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NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2024 - Check Age Limit, Qualifying Marks here

NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2024 - Check Age Limit, Qualifying Marks here

Edited By Apoorva Singh | Updated on Dec 19, 2023 04:05 PM IST | #NTSE

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NCERT prescribes the eligibility criteria of NTSE 2024 exam for Indian and abroad students. NTSE 2024 eligibility criteria contain the age limit, minimum qualifying marks required to apply for NTSE exam etc. Students must satisfy the complete NTSE eligibility criteria 2024 before filling the forms.

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) conducts NTSE 2024 exam in 2 stages. Stage 1 of the NTSE will be held at the state level exam whereas the stage 2 exam will be conducted at the national level. Students studying in class 10 are eligible to appear in the NTSE 2024 exam.

Those students who will qualify stage 1 exam will be eligible for the stage 2 exam. It must be noted that Indian students studying abroad can appear directly for the stage 2 exam. Students appearing for the exam must check the NTSE 2024 eligibility criteria carefully.

NTSE Exam Eligibility Criteria 2024- Age Limit

NCERT has prescribed the age limit for open school students to appear in the NTSE stage 1. Open students should be below the age of 18 years (as of July 1). This age limit is applicable for both Indian students as well as for students of Indian origin studying abroad.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2024 for Stage I

Only Indian students, who are pursuing their studies from schools in India are eligible to fill NTSE form 2024. Complete NTSE exam eligibility criteria 2024 is mentioned below.

  • Students studying in class 10th from recognized schools are eligible to appear in NTSE stage 1.

  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Sainik School students can apply for NTSE from the state where their school is located. There will be no domicile restrictions for them.

  • Open and Distance Learning (ODL) students are also eligible to appear in the NTSE stage 1. They must not be employed anywhere. They must be appearing in 10th exam for the first time.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2024- Minimum Qualifying Marks Required in Class 9

Some states have a set qualifying percentage of marks in class 9 exam as an eligibility condition for appearing in the NTSE stage 1 exam. Refer to the table below check the minimum qualifying marks required to be obtained in Class 9 before applying for NTSE 2024.

Minimum Qualifying Marks Required in Class 9

StateMinimum qualifying Marks (For General Category)Minimum qualifying Marks (For Reserved Category)
Maharashtra60% marks55%
Uttar Pradesh55%44%
West Bengal50%40%
Madhya Pradesh40%32%
Tamil Nadu60%-
Jammu & Kashmir60%55%
Himachal Pradesh60%55%

NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2024 (Stage 2) for Indian students

Students who will successfully qualify stage 1 will be eligible to appear in the stage 2 exam.

  • Firstly, students have to score minimum qualifying marks in the stage 1 exam to qualify for stage 2.
  • All the states will release the NTSE cut off for their respective states along with the NTSE result 2024.
  • Students should obtain section-wise and category-wise cutoff to get selected for the stage 2 exam.
  • This should be noted that, If a student attains cutoff marks but fails to qualify any of the sections, then he/she will not be selected for the NTSE stage 2 exam.

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NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2024 for Stage 2 (Students Studying Abroad)

NTSE stage 2 is a national level examination conducted by NCERT. Indian students studying abroad in class 10 can appear directly in the NTSE stage 2. However, they have to fulfil certain criteria listed below.

  • The age of a student must be below 18 years.

  • He/she has obtained at least 60% marks in class 9th annual examination.

  • Students have to appear in the exam at a centre in India at their own cost.

  • They have to send the attested copy of mark sheet of class 9 to the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi by December 31.

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NTSE 2024 Qualifying Marks

The qualifying marks for NTSE are provided by NCERT. These are the minimum marks that students have to achieve to qualify for the next stage.

NTSE Qualifying Marks


Qualifying Marks in SAT

Qualifying Marks in MAT

Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/ Physically Handicapped.



General/ Economically weaker Sections/ OBC



NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2024- Reservation of Seats

As per the provision of NCERT, some seats are reserved for SC/ST and PWD students. This reservation is also applicable to the Indian students studying abroad, only if they continue their further studies in India. Check the table below for reservation criteria.

NTSE Reservation Criteria



Schedule Cast


Scheduled Tribe


Person with Disability


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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. How can I register for NTSE exam 2024?

Application form for NTSE 2024 will be available on the official website

2. How much is the NTSE scholarship amount?

Scholarship of Rs. 1250 per month is awarded for class 11 to 12. Scholarship of Rs. 2000 per month is awarded for Undergraduates and Postgraduates.

3. How many scholarships are provided by NCERT?

NCERT provides around 2000 scholarships every year.

4. Is there any negative marking in NTSE stage 1?

No, there is no negative marking for wrong attempts.


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Questions related to NTSE

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there has not been an announcement for the NTSE Tamil Nadu 2023-24 examination. It is recommended to regularly check the official NTSE website or contact the State Education Board of Tamil Nadu for the latest updates and announcements regarding the NTSE examination schedule.

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Hello aspirant,

The NTSE Delhi registration form 2023 is made available by the Directorate of Education. The official website will host the NTSE Delhi 2023 form. The filled-out NTSE Delhi 2023 application form and admit card must be submitted by students to the head of the school after downloading the documents.

To get complete syllabus, please visit the following link.

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Hello aspirant,

The online application for the NTSE is released by the Exam Regulatory Authority, Uttar Pradesh. The online application for the NTSE UP 2023 will be accessible at Students in Class 10 in UP who are enrolled in their respective schools are eligible to take the NTSE Uttar Pradesh 2023 exam.

To get the complete information, you can visit our site by clicking on the link given below.

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Hello aspirant,

Below are some of the best books that you can go for the preparation for NTSE exam :

  • Study Package for NTSE class X (1st & 2nd edition)- Mcgraw Hill.
  • Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 1st edition – Saurabh Priyadarshini & Navin C. Joshi.
  • Study Guide for NTSE for Class 10 – Disha Publication.
  • Maths Class X – R.D Sharma.
  • Study Package For NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st & 2nd Edition.
  • A Comprehensive Manual For NTSE For Class 10 (English)
  • Study Guide For NTSE National Talent Search Examination Class 10 (English)
  • Practice Test Papers For NTSE Class 10 1st Edition.

Basically, NCERT textbooks of Class 9 science and NCERT 10th Science books are the best books for NTSE examination.

Further, to know more about the best books for preparation for NTSE examination, you can follow the below mentioned link to know more about it :,best%20books%20for%20NTSE%202021.

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Hello Aspirant,

Hope you are doing great. Due to a few administrative issues, NCERT has postponed the administration of the NTSE exam 2022. Earlier, January 15, 16, and 30 were designated as the dates for the NTSE 2022 Stage 1 exam. Soon, the revised dates for the same will be released. All students must get serious about their NTSE preparation if they want to do well. The candidates must choose the top books for the NTSE 2022 exam and begin studying for the exam because of the examination's moderate difficulty and the level of competition. Along with being crucial in exam preparation, teachers should assist students in developing a plan  and a detailed schedule so that they can finish the entire syllabus on time.

You can refer the below link for links, PDF's and details:


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