NCERT Releases NTSE 2019-20 Notification

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The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has declared the examination dates of The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2019-20.

Students presently studying in 10th standard can now apply for NTSE 2019-20. NTSE is conducted in two stages – Stage I and II. NTSE Stage I exam (State level) will be held on November 02, 03 and 17, 2019. Stage II (National level) exam will be held on May 10, 2020.

How To Apply?

Students interested in applying for NTSE should contact their respective State/UT Liaison officer for obtaining the application form. The address and contact details of the Liaison Officer are available on the official website of the NCERT.

The completed filled-in form should be signed by the school Principal before the last date of submission. The last date should be adhered by the students as well as the Principals of the respective schools.

The State/UT-Liaison officers are responsible for answering any queries related to the application form. There’s no need to send the application form to NCERT.

Note: Indian students, studying abroad in class 10th, can directly appear for Stage-II NTSE Examination as per conditions given in the NTSE brochure available on the official website of NCERT.

Important Dates

Following are the important dates of NTSE:

Stage I (State level)2nd November 2019Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
3rd November 2019All other states and UTs
17th November 2019Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi NCR and Jammu & Kashmir
Stage II (National level)May 10th, 2020For all states and UTs

NTSE Eligibility

Students who are studying in Class 10th in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the exam. Those who are registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for the scholarship. They must fulfill the below-given conditions:

  • Should be below 18 years in age (of that particular year)
  • Should not be employed
  • Should be appearing in Class 10th examination for the first time

Exam Pattern

Stage I and II levels will consist of two papers: Paper I and Paper II. Here’s the detailed pattern of both the papers:

Paper IMental Ability Test (MAT)100100120 minutes
Paper IIScholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)100100120 minutes

About NTSE

NCERT conducts NTSE to recognize the talented students who wish to pursue higher education in Science and Social Studies. The exam is conducted at two levels – first at State-level (Stage I) and then at National level (Stage II) for students studying in 10th standard.

The mode of examination is offline. State-level Stage I exam is conducted by 22 states and 7 UTs. Those who qualify Stage I are eligible to apply for Stage II, which is conducted at National level by NCERT. States/UTs decide on selecting students from Stage I.


Almost 2000 scholarships are awarded for different stages of education, which are as follows:

  1. 1250 per month for Class XI to XII.
  2. 2000 per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates.
  3. Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed by the UGC norms.

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