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NTSE 2019-20 Preparation Tips, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Cut-off, Syllabus, BasicFirst - eLearning App


National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), established in the year 1963, is a national level examination conducted by the National Counselling of Educational, Research, and Training (NCERT). National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) was started for the identification of talented students to award them scholarships.

Earlier the scholarships were awarded to students to pursue education only in basic sciences up to doctoral level. However, with the passage of time and several modifications in schemes, it is now awarded to other streams as well such as Arts, Humanities and Commerce.

Around 1000 Scholarships are provided every year, out of which 25% are reserved for SC, ST, and PWD candidates. From 2019, 27% will be reserved for OBC. The examination is conducted in two phases for class X students.

Benefits of NTSE Exam

  1. Students aspiring to opt for advanced studies outside India have an edge over others because the universities abroad give preference to candidates who have qualified the NTSE exam
  2. Many renowned and prestigious colleges in India have exclusive seats reserved for NTSE scholars
  3. Most of the recognized coaching centers and institutes which prepare students for careers in a science discipline (JEE, medical, etc.) offer free admission and up to 50% off on study material to NTSE scholars
  4. A bonus of 6 marks gets added to the students' JEE Main score while considering admission into the institute
  5. NDA (National Defence Academy) Exam organized by UPSC gives preference to NTSE Scholars during NDA interview selection
  6. A monthly scholarship of INR 1250 is given to NTSE Scholars of class XI and XII which has now increased to INR 2000 from graduation to Doctoral Level

NTSE Stages

NTSE is divided into two stages: NTSE Stage 1 and NTSE Stage 2


NTSE stage 1 consists of 3 parts. The total marking scheme is of 150 Marks.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): It contains 40 questions on Social Studies, 20 on Mathematics and 40 on Science. The maximum marks allotted to this section are 40 and the duration is 90 minutes