NTSE 2023 Exam: Dates (Soon), Registration, Syllabus, Question Papers, Patten, Result

National Talent Search Examination 2023 ( NTSE )

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Updated on Aug 12, 2023 14:22 IST

NTSE Exam 2023-24: National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT) is set to conduct the National Talent Search (NTS) Examination this year, informed a government official. NTSE 2023 exam date will be out soon and students will be able to check the official updates here. The NTSE applications 2023 are expected to begin soon in online and offline modes (varying for different states). The NTSE 2023 Stage 1 exam is likely to be held on November 4 and 5, 2023 in pen and paper mode. 

The NTSE was not held in the year 2022, marking the first such omission in its 60-year history. NCERT plans to conduct NTSE 2023 and may accommodate students who missed the opportunity last year to earn the scholarship.

Eligible students will be able to download the NTSE application forms and submit them along with the NTSE application fees (if any) before the last date. The last date to apply for NTSE 2023 will vary from state to state. Candidates can click on the NTSE Application forms 2023 link above to download the form of their respective state. 

For States with offline NTSE registrations, students will be required to download the NTSE application forms 2023 online, take a printout, and fill them offline. The completely filled forms are required to be submitted along with the NTSE application fee (if any) in the offline mode in school before the last date.

The NCERT, in its latest circular, informed “the National Talent Search Scheme was approved till March 31, 2021. The further implementation of the scheme in its present form has not been approved and has been stalled till further orders. Earlier last year, all States and UTs released the NTSE application form 2022. The NTSE registration was done in online and offline mode. NCERT put on hold the NTSE 2022 exam. 

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About NTSE

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a scholarship exam conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for identifying talented students who want to pursue higher education in the Science and Social Studies streams. The exam is conducted for students studying in class 10th. NTSE is conducted in two stages. The stage 1 exam is conducted at the state level by all states and UTs, while NTSE stage 2 is conducted by NCERT at the national level only for those students who qualify the stage 1 exam. The students qualifying in NTSE stage 1 are eligible to appear for the Stage II exam. The aim of the NTSE scheme is to award a scholarship to talented students, who wish to pursue higher education in Science and Social Studies stream, to help them continue their education.

Highlights of National Talent Search Examination

Exam Name

  • National Talent Search Examination
  • Commonly known as NTSE

Conducted by

  • NTSE Stage 1 is conducted by respective states/UTs
  • National level or NTSE stage II is conducted by NCERT

Exam Level

National Level

Class level

Class 10th

Total Scholarships


Scholarship amount

  • Rs. 1250 per month for Class 11-12
  • Rs. 2000 per month for UG and PG level
  • As per UGC norms for research level

Scholarship level

Up to PhD level

Exam Mode

Offline examination

Exam Papers

Mental Aptitude Test (MAT)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Test Duration

120 minutes for each paper (MAT & SAT) at each level i.e. a total of 240 minutes. (same for both the stages)

Total Exam Centers

For NTSE Stage I exam - In all 28 states and 9 UTs

For NTSE Stage II - 35 exam cities

Registration dates

Registration begins in August/September every year and the last date of application is notified by the respective State/UT separately

Exam dates for NTSE 2022 stage 1

November 4* for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 5* for All other states and UTs

Exam date for NTSE 2022 stage 2

June, 2024*

Exam Helpline for NTSE Stage II examination only

Phone number - 011-26560464

e-mail - ntsexam.ncert@gov.in

Official Website


NTSE 2023 Exam Dates & Schedule

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of NTSE 2023 exam

DatesUpcoming Exam Dates

Nov '23

Conduct of NTSE Stage 1 Exam 2023 for Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands


Nov '23

Conduct of NTSE Stage 1 Exam 2023 for all other States and UTs


Feb '24 - May '24

NTSE Stage 1 Result 2023


NTSE 2023: Important dates and other events

Candidates can find all the important events and dates related to NTSE 2023 below:


Stage I dates (Tentative)

Stage II dates (Tentative)

NTSE application dates

Aug/Sep 2023

No registration

NTSE Admit card releases

October 2023

May 2024

NTSE Exam dates

November 4-5, 2023

June 9, 2024

NTSE Result releases

January – April 2024

August 2024

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NTSE Eligibility 2023

Candidates who wish to win the NTS 2023 scholarship exam must fulfil the eligibility criteria specified by the NCERT. Also, every State and UT mentions the NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2023 such as academic qualification, age limit, and minimum qualifying marks in the previous class, that candidate must fulfil in order to apply for the examination. Only candidates who meet the NTSE Eligibility Criteria will be awarded the scholarship after qualifying for NTSE 2023 examinations. Check here details about NTSE eligibility 2023 for stage I as well as stage II exam –

NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2023 for stage I (state level) –

The conditions are listed below:

  • Candidates currently studying in Class 10th from any recognized Private/Government schools including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Sainik Schools can apply.

  • The candidates can appear in their respective state/UT’s for the NTSE stage I exam, as there is no domicile restriction.

  • The SCERT of respective state/UTs may mention any additional criteria for the stage I exam such as minimum qualifying marks in the previous class.

  • Candidates who are completing their education from Open and Distance Learning (ODL) such as the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or State Open Boards are also eligible to apply and appear for NTSE 2023.

  • The candidates studying from Open and Distance Learning must not be less than 18 years of age at the time of appearing in the scholarship exam. Moreover, they should not be employed (not even part-time jobs) and they should be appearing in the Class 10th qualifying examination for the first time.  

NTSE 2023 Eligibility Criteria for NTSE Stage II exam –

For candidates studying in India:

Candidates appearing for NTSE stage II exam by NCERT need to fulfil the below-mentioned eligibility criteria -

  • They must be Indian Nationals, irrespective of where they are pursuing their Class 10th qualifying examination i.e. in India or abroad

  • They should have qualified stage I exam at the state level

For candidates studying outside India:

  • The Indian national candidates studying abroad can directly appear for the Stage II exam of the NTS scholarship award

  • They should have scored at least 60 per cent marks in their previous qualifying examination i.e. Class 9th

  • Such candidates should be planning to pursue their higher education only in India after obtaining the NTSE Scholarship

NTSE Eligibility 2023: General Requirements for awarding NTSE Scholarships

  • Candidates who are awarded the scholarship are allowed to pursue the approved courses in Science, Social Sciences, Engineering and Medical streams only. They should be willing to pursue higher education in India only

  • Candidates should be certified as maintaining good conduct at their school and should continue their higher education

  • They should not be absent from school without proper leave or informing the school authorities

  • The candidates should be a full-time students and should not be working anywhere or getting a salary/stipend

  • If a candidate is getting scholarships under any other scheme as well, then he/she will have to decide which scholarship scheme he/she wants to continue with

  • If any candidate is getting any other scholarship then, his/her NTS Scholarship will be stopped for that year and can be continued only after he/she requests NCERT for resuming the scholarship; they have to discontinue benefits from other scholarship schemes

  • The candidates getting fee waivers/ one-time grant/fee subsidy and accommodation are eligible for NTSE Scholarship

  • If any candidate drops studies or discontinues his/her education within one year of admission, the scholarship will not be awarded to him/her

  • Candidates must clear all subjects of their course on the first attempt only. In case they fail to do so in any of the core subjects, their scholarship will be cancelled.

NTS Exam Procedure 2023

NTSE Application 2023: Candidates who wish to appear for the NTSE can apply from their respective state/UT in the offline/online mode or as specified by the exam authorities. Students will be required to download the form online and submit it to the School Principal for certification before the last date along with the application fee (if applicable). The offline NTSE Application Form 2023 can be obtained from the school or the listed Liaison Officers for the states/UTs only.

The notification for application form availability of NTSE state level examination is also made available in the local/national newspapers or circulars circulated in the schools by the respective state/UT.  

The NTSE admit card 2023 is attached along with the application form of NTSE and is required to be filled out by candidates. This admit card is then signed by the State Liasion officer and handed over to the candidate in October.

NTSE Admit Card 2023 - The NTSE 2023 admit card for stage 1 is made available by the exam conducting authorities at least 15 days before the exam date. Many states provide the NTSE 2023 admit card in the offline mode while some issue it online which can be downloaded by candidates. Those who apply for NTSE 2023 will be issued admit cards by their respective state/UT for state-level examination. It is mandatory to carry the admit card on the exam day failing which no candidate will be allowed to sit for the exam. Those who qualify the state level examination are issued NTSE 2023 Stage 2 admit card by NCERT in the online mode only. This can be downloaded from the official website of NCERT.

NTSE Stage 1 exam- The states/UTs are likely to conduct the NTSE exam 2023 on November 4, 5 in the offline mode at appointed exam centres only. 

NTSE Stage 1 Result 2023 - The NTSE 2023 stage I result mentions the qualifying status of candidates for both papers i.e. MAT and SAT. The candidates can check the result of NTSE stage 1 exam in the online mode as it is made available on the official website of the SCERT/DGE of the respective state/UT. The NTSE stage I exam result 2023 is released in the form of a merit list, which mentions names, marks, ranks of all qualified candidates for the respective state/UT.

NTSE stage 2 exam - All those candidates who qualify the stage 1 exam of NTSE at the state level are eligible to appear for national level NTSE which is conducted by NCERT. The NTS stage 2 exam 2023 will likely be held in June 2024. The exam pattern, exam details, and subjects are the same as that of NTSE stage 1. 

NTSE Stage 2 Result: The final result of the NTSE stage II examination is expected to be released in August/September 2023, for all candidates. Candidates will be able to check their NTSE stage 2 result through the link provided by the NCERT where they need to enter their roll number and date of birth. The result mentions separate scores as well as the combined score for MAT and SAT papers. The disbursement of the NTSE scholarship will be based on the Merit list after the announcement of the NTSE stage 2 result only. 

The NTSE state-level and national level examination are conducted at the exam centres designated by the exam conducting authorities. For state-level examination of NTSE, the respective states/UTs allow the exam centre to candidates that are mentioned on the NTSE admit card. For NTSE stage 2, the examination is conducted at the designated test centres by NCERT. The list of NTSE Exam Centre 2023 for Stage 1 will be released by states a month before the conduct of exams while the list of exam centres for stage 2 is listed below.

NTSE Exam Centres for Stage 2

The table below lists all the exam centres for NTSE Stage 2 –


Exam Centre(s)/Venue

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

KV No 2, Raksha Vihar, Minnie Bay

Andhra Pradesh

KV, Gandhi Gram Post, Malkapuram, Visakhapatnam

Arunachal Pradesh

KV No 2,  Itanagar, Chimpu Post, Arunachal Pradesh


KV CRPF Mile Amerigog, Kamrup, Guwahati


KV no 1, Lohiya Nagar, Near Heart Hospital, Kankarbagh, Patna


KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh


KV No 2,  Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, Sector 4, Raipur

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

KV, Government High School Campus, Silvassa


KV No 3, Ringroad, Near Seema Sadak Bhawan


KV, INS Madovi, Panjim


KV No 1, Near Police Commissioner’s Office, Shahi Baug, Ahmedabad


KV No 1, AFS, Sector 14, Old Delhi Road, Gurugram

Himachal Pradesh

KV No 1, Dharamshala Cantt, Kangra

Jammu and Kashmir

KV No 1,  Gandhinagar, Jammu


KV CCL, Rajendra Nagar, Ranchi


KV, ASC Center, Victoria Road, Bangalore, Karnataka


KV No 3, Port Trust, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Ernakulam


KV, Kavaratti

Madhya Pradesh

KV No 1, Opp Central India Flour Mill, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal


KV, Bhandup, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg West
KV, BEG, Near Deccan College, Pune


KV No 1, Lamphelpat, Imphal


KV, Happy Valley, Shillong


KV, Project Pushpak Zemabawk, Aizawl


KV, CRPF Camp, Lerie Hill, Kohima, Nagaland


KV No 1,  Unit 9, Near Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar


KV, IIT Campus, Chennai


KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh


KV  No 1, Bajaj Nagar, Opp Tonk Phatak, Jaipur


KV, Post Tadong, Middil, Siyari, Gangtok

Tamil Nadu

KV,  IIT Campus, Chennai


KV No 1,  Langer House, Golconda, Hyderabad


KV (GC) CRPF, Adarani, Salbagan, Agartala


KV ONGC, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun

West Bengal

KV, Ballygunge, Circular Road, Kolkata

Uttar Pradesh

KV, Lucknow Cantt
KV, New Cantt, VD Road, Allahabad

Exam Day Guidelines

Here are some of the guidelines that the candidates must follow on the day of the National Talent Search Examination:

  • Candidates must carry their admit cards, pencil, pen, and photo identity card to the examination hall.
  • All the candidates should reach the exam centre at least 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the examination.
  • Any candidate who is late beyond 15 minutes of the commencement of the exam, will not be allowed to write it.
  • Electronic gadgets are not allowed in the examination centre. 

For information on NTSE preparation, students can refer to the NTSE preparation tips provided by Shiksha.

Major Changes in NTSE over the past years

How it began

The programme was started in 1963 as National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) as an initiative to help talented students with scholarships. The students who applied for NTSE scholarships were selected on the basis of qualification in the written test, project report, and interview. The written test included Science Aptitude Test (SAT) and an essay based on a scientific theme only. The project report was also needed to be submitted at the time of the written test. The scholarships were awarded to only those students who wanted to pursue higher education in Basic Sciences from Class 11th to Doctoral level.

All about NTSE over the years: 

Over the years since it was started, the exam conducting authority made drastic changes in the NTSE examination pattern, subject, class level, scholarship numbers and amount, etc. Check below the major changes made in the NTSE scholarship scheme –

NTS Exam over the years



Changes made in NTSE

Number of Scholarships
(In 1963, only 10 scholarships were awarded)


350 from 10


From 350 to 500


From 500 to 550

(out of which 50 scholarships were reserved for SC and ST categories)


From 550 to 750 inclusive of 70 scholarships reserved for SC and ST students only


From 750 to 1000 with reservation as under –

15% for Scheduled Caste students

7.5% for Scheduled Tribes students


From 1000 to 2000 with reservation as under –

27% for Other Backward Class students

15% for Scheduled Caste students

7.5% for Scheduled Tribes students

4% for Physically Disabled students


2000 scholarships with reservation as under –

27% for Other Backward Class students

15% for Scheduled Caste students

7.5% for Scheduled Tribes students

4% for Physically Disabled students

10% reservation added for Economically Weaker Sections

Scholarship amount


The scholarship amount was raised up to Rs. 500.

However, the students pursuing Ph.D. courses were given scholarship amount as per the UGC norms only.

2014-2015 till present

The scholarship amount of Rs. 500 was increased for students at different levels as under –

Class 11th and Class 12th: Rs. 1250 per month

At Bachelor degree and Post-Graduate degree levels: Rs. 2000 per month

Students pursuing Ph.D. degree – As per UGC norms

Subjects Specialization/Stream of higher education

1976 (after the introduction of 10+2+3 education pattern)

From Basic Sciences to Engineering, Social Sciences and Medicine streams


  • The scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing higher education in Social Science and Science streams up to the doctoral level.

  • The scholarship for professional courses in Medicine and Engineering will be awarded up to the Post-Graduation level only.

Change in Name


From the National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) to National Talent Search Scheme (NTSS)

Class level (initially only Class 10th students could apply and appear for the NTSE Scholarship examination)


The exam was extended up to Class 10th, Class 11th and Class 12th Students and separate examinations were conducted for each level.


The class level was returned back to Class 10th only.

However, the centralized examination process of the national level for students from all over India was decentralized i.e. Tiers were introduced and now, students were required to appear for Tier I at their own state level and then for Tier II for the national level.


NTSE was now conducted for Class 8th students from Class 10th earlier.

However, NCERT conducted 2 more exams for Class 10th students in 2007-2008 for providing an opportunity to students studying in Class 9th and Class 10th at that time.

2013 till present

The Class level was again set only for Class 10th.

Selection Procedure


  • Two objective type written tests introduced i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in place of descriptive written test and Essay based on Science theme only

  • Project Report submission was discontinued

  • Only qualified students need to appear for face to face Interviews.

  • Selection based on composite scores in MAT, SAT, and Interview only.


  • Language Ability Test (LAT) introduced as part of the selection criteria.

  • LAT was either English or Hindi as per the choice of students.

  • It is of only qualifying nature as the scores of LAT was not included in deciding the merit of students for NTSE scholarships.

2018 and onward

LAT paper removed from the selection procedure

Exam Pattern


A uniform exam pattern was designed for MAT and SAT for all states and UTs conducted Tier 1 exam of NTSE.

The exam pattern of NTSE Stage 1 exam now included –

For MAT: 100 MCQs

For SAT: 200 MCQs divided into 25 for each subject as under -

  1. Mathematics,

  2. Physics,

  3. Chemistry,

  4. Biology,

  5. History,

  6. Geography,

  7. Civics,

  8. Economics.

However, candidates were provided with a choice of selecting any four of the eight sections and therefore, only need to answer 100 questions.


The choice to select sections in SAT paper was terminated.

The SAT paper was now based on Science, Social Science, and Mathematics.

Science and Social Sciences section 40 MCQs each and the remaining 20 were for Mathematics.


The Class VIII NTSE exam pattern was based on 90 questions for each paper i.e. MAT and SAT.

SAT included 35 questions each for Science and Social Science and, 20 MCQs for Mathematics.


  • Negative marking scheme introduced for the Stage II examination of NTSE

  • For each wrong attempt, 1/3rd of the total marks allotted for a question was deducted.

  • Also, no marks were deducted for questions that were not attempted by students.

2018 onward

  • Negative Marking Scheme discontinued

  • Exam time duration increased from 90 minutes to 120 minutes for each paper i.e. MAT and SAT. Also, 30 minutes extra for Visually Challenged candidates)

  • Reporting time for the examination hall was changed to 09:00 am to 8:00 am.

  • The exam timings are as under –

For MAT paper: 9:30 am to 11:30 am (12:30 am for VC candidates)

For SAT paper: 1:30 pm to 03:30 pm (4:00 pm for VC candidates)

  • The total number of questions for MAT paper was increased as the LAT paper is removed.

Earlier, MAT and LAT paper carried 50 marks each.

The MAT paper now carries a total of 100 questions.

Other relevant features


  • The parental/family income criteria to award the NTSE scholarship discontinued.

  • Books grants also discontinued.


A reservation of 3% of scholarships from total scholarships was decided for Physically Challenged students.


The minimum qualifying marks for qualifying NTSE were increased from 32% to 35% for SC/ST/PH candidates.


4% reservation in scholarships made for Physical Challenged Category


The minimum qualifying marks for NTSE qualification have been revised as under –

40% for General Category Candidates

32% for SC/ST/PH candidates in both tests separately.


Reservation of 27% is introduced for OBC category candidates


Reservation of 10% added for EWS candidates

Non-conduct of the exam


NTSE was not held in the year 2022, marking the first such omission in its 60-year history

NTSE 2023 Contact Information

For NTSE stage I exam – Candidates can contact the State Council of Research and Technology (NCERT) or listed Liaison Officer of their respective State/UT.

For NTSE stage 2 exam –

Official Address

Educational Survey Division,

National Council of Educational Research and Training

Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110 016

Phone Numbers – +91-11-26560464, +91-11-26562704

E-mail Address – deme.ncert@nic.in, esdhead@gmail.com, esdhead.ncert@gov.in, ntse2@yahoo.co.in

FAQs related to NTSE 2023

Q: When will the Stage 1 of NTSE 2023 be conducted? 

A. Stage 1 of NTSE 2023will likely be held on November 4 and 5, 2023. The official dates are yet to be announced.

Q: Does NCERT conduct any interviews after conducting the Stage 2 examination?

A. No, to qualify for the NTSE scholarship, a candidate is just required to qualify in Stage 1 and 2 examinations.

Q. I am reappearing for my class 10 exams this year. Can I apply for NTSE?

A. No, one can apply for NTSE only once during the first attempt in class 10.

Q. Will I qualify for the NTSE stage 2 if I manage to score the minimum qualifying marks in MAT and SAT?

A. You will be required to achieve the total NTSE cutoff score released by the state. If you manage to achieve the cutoff marks of NTSE stage 1, you would find your name on the merit list. The qualifying cutoff of 40 per cent (32 per cent for SC/ST) and the ones released by states is different.

Q. Do I need to apply again for the NTSE stage 2 exam?

A. NTSE application is a one-step process. You will qualify to appear for stage 2 only if you clear the stage 1 exam.

Q. When will NTSE 2023 stage 1 result be announced?

A: Stage 1 NTSE result 2023 is expected to be out between February and April 2024.
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Answered a month ago

The steps to register for NTSE Exam are as follows:

  • Step 1: Obtain the Application form.
  • Step 2: Fill the Application form.
  • Step 3: Payment of Application Fee (If applicable).
  • Step 4: Submit the NTSE Application Form.


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The NTSE 2023 Stage 1 exam is likely to be held on November 4 and 5, 2023 in pen and paper mode. The NTSE was not held in the year 2022, marking the first such omission in its 60-year history. NCERT plans to conduct NTSE 2023 and may accommodate students who missed the opportunity last year to earn



Mohd Faizan

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Answered a month ago

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a prestigious scholarship programme in India, typically conducted for students studying in Class 10. The application process for NTSE generally involves both individual and school involvement.

Here's how the application process works:

  1. Individual Registr



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