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 Stage 1 Exam has been held on November 2 and 3, 2019 and for some states, it will be organized on November 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 Answer Key 2020 will be released from the third week of November to the last week of December 2019.
  • Stage 1 NTSE 2020 results will be released from January to March 2020.
  • NTSE Stage 2 Exam 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

01 Dec, 2019

Exam - Jammu and Kashmir | Mode: Offline

10 May, 2020

Exam - Stage 2 at national level | Mode: Offline

Past Dates and Events

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

NTSE Jharkhand Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Uttarakhand Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Himachal Pradesh Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Kerala Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Bihar Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Maharashtra Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Telangana Application Details

Application Fees

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

NTSE Daman & Diu Application Details

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC Offline, Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 75
ST, SC Offline, Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 55
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How to prepare for NTSE 2020?

  • Cover whole syllabus: Students must go through the complete 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: Student 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 official website or they can collect the same from 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 exam 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 Chhattisgarh Exam Centers

State City
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Dhamtari
Durg
Bilaspur
Korba
Mahasamund
Bemetara
Rajnandgaon
Kanker
Dantewada
Narayanpur

NTSE Meghalaya Exam Centers

State City
Meghalaya East Khasi Hills
West Khasi Hills
Ri Bhoi
West Jaintia Hills
West Garo Hills
East Garo Hills
South Garo Hills
East Jaintia Hills
North Garo Hills
South West Khasi Hills
South West Garo Hills

NTSE Himachal Pradesh Exam Centers

State City
Himachal Pradesh Bilaspur
Chamba
Hamirpur
Kangra
Kinnaur
Kullu
Lahaul and Spiti
Mandi
Shimla
Sirmour
Solan
Una

NTSE Tripura Exam Centers

State City
Tripura Khowai
Gomati
Dhalai
Unakoti

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit Card
  • Aadhar Card
  • School Identity Card
  • NTSE 2020 stage 1 exam has been held on November 2 and 3, 2019. Some states will conduct the exam on November 17, 2019.
  • NTSE Answer key 2020 for stage 1 exam has been released by some reputed coaching centres.
  • The official answer keys will be released by conducting authority from the third week of November 2019 by respective DGE or SCERT.
  • 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
NTSE Bihar Answer Key 2020
NTSE Chhattisgarh Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Chandigarh Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Delhi Answer key 2020
NTSE Gujarat Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Goa Answer Key 2020
NTSE Haryana Answer Key 2020 (Released)
NTSE Himachal Pradesh Answer Key 2020
NTSE Jammu & Kashmir Answer Key 2020

NTSE Jharkhand Answer Key 2020

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

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

NTSE Uttar Pradesh Answer key 2020 (Released)

NTSE West Bengal Answer Key 2020


  • 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 appeare 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 NTSE stage 2 result 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
2019 ST 32
General 40
OBC 40
SC 32

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Questions related to NTSE

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i will score 177 marks in ntse stage 1 in punjab . will i be elligible for stage 2

Komal Dayanand Gardi 21st Nov, 2019
Hello Tanish,  Good morning.
Scoring 170+ marks In NTSE is really good thing.  Final results of NTSE stage 1 is not released yet,  But you can predict your chance of selection based on expected cut off marks.  As per these,  The expected cut off for general category is 130-140+ .
So as per this marks,  You will definitely got selected for next stage of NTSE.
So be prepared for stage 2.
Good luck for your next exam.
I hope it will help you more.
Thanks.
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I have scored 162 for NTSE Kerala will I be eligible for Stage II?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 20th Nov, 2019

Hello Akshay,

You have not mentioned your category nevertheless the cut off is as follows for each category not NTSE Kerala stage 1 (2019)

General category - 143

OBC - 119

SC- 101.

As you have scored above cut off marks you have good chances of being eligible for stage 2.

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Hai i am going to get 157 marks in Stage-I in Andhra pradesh from General Category , what are my chances to stage-II ...Harshaditya

Devraj choudhary Student Expert 20th Nov, 2019

Hii

According to our experts the cutoff for NTSE stage 2 for andhra pradesh students for general category will be around 164. You have 157, so it seems you have low chances for getting qualified for satge2 . For more information visit this link https://school.careers360.com/articles/ntse-andhra-pradesh-cutoff

Hope it helps

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ntse stage 1 ke liye 200 marks me pass marks kitna chahiye

Devraj choudhary Student Expert 20th Nov, 2019

Hii

For obc in Jharkhand, according to our experts the cutoff will be in range of 130-145. So, you need this marks to clear stage -I. For more information visit this link https://school.careers360.com/articles/ntse-jharkhand-cutoff

Hope it answered your querry

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what is the pass marks of 2019 class 10 stage 1 in jharkhand from obc

Devraj choudhary Student Expert 20th Nov, 2019

Hii

To clear NTSE for obc obc Jharkhand,  according to our experts, you need the marks around 130-145 for qualifying the stage I. For more detail visit this link https://school.careers360.com/articles/ntse-jharkhand-cutoff

Hope it helps you

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