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NTSE 2017 Qualifying Criteria

Last Updated - December 06, 2016

The NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) 2017 is conducted by NCERT every year to award 1000 scholarships to the most eligible and talented students of the country.

The NTSE is conducted at two stages i.e. Stage I (State Level) and Stage II (National Level). The Foreign candidates are considered eligible to directly appear at Stage II of the NTSE.

NTSE 2017 has three papers to clear at each stage. The paper I is Mental Ability Test (MAT) and is aimed to test the logical, problem solving and intellect ability of a candidate. The questions of this paper cover topics like logical reasoning, series, analogies, problem-solving, quantitative aptitude, figures, etc.

Paper II is Language Test (LT), it basically targeted to test the knowledge of the language of the candidate. This paper is of qualifying nature and its marks are not considered while making the merit list.

Paper III is Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) is conducted to test the candidate’s prowess in subjects like Science, Mathematics, History, Geography, Economics, etc.

NTSE 2017 Eligibility Criteria

NCERT has defined the eligibility criteria for NTSE and here we have provided the detail of the same: -

Stage I (State Level): All the students in India who are appearing in Class X must have scored at least 60% marks in Class IX examination to become eligible to sit in the NTSE and the candidates of reserved category (SC/ST/PH) must have scored 55% in Class IX to appear in the examination.

The State/UT may set the eligibility criteria for the appearing at Stage I (State level) of NTSE 2017.

Stage II (National Level): All the students who have scored at least 80% marks in State Level (Stage I) examination are considered qualified to appear in Stage II (National Level) examination.

NTSE 2017 Qualifying Criteria

The qualifying marks for NTSE 2017 is different for all papers and subjects and is different for all categories. Here we have listed the cutoff marks clearly for each paper, subject, and category.

PapersMaximum MarksQualifying Percentage/ Marks
  General CategorySC/ST/PH Category
Paper I (MAT)49*40% (19.6)35% (17.15)
# Paper II (English Language)5040% (20.0)35% (17.5)
# Paper II (Hindi Language)5040% (20.0)35% (17.5)
Paper III (SAT)96**40% (38.4)35% (33.6)
Total Marks14540% (58)35% (50.75)
  • *: One question dropped from MAT paper
  • **: Four questions dropped from SAT paper
  • #: Qualifying paper (its number will not be considered while preparing the merit list)

NTSE category-wise cut-off marks are given below

CategoryMaximum MarksCutoff Marks
SC (Scheduled Caste)14556.43
ST (Scheduled Tribe)14552.12
PH (Physically Handicapped)14553.47

Important points regarding the NTSE that a candidate must know are mentioned below

  • All the students of Indian Nationality who are studying abroad are considered eligible to appear at Stage II (National Level) of NTSE.
  • Candidates are advised to post the duly signed application along with the photocopy of mark-sheet of the previous examination before December 31, 2016.
  • The application form is supposed to be submitted to the Liaison Officer of State/UT and not to the NCERT.
  • The result of Stage I is expected to be announced in the month of January or February 2017 by States/UTs.
  • Stage II of NTSE is conducted by NCERT and no fee is charged for Stage II examination.



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