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NTSE 2021 Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit, Educational Qualification and Reservation Policies

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Mar 19, 2021

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NTSE exam is conducted in 2 stages. Stage 1 of the NTSE exam is conducted by the state board and stage 2 is conducted by NCERT. The candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria to appear for the NTSE 2021.

The candidate can appear for the NTSE only if he or she is an Indian national or a candidate of Indian origin. 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. The NTSE reservation policy is the same for all the candidates. The percentage reservation offered remains the same for the candidates studying in India or abroad.

NTSE eligibility criteria must be completely understood before applying for the NTSE exam. The candidates must be clear that the eligibility criteria for both stage 1 and stage 2 are different. The NTSE eligibility criteria in details for both the stages are as follows:

NTSE Age Limit

NTSE Eligibility Criteria - Age Limit

The conducting body has released the upper age limit for all candidates along with the official notification in the NTSE Stage 1. Open students must be below the age of 18 years. This age limit is applicable for both Indian students as well as for students of Indian origin studying abroad. 

Note: The applied candidates must not be employed whether they are studying from an open school or of Indian origin studying abroad.


NTSE Stage 1 Eligibility

NTSE 2021 Eligibility: Educational Qualification for Stage 1

  1. The NTSE exam requires candidates to be registered with the State/UT exam conducting body. Only Indian nationals are eligible to apply.
  2. The candidates who are in class X can also apply for the test.
  3. The candidates who wish to give NTSE exam in class X must have cleared the class IX examination from a recognized board. The candidate must have completed the class IX examination with a minimum of 60% marks.
  4. The candidates must have obtained a degree recognized by the board.
  5. The students who have completed/appearing for the class 10th examination and are registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) can appear for the NTSE exam.

Eligibility for Stage 2

NTSE 2021 Eligibility Criteria for Stage 2

  1. Students who have secured 80% marks on the state board are eligible for stage 2 of the NTSE exam.
  2. Every year around 4000 candidates appear for stage 2 of the NTSE exam.  The candidates who clear the NTSE stage 2 with the minimum marks defined are eligible for scholarships.

Reservation Policy for Indians

NTSE 2021 Reservation Policy for Indian Nationals

The NTSE will follow some rules defined by the Government of India. The candidate must be Indian nationals. The candidates who qualify for the NTSE stage 2 examinations will be getting reservation benefits.

The general category candidates must secure 40% marks in each of the NTSE exam papers. The reserved category students need to secure 32% marks in each of the exams. The NTSE reservation scheme is as follows:

Category details Percentage reservation
SC (Schedule Cast) 15%
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 7.5%
Physically Challenged 3%
Reservation Policy for Abroad Students

NTSE 2021 Reservation Scheme for Indian Nationals Studying Abroad

The candidates of Indian origin who are completing class 10 from any foreign board or school will be getting a scholarship only if he/she studies further in India. The reservation ratio percentage scheme in the NTSE exam is as follows the criteria:

Category Percentage Reservation
SC (Scheduled Caste) 15%
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 7.5%
Physically Challenged 3%
NTSE 2021 FAQs

NTSE 2021 FAQs

Ques. Can Class 12 students apply for NTSE Exam?

Ans. No, NTSE Examination is not for students of Class 12th. This exam is conducted by NCERT only for students from Class 10th.

Ques. Can Class 11 students apply for NTSE Exam?

Ans. No, only the students studying class 10th, can apply for the NTSE exam. 

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

Comments


78 Comments
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uma goenka
I am an Indian aged 16 years old, can I give the NTE exam?
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jaya garg

Hi. The candidates planning to give the NTSE exam must be an Indian national or a candidate of Indian origin. The upper age limit defined for the NTSE test is so you are eligible. Even the candidates doing class 10 from open school can appear for the exam.

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koyena biswas
How many students apply for the NTSE exam year, is it a competitive exam?
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jaya garg

Hi. Each year close to 4000 candidates appear for stage 2 of the NTSE exam. The candidates who clear the NTSE stage 2 with the required percentage are eligible to get the scholarships.

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sunny pandey
I have obtained 58% marks in class 9th, am I eligible to give the exam?
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jaya garg

Hi. Candidates who are in class IX can also appear for the NTSE; but they need clear the class IX exam with 60 % marks. So you are not eligible. Check detailed NTSE 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

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mohammed najamuddin
I am doing class 10th from open school of learning, am I eligible to apply?
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jaya garg

Hi. The candidate can appear for the NTSE only if they are Indian nationals or a candidate of Indian origin. Yes, candidates who are doing class 10 from open school can appear for the exam are eligible to apply for the exam.

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aditya dadhich
What is the fees for students passing 9th above 60 percent
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diya suresh

NTSE is a scholarship test that is conducted every year in 2 stages. To avail benefits of the scholarship, it is mandatory to qualify both stages.  Those qualifying will get INR 1250 per month for class 11-12, INR 200 per month for UG and PG level. The fee will be determined based on the performance in NTSE exam and not on 9th percentage.

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aditya dadhich
What is the fees ?
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diya suresh

There will be 2 stages for the exam stage 1 and stage 2. For stage 1, the fee may vary as per the state or UT, while for stage 2 there is no fee applicable. The application fee needs to be paid in offline mode. Only after paying the fee, the form can be submitted and admit card will be released for successfully registered candidates.

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ramesh babu
When we apply
D
diya suresh

NTSE results for 2020 session will be declared from January to March 2021 and next dates will be announed via official notification on the official website. Registration is required for stage 1 only and those qualifying the stage 1 will be qualified for stage 2. Check details of eligibility before applying for the exam. 

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ramesh babu
Can9th apply for the NTSC
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diya suresh

For stage 1, yes you are very much eligible for the test as the minimum required eligibility is 9th or appearing for 10th exam. In 9th class you must have secured at least 60% marks to be eligible. For those appearing for 10th exam from Open university are also eligible to apply. There are other factors of eligibility that must be fulfilled to be eligible. To get details visit NTSE 2021 eligibility criteria.

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mehak duhan
I am studying in class 9 and I have to give class 9 examination when can I apply for ntse?
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diya suresh

Hi Mehak, The students who are currently in class 9 can also apply for the exam on condition that you will secure at least 60% marks in the final exam. Those in class 10 or who have studied from open school can also apply for the exam. Find more details at NTSE 2021 eligibility.

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ammar zaheer ahmed
what is the last date of submitting ntse application form in bihar?
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jaya garg

Hi Ammar. Candidates who qualify NTSE stage 1 2021 exam need to appear for the NTSE stage 2, which will be conducted on June 13, 2021. Deadline to submit the form is not disclosed as of now.
Further details are mentioned here.
 

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ravi shankar srivastava
Hello I m in class 10 but did not given ntse exam due to vividh can I give exam in next year 2021 when I will be in 11
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manika gupta

Hi, The candidates who wish to give NTSE exam in class X must have cleared class IX examination from a recognized board. The candidate must have completed the class IX examination with a minimum of 60% marks. The candidates must have obtained degree recognized by the board.

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ankush kumar
Hii every body I am in class 10 in this current academic year 2020-21. I missed this year N. T. S. E exam due to some unavoidable reasons.So whether I can re appear for NTSE in session 2021-22??
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gurpreet singh

Hi Ankur

Yes you can apply for the exam you can check your eligibility criteria of NTSE on our official website. You will get all the possible details about the exam from there including the syllabus and preparation tips.

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abhilasha
Hi everyone, I am in grade 10 right now.Can I apply for NTSE in 2021,when I will be in grade11?
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gurpreet singh

HI Abhilasha

Yes you can apply for the exam as the candidate should be below 18 years old and should pass class 9th with minimum 60% if you are in class 10th you can still apply for the exam. Visit on our official website of NTSE ELigiblity of the exam to check whether you qualify all the requirements of the exam.

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kamran rasool
Hi everyone , Can I apply for ntse , I am in 9th and will be promoted to 10th in march 2021.
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gurpreet singh

Hi kamran

Greeting of the day

The minimum education qualify required to apply for NTS is you need to pass class 9th with 60%. Candidates who are in calss 9th or will be promoted to class 10th can apply for the NTSE. For more information regarding eligibility criteria visit on NTSE Eligibility

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rau indore
How much marks I would need to have out of 200 to qualify for second round
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swati srivastava

Hi Rau, Greetings from Collegedunia. NTSE exam is a national level examination conducted by NCERT. You must score at least 40% in each paper. For more details visit: NTSE EXAM

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satyam kumar pathak
is age or class is compulsory can we give this exam if we are in 9 th and going to 10 th next year
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gurpreet singh

Hi Satyam

You need to qualify your 9th calss with 60% marks. If you are in class 9th and will be promoted to class 10th soon you can still apply for NTSE exam. Visit on NTSE Exam Eligibility to know the whole exam criteria.

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avinash sahu
Are there any eligibility conditions for appearing in the screening examination like qualifying percentage of marks in the previous year annual examination etc.?
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jaya garg

Hi Avinash. Candidates must be an Indian national. Candidates must be studying in class 10 in a recognized private or government school in India. Unemployed candidates less than 18, studying in class 10 from open or distance learning are also eligible to apply. Check out the detailed NTSE eligibility criteria here.
 

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puja sao
Does the scheme have provision of reservation for physically challenged students?
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jaya garg

Hi Puja. The candidates belonging to general category must obtain minimum 40% marks in each of the NTSE exam paper while the ones belonging to the reserved category need to secure 32% marks in each of the exams. You can check out more details here.
 

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zubeda yasmeen
How many marks needed to pass in ntse stage 2
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aditi arun

Hello Zubeda,

The marks needed to qualify stage 1 of NTSE for a general candidate is 40% separately in both the papers and for a reserved category candidate it is 32%. For more information, visit – NTSE Result

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divakar sharma
When can one appear for NTS Stage-1 Examination?
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jaya garg

Hi Divakar. Candidates must be an Indian national and 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 can also apply. Check detailed eligibity here.