NTSE 2019-20 Exam Schedule, Stage-II Exam Pattern, Stage-I Results

What is NTSE Exam?

NTSS (National Talent Search Scheme) is a national-level scholarship program in India. NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) is considered as the most prestigious examination at high school level in the country. The objective of NTSE is to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent and help them for higher studies by providing scholarship at different stages.

The NTSE Examination is conducted for students studying in Class 10th only.

NTSE 2019 Exam

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NTSE 2019-20 Exam [Table of Contents]

NTSE 2019-20 Stage-I Results

The NTSE 2019-20 Stage-1 Exam Results are likely to be declared by mid February to March end, 2020, by your respective State/ UT. The admit card for NTSE Stage-II will be available from April 2020.

NTSE Stage-II Exam Pattern 2019-20 [New Changes]

Changes in NTSE Stage-II exam pattern : The review committee of NTS examination has made some significant changes in NTSE Stage-II exam with respect to number of papers, number of questions, areas to be tested, time duration of the papers and practice of negative marking.

NTSE Stage-II Paper 1 Paper 2
Paper Name Mental Ability Test (MAT) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Number of Questions 100 100
Number of Marks 100 100
Duration 120 Minutes (2 hours) 120 Minutes (2 hours)
Negative Marking No No

There will not be any Language Test Paper in NTSE Stage-II.

The qualifying marks for general category in both the papers will be 40%. For SC, ST and PWD, it will be 32%. A candidate needs to separately qualify in each paper for merit. Selection will be made on the basis of total marks scored in MAT & SAT based on merit.

NTSE 2019-20 Stage-I & Stage-II Syllabus

MAT (Mental Ability Test) shall contain questions from analogies, series, problem solving, reasoning, classification, figures, coding words, etc. The MAT test check the candidate's ability to think, reasoning and problem solving.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) shall contain questions from Science, Mathematics, Social Sciences (History, Geography, Political Science and Economics).

NTSE 2019-20 Exam Schedule (Important Dates)

Given below is the exam schedule of NTSE Exam 2019-20 (NTSE Application Form, NTSE Stage-I and Stage-II Exam Dates and Results).

NTSE 2019-20 Exam Schedule Tentative Dates
Availability of NTSE 2019 Stage-I Application Form Between July-October 2019
Last Date for Submission of NTSE 2019 Stage-I Application Form To be notified by the respective State/UT
NTSE 2019 Stage-I Admit Card From October 2019 [As per State/UT]
NTSE 2019 Stage-I Exam in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 2nd November, 2019 (Saturday)
NTSE 2019 Stage-I Exam in All other States and Union Territories except above & below mentioned 9 States/UTs 3rd November, 2019 (Sunday)
NTSE 2019 Stage-I Exam in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir 17th November, 2019 (Sunday)
NTSE 2019 Stage-I Result February-March 2020
NTSE 2019-20 Stage-II Admit Card April 2020
NTSE 2019-20 Stage-II Examination in All States and Union Territories 10th May, 2020 (Sunday)
NTSE 2019-20 Stage-II Result June-July 2020

How to Apply for NTSE 2020?

Students in class/ grade 10 can apply for NTSE 2020 in the month of July-October through their respective State/ UT NTSE application process. Candidates can apply for NTSE Stage-I by filling application form available on State/ UT education board website or contact State/ UT Liaison officer. Last date for submitting the application form will be notified by respective State/ UT only.

NTSE 2020 Application Form

The application form for NTSE 2020 stage-I exam can be obtained from your State/ UT education website or State/ UT Liaison officer. Related Page : State-wise NTSE Stage-I Application Form

The State/ UT wise Liaison officers list is given here: List of Liaison officers NTSE

The completed application form after signed by the Principal of the school will be submitted to the address mentioned in application form instructions.

NTSE 2020 Exam Fee: The exam fee for NTSE Stage-I exam will be notified by your State/ UT. For NTSE Stage-II examination, no fee is charged by NCERT.

Note : Students (in India, not abroad) don’t need to fill any form for NTSE Stage-II examination.

NTSE 2020-21 Application Form for Indian Students Abroad [NRIs]

Indian students studying abroad in class X can appear directly for NTSE 2020-21 Stage-II examination under conditions mentioned in the NTSE brochure. Application Form for Indian students studying abroad will be available on NCERT website in the month of October, 2020. Students outside India can fill the application form and can send it along with photocopy of the marksheet of previous examination through post latest by 31st December 2020.

If you are an NRI (currently outside India) and have any query about NTSE application form and examination, you can send it through the form at the end of this page. We will resolve your query asap.

NTSE Stage-I Exam Pattern 2020

NTSE Stage-I examination at State/ UT level are advised to follow National pattern which comprise of two papers - MAT and SAT.

NTSE Stage-I Paper 1 Paper 2
Paper Name Mental Ability Test (MAT) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Number of Questions 100 100
Number of Marks 100 100
Duration 120 Minutes (2 hours) 120 Minutes (2 hours)

Related Page : NTSE Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility Criteria for NTSE 2020

All students of Class 10th studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the NTSE Stage-I examination (conducted by the State/UT's in which the schools are located) and NTSE Stage-II (conducted by NCERT). There will be no domicile restriction.

Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for scholarship, provided the student is below the age of 18 years (as on 1st July of the particular year), the student is not employed and she/he is appearing in class X examination for the first time.

NTSE Scholarships 2020 [New]

From 2019, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has announced the enhancement of scholarships from 1000 to 2000. On the basis of NTSE Examination, 2000 scholarship are awarded each year. Out of which 15% are reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% for students belonging to ST category, 27% percent for other backward classes, 10% for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) those who have not covered under the reservation scheme for SCs/STs/OBCs, and 4% for Physically Challenged group of students.

Amount of NTSE scholarship will be:

  • Scholarship of Rs.1250 per month for class XI and XII.
  • Scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Postgraduates students.
  • Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. be fixed accordance with the UGC norms.

New Rules for NTSE Scholarship Scheme :

  • Awardees have to secure an aggregate of 60% marks or equivalent grade in order to be eligible for scholarship every year.
  • A pass in all subjects for which a student is registered/appeared is necessary.
  • Withdrawal in non core subjects as per institutional rules of exemption is considered for payment of scholarship.
  • In view of online payment of scholarship to the awardee the stipulated time period is reduced from 24 months to 12 months.
  • Students pursuing diploma or certificate courses will be provided scholarship, provided they are not employed.

NTSE 2020 Information Bulletin (NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH SCHEME) : Download NTSE Information Brochure

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