NTSE Punjab 2018-19
Sachin Malik, 30 Oct 2018, #NTSE

NTSE Punjab 2018-19: National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Punjab, is the first stage of the national NTSE 2019. NTSE stage 1, Punjab will be conducted by State Council for Educational Research & Training (SCERT) on November 4, 2018 for students studying in the 10th standard. The NTSE Punjab admit card 2019 has been released online on the official website. Candidates are advised to download the same after October 25, 2018. The link for the same is given below. 

The applications for NTSE Punjab 2019 had been released on August 28, 2018. The last date to submit the completely filled application form was September 30, 2018. Students who clear stage 1 NTSE Punjab will qualify for the Stage 2 of NTSE, which will be held on May 12, 2019, This year, 92 students will be selected in the state level talent hunt to compete in the second stage of NTSE 2019, the nation-wide talent search programme. The National level NTSE 2019 Stage 2 is conducted by National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT). The aim of the nationwide talent search programme is to search for talent in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, and physics dispersed throughout the country- its states, and its union-territories. This article by Careers360 is your comprehensive guide for NTSE Punjab 2019 stage 1. You will also find details on preparation and various exam criteria in the sections below.

 Latest: Click Here to download NTSE Punjab Admit Card

NTSE Punjab 2019: An Overview

Name of the Examination

National Talent Search Examination



Level of the exam


Conducted by

State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Punjab.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 70% marks in 9th standard for general category students.

  • 55% marks in 9th standard for SC/ST, and OBC

Mode of examination

Pen and paper.

Medium of examination

Punjabi or English

NTSE Punjab Important Dates 2019



Applications begins

August 28, 2018

Last date for application form submission:

September 30, 2018

NTSE, Punjab 2018

November 4, 2018

Release of Admit Card

October 25, 2018

NTSE Punjab 2018 result date:

3rd week of March, 2019

Release of the admit card online: NTSE, stage 2

3rd week of April, 2019

NTSE, Stage 2

May 12, 2019

NTSE Punjab Eligibility Criteria 2019

 To participate in NTSE Punjab 2018-19, the applicant must be a student of 10th standard or must have appeared for the 10th standard examinations for the first time. Further, applicants from the general category must have obtained 70% marks in 9th standard. Whereas, SC/ST and OBC category students are required to have a percentage of 55% to be able to apply for the first round of the NTSE Punjab stage 1.

NTSE Punjab Application Form 2019

Application form for NTSE Punjab could be submitted both online and offline. The applications began on August 28, 2018. The last date for submission of the application form was September 30, 2018. Here's how to apply for NTSE Punjab-

  • To apply online, check for the application form on the SCERT Punjab website get a printed copy of it and fill the form.

  • After you’ve finished filling the form, you will have to submit it to the Principal of your respective school, the deadline for which is till the third week of September, 2018.

  • The next, and the final step will be collecting your admit-card from your Principal’s office before the date of exam, which will be held on November 4, 2018.

NTSE Punjab Admit Card 2019

 Admit cards for NTSE Punjab 2019, has been released online on October 25, 2018. One can find the download link to the NTSE admit card on the official website of SCERT, Punjab.

NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2019

There are two sections in NTSE Punjab 2018-19. They are the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). There is no negative marking in of NTSE Punjab 2018-19. The medium of examination shall be Punjabi/English.

NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern


Number of questions

Number of marks

Duration (in minutes)


Mental Ability Test (MAT)





9:30 am to 11:30 am

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)




12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

 So the test will consist of 200 multiple choice questions of one mark each. Under SAT there are eight subjects:-

1) Physics (13 questions)

2) Chemistry (13 questions)

3) Biology (14 questions)

4) Maths (20 questions)

5) History (11 questions)

6) Geography (11 questions)

7) Civics (10 questions)

8) Economics (8 questions) 

How to Prepare for NTSE 2019 Stage 1

In order for you to prepare for NTSE Punjab, we at Careers360 have created another of our comprehensive table which enlists various subjects upon which questions are formed in the exam in the table provided below. Furthermore, you must go through the previous year exam papers and test papers for NTSE Punjab which will be provided in the sections below.

NTSE Punjab Syllabus 2019

The syllabus provided in the table below covers various topics on the subjects upon which the questions for the NTSE Punjab 2018-19, examinations will be formed. The exam mainly comprises two sections -the Mental Ability Test & Scholastic Ability Test. These subjects are verbal & non-verbal reasoning tests for the MAT, and for SAT THE subjects are the language test, mathematics, science, history, civics, geography. Following is the syllabus table according to the tests.

NTSE Punjab Sample Papers 2019

Going through the previous year examination is an efficient way to prepare for the talent-search programme. The sample-papers will give you an idea about the various patterns, and repetition in the examination. We have already provided a table above on subjects upon which questions will be formed for the examination. You must refer to the table on syllabus and refer to the subjects mentioned there while going through the sample-papers. NTSE Punjab previous years' question papers are also provided on the official website.

NTSE Punjab Answer key 2019

NTSE stage 1 answer-keys: The official answer key to NTSE Punjab is released by the second week of November on the official website of SCERT Punjab. Coaching institutes like Allen, Resonance, and Akash, however, are expected to release their answer-keys for NTSE stage 1 by the first week of November. 

NTSE Punjab Result 2019

NTSE Punjab 2018 results will be announced by the SCERT in the second week of March 2019. The results are announced both online and offline. To check online you can visit the official website of SCERT Punjab. Whereas, offline results will be available with your school’s administration, for which you must visit your Principal’s office. The qualifying criteria for NTSE Pubjab 2018-19 are covered in the sections below. The overall, subject-wise, and category-wise results for NTSE Punjab, for class 10th, will be announced on the official website of SCERT, Punjab.

NTSE Punjab 2019 Qualifying Criteria

The qualifying criteria for NTSE Punjab, which can be your ticket to the national level NTSE exams. Only 99 students will be selected for competing further on the national level. The category-wise qualifying criteria for NTSE Punjab is given below.

NTSE Punjab Cutoff 2019 

The category-wise expected cut-offs of NTSE Punjab stage 1 is as follows. The valued may change after the cut off is released officially.



Maximum marks













NTSE Punjab subject-wise cutoff 2019

The subject-wise expected cut-off of NTSE is provided in the table below: 

Name of the examination

Maximum marks

Qualifying cut-off

Mental Ability Test (MAT)


General 40% (20 marks)


ST/SC/PH 35% (17.5 marks)

Language Comprehension Tests (Hindi and English)


General 40% ( 20 marks)


ST/SC/PH 35% ( 17.5 marks)

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)


General 40% (60 marks)


ST/SC/PH 35% (52.5 marks)

NTSE 2019 Scholarships and Awards

For the NTSE stage 1, the scholarships and awards are given after the national level NTSE examinations. There is no scholarship offered in the state-level talent search examinations. The scholarships and awards will be distributed is provided in the table below.

Education level

Scholarship Amount

Classes 11th to 12th

Rs. 1,250/-


Rs. 2,000/-


Rs. 2,000/-


As per UGC norm.

NTSE Scholarships Reservation Criteria

There is a reservation criteria for the scholarships to be awarded for NTSE examinations. There is a total of 1000 scholarships granted by NTSE, reserved under three categories, SC, ST, and for physically handicapped. The category-wise scholarship reservation criteria are provided in the following table:


Reservation percentage

Scheduled caste


Scheduled tribes


Physically handicapped




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