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.
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.
On the basis of the National Talent Search Examination, 1000 scholarships will be awarded. The amount of scholarship will be as under:
(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. is 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
The pattern of written examination for Class X will be as follows:
Stage I : Examination at the State/UT level will comprise three parts, namely
(a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and ) Language Test and (c) 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) Language Test .
(c) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics.
At Stage II there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.
You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring application form. However,
application form can be downloaded from NCERT website
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.
For NTS National Level Examination Inquiry: Phone No : 011-26560464 (Timings
2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
For State Level NTS Examination Enquiry : Contact the Liaison Officer of
For NTS Scholarship Inquiry: Phone No : 011-26562704 (Timings 2.30 PM to
4.30 PM only)
E-mail : email@example.com