NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) 2018 is a National Level Examination conducted by NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) to provide scholarship to the deserving candidates. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage – 1 (State level) and Stage – 2 (National level).
- NTSE 2018 Application Form will available from 2nd week of September 2017.
- NTSE 2018 stage 1, exam will be held on November 04 & 05, 2017.
- NTSE 2018 stage 2, exam will be conducted on May 13, 2018.
- NTSE exam is for secondary school students only. Check NTSE 2018 Eligibility
- For both the stages, the exam is divided into three papers i.e. Scholastic Aptitude Test, Mental Ability Test and Language Test.
- The paper is conducted through offline mode only and has objective type questions only. Check NTSE 2018 Exam Pattern
- For every correct answer, students will be awarded by 1 mark while, there is no negative marking in stage 1 paper.
- In stage 2 papers, 1/3 marks will be deducted for every incorrect attempt. Check NTSE 2018 Question Paper Analysis & Answer Key
- Before appearing into the examination, students are advised to download the admit card from the official website of NCERT.
Every year around 1,200,000 to 1,400,000 students appear for the examination, while only 5000 students are selected for stage 2. Out of these 5000 students only 1000 candidates are selected for the scholarship.
NTSE 2018 Highlights
|NTSE 2018 Stage 1 Date of exam||November 04 & 05, 2017|
|NTSE 2018 Stage 2 Date of exam||May 13, 2018|
|Conducting Body||NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training)|
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Medium of Exam||English and Hindi|
|Duration of Exam||3 Hours|
|Type and Number of Questions||Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions (MAT (50 Questions), LT (50 Questions), SAT (100 Questions)|
|Sections||3 (Mental Ability Test, Language Test, Scholastic Ability Test)|
NTSE 2018 Exam Dates
NTSE 2018 stage 1 is scheduled to be conducted on November 04-05, 2017. Interested candidates can apply for NTSE 2018 from 2nd week of September 2017. The tentative schedule with NTSE 2018 exam dates is given below:
|NTSE 2017 Application Forms for Stage 1||2nd week of September 2017||Check Detailed NTSE Application Form|
|NTSE 2018 Stage 1 Admit Card||October 2017||Last date to download NTSE Admit Card is November 1, 2017|
|NTSE 2018 Stage 1 Exam Date||November 04 & 05, 2017||Check NTSE 2018 Exam Pattern|
|NTSE 2018 Stage 2 Exam Date||May 13, 2018||It will be held after NTSE 2018 Stage 1 result|
NTSE 2018 Eligibility
There are certain criteria laid out by CBSE that one should keep in mind before applying for the exam. NTSE Eligibility Criteria for each stage differs. The detailed criteria are provided below.
NTSE Eligibility Criteria (Stage 1)
- Candidates must be an Indian national.
- Class X students can also apply for Stage 1.
- A minimum of 60% marks Class IX is required. SC, ST and PH candidates will need 55% marks in Class IX.
- 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, 2017) and are not employed when they appear for Class X exam.
NTSE Eligibility Criteria (Stage 2)
- Candidates will need 80% marks or above in the State level exam, to be considered eligible.
- Every student who secures the minimum required marks in Stage II will be eligible for the scholarship program.
NTSE Reservation Criteria
- 15% for students belonging to SC category.
- 7.5% for students belonging to ST category.
- 4% for Physically Challenged group of students, with benchmark disabilities of which – 1% each will be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses –
- Blindness and low vision
- Deaf and hard of hearing
- Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.
- And 1% for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses –
- Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness.
- Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses in the posts identified for each disabilities.
NTSE 2018 Application Form
Candidates can fill NTSE 2018 Application Form through both the online and offline modes. Application form will be distributed separately by different states. Last date of application submission also varies from state to state.
- Some general guidelines regarding the form filling process are as discussed below.
- If downloading, then while taking the printout use legal 8.5” * 14” size paper.
- Application form available online or with State/ UT liaison officer is only applicable for Stage 1 exam.
- Candidates have to pay the application fee as prescribed by their respective State/UT.
- While filling NTSE 2018 Application Form candidates or the principle have to leave the 4-digit center code blank, this has to be filled by the liaison officer or concerned district officer or center superintendent.
How to fill NTSE Form?
The process of form filling is different for Indian students who are studying in their home country and Indian students studying abroad. The details are provided below.
- Candidates must download the application form available on the official NCERT website.
- After filling in all fields, the applicant must get the form signed by the principal of his school.
- Then the application form must be submitted to the State Liaison Officer before the last date of submission.
Indian Students Studying Abroad
- Such candidates can directly apply for Stage 2 of NTSE 2018 exam.
- The application form will have to be downloaded from the website.
- The duly filled in application must be sent with a photocopy of the mark sheet of the previous exam to the following address:
Head, Educational Survey Division,
National Council of Educational Research and Training,
Sri Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi – 110016.
NTSE 2018 Admit Card
The admit card for NTSE will be made available by the authorities according to the official schedule. It will contain important information such as candidate’s name, candidate’s roll number, exam date and timing as well as exam center address.
The steps to obtain NTSE Admit Card 2018 are explained below:
- NTSE admit cards for Stage 1 will be sent by post to candidate’s address, as specified in the application form.
- In case the admit card is not received, candidates can visit the office of Chief Superintendent to obtain their hall ticket.
- The admit card for NTSE Stage 2 will be available on the official NCERT website a week before the date of the exam.
- Candidates must download their respective hall tickets from the website.
Documents to carry along with NTSE Admit Card
Carrying only the admit card on the day of the exam is not enough. Entry inside the exam center will not be granted if the student fails to produce his photo ID card. A candidate must carry any one of the below documents:
- Valid photo ID in original and a photocopy of the same
- Any one of these will be accepted for Photo Identification purposes:
NTSE 2018 Exam Centers
- NTSE 2018 examination is conducted in various states.
- At the time of filling application form, students have to select the particular exam center.
- Once the application form is successfully submitted students can check the name of examination center on the admit card.
- Following table shows the details of the examination center like location, contact number etc.:
|Center Location||Contact Number||Center Location||Contact Number|
|Arunachal Pradesh||0360-2203509||Himachal Pradesh||0179-2270580|
|Sikkim||03592232646||Daman & Diu||02602630624|
|West Bengal||033-24865171||Andhra Pradesh||0863-2596124|
|New Delhi & Western UP||011-25693499||Kerala||04842667102|
NTSE 2018 Exam Pattern
NTSE 2018 exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 examination is conducted at state level by the state authorities. Stage 2 examination is conducted at all other states and union territories. The paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. Students need to select any one language from both the languages. The paper is divided into three sections i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), Language Test (LT), Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).
- The examination is conducted through the offline mode only.
- The paper is comprised of Objective type multiple choice questions.
- For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given and there is no negative marking at stage 1.
- For every wrong answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted in stage 2.
- Reserved category candidates have to secure 32% marks in each year to qualify the test, whereas general category candidates have to secure 40% marks to qualify the test.
NTSE 2018 Exam Pattern of both the Stage 1 and Stage 2 are explained below:
|Section||No of Questions||Maximum Marks||Time Allotted|
NTSE 2018 Syllabus
- Syllabus of NTSE 2018 is based on 10+2 curriculum of NCERT.
- Students are advised to go through each and every topic while preparing for the exam.
- NTSE consists of multiple choice questions which are asked from the subjects like Mathematics, Science, Social Science, English, General Knowledge and Mental Ability syllabus.
- Following is the detailed explanation of all the topics of different subjects along with the weight-age of particular topic:
NTSE Mathematics section contains around 30 questions which includes the topics from class 6 to 10.
|Algebraic Expressions||5%||Percentage& Its Application||8%|
|Arithmetic||15%||Playing with Number||1%|
|Basic Geometry||15%||Quadratic Equations||8%|
|Coordinate Geometry||1%||Simple & Compound Interest||2%|
|Direct& Inverse Variations||0%||Square & Cube Roots||3%|
|Linear Equation||3%||Surface Areas and Volume||4%|
In the science syllabus, topics are included from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This section contains around 35 questions.
|Acid Bases and Salts||2%||Metals & Non Metals||5%|
|Carbon and its Compound||6%||Motion and Force||3%|
|Cellular Level of Organization||4%||Our Environment||5%|
|Diversity in Living organisms||2%||Periodic Classification of Elements||2%|
|Fibres and Plastics||1%||Reproduction||5%|
|Food Production & Management||1%||Soil||1%|
|Heredity and Evolution||1%||Some Common Diseases||7%|
|Life Processes||4%||Sound of Energy||4%|
|Light||5%||Structure of Atom||3%|
|Acid Bases and Salts||2%||The Universe||1%|
|Magnetic & Electricity at Work||5%||Water||4%|
|Measurement||3%||Work and Energy||6%|
Social Science Syllabuss
In this subject, topics are from History, Civics, Geography, Economics and General Awareness. This section contains around 35 questions.
|Agriculture||2%||Local and State Government||1%|
|Atmosphere||3%||Medieval Architecture and Culture||1%|
|Biosphere||1%||Motion of the Earth||3%|
|British raj||5%||Nationalism in Various Countries||2%|
|Culture, Science and Literature||1%||Natural Vegetation||3%|
|Democracy and Elections||2%||New Empires and Kingdoms||2%|
|Diversity and Livelihood||2%||Our Country- India||4%|
|Early Medieval Period||3%||Popular Movements and Social Reforms||2%|
|Eighteen Century Political Formation||1%||Resources and Development||5%|
|French Revolution||1%||Solar System||1%|
|India and Its Neighbours||2%||The Delhi Sultanate||3%|
|Indian Constitution||4%||The Judiciary||2%|
|Indian Economics||4%||The Maurayas||2%|
|Indian Freedom Struggle||5%||The Mughal Empire||5%|
|Indus Valley Civilization||4%||UN and International Agencies||1%|
|Industrial Revolution||2%||Union Government||2%|
|Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks||2%||Water Resources||2%|
|Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History||2%||World History||3%|
|Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands||2%||-||-|
|One Word Substitution||30%|
|Rearrangement of Jumbled Words||5%|
General Knowledge Syllabus
|Awards and Recognitions||10%|
|Books and Authors||10%|
Mental Ability Syllabus
|Alphabets and Number test||1%||Figure Partition and Dot Situation||1%|
|Analogy(Non Verbal)||5%||Mathematical Operations||3%|
|Blood relations||9%||Paper Folding and Cutting||2%|
|Calendar, Time and Clock||1%||Ranking and Arrangements||7%|
|Cube and Dice||5%||Venn Diagrams||2%|
|Direction Sense||7%||Water and Mirror Images||4%|
NTSE 2018 Recommended Books
Books play a very important role for the preparation of any kind of examination. The following table shows the names of the books which every aspirant must study:
|Name of the Book||Publisher|
|Study Package for NTSE Class X (English) 1st and 2nd Edition||Mc Graw Hill|
|Practice Papers NTSE X (English) 1st Edition||TMH Books|
|The Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st Edition||Saurabh Priyadarshini and Navi C. Joshi|
|NTSE Explorer: MAT + SAT + New English Language Test for class 10th ( English)||Sonia Lal|
NTSE 2018 Result
- Those students who have successfully qualified the test are eligible for scholarship.
- Students will be selected for the scholarship on the basis of the final merit list.
- Once the stage 2 result will be announced, the final merit list will be prepared accordingly.
- The merit list will published on the website. It will not be sent through post.
- To check the examination result, students can visit the official website of NCERT i.e. www.ncert.nic.in.
- Students have to enter their Registration number and Date of Birth to check the result.
- The result will be available in PDF file format.
By following the below steps students can easily download their NTSE 2018 Result:
- Visit the official website of state government/ union Territories.
- Click on the link ‘NTSE 2018 Result’
- After clicking on the link, students will be redirected to next page.
- Enter the required details i.e. Roll number, date of birth
- Click on the submit button.
- NTSE Result will be displayed on the screen.
- Download the same for future reference.
NTSE 2018 Cut off
Cut off marks are the minimum marks that are required by candidate to clear the examination. The cut off marks will be declared by the respective states. The final cut off mark will be declared by NCERT after the completion of stage 2 examination. NCERT publishes category wise and subject wise cut off marks.
The factors affecting the state wise cut off marks are as follows:
- Students appearing in the exam
- Difficulty level of the paper
- Marking scheme
- Number of seats available
The following table shows the category wise and subject wise cut off marks:
Category wise cut off marks
|Categories||NTSE Cut off 2016||Maximum marks of MAT, SAT|
Subject wise cut off marks
|Test Papers||Maximum Marks||Qualifying Percentage|
|ST/ SC/ PH||General|
|Paper I MAT||49*||35% (17.15)||40% (19.6)|
|Paper II English||50||35% (17.5)||40% (20.0)|
|Paper II Hindi||50||35% (17.5)||40% (20.0)|
|Paper III SAT||96**||35% (33.6)||40% (38.4)|
|Total Marks||145||35% (50.75)||40% (58)|
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College