About NTSE

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a National Level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship for the entire Academic Career. Students studying in Class X are eligible to appear for the selection process. As it is organized by an official body (NCERT), it is widely regarded as the most prestigious examination at high school level in India.

There is a two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage - I, selection will be done by States/UTs through the written examination. Each State/Union Territory has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage - II examination, the details of which are available on NCERT website (www.ncert.nic.in). Students who qualify Stage - I will be eligible to appear for Stage - II examination conducted by NCERT.

NTSE Eligibility : According to the criteria laid out by CBSE, NTSE is open for the students of Indian nationality irrespective of whether they study in India or abroad at class X level.
-Candidates studying in India will be selected on the basis of their screening examination will be eligible for NTSE 2020.
-Candidates studying Abroad having Indian Nationality are eligible. They are exempted from the first level and are permitted to appear directly at the second level examination.

NTSE Exam Pattern : The NTSE is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage I and Stage II. The NTSE paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. The students have to select any one language from both the languages. The paper is divided into two sections i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).


NTSE 2020 – 2021 Important Dates


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


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 begins in August every year and the last date of application is notified by respective State/UT separately

Exam dates for NTSE 2020-21 stage 1*

November 07, 2020, for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 08, 2020, for All other states and UTs

Exam date for NTSE 2021 stage 2

May, 2021, for all states and UTs (Postponed)

Exam Helpline for NTSE Stage II examination only

Phone number - 011-26560464

e-mail - ntsexam.ncert@gov.in

Official Website


State-wise NTSE Application Form 2021

All states and UTs will start releasing the NTSE 2021 application form in September/October 2020. The links to download the application form for NTSE 2021 will be updated below in the table. Till then, students can get an idea about the same by downloading the previous years' application form provided below. The states/UTs that released the application form offline are not listed below. Students are advised to contact their schools for the same.

State NTSE official link  Last date to apply Official notification/ application State-quota
Jammu & Kashmir (Released) Click Here December 4, 2020  Click to download 50
Bihar (Released) Click Here December 19, 2020  Click to download 691
Delhi (Released) Click Here November 20, 2020  Click to download 153
Karnataka (Released) Click Here November 30, 2020  Click to download 371
West Bengal (Released) Click Here December 1, 2020  Click to download 569
Puducherry (Released) Click Here November 15, 2020 Click to download 20
Himachal Pradesh (Released) Click Here November 20, 2020  Click to download 186
Sikkim (Released) Click here November 3, 2020 Click to download 50
Rajasthan (Released) Click Here November 2, 2020  Click to download 485
Assam (Released) Click Here November 25, 2020  Click to download 202
Madhya Pradesh (Released) Click Here November 13, 2020  Click to download 530
Haryana (Released) Click Here November 19, 2020  Click to apply 186
Telangana (Released) Click Here November 10, 2020  Click to apply 466
Kerala (Released) Click Here November 16, 2020  Click to apply 220
Odisha (Released) Click Here October 28, 2020  Click to apply 259
Jharkhand (Released) Click Here November 13, 2020  Click to apply 142
Uttarakhand (Released) Click Here November 6, 2020  Click to download 79
Goa (Released) Click Here October 30, 2020  Click to download 50
Andhra Pradesh (Released) Click Here November 6, 2020  Click to apply 263
Maharashtra (Released) Click Here November 4, 2020 Click to download 774
Punjab (Released) Click Here November 15, 2020 Click to download 183
Meghalaya (Released) Click Here October 27, 2020 Click to download 50
Chhattisgarh (Released) Click Here October 24, 2020 Click to download 195
Gujarat (Released) Click Here November 7, 2020 Click to download 360
Uttar Pradesh (Released) Click Here November 10, 2020  Click to download 1408
Manipur Click Here To be notified   50
Arunachal Pradesh Click Here To be notified   50
Daman & Diu Click Here To be notified   20
Tripura Click Here To be notified   50
Tamilnadu Click Here To be notified   466
Chandigarh Click here To be notified   20
Dadra & Nagar Haveli Click Here To be notified   20