NTSE 2021 Notification: Exam Dates (out), Application form (for Andhra out) & Eligibility Criteria

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Oct 14, 2020

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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 Application form will be released in September 2020 (tentatively). 

Latest: NTSE 2019 Bihar stage 1 result has been declared on June 12, 2020. Click here

  • NTSE 2020 application form for Andhra Pradesh has been released. Check details here
  • 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
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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: 


NTSE 2021 Dates (Tentative)

Start Date of NTSE 2021 Registration form

Last week of July 2020

NTSE Application Last Date

August/ September 2020

NTSE Stage 1 Admit Card Release Date

October 15 to November 15, 2020

NTSE Stage 1 for Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar islands

November 2, 2020

NTSE Stage 1 Exam Date 2020 (for all other states and UTs except above-mentioned states)

November 3, 2020

NTSE Stage 1 Exam Date 2020 for Karnataka, West Bengal, Kerala, Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, Jharkhand & Bihar

November 15, 2020

Stage- 1 Result

Jan - April 2021

NTS Stage- II Admit Card 2020

April 2021

NTSE Stage 2 Exam Date

May 9, 2021

NTSE Final Results

September 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








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Madhya Pradesh



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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. www.ncert.nic.in.
  • 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.


yash raj singh
How do I crack the NTSE exam?
kavita rani

Hi Yash. NTSE or National Talent Search Examination is considered as the most prominent scholarship exams at the high school level in India. To prepare for the Mental Ability Test, candidates must lay focus on doing more practice test papers so that they can get familiarity about a wide range of questions. Since this section has some tricky questions, so candidates are suggested to do enough practice of verbal and non-verbal questions. For more useful tips, refer here.

What are the tips and best books for preparing NTSE?
kavita rani

Hi Pradeepraj. The National Talent Research Examination (NTSE) is one of the most popular scholarship exams, so it is important to study harder to crack the exam. Some of the books that can be referred include A Comprehensive Manual for NTSE by Access Publishing, Target NTSE Class 10 Stage 1 & 2 by Disha Experts, etc. You can refer here to check out other books.

sourajit mukherjee
Is the NTSE exam available for class 11?
kavita rani

Hi sourajit. The candidates who are in class IX are eligible to give the NTSE, they must have cleared class IX with minimum 60% marks. NTSE exam can also be given by 10th class pursuing students. For more deatils, refer here. 

tejaswini c
I'm studying in 10th right now and I saw that registration date is over can I attend exam now

Hello Tejaswini,

Unfortunately, you can not attend the examination without filling up the application form.

Do every state question papers are different?

Hello Andheri,

Yes, the question paper for every state in Stage I is different. 

tejaswini c
I'm 10th class and as I saw above last date is September and I came to know about this in October can I attend this exam. Now

Hello Tejaswani,

Unfortunately, you can not attend the examination anymore as the deadline for form filling has already crossed.

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hritik tripathi
I have passed the class 12th for CBSE. I am 20 years old. Can I appear for NTSE Exam? I want to attend for this exam.

Hi Hritik. No, you cannot appear for NTSE exam. Only the students of Class X are eligible.

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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Muskan, you can refer the article above to know about the NTSE exam. Links for eligibility criteria and application process has been mentioned below:

shikha suman
will i get the application form in my school?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Shikha, application forms can be filled online or can be downloaded from the official website of the respective region only. You can check the application procedure in detail from here: NTSE Application Process

ruchi sharma
hello,i am in 12th and am going to clear in march2020 so can i give NTSE2020?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Ruchi, sorry but you are not eligible for this exam as candidates appearing in class 10th are eligible only. You can check other eligibility criteria for this exam from here: NTSE Eligibility Criteria