NTSE Punjab 2020
Dinesh Goyal, 22 Jul 2019, #NTSE

NTSE Punjab 2020 - The stage 1 exam will be held on November 3, 2019 in offline mode. Class 10 students will have to apply through their schools before the last date. NTSE Punjab 2020 Admit cards will be released in online mode for schools. SCERT provides proper study material, test papers, mock test papers to help students preparing for NTSE exam. Punjab NTSE result will be declared in the last week of January 2020. Around 190 Selected students will go for stage 2 NTSE 2020 exam conducted by NCERT and finally selected ones, will be able to get scholarships. Read more to know about NTSE Punjab 2020, dates, application form, Admit card, syllabus, result and cutoff etc.

Punjab NTSE 2020 important dates

To know about all the events of Punjab NTSE stage 1 exam Check NTSE important dates in the table given below:



Registration start date

Last week of August 2019

Last date to submit application

Last week of September 2019

Stage 1 Admit card date

Third week of October 2019

Punjab NTSE Mock Test and answer key date

Last week of October 2019

NTSE Stage 1 Punjab exam date

November 3, 2019

NTSE stage 1 answer key date

First week of December 2019

NTSE Punjab Result & Cutoff date

Last week of January 2020

Stage 2 NTSE Admit card date

April 2020

NTSE Final exam date

May 10, 2020

Final NTSE Result date

September 2020

NTSE Punjab Eligibility Criteria 2020

A student must check the detailed eligibility criteria before filling the application form as SCERT can reject any application if a student is found ineligible. Go through the NTSE eligibility criteria.

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  • Students must have scored 70% marks in aggregate in class 9 exams whereas SC/ST/PH students can apply with 55% marks only.

  • Only class 10 students are eligible for this exam.

  • A student must be studying in Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kendriya Vidyalaya or a school affiliated with PSEB.

Candidates should also go through and apply for National Scholarship Portal.

Punjab NTSE Application Form 2020

SCERT releases the application forms for punjab NTSE in online mode. Students can apply through their schools only on the official portal of education department. A step by step process is given below to fill the NTSE application form:

  • First of all,The School authority will have to visit the official website: epunjabschool.gov.in and login with school login credentials.

  • On Dashboard, click on New NTSE Application form and it will lead to application form.

  • Enter all the details in appropriate fields and upload the required documents.

Application fee: There is no fee to apply for stage 1 NTSE Punjab 2020.

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NTSE Punjab 2020 Admit card

SCERT releases the admit cards for stage 1 exam in online mode which can be downloaded through school logins only. Students can collect their NTSE 2020 admit card in the third week of October 2019 from respective schools. This hall ticket is mandatory to carry to exam hall else student will not be allowed to sit for Punjab NTSE.

NTSE 2020 Syllabus

  • SCERT prescribed no syllabus for stage 1 exam however the level of questions will be based on class 9 and 10.

  • MAT section consists questions from verbal and non-verbal reasoning to test student’s problem solving skills.

  • SAT section comprises the questions from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, History, Geography, Political Science.

  • The questions will be asked from class 9 and class 10 PSEB Syllabus and CBSE syllabus.

NTSE Exam Pattern

NTSE exam is conducted for a total of 200 marks consisting 200 questions. The duration of NTSE Punjab exam is 240 minutes in total for MAT and SAT. As per NTSE Punjab exam pattern, section-wise distributions of SAT exam is tabulated below:


Number of Questions













Political Science




NTSE Punjab 2020 mock test

Also conducts mock tests for the NTSE stage 1 exam to help students to prepare well. Students can download the same through official website and practice with it. Next day, SCERT will release the answer key of mock test. Download the same and match answers with the solved ones. Candidates can also download NTSE Punjab question papers to practise with previous year test papers. In such a way, students will be able to analyze their preparation level and they can work to improve their shortcomings.

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How to prepare for NTSE Punjab stage 1?

According to Nelson Mandela “It always seems impossible until it’s done”. So students should stay calm and concentrate on preparation. Here we have compiled some preparation tips & tricks recommended by NTSE Toppers and exam experts:

  • Knowing syllabus, exam pattern, marking scheme is the crucial step to prepare for any exam.

  • Instead of cramming, grasp the concepts with the help of teachers to keep concepts remembered.

  • Read NCERT books and other best books for NTSE to ace the exam.

  • Prepare for MAT section with the help of mentor or teacher and for SAT section, students can prepare along with regular study as the syllabus is almost same for both. They should read class 9 books also to prepare well for SAT section.

  • Practise with NTSE sample papers to know about marking scheme, types and number of questions asked and evaluate preparation level.

  • Do not panic and take proper diet and sleep to keep mind fresh.

NTSE Punjab Answer Key 2020

SCERT publishes the official answer key of Punjab NTSE stage 1 in online mode. It will be made available through official website in the First week of December 2019. NTSE answer key comprises the answers to all the questions asked. Students can visit: ssapunjab.org to download official answer key. Using it they can calculate probable score and match with NTSE cutoff to know the chances of their selection.

NTSE Punjab Reservation system

NCERT determined the reservation criteria for scholarships which is followed by all the states/UTs. SCERT select students based on the following reservation criteria:

  • 15% for SC

  • 7.5% for ST

  • 27% for OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)

  • 4% for PH

NTSE Punjab 2020 Cutoff

SCERT will release the cutoff marks for NTSE Punjab 2020 in the Last week of January 2020. The cutoff is published for all category candidates which is based on various predetermined factors. These are the marks that are mandatory to score to get selected for stage 2 exam. Students can check previous year’s cutoff marks and get an estimate about this year cutoff using the link given above.

NTSE Punjab Result 2020

Along with cutoff, SCERT also releases the result of stage 1 NTSE Punjab 2020. The result will be released on official website. Students can download their NTSE result in form of pdf file. Overall result file will contain the result of all the students appeared for exam and merit list mentions selected students’ basic details along with other details.

NTSE 2020 Scholarships

Around 190 candidates are selected for the second stage of the NTSE and after the declaration of NTSE stage 2 result, finally selected students will be able to avail scholarships at different levels as given below:

Education level

Scholarship Amount

Classes 11th to 12th

Rs. 1,250 per month

UG and PG

Rs. 2,000 per month


As per UGC norms.

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