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NTSE 2021 Notification: Application form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card & Result

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Jan 8, 2021

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NCERT has initiated the NTSE 2021 Application Form fill-up process. In October, all the states and UTs have started the NTSE 2021 application form fill up. NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) 2021 is a National Level Examination conducted by NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) to provide the scholarship to the deserving candidates. This exam is for secondary school level to identify and recognize students with high intellect and skills. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage 1 (State Level) and Stage 2 (National level). To avail the scholarship program, the applicants should qualify both stages of the exam. NTSE 2021 stage 1 will be held on 12 December 2020 for Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar, Meghalaya. On the other hand, the NTSE Stage 1 will be conducted on 13 December 2020 for all other states and Union Territories. Again, the NTSE Stage 2 exam will be held on 13 June 2021.   


17 December 2020:

  • Revised exam schedule for NTSE Stage 2 is out. Read more
  • 3800 students appeared for NTSE Stage 1 from Puducherry. Read more

16 December 2020: NTSE Answer key 2020-21Stage 1 released. Read more

30 October 2020: NTSE 2021 Puducherry Notification is out. Read more

22 October 2020: NTSE Application Form 2021 for MP and Haryana has been released. 

19 October 2020: NTSE Application Form 2021 for Kerala, Jharkhand, Telengana and Odisha has been out. 

16 October 2020: NTSE Application Form for Uttarakhand has been out. 

12 October 2020: NTSE Application Form 2021 for Andhra Pradesh has been started. Check details here

8 October 2020:  NTSE Punjab Application Form 2021 has begun. 

  • NTSE notice for Stage-I exam is out. Check details here
  • NTSE Jharkhand stage 1 result has been declared on May 05, 2020. Check Here.
  • NTSE 2020 Stage 1 Result has been declared on the official website.
  • For both stages, the exam is divided into two parts i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). – Check NTSE 2020 Syllabus

Every year around 1,200,000 to 1,400,000 students appear for the examination, while only 5000 students are selected for stage 2. Out of these 5000 students, only 1000 candidates are selected for the scholarship. 

Scholarship: one thousand scholarships are awarded for different stages of education as follows:

  • Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII.
  • Scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates.
  • The amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

NTSE 2020 Highlights

Conducting Body NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training)
Mode of Exam Offline
Medium of Exam English and Hindi
Duration of Exam 120 Minutes ( For each part)
Type and Number of Questions Objective Type Questions (Stage 1: 200 Questions), (Stage 2: 200 Questions)
Sections 2 (Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Ability Test)

NTSE 2021 Exam Dates and Other Important Dates 

NCERT has announced NTSE 2021 Exam Dates: 


Stage I dates

Stage II dates

NTSE application dates

October 2020

No registration

NTSE Admit card releases

November 2020

By the third week of May 2021 

NTSE Exam dates

December 12 and 13, 2020

June 13, 2021

NTSE Result releases

January – March 2021

October 2021

NTSE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

There are certain conditions laid out by NCERT that one should keep in mind before applying for the exam. NTSE Eligibility Criteria for each stage differ. The detailed criteria are provided below.

  • Candidates must be an Indian national.
  • Candidates must be studying in class 10 in a recognized private or government school in India.
  • Unemployed candidates below the age of 18, studying in class 10 from open or distance learning are also eligible to apply.
  • States or UTs may lay down some more conditions such as minimum qualifying marks in the previous class, age limit etc.
  • The aspirants will not be qualified for second stage if they will not meet the sectional cut off in stage 1 (even after meeting the overall cut off score).
  • The Indian students (who are studying abroad), should send the attested copy of the class 9 mark sheet to the head of the Educational Survey Division, NCERT by 31st December 2020. 

Minimum Qualifying Score Needed in Class 9


Minimum qualifying Marks (For General Category)

Minimum qualifying Marks (For Reserved Category)


60% marks








Uttar Pradesh









West Bengal



Madhya Pradesh



Tamil Nadu






Jammu & Kashmir


















Himachal Pradesh


















NTSE Qualifying Score


Qualifying Marks in SAT

Qualifying Marks in MAT

Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/ Physically Handicapped.



General/ Economically weaker Sections/ OBC



NTSE 2021 Reservation Criteria

There are provisions of reservation in NTSE 2021 as per government of India norms:

Category Reservation Percentage
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 27%
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 4%
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 10%

NTSE 2021 Application Form

Candidates can fill the application form through both the online and offline modes. The application form will be distributed separately by different states. The last date of application submission also varies from state to state.

  • Some general guidelines regarding the form filling process are as discussed below.
  • If downloading, then while taking the printout use legal 8.5” * 14” size paper.
  • Application form available online or with State/ UT liaison officer is only applicable for Stage 1 exam.
  • Candidates have to pay the application fee as prescribed by their respective State/UT.
  • While filling NTSE 2021 Application Form candidates or the principle have to leave the 4-digit centre code blank, this has to be filled by the liaison officer or concerned district officer or centre superintendent. 

How to fill NTSE Form?

The process of form filling is different for Indian students who are studying in their home country and Indian students studying abroad. The details are provided below.

Indian Students

  1. Candidates must download the application form available on the official NCERT website.
  2. After filling in all fields, the applicant must get the form signed by the principal of his school.
  3. Then the application form must be submitted to the State Liaison Officer before the last date of submission.

Indian Students Studying Abroad

  1. Such candidates can directly apply for Stage 2 of the NTSE exam.
  2. The application form will have to be downloaded from the website.
  3. The duly filled in application must be sent with a photocopy of the mark sheet of the previous exam to the following address:

Head, Educational Survey Division,
National Council of Educational Research and Training,
Sri Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi 110016.

NTSE 2021 Application Fees

  • Application fees of the aspirants are dependent upon the respective states and Union territories.
  • The candidates will not need to pay entrance fee for the National Level Examination. 

NTSE 2021 Admit Card

NTSE Admit Cards will be made available by the authorities as per the official schedule. It will contain important details such as candidate’s name, candidate’s roll number, exam date and timing as well as exam centre address. The steps to obtain the admit card are explained below:

  • NTSE Admit Card 2021 for Stage 1 will be sent by post to candidate’s address, as specified in the application form.
  • In case the admit card is not received, candidates can visit the office of Chief Superintendent to obtain their hall ticket.
  • The admit card for NTSE 2021 Stage 2 will be available on the official NCERT website in the month of April 2021.
  • Candidates must download their respective hall tickets from the website using their login credentials

Documents Required with NTSE Admit Card

Candidates will have to carry NTSE Admit Card 2021 and an original Photo ID proof with its photocopy. Entry inside the exam centre will not be granted if the student fails to produce the admit card and his photo ID card. A candidate may carry any one of the below documents:

NTSE 2020 documents required with admit card

NTSE 2021 Exam centres

NTSE 2021 exam is conducted in various states and union territories. Candidates have to indicate their preferred exam centre at the time of filling up NTSE Application Form. Address of the allotted exam centre will be mentioned on the admit card. Below is the list of exam centres for NTSE 2021 examination:

States/ UTs Exam Centre Venue
Andaman & Nicobar Islands KV No 2, Raksha Vihar, Minnie Bay
Andhra Pradesh KV, Gandhi Gram Post, Malkapuram, Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh KV No 2, Itanagar, Chimpu Post, Arunachal Pradesh
Assam KV CRPF 9 Mile Amerigog, Kamrup, Guwahati
Bihar KV No 1, Lohiya Nagar, Near Heart Hospital, Kankarbagh, Patna
Chandigarh KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh KV No 2, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, Sector 4, Raipur
Dadra & Nagar Haveli KV, Government High School Campus, Silvassa
Delhi KV No 3, Ringroad, Near Seema Sadak Bhawan
Goa KV, INS Madovi, Panjim
Gujarat KV No 1, Near Police Commissioner’s Office, Shahi Baug, Ahmedabad
Haryana KV No 1, AFS, Sector 14, Old Delhi Road, Gurugram
Himachal Pradesh KV, Dharamshala Cantt, Kangra
Jammu & Kashmir KV No 1, Gandhinagar, Jammu
Jharkhand KV CCL, Rajendra Nagar, Ranchi
Karnataka KV, ASC Centre, Victoria Road, Bangalore, Karnataka
Kerala KV No 3, Port Trust, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Ernakulam
Lakshadweep KV, Kavaratti
Madhya Pradesh KV No 1, Opp Central India Flour Mill, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal
Maharashtra KV, Bhandup, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg West
Maharashtra KV, BEG, Near Deccan College, Pune
Manipur KV No 1, Lamphelpat, Imphal
Meghalaya KV, Happy Valley, Shillong
Mizoram KV, Project Pushpak Zemabawk, Aizawl
Nagaland KV, CRPF Camp, Lerie Hill, Kohima, Nagaland
Odisha KV No 1, Unit 9, Near Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar
Puducherry KV, IIT Campus, Chennai
Punjab KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh
Rajasthan KV No 1, Bajaj Nagar, Opp Tonk Phatak, Jaipur
Sikkim KV, Post Tadong, Middil, Siyari, Gangtok
Tamil Nadu KV, IIT Campus, Chennai
Telangana KV No 1, Langer House, Golconda, Hyderabad
Tripura KV (GC) CRPF, Adarani, Salbagan, Agartala
Uttarakhand KV ONGC, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun
Uttar Pradesh KV, Lucknow Cantt
Uttar Pradesh KV, New Cantt, VD Road, Allahabad
West Bengal KV, Ballygunge, Circular Road, Kolkata

NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern

NTSE Exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 is a state level examination conducted by authorities of various states and union territories. Stage 2 is a national level examination conducted by NCERT for Stage 1 qualifiers and Indian nationals studying abroad as they are exempted from stage 1 exam. The pattern for both the Stage 1 and Stage 2 exam is same.

  • NTSE Exam is an offline test. Candidates have to mark their answers in OMR sheets.
  • The exam is divided into two papers. Paper 1 is Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Paper 2 is Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).
  • The medium of Stage 1 exam is specified by respective state authorities while Stage 2 exam is offered in Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu language.
  • There is no negative marking applicable in NTSE 2021.

NTSE Exam Pattern for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 are explained below:

NTSE Papers No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
Paper 1 – MAT 100 100 120 Minutes
Paper 2 – SAT 100 (Science-40, Math-20, Social Science-40) 100 120 Minutes

NTSE 2021 Syllabus

  • Syllabus of NTSE is based on 10 curricula of NCERT.
  • Students are advised to go through each and every topic while preparing for the exam.
  • NTSE consists of multiple-choice questions which are asked from the subjects like Mathematics, Science, Social Science, English, General Knowledge and Mental Ability syllabus.
  • Following is the detailed explanation of all the topics of different subjects along with the weight-age of the particular topic:

Mathematics Syllabus

NTSE Mathematics section contains around 30 questions which include the topics from class 6 to 10.

Topics Topics
Algebraic Expressions Percentage& Its Application
Arithmetic Playing with Number
Basic Geometry Probability 
Quadratic Equations
Circles Rational Numbers
Coordinate Geometry Simple & Compound Interest 
Direct& Inverse Variations Square & Cube Roots
Exponent Statistics
Linear Equation Surface Areas and Volume
Mensuration Triangles
Number System Trigonometry

Science Syllabus

In the science syllabus, topics are included from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This section contains around 35 questions.

Topics Weight-age Topics Weight-age
Acid Bases and Salts 2% Metals & Non Metals 5%
Air 4% Micro-Organisms 3%
Carbon and its Compound 6% Motion and Force 3%
Cellular Level of Organization 4% Our Environment 5%
Diversity in Living organisms 2% Periodic Classification of Elements 2%
Fibres and Plastics 1% Reproduction 5%
Food Production & Management 1% Soil 1%
Heredity and Evolution 1% Some Common Diseases 7%
Human Body 7% Sound 2%
Life Processes 4% Sound of Energy 4%
Light 5% Structure of Atom 3%
Acid Bases and Salts 2% The Universe 1%
Magnetic & Electricity at Work 5% Water 4%
Measurement 3% Work and Energy 6%

Social Science Syllabus

In this subject, topics are from History, Civics, Geography, Economics and General Awareness. This section contains around 35 questions.

Topics Weight-age Topics Weight-age
Agriculture 2% Local and State Government 1%
Atmosphere 3% Medieval Architecture and Culture 1%
Biosphere 1% Motion of the Earth 3%
British raj 5% Nationalism in Various Countries 2%
Culture, Science and Literature 1% Natural Vegetation 3%
Democracy and Elections 2% New Empires and Kingdoms 2%
Diversity and Livelihood 2% Our Country- India 4%
Early Medieval Period 3% Popular Movements and Social Reforms 2%
Early States 1% Population 1%
Eighteen Century Political Formation 1% Resources and Development 5%
French Revolution 1% Solar System 1%
India and Its Neighbours 2% The Delhi Sultanate 3%
Indian Constitution 4% The Judiciary 2%
Indian Economics 4% The Maurayas 2%
Indian Freedom Struggle 5% The Mughal Empire 5%
Indus Valley Civilization 4% UN and International Agencies 1%
Industrial Revolution 2% Union Government 2%
Industries 1% Vedic Period 2%
Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks  2% Water Resources  2%
Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History 2% World History 3%
Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands 2% - -

English Syllabus

Topics Weight-age
One Word Substitution  30%
Paragraph Completion 5%
Reading Comprehension 10%
Rearrangement of Jumbled Words 5%
Sentence Completion 10%
Synonyms 15%
Antonyms 15%
English Grammar 10%

General Knowledge Syllabus

Topics Weight-age
India 40%
World 20%
Abbreviations 10%
Awards and Recognitions 10%
Books and Authors 10%
Sports 10%

Mental Ability Syllabus

Topics Weight-age Topics Weight-age
Alphabets and Number test 1% Figure Partition and Dot Situation 1%
Analogy(Non Verbal) 5% Mathematical Operations 3%
Analogy(Verbal) 5% Missing Character 9%
Blood relations 9% Paper Folding and Cutting 2%
Calendar, Time and Clock 1% Ranking and Arrangements 7%
Classification 9% Series (Verbal) 7%
Coding-Decoding 7% Series(Non Verbal) 8%
Cube and Dice 5% Venn Diagrams 2%
Direction Sense 7% Water and Mirror Images 4%
Embedded Figure 5% - -

NTSE 2021 Recommended Books

Books play a very important role for the preparation of any kind of examination. The following table shows the names of the books which every aspirant must study:

Name of the Book Publisher
Study Package for NTSE Class X (English) 1st and 2nd Edition Mc Graw Hill
Practice Papers NTSE X (English) 1st Edition TMH Books
The Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st Edition Saurabh Priyadarshini and Navi C. Joshi
NTSE Explorer: MAT + SAT + New English Language Test for class 10th ( English) Sonia Lal

NTSE 2021 Result

  • Those students who have successfully qualified the test are eligible for the scholarship.
  • Students will be selected for the scholarship on the basis of the final merit list.
  • Once stage 2 result will be announced, the final merit list will be prepared accordingly.
  • The merit list will be published on the website. It will not be sent through post.
  • To check the examination result, students can visit the official website of NCERT i.e.
  • Students have to enter their Registration number and Date of Birth to check the result.
  • The result will be available in PDF file format.

By following the below steps students can easily download their NTSE 2020 Result:

  1. Visit the official website of state government/ Union Territories.
  2. Click on the link ‘NTSE 2021 Result’
  3. After clicking on the link, students will be redirected to the next page.
  4. Enter the required details i.e. Roll number, date of birth
  5. Click on the submit button.
  6. NTSE Result will be displayed on the screen.
  7. Download the same for future reference.

NTSE 2021 Cut off

Cut off marks are the minimum marks that are required by candidate to clear the examination. The cut off marks will be declared by the respective states. The final cut off mark will be declared by NCERT after the completion of stage 2 examination. NCERT publishes category wise and subject wise cut off marks.

The factors affecting the state wise cut off marks are as follows:

  • Students appearing in the exam
  • Difficulty level of the paper
  • Marking scheme
  • Number of seats available

Category wise cut off marks

Categories Total Score of MAT and SAT Cutoff Maximum marks out of 197 of MAT, SAT
General 150 186
General- PH1 111 144
General- PH2 78 124
General- PH3 101 131
SC 122 149
SC- PH1 71 113
SC- PH2 87 87
ST 113 145
ST-PH1 90 93
ST-PH2 81 81

Subject wise cut off marks

Test Papers Maximum Marks Qualifying Percentage
ST/ SC/ PH General
Paper I MAT 49* 35% (17.15) 40% (19.6)
Paper II English 50 35% (17.5) 40% (20.0)
Paper II Hindi 50 35% (17.5) 40% (20.0)
Paper III SAT 96** 35% (33.6) 40% (38.4)
Total Marks 145 35% (50.75) 40% (58)

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


what is the scholarship amount for ntse?
kavita rani

Hi Priya. The scholarship worth INR 1250 per month is offered for class XI to XII students while scholarship worth INR 2000 per month is given to Undergraduates and Post-graduates.
Further details are mentioned here.

ammar zaheer ahmed
what is ntse olympiad?
kavita rani

Hi Ammar. Talent Search Exams like NTSE (National Talent Search Examination), NSEJS (National Standard Examination in Junior Science), NSO (National Science Olympiad), IMO (International Mathematics Olympiad) are conducted at different stages of school.
Way to apply for these exams is mentioned here.

sourajit mukherjee
what are the benefits of clearing ntse exam?
kavita rani

Hi Sourajit. This prestigious exam acts as a gateway to get admission in a renowned college in future. You can surpass admission tests of colleges and get direct entry to the college of your choice. Earning a tag of 'NTSE scholar' on resume offers additional advantages at the time of applying for jobs as well.
Further details are mentioned here.

sourajit mukherjee
what is ntse scholarship exam?
kavita rani

Hi Sourajit. NTSE Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship program designed for Class 10 students from all over the country. NCERT takes this exam each year and 1000 meritorious students are selected for the NTSE scholarship.
Further details are mentioned here.

hello!! I am studying in class 9 right now... But I am little confused that ' Are the application form for ntse is released for me or not???' Plzz reply Thank You

Hi Pratyush

You need to clear your class IX with minimum 60% to apply for NTSE exam. You can visit on our official website of NTSE Application to check out the application date and all the eligibility criteria of the exam.

s t marks in ntse stage 1 exam dated 13 December 2020 are 131 out of 200...can I m eligible for NTSE stage 2 exam...what is the range which are selected for stage 2 exam

Hi St

You need to score 80% in your state board to be eligible for the stage 2 of the NTSE exam. For more information you can visit on our official website of NTSE Eligibility to get all the details about the exam.

Can u plz tell how to know about my exam centre
abdul nazir

Hi Mk, Candidates need to enter their preferred exam centers while filling the application form for NTSE exam. Also, admit card will contain details of the exam centers along with other guidelines of what to carry and what not to carry inside the exam hall. Exam centers are divided among differents states and UTs. For more details of NTSE 2021 exam centers and guidelines click here.

lakshay kakkar
What is the scheme of NTSE about?
kavita rani

HI Lakshay. The aim of the NTSE scheme is to grant scholarships to the eligible students, who want to pursue higher education in Science and Social Studies stream, and look for the ways to sponsor their education.

kannika bt
When is the test conducted? And where ? I'm in 10 ..can i answer it ?

Hello Kannika,

The test is proposed to be conducted on December 12th and 13th. All the students who are currently in class 10th are eligible for this examination. Unfortunately, the registrations for almost all the states have closed and you can not apply for the exam anymore. For more details, visit – NTSE 2020

mohammed najamuddin
Who can appear for NTSE stage II examination?
kavita rani

Hi Mohammed. Students who have obtained 80% marks in state board can apply for stage 2 NTSE exam.

utkarsha khatri
Who conduct first level examination?
kavita rani

Hi Utkarsha. Conducting Body of this exam is NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training).

utkarsha khatri
How long successful candidates will be getting scholarship?
kavita rani

Hi Utkarsha. Scholarship amount is INR 1250 per month for Class 11-12, INR 2000 per month for UG and PG level As per UGC norms for research level. NTSE scholarship is given to the selected candidates who have qualified both stages.

rijuan ahmed
i have a week ago thy said we will contact you shortly , when they are going to conttact me???????
arvind kumar

Hi Rijuan, they will contact as soon as possible and if you find any issue please contact them again. For more details visit: NTSE EXAM

aditya seth
Sir application form kha available hai
arvind kumar

Hi Aditya, the form will be available on the official website. For more details visit: NTSE EXAM

sujeet kumar
Sir I am in class 8 th can I apply this from class 8 th form

Hello Sujeet,

No, you can not apply for NTSE since it only for the students currently studying in class 10th.

surabhi s
How many scholarships are awarded every year?
kavita rani

Hi Surabhi. Close to 2000 scholarships are disbursed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training through National Talent Search Examination every year.

kushagra budhwar
Is it mandantory to upload photo of student in school uniform and signed the form by school Principal. I filled the form online but there is no such instructions mentioned in online form. Plz tell and also tell when we download the admit card.
arvind kumar

Hi Kushagra, you can attach your passport size photograph and you can download the admit card when it is released on the official website. For more details visit: NTSE EXAM

ramkrushna vaman ahire
Sir ,please can I get application.

Dear Ramkrushna Vaman Ahire

Greetings from Collegedunia. There are few states like, M.P., Haryana, Uttarakhand, etc. for which Notification has been released in October, 2020. For more details, kindly go through this link – NTSE 2021 Overview

anushka gupta
I filled the application today . Will I appear for exam

Dear Anushka Gupta

Greetings from Collegedunia. You can appear for NTSE Examination on 12 December, 2020 for Mizoram, Nagaland, and Andaman & Nicobar and 13 December, 2020 for other states and Union Territories for Stage 1 and Stage 2 will be conducted on 13 June, 2021. For more details, kindly go through this link – NTSE 2021 Overview

priyanka km
Please help me to fill the application
arvind kumar

Hi Priyanka, you can fill the form by visiting the official website and filling all the mandatory details and uploading the documents. For more details visit: NTSE EXAM

dilpreet kaur
Yesterday i have submit of my ntse registeratin but not get sure is it submitted or not how i know about it.
abdul nazir

Hi Dilpreet,

You will get Application Acknowledgement Form if registration is completed successfully. Know more about NTSE application.