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NTSE 2018

Last Updated - July 14, 2017

NTSE is a National Level Examination conducted by National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) to provide scholarship to the deserving candidates. NTSE is abbreviated as National Talent Search Examination.

  • NTSE is held every year in two stages. NTSE 2018 stage 1, exam will be held in the month of November 2017.
  • On the other hand, NTSE 2018 stage 2, exam will be conducted in the month of May 2018.
  • NTSE exam is for secondary school students only.
  • For both the stages, the exam is divided into three papers i.e. Scholastic Aptitude Test, Mental Ability Test and Language Test.
  • The paper is conducted through offline mode only and has objective type questions only.
  • For every correct answer, students will be awarded by 1 mark while, there is no negative marking in stage 1 paper.
  • In stage 2 papers, 1/3 marks will be deducted for every incorrect attempt.
  • Students can easily obtain NTSE 2018 Application Form from State/ UT Liasion Officer.
  • Before appearing into the examination, students are advised to download the admit card from the official website of NCERT.
  • Students can check the notification regarding admit card from the NCERT official website.

Every year around 1,200,000 to 1,400,000 students appear for the examination, while only 5000 students are selected for stage 2. Out of these 5000 students only 1000 candidates are selected for the scholarship.

NTSE 2018 Highlights Table

The following table shows the information about the exam:

NTSE 2018 Stage 1 Date of examNovember 2017
NTSE 2018 Stage 2 Date of examMay 2018
Conducting BodyNational Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT)
Mode of ExamOffline
Medium of ExamEnglish and Hindi
Duration of Exam3 Hours
Type and Number of QuestionsObjective Type Multiple Choice Questions (MAT (50 Questions), LT (50 Questions), SAT (100 Questions)
Sections3 (Mental Ability Test, Language Test, Scholastic Ability Test)

NTSE 2018 Dates

Examination dates will be announced on the official website of NCERT. The following table shows all the important dates regarding NTSE 2018:

Application Forms for Stage 1August 2017
NTSE 2018 Stage 1 Admit CardOctober 2017
NTSE 2018 Stage 1 Exam DateNovember 2017
NTSE 2018 Stage 2 Exam DateMay 2018

NTSE 2018 Eligibility

NCERT strictly follows the eligibility criteria. Students must check their eligibility criteria before appearing in the exam. The eligibility criteria for both the stages are as follows:

  • Stage I: Students who are appearing in class X must have scored at least 60% marks in class IX exams to become eligible to sit in NTSE and students belong to SC/ ST/ PH must have scored 55% marks in class IX to appear in the exam.
  • Stage II: Those students who have scored at least 80% marks in state level exam are eligible to appear in stage II exam.

NTSE 2018 Application Form

Students can fill NTSE 2018 Application Form through both the online and offline modes. The application form will be distributed separately by different states. The last date of application submission also varies from state to state. The following steps explain the various application processes:

  • The online application form can be easily obtained using the official admission portal. On the other hand, the offline application form can be downloading from the official website link or by contacting state/ UT officer.
  • Students need to fill the application form for stage I and there is no application form for stage 2 exam.
  • Stage I, application form will be available in the month of September 2018.
  • Examination details and roll numbers will be directly send to the selected candidates through speed post by NCERT. In the second stage of NTSE, no need of separate application or fee is required to send.
  • Indian Nationality students, who are studying abroad, need to apply through the Head of Institution where they are studying presently. The filled in applications should be sent to the following address along with the attested copy of Class IX.

Head Education Survey Division

NCERT, Delhi – 16

NTSE 2018 Admit Card

NTSE 2018 Admit Card is a very important document for those candidates who are appearing in the exam. Without admit card students are not allowed to appear for the exam. The exam conducting authority issues admit card through offline mode for both the stages. NTSE 2018 first stage, admit card is available from late October 2017.

On the other hand, second stages NTSE 2018 Admit Card will be issued tentatively during the third week of April 2018. The admit card contains the information regarding students’ name, roll number, registration number, application number, venue, exam time and date etc.

Students can get NTSE 2018 admit card through following steps:

  • The admit card is issued at the Office of Chief Superintendent by post.
  • In case admit card is not sent to this address, students can obtain the admit card from the chief superintendent office before the last date of issue of admit card which is the first week of November.

NTSE 2018 Exam Centers

NTSE examination is conducted in various states. At the time of filling application form, students have to select the particular exam centre. Once the application form is successfully submitted students can check the name of examination center on the admit card.

Following table shows the details of the examination center like location, contact number etc.:

Examination Center LocationContact Number
Arunachal Pradesh0360-2203509
A&N Island03192225093
West Bengal033-24865171
New Delhi & Western UP011-25693499
Himachal Pradesh0179-2270580
Uttar Pradesh0532-2622058
Daman & Diu02602630624
Madhya Pradesh0755-2551640
Andhra Pradesh0863-2596124
Tamil Nadu044-22240739

NTSE 2018 Exam Pattern

NTSE 2018 exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage I and Stage II. Stage I examination is conducted at state level by the state authorities. The paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. Students need to select any one language from both the languages. The paper is divided into three sections i.e.  Mental Ability Test (MAT), Language Test (LT), Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).

  • The examination is conducted through the offline mode only.
  • The paper is comprised of Objective type multiple choice questions.
  • For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given and there is no negative marking at this stage
  • For every wrong answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted.
  • Reserved category candidates have to secure 32% marks in each year to qualify the test, whereas general category candidates have to secure 40% marks to qualify the test.

The examination pattern of both the Stage I and Stage II are explained below:

SectionNo of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Allotted

NTSE 2018 Syllabus

NTSE examination is conducted through offline mode only. The syllabus of NTSE is based on 10+2 curriculum of NCERT. Students are advised to go through each and every topic while preparing for the exam. NTSE consists of multiple choice questions which are asked from the subjects like Mathematics, Science, Social Science, English, General Knowledge and Mental Ability syllabus.

Following is the detailed explanation of all the topics of different subjects along with the weight-age of particular topic:

Mathematics Syllabus 

NTSE Mathematics section contains around 30 questions which includes the topics from class 6 to 10.

Algebraic Expressions5%
Arithmetic Progressions1%
Basic Geometry15%
Coordinate Geometry1%
Direct& Inverse Variations0%
Linear Equation3%
Number System9%
Percentage& Its Application8%
Playing with Number1%
Probability 1%
Quadratic Equations8%
Rational Numbers1%
Simple & Compound Interest 2%
Square & Cube Roots3%
Surface Areas and Volume4%

Science Syllabus  

In the science syllabus, topics are included from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This section contains around 35 questions.

Acid Bases and Salts2%
Carbon and its Compound6%
Cellular Level of Organization4%
Diversity in Living organisms 2%
Fibres and Plastics1%
Food Production & Management1%
Heredity and Evolution1%
Human Body7%
Life Processes4%
Light 5%
Acid Bases and Salts2%
Magnetic & Electricity at Work5%
Metals & Non Metals5%
Motion and Force3%
Our Environment5%
Periodic Classification of Elements2%
Some Common Diseases7%
Sound of Energy4%
Structure of Atom3%
The Universe1%
Work and Energy6%

Social Science Syllabus  

In this subject, topics are from History, Civics, Geography, Economics and General Awareness. This section contains around 35 questions.

British raj5%
Culture, Science and Literature1%
Democracy and Elections2%
Diversity and Livelihood2%
Early Medieval Period3%
Early States1%
Eighteen Century Political Formation1%
French Revolution1%
India and Its Neighbours2%
Indian Constitution4%
Indian Economics4%
Indian Freedom Struggle5%
Indus Valley Civilization4%
Industrial Revolution2%
Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks 2%
Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History2%
Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands2%
Local and State Government1%
Medieval Architecture and Culture1%
Motion of the Earth3%
Nationalism in Various Countries2%
Natural Vegetation3%
New Empires and Kingdoms2%
Our Country- India4%
Popular Movements and Social Reforms2%
Resources and Development5%
Solar System1%
The Delhi Sultanate3%
The Judiciary2%
The Maurayas2%
The Mughal Empire5%
UN and International Agencies1%
Union Government2%
Vedic Period2%
Water Resources 2%
World History3%

English Syllabus 

One Word Substitution 30%
Paragraph Completion5%
Reading Comprehension10%
Rearrangement of Jumbled Words5%
Sentence Completion10%
English Grammar10%

General Knowledge Syllabus 

Awards and Recognitions10%
Books and Authors10%

Mental Ability Syllabus  

Alphabets and Number test1%
Analogy(Non Verbal)5%
Blood relations9%
Calendar, Time and Clock1%
Cube and Dice5%
Direction Sense7%
Embedded Figure5%
Figure Partition and Dot Situation1%
Mathematical Operations3%
Missing Character9%
Paper Folding and Cutting2%
Ranking and Arrangements7%
Series (Verbal)7%
Series(Non Verbal)8%
Venn Diagrams2%
Water and Mirror Images4%

Books play a very important role for the preparation of any kind of examination. The following table shows the names of the books which every aspirant must study:

Name of the BookPublisher
Study Package for NTSE Class X (English) 1st and 2nd EditionMc Graw Hill
Practice Papers NTSE X (English) 1st EditionTMH Books
The Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st EditionSaurabh Priyadarshini and Navi C. Joshi
NTSE Explorer: MAT + SAT + New English Language Test for class 10th ( English)Sonia Lal

NTSE 2018 Result

Those students who have successfully qualified the test are eligible for scholarship.  To check the examination result, students can visit the official website of NCERT i.e. Students have to enter their Registration number and Date of Birth to check the result. The result will be available in PDF file format.

By following the below steps students can easily download their NTSE 2018 Result:

  • Visit the official website of state government/ union Territories
  • Search for NTSE Result link
  • After clicking on the link, students will be redirected to another page
  • Enter the details like Roll number, date of birth
  • Click on the submit button
  • After clicking on the button, the result will be displayed on the screen. Students can download the result for their future use.

Students will be selected for the scholarship on the basis of the final merit list. Once the stage II result will be announced the final merit list will be prepared accordingly. The merit list is published on the website. It will not be sent through post.

NTSE 2018 Cut off

Cut off marks are the minimum marks that are required by candidate to clear the examination. The cut-off marks will be declared by the respective states. The final cut-off mark will be declared by NCERT after the completion of stage II examination. NCERT publishes category wise and subject wise cut-off marks.

The factors affecting the state wise cut-off marks are as follows:

  • Students appearing in the exam
  • Difficulty level of the paper
  • Marking scheme
  • Number of seats available

The following table shows the category wise and subject wise cut-off marks:

Category wise cut-off marks

CategoriesNTSE Cut-off 2016Maximum marks of MAT, SAT

Subject wise cut-off marks

Test PapersMaximum MarksQualifying Percentage
  ST/ SC/ PHGeneral
Paper I MAT49*35% (17.15)40% (19.6)
Paper II English5035% (17.5)40% (20.0)
Paper II Hindi5035% (17.5)40% (20.0)
Paper III SAT96**35% (33.6)40% (38.4)
Total Marks14535% (50.75)40% (58)



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