NTSE 2018 application form Exam Date Eligibility Syllabus

NTSE 2018The NTSE (National Talent Search Examination), is a national scholarship examination for awarding scholarships to class 10th students is organised by NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training). National Talent Search Exam is a bilateral/ two-level examination where stage I will conducted by the States/UTs and stage II exam will conducted at national level by NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training). This year, NTSE 2018 will be conducted at state level on November 4th and 5th, 2017 and at national level on May 13th, 2018. Applicants can apply for NTSE stage I 2018 for their respective states. The last date of filling NTSE application form 2017 is different for all UTs/ states. Applicants who are studying in class 10th can apply before the last date of application. The exam for NTSE stage I and stage II will be based on Mental Ability Test, Scholastic Ability Test and Language Ability Test. NTSE 2018, at both state level and national level will be conducted in offline mode only. Applicants those who qualify the NTSE 2018 at UT/state level are eligible to appear for national level screening test. The applicants those who qualify NTSE 2018 will be awarded with scholarship for till their Ph.D. level studies or post-graduation level studies depending on their stream. Here in this article applicants can get complete details about the state level and national level scholarship aptitude test, NTSE including application, important dates, eligibility, result as well as qualifying criteria, test pattern, reservation and selection criteria mentioned on this page below.

Quick Facts of National Talent Search Examination


Overview of NTSE 2018

  • Exam Name – National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)
  • Abbreviated as – NTSE
  • Examination Level – State Level as well as National level
  • Exam conducting authority – NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training)
  • Selection process – Mental Ability Test, Language Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • Examination mode – offline mode (pen paper based mode)

All about NTSE 2018


National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) or National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) was launched in 1963 by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) with an aim to finding the talented students and grant them with scholarship to pursue their additional education. The NTSE exam is a two-level stage examination where applicants are tested for their Language, Mental, and Scholastic abilities. The stage I exam of NTSE is conducted by the respective UT or state only and the stage II exam is conducted by NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training). The applicants those who are shortlisted via this two-tiered examination will be awarded as many as 1000 of scholarships every year. Only Class 10th students are eligible to appear for NTSE examination.

For how long the NTSE scholarship/ studentship amount is provided to the qualified applicants?

NTSE 2018 Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants those who will pursue further studies in Science, Languages, Humanities, vocational studies, Commerce, and Fine Arts will be awarded scholarship amount till Ph.D. level
  • Applicants those who study professional programmes such as Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law, and Technology are provided scholarship amount till their 2nd degree level or post-graduate programme

Candidates can Contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring the application form. Last date of submission of the form may vary from state to state. Get More details

NTSE 2018 Scholarship Amount


The exam conducting authority has updated the scholarship amount for different level of education as stated below –

Education LevelScholarship amount for year 2018 (in Rs.)
Class 11th to Class 12thRs.1250/-
Under-graduate levelRs. 2000/-
Post-graduate levelRs. 2000/-
Ph.D. levelAs per UGC criteria

NTSE 2018 Reservation Criteria


NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) awards as many as 1000 of scholarships to the qualified applicants of NTSE. Out of the total scholarships, the exam conducting authority has set a reservation quota for some categories as stated below –

NTSE 2018 Reservation Policy

CategoryReservation Criteria
Physically Handicapped4%
Scheduled Tribes (ST)7.5%
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Total reserved scholarships26.5% of 1000 scholarships

NTSE Important Dates 2018

Important dates for NTSE 2018 is now available from the 31st of July, 2018. Applicants those who want to appear for the national scholarship exam can check here the NTSE 2018 Examination dates as stated below –

EventsImportant dates
Notification available31st of July, 2017
Application starts fromAugust, 2017
Last date of NTSE 2018 application form submissionWill be announced separately by each UT/state
NTSE stage I exam for Nagaland, Mizoram, Nicobar Islands and Andaman04th of November, 2017
NTSE stage I examination for all other states and Union Territories05th of November, 2017
National level NTSE Stage II exam 201813th of May, 2018


NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2018

Applicants those who want to appear for NTSE stage I and stage II examination need to fulfil the eligibility criteria of NTSE 2018 as mentioned by each state as well as NCERT. Applicants can check NTSE 2018 eligibility criteria below –

  • Applicants those who currently studying in class 10th are eligible to apply for stage I exam of NTSE 2018
  • Applicants age must not be more than 18 years as on July of year of the examination
  • Applicants those who studying via open learning/ distance mode education are also eligible to apply for the examination, however, they also must not be above 18 years of age and not be employed/ working anywhere.
  • Applicants should not be re-appear class 10th examination

NTSE Application Form 2018

The NTSE 2018 application form of will be available via both online mode and offline mode. Each UT or state will be providing their own application form for stage I examination of NTSE 2018. Applicants need to fill and submit the NTSE application form stage I before the last date of submission of application as mentioned by their respective UT/ state. Applicants need to contact the liaison Officer of the state for queries related to NTSE 2018 application form submission. Applicants need to submit the application fee for NTSE stage I exam as mentioned by the states. However, applicants need not submit any application form to NCERT and also no fee required for NTSE 2017 stage II to be conducted by NCERT.

NTSE Exam Pattern 2018

The NTSE 2018 stage I exam will be organized by the respective states and UTs on 4th and 5th of November, 2018 via offline mode. For stage I and stage II exam of NTSE 2018, there will be 3 tests as stated below –

  • MAT (Mental Ability Test)The written test MAT of NTSE 2018 will be based on 50 MCQ/ Objective type questions for 1 mark each. Applicants will be provided 45 minutes to attempt the examination.
  • LAT (Language Aptitude Test)The 2nd paper will be of language test for Hindi or English as selected by the applicant. There will be total 50 questions for the language paper carrying a weightage total of 50 marks and the time duration will be 45 minutes.
  • SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)The paper 3 of NTSE 2018 will be scholastic aptitude test which carrying a total weightage of 100 marks and will be consist of total 100 questions.

This exam pattern is also follow for NTSE 2018 stage II examination, however, if there are any changes in the exam pattern it will be updated here on this page. For stage I, negative marking scheme has not been updated yet but there will be a provision for negative marking of 1/3 marks in stage II exam of NTSE 2018 for wrong answer.

NTSE Syllabus 2018


NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) has not prescribed NTSE syllabus 2018 yet. However, the NTSE stage I exam questions will be mainly based on class 9th and class 10th levels. Whereas NTSE 2018 stage II exam questions will be based on NCERT syllabus of class 10th level only. Applicants can also refer to the syllabus of class 9th and class 10th for NTSE (state level exam) and they can refer to NCERT syllabus for NTSE (national level exam) 2018.

NTSE Sample Paper 2018


Applicants those who appearing for the NTSE 2018 state level exam can download the sample papers for their respective/ particular state. The sample paper of NTSE stage I exam will be available with answer keys. Applicants can download the NTSE sample paper with answer key to practice for the examination. The sample paper of NTSE 2018 mentions the sample questions and options. Applicants can get a rough idea about the question paper pattern with help of NTSE sample papers 2018.

NTSE Admit Card 2018

Applicants who will apply for NTSE 2018 stage I exam will be issued admit card for appearing in the exam. The NTSE 2018 stage I admit card will be issued by the respective states only. The admit card will be issued in offline mode only. The exam conducting body will be sending the admit card of NTSE stage I 2018 exam through post to the applicants. Also, applicants can collect their NTSE 2018 admit card for stage I from the chief superintendent from the allotted exam centre. Applicants need to obtain their NTSE admit card 2018 at least 3 days before the exam so as to avoid any last minute rush.

NTSE Answer Key 2018

The exam conducting authorities for NTSE 2018 stage I exam will be releasing the answer key for all papers in online mode. Applicants can check the NTSE answer key 2018 for MAT, LAT and SAT papers to cross-check their responses as marked in their answer sheets. The answer key for NTSE 2018 stage I will be mentioning the correct options for all questions mentioned in the question paper of MAT, LAT and SAT. NTSE answer key will also mention marking scheme for every paper. For stage II exam of NTSE 2018, the answer key will be released by NCERT in online mode only and applicants can download it through the official link provided after the exam is over. Moreover, various coaching institutes for NTSE 2018 will be releasing the answer key for stage I and stage II exam of NTSE 2018 either on same day or a day after the examination has been conducted.

NTSE Result 2018

NTSE 2018 stage I result will be announced by the respective states and UTs after the exam will be conducted on November 4 and November 5, 2017. NTSE 2018 result for stage I examination will be published separately for each conducting state or UT within a month after the conduct of Tier I exam. Applicants can check their NTSE Result 2018 for stage I exam by login through the official link only. Applicants need to enter their registration number or roll number and date of birth to login and check their qualifying status for NTSE 2018 stage I exam. The applicants who will qualify the stage I exam will only be eligible to appear for the national level stage II exam of NTSE 2018 conducted by NCERT. The result of stage II exam of NTSE will be announced in online mode June 2018. Applicants who will qualify the national level NTSE 2018 exam will be awarded scholarships.

NTSE Cut off 2018

Applicants need to satisfy the minimum cutoff marks as specified by the exam conducting bodies for state level NTSE exam 2018 as well as for stage II to be conducted by NCERT. The criteria for stage I exam of NTSE 2018 is as mentioned below –

Selection Procedure

Go through the detailed selection procedure for stage 1 & 2 examinations:

  • Stage 1 exam: NTSE 1st stage exam will be conducted by the States/UT’s in month of November, 2017. Applicants those, who are studying in class 10th, are eligible to register themselves for stage 1 exam.
  • Stage 2 exam: All qualified applicants of NTSE stage 1 exam will be eligible for appearing in stage 2 exam which will be conducted on 13th of May, 2018.

Selection Criteria for NTSE stage I exam –

  • Applicants from all Union Territories appearing for stage I exam of NTSE 2018 need to obtain minimum 10 marks in each paper i.e. MAT, SAT and LAT to qualify for NTSE stage II exam 2018
  • Whereas, applicants from all states need to score at least 25 marks in each paper of NTSE 2018 stage I exam

Applicants can check here the cutoff marks for NTSE stage I and stage II as mentioned in the tables below –

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

Test PapersMaximum MarksQualifying Marks/Percentage
Paper I MAT4935% (17.15)40% (19.6)
Paper II English5035% (17.5)40% (20.0)
Paper II Hindi5035% (17.5)40% (20.0)
Paper III SAT9635% (33.6)40% (38.4)
Total Marks14535% (50.75)40% (58)

Category-wise NTSE cut-off

CategoriesNTSE Cut Off 2016Maximum Marks of MAT and SAT
ST52. 12145

NTSE Participating States/UTs List 2018

All state recognisable schools including Sainik Schools, Kendriya Vidhayalya, and Military Schools of the 36 states and UTs of India, participate in NTSE (National Talent Search Examination). Applicants can check the whole list of states and UTs for State Level NTSE 2018 as stated below –

List of Participating States and UTs in NTSE 2018 –

S.NoStates/Union Territories
1Andhra Pradesh
2Andaman & Nicobar Islands
3Arunachal Pradesh
8Dadra & Nagar Haveli
9Daman & Diu
12Himachal Pradesh
15Jammu & Kashmir
20Madhya Pradesh
31Tamil Nadu
35Uttar Pradesh
36West Bengal

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