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NTSE Notification 2020-21: New Exam Date for Stage 2 Out, Check Details


NTSE Notification 2020-21: National Council of Educational Research and Training, also known as NCERT has announced a revised date for the NTSE Stage-II Exam for the academic year 2020-21. The NTSE stage 2 exam was originally scheduled for June 13 but had to be postponed due to the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the new timetable, the NTSE Stage 2 exam 2021 will take place on October 24 (Sunday) at various locations across the country.

The National Talent Search Examination, popularly known as NTSE, is one of the most competitive and prestigious scholarship programs in India. NTSE exam is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) each year for students of Class 10.

NTSE aspirants who want to appear in NTSE 2021 must have a clear knowledge of NTSE Notification 2021. This will help them apply for the exam and plan their NTSE 2021 preparation better. Also, you must have a clear knowledge of the NTSE eligibility criteria, how to apply for NTSE, important dates for the exam, etc. In this article on NTSE Notification 2021, we will provide you with all this information. Read on to find out.

NTSE Exam Latest Updates

Sep 23: NCERT has announced the new exam date for NTSE Paper-II for 2020-21. The exam will be conducted on October 24 (Sunday). On October 8, the admit card for the NTSE Stage 2 exam 2021 will be available for download at ncert.nic.in.

NTSE Stage 2 Exam

On September 22, NCERT announced the NTSE stage 2 test date for 2021 on its official website. The exam will be held in the offline format on October 24, 2021. After October 8, 2021, the NTS Stage 2 admit card will be published. Candidates will be able to access it by entering their state roll number and birth date.

NTSE Stage 1 Exam

On the official websites of SCERT, all states and UTs have published the NTSE Result 2021 for Stage 1 in the form of a merit list. NTSE Result 2021 has been released online for Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Assam, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and others. For few states, the NTSE Stage 1 results have been released offline. The result section below allows students to check their NTSE 2021 results.

SCERTs also announce the NTSE Cut off 2021 together with the NTSE results. The cutoff mark is the minimum score an applicant must get in order to pass an examination. Candidates who meet the NTSE 2021 cutoff score can sit for the NTS Stage 2 exam in 2021. The NTSE 2021 stage 2 was supposed to take place on June 13, however, it was postponed owing to an increase in COVID cases. Now the NTSE Stage 2 exams will be conducted on 24th October 2021. The NTSE scholarship 2021 will be available to those who pass the stage 2 exam.

All states and UTs completed the first stage of the NTS examination 2021. Many states have posted the NTSE answer key 2021 on their official websites. Students can access the NTSE 2021 answer key on SCERT’s official website.

NCERT NTSE Notification 2020-21: An Overview

The NTSE exam is a national-level scholarship exam in India conducted every year to identify and recognise students with high intellect and academic talent. Around 5 lakh students appear for this scholarship exam every year for 1000 scholarships, out of which 775 are unreserved. The selected candidates are provided with monetary benefits till their PhD. Also, there are other perks of being an NTSE scholar. Before getting into the details of NTSE Notification 2020-21, let’s have an overview of the exam:

NTSE 2020: An Overview
Name of the Examination National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2020-21
Organizing Body National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Number of Stages Two – Stage 1 (State-level/UT-level) and Stage 2 (National-level)
Number of Sections in Each Stage 2 – Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Total Number of Questions in Each Stage 200
Total Marks for Each Stage 200
Exam Duration 2 hours
Penalty for Wrong Answers No negative marking
Language of Exam For Stage 1, the medium will be decided by the respective States/Union Territories. For Stage 2, Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

NCERT NTSE Notification 2020-21: NTSE Important Dates

All the important dates for NTSE have been announced. The authorities will conduct the first stage and second stage of NTSE 2020-21 on the following dates:



Tentative Dates

Stage I (State)

Last Date for Submission of Application Form

To be announced (May vary from State to State)

Examination in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

12th December 2020 (Saturday)

Examination in all other States and Union Territories

13th December 2020 (Sunday)

Stage II (National)

Examination in all States and Union Territories

13th June 2021 (Sunday)

24th October 2021 (Sunday)

NTSE Notification 2020-21: NTSE Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria as per the NTSE Notification are tabulated below:

NTSE Notification: NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2020

1.       Students studying in Class 10 in any recognized school, including students under Open & Distance Learning, are eligible to appear in Stage 1 of NTSE exam.
2.       Selected students from the NTSE Stage 1 exam (State-level/UT-level) are eligible to appear for the Stage 2 of NTSE.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria For Indian Students Studying Abroad

Indian students studying abroad in Class X can appear directly for Stage II examination under conditions prescribed in the official NTS brochure. Candidates may fill up the online application form and send to the official address of NCERT along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of the previous examination before 28th February 2021.

Note: The Application form for students studying abroad will be uploaded on the NTSE official website of NCERT in January 2021.

How To Apply For NTSE?

Aspiring candidates must keep an eye on newspapers for NTSE advertisements. You can also bookmark this page and check it from time to time. All the news about NTSE 2020-21 will be updated here.

Once the advertisement is out, you will have to do the following:

  1. Collect the NTSE application form,
  2. Fill up the application form,
  3. Get it signed by the Principal of your school,
  4. Make a payment of NTSE application fees,
  5. Submit your NTSE application form to the State Liaison Officer.

The NTSE application fee and mode of payment will be decided and announced by the respective States and Union Territories. There is no fee necessary for Stage 2 of the exam.

NTSE Notification 2020-21:

Both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of NTSE will have two papers as tabulated below:

NTSE 2020-21 Exam Pattern 



Number of Questions

Paper 1 – Mental Ability Test (MAT) Aptitude Test 100
Paper 2 – Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Science, Social Science, Mathematics 100 (Science – 40, Social Science – 40, Mathematics – 20)

Marking Scheme: Each question carries 1 mark. There is no negative marking in NTSE.

Time Duration: The time duration is 120 minutes per paper for both NTSE 2019-20 Stage-1 and 2.

Type of Questions: 100 Multiple Choice Questions will be asked for both MAT and SAT papers.

Exam Mode: Candidates are required to answer the items on an OMR sheet provided at the examination centre as per instructions.

Test Language: The tests will be available in the Assamese, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu languages as per the candidates choice during the registration.

NTSE Notification 2020-21: Syllabus

NTSE does not prescribe any definite syllabus for the aspirants. However, the questions might be coming from the level of Classes IX and X.

 Checkout the MAT Paper Syllabus from the table below:

Verbal and Non Verbal AnalogyVerbal and Non-Verbal Series
Distance and DirectionBlood Relations
Alphabet and Number TestRanking and Arrangements
Venn DiagramsMathematical Operations
Calendar, Time and ClockMissing Characters
Embedded FiguresPaper Cutting and Folding
Cube and DiceWord Problems

 For NTSE 2020-21 SAT Syllabus PDF, click on the link below.

NTSE Notification 2020-21: NTSE Admit Card Download

The NCERT shall upload the E-Admit Cards for the second level examination on its website. Here’s how you can download the NTSE Admit Card for Stage-2:

  • 1st Step: Go to the NTSE official website:
  • 2nd Step: Click on the link to download the Admit Card for NTSE Stage 2 exam 2020-21.
  • 3rd Step: Enter the necessary details, like State/UT Roll Number, Date of Birth, etc.
  • 4th Step: Click on “Submit”.
  • 5th Step: The Admit Card will appear on the screen. Download the Admit Card and take print out of the same.

Embibe offers a comprehensive set of NTSE Mock Tests for absolutely. Don’t miss the chance and start practicing now:

NTSE Stage 1 Bihar Mock Test
NTSE Stage 1 Tamil Nadu Mock Test
NTSE Stage 1 Rajasthan Mock Test
NTSE Stage 1 Madhya Pradesh Mock Test
NTSE Stage 1 Uttar Pradesh Mock Test
NTSE Stage 1 Maharashtra Mock Test
NTSE Stage 1 West Bengal Mock Test
NTSE Stage 2 Mock Test

NTSE Notification 2020-21: NTSE Result & Selection Procedure

NTSE Stage-1: Each State/Union Territory releases a merit list of their own for the Stage 1 of NTSE based on the performance of the candidates. Usually, the qualifying marks for General category students for each of the papers (MAT and SAT) is 40 percent and 32 percent in the case of SC/ST/physically challenged candidates. The NTSE Stage 1 Result is declared usually between January & March. The officials do not consider the marks of the State level Examination/UT-level examination for the award of scholarship. This examination is used only to shortlist candidates for second level NTS examination conducted by the NCERT.

NTSE Stage-2: The selected candidates are eligible to appear for NTSE Stage 2 conducted usually in the month of May. Based on the performance of the students, an approximate of 1000 students are selected for the scholarship during the month of September 2020.

NTSE Notification 2020-21: NTSE Scholarship Details

The top 1000 students get scholarship amounts as follows:

NTSE Scholarship Details
 Class 11 and 12 Rs 1250 per month
 UG and PG Rs 2000 per month
 PhD As per UGC norms

Apart from this, being an NTSE scholar has many other benefits and perks.

NTSE Examination Authority Address & Contact Details

The mailing address and contact details of NTSE exam authority is given below:

Mailing Address:
Educational Survey Division
National Council of Educational Research & Training
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi – 110016

For NTS Stage-2 Examination Inquiry:
Phone No : 011-26560464 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)
E-mail : [email protected]
For NTS Stage-1 Examination Inquiry : 
For NTS Scholarship Inquiry:
Phone No : 011-26562704 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)
E-mail : [email protected]

Here we present you some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to NTSE notification 2020-21:

Q: What material should I use to crack the NTSE?

A: For NTSE Stage I preparation, you should study NCERT Books for Class 10 and Class 9 NCERT Books. They will be enough for clearing the NTSE Stage I. For Stage II, you should study from NCERT books and solve as many NTSE Mock Tests as you can.

Q: What are the advantages of clearing NTSE?

A: NTSE Scholarship is your gateway to the topmost colleges in India. Many colleges in India have seats reserved for NTSE scholars. Apart from that, study material and various courses are available at a discounted price for NTSE scholars. Know more about the advantages of becoming an NTSE scholar in the linked article.

Q: When will NTSE 2020 be conducted?

A: NCERT conducted the NTSE Stage I exam on 13th December 2020 (Sunday). For Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Andaman & Nicobar, the NTSE Stage I examination were conducted on 12th December 2020 (Saturday). The NTSE Stage-II examination will be conducted all over India on 24th October 2021. Earlier it was scheduled to be conducted on 13th June 2021.

Q: What are the tips and best books for preparing NTSE?

A: Study according to the syllabus and follow NCERT books for your preparation. You can get more NTSE Preparation Tips in the linked article. Download best books for NTSE on Embibe for.

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

A: NO, you need to apply for the NTSE Stage I only. Those students who qualify the Stage I examination are eligible for NTSE Stage II exam.

Now you know everything about NTSE Notification 2020-21. Focus on your preparation and do not waste your time at all. You need to finish the whole NTSE syllabus before time, solve sufficient practice questions, and take mock tests. You also need to work on your speed and accuracy.

Students can also make use of the following resources available for at Embibe:

CBSE Class 10 Maths & Science QuestionsCBSE Class 10 Maths & Science Mock Test

At Embibe, we provide NTSE Practice Questions and NTSE Mock Tests (for both state-level and national level) which will be of great help to you in your NTSE preparation.

We hope this detailed article on NTSE Notification helps you. If you have any query regarding NTSE 2020-21 Notification or the exam in general, feel to ping us. We will get back to you.

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