NCERT Released NTSE 2020 Dates; Stage -1 to Be Held on December 12, 2020

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Oct 13, 2020

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The National Council of Educational Research and Training has released the official dates for the National Talent Search Examination.NTSE stage -1 exam will commence from December 12, 2020. Class 10 students will have the opportunity to sit for the examination. The examination is being conducted every year at two levels: Stage-I (State Level) and Stage- II (National Level).

Read:NTSE 2021 Notification: Exam Dates, Application form & Eligibility Criteria

Stage-I, Selection will be done by State/UTs and those who are selected from Stage-I examination will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT. Qualifying marks for candidates from SC/ST/PH category is 32% in each paper and for others (General/OBC & EWS) categories it is 40% in each paper. 

You can find the direct link to apply from here once it is made live.

NTSE 2020- Important Dates


Tentative Dates


Last date for submission of Application

To be notified

Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands.

December 12, 2020.

Examination in all other States and Union Territories.

 December 13, 2020 (Sunday)


Examination in all States and Union Territories

June 13, 2021 (Sunday)

Download the official notice here


All students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Stage-1 examination. There will be no domicile restriction. Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible. The student must be appearing in the Class X examination for the first time.

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Examination Pattern

The pattern of written examination will be as follows:

Stage-I Examination at the State/UT level will comprise of two papers i.e.,



No. of Questions

No. of Marks

Duration (in minutes)


Mental Ability Test (MAT)





Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)




There will be no negative marking in the Stage-1 examination.

 Application Form

The student must contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring the application form. Candidates may fill up the Application Form, available on the NCERT website, and send along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of the previous examination, at latest by 28th February 2021.

The completed application form should be signed by the Principal of the school. No application should be sent to NCERT.


A total of two thousand scholarships are awarded for different stages of education as follows: 

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

(b) Scholarship of.RS.200/ per month for Undergraduates and Postgraduates.

(c) Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed, following the UGC norms.

Recently, NCERT has announced the list of successful candidates for availing scholarship facility. All OBC students are required to submit their caste certificate as shown in the given picture. Check the official notice here.


Students will be notified from States and Union Territories about the fee required which will be paid for the Stage-I examination. However, NCERT does not charge any fee for Stage-II examination.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.