NTSE Kerala 2020 - SCERT, Kerala has released the NTSE stage 1 result on February 28, 2020. Students can expect the stage I cutoff soon. Shortlisted candidates will compete at stage 2 exam which is a national level exam conducted by NCERT. The exam conducting body has also released the NTSE Kerala stage 1 answer key on scert.kerala.gov.in. Any objection or comments regarding the answer key could be sent through mail on ntsescertkerala@gmail.com before December 4, 2019. NTSE Kerala 2020 stage 1 exam was held on November 17, 2019. The application forms for Kerala NTSE were accepted in online mode through the official website. Only class 10 student studying in the state could apply for NTSE. The last date to submit application form for NTSE Kerala was September 30, 2019. Finally selected candidates who qualify both stages of NTSE 2020 will be able to receive scholarships. Read more to know more about NTSE Kerala 2020, application, exam, result dates etc.
Latest: NTSE Kerala result 2020 has been declared. Check merit list now. NTSE Kerala cutoff will be released shortly.
NTSE Kerala Answer Key 2020 released for stage 1 on November 26, 2019.


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NTSE Kerala 2020 Important Date

Students must know about the NTSE important dates so that they can prepare their study plan accordingly dates and events related to Kerala NTSE 2020 are tabulated below:



Kerala NTSE 2020 Application form releasing date

September 6, 2019

Application Last Date

September 30, 2019 till 5 pm

Last date to Verify Applications by Principal/HM

October 5, 2019 till 5 pm

NTSE Kerala Admit Card 2020

November 11, 2019 (Released)

NTSE Stage 1 Kerala exam

November 17, 2019

NTSE stage 1 answer key

November 26, 2019

NTSE Kerala Stage 1 Answer Key - Last date for Feedback
December 4, 2019

NTSE Kerala result

February 28, 2020

NTSE Cutoff 2020March 2020

NTSE admit card for stage 2

April 2020

NTSE Stage 2 exam

May 10, 2020

NTSE Kerala Answer Key 2020

The exam conducting authority has released the answer key of NTSE Kerala 2020 on November 26. It will contain correct answers to all the questions asked in the exam. Students can download NTSE Kerala Answer Key in online mode and calculate their probable score. In such a way, hey will be able to know the chances of their selection before the result. Match probable scores with Cutoff marks to estimate a student’s result.

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NTSE Kerala Question Paper 2020

After knowing the syllabus and exam pattern, students should start studying the topics. They should practise with NTSE question papers to know the in-depth analysis of the upcoming NTSE Kerala 2020 exam. It will make them familiar with the all major aspects of stage 1 exam which are marking scheme, types and number of questions asked important topics, etc. Students can download the MAT and SAT question papers of the previous year by clicking on the link given above.

NTSE Kerala Reservation system

NCERT prescribed the reservation system for all the states which is followed by SCERT, Kerala to make stage 1 merit list. NTSE Kerala 2020 reservation system is tabulated below:


Reservation percentage

Scheduled caste (SC)


Scheduled tribes (ST)


OBC (Non-creamy layer)


Physically handicapped


NTSE Kerala Cutoff

However, qualifying marks for stage 1 Kerala NTSE are 40% and 32% for general and SC/ST/PH category students respectively. But students will have to score NTSE cutoff marks to get them shortlisted for stage 2 exam. SCERT Kerala will release the Cut off marks for stage 1 NTSE Kerala exam in the second week of February 2020. Check NTSE Kerala cut off 2019 in the table given below.


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NTSE Kerala Result 2020

SCERT, Kerala has released the result of the stage 1 Kerala NTSE exam on February 28, 2020. The result is made available on the official website in the form of a merit list. The merit list consists of the details of selected students for stage 2 exam. NTSE Kerala cutoff marks will also be announced soon. Students who secure these marks can find their names in the merit list.

NTSE Scholarships

The final exam will be held by NCERT and after NTSE stage 2 result, around 220 selected students will be able to avail scholarship up to Ph.d level. The scholarship rates are determined by NCERT which are same for all category students. However, the scholarship amount varies at different levels of study which are given below:

  • Rs. 1250 per month for class 11 and 12.

  • Rs. 2000 per month at UG and PG level.

  • For Ph.D pursuing candidates, the scholarship is provided as per UGC norms.

NTSE Kerala Eligibility Criteria 2020

Students who wish to apply for stage 1 exam must check the NTSE eligibility criteria before applying. They must fulfil the following eligibility criteria to apply successfully:

  • Students must have secured 55% marks in the class 9 exams excluding language subjects.

  • Students studying in class 10 in Kerala state can apply for this exam.

  • Open Distance Learning (ODL) students below the age of 18 are also eligible to apply for this exam. However, this is the first time they are writing the NTSE exam.

NTSE Kerala Application Form 2020

SCERT will release the application forms for stage 1 NTSE Kerala exam in the second week of September 2019. Students will be able to apply through the official website before the last week of September 2019.

Documents Required-

  • Photo (in .jpg or .jpeg format, maximum size 60 kb,
  • PwD Certificate, Caste certificate, OBC-NCL certificate, BPL certificate (as applicable) in pdf format and size should not exceed more than 500 kb.

Application Fee - Rs.250 for General category and Rs.100 for SC/ST/BPL category.

To fill the NTSE Application form, students need to follow the steps below:

  • Go to the official website of SCERT i.e. scert.kerala.gov.in and click on the link of NTSE scholarship exam.

  • Now, click NTSE online application 2019-20 and it will open the NTSE Kerala registration portal.

  • Register with Kerala NTSE by entering required details and press submit button.

  • Username and password will be sent to registered email ID. Now, login with received credentials.

  • Click on NTSE application form and fill the form with all details as asked.

  • Upload relevant certificates and click on submit button.

  • Then enter institute details and other details and click on OK button.

  • Pay the application fee through Credit card/ Debit card, internet banking.

  • Take a printout of the application form and submit to principal/HM for verification.

NTSE Kerala 2020 Admit card

SCERT has released the admit card of Kerala NTSE Stage 1 on November 11, 2019. Admit cards are made available in online mode through the official website. Students can download their NTSE 2020 admit card using the steps given below:

  • First of all go to the official website: http://scert.kerala.gov.in.

  • Click on NTSE link or the link is given above.

  • It will open the login window. Enter application ID, and application number.

  • Kerala NTSE stage 1 Admit card will open on the screen.

  • Take a printout of it and check for the accuracy of details.

Note: Student should contact officials in case of any discrepancy. It’s mandatory to carry admit card to the exam hall.

NTSE 2020 Syllabus

  • NTSE syllabus 2020 is same for both stages and it is based on class 9 and 10 state board syllabus and CBSE curriculum.

  • NTSE exam is divided into two sections: MAT and SAT.

  • MAT comprises the questions from verbal and non-verbal reasoning to test candidates logical thinking and analytical skills.

  • The questions will be asked from analogy, classification, numerical series, pattern perception, hidden figure etc.

  • SAT exam is held to test a candidate’s knowledge of Mathematics, Science and Social Science subjects.

  • Students can opt for any one language (English, Malayalam, Tamil or Kannada) as a medium of the exam.

NTSE 2020 Exam Pattern

NCERT prescribed the exam pattern of NTSE for both stages. Students appearing for stage 1 NTSE Kerala 2020 should know about the overview of the question paper which is given by exam pattern.

  • It makes students familiar with the marking scheme, number of questions, duration etc.

  • NTSE exam is divided into two sections: MAT and SAT. Objective type questions will be asked in both the sections.

  • There will be no language test.

Overview of NTSE Kerala Exam pattern:


Other Relevant Links

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NTSE Kerala 2020

Question: When will the NTSE stage I 2020 result release?


The result will release in the first week of February 2020.

Question: From where can I check the NTSE Kerala stage I answer key?


The answer key is available on the official website scert.kerala.gov.in.

Question: How can I submit any objection for the official answer key of NTSE stage I?


You can mail your objections on ntsescertkerala@gmail.com before December 4, 2019.

Question: Do I need to apply again for stage 2 of NTSE?


No, you do not need to apply separately for the stage II exam.  

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ntse stage 2 2020 examination date will be change or not?

Ankit Dahiya Student Expert 6th Apr, 2020
National Talent Search Examination is conducted every year for selecting around 2000 students, providing them with NTSE scholarships.
NTSE stage 1 results have been declared by state conducting authorities.
NTSE stage 2 for those who cleared stage 1 is scheduled to be held on 10th May 2020 by NCERT.
As of now there is no change in its date. So, it is still scheduled on May 10th.
So, keep preparing for it. Any change would be notified officially by NCERT on official website, so be updated woth it regularly.

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I am moving to class 10th in Maharashtra board can I give ntse 2020-2021

lubhan cherwoo 6th Apr, 2020


the eligibility criteria for NTSE2020-21 is as mentioned below

  1. Candidates should be registered with the State/UT exam conducting body. (Only Indian nationals)
  2. The candidates who are in class X can also apply for the test.
  3. The candidates who want to give NTSE exam in class X should have cleared class IX examination from a recognized board and scored  minimum of 60% marks.
  4. The candidates must have obtained degree recognized by the board.
  5. The students who have completed/appearing for class 10 th examination and are registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) can appear for the NTSE exam. The candidate must be below 18 years of age and must not be employed.

What is the cutoff of chandigarh ntse this year

sathwika 3rd Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Ntse means National Talent Search Exam which is conducted to give scholarships to the students who are highly taled as government will provide them scholarships as cutoff marks will be based on category and resevations and no.of seats available for the candidates, no.of candidates appeared for the exam and difficulty level of the  question paper ,and previous year cutoff marks are taken into consideration and you should get maximum of 75 percent of the marks to the total marks in ntse of Chandigarh  and  so that study well and work hard to get good marks All the best for your future and i think my suggestions and knowledge may be helpful to u.


Do the NTSE 2020-2021 Postpones this time ?

divya prakash 2nd Apr, 2020
Yes iam ready to accept your conditions and agree to continue the exam


Pankhuri Kumari 2nd Apr, 2020
Hii Abhinay!
The NTSE stage 1, was already conducted in the months of November- December, 2019 in different states. The results are being declared by different states. The stage 2 for NTSE is scheduled to be on 10 May, 2020. Till now, no official statement has been passed for the postponement of the exam. You must keep an eye on the official website for updates.
Hope this helps.
Good luck!
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