NTSE 2021 – National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) conducts the National Talent Search Examination for Andaman & Nicobar Islands and other states and Uts in November for Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya. Only students who passed or studying in class 10 can appear for the exam for scholarships in science and social science up to the doctoral level as well as medicine and engineering courses up to the second-degree level.

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The NTSE 2021 application form has been released separately for each state in the first week of August 2020. 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 2020, and stage 2, conducted at the national level by NCERT on 12th May 2021 across 36 states/UTs. Candidates need to qualify for NTSE 2021 stage 1 to be eligible to appear for NTSE 2021 stage 2.

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NTSE 2021: National Talent Search Examination

Below table contains some significant information related to National Talent Search Exam 2021. Interested candidates should read this information related to NTSE 2021. Any dates are subjected to change as per the requirement.

Exam nameNational Talent Search Examination stage 1National Talent Search Examination stage 2
Known asNTSE stage 1NTSE stage 2
Level of examinationState levelNational level
Conducting bodyStates/UtsNational Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Selection procedureMental ability test and Scholastic aptitude testMental ability test and Scholastic aptitude test
Exam modePen paper modePen paper mode

National Talent Search Exam Highlights

NTSE 2021 Stage 1 Date of examNovember 2020
NTSE 2021 Stage 2 Date of examMay 2021
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 2021 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. NoEventsDates
1.NotificationJuly 2021
2.Application beginsFirst week of August 2021
3.Last date of NTSE application formWill be announced separately by each state/UT
4.Admit card of NTSE stage 1September 2021
5.NTSE stage 1 examNovember 3 and 4, 2020
6.Result of NTSE Stage 1January/February 2021
7.NTSE Stage 2 admit card release dateThird week April 2021
8.National level NTSE Stage II exam 2021Second week of May 2021
9.NTSE Stage 2 resultAugust 2021

Eligibility Criteria For National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) 2021

Candidates appearing for NTSE 2021 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 the National Talent Search Examination.

  • Students studying in class 10 in recognized schools are eligible to appear for NTSE 2021 stage 1 exam. There is no domicile restriction.
  • Candidates studying under an 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 exams.
  • Candidates must be appearing in class 10 exams for the first time.
  • The Indian students studying abroad in Class 10 or equivalent class will also be eligible to apply for NTSE 2021 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 2021 Online Application Form/ National Talent Search Exam Registration

Each state UT provides their own application form for stage 1 examination of National Talent Search Examination 2021. 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 NTSE 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 an application form to NCERT nor any fee but they have to qualify stage 1 exam.

NTSE Syllabus 2021

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 2021

The NTSE 2021 exam pattern is given below. Candidates must refer to the NTSE 2021 exam pattern as it makes one familiar with the number of questions, allocation of marks, time allotted and much more.

National Talent Search Examination 2021 Exam Pattern [Stage 1]

NTSE stage 1 will be conducted by the respective states and UTs on 3rd & 4th November 2021 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 2021 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.

PapersTestNo. of questionsMarksDurationTimings
Paper IMental Ability Test (MAT)100100120 minutes9:30 am to 11:30 am (till 12 noon for visually challenged candidates)
Paper IIScholastic Ability Test (SAT)100 (Science40, Mathematics-20, Social Science40)100120 minutes13:30 pm to 15:30 pm (till 16:00 pm for visually challenged candidates)

Exam pattern for NTSE 2021 stage 2

National Talent Search Examination 2021 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 2021 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.

PapersTestNo. of questionsMarksDurationTimings
Paper IMental Ability Test (MAT)100100120 minutes9:30 am to 11:30 am
Paper IIScholastic Ability Test (SAT)100 (Science-40, Mathematics-20, Social Science-40)100120 minutes13:30 pm to 15:30 pm

NTSE 2021: 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. NoCategoryReservation Criteria
1.Scheduled Caste15%
2.Scheduled Tribes7.5%
3.Physically Handicapped4%

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 2021

The NTSE admit card 2021 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 2021 examination hall without the valid admit card.

NTSE 2021 – 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 LocationContact NumberCenter LocationContact Number
Arunachal Pradesh0360-2203509Himachal Pradesh0179-2270580
Meghalaya0364-2535737Uttar Pradesh0532-2622058
Sikkim03592232646Daman & Diu02602630624
A&N Island03192225093Gujarat07923261211
BiharMadhya Pradesh0755-2551640
West Bengal033-24865171Andhra Pradesh0863-2596124
New Delhi & Western UP011-25693499Kerala04842667102
Jammu0191-2592007Tamil Nadu044-22240739

NTSE 2021 Question Paper

Candidates who will be appearing for National Talent Search 2021 state level exam can download the examination question papers for their respective state by visiting their official websites. The sample papers of NTSE 2021 stage 1 are available online. Candidates can download them as many times as they want and start practicing. The sample question paper of NTSE 2021-21 includes the sample questions and correct answers.

Official Answer key Of National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) 2021

Candidates can check the answer key for the following papers -MAT and SAT papers to verify their answers. The answer key for NTSE 2021 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 2021

NTSE result for stage 1 is announced separately by each conducting state/UT. Candidates can check their NTSE Result 2021 for stage 1 exam by logging in to the official website. To access the NTSE 2021 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 examination 2021. The result for the same will be announced in August 2021 in online mode. Qualified candidates will be granted for scholarships.

NTSE Cutoff 2021

In order to qualify NTSE 2021 Examination, 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 –

  • The 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.
  • Also, 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 PapersMaximum MarksQualifying Percentage/Marks 
Paper I MAT4940% (19.6)35% (17.15)
Paper II English5040% (20.0)35% (17.5)
Paper II Hindi5040% (20.0)35% (17.5)
Paper III SAT9640% (38.4)35% (33.6)

Category-wise NTSE cutoff

S. NoCategoriesNTSE Cut Off 2016Maximum Marks of MAT and SAT
1.ST52. 12145

NTSE Selection Process 2021

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 2021 – 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. NoLevel of EducationThe scholarship amount for the year 2021 (in INR)
1.Class XI to Class XIIRs.1250 pm
2.Undergraduate and postgraduate levelRs. 2000 pm
3.Ph.D. levelAs per UGC norms

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