NTSE 2021 Selection Process: Stage 1, Stage 2 & Scholarship

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Mar 19, 2021

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NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) 2021 is a national level examination. This exam has two stages. The Stage -1 of NTSE is conducted by the State, or UT government, and the Stage-2 is conducted by the NCERT on behalf of the Central Government. This exam is for secondary school level to identify and recognize students with high intellect and skills and to provide the scholarship to the deserving students.

The students who will qualify both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of NTSE 2021 will be awarded a scholarship of Rs.1250 every month for Class-XI to XII and Rs.2000 every month for Undergraduate and Post-graduate courses under some eligible conditions. 

This final merit list is prepared on the basis of the scores of Stage 1 and Stage 2. Out of total seats, 15% of the total scholarships are reserved for SC candidates, 3% for Physically Handicapped candidates, and 7.5% for candidates belonging to the ST category.

NTSe Stage 1

Stage 1: State Level Examination

Stage 1 of NTSE is the primary stage of the selection procedure. This stage is conducted by the respective States and Union Territories. Each State has exam centers for NTSE 2021.

  • This exam is primarily to recommend a number of candidates for the 2nd level test, conducted by NCERT.
  • The first stage of NTSE comprises two papers.
  • Paper 1 is the Mental Ability Test (MAT) containing 100 MCQs with a time duration of 120 Minutes.
  • Paper 2 is the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) containing 100 MCQs and the time duration is 2 hours or 120 minutes.

For more details check NTSE Exam Pattern and Syllabus.

Important Facts of NTSE Stage 1

  • The marks of the State level Examination are not added to the National Level Examination for the award of scholarship.
  • No correspondence will be entertained by the NCERT with regard to Stage 1examination conducted by the State/UT.
  • The candidate having any query/ complaint/ clarification with regard to the State Level Examination shall have to correspond only with the state examination agencies.

Check NTSE Pattern & Syllabus

Quota Allocated for States/Union Territory

While from various states and UTs of India, candidates are giving the state-1 exam, applied students must also know about the NTSE 2021 quota allocated for States and Union Territory. Here is a list where you can find the quota of your state or from the state you are presenting:

States/UTs Quota
Andaman & Nicobar Islands 20
Andhra Pradesh 263
Arunachal Pradesh 50
Assam 202
Bihar 691
Chandigarh 20
Chattisgarh 195
Dadra & Nagar Haveli 20
Daman & Diu 20
Delhi 153
Goa 50
Gujarat 360
Haryana 186
Himachal Pradesh 51
Jammu & Kashmir 64
Jharkhand 142
Karnataka 371
Kerala 220
Lakshdweep 20
Madhya Pradesh 530
Maharashtra 774
Manipur 50
Meghalaya 50
Mizoram 50
Nagaland 50
Odisha 259
Puducherry 20
Punjab 183
Rajasthan 485
Sikkim 50
Tamil Nadu 466
Telangana 216
Tripura 50
Uttar Pradesh 1408
Uttarakhand 79
West Bengal 569
TOTAL 8387

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NTSE Stage 2

Stage 2: National Level Examination

The 2nd Stage of the NTSE exam is conducted by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) itself. Only the candidates who qualify in the first stage are allowed to sit in stage 2 of the examination. Qualified candidates from different states will be allotted with an exam center of the same state or in the selected state. In the year, the NTSE Stage 2 has been scheduled for June 13, 2021. the final result is expected to be out in October 2021. 

The second stage of NTSE also has 2 papers: Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Both papers have 100 MCQs and the allotted time is 120 minutes. The exam will be taken in offline mode. The medium of examination will be as per the candidate's choice between English or Hindi. Only the selected candidates shall be informed by registered letter and through NCERT website Along with the individual results, NCERT also published cut-off scores for the NTSE Stage II exam.

NTSE 2021: Qualifying Marks

Category Qualifying Marks
Scheduled Caste 32%
Scheduled Tribes 32%
PWD 32%
General 32%
NTSE Final Selection

NTSE 2021: Final Selection

  • The final selection will be made depending on the NTSE 2021 merit list. This merit list will be issued by the NCERT.
  • Shortly after the declaration of the result, NCERT will release the cutoff of NTSE 2021.
  • The merit list will be final and no further correspondence regarding rechecking will be entertained.
  • For maintaining transparency, the OMR sheets of qualified students are also released along with the result.
  • Only, 2000 scholarships are given among the qualified students of NTSE 2021.
Eligibility of Scholarship

NTSE 2021: Eligibility of the Scholarship

The awardees will be sent an award letter, certificate of the NTSE scholarship, and the details of the disbursement of the scholarship in due time. The awardees studying in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Commerce, vocational studies, and fine arts will be eligible to receive a scholarship up to Ph.D. level whereas the awardees studying professional courses in medicines, engineering, technology, management, and law, will be eligible to receive the scholarship up to second-degree level.

The awardee will receive INR 1290/- per month for Class XI and XII and then in Under-graduation and Post-graduation, the awardee will receive INR 2000/- per month. The NTSE 2021 scholarship will be disbursed and renews under the following rules:

  • Candidates who get into the approved courses.
  • The awardee must secure a minimum of 60% score in aggregate every year.
  • Has good conduct (Certified by the Head of Institution/College and continue to study as a regular student)
  • Is not absent without proper leave
  • Takes up whole-time basis studies
  • Does not take up any sort of paid jobs

Check Scholarship Criteria for NTSE

Disbursement of Scholarship

NTSE Scholarship 2021: Disbursement of Scholarship

  • They have to submit a Claim Bill every year as long as they want the academic scholarship.
  • This document will contain details about
    • Student’s school/ college,
    • Course they have opted for along with the various subjects and total marks secured in the particular year.
    • An acceptance undertaking
    • Character certificate to be filled by the school principal
    • Claim bill proforma for payment of scholarship asking details – bank account and advance receipt
    • Annual Progress Report
  • Aspirants will receive the scholarship account online mode.
  • They must score a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in order to be awarded the scholarship.
  • If they fail to obtain the minimum marks then scholarship for that year will be forfeited.
  • Aspirants will be rendered ineligible for scholarship payment if they fail to score the minimum aggregate for 2 consecutive or non-consecutive years.
NTSE Result FAQs

NTSE Result 2021 FAQs

Ques. How many levels, the exam is conducted? 

Ans. The exam is conducted in two stages – state level and national level. Each stage comprises two papers namely MAT (Mental Ability Test) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).

Ques. How Can I contact the National Council of Educational Research and Training?

Ans.The Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016

  • Phone: 011-26560464
  • Email:
  • Website:

Ques. How many scholarships are awarded every year through NTSE?

Ans. About 2000 scholarships are awarded every year through NTSE. Candidates will be allocated scholarships on the basis of the final result only.

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


Once scholarship are given to us, can it be taken back?
jaya garg

Hi. Aspirants will be rendered ineligible for scholarship payment if they fail to score the minimum aggregate for 2 consecutive or non-consecutive years. Get more details on NTSE Scholarship 2021 here.

I have not cleared the stage 1 exam, can I apply for the stage 2 exam?
jaya garg

Hi. No, only the selected candidates who cleared the first stage can apply for stage 2. Selected candidates will be informed by registered letter and through NCERT website Only, 2000 scholarships are given among the qualified students of NTSE 2021.

Is there any reservation for the candidates belonging to SC category?
jaya garg

Hi. Yes, out of total seats, 15% of the total scholarships are reserved for SC candidates, 3% for Physically Handicapped candidates, and 7.5% for candidates belonging to the ST category. You can get reservation if belonging to reserved category.