National Talent Search Exam (NTSE)

NTSE is a flagship activity of the NCERT started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme was to identify talented students and nurture their talent. Talent refers to the potentiality that manifests itself in a high level of performance in one or more specialized areas. The scheme, therefore, covers areas like Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D. level. For professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation.
From the selection year 2012-13, the NCERT will conduct the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class X only.

15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged Group of Students

Students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the respective Class X Stage I examination conducted by the States/UTs in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.


The amount of scholarship will be:

(a) Scholarship of Rs. 1250/- per month for Class XI to XII.

(b) Scholarship of Rs. 2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post- graduates.

(c) Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. be fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage-I, selection will be done by States/UTs through a written examination. Students who qualify Stage I will be eligible to appear for Stage II examination conducted by NCERT.


The pattern of written examination for Class X will be as follows:
Stage I : Examination at the State/UT level will comprise two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics.
Stage II : Examination at the National level will comprise
(a) Mental Ability Test (MAT),
(b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics & Language Test.

Application Form
You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring application form. However, application form can be downloaded from NCERT website www.ncert.nic.in
The completed application form should be signed by Principal of the school. The candidate/Principal of the school must confirm the last date for submission of Application Form and where to submit it from the State/ UT liaison officer whose addresses are given in the end/NCERT website. Different states may have different last dates for submission of application forms. All queries relating to application forms should be made from State Liaison Officers (LOs). No application should be sent to NCERT.

Announcement of Results
Results of the Stage-I examination will be announced by the respective State Governments/ Union Territories. Results of Stage-II examination will be announced by NCERT.

State Quotas

Each State/Union territory has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage II examination, the details of which will be made available on NCERT website. However, there will be no State/Union territory Quota for the final award of scholarship after the Stage II examination. 

Indian Students Studying Abroad

Indian Students Studying Abroad in Class X can appear directly for Stage II NTS Examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure which is available on the NCERT website. Candidates may fill up the Application Form, available on the NCERT website and send to the undersigned along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of previous examination.

For NTS National Level Examination Inquiry: Phone No : 011-26560464 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)
E-mail : ntse.ncert@yahoo.in
For State Level NTS Examination Enquiry : Contact the Liaison Officer of your State.
For NTS Scholarship Inquiry: Phone No : 011-26562704 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)
E-mail : ntse2@yahoo.co.in

NTSE 2017 Important Dates
NTSE 2017 EventsImportant Dates
Stage 1 Exam in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar IslandsNovember 5, 2016
Stage 1 Exam in all other States/UTsNovember 6, 2016
Stage 1 Exam in Bihar & West Bengal statesNovember 13, 2016
Stage 2 Exam in all the States/UTsMay 14, 2017


  1. Thanks for the informative content on the webpage .Will be thankful enough if you can provide me the direct link from where I can check and download the latest and updated NTSE Application Form .


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