NTSE Scholarship 2020 for Indian Nationals Studying Abroad

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Jun 10, 2020

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National Talent Search Examination(NTSE) is a national-level scholarship conducted by NCERT on behalf of the Indian government to recognize students with high merits and academic talents. It is one of the most prestigious exams for secondary level students. Nearly 10,00,000 students will appear for this exam each year. Only 2000+ candidates are awarded on the basis of their merit without any restrictions like parental income, government school, domicile etc.

Why take the NTSE Scholarship 2020?

Here are some reasons for what you should take the NTSE Scholarship under consideration very sincerely:

  • Through this prestigious exam, students will qualify, will be awarded a certain number of scholarships until they complete their education.
  • The amount of the scholarship is Rs.1250 per month for class XI and XII and Rs.2000 per month for students studying Under Graduate and Post Graduate.
  • Except for the financial support, some research institutes, colleges and universities exclusively reserve their seats for NTSE scholars like IIIT Hyderabad and IIIT Delhi.
  • Some Foreign universities give benefits during admission to NTSE Scholars.
  • When you are an NTSE scholar, it will boost your confidence to crack some other national exams like IIT JEE, NEET, etc.
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Details of NTSE Scholarships 2020

The minimum amount of scholarship awarded to NTSE candidates is near about INR 1000/- per month depending on the various stage of the educational level. These students will revive this scholarship form Class XI till their Ph.D. studies. It is totally merit-based, not means based. Here a detailed amount of NTSE scholarship is discussed as per the educational level and amount:

  • An amount of INR 1250/- per month for Class- XI and XII.
  • An amount of INR 2000/- per month for Undergraduate and Postgraduation level of education of the candidate.
  • The scholarship amount for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance with UGC standards.

Selection Process and other facts of NTSE Scholarship 2020

  • The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage – 1 (State Level) and Stage – 2 (National level).
  • Stage 1 Exam is expected to be held in November 2020 and stage 2 of the NTSE exam is expected to be conducted in June 2021.
  • For both stages, the exam is divided into two parts i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
  • Only those who clear stage-1 will be shortlisted for the stage-2 of NTSE.

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Best Books to Clear NTSE

Name of Books Authors/Publication
Study Package for NTSE Class X McGraw-Hill Publications
Practice Test Papers for NTSE Class X 1st Edition McGraw-Hill Publications
Study Guide NTSE (MAT + SAT) for Class 10th 2019-2020 Arihant Experts
Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st Edition Pearson India
Target NTSE Class 10 Stage 1 & 2 Solved Papers (2015 – 19) Disha Experts
A Comprehensive Manual for NTSE for Class X Access Publishing

Best Books suggested subjectwise

Here is a list of books subject-wise you might prefer while preparing for NTSE:

Subject Books Author/Publishers
Social Science India and the Contemporary World 1 and 2 NCERT
Democratic Politics  NCERT Standards X
Contemporary India NCERT standards IX & X
Mathematics NCERT Mathematics NCERT Standards IX and X
Mathematics for Class 9 & Mathematics for Class 10 R.D. Sharma
Secondary School Mathematics for Class 10 R.S Aggarwal
Science Science Textbook NCERT Standards IX and X
Mental Aptitude Test (MAT) Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning RS Aggarwal

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Important Instructions for Indian students Studying Abroad

For students and the Principals of Schools for filling up the application form, for Indian Student Students Studying Abroad for NTSE (For the Students Studying in Class X in abroad):

  1. Incomplete /falsely filled application forms are liable to be rejected.
  2. Use Legal (8.5” x 14”) size paper for taking print.
  3. Indian Students Studying Abroad should fill the relevant items of the application forms.
  4. They should forward it to NCERT along with the Class IX mark sheet latest by February 29, 2020, for consideration.
  5. Mention the name of the State/UT where the student wishes to appear in the National level of NTSE, in the letter.
  6. Applicants should consult the application form published by the state/UTs for caste category reservation.
  7. No reservation will be given against these categories by the NCERT in the national level of NTSE.
  8. NCERT will not take any responsibility for any other items which is not mentioned in the common application form of NTSE if included any items in the state-level form by the State or UT.

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The tests will be available in the following languages: Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. For Stage 2 of NTSE, candidates can give the exam in Hindi or English. On average, the total number of 2000 students are granted scholarships by the end of both examinations every year.


Ques. Is there an interview for NTSE?

Ans. No, there is no interview. Selection is based on the performance of the written test in MAT and SAT.

Ques. Which state has the toughest NTSE paper?

Ans. West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have the hardest level of NTSE stage 1 paper. The papers are very difficult as compare to other states as they can be matched with the level of 11 and 12 science books.

Ques. Can Class 9 students appear for NTSE?

Ans. The upper age limit as defined for the NTSE test takers is 18 years. The candidates who are pursuing class 10 from open school can appear for the exam. The candidates who are in class IX can also appear for the NTSE. The candidate must clear the class IX exam with 60 % marks.

Ques. Is there any reservation for reserved categories?

Ans. In the State/UT level of NTSE, the reservation of NTSE is categories as follows:

  • 15% for SC students
  • 7.5% for ST students
  • 27% for OBC students
  • 3% for Physically Challenged students.

Ques. How to find the contact details of NTSE?

Ans. National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Contact Details:

National Council of Education Research and Training
Sri Auribindi Marg
New Delhi: 110016
Phone No. 26519154(O)

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