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NTSE 2019 Stage-1 and 2 Notification : Check Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Application Form and Fee Details

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) is a National Level Examination conducted by NCERT to provide the scholarship to the deserving candidates. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: NTSE Stage – 1 (State level) and NTSE Stage – 2 (National level).
This Year for both the stages, the exam will be divided into two papers i.e. Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test comprising of 100 questions of 100 marks each. The duration will be 120 minutes for each paper. The paper will be conducted through offline mode only and there will be no  negative marking in stage 2 examination

NTSE Eligibility Criteria

Class X students can apply for Stage 1. Candidate must be studying in a recognized school in their respective State or Union Territory. Those who are registered in Open Distance Learning (ODL) program will also be considered eligible. If they are below 18 years of age (as on July 1, of the particular year) and are not employed when they appear for Class X exam.
About 1000 scholarships are awarded for different stages of education :

  • Scholarship of Rs 1250 per month for class XI to XII
  • Scholarship of Rs 2000 per month for Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Amount of scholarship for Ph. D is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

The last date for submission of application form of Stage 1 will be notified by the respective state. NTSE 2019 stage 1 exam will be held on 3rd, 4th and 18th November 2018.  NTSE 2018 stage 2 exam will be conducted on May 12, 2019. Students may contact the state/UT liaison officer for procuring the application for.

NTSE 2019 Exam Dates



Tentative Dates
Stage-1 (State)
Last date of 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
03rd November, 2018 (Saturday)

Examination in All Other States and Union Territories except West Bengal

04th November, 2018 (Sunday)

West Bengal

18th November, 2018 (Sunday)

Stage-2 (National ) Examination in All States and Union Territories 12th May, 2019 (Sunday)

NTSE 2019 Examination Pattern is Given Below :



No. of Questions
No. of Marks
Duration (in Minutes)
Paper 1  Mental Ability Test (MAT) 100 100 120
Paper 2
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 100 100 120

Note: If there is any change in pattern for stage-II examination then the same will be communicated later on through NCERT website Candidates are advised to keep track of updates on NCERT website.

Read the Official Notification of NTSE 2019:

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