NTSE 2020 Eligibility

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Apr 7, 2020

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Samrat Roy

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NTSE exam is conducted in 2 stages. Stage 1 of NTSE exam is conducted by the state board and stage 2 conducted by NCERT. The candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria to appear for the NTSE 2020.

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 same for all the candidates. The percentage reservation offered remains same for the candidates studying in India or abroad.

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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 2020 Eligibility Criteria 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 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 degree recognized by the board.
  5. The students who have completed/appearing for class 10th examination and are registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) can appear for the NTSE exam. The candidate must be below 18 years of age and must not be employed. 

NTSE 2020 Eligibility Criteria Stage 2

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

NTSE 2020 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 the NTSE stage 2 examinations will be getting reservation benefits.

The general category candidates must secure 40% marks in each of the NTSE exam paper. 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 (schedule tribe) 7.5%
Physically challenged 3%

NTSE 2020 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 NTSE exam is as follows the criteria:

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

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


sanjay acharjee
Can i apply for stage-2 without stage?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sanjay, to appear in Stage 2 exam, it is compulsory to qualify stage 1 firstly.
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meena manohar
I have got 89 marks in OBC category. am i eligible for stage 2 exam
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Meena, OBC and General candidates need to score at least 40% of the total marks. Thus, if you satisfy this criteria, then, you are eligible for stage-2.
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hema bhaskaran
I have got 91marks in stage 1 I belong to OBC am I qualified for stage ??
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Hema, yes, you are eligible to appear in stage-2 of the exam.
manasa sk koushik
My daughter have secured 48 in GMAT and 53 in SAT in stage 1 is she eligible to attend stage 2 , we belong to general
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Manasa, sorry but you are not eligible for stage 2 as students must have scored at least 156 out of the total score in stage 1 exam.
My daughter got 49in GMAT and 49 in sat and a total of 98 and belongs to sc caste. Is she eligible for stage 2?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Aparna, yes, she is eligible for stage 2 exam in NTSE as students from reserved categories have to score at least 32% of the total marks.
tejal shah
My son is in 8th standard. I am interested for 2020 NTSE Exam .At that time he will be in 9th standard.is he eligible for exam? How and when I should apply?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Tejal, candidates can apply for NTSE exam only after passing 9th standard. Thus, he will be able to apply for this exam only after result declaration of 9th class.
mona zope
I got 50 marks in mat but 40 marks in sat . l am eligible for the ntse stage2 ?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Mona, sorry but you are not eligible as student must have scored at least 40% of the total marks including SAT and MAT both.
kalicharan roy
My daughter studies in CBSE board in Class9 bihar. Is she eligible for ntse stage1 exam
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Kalicharan. yes, she can apply for this exam.
mukta chaudhari
Hi, I have got 40 marks in mat and 73 marks in sat, am I eligible for NTSE stage 2
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Mukta, yes, you are eligible for NTSE Stage 2 exam.
prabhat anand
I study in cbse board but in a foriegn school....am i eligible fir any stages?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Prabhat, no, you are not eligible for this exam as only Indian nationals are eligible for NTSE exam.