duration for MAT and SAT is 2 hours each.
NTSE 2019 - Exam Overview
NTSE stage 1
NTSE stage 2
NTSE stage 1
NTSE stage 2
Level of examination
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
Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test
Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test
Pen and paper
Pen and paper
Medium of language
Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu
No Negative Marking
No Negative Marking
Last week of July, 2018
Last date of NTSE application form
Will be announced separately by each state/UT
Admit card of NTSE stage 1
Second week of October, 2018
NTSE stage 1 exam (for Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar islands)
November 3, 2018
NTSE stage 1 exam (for all other states and UTs except West Bengal)
November 4, 2018
NTSE stage 1 exam (for West Bengal)
November 18, 2018
Result of NTSE Stage 1
Candidates appearing for NTSE 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 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.
- From the current year, States are planning to make an addition to eligibility criteria on minimum of marks scored in class 9. This will be updated here as and when officially announced.
Students who clear NTSE stage 1 only can apply for stage 2 national level exam.
- Indian students studying abroad in Class 10 or equivalent class cand directly apply for NTSE 2019 stage 2. They must obtain at least 60 per cent marks (in aggregate) in class 9th.
Application form for NTSE stage 1 2019 has been released by State/UTs. Candidates have 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 exam if mentioned by the state. The application form needs to be submitted in the offline mode at the school or the official address of the state liaison officer. Candidates appearing for NTSE stage 2 will neither have to submit any application form to NCERT nor any fee.
The questions of NTSE stage 1 and 2 exams will be 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 will be available in print as well as on the official website of NCERT.
The exam pattern for both the stages of NTSE 2019 is given below. Candidates must refer to the NTSE 2019 exam pattern as it makes us familiar with respect to number of questions, marking scheme, time allotted and much more.
Exam pattern for NTSE 2019
NTSE stage 1 will be conducted by the respective states and UTs on November 3 and 4, 2018 in the offline mode. There will be two papers held for stage 1 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 General category in order to qualify the exam. The selection criteria for the 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.
No. of questions
Mental Ability Test (MAT)
9:30 am to 11:30 am (till 12 noon for visually challenged candidates)
Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)
100 (Science40, Mathematics-20, Social Science40)
13:30 pm to 15:30 pm (till 16:00 pm for visually challenged candidates)
NTSE Reservation Criteria
Other Backward Class
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
The admit card for NTSE will be provided to students by the authorities as per the official schedule. The admit card of NTSE 2019 contains important information, such as 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 of NTSE 2019.
Steps to obtain NTSE Admit Card 2019
NTSE admit card for stage 1 will be provided by school in October. Students can download from the respective website of state authority. The admit card will also be sent by post to candidate’s address.
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 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 Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2, Itanagar Papumpare Dist while in Assam it is Kendriya Vidyalaya, CRPF (GC) 9 Mile Amerigog. In Manipur, the examination centre is based in Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Lamphelpat, Imphal. For more information on NTSE 2019 exam centres, click here.
NTSE 2019 Change of Centre
Change of centre is entertained upon written request only in exceptional cases under special circumstances, such as 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.
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.
NTSE 2019 Answer Key
The NTSE answer key for stage 1 will be published by different SCERTs in the online mode on the official website. Candidates can check the answer key for the following papers -MAT 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 of stage 2 will be released by NCERT in online mode only. Candidates can go to the official link and download the answer key after the answer key of NTSE 2019 is announced officially.
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 loging in through the official link. To check the NTSE 2019 result, candidates have to enter their registration number or roll number and date of birth. Only candidates who qualify stage 1 will be eligible for appearing in NTSE stage 2 exam 2019. The result for the same will be announced in August 2019 in online mode. Qualified candidates will be entitled for scholarships.
NTSE Rechecking of Result
Candidates should know that no request for re-evaluation or rechecking of result is entertained. Candidates can have access to their scanned OMR sheets, which will be uploaded on NCERT website along with final scoring key so that they can calculate their own score.
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 criteria for stage 1.
Qualifying 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)
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
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 pm
As per UGC norms