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NTSE 2017- National Talent Scholarship Examination

NTSE (National Talent Scholarship Examination)is conducted by NCERT for Class X students. It is a two-tier exam, where the first exam is state-level and the second exam is national-level.

To be eligible for NTSE, candidates must have secured at least 60% (Unreserved) in their class IX. The exam consists of 3 papers viz. Mental Ability Test (MAT), Language Test (LT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

  • NTSE 2017 (Paper 2) was successfully held on May 14, 2017. Now, candidates await their NTSE Result.
  • Nearly 4000 students appeared for NTSE Stage 2. The qualifying marks for each paper is 40% of unreserved category and 32% for reserved category candidates.
  • National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will also be declaring the official answer keys and a provisional merit list by June 2017. 
  • NTSE Stage 1 exam was successfully held on November 5, 6 and 13, 2017. You may check NTSE Result (Paper 1) below:
StatesNTSE Result link
Delhi State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Haryana State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Himachal Pradesh State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Karnataka State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Kerala State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Madhya Pradesh State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Odisha State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here

Candidates can visit the official website of NTSE i.e. to check NTSE Result. They must then enter their login credentials viz. registration number and date of birth to access the same. 

NTSE aims to spot candidates with high intellect all over the nation, who study in class X. The scholarship will be awarded to the qualifying candidates on the basis of their performances in both the stages. Check  NTSE  Qualifying Criteria

Highlights of NTSE

Name of the exam

National Talent Scholarship Examination (NTSE)

Conducting body

National Council of Educational Research and Training (CBSE)

Exam type

State Level and National Level

Exam cetegory

Senior Secondary

No. of scholarships awarded1000

NTSE 2017 Exam Dates

Candidates can go through the table of important events given below to keep themselves updated:

Last date to submit NTSE 2017 Application FormTo be notified by the respective State/UT
NTSE 2017 Admit Card (Paper 1) will be available fromOctober 25, 2016 - November 5, 2016
NTSE 2017 Exam Date (Paper 1) for Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar IslandsNovember 5, 2016
NTSE 2017 Exam Date (Paper 1) for all other States/UTsNovember 6, 2016
NTSE 2017 Exam Date (Paper 1) for Bihar & West Bengal November 13, 2016
NTSE 2017 Exam Date (Paper 2) for All States/UTsMay 14, 2017
NTSE 2017 Result Date (Paper 2)June 2017

NTSE 2017 Eligibility

There are certain criteria laid out by CBSE that one should keep in mind before applying for the exam. The eligibility criteria for each stage differs. The detailed criteria are provided below.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria (Stage 1)

  • Candidates must be an Indian national.
  • Class X students can also apply for Stage 1.
  • A minimum of 60% marks Class IX is required. SC, ST and PH candidates will need 55% marks in Class IX.
  • Candidate must be studying in a recognized school in their respective State or Union Territory.
  • Those who are registered in Open Distance Learning (ODL) programme will also be considered eligible if they are below 18 years of age (as on July 1, 2017) and are not employed when they appear for Class X exam.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria (Stage 2)

  • Candidates will need 80% marks or above in the State level exam, to be considered eligible.
  • Every student who secures the minimum required marks in Stage II will be eligible for the scholarship program.

Read more about  NTSE Eligibility

NTSE Form 2017

The application process for NTSE 2017 will be conducted offline. Candidates will be required to take a printout of the application form and send it to the specified authority after filling in the details.

Some general guidelines regarding the form filling process are as discussed below.

  • For printing out the NTSE Form, use a legal size paper – 8.5” to 14”.
  • Ensure that all fields are filled in correctly and completely.
  • Remember to mention the UT or state where you wish to appear for the exam.
  • Reservation criteria mentioned in the form will be applicable at State or UT level, not at the national level.
  • Candidates must ensure that the admit card attached to the application form doesn’t get detached.

How to fill NTSE Form?

The process of form filling is different for Indian students who are studying in their home country and Indian students studying abroad. The details are provided below.

Indian Students

  1. Candidates must download the application form available on the official NCERT website.
  2. After filling in all fields, the applicant must get the form signed by the principal of his school.
  3. Then the application form must be submitted to the State Liaison Officer before the last date of submission.

Indian Students Studying Abroad

  1. Such candidates can directly apply for Stage 2 of the NTSE 2017 exam.
  2. The application form will have to be downloaded from the website.
  3. The duly filled in application must be sent with a photocopy of the mark sheet of the previous exam to the following address:

Head, Educational Survey Division,

National Council of Educational Research and Training,

Sri Aurobindo Marg,

New Delhi – 110016.

NTSE Admit Card 2017

The admit card for NTSE will be made available by the authorities according to the official schedule. It will contain important information such as the candidate’s name, candidate’s roll number, exam date and timing as well as exam center address.

The steps to obtain the NTSE Admit Card are explained below:

  1. NTSE admit cards for NTSE (Stage 1) will be sent by post to the candidate’s address, as specified in the application form.
  2. In case the admit card is not received, candidates can visit the office of Chief Superintendent to obtain their hall ticket.
  3. The admit card for NTSE (Stage 2) will be available on the official NCERT website a week before the date of the exam.
  4. Candidates must download their respective hall tickets from the website.

Documents to carry along with NTSE Admit Card

Carrying only the admit card on the day of the exam is not enough. Entry inside the exam center will not be granted if the student fails to produce his photo ID card. A candidate must carry any one of the below documents:

  • Valid photo ID in original and a photocopy of the same
  • Any one of these will be accepted for Photo Identification purposes:
  1. Driver’s License
  2. Passport
  3. Aadhar Card
  4. Voter’s Card
  5. PAN card

NTSE Exam Pattern

NTSE Exam Pattern for both the stages is more or less similar. Both the papers will be conducted offline. Here is the stage-wise exam pattern in NTSE:

NTSE Exam Pattern- Paper 1

  • Stage 1 is conducted at State/UT level by the concerned State/UT authorities.
  • Candidates can choose between English or Hindi language.
  • Each correct answer is awarded +1 mark and there is no negative marking applicable at this stage.
  • The paper is divided into two parts and total duration to solve the test is 90 minutes.
  • There will be a total of 200 questions from Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) sections:
TestNo. Of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Allotted


50 Questions

50 Marks

45 minutes

SAT- Language Test

50 Questions

50 Marks

45 minutes

SAT- Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences

100 Questions

100 Marks

90 minutes

NTSE Exam Pattern- Paper 2

  • Candidates who clear Paper 1 will be shortlisted for Stage 1.
  • This paper is too divided into Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) sections.
  • NTSE Exam Pattern for Stage 2 is similar to the first stage. However, a negative marking of 1/3 marks is applicable for each incorrect answer.
  • The questions must be attempted in 135 minutes.

NTSE 2017 Qualifying Criteria

The qualifying marks for NTSE is different for all papers and subjects and is different for all categories. Here we have listed the qualifying percentage 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)

Read more about  NTSE Qualifying Criteria

NTSE Results 2017

NTSE Stage 1 results 2017 are announced by the respective State or UT Government. Candidates who successfully qualify the Stage 1 examination will be eligible to appear for Stage 2. The results for Stage 2 will be announced by the NCERT. Results will be announced according to the category of the candidate. The procedure to check NTSE Results is provided below:

how to check ntse result

  1. Visit the official NCERT website
  2. Click on the link “NTSE 2017 Results”.
  3. Enter your login credentials and click on “submit” button.
  4. After logging in, check your result and save a copy.

Candidates can also check the results of NTSE Stage I by clicking on the links provided below in the table.

StatesNTSE Result link
Delhi State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Haryana State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Himachal Pradesh State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Karnataka State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Kerala State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Madhya Pradesh State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here
Odisha State Level NTSE ResultCheck Here

NTSE Cut Off 2017

  • NTSE Cut Off is the minimum marks that candidates must secure in order to qualify the exam.
  • Knowing the cut-off trends for a competitive exam helps the students figure out their strategy of attempting the paper.
  • The cut-off marks for an exam depend on various factors such as difficulty level of the exam, number of people appearing for it and number of vacant seats.
  • NTSE Cut off is announced category-wise.

Here the expected NTSE Cut off 2017:

ntse cutoff 2017

CategoryMaximum marksCut-Off marks
Scheduled Caste14556.43
Scheduled Tribe14552.12
Physically Challenged14553.47

NTSE Scholarships

On the basis of NTSE, approximately 1000 students will be granted scholarships. The amount of these scholarships varies. Read them below:

Stage of ExamAmount (per month)
Class XI & XIIINR 1250 
UG & PGINR 2000
Ph.DAccording to UGC norms

NTSE Reservation

Scholarships in NTSE are reserved for candidates from different categories. They are given below:

CategoryNTSE Resevation

Selection of Candidates

We have compiled the category-wise data for all the candidates who were granted scholarships by NCERT in 2016 and 2015. Check the numbers below:

ntse result trend (2015,2016)

NTSE 2016

CategoryNumber of students selected

NTSE 2015

CategoryNumber of students selected

From the above, we conclude that the number of students selected from general category were the highest (775) in both the years. The least number of students got selected from ST Category, 50 in 2016 and 14 in 2015.


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