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NTSE 2024 Exam - Dates, Syllabus, Admit Card, Question Papers, Result



NTSE 2024: National Talent Search Exam (NTSE), initially known as NSTSS (National Science Talent Search Scheme), is a scholarship examination that takes place on a national level to identify and enhance the skills, logical reasoning, and mental-ability of the students.

The all-India competitive examination is conducted annually for class 10 students in two stages - Stage 1 (State-Level) & Stage 2 (National Level). If a candidate wants to be eligible to receive the scholarship, he/she will have to clear both exams.

Students have the leverage to apply both online and offline for the NTSE exam. Students residing in India as well as those who are pursuing their education from other countries are also eligible for NTSE. The main objective of the NTSE exam is to evaluate a particular set of abilities in students. The SCERT or same state authorities conduct the Stage 1 examination, whereas Stage 2 is conducted at a national level by NCERT. Students who qualify for Stage 1 can appear for the Stage 2 exam.

The NTSE exam comprises of two papers - Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) & Mental Ability Test (MAT). They both have 100 questions of 1 mark each and students get 2 hours for each paper. Out of all, 2000 candidates are shortlisted and awarded monthly scholarships.

NTSE Important Dates 2024 - According to the most recent notification from NCERT, the NTSE scheme has been temporarily halted, and further details are pending. We will promptly share the latest updates and information as soon as they become available on the official website. State-wise exam conducting authorities will unveil the NTSE 2024-25 dates for application, admit card, answer key, and more. NCERT will release the NTSE 2024 stage 1 and stage 2 exam dates through an official notification on ncert.nic.in. Stay tuned for the latest developments.

NTSE Important Dates 2024

Event NTSE 2024 Dates (Tentative)
Start Date of NTSE 2024 Registration form August 2024
NTSE Application Last Date September 2024
NTSE Stage 1 Admit Card Release Date Around 7-10 days before the exam
NTSE Stage 1 exam date 2024 November - December 2024
Stage- 1 Result February 2025
NTS Stage- II Admit Card 202 Two or four weeks before the exam
NTSE Stage 2 Exam Date May 2025
NTSE Final Results 1-2 months after the exam

NTSE 2024 Highlights

Particulars Details
Exam Level Stage-I: State level
Stage-II: National level
Frequency Once in a year
Mode of Application Both Online & Offline
Eligibility The student should be pursuing Class X and be below 18 years of age.
Exam Mode Offline-Pen and paper-based
Exam Duration MAT: 2 hours
SAT: 2 hours
Language Stage-I: English or any regional language as opted by the candidate.
Stage-II: English or Hindi
Official Website https://ncert.nic.in/national-talent-examination.php

NTSE Admit Card 2024 - Guidelines

The NTSE 2024 admit card includes essential details such as the candidate's roll number, application number, exam date, and exam center information, including the center name, address, exam shift, and timings.

Candidates are strongly advised to maintain an additional copy of their NTSE 2024 admit card to prevent any last-minute inconveniences in case of misplacement.

On the day of the exam, candidates must carry both the admit card and a valid photo ID proof to the examination center.

If there are any discrepancies, such as spelling errors in the candidate's name, father's name, category, or residential address on the NTSE 2024 admit card, candidates should promptly report to the Liaison Officer of their respective state/UT for correction or issuance of a duplicate admit card.

A valid photo ID proof is mandatory for entry to the exam center.

Details Mentioned on NTSE Admit Card 2024:

  • Candidate's name
  • Roll number
  • Exam date
  • Exam timings
  • Exam center, etc.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the NTSE exam, students must fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Enrolled in Class 10th at any recognized school, such as Sainik School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, etc.
  2. Candidates below 18 years of age, who are not employed, are eligible to apply.
  3. Students opting for Open and Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible to apply for the NTSE scholarship.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria For Students Studying Abroad

Indian residents who are studying abroad can also attempt the NTSE exam under these conditions:

  • The student must be an Indian National.
  • If the candidate is pursuing class 10th or equivalent, then he/she is directly eligible for Stage 2.
  • The candidate should have scored a minimum of 60% in class IX final exams.
  • The candidate must opt for an examination center located in India.
  • Must make a request with the institution he/she is studying at along with the attested class IX mark sheet at the Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT.
  • The candidate is eligible for the scholarship only if he/she continues his/her further studies from India.

NTSE Exam Structure

  • The paper is divided into two parts - SAT & MAT. There are 100 questions in both SAT & MAT (Maths - 20, Science - 40, Social Science - 40).
  • The duration of both MAT & SAT is 120 minutes or 2 hours.
  • There is no negative marking. Candidates who qualify in both exams will be considered separately for merit.
  • The selection of the candidate who is eligible for the scholarship will be on the basis of his/her total score in MAT & SAT.

NTSE 2024 Exam Pattern:

Test Name Subjects No. of Questions Maximum Marks Allocated Time
MAT Aptitude Test 100 100 2 hours
SAT Science, Social Science, Maths 100 100 2 hours


Ques.- Can I appear for NTSE Twice?
Ans.- Students studying in Class 10 for the first time are eligible to appear for the exam. Thus, once can appear for NTSE just one time.

Ques.- How many exams are there in NTSE?
Ans.- This exam has two stages. Stage 1 that is STSE - State Talent Search Examination is a state level exam. After clearing Stage 1, the selected students are eligible to sit for Stage 2.

Ques.- Is there any reservation quota for NTSE Scholarship?
Ans.- Yes, there is a reservation available for SC, ST and Physically handicapped students.

Ques.- Is there any negative marking in NTSE?
Ans.- From the year 2018, NTSE has discontinued the negative marking scheme.

Ques.- Is studying from NCERT enough for cracking NTSE?
Ans.- Yes, NCERT books are sufficient for NTSE Exam. However, students should also follow the state board books for Class 9th or 10th as this can give them an added advantage.

Ques.- Is there an interview round as well in NTSE?
Ans.- Students do not have to crack any interview in the NTSE Selection. Both Stage I and Stage II Exams have the MAT and SAT sections.

Ques.- How can I score good marks in NTSE?
Ans.- Inorder to score good marks, students need to follow what was taught at school and at coaching. Practice MAT section on a regular basis to improve speed and accuracy. Revise each topic from NCERT thoroughly. For PCMB refer to school notes, Aakash module as well as NCERT solutions.

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