About NTSE 2020

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is an offline scholarship exam for class 10 students to encourage higher studies in the field of Science and Social science. This exam is conducted by NCERT at two stages. SCERT or other authority of the respective state conducts stage 1 at the state level and stage 2 exam is held by NCERT at national level. 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.
  • The application forms were released through state-level authorities.
  • 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 authorities of Haryana, Uttarakhand, AP, Karnataka and other states have released NTSE results for stage 1 exam, while some SCERT will release the result of NTSE exam 2020 in February/March 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. 

NTSE 2020 Highlights

Full Exam Name National Talent Search Examination
Short Exam Name NTSE
Conducting Body National Council Of Educational Research and Training
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level Matriculate
Languages Assamese, Bengali +11 More
Mode of Application Offline
Mode of Exam Offline
Exam Duration 4 Hours

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NTSE 2020 Important Dates

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Upcoming Dates and Events

10 May, 2020

Exam - Stage 2 at national level | Mode: Offline

Past Dates and Events

22 Feb, 2020

Result - NTSE Assam Result | Mode: Online

07 Feb, 2020

Result - Puducherry | Mode: Online

06 Feb, 2020

Result - Andhra Pradesh | Mode: Online

25 Jan, 2020

Result - Uttarakhand | Mode: Online

21 Jan, 2020

Result - NTSE Haryana Result (Stage 1) | Mode: Online

14 Jan, 2020

Result - NTSE Karnataka Result (Stage 1) | Mode: Online

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
OBC, General, ST, SC PWD Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 110

NTSE Jharkhand Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Uttarakhand Application Details

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
OBC, General Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 200
ST, SC 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, ST, SC Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 40

NTSE Kerala Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Bihar Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Maharashtra Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Telangana Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Daman & Diu Application Details

Application Fees

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

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)

  • NTSE Puducherry Result has been declared on February 7, 2020. 
  • DGE, AP has released NTSE AP Result 2020 on February 6, 2020.
  • NTSE Uttarakhand Result 2020 was made available online on January 25, 2020.
  • SCERT Haryana has declared the NTSE Haryana Result 2020 on January 21, 2020.
  • DSERT Karnataka has released the NTSE Karnataka Result 2020 on January 14, 2020.
  • Other states will release the NTSE 2002 stage 1 result in February 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 August 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.

Check State-wise NTSE Result 2020

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.

Qualifying Marks Trend

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

General Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: What is NTSE?


NTSE is a scholarship exam which is conducted every year to provide scholarships to students for higher studies.

Question: How many students are selected in stage 1 exam?


Around 8500 students are selected in stage 1 exam who will appear for the stage 2 exam.

Question: How many NTSE scholarships are available?


2000 students will be selected to provide NTSE scholarships. 

Question: How can I register for stage 2 exam?


Stage 1 qualifiers do not need to register for stage 2 exam but abroad students can register for NTSE stage 2 exam by sending an application form to NCERT. 

Questions related to NTSE

Showing 1822 out of 1822 Questions

I got 139 marks in stage 1 from punjab NTSE. if I m eligible for stage 2 or not

Smrity 23rd Feb, 2020


According to the result displayed on the site, your score is above the cutoff which is around 86 for general category. The students scoring above this are eligible for stage 2 and can give the stage 2 exam. Thus, you are absolutely eligible for stage 2.

You can check and download the result of stage 1 from the link provided below:


Congratulations for qualifying the test.

All the best for your future!


ntse result of uttar pradesh declared or not ?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 23rd Feb, 2020


NTSE Uttar Pradesh Results isn't announced yet. UPCERT will announce the results for this.The result will be in pdf format including the personal details of the candidate such as name roll number along with exam related details such as total marks, SAT scores, MAT scores.

Quite a few states have declared their NTSE results in the past few days, so it might get declared anytime soon.Stay updated at the official website at examregulatoryauthorityup.in

You can also follow regular updates at https://school.careers360.com/articles/ntse-uttar-pradesh-result


I am getting 179 marks in NTSE stage 1 2019-20 in madhya pradesh, will it be enough to get qualified for stage 2 i am a general candidate. Also please tell me when the result for madhya pradsh NTSE will be declared.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 23rd Feb, 2020


the results likely to be announced at the end of month of february, however the decision is totally depends on exam authority.

see cutoff score changes year to year and depends on various factors like number of participants, question level difficulty etc.

the expected cutoff is according to category wise as follows,

General  173-183

Scheduled Caste  149-159

Scheduled Tribe  132-142

Physically Handicapped  125-135

OBC  164-174


is the Ntse result of Maharashtra declared???2019-20

Pushpa 22nd Feb, 2020


Stage one exam was held on November 17, 2019

NTSE results of maharashtra will be declared last week of february 2020.

follow the following for regular updates https://school.careers360.com/articles/ntse-maharashtra-result


Is Quantitative Ability going to be included in NTSE from 2021?

Nikhitha Sai 22nd Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant. Every year NTSE doesn't release any syllabus in specific. As in nothing called official syllabus will be released. Basically 2 papers. MAT and SAT. MaaT usually itself will be based on quantum logic and reasoning. SAT consists of maths, science and social. NCERT books of class 9th and 10th, preparing them would be more than enough.

Nothing called quantitative ability in specific. Already embedded inside MAT part

Hope this helps



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