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NTSE 2019 Admit Card (Released), Dates, Pattern and Syllabus

Updated On - May 22nd 2019 by NEHA RANI

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) 2019 is a National Level Examination conducted by NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) to provide the scholarship to the deserving candidates. This exam is for secondary school level to identify and recognize students with high intellect and skills. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage 1 (State level) and Stage 2 (National level).

  • Registration process will begin from Second week of September 2019. Check NTSE 2019 Application Form
  • NTSE stage 1, exam will be held on November 03 and 04, 2018 and NTSE stage 2, exam will be conducted on June 16, 2019.
  • The papers are conducted through offline mode only and have objective type questions only.
  • For both stages, exam is divided into two parts i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

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. Check NTSE Eligibility

Scholarship: one thousand scholarships are awarded for different stages of education as follows:

  • Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII.
  • Scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates.
  • Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

NTSE 2019 Highlights

Conducting BodyNCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training)
Mode of ExamOffline
Medium of ExamEnglish and Hindi
Duration of Exam120 Minutes ( For each part)
Type and Number of QuestionsObjective Type Questions (Stage 1: 200 Questions), (Stage 2: 200 Questions)
Sections2 (Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Ability Test)

NTSE 2019 Exam Dates

NTSE 2019 stage 2 will schedule to be conducted on June 16, 2019. Interested candidates can apply from Second week of September 2018. The NTSE exam schedule is given below:

EventsStage 1 (Over)Stage 2
NTSE 2018 Application Forms for Stage Second week of September 2018Second week of September 2018
NTSE 2018 Stage Admit CardOctober 2018May 21, 2019
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Andaman and Nicobar IslandNovember 03, 2018 (Saturday)June 16, 2019 (Sunday)
Examination in all other States and Union Territories except West BengalNovember 04, 2018 (Sunday)June 16, 2019 (Sunday)
West BengalNovember 18, 2018 (Sunday)June 16, 2019 (Sunday)

NTSE 2019 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, 2018) 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

  1. 15% for students belonging to SC category.
  2. 7.5% for students belonging to ST category.
  3. 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.
  1. 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 2019 Application Form

Candidates can fill 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 2019 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.

Indian Students

  1. Candidates must download the application form available on the official NCERT website.
  2. After filling in all fields, the applicant must get the form signed by the principal of his school.
  3. Then the application form must be submitted to the State Liaison Officer before the last date of submission.

Indian Students Studying Abroad

  1. Such candidates can directly apply for Stage 2 of NTSE exam.
  2. The application form will have to be downloaded from the website.
  3. 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 2019 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 admit card are explained below:

  1. NTSE admit cards for Stage 1 will be sent by post to candidate’s address, as specified in the application form.
  2. In case the admit card is not received, candidates can visit the office of Chief Superintendent to obtain their hall ticket.
  3. The admit card for NTSE Stage 2 is available on the official NCERT website on May 21, 2019.
  4. 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 documents required with admit card

NTSE 2019 Exam Centers

  • NTSE 2019 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 LocationContact NumberCenter LocationContact Number
Arunachal Pradesh0360-2203509Himachal Pradesh0179-2270580
Meghalaya0364-2535737Uttar Pradesh0532-2622058
Sikkim03592232646Daman & Diu02602630624
A&N Island03192225093Gujarat07923261211
Bihar-Madhya Pradesh0755-2551640
West Bengal033-24865171Andhra Pradesh0863-2596124
New Delhi & Western UP011-25693499Kerala04842667102
Jammu0191-2592007Tamil Nadu044-22240739

NTSE 2019 Exam Pattern

The 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 two sections i.e.  Mental Ability Test (MAT), and 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 and 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 Exam Pattern of both the Stage 1 and Stage 2 are explained below:

SectionNo of QuestionsNo. of MarksTime Duration
Stage 1MAT100100120 Minutes
SAT100100120 Minutes
Stage 2MAT100100120 Minutes
SAT100100120 Minutes

NTSE 2019 Syllabus

  • Syllabus of NTSE 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:

Mathematics Syllabus

NTSE Mathematics section contains around 30 questions which include the topics from class 6 to 10.

Algebraic Expressions5%Percentage& Its Application8%
Arithmetic15%Playing with Number1%
Arithmetic Progressions1%Probability 1%
Basic Geometry15%Quadratic Equations8%
Circles1%Rational Numbers1%
Coordinate Geometry1%Simple & Compound Interest 2%
Direct& Inverse Variations0%Square & Cube Roots3%
Linear Equation3%Surface Areas and Volume4%
Number System9%Trigonometry9%

Science Syllabus

In the science syllabus, topics are included from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This section contains around 35 questions.

Acid Bases and Salts2%Metals & Non Metals5%
Carbon and its Compound6%Motion and Force3%
Cellular Level of Organization4%Our Environment5%
Diversity in Living organisms2%Periodic Classification of Elements2%
Fibres and Plastics1%Reproduction5%
Food Production & Management1%Soil1%
Heredity and Evolution1%Some Common Diseases7%
Human Body7%Sound2%
Life Processes4%Sound of Energy4%
Light5%Structure of Atom3%
Acid Bases and Salts2%The Universe1%
Magnetic & Electricity at Work5%Water4%
Measurement3%Work and Energy6%

Social Science Syllabus

In this subject, topics are from History, Civics, Geography, Economics and General Awareness. This section contains around 35 questions.

Agriculture2%Local and State Government1%
Atmosphere3%Medieval Architecture and Culture1%
Biosphere1%Motion of the Earth3%
British raj5%Nationalism in Various Countries2%
Culture, Science and Literature1%Natural Vegetation3%
Democracy and Elections2%New Empires and Kingdoms2%
Diversity and Livelihood2%Our Country- India4%
Early Medieval Period3%Popular Movements and Social Reforms2%
Early States1%Population1%
Eighteen Century Political Formation1%Resources and Development5%
French Revolution1%Solar System1%
India and Its Neighbours2%The Delhi Sultanate3%
Indian Constitution4%The Judiciary2%
Indian Economics4%The Maurayas2%
Indian Freedom Struggle5%The Mughal Empire5%
Indus Valley Civilization4%UN and International Agencies1%
Industrial Revolution2%Union Government2%
Industries1%Vedic Period2%
Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks 2%Water Resources 2%
Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History2%World History3%
Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands2%--

English Syllabus

One Word Substitution 30%
Paragraph Completion5%
Reading Comprehension10%
Rearrangement of Jumbled Words5%
Sentence Completion10%
English Grammar10%

General Knowledge Syllabus

Awards and Recognitions10%
Books and Authors10%

Mental Ability Syllabus

Alphabets and Number test1%Figure Partition and Dot Situation1%
Analogy(Non Verbal)5%Mathematical Operations3%
Analogy(Verbal)5%Missing Character9%
Blood relations9%Paper Folding and Cutting2%
Calendar, Time and Clock1%Ranking and Arrangements7%
Classification9%Series (Verbal)7%
Coding-Decoding7%Series(Non Verbal)8%
Cube and Dice5%Venn Diagrams2%
Direction Sense7%Water and Mirror Images4%
Embedded Figure5%--

NTSE 2019 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 BookPublisher
Study Package for NTSE Class X (English) 1st and 2nd EditionMc Graw Hill
Practice Papers NTSE X (English) 1st EditionTMH Books
The Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st EditionSaurabh Priyadarshini and Navi C. Joshi
NTSE Explorer: MAT + SAT + New English Language Test for class 10th ( English)Sonia Lal

NTSE 2019 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.
  • 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 2019 Result:

  1. Visit the official website of state government/ union Territories.
  2. Click on the link ‘NTSE 2019 Result’
  3. After clicking on the link, students will be redirected to next page.
  4. Enter the required details i.e. Roll number, date of birth
  5. Click on the submit button.
  6. NTSE Result will be displayed on the screen.
  7. Download the same for future reference.

NTSE 2019 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

NTSE 2019 Expected Qualifying Cutoff


The following table shows the category wise and subject wise 2018 cut off marks:

Category wise cut off marks

CategoriesTotal Score of MAT and SAT CutoffMaximum marks out of 197 of MAT, SAT
General- PH1111144
General- PH278124
General- PH3101131
SC- PH171113
SC- PH28787

Subject wise cut off marks

Test PapersMaximum MarksQualifying Percentage
ST/ SC/ PHGeneral
Paper I MAT49*35% (17.15)40% (19.6)
Paper II English5035% (17.5)40% (20.0)
Paper II Hindi5035% (17.5)40% (20.0)
Paper III SAT96**35% (33.6)40% (38.4)
Total Marks14535% (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

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Harshit sharma

where I can find the form for the exam and when will the exam conducted

01 Aug, 2019 23:07
Suresh Vishnoi

Hi Harshit Sharma, Application form of NTSE 2020 will be distributed separately by different states. It can also be collected from the state liaison officer. The last date of application submission also varies from state to state. The NTSE application form 2020 from the first week of August 2019. NTSE stage 1 is stated to be conducted on November 2 for Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands, on November 3 for all other states and UTs and on November 17, 2019, for Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi NCR, and Jammu.

For more details please go through the official website of NTSE.

05 Aug, 2019 18:05
Gaurav Sharma

What are the subjects required to appear in the examinations?

04 Jul, 2019 00:20
Akhil Pasanth

Hi Gaurav, NTSE consists of multiple choice questions which are asked from the subjects like Mathematics, Science, Social Science, English, General Knowledge, and Mental Ability syllabus.

04 Jul, 2019 10:58
Siwalik Bhattacharya

Is a student of class XI, eligible for the exam?

02 Apr, 2019 10:19
Shobhna Chaturvedi

No, students who are in class IX or are appearing for class X are only eligible for the exam.

02 Apr, 2019 10:46
Siwalik Bhattacharya

Which are the cities selected as examination centre in West Bengal?

02 Apr, 2019 10:18
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Siwalik, for knowing about the exam centres in West Bengal, contact at 033-24865171.

02 Apr, 2019 10:44
Thiramdasu vinay

What time you conducting exam in hyderabad

28 Mar, 2019 15:30
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Vinay, exam will be conducted in May, 2019 (tentatively).

28 Mar, 2019 16:43
manya sharma

are bags and mobile phones allowed in the examination hall?

04 Nov, 2018 00:20
Sarthak Mahajan

Hi Manya, No, Bags and Mobile Phones are not allowed in the examination hall and during the exam time, it is submitted to the exam authorities.

06 Dec, 2018 17:56
santosh kalal

Send NTSE hall ticket link

03 Nov, 2018 10:44
Akansha Expert

Hi Santosh, You may please check the link i.e. for the Admit card.

03 Nov, 2018 11:57
Rahul Sati

My question is that how should i download admit card for stage 1 2018-2019

03 Nov, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Rahul, You may please check the link i.e. for the Admit card.

03 Nov, 2018 11:26
Narendra kaushik

where is the location of ' Sonipat - 14, Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School ' center for NTSE Exam 2018 held on November 4 , 2018.

02 Nov, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Narendra, You can google the location to get the direction and may you once before visit the exam center.

02 Nov, 2018 11:25

Can I register now for ntse

24 Oct, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi farhaan, The Last date to fill the application form as provided by States/ UTs.

24 Oct, 2018 12:04

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