NTSE FAQ - Questions that Students are Asking

You can click on a question to find the answer. For any question or query that is not covered here, please contact your State/UT Liaison officer (For Stage-I Exam) and NCERT (For Stage-II Exam). Alternatively, you can fill the form (at the end of this page) and send it to us. We’ll try to resolve your query asap.

Is there any eligibility criteria like minimum percentage in previous classes to apply for NTSE Stage 1 examination?

Generally there is no minimum percentage requirement. But this may depend on your State/UT. They can impose any eligibility criteria. If there is any such condition, it will be mentioned in the advertisement. Contact your liaison officer for any further information.

When will NTSE Stage 1 application form available?

NTSE advertisement is released in the month of July-August. The notification will be available on NCERT website. You can contact your Liaison officer or your School for the availability of NTSE Stage-I application form.

Where and How to fill NTSE Stage 1 Application form?

As per the advertisement, the NTSE Stage-I application form may or may not available online, it totally depends on your State/UT. You need to fill and submit the application form after getting signed by your school principal. Updated : State wise NTSE Application forms

After filling the NTSE stage 1 application form, don’t send it to NCERT. Submit it to your State/UT Liaison officer only.

What is the fee for appearing in NTSE Stage examination?

For NTSE Stage-I, Different States/UTs may have different fees. It will be mentioned in the advertisement published by your State/UT. For Stage-II exam, there is no Fee charged by NCERT.

When NTSE stage 1 results are declared?

Generally in the month of Jan/Feb, will be declared by your State/UT.

Do I need to fill another form for stage 2 if I clear NTSE stage 1?

No. You don’t need to fill any further form. The Roll No and Exam centre of NTSE Stage-II will be sent to you via post by NCERT.

What is the marking scheme and number of questions in NTSE examination?

For Stage-I : Depends on your State/UT.
For Stage-II : MAT - 100 questions, 120 Minutes. SAT - 100 Questions, 120 Minutes.

Will there be negative marking in NTSE examination?

For Stage-I : Depends on your State/UT.
For Stage-II : No negative marking.

Will there be an exam rechecking facility in NTSE?

No. There is no provision for rechecking. You can check your OMR sheets on NCERT website when uploaded.

Will I get any certificate after clearing NTSE Stage 1?

No you will not get any certificate for NTSE stage 1. After the results, you will receive the admit card for 2nd stage and along with that you will get one letter from state board head congratulating you for clearing Stage 1 exam.

Can an ICSE student take the NTSE exam?


If I get the KVPY scholarship after getting the NTSE scholarship, will I have to cancel one of them?

Yes, you can avail only one scholarship. You'll get the NTSE stipend for two years, 11th and 12th. If you join a course in science and are availing the KVPY fellowship, you’ll stop receiving the NTSE one.

If you join IIT or some other medical/engineering colleges, you can still receive NTSE scholarship.

What are the best books for NTSE (2017-18) preparation?

First see the past year papers of your State/UT. If the questions are from NCERT, follow class 9 and 10 ncert books. If they are from state board, follow your respective board books.

Science and Social Studies - NCERT textbooks (class 6–10).

TMH NTSE is a good book for preparation. Arihant study package (especially for MAT).

Practice as many NTSE mock tests as possible to improve your speed and accuracy.

Related Page: NTSE Online Coaching

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NTSE Examination and Scholarship Details

NTSE Past Year Papers

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