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NTSE 2018 - The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), a national scholarship examination for awarding scholarships to class 10th students is conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). NTSE is a two-tier exam where stage 1 is conducted by the States/UTs and stage 2 exam is conducted at national level by NCERT. The council has released the admit card for NTSE stage 2. Students can click on the link given below to download the admit card. NTSE stage 2 exam will be conducted on May 13, 2018 across 36 states/UTs in the country. The result for the same will be announced in August, 2018. NTSE stage 2 result will be announced in the online mode. This year, NTSE 2018 was conducted at state level on November 4 and 5, 2017. The exam for NTSE stage 1 and stage 2 are based on Mental Ability Test, Scholastic Ability Test and Language Ability Test. NTSE 2018, at both state level and national level are conducted in the offline mode only. Candidates who will qualify NTSE 2018 at state/UT level are eligible to appear for national level screening test. The candidates who will qualify NTSE 2018 will be awarded scholarship for till their Ph.D level studies or postgraduation level studies depending on their stream. Candidates can know here all about the state level and national level scholarship aptitude test, NTSE including important dates, application, eligibility, exam centres, test pattern, result as well as qualifying criteria, 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


Abbreviated as – NTSE


Level of examination – State as well as National level


Exam conducting body – National Council of Educational Research and Training 


Selection procedure – Mental Ability Test, Language Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test


Exam mode – offline mode/ pen paper based mode

All about NTSE 2018


National Talent Search Exam or National Science Talent Search Scheme was launched in 1963 by NCERT with an aim to identifying the talented students and grant them with scholarship to pursue their further education. The NTSE exam is a two-tier/stage exam where candidates are tested for their Mental, Language and Scholastic abilities. The stage 1 exam of NTSE is conducted by the respective state or UT only and the stage 2 exam is conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training. The candidates who are shortlisted through this two-tiered examination are awarded as many as 1000 scholarships every year. Only Class X students are eligible to appear for NTSE.


For how long the NTSE scholarship amount is provided to the qualified candidates?


NTSE 2018 Scholarship Criteria

  • Candidates who will pursue further studies in Science, Humanities, Languages, Commerce, vocational studies and Fine Arts will be awarded scholarship amount till Ph.D level

  • Candidates who study professional programmes i.e. Medicine, Engineering, Technology, Management and Law are provided scholarship amount till their second degree level or postgraduate programme

NTSE 2018 Scholarship Amount


The exam conducting body has updated the scholarship amount for different level of education as mentioned below -

Level of Education

Scholarship amount for year 2018 (in INR)

Class XI to Class XII


Undergraduate level

Rs. 2000

Postgraduate level

Rs. 2000

Ph.D. level

As per UGC norms

NTSE 2018 Reservation Criteria


NCERT awards as many as 1000 scholarships to the qualified candidates of NTSE. Out of the total scholarships, the exam conducting body has set a reservation quota for some categories as mentioned below -


NTSE 2018 Reservation Policy


Reservation Criteria

Scheduled Caste


Scheduled Tribes


Physically Handicapped


Total reserved scholarships

26.5% of 1000 scholarships

The result of stage 2 exam of NTSE will be announced in online mode June 2018

NTSE Important Dates 2018


The important dates of NTSE 2018 are now available from July 31, 2018. Candidates who appeared for the national scholarship exam can check here the NTSE 2018 important dates as mentioned below –


NTSE Important Dates 2018


Important dates


July 31, 2017

Application begins

August 2017

Last date of NTSE 2018 application form

Will be announced separately by each state/UT

NTSE stage 1 exam for Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 04, 2017

NTSE stage 1 examination for all other states and Union Territories

November 05, 2017

NTSE Stage 2 admit card release date

April 18, 2018 

National level NTSE Stage II exam 2018

May 13, 2018v

NTSE Cut off 2018


Karnataka has declared the state wise NTSE cut off 2018. Candidates 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 2 to be conducted by NCERT. The criteria for stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018 is as mentioned below -

Selection Criteria for NTSE stage 1 exam -

  • Candidates from all Union Territories appearing for stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018 need to obtain minimum 10 marks in each paper i.e. MAT, SAT and LAT to qualify for NTSE stage 2 exam 2018

  • Whereas, candidates from all states need to score at least 25 marks in each paper of NTSE 2018 stage 1 exam

Candidates can check here the cutoff marks for NTSE stage 2 as mentioned in the tables below -

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

Test Papers

Maximum Marks

Qualifying Percentage/Marks



Paper I MAT


40% (19.6)

35% (17.15)

Paper II English


40% (20.0)

35% (17.5)

Paper II Hindi


40% (20.0)

35% (17.5)



40% (38.4)

35% (33.6)

Total Marks


40% (58)

35% (50.75)

Category-wise NTSE cutoff


NTSE Cut Off 2016

Maximum Marks of MAT and SAT


52. 12











NTSE Exam Pattern 2018


The stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018 was conducted by the respective states and UTs on November 4 and 5, 2018 in an offline mode. For stage 1 and stage 2 exam of NTSE 2018, there will be three tests as mentioned below -

  • Mental Ability Test (MAT) – The written test MAT of NTSE 2018 will be based on 50 objective type questions for one mark each. Candidates will be provided 45 minutes to attempt the test.

  • Language Aptitude Test (LAT) – The second paper will be of language test for English or Hindi as selected by the candidate. There will be 50 questions for the language paper carrying a total of 50 marks and the time duration will be 45 minutes.

  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – The paper III of NTSE 2018 will be scholastic aptitude test for a total of 100 marks and will be carrying 100 questions.

For stage 1, there will be no negative marking.

In Stage 2 examination, the examination pattern has been modified by NCERT. The NTSE Stage 2 exam will comprise of two papers. Paper 1-Mental Ability test and Paper 2- Scholastic Aptitude Test. The NTSE 2018 Stage 2 exam will be held on May 13, 2018. There will be no paper on Language Test. Each paper will consist of 100 questions. Also, there will be no negative marking in both the papers. Only those candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be cosidered for merit.


NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2018


Candidates appearing for NTSE stage 1 and stage 2 examination need to satisfy the eligibility criteria of NTSE 2018 as mentioned by each state as well as NCERT. Candidates can check below the NTSE 2018 eligibility criteria as mentioned below -

  • Candidates currently studying in class 10 are eligible to apply for stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018

  • Candidates must not be more than 18 years of age as on July of year of the examination

  • Candidates studying through open learning/ distance mode education are also eligible to apply, however, they must not be above 18 years of age and not be employed anywhere.

  • Candidates must not be re-appear examination of class 10