NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)

What is NTSE ?

National Talent Search Scheme is a flagship activity of the NCERT started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme was to identify talented students and nurture their talent. Talent refers to the potentiality that manifests itself in a high level of performance in one or more specialized areas.

The purpose of the scheme is to identify talented students and nurture them.This year NCERT will conduct the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class X.


1,000 scholarships will be awarded under the NTSE criteria :

  • Rs. 1250 per month for Class 11th and 12th level
  • Rs. 2000 per month for UG and PG level
  • Amount for Phd to be fixed in accordance with UGC norms.


15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged group of students.


There will be two stage selection process for award of scholarship Stage- I, selection will be done by States/UTs through a written examination Students, who qualify Stage-I, will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT. It is now officially declared that General Category cut off for the final selection in NTSE Stage II 2015 is 76.72. In order to be considered for merit, students from General Category and Reserved Category (SC/ST/PH) required to qualify with score minimum 40% and minimum 35% respectively in each MAT, SAT and LCT separately.


All students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Stage-I examination, conducted by the States/UTs, in which the schools are located There will be no domicile restriction. The States/UTs will also conduct the selection test for National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme along with the Stage-I written examination for NTS.

Stage-I (State)

Examination in all Union Territories is on 7th November, 2015 & in all other states is on 8th November, 2015.

Stage-II (National)

Examination in all states and Union Territories: 8th May, 2016 (Sunday).

State Quotas:

Each State/Union Territory has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage-II examination, the details of which will be made available on NCERT website However, there will be no State/Union Territory quota for the final award of scholarship after the Stage-II examination.

NTSE 2015-16 Application Form

You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring application form However, application form can be downloaded from NCERT website http://www.ncert.nic.in also The completed application form should be signed by the Principal of the School The candidate as well as the Principal of the school must adhere to the last date for submission of the application form Different states may have different last dates for submission Please confirm from the Liaison Officer of your state, the address at which the completed forms are to be submitted All queries related to application form should be directed to the State Liaison Officers (LOs) No application should be sent to NCERT


States and Union Territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage-I examination Therefore, before submitting the application form, you may find out the fees charged for Stage-I examination and also the mode of payment from the respective State Liaison Officers (LOs) However, NCERT does not charge any fee for Stage-II examination.

Results Announcement:

Results of the Stage-I examination will be announced by the respective State Governments/ Union Territories Results of Stage-II examination will be announced by NCERT Indian Students Studying Abroad in class X can appear directly for Stage-II NTS examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure which is available on the NCERT website Candidates may fill up the application form, available on the NCERT website and send to the undersigned along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of previous examination, for the addresses and phone numbers of Liaison Officers of other States and UTs, visit the NCERT Website: www.ncert.nic.in