About NTSE 2020

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is an offline scholarship exam for class 10 students to encourage Sr. Sec. and higher studies in the field of Science and Social science. This exam is conducted by NCERT at two stages. NCERT has released the notification of NTSE 2019-20 online on its website ncert.nic.in. 

  • NTSE Exam 2020 (Stage 1) has been held on November 2, 3, & 17, 2019. NTSE JK exam date has been postponed to December 1, 2019.
  • SCERT or Directorate of Educational Research and Training of respective conduct stage 1 at the state level.
  • NTSE 2020 admit cards for each state were issued in October/ November 2019.
  • All states have released the official NTSE Answer Key 2020 in November 2019.
  • The result of NTSE exam 2020 will be released on different dates of December/ January 2020.
  • NTSE Exam 2020 (Stage 2) will be conducted by NCERT on May 10, 2020, by NCERT at the national level.
  • Each stage has two papers- MAT (Mental Ability Test) and SAT (Scholastic Ability Test) of 100 marks each. Students have 04 hours to complete two paper which includes 2 hours for each paper.
  • Candidates who qualify both stages of NTSE 2020 will be awarded scholarships.  
  • A total of 2000 students will be shortlisted for the NTSE scholarships. 
Exam level: Matriculate
Frequency: Once a year
Languages Assamese, Bengali +11 More
Conducting Body: National Council Of Educational Research and Training
Duration 4 Hours

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NTSE 2020 Important Dates

Upcoming Dates and Events

10 May, 2020

Exam - Stage 2 at national level | Mode: Offline

Past Dates and Events

01 Dec, 2019

Exam - Jammu and Kashmir | Mode: Offline

17 Nov, 2019

Exam - Stage 1 exam in Karnataka, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi | Mode: Offline

03 Nov, 2019

Exam - Stage 1 exam for all states & UTs | Mode: Offline

02 Nov, 2019

Exam - Stage 1 Exam in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar | Mode: Offline

28 Oct, 2019

Admit Card - Telangana | Mode: Online

25 Oct, 2019

Admit Card - Haryana | Mode: Online

24 Oct, 2019

Admit Card - Assam and Andhra Pradesh | Mode: Online

22 Oct, 2019

Admit Card - Rajasthan and Gujarat | Mode: Online

20 Oct, 2019

Admit Card - Odisha | Mode: Online

18 Oct, 2019

Admit Card - Madhya Pradesh | Mode: Online

16 Oct, 2019

Admit Card - Maharashtra | Mode: Online

15 Oct, 2019

Admit Card - Punjab | Mode: Online

17 Jul, 2019

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NTSE 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  • Students currently enrolled in class 10 from any recognized school/board including Sainik Schools, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Navodaya Vidyalaya were eligible to apply for stage 1 of NTSE exam 2020.
  • States cannot impose domicile restrictions for stage 1, however they may add additional eligibility conditions such as qualifying score of the previous class.
  • Students studying from the open board, below 18 years of age, unemployed and appearing in class 10 for the first time are also eligible to appear for NTSE 2020 Stage 1.
  • Only Indian students are allowed to appear for NTSE Stage 1 exam.
  • Students studying outside India can directly appear in Stage 2 Exam.

NTSE West Bengal Eligibility Criteria

  • A student must have cleared class 9 with 50% for general candidates (with a relaxation of 40% for reserved categories) and currently enrolled in class 10.
  • A student from the open board is also eligible to apply provided they must have scored 50% for general category (with the relaxation of 40% for reserved category) in their previous exams. They also must be below the age of 18 years.
  • Candidates belonging to OBC (non-creamy) as listed in the central list will be treated as OBC here.
  • Candidate must choose the district in accordance to the place of their residence.

NTSE Stage 2 Eligibility Criteria

  • Students who qualify NTSE stage 1 state wise exam are eligible to sit for NTSE stage 2 exam.
  • Every state releases a merit list of students qualified for national level stage 2 exam.
  • Foreign nationals can directly apply for stage 2 exam. They are exempted from stage 1 exam.
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Mode of Application : Offline

Mode of Payment : Other

  • Students have to download NTSE application form 2020 from the official website of states and UTs or could collect it from school authorities from the first week of August 2019. 
  • Completely filled application forms should be signed and attested by the school principal.
  • Now, attach the required documents with the application form and submit same to the head or principal of the Institution.
  • The head of schools further submit the completely filled applications to State Liasion Officer before the last date as stated in their application form. 
  • Some states have made the application process completely online.

NTSE Jammu & Kashmir Application Details

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, SC, ST, OBC PWD Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 110

NTSE Jharkhand Application Details

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC PWD Online Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 100
SC, ST PWD Online Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 50

NTSE Uttarakhand Application Details

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 200
SC, ST PWD Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 95

NTSE Himachal Pradesh Application Details

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 50
OBC, SC, ST Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 40

NTSE Kerala Application Details

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC Online Female, Male ₹ 250
SC, ST PWD Online Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 100

NTSE Bihar Application Details

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 100
SC, ST Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 50

NTSE Maharashtra Application Details

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, SC, ST, OBC PWD Online Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 150

NTSE Telangana Application Details

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, SC, ST, OBC Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 100

NTSE Daman & Diu Application Details

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC Offline, Online Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 75
SC, ST Offline, Online Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 55

NTSE 2020 Syllabus

Mental ability test
Social science

How to prepare for NTSE 2020?

  • Cover whole syllabus: Students must go through the complete NTSE exam 2020 syllabus. Analyze your weak areas and work on them.
  • Practice Sample Papers: Once the whole syllabus is covered, start practising the sample papers/ old question papers to have a better idea of exam pattern. It also reduces your exam day stress. Moreover, they can be downloaded and practised as many times as required.
  • Eat Healthily: Students must eat a balanced diet to avoid falling ill. Also, take breaks in between to keep your mind and body fresh.
  • Exercise: Students must also exercise regularly as it helps a lot in de-stressing.

According to the NTSE 2020 exam pattern, the exam for stage 1 and 2 is a multiple choice test consisting of two parts of 2 hours each-

Part 1: MAT (Mental Ability Test)- It comprises 100 questions of 1 mark each aim at testing the logical and analytical ability of the child.

Part 2: SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)- It also comprises of 100 questions divided into Social Science (40), Science (40) and Mathematics (20). It aims at testing the subject knowledge of the child.

NTSE 2020 Mock Test

  • Candidates preparing for NTSE 2020 exam should download previous years NTSE question papers and sample papers. 
  • Practising with NTSE 2020 question papers are the best source for exam preparation. 
  • Students can download the last year's papers and solve them as sample papers. 
  • Solving these question papers helps students to know the difficulty level of the examination, type of questions asked, important sections and more.
  • NTSE admit card for stage 1 has been released by respective DGE or SCERT on their official website while some state has provided stage 1 NTSE 2020 admit card in offline mode. 
  • Students can download their NTSE admit card 2020 from the official website or they can collect the same from the respective school authority.
  • The admit card for NTSE stage 2 will be issued online on the official website of NCERT in April 2020. 
  • All those students who qualify for stage 2 NTSE exam 2020 must download the admit card. 
  • No student is allowed to enter the exam hall without admit card.

NTSE Stage 2 Admit Card

NCERT will release the e-admit card for NTSE stage 2 exam. Candidates need to download, print a copy and paste a recent passport size attested photograph. The admit cards are collected by the centre superintendent on the day of the exam.

NTSE 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Goa Bicholim
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Assam Barpeta
North Cachar Hills
Dibrugarh East
Dima Hasao

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit Card
  • Aadhar Card
  • School Identity Card
  • NTSE 2020 stage 1 exam has been held on November 2, 3, & 17, 2019. 
  • NTSE Answer key 2020 for stage 1 exam has been released by some reputed coaching centres on the exam dates
  • The official answer keys have been released by conducting authority within a week after conducting the NTSE exam 2020.
  • NTSE answer key is the document which mentions the correct answers in front of the question number. Students can use it to know their probable score by the time result is released. 
  • NTSE stage 2 answer key is published by NCERT within a few days after the conduction of the exam.

Download NTSE Stage 1 Answer Key 2020

NTSE Assam Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Andhra Pradesh Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Arunachal Pradesh Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Bihar Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Chhattisgarh Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Chandigarh Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Delhi Answer key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Gujarat Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Goa Answer Key 2020
NTSE Haryana Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Himachal Pradesh Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Jammu & Kashmir Answer Key 2020

NTSE Jharkhand Answer Key 2020 (Released)

NTSE Karnataka Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Kerala Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Madhya Pradesh Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Maharashtra Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Meghalaya Answer Key 2020

NTSE Manipur Answer Key 2020

NTSE Odisha Answer Key 2020 (Released)

NTSE Punjab Answer key 2020 (Released)

NTSE Puducherry Answer Key 2020 (Released)

NTSE Rajasthan Answer Key 2020 (Released)

NTSE Sikkim Answer Key 2020

NTSE Tamil Nadu Answer Key 2020 (Released)

NTSE Telangana Answer key 2020 (Released)

NTSE Uttarakhand Answer Key 2020 (Released)

NTSE Uttar Pradesh Answer key 2020 (Released)

NTSE West Bengal Answer Key 2020 (Released)

  • SCERTs/ DGE of States & UTs will release the NTSE result for stage 1 exam in the month of March 2020. Along with the NTSE stage 1 result, cutoff and merit list of selected candidates is also released. Qualified candidates have to appear in NTSE stage 2 exam on May 10, 2020. 
  •  NCERT will publish the NTSE stage 2 result in September 2020 in the form of a merit list of selected candidates for the NTSE scholarship.
  • The stage 1 result is declared at the state level while the result of stage 2 is released by NCERT at the national level. The stage 2 result of NTSE exam 2020 will be provided on ncert.nic.in.

NTSE Stage 2 Result

  • NCERT will declare NTSE stage 2 result in the second week of August 2020. 
  • Students can access their stage 2 NTSE 2020 result from the NCERT official website by entering their roll number and date of birth. 
  • The result is published as a list of selected candidates with their roll number, name, fathers name and category. 
  • Students who qualify the second stages will be eligible to avail NTSE scholarship.
  • NTSE cutoff 2020 is the minimum score a candidate must obtain in order to qualify for the next stage. 
  • The stage 1 cut off will be released by the states while stage 2 cut off will be released by NCERT.
  • Students should attain a minimum 40% marks to qualify the examination while the minimum qualifying marks for physically handicapped students is 32%

Qualifying Marks Trend

Year Category Cutoff
2020 General 40
OBC 40
SC 32
ST 32
2019 ST 32
General 40
OBC 40
SC 32

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Questions related to NTSE

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When will ntse 2021 syllabus be available? Does the syllabus change every year?

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 8th Dec, 2019
NTSE syllabus doesn't change every year. This is so that the syllabus of NTSE is entirely based on NCERT. NTSE exam has 2 stages.
Go through the given links for more details-

When will the result of NTSE 2020 be released (TN) ?

niharika cherry 7th Dec, 2019

Hello Aspirant, the result of NTSE(National Talent search examination) result will be released in Tamil Nadu  in the fourth week of January 2020, you can visit https://school.careers360.com/articles/ntse-tamil-nadu-result for more information.

Hope this helps.

Thank you.


When will the official answer keys of ntse 2020 stage 1 uttar pradesh will be released? It is already 1 month from exam. If official answer keys are out please give me the link.

Harshita Gupta 6th Dec, 2019

All the states have released NTSE stage 1 answer keys of MAT and SAT examination. The answer keys are available for examination held on 2,3 and 17 November 2019.

The results may be declared in January/February/ March and stage 2 examination will be held in May 2020.

  • The qualifying scores for general category is:
SAT- 40%

  • For SC/ST/PH:

Check the link below to get the answer keys:


Hope this helps!

when will be the result s of Karnataka state announced

PRAKHAR SINGH 7th Dec, 2019


Karnataka SSLC Result 2020 will be available by the month of April expectedly. Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) release the SSLC Results on its official website- kseeb.kar.nic.in or karresults.nic.in . To check Karnataka SSLC Exam Result 2020 students need to enter their registration number in the space provided. To know about the important dates, steps to check the result and statistics etc follow the content given below.

Karnataka SSLC Result 2020

Karnataka Board conducted the SSLC exams in the month of March. More than 5 lakhs students have appeared for SSLC exams annually. Last year Karnataka SSLC Result was announced on April 30, at 12:45 pm. Karnataka SSLC Result 2020 is expected to be released at the same time period. Now, before you check out the detailed information first have a look at the table of important dates given below.

Karnataka SSLC Result 2020 Important Dates
Exam Dates Mar – Apr 2020
Result Declaration Apr 2020




Anyone who gave NTSE exam from Maharashtra this year? How many marks you got? What will be expected cut off by your opinion?

Halry Bhalodia 5th Dec, 2019

Though i have not given the exame but the expected cutoff for NTSE maharastra stage 1 is observed to be :

  1. General        167-175
  2. OBC              156-165
  3. SC                 140-150
  4. ST                  126-135

You can also refer previous years cutoff for the same

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