National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2016

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National Council of Education and Research has announced   National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2016, which is a national level examination cum scholarship program. The scholarship programme is conducted by NCERT and students studying in class X are eligible for NTSE 2016 examination and selection procedure.


 About one thousand scholarships are awarded for different stages of education as follows:
(a) Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII.
(b) Scholarship of Rs. 2000/- PER month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates.
(c) Amount of Scholarship for ph.D. be fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

Examination Procedure :

The examination is conducted every year at two levels:- Stage-I (State Level) and Stage-II (Normal Level).


15% for students belonging to the SC category, 
7.5% for students belonging the Stcategory and 
3% for Physical Challenged Group of Students.


Stage-1, selection will be done by States/Uts and those who qualify Stage- I, will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT.

Qualifying Marks : 

Qualifying marks for candidates from General  category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from  SC, ST, PH is 35% in each paper.
Language Test Qualifying in nature and marks obtained for Language Test will not be counted for final merit.

Important Dates:

Dates for submission of application form and conduct of examination, are given below:

Tentative dates
Last Date for Submission of Application Form
To be notified by the respective State and it may vary from state to state
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands
7th November, 2015 (Saturday)
Examination in All other States and Union Territories
8th November, 2015 (Sunday)

Examination in All States and Union Territories
8th May, 2016 (Sunday)


  •  All students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to apper for the Stage –I examination, conducted by the States/Uts, in whichthe schools are located. 
  • There will be no domicile restriction.
  • Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for scholarship, provided the student is below the age of 18 years (as on 1* July of the particular year), the student is not employed and s/he is appearing in class X examination for the first time.

Examination Pattern:

The pattern of Written examination will be as follows:
·         Stage I examination at the State/UT level will comprise of two parts (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) (b) Language Test (LT) and (c) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

·          The patteren of stage II will be as under:

No of Questions
NO of Marks
Duration (in minutes
Mental Ability test(MAT)
LanguageTest (LT)English/Hindi
Scholastic Aptitude Test(SAT)

AT Stage-II (National Level), there will be nagative marking in each paper, For each wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducated. No marks will be deducated for unattempted questions.

Application Form:  

You may contain the State /Ut Liaison officer for procuring application form or download from below links.

Bihar State NTSE Class X
Maharashtra State NTSE Class X
Odisha State NTSE Class X
Daman & Diu State NTSE Class X
Uttarakhand State NTSE Class X
Meghalaya State NTSE Class X
Chandigarh State NTSE Class X
Jharkhand State NTSE Class X
West Bengal State NTSE Class X
Karnataka State NTSE Class X
Himachal Pradesh State NTSE Class X
Chhattisgarh State NTSE Class X
Punjab State NTSE Class X
Uttar Pradesh State NTSE Class X
Assam State NTSE Class X
Delhi State NTSE Class X
Gujarat State NTSE Class X
Telengana State NTSE Class X
Haryana State NTSE Class X
Rajasthan State NTSE Class X

  • The complited application form should be signed by the principal of the school much before the last date of submission. 
  • The candidate as well as the principal of the school must adhere to last date for submission of the Application Form. 
  • Different states may have different last dates for submission. 
  • Please confirm from the liaison officer of your state,the address at which the completed forms are to be submitted. 
  • The State wise contact of the liaison officers are given below and arealso available in the NCERT website 
  • All queries related to application form should be directed to the State Liaison Officers (LOs). NO application should be sent to NCERT.


  • States and Union territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage examination. 
  • Therefore, before submitting the applicationform , you may find out the fees charged for Stage-I Examination and also the mode of payment from the respective State Liaison Officers (LOs). 
  • NCERT does not charge any fee for State-II examination.

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