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NTSE 2019 – National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) will conduct the National Talent Search Examination for Andaman & Nicobar islands and other states and Uts on 4th & 3rd November 2018 for Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya. Only students passed or studying in class 10 can appear for the exam for scholarships in science and social science up to doctoral level as well as medicine and engineering courses up to second-degree level. The NTSE 2019 application form will be released separately for each state in the first week of August 2018. The exam will be conducted in two stages – stage1, to be conducted at the state level by SCERTs of the respective states on 4th November 2018 and stage 2, conducted at the national level by NCERT on 12th May 2019 across 36 states/UTs. Candidates need to qualify NTSE 2019 stage 1 to be eligible to appear for NTSE 2019 stage 2.

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NTSE 2019: National Talent Search Examination

Below table contains some significant information related to National Talent Search Exam 2019. Interested candidates should read this information related to NTSE 2019. Any dates are subjected to change as per the requirement.

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Exam name National Talent Search Examination stage 1 National Talent Search Examination stage 2
Known as NTSE stage 1 NTSE stage 2
Level of examination State level National level
Conducting body States/Uts National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Selection procedure Mental ability test and Scholastic aptitude test Mental ability test and Scholastic aptitude test
Exam mode Pen paper mode Pen paper mode

National Talent Search Exam Highlights

NTSE 2019 Stage 1 Date of exam November 04 & 05, 2018
NTSE 2019 Stage 2 Date of exam May 13, 2019
Conducting Body NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training)
Mode of Exam Offline
Medium of Exam English and Hindi
Duration of Exam 3 Hours
Type and Number of Questions Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions (MAT (50 Questions), LT (50 Questions), SAT (100 Questions)
Sections 3 (Mental Ability Test, Language Test, Scholastic Ability Test)

NTSE 2019 Important Dates

Applicants will get selected based on the performance of National Talent Search Examination stage 1 and stage 2 exam. Dates of the event is provided in the table below.

S. No Events Dates
1. Notification July 2018
2. Application begins First week of August 2018
3. Last date of NTSE application form Will be announced separately by each state/UT
4. Admit card of NTSE stage 1 September 2018
5. NTSE stage 1 exam November 3 and 4, 2018
6. Result of NTSE Stage 1 January/February 2019
7. NTSE Stage 2 admit card release date Third week April 2019
8. National level NTSE Stage II exam 2018 Second week of May 2019
9. NTSE Stage 2 result August 2019

Eligibility Criteria for National Talent Search Exam 2019

Candidates appearing for NTSE 2019 stage 1 and stage 2 have to possess the following eligibility criteria set by each state and NCERT. Read below to know the eligibility criteria to apply for National Talent Search Examination.

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  • Students studying in class 10 in recognized schools are eligible to appear for NTSE 2019 stage 1 exam. There is no domicile restriction.
  • Candidates studying under open school or distance learning are also eligible to apply provided they do not cross 18 years of age as on 1st July of that year. One should not be employed.
  • Students who clear NTSE stage 1 only can apply for stage 2 national level exam.
  • Candidates must be appearing in class 10 exam for the first time.
  • The Indian students studying abroad in Class 10 or equivalent class will also be eligible to apply for NTSE 2019 provided they obtained at least 60 per cent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination. They shall be exempted from the Stage 1 exam and shall be permitted to appear directly at Stage 2 examination conducted by the NCERT.

NTSE 2019 Application Form/ National Talent Search Exam Registration

Each state UT provides their own application form for stage 1 examination of National Talent Search Examination 2019. Candidates have to fill and submit the application forms of NTSE stage 1 within the scheduled date and time. Candidates need to pay the application fee for NTSE stage 1 exam if mentioned by the state. The application form needs to be submitted in the offline mode at the official address of the designated state officer. Candidates appearing for NTSE stage 2 will neither have to submit any application form to NCERT nor any fee but they have to qualify stage 1 exam.

NTSE Syllabus 2019

The difficulty of National Talent Search Examination stage 1 and 2 will be based on class 9 and class 10 level. Candidates can also refer to NCERT books. Applicants must solve practice sets of question paper as it will help to get familiar with the difficulty level of question paper.

National Talent Search Exam Pattern 2019

The NTSE 2019 exam pattern is given below. Candidates must refer to the NTSE 2019 exam pattern as it makes one familiar with the number of questions, allocation of marks, time allotted and much more.

National Talent Search Examination 2019 Exam Pattern [Stage 1]

NTSE stage 1 will be conducted by the respective states and UTs on 3rd & 4th November, 2018 in the offline mode. There will be two papers held for stage 1 as mentioned below. Candidates need to score 32%  (for SC, ST and PWD) category and 40% for General category in order to qualify the exam. The selection criteria for the stage 2 of NTSE 2019 requires a candidate to qualify in both the papers separately. Selection of the awardees will be made on the basis of total Marks scored in MAT & SAT based on merit. There will be no negative marking.

Papers Test No. of questions Marks Duration Timings
Paper I Mental Ability Test (MAT) 100 100 120 minutes 9:30 am to 11:30 am (till 12 noon for visually challenged candidates)
Paper II Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) 100 (Science40, Mathematics-20, Social Science40) 100 120 minutes 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm (till 16:00 pm for visually challenged candidates)

Exam pattern for NTSE 2019 stage 2

National Talent Search Examination 2019 stage 2 will also be divided into two parts- Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). To qualify the exam, candidates need to score 32%  for SC, ST and PWD category and 40% for General category. The selection criteria for the stage 2 of NTSE 2019 requires a candidate to qualify in both the papers separately. Selection of the awardees will be made on the basis of total Marks scored in MAT & SAT based on merit. There will be no negative marking in Stage 2 also.

Papers Test No. of questions Marks Duration Timings
Paper I Mental Ability Test (MAT) 100 100 120 minutes 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Paper II Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) 100 (Science-40, Mathematics-20, Social Science-40) 100 120 minutes 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm

NTSE 2019: Reservation Criteria

A definite percentage of seat is reserved for the candidates who belong to reserved category. The information regarding the same has been provided below.

S. No Category Reservation Criteria
1. Scheduled Caste 15%
2. Scheduled Tribes 7.5%
3. Physically Handicapped 4%

NOTE: Out of 4 % for physically challenged students, one percent shall be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses:

  1. Blindness and low vision
  2. Deaf and hard of hearing
  3. Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.
  4. 1% for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses: Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness.

Multiple disabilities amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness in the posts identified for each disability

National Talent Search Exam Admit Card 2019

The NTSE admit card 2019 will be provided to students by the authorities as per the official schedule. The admit card of National Talent Search Examination contains important information, such as candidate’s name, roll number, exam timing and dates, exam centre address. Candidates must remember that they will not be allowed to enter the NTSE 2019 examination hall without the valid admit card.

NTSE 2019 – Participating States/UTs list

All the states and UTs of India take part in National Talent Search Examination. To know the exam centre of all the states and Uts – click here.

Center Location Contact Number Center Location Contact Number
Arunachal Pradesh 0360-2203509 Himachal Pradesh 0179-2270580
Assam 0361-2895041 Punjab 0161-2805551
Manipur 0385-2429214 Rajasthan 0294-2584904
Meghalaya 0364-2535737 Uttar Pradesh 0532-2622058
Mizoram 03892331559 Uttarakhand 013502453893
Nagaland 0370-2801550 Chattisgarh 07712263743
Sikkim 03592232646 Daman & Diu 02602630624
Tripura 03812346040 Goa 08322402609
A&N Island 03192225093 Gujarat 07923261211
Bihar Madhya Pradesh 0755-2551640
Jharkhand 0651-2525601 Maharashtra 022-25783004
Odisha 06742748437 Pune 020-20271666
West Bengal 033-24865171 Andhra Pradesh 0863-2596124
Chandigarh 01762-288044 Karnataka 080-25302862
New Delhi & Western UP 011-25693499 Kerala 04842667102
Srinagar 01933223329 Puducherry 04132655745
Jammu 0191-2592007 Tamil Nadu 044-22240739
Haryana 0124-2309304

NTSE 2019 Question Paper

Candidates who will be appearing for National Talent Search 2019 state level exam can download the sample papers for their respective state by visiting their official websites. The sample papers of NTSE 2019 stage 1 are available online. Candidates can download them as many times as they want and start practicing. The sample paper of NTSE 2018-19 include the sample questions and correct answers.

Official Answer key of National Talent Search Exam

Candidates can check the answer key for the following papers -MAT and SAT papers to verify their answers. The answer key for NTSE 2019 stage 1 will be published by the conducting authority in the online mode. The answer key for stage 1 includes the correct options as well as marking scheme for each paper. For NTSE stage 2, the answer key will be released by NCERT in online mode only. Candidates can go to the official website and download the answer key after the answer key of National Talent Search Examination is officially announced.

National Talent Search Exam Result 2019

NTSE result for stage 1 is announced separately by each conducting state/UT. Candidates can check their NTSE Result 2019 for stage 1 exam by logging in to the official website. To access the NTSE 2019 result, candidates have to enter their registration number or roll number and date of birth. Only candidates who qualify stage 1 will be eligible for appearing in NTSE stage 2 exam 2019. The result for the same will be announced in August 2019 in online mode. Qualified candidates will be granted for scholarships.

NTSE Cutoff 2019

In order to qualify NTSE 2019, candidates need to obtain the minimum cutoff marks as specified by the exam conducting bodies for both NTSE stage 1 and NTSE stage 2. The following is the criteria for stage 1.

Qualifying Criteria for NTSE stage 1 exam –

  • Candidates from all Union Territories who are appearing for NTSE stage 1 need to obtain minimum 10 marks in each paper- MAT, SAT and LAT to appear for NTSE stage 2.
  • Candidates from all states have to score at least 25 marks in each paper
  • Candidates can go through the cutoff marks given below for NTSE stage 2

Subject-wise NTSE cutoff (Paper 1, 2 and 3)

Test Papers Maximum Marks Qualifying Percentage/Marks 
General ST/SC/PH
Paper I MAT 49 40% (19.6) 35% (17.15)
Paper II English 50 40% (20.0) 35% (17.5)
Paper II Hindi 50 40% (20.0) 35% (17.5)
Paper III SAT 96 40% (38.4) 35% (33.6)

Category-wise NTSE cutoff

S. No Categories NTSE Cut Off 2016 Maximum Marks of MAT and SAT
1. ST 52. 12 145
2. PH 53.47 145
3. SC 56.43 145
4. General 85.09 145

NTSE Selection Process 2019

The selection process for NTSE is based on two stages. Students must read below to know the criteria for the selection process for both stages.

  • For students appearing for stage 1, the selection is done by States/UTs. Qualifying students will be eligible to appear for NTSE Stage 2.
  • Qualifying marks for students belonging to the general category are 40% in each paper while it is 32% in each paper for candidates belonging to SC, ST and PH.

NTSE 2019 – Scholarships

Go through the table below to know the scholarships that are provided to candidates in different stages of education. Around 1000 scholarships are awarded to candidates based on NTSE.

S. No Level of Education Scholarship amount for the year 2018 (in INR)
1. Class XI to Class XII Rs.1250 pm
2. Undergraduate and postgraduate level Rs. 2000 pm
3. Ph.D. level As per UGC norms

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