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NTSE Scholarship 2023


NTSE Scholarship 2023: The NCERT conducts the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) scholarship exam for Class 10 students to encourage higher studies in Science and Social Science. Students interested in NTSE scholarship registration need to contact their respective school authorities. There are two stages in the examination process, and candidates must pass both to be eligible for the scholarship program. 

In this article, complete details about the exam are provided. After reading this article, students will better understand how to apply for the exam, the selection process, eligibility, fee structure, and other important information. To learn more about the NTSE scholarship 2023, read the article until the end.

NTSE Scholarship 2023: Important Details

NTSE (National Talent Search Exam) is a national-level scholarship exam that seeks to identify and nurture students’ skills, mental abilities, and logical reasoning. The NTSE exam is held in two stages; Stage I is conducted at the state level, while Stage II is held at a national level.

Stage I is conducted by SCERT or equivalent authorities at the state level, while Stage II is conducted by NCERT at the national level. As mentioned earlier, only those students who qualify in the Stage I round can appear for the Stage II exam.

The top 1000 deserving students who qualify with the highest marks (both Stage I and Stage II marks combined) are provided financial assistance through monthly scholarships for their higher education. Before getting into details of the NTSE Scholarship exam 2023, let us have an overview of the exam:

Name of the ExamNTSE
NTSE Full FormNational Talent Search Examination
Conducting BodyNCERT
Mode of ApplicationOnline/Offline
EligibilityMust be pursuing Class 10 and should be below 18 years of age.
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Number of Stages2 (Stage 1 – State-level and Stage 2 – National-level)
Number of Sections in Each Stage2
Total Number of Questions in Each Stage200
Total Marks for Each Stage200
Exam Duration2 hours
Penalty for Wrong AnswersNo negative marking
Language1. Stage I: English or any regional language as opted by the students.
2. Stage II: English or Hindi
Mode of ExaminationOffline
NTSE Scholarship Portalncert.nic.in/national-talent-examination.php

NTSE Scholarship 2023: Important Dates

The officials have released all the important dates regarding the NTSE scholarship exam. Refer to the table below to know the exact dates so you will not miss a deadline.

Stage Area Tentative Dates

Stage-I (State)

Start date for filling out application form for Indian students studying in India.

To be notified by the respective State/UT. May vary from State to State.

Start date for filling out application form for Indian students studying abroad.

To be announced

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

Yet to be announced

Examination in all other States and Union Territories

Yet to be announced
(All other remaining States/UTs except above & below mentioned States/UTs.)

Examination in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

Yet to be announced

Stage-II (National)

Examination in all States and Union Territories

Yet to be announced

NTSE Exam Admit Card and Result Dates


NTSE Stage – I Result

To be announced

NTSE Stage – II Admit Card

Two or four weeks before the exam

NTSE Stage – II ResultTo be announced

NTSE Final Results

To be announced

NTSE Notification 2023

NCERT has not yet released the official notification for the NTSE 2023. The application process notification and exam dates will be released on the NCERT official website. The link to the official notification will be provided here as soon as it is released.

Aspirants must refer to the NTSE official notification to get the complete details about NTSE 2022. The NTSE official notification will contain details about the latest updates, exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus and scholarship details.

NTSE Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

The NTSE eligibility criteria are defined by NCERT and differ for every stage. The criteria are also different for regular and distance learning students. Before applying for the NTSE Scholarship exam, students should check the eligibility criteria. Below, we have provided the detailed eligibility criteria for NTSE exams 2023:

NTSE Scholarship 2023: Eligibility Criteria for Regular and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Students

  • Only students of Class 10 in any recognised school, including students under Open & Distance Learning, can apply.
  • The student must be an Indian Citizen.
  • The students must be below the age of 18.
  • There are no domicile restraints, so students from any state or UT can apply.
  • The students should not be involved in any employment.

NTSE Scholarship 2023: Eligibility Criteria for Abroad Students

Students who are pursuing their education abroad can also attempt the NTSE exam by agreeing to the following conditions:

  • The students studying abroad must be an Indian National.
  • The students pursuing their class 10 or similar class do not have to appear for stage-I and can directly appear for stage-II examinations.
  • The students must receive a minimum of 60% in class 9 examinations.
  • The students must opt for an examination centre in India only.

How to Fill the NTSE Application Form 2023?

Students should follow the right process to fill out the NTSE application form. This ensures they fill in all the details and submit the form correctly. The below-mentioned steps are to be followed while filling out the NTSE registration form 2023:

  • Download them from the official SCERT website. Open school students must get the application form from the respective State/UT Liaison officers.
  • Fill in the application form’s basic details, such as your name, date of birth, gender, caste, address, family income, and academic details.
  • Upload a scanned copy of your recent passport-sized photograph and signature in JPG or PNG format. Affix these on the application form if filled offline.
  • Pay the application fee for your respective states online. (Offline for open school students).
  • Download the application forms and get them attested by your respective school Principal.
  • After verifying the details, the schools must send the application forms to the respective Liason Officers.
  • Open School Students can submit the filled application forms to the respective Liason Officer.

NTSE Application Fees 2023

The NTSE application fees vary from state to state, and the fee payment can be made online or offline. The NTSE application fee for various states is provided in the table below. If any changes are made regarding the application fees, we will also update the same on this page.

StateExamination Fees
Andhra PradeshINR 200
AssamINR 250 for the General category. INR 200 for the Reserved category
BiharINR 150 for General/OBC/EWS category. INR 75 for SC/ST category
DelhiNo fees
ChattisgarhNo fees
GoaNo fees
GujaratINR 70 for the General category. INR 50 for SC/ST/PwD
HaryanaINR 200 for the General Category. INR 100 for SC/ST/PwD
Himachal PradeshINR 50 for the General category. INR 40 for Reserved category
KeralaINR 250 for the General category. INR 100 for SC/ST/BPL
KarnatakaINR 75 for Government Aided Schools and INR 20 for SC/ST students from these schools. INR 200 for Unaided schools or Private schools and INR 75 for SC/ST students from these schools
Jammu and KashmirINR 90
JharkhandINR 250 for the General category. INR 125 for SC/ST
Madhya PradeshNo fee
MeghalayaNo fee
MaharashtraINR 150
OdishaNo fee
PunjabNo fee
RajasthanINR 300 for the General category. INR 200 for SC/ST/PwD
SikkimNo fee
TelanganaINR 100
Tamil NaduINR 50
UttarakhandINR 200 for the General category. INR 100 for SC/ST/PH
West BengalNo fee

NTSE Registration

Documents Required for NTSE 2023 Registration

Before the students begin to fill out the NTSE form 2023, they need to keep the below-mentioned documents ready with them to save time and chaos:

  • Proof of Date of Birth
  • Contact Number
  • Email ID
  • Photograph
  • Educational Certificate
  • Residential Proof
  • Caste Certificate
  • Income Certificate

NTSE Admit Card 2023

The NTSE admit card for stage 1 will be issued by the official authorities of the respective state and UTs. Furthermore, the admit card for stage 2 will be issued on the official website of NCERT. The admit cards will be released a few weeks before the exam starts.

Once released, students attempting the examination can download their NTSE stage 1 and stage 2 admit cards from the official website.

Steps to Download the NTSE Admit Card for 2023

Students can follow the below-mentioned steps to download the NTSE Admit Card for 2023:

  • Go to the official website of NCERT: ncert.nic.in
  • Go to “Programmes” and click “National Talent Search Examination” from the menu.
  • Click on “Admit card for NTS Stage I Examination – 2023”.
  • Fill in the essential details such as roll number, date of birth, etc., and click “Submit”.
  • The admit card will be displayed on the screen. Download the admit card and save it for future reference.

NTSE Exam Centres 2023

The NTSE Exam centres will be mentioned in the candidates’ admit cards. NCERT has allotted a total of 37+ exam centres for conducting NTSE. Usually, the exam is conducted at Kendriya Vidyalaya schools of major cities/capital cities of a state.

The exam centres for the Stage II exam are listed in the table below:

States/ UTsExam Centre Venue
Andaman & Nicobar IslandsKV No 2, Raksha Vihar, Minnie Bay
Andhra PradeshKV, Gandhi Gram Post, Malkapuram, Visakhapatnam
Arunachal PradeshKV No 2, Itanagar, Chimpu Post, Arunachal Pradesh
AssamKV CRPF 9 Mile Amerigog, Kamrup, Guwahati
BiharKV No 1, Lohiya Nagar, Near Heart Hospital, Kankarbagh, Patna
ChandigarhKV, AFS High Grounds, Chandigarh
ChhattisgarhKV No 2, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, Sector 4, Raipur
Dadra & Nagar HaveliKV, Government High School Campus, Silvassa
DelhiKV No 3, Ringroad, Near Seema Sadak Bhawan
GujaratKV No 1, Near Police Commissioner’s Office, Shahi Baug, Ahmedabad
GoaKV, INS Mandovi, Panjim
Himachal PradeshKV, Dharamshala Cantt, Kangra
HaryanaKV No 1, AFS, Sector 14, Old Delhi Road, Gurugram
Jammu & KashmirKV No 1, Gandhinagar, Jammu
JharkhandKV CCL, Rajendra Nagar, Ranchi
KeralaKV No 3, Port Trust, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Ernakulam
KarnatakaKV, ASC Centre, Victoria Road, Bangalore, Karnataka
LakshadweepKV, Kavaratti
Madhya PradeshKV No 1, Opp Central India Flour Mill, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal
MaharashtraKV, BEG, Near Deccan College, Pune
MaharashtraKV, Bhandup, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg West
ManipurKV No 1, Lamphelpat, Imphal
MeghalayaKV, Happy Valley, Shillong
MizoramKV, Project Pushpak Zemabawk, Aizawl
NagalandKV, CRPF Camp, Lerie Hill, Kohima, Nagaland
OdishaKV No 1, Unit 9, Near Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar
PuducherryKV, IIT Campus, Chennai
PunjabKV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh
RajasthanKV No 1, Bajaj Nagar, Opp Tonk Phatak, Jaipur
SikkimKV, Post Tadong, Middil, Siyari, Gangtok
Tamil NaduKV, IIT Campus, Chennai
TripuraKV (GC) CRPF, Adarani, Salbagan, Agartala
TelanganaKV No 1, Langer House, Golconda, Hyderabad
UttarakhandKV ONGC, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun
Uttar PradeshKV, Lucknow Cantt
Uttar PradeshKV, New Cantt, VD Road, Allahabad
West BengalKV, Ballygunge, Circular Road, Kolkata

NTSE Scholarship Selection Process

NTSE is a 2 stage selection process exam; candidates must qualify in both stages to get the scholarship. States / UTs do stage I selection after a written examination. Students who qualify for Stage-I can appear for the Stage II examination by NCERT. Qualifying marks of candidates from the General category is 40% in every paper, and for the candidates from SC, ST, and PH, it is 32% in each paper.

NTSE Exam Pattern 2023

NTSE Exam is held in two stages – Stage I and Stage II. Stage I exam is conducted at the state level by SCERTs and equivalent authorities of various states and union territories.

NTSE Stage 2 exam is held at the national level by NCERT. Only Stage I qualifiers and Indian nationals studying abroad (exempted from the stage I exam) can attend stage II. Both the Stage I and Stage II exams have the same exam pattern. Only the difficulty level of questions asked in stage II will be much higher than in stage II.

Some important points to remember about the NTSE Exam Pattern are given below:

  • Both stages of the examination are conducted offline, i.e. pen and paper.
  • The exam consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs), and the responses must be marked on OMR sheets provided in the examination hall.
  • Students can opt to give the Stage-I exam in English or any other regional language. The Stage II exam will be conducted in English or Hindi only.
  • Both stage 1 and stage 2 of the NTSE exam consist of two sections- The Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).
  • The MAT and SATs will be held on the same day in two slots.
  • The MAT will be conducted in the morning from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, while SAT will be held from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
  • In the NTSE exam, each question carries 1 mark, with no negative marking. The difficulty level for NTSE exams is considered moderate.

The NTSE exam pattern for Stage I and Stage II is tabulated below:

Exam DetailsFull FormOverviewTimingNumber of QuestionsTotal MarksExam Duration
MATMental Ability TestTests students’ ability to think, evaluate and solve logical reasoning questions. It includes problems based on analogy, pattern perception, series, encoding-decodingMorning Slot: 9:30 am to 11:30 am100100 (1 mark for each question)120 minutes (30 minutes extra for visually challenged students)
SATScholastic Aptitude TestThis section tests students’ knowledge in science, Mathematics and Social Science. The syllabus will be the same as the class 9th and 10th syllabusAfternoon Slot: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm100100 (1 mark for each question)120 minutes (30 minutes extra for visually challenged students)

NTSE Syllabus 2023

The NTSE Exam Syllabus is divided into the MAT syllabus and SAT syllabus. The MAT paper evaluates the candidate’s subject knowledge and problem-solving abilities in areas such as logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude, critical thinking, etc.

It consists of questions based on patterns, encoding-decoding, series, block assemblies, hidden figures and soft skills. The SAT paper tests the student’s science, Social Science, and mathematics knowledge. The syllabus for SAT is the same as the syllabus prescribed for CBSE Class 9th and 10th by NCERT.

NTSE Mental Ability Test (MAT) Syllabus

The syllabus for MAT is tabulated below:

Mental Ability Test Topics

Verbal and Non-Verbal AnalogyVerbal and Non-Verbal Series
Water and Mirror ImagesClassification
Coding-DecodingCube and Dice
Word ProblemsDistance and Direction
Alphabet and Number TestBlood Relations
Paper Cutting and FoldingRanking and Arrangements
Venn DiagramsMathematical Operations
Embedded FiguresCalendar, Time, and Clock Missing Characters

NTSE Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) Syllabus

The SAT syllabus is divided into 2 sections- Science (including Mathematics) and Social Studies. The syllabus for various subjects in SAT is given below:

Syllabus for NTSE SAT Science

PhysicsMagnetism and Electricity, Motion and Force, Measurements, Work and Energy, The Universe, Light and Sound, Source of Energy
ChemistryAcid, Bases, Salt, Metals and Non-metals, Periodic Classification of Elements, Structure of Atom, Carbon and its Compounds, Physical and Chemical Changes, Fibres and Plastics
BiologyAir, Soil, and Water, Micro-organisms, Plant and Animal Nutrition, Life Processes, Human Body, Reproduction, Heredity, and Evolution, Food Production and Management, Diversity in Living Organisms, Cellular Level of Organisation, Common Diseases, Our Environment
MathematicsArithmetic Progressions, Parallelogram, Polynomials, Number Systems, Quadratic Equations, Real Numbers, Square Roots and Cube Roots, Percentage, Mensuration, Direct and Inverse Variation, Circles, Rational Numbers, Linear Equations in Two Variables, Trigonometry, Surface Areas and Volumes, Simple and Compound Interest, Triangles, Arithmetic problems, Coordinate Geometry, Statistics and Probability, Introduction to Euclid’s Geometry, Quadrilateral

Syllabus for NTSE SAT Social Science

CivicsIndian Constitution, Local and State Government, Indian Government, Judiciary
GeographyBiosphere, Water Resources, Atmosphere, Solar System, Agriculture, Diversity and Livelihood, Resources and Development, Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks, Maps and Globe, Natural Vegetation, Our Country – India, The motion of the Earth, India and its Neighbors, Climate – India and World, Indian Physiographic Division, Drainage in India, Major Domains and landforms, Population
HistoryFrench Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Mughal Empire, British Raj, Maurya Empire, Indiandom Struggle, Medieval Architecture and Culture, Early Medieval Period, Early States, Indus Valley Civilization, Conquerors from Distant Lands, Jainism and Buddhism, Popular Movements and Social Reforms, Nationalism in Various Countries, Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History, World War I and II, Vedic Period, New Empires and Kingdoms, World History, United Nations and International Agencies

NTSE Scholarship Amount 2023

The exemplary students shortlisted after clearing both stages will be awarded scholarships monthly. Only the top 1000 students have recently held a chance to obtain this scholarship, and NCERT provides the merit list. Students receive the scholarship at the different stages of their education as follows:

NTSE Scholarship Money 2023

NTSE Scholarship during Class 11 and 12Rs. 1250 per month
NTSE Scholarship during UG and PGRs. 2000 per month
NTSE Scholarship during PhDAs per UGC norms

NTSE 2023 Results

The respective State authorities will announce the NTSE 2023 Stage-I results. Those candidates who qualify in Stage-I will be eligible to attend the Stage II exam (national level). The Stage II exam results will be based on the SAT and MAT combined scores. The result date for the NTSE exam 2023 is not announced yet.

Steps to Check NTSE 2023 Results

The steps to check NTSE 2023 Results are as follows:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of your respective state government/ Union Territories.
  • Step 2: Click on the link that says ‘NTSE 2023 Result’
  • Step 3: Students will be redirected to the Result page.
  • Step 4: Enter the requisite details in the form, i.e. Roll number and date of birth, and click the submit button.
  • Step 5: Your NTSE Results will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 6: Download it for future reference.

NTSE Expected Cut-off Marks 2023

The cut-off for Stage-I NTSE will be announced state-wise by concerned SCERT authorities. The states and UTs will release the expected cut-off list after the results are declared. However, the cut-off for Stage II will be the same throughout India, and NCERT will decide the same. Only students who clear the state-level cut-offs in Stage I can attempt Stage II, a national-level exam.

The following factors affect the Cut-off for NTSE 2023:

  • The total number of candidates attending the exam
  • Maximum and minimum marks scored by a candidate
  • Available state-level quotas
  • Reservation quotas for communities such as SC/ST/BPL/PH
  • The level of difficulty of the exam.

The minimum qualifying marks for both stages of NTSE are given below:

CategoryMinimum Qualifying Marks (Out of 200)Cut-off Percentage
General80 Marks40%
SC/ST/Physically Handicapped64 Marks32%

NTSE Scholarship: Other Advantages of Being an NTSE Scholar

The various advantages of being an NTSE scholar as listed below:

  • Preparing for and cracking the NTSE builds confidence to appear for other competitive exams. Most NTSE scholars become top rankers in competitive entrance exams JEE Main, JEE Advanced, NEET, and AIIMS.
  • NTSE Scholarship is your gateway to the top colleges in India. Many colleges in India have seats reserved for NTSE scholars.
  • Students planning to join foreign universities for their higher studies get an edge over other students if they are NTSE scholars.
  • NTSE scholars are given higher preference when it comes to jobs, both in the private and government sectors.
  • NTSE scholars also get preference in selection for NDA.
  • Study material and various courses are available at a discounted price for NTSE scholars.

Best Books for NTSE

Students should create a realistic and smart NTSE Preparation Plan to crack the exam. Ideally, preparation for NTSE must begin right from Class 9 as certain portions of the CBSE Class 9 Syllabus are included in the NCERT syllabus.

Students must solve a sufficient number of NTSE Practice Questions in a time-bound manner every time they complete a chapter. They must master each chapter as they cannot afford to lose marks. Lakhs of students appear in NTSE every year, and to be in the top 1000, one needs to be extraordinarily strong in academics.

Students must also be strong in other skills like time management, question selection, etc. To develop a smart test-taking strategy, students must take NTSE Mock Tests. Embibe provides the necessary practice questions and mock tests for NTSE for. Students must make the best use of these resources of Embibe.

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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

FAQs on NTSE Scholarship Exam 2023

Here are some frequently asked questions about the NTSE scholarship exam 2023:

Q: Which type of questions will be asked in NTSE 2023?

Ans: The NTSE 2023 will include only multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

Q: What are the two categories of the NTSE 2023 exam?

Ans: The two categories of the NTSE 2023 exam are MAT (Mental Ability Test) and SAT (Scholastic Ability Test).

Q: Where can I get the study materials for the NTSE exam?

Ans: Students can get study materials on Embibe for the NTSE exam.

Q: How can I avail the NTSE scholarship?

Ans. Students will have to appear for the exam and qualify to avail of the scholarship.

Q: When will the NTSE 2023 stage-I exam be conducted?

Ans: NTSE stage-I exam 2023 has not been announced yet.

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