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National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Notification and Dates 2017

NCERT National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Scholarship 2017

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) for students studying in Class X is meant to identify and nurture talent. The examination is conducted every year at two levels: Stage-I (Stage Level) and Stage-II (National Level)

Scholarship Details

About One thousand (1000) scholarships are awarded for different stages of education as follows:

a) Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII

b) Scholarships of Rs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post graduates

c) Amount of Scholarship for PhD be fixed in accordance with the UGC norms

NTSE 2017 Reservation

15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged group of students

NTSE 2017 Eligibility Criteria

All students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Stage-I examination, conducted by the States/ UTs, in which the schools are located. There is no domicile restriction for students

Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for scholarship, provided the student is below the age 18 years (as on 01st July of the particular year), the students is not employed and she is appearing in Class X examination for the first time

NTSE 2017 Selection Process

Stage-I, selection will be done by States/ UTs and those who qualify Stage-I, will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT

NTSE 2017 Exam Pattern

The pattern of written examination will be as follows:

Stage-I examination at the State/ UT level will comprise of two parts, namely:

a) Mental Ability Test (MAT)

b) Language Test (LT)

c) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Stage-II Pattern

The examination will comprise of two parts, namely; Mental Ability Test (MAT) comprising 50 questions to be done in 45 minutes and; Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) comprising Language Comprehensive Test (English Language) having 40 questions to be done 45 minutes and Aptitude Test covering 90 questions on Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, History, Geography, Political Science and Economics of classes IX and X level to be done 90 minutes

At Stage-II (National Level), there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions

Qualifying Marks: Qualifying marks for candidates from General Category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC, ST and PH is 35% in each paper

Language Test Qualifying in nature and marks obtained for Language Test will not be counted for final merit

NTSE 2017 Application Form

You may contact the State/ UT Liaison officer for procuring application form

The completed application form should be signed by the Principal of the School much before the last date of submission. The candidates as well as the Principal of the school must adhere to the last date for submission of the Application Form. Different states may have different last dates for submission

Please confirm from the liaison officer of your state, the address at which the completed forms are to be submitted

The State wise contact of the Liaison officers are given below and are also available in the NCERT website

Fees: States and Union Territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage-I examination. Therefore, before submitting the application form, you may find out the fees charged for Stage-I examination and also the mode of payment from the respective State Liaison Officers (LOs)

However, NCERT does not charge any fee for Stage-II examination

Indian Students Studying Abroad in Class X can appear directly for Stage-II NTS examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure which is available on the NCERT website

Candidates may fill up the application form, available on the NCERT website and send to the undersigned along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of previous examination, latest by 31st December 2016

For the addresses and phone numbers of Liaison Officers of other States and UTs, visit the NCERT Website:

NTSE 2017 Important Dates

Dates for submission of application form and conduct of examination are given below:

Stage-I (State)

Last Date for Submission of Application Form: be notified by the respective State and it may vary from state to state

Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands: 05th November 2016

Examination in All other States and Union Territories: 06th November 2016

Examination in Bihar and West Bengal: 13th November 2016 (Sunday)

Stage-II (National)

Examination in All States and Union Territories: 14th May 2017 (Sunday)

Application Form for students study abroad will be uploaded on NCERT website in the month of October 2016

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), New Delhi

National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110016, Website