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


NTSE 2021: Important dates and other events

Candidates can find all the important events and dates related to NTSE 2021 below:


Stage I dates

Stage II dates

NTSE application dates

October 2020

No registration

NTSE Admit card releases

November 2020

By the third week of May 2021

NTSE Exam dates

December 12 and 13, 2020

June 13, 2021

NTSE Result releases

January – March 2021

October 2021