NTSE Answer Keys (out), Application , Eligibility , Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, & Result

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Mar 19, 2021

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 The NTSE Exam is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage 1 (State Level) and Stage 2 (National level). To avail of the scholarship program, the applicants should qualify for both stages of the exam.

NTSE 2021 stage 1 was held in December of 2020, for Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar, Meghalaya, all other states, and Union Territories and It is scheduled to be conducted on January 17 for West Bengal, January 24 for Bihar, Kerala, and Karnataka, and on February 21 for Telangana and HP.  On the other hand, the NTSE Stage 2 exam has been scheduled for June 13, 2021.

The result of Stage 1 will be released separately by all respective states and UTs between February and March 2021 and the result of Stage 2 will be released by the NCERT in October 2021. 

Latest Updates: 

17 December 2020: The revised exam schedule for NTSE Stage 2 is out. Read more

16 December 2020: 3800 students appeared for NTSE Stage 1 from PuducherryRead more

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

NTSE Highlights

NTSE 2021 Highlights

Exam Name

National Talent Search Examination
The conducting body
  • Stage 1 by respective states/UTs
  • Stage II by NCERT
Exam Level National Level
Class level Class 10th
Number of Vacancies 2000
Amount of Scholarship
  • INR 1250 per month for Class 11-12
  • INR 2000 per month for UG and PG level
  • As per UGC norms for research level
Level of Scholarship  Up to Ph.D.
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam


Exam Papers


Duration of Exam

120 minutes for each paper


Phone number - 011-26560464

e-mail -

Official Website 

NTSE Exam Dates

NTSE 2021 Exam Dates  

NCERT has announced NTSE 2021 Exam Dates. Here is the list. 


Stage 1 Dates

Stage 2 Dates

NTSE application dates

October 1, 2020

No registration

NTSE Admit card releases

November 2020

May-June 2021 

NTSE Exam dates

December 12 and 13, 27, 2020 & January 24, February 21, 2021

June 13, 2021

NTSE Result releases

January – March 2021

October 2021

NTSE Eligibility

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 the second stage if they will not meet the sectional cutoff in stage 1 (even after meeting the overall cutoff 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 December 31, 2020. 

Required Minimum Qualifying Score in Class 9


Minimum qualifying Marks (For General Category)

Minimum qualifying Marks (For Reserved Category)


60% marks








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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 Applicatiom

ApplicationApplicationNTSE 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 the 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 principal have to leave the 4-digit center code blank, this has to be filled by the liaison officer or concerned district officer, or center 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. 

Read: NTSE 2021 Application Form and Registration Process

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 the entrance fee for the National Level Examination. 

NTSE Admit Card

NTSE 2021 Admit Card

NTSE 2021 Admit Card will be made available by the authorities as per the official schedule. It will contain important details such as the candidate’s name, the candidate’s roll number, exam date, and timing as well as exam center address. The steps to obtain the admit card are explained below:

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

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 center 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 Exam Centres

NTSE 2021 Exam Centers

NTSE 2021 exam is conducted in various states and union territories. Candidates have to indicate their preferred exam center at the time of filling up the NTSE Application Form. The address of the allotted exam center will be mentioned on the admit card. Below is the list of exam centers for the 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 Mandovi, 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 Exam Pattern

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 the stage 1 exam. The pattern for both the Stage 1 and Stage 2 exams is the 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). Here are preparation tips for SAT 
  • The medium of the 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 Syllabus

Syllabus for NTSE Exam

  • The syllabus of NTSE is based on 10 curricula of NCERT.
  • Students are advised to go through 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:

Syllabus of Part 1 – Mental Ability Test (MAT)

Verbal and Non Verbal Analogy Verbal and Non-Verbal Series Water and Mirror Images 
Classification Coding-Decoding Cube and Dice
Alphabet and Number Test Blood Relations Word Problems
Distance and Direction Paper Cutting and Folding Ranking and Arrangements
Venn Diagrams Mathematical Operations Embedded Figures
Calendar, Time, and Clock Missing Characters

Get preparation tips for MAT of NTSE 2021

Syllabus of Part 2 – Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

This section is divided into 3 sections: 

  • Mathematics: There will be 20 questions from this section in the SAT. 
  • Social Science: There will 40 questions asked from this section. 
  • Science: From this section, candidates will face at least 40 questions. Read the syllabus of NTSE 2021

NTSE Books

NTSE 2021 Recommended Books

Books play a very important role in the preparation of any kind of examination. NCERT Books are essential for NTSE Preparation. The following table shows the name of additional 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 Result

NTSE 2021 Result

Those students who have successfully qualified for the test are eligible for the scholarship. Students will be selected for the scholarship based on the final merit list. Once the stage 2 result will be announced, the final merit list will be prepared accordingly.

The merit list will be published on the website. To check the examination result, students can visit the official website of NCERTStudents have to enter their Registration number and Date of Birth to check the result. By following the below steps students can easily download their NTSE 2021 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.

Note: It will not be sent through the post.

NTSE Cut off

NTSE 2021 Cut off

The Cut-off marks are the minimum marks that are required by candidates 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 the stage 2 examination. NCERT publishes category wise and subjects wise cut off marks.

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

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

Go through detailed cutoff Marks of the NTSE exam. 

NTSE Scholarships

NTSE Scholarships

Around 2000 scholarships are awarded for each stage of education. These stages are:

  1. For Class XI to Class XII, a scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month is provided.
  2. For Undergraduates and Postgraduates, a scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month is provided.
  3. For Ph.D., the scholarship amount is fixed as per the UGC norms. Get NTSE Scholarship details here. 
3 Months Crash Course

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


koyena biswas
"I plan to give the NTSE exam in class 12th, can you tell me the amount of Scholarship at the UG level? "
jaya garg

Hi. Shortlisted candidates will get INR 1250 per month for Class 11-12, while INR 2000 per month will be given at the for UG and PG level. The amount is fixed as per UGC norms for research level.

sunny pandey
Can you tell me the dates of the NTSE Stage 2 exam, as I am preparing for the same?
jaya garg

Hi. The NTSE Stage 2 exam is scheduled to be held on June 13, 2021.
The result of Stage 1 will be released separately by all respective states and UTs between February and March 2021 while the result of Stage 2 will be announced by the NCERT in October 2021.

mohammed najamuddin
In order to get the scholarship, do I need to give the NTSE exam and clear it?
jaya garg

Hi. Yes, the NTSE Exam is taken every year at 2 levels including Stage 1 (State Level) and Stage 2 (National level). In order to get the scholarship program, the applicants should qualify for both stages of the exam.

koyena biswas
How do I download my NTA mock test?
jaya garg

Hi Koyena. You can download the mock tests by referring to the official website of NTA and tap on the menu bar of the home page, press on “DOWNLOADS” link. Moreover, you can refer here to download the latest mock tests.

arushi thankur
Can I give NTA mock test at home?
jaya garg

Hi Arushi. Yes, all the candidates applying for these exam can give the mock tests by downloading the same online. Candidates can refer here to download the latest mock tests.

muskan shukla
Can we give NTSE in class 8 ??
diya suresh

Hi Muskan, No you can appear for the test if you are in class 8, however if you are in 9th class you are eligible to apply on condition that you will secure at least 60% marks in 9th class. Students in 10th class from regular or open are also eligible to apply. Find other details at NTSE 2021 eligibility.

what is the scholarship amount for ntse?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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
gurpreet singh

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
gurpreet singh

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
diya suresh

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?
jaya garg

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 ?
aditi arun

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?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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???????
swati srivastava

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
swati srivastava

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