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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 Science and Social Studies streams. The exam is conducted for students studying in class 10th. NTSE is conducted at 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 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 every year and the last date of application is notified by respective State/UT separately

Exam dates for NTSE 2020-21 stage 1

  • December 12 for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • December 19 for Punjab
  • December 27 for Jammu & Kashmir
  • January 3 for Odisha
  • January 17 for West Bengal
  • January 24 for Bihar, Kerala and Karnataka
  • February 21 for Telangana and HP
  • December 13 for All other states and UTs

Exam date for NTSE 2021 stage 2

  • June 13, 2021 for all states and UTs (Postponed)
  • Exam Helpline for NTSE Stage II examination only
  • Phone Number – 011-26560464
  • E-Mail –
  • Official Website -