NTSE 2021 is a National-level scholarship test for class 10 students to promote higher education in the fields of Science and Social Science. National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) is conducted at two stages, Stage I and II. Every year NCERT conducts the NTSE Scholarship test for the students of class 10. So, the interested students can fill the Application Form online. Candidates must read the eligibility criteria before filling the online form of NTSE. Get more details of NTSE Registration, Exam Date, Admit Card, Result, Cut Off, etc, from this article.
NTSE 2021 Exam Status
Candidates can get the details about NTSE 2021 Registration and exam related information from the details given below:
|Final Result of NTSE Stage-II Examination 2020 (Cut Off Marks of NTSE 2020)||Released|
NTSE 2021 Dates
The official authority has announced the NTSE 2021 Dates for the application form and registration. Therefore, the interested candidates can check the dates of NTSE online registration from the table given below:
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|Events||Stage 1 Dates||Stage 2 Dates|
|NTSE 2021 application dates||October 2021||No registration|
|NTSE Admit card releases||November 2021||May-June 2021|
|NTSE Exam dates||December-January 2021||June 2021|
|NTSE Result releases||January -March 2021||October 2021|
NTSE 2021 Application Form
NCERT will release the application form in both online and offline mode. The NTSE Stage I is conducted by the SCERT of respective states/ UTs. However, the National-level Stage II exam of NTSE is conducted by the NCERT. Therefore, the candidates must fill the application form of NTSE as soon as it is available on the website of the NCERT/ SCERT. To fill the NTSE Offline application form applicants will have to visit their school or government offices where NTSE form releases. Then, the filled-in application by the student is submitted to the State Liaison Officer duly signed by the Principal of the school before the due date. However, to fill the online application form, candidates have to visit the website of the conducting authority.
How to Apply for NTSE 2021 for Class 10 Students?
The candidates who are eligible to apply for NTSE must fill the online/ offline application form. The application form of NTSE for class 10 students will be available on the website of the conducting authority. Also, the advertisement of the NTSE application form will be notified through the local newspapers, or through the school authorities. Candidates can follow the steps given below to apply for the NTSE scholarship exam:
- Initially, the candidates must visit the website of NCERT to download the NTSE 2021 application form.
- Then the candidates must fill in all the details in the application form. They must fill in the details like personal information, education qualification, contact details, etc.
- After filling in all the details in the application form, the applicants must visit their school office to get the form signed by their Principal.
- Finally, the duly-filled application form must be submitted to the State Liaison Officer before the last date of submission.
For Indian Students Studying Abroad
The process of applying for Indian students who are studying abroad is different. Check the steps given below:
- Indian students who are studying abroad can directly apply for Stage 2 of the NTSE exam.
- Such candidates will have to download the application form from the website.
- The duly filled-in application must be sent with a photocopy of the mark sheet of the previous exam.
NTSE 2021 Application Fees
- Candidates will have to pay the NTSE application fee as prescribed by their respective State/UT.
- The application fees of the NTSE Stage I application form, which is conducted by the SCERT vary according to different States/ UTs.
- However, the candidates will not have to pay any application fees for the National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) Stage II, which is conducted by the NCERT.
NTSE 2021 Eligibility Criteria
The candidates applying for the National Talent Search Exam must read the eligibility criteria before doing the NTSE Registration. The eligibility requirement for the Stage I exam is specified by the SCERT. However, for the Stage II National-level exam, the requirements are defined by the NCERT. Every State and UTs define the minimum requirements like academic qualification, age limit, and minimum qualifying marks in the previous examinations. Only those candidates who fulfil the minimum NTSE Eligibility requirements and qualify in the NTS examination will be awarded the scholarship. The detailed eligibility requirements for Stage I and II is given below:
|NTSE Eligibility Criteria for Stage I||NTSE Eligibility Criteria for Stage II|
||For candidates studying in India:
Candidates appearing for the NTSE stage II exam by NCERT need to fulfil the below-mentioned eligibility criteria –
For candidates studying outside India:
State-wise Required Minimum Qualifying Marks in Class 9
The candidates must have scored minimum marks in class 9 in order to be eligible to apply for NTSE. Every state has different criteria for minimum marks. The state-wise minimum required marks in class 9 to apply for NTSE are given below:
|State||Minimum qualifying Marks (For General Category)||Minimum qualifying Marks (For Reserved Category)|
|Jammu & Kashmir||60%||55%|
NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern
The students who have applied for the NTSE scholarship test must appear in the exam. They must check the NTSE Exam Pattern for Stages I and II.
- NTSE is an offline test.
- The NTS exam comprises of MCQ question paper having two parts, of 2 hours each.
- The medium of the Stage 1 exam is specified by respective state authorities.
- While Stage 2 exam is offered in Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu languages.
- There is no negative marking applicable in NTSE 2021.
- The details of the exam pattern are given below:
|NTSE Papers||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Time Duration|
|Paper 1 – MAT (Mental Ability Test)||100||100||120 Minutes|
|Paper 2 – MAT (Mental Ability Test)||100 (Science-40, Math-20, Social Science-40)||100||120 Minutes|
NTSE 2021 Admit Card
The official authorities will issue the NTSE admit card to all the eligible students. The important information regarding the admit card of NTSE exam is given below:
- The admit card of NTSE will be released at least 15 days prior to the exam.
- Admit Card for NTSE Stage I will be issued by the SCERT of different states/ UTs.
- Some states may release the admit card through offline mode. While a few states will issue the hall ticket online through their website.
- Some states also send the NTSE to admit card at the candidate’s postal address through speed post.
- Applicants can also collect admit cards from their respective schools.
- Candidates can download their hall ticket through the login credentials like Registration Number and Date of Birth.
- The admit card should not be damaged/ torn/ tampered with.
- Details like Candidates’ names, stage of the exam, date/ day, exam centre address, instructions for the exam, etc are printed on the admit card.
- Entry in the examination hall will be permitted only through a valid hall ticket.
NTSE 2021 Answer Key Stage I & II
The official authority will release the NTSE Answer Key for the Stage I & II exam.
- The NTSE Provisional Answer key will be released one or two days after the exam.
- The answer key for each part will be separate.
- Students can download the pdf of the NTSE answer key in PDF format.
- Candidates can download the official answer key from the portal of the conducting authority.
- They can match their responses. Students can also raise objections/ challenge the provisional answer key if they have some doubts.
- The final result will be on the basis of the answer key (final).
NTSE 2021 Result
Once the examination process is completed the official authority will announce the NTSE Result for the candidates. The details about the NTSE result/ scorecard is given below:
- NTSE Stage I result in the qualifying status of the candidates in both the papers, i.e. MAT and SAT.
- Candidates can check the Stage I result from the website of the respective SCERT/DGE through their Registration number and Date of Birth.
- The result is released in the form of a merit list.
- All the candidates who qualify in the Stage I exam, are eligible to sit for Stage II.
- The final result of the selected candidates will be released on the basis of the result of the Stage II exam.
NTSE 2021 Cut Off
The candidates must score minimum qualifying marks in order to pass the NTSE exam. The official authority decides the NTSE Cut Off marks for the qualifying candidates. This cut-off mark changes every year. The final cut-off marks will be announced after the completion of the Stage II result. The authority decides the minimum cut off marks on the basis of the following criteria:
- The total number of students appearing in the exam.
- The difficulty level of the paper.
- A number of seats are available for Scholarships.
NTSE Previous Year Cut Off
The candidates must check the previous year’s cut off for the NTSE exam. Category-wise cut off list is given below:
NTSE 2021 Reservation
- 15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category,
- 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and
- 27% scholarships for students belonging to the OBC category.
- 4% for Physically Challenged Group of Students.
- 10% scholarships for students belonging to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) category.
NTSE 2021 Scholarships Amount
On the basis of the National Talent Search Examination following scholarships amount will be awarded.
- Scholarship of Rs. 1250 per month for class XI & XII
- Scholarship of Rs. 2000 per month for UG & PG
- Scholarship for Ph.D will be fixed in accordance with the UGC Norms.
List of NTSE Centre
The NTSE exam takes place at various centres across the country. The list of test city centres are given below:
|Andaman & Nicobar Islands||KV No 2, Raksha Vihar, Minnie Bay|
|Andhra Pradesh||KV, Gandhi Gram Post, Malkapuram, Visakhapatnam|
|Arunachal Pradesh||KV No 2, Itanagar, Chimpu Post, Arunachal Pradesh|
|Assam||KV CRPF Mile Amerigog, Kamrup, Guwahati|
|Bihar||KV no 1, Lohiya Nagar, Near Heart Hospital, Kankarbagh, Patna|
|Chandigarh||KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh|
|Chhattisgarh||KV No 2, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, Sector 4, Raipur|
|Dadra & Nagar Haveli||KV, Government High School Campus, Silvassa|
|Delhi||KV No 3, Ringroad, Near Seema Sadak Bhawan|
|Goa||KV, INS Mandovi, Panjim|
|Gujarat||KV No 1, Near Police Commissioner’s Office, Shahi Baug, Ahmedabad|
|Haryana||KV No 1, AFS, Sector 14, Old Delhi Road, Gurugram|
|Himachal Pradesh||KV No 1, Dharamshala Cantt, Kangra|
|Jammu and Kashmir||KV No 1, Gandhinagar, Jammu|
|Jharkhand||KV CCL, Rajendra Nagar, Ranchi|
|Karnataka||KV, ASC Center, Victoria Road, Bangalore, Karnataka|
|Kerala||KV No 3, Port Trust, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Ernakulam|
|Madhya Pradesh||KV No 1, Opp Central India Flour Mill, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal|
|Maharashtra||KV, Bhandup, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg West
KV, BEG, Near Deccan College, Pune
|Manipur||KV No 1, Lamphelpat, Imphal|
|Meghalaya||KV, Happy Valley, Shillong|
|Mizoram||KV, Project Pushpak Zemabawk, Aizawl|
|Nagaland||KV, CRPF Camp, Lerie Hill, Kohima, Nagaland|
|Odisha||KV No 1, Unit 9, Near Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar|
|Puducherry||KV, IIT Campus, Chennai|
|Punjab||KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh|
|Rajasthan||KV No 1, Bajaj Nagar, Opp Tonk Phatak, Jaipur|
|Sikkim||KV, Post Tadong, Middil, Siyari, Gangtok|
|Tamil Nadu||KV, IIT Campus, Chennai|
|Telangana||KV No 1, Langer House, Golconda, Hyderabad|
|Tripura||KV (GC) CRPF, Adarani, Salbagan, Agartala|
|Uttarakhand||KV ONGC, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun|
|West Bengal||KV, Ballygunge, Circular Road, Kolkata|
|Uttar Pradesh||KV, Lucknow Cantt
KV, New Cantt, VD Road, Allahabad
NTSE 2021 Highlights
|Exam Name||National Talent Search Examination|
|The conducting body||Stage 1 by respective states/UTs
Stage II by NCERT
|Exam Level||National Level|
|Class level||Class 10th|
|Number of Vacancies||2000|
|Amount of Scholarship||INR 1250 per month for Class 11-12
INR 2000 per month for UG and PG level
As per UGC norms for research level
|Level of Scholarship||Up to Ph.D.|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Exam Papers||MAT & SAT|
|Duration of Exam||120 minutes for each paper|
About NCERT/ SCERT
National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) is a government-regulated buddy that assists and advises the Central and State governments to improve school education. As NCERT functions at the Central level, similarly SCERT functions at the state level. These bodies conduct the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) to provide scholarships to the students for encouraging research in the field of Science and Technology.
FAQs on NTSE
Q1. Who can appear in the NTSE exam?
Ans: Students who have completed their class 9 from any recognized board can appear in the NTSE exam.
Q2. I am appearing for my class 10 board exam this year. Can I apply for NTSE 2021?
Ans: Yes, you can apply for NTSE while studying in class 10.
Q3. Do I have to register again for Stage II of NTSE?
Ans: NO, if you have a qualified Stage I exam, you do not need to register again for Stage II.
Q4. Is there an interview for the NTSE exam?
Ans: No, the selection of the candidates is based only on stage I and II exams.