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NTSE 2020 Exam details, eligibility, paper pattern

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NTSE 2020 Exam details, eligibility, paper pattern


About this course

What is NTSE exam?

National Talent Search Examination popularly known as NTSE is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for identifying talented students who want to pursue higher education in Science and Social Studies streams. The examination is conducted at two levels i.e. first, state-level talent search examination and then, National Level Talent Search Examination. The State Level Talent Search Exam is conducted by 29 States/07 UTs for all students studying in Class 10th. The students qualifying in State Level Talent Search Examination are eligible to appear for NTSE stage II examination to be conducted by NCERT. The aim of NTSE scheme is to award talented students pursuing education in Science and Social Studies stream with scholarships to help continue their education.

Highlights of National Talent Search Examination
Exam Name
  • National Talent Search Examination
  • Commonly known as NTSE
Conducted by
  • NTSE Stage 1 is conducted by respective states/UTs
  • National level or NTSE stage II is conducted by NCERT
Exam Level National Level
Class level Class 10th
Total Scholarships 2000
Scholarship amount
  • Rs. 1250 per month for Class 11-12
  • Rs. 2000 per month for UG and PG level
  • As per UGC norms for research level
Scholarship level Up to PhD level
Exam Mode Offline examination
Exam Papers Mental Aptitude Test (MAT)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Test Duration 120 minutes for each paper (MAT & SAT) at each level i.e. a total of 240 minutes. (same for both the stages)
Total Exam Centers For NTSE Stage I exam – In all 28 states and 9 UTs

For NTSE Stage II – 35 exam cities

Registration dates Registration began in August 2018 and the last date of application is notified by respective State/UT separately
Exam dates for NTSE Stage I exam 2019-20 November 03, 2019 for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 04, 2019 for All other states and UTs

November 17, 2019, for Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal Delhi NCR

December 1, 2019, for Jammu & Kashmir and Leh

Exam date for NTSE Stage 2 exam 2020 May 10, 2020, for all states and UTs
Exam Helpline for NTSE Stage II examination only Phone number – 011-26560464

e-mail –

Official Website

Major Changes in the National Talent Search Examination by NCERT over the past years:

How it began

The programme was started in 1963 as National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) as an initiative to help talented students with scholarships. The students who applied for NTSE scholarships were selected on the basis of qualification in the written test, project report, and interview. The written test included Science Aptitude Test (SAT) and an essay based on a scientific theme only. The project report was also needed to be submitted at the time of the written test. The scholarships were awarded to only those students who wanted to pursue higher education in Basic Sciences from Class 11th to Doctoral level.

All about NTSE over the years:

Over the years since it was started, the exam conducting authority made drastic changes in the examination pattern, subject, class level, scholarship numbers and amount, etc. Check below the major changes made in the NTSE scholarship scheme.

NTSE 2020 Exam dates and other events

Events Stage I dates Stage II dates
NTSE application dates August 2019 No registration
NTSE Admit card released By the second week of October 2019 By the third week of April 2019
NTSE Exam dates November 03, 04, & 17 and December 1, 2019 May 10, 2020
NTSE Result to be released January – March 2020 September 2020

NTSE Eligibility 2020

Candidates who want to obtain the NTSE 2020 scholarship must fulfill the eligibility criteria for the exam as mentioned by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2020 are certain requirements such as academic qualification, age limit and minimum qualifying marks in the previous class that must be met by candidates. NCERT prescribed NTSE Eligibility criteria is followed by all States/UTs conducting Stage I exam. Only candidates who will satisfy NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2020 will be awarded the scholarship after the announcement of the final NTSE results. Check here in detail about NTSE eligibility 2020 for stage I as well as stage II exam –

NTSE 2020 Eligibility Criteria for stage I exam (state level) –

The conditions are listed below:

  • Candidates currently studying in Class 10th from any recognized Private/Government schools including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Sainik Schools could apply.
  • The candidates can appear in their respective state/UT’s NTSE stage I exam, although there is no domicile restriction.
  • The SCERT of respective state/UTs may mention any additional criteria for stage I exam such as minimum qualifying marks in the previous class.
  • Moreover, candidates who are completing their education from Open and Distance Learning (ODL) such as the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or state Open boards were also eligible to apply and appear for NTSE 2020.
  • The candidates studying from Open and Distance Learning must not be less than 18 years of age at the time of appearing in the scholarship exam. Moreover, they should not be employed (not even part-time jobs) and they should be appearing in the Class 10th qualifying examination for the first time.

NTSE 2020 Eligibility Criteria for NTSE Stage II exam –

For candidates studying in India:

Candidates appearing for NTSE stage II exam by NCERT need to fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criteria –

  • They must be an Indian National irrespective of where they are pursuing their Class 10th qualifying examination i.e. in India or Abroad
  • They should have qualified stage I exam at the state level

For candidates studying outside India:

  • The Indian national candidates studying abroad can directly appear for stage II exam of NTSE scholarship award.
  • They should have scored at least 60 per cent marks in their previous qualifying examination i.e. Class 9th.
  • Such candidates should be planning to pursue their higher education only in India after obtaining the NTSE Scholarship.

NTSE Eligibility 2020: General Requirements for awarding NTSE Scholarships –

  • The candidate should pursue only the approved courses in Science, Social Sciences, Engineering and Medical streams only. The candidate should be willing to pursue higher education in India only
  • The candidates should be certified as maintaining good conduct at their school and should continue their higher education
  • They should not be absent from school without proper leave or informing the school authorities
  • The candidates should be a full-time student and should not be working anywhere or getting salary/stipend.
  • If the candidate is getting scholarships under any other scheme as well then, he/she should decide which scholarship scheme he/she wants to continue with.
  • If any candidate is getting any other scholarship then, his/her NTS Scholarship will be stopped for that year and can be continued only after he/she requests NCERT for resuming the scholarship; they have to discontinue benefits from other scholarship schemes.
  • The candidates getting fee waivers/ one-time grant/fee subsidy and accommodation are eligible for NTSE Scholarship
  • If any candidate drops studies or discontinues his/her education within one year of admission, then no scholarship will be awarded to him/her.
  • The candidates should pass in all subjects of their course in first attempt only and if they fail in any of the core subjects his/her scholarship will be cancelled.


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