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NTSE 2017- National Talent Scholarship Examination

Updated On - February 5th 2018 by ANUPAMA SINGH

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) 2017 is a National Level Examination conducted by NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) to provide scholarship to the deserving candidates. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage – 1 (State level) and Stage – 2 (National level).

Check Here NTSE Stage 1 Result 2017 – For All States and UT

Latest Update NTSE has been successfully conducted on Nov 5. Check NTSE Stage-1 Answer Keys and Paper Analysis
  • Challenges against answer keys for Telangana NTSE 2017 conducted on Nov. 05 can be made till November 20. Read More
  • NTSE 2017 stage 1, is scheduled on November 04 & 05, 2017. Download Admit Card
  • On the other hand, NTSE 2017 stage 2, exam will be conducted on May 13, 2018. 
  • NTSE exam is for secondary school students only. Check NTSE Detailed Eligibility
  • 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 NTSE Exam Pattern+Syllabus Click Here) 
  • 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.
  • Before appearing into the examination, students are advised to download the admit card from the official website of NCERT.

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.

Latest Update

Soon after the declaration of NTSE-I (National Talent Search Examination) results, In Uttarakhand some parents have reported irregularities in the results. The issue have been primarily reported by Samir Rathi, who is the guardian of a student from Haridwar. The reports made by the parents state that out of 33 general category students selected from a single center in the state, a total of 18 students are from a particular school of Mussoorie. Last year, only 2 students of this school were selected for NTSE. 

Samir Rathi also provided the details of results along with the roll numbers of those 18 students. Explaining further, he said that 16 students from those 18 have secured place amongst the top 21 ranks in the test. Also, out of the top 11 ranks in the test, 10 have been secured by the students of that school only. He further said that there is not much difference in the number of marks secured by these candidates, which gives a hint that there is some discrepancy in the result.

NTSE 2017 Highlights

NTSE 2017 Stage 1 Date of examNovember 04 & 05, 2017
NTSE 2017 Stage 2 Date of examMay 13, 2018
Conducting BodyNCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training)
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 2017 Exam Dates

NTSE 2017 stage 1 is scheduled to be conducted on November 04-05, 2017. Interested candidates can apply for NTSE 2017 from 2nd week of September 2017. The  exam dates is given below:

EventDateReference Links
NTSE 2017 Application Forms for Stage 12nd week of September 2017For online registration visit
NTSE 2017 Stage 1 Admit CardOctober 2017Admit Cards will be Available on official website
NTSE 2017 Stage 1 Exam DateNovember 04 & 05, 2017The paper is conducted through offline mode
NTSE 2017 Stage 2 Exam DateMay 13, 2018-

NTSE 2017 Eligibility

There are certain criteria laid out by CBSE that one should keep in mind before applying for the exam. NTSE 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) program 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.

NTSE Reservation Criteria

  1. 15% for students belonging to SC category.
  2. 7.5% for students belonging to ST category.
  3. 4% for Physically Challenged group of students, with benchmark disabilities of which – 1% each will be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses
  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.
  1. And 1% for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses –
  • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness.
  • Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses in the posts identified for each disabilities. 

NTSE 2017 Application Form

Candidates can fill NTSE 2017 Application Form through both the online and offline modes. Application form will be distributed separately by different states. Last date of application submission also varies from state to state.

  • Some general guidelines regarding the form filling process are as discussed below.
  • If downloading, then while taking the printout use legal 8.5” * 14” size paper.
  • Application form available online or with State/ UT liaison officer is only applicable for Stage 1 exam.
  • Candidates have to pay the application fee as prescribed by their respective State/UT.
  • While filling NTSE 2017 Application Form candidates or the principle have to leave the 4-digit center code blank, this has to be filled by the liaison officer or concerned district officer or center superintendent. 

How to fill NTSE Form?

NTSE 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 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 2017 Admit Card

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

The steps to obtain NTSE Admit Card 2017 are explained below:

  1. NTSE admit cards for Stage 1 will be sent by post to 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:

NTSE 2018 documents required with admit card

NTSE 2017 Exam Centers

  • NTSE 2017 examination is conducted in various states.
  • At the time of filling application form, students have to select the particular exam center.
  • 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 2017 Exam Pattern

NTSE 2017 exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 examination is conducted at state level by the state authorities. Stage 2 examination is conducted at all other states and union territories. 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 stage 1.
  • For every wrong answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted in stage 2.
  • 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.

NTSE 2017 Exam Pattern of both the Stage 1 and Stage 2 are explained below:

SectionNo of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Allotted

NTSE 2017 Syllabus

  • Syllabus of NTSE 2017 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%

NTSE 2017 Recommended Books

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 2017 Result

  • Those students who have successfully qualified the test are eligible for scholarship.
  • Students will be selected for the scholarship on the basis of the final merit list.
  • Once the stage 2 result will be announced, the final merit list will be prepared accordingly.
  • The merit list will published on the website. It will not be sent through post.
  • 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 2017 Result:

steps to check ntse 2018 result

  1. Visit the official website of state government/ union Territories.
  2. Click on the link ‘NTSE 2017 Result’
  3. After clicking on the link, students will be redirected to next page.
  4. Enter the required details i.e. Roll number, date of birth
  5. Click on the submit button.
  6. NTSE Result will be displayed on the screen.
  7. Download the same for future reference.

NTSE 2017 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 2 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)

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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