NTSE 2021: Application Form, Exam Date, Full Form, Registration, Last Date, Notification

Exam Date

Dec 12, 2020

Result Date

Jun 18, 2021

Jun 24, 2021


National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) is organized each year to pick the most qualified students for granting scholarships to pursue higher education. The candidates are selected after a thorough, two-phase screening on state and national levels. Application structures for the state-level test are relied upon to discharge in September 2020. Candidates can understand the nuances of NTSE 2021 from this article.

Latest News on NTSE 2021

Latest Updates:

  • Jun 24, 2021: NCERT has released the provisional result for NTSE 2020 Stage 2 examination on its official website.
  • Jun 18, 2021: NCERT has declared the results of NTSE Exam Stage I for Rajasthan, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Haryana states.
  • May 13, 2021: NCERT has postponed NTSE Exam Stage II 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which was scheduled to be held on June 13, 2021. The revised dates will be announced after the COVID-19 situation in the country normalizes.
  • February 11, 2021: NCERT has released blank admit card for NTSE Exam Stage II 2020 which has been scheduled on February 14, 2021. The blank admit card is for the students who are not able to download the original admit card from NCERT website. For more information, click NTSE 2021 Admit Card


What is NTSE?

About NTSE: The full form of NTSE is National Talent Search Examination. It is a scholarship exam for students of class 10. This exam is conducted to recognize talented students who have a high intellectual level and to reward them with scholarships. If a student clears the exam at both State and National levels, then the student will be eligible for NTSE 2021 scholarship throughout their education period. NCERT manages and conducts the NTSE exam.

About NCERT: NCERT is the conducting authority of the NTSE exam. It was established in 1961 as an autonomous organisation by the Government of India, with the agenda to advice and assist the State and Central Government on qualitative improvement in the school education. It is headquartered at Sri Aurbindo Marg in New Delhi.

Scholarship Offered: NTSE awardees will receive funding while they are studying in their Higher Secondary level (INR 1250), First Degree level (INR 2000), Second Degree level (INR 2000), and up to PhD levels. In PhD level, the awardees will receive funding up to 4 years, and UGC norms will decide the rate of the scholarship.

Categories of Scholarship: SC/ST and OBC students have reservations as set by the Central Government of India. Apart from this, there is an allowance for physically disabled students and persons with disabilities (PwD).

Application Form: Students can register for NTSE through 3 means. Students can get the NTSE application form from their school, the Liasion's office, and from the official website.

The NTSE Application Form will be available in schools from the last week of July 2021. Students can also get the application from the Liaison's office. However, a printable format of the same application form can be downloaded from the official website of NCERT (www.ncert.nic.in)

NTSE Introduction
Details of Exam Exam Specifications
Exam Name National Talent Search Examination
Commonly known as NTSE Exam
Exam type National Level Exam
Exam category Scholarship exam for Class 10 students
Conducting Authority National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Mode of exam Offline mode
Application Mode Both Offline & Online
Fee Payment Mode Offline only
Exam Medium English & Hindi
Duration of Exam 120 minutes
Number of section 2; Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Ability Test
Official Website ncert.nic.in


NTSE 2021 Exam Date

The NCERT is expected to release the NTSE 2021 dates for stage 1 and stage 2 in the month of October 2020 (tentative). Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, all the dates have been postponed. The exact dates will be updated once the official notification from NCERT is out. Candidates must duly fill in the application forms, and it is their responsibility to check for mistakes. Candidates will have time until the deadline to apply for NTSE.

State Level Examination: The NTSE 2021 Exam Dates for state-level will be conducted on December 12, 2020, for candidates in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. For all other states and UTs, the exam will be conducted on Dec 12, 2020 to Dec 13, 2020.

National Level Examination: The NTSE National Level stage 2 exam has been postponed. The exam was earlier scheduled to be held on June 13, 2021 (Sunday).

Result: The final list of eligible awardees that are chosen for the scholarship will be uploaded on the respective State government websites in a pdf file format by September 2021. This is done to ensure that the dates do not coincide with the high school exam date.

NTSE Important Dates: The NTSE important dates (tentative) are given here. The exact dates of all events will be updated once the official notification from NCERT is out.

NTSE 2021 Important Dates
Important Events NTSE 2021 Dates (Tentative)
Start of application for availability starts October (Tentative)
Last day to submit application form for NTSE Varies from state to state
Admit Card Download for NTSE 2021 for stage 1 October (Tentative)
NTSE 2021 Date for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands (stage 1) December 12, 2020
NTSE 2021 Exam Date for all other states/Union territories Dec 12, 2020 to Dec 13, 2020
NTSE 2021 Result date (stage 1) Jun 18, 2021
NTSE 2021 Admit card release (stage 2) By third week of April
NTSE 2021 Exam date (stage 2) Jun 13, 2021 (Postponed)
Results for NTSE 2021 date (stage 2) To be Announced

NTSE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The NCERT has mentioned some eligibility criteria for the candidates who are willing to apply for the NTSE 2021 exam. These include nationality, educational qualification, age limit, reservation and many more. Some of them are explained in details below:


  • Candidates applying for the NTSE 2021 must be an Indian citizen.
  • Candidates who are studying in 10th standard in any Indian school or any schools in abroad can also apply. Indian candidates studying abroad can directly appear for the NTSE stage 2 exam.

Educational Qualification

The awardees must secure a minimum of 60% aggregate marks or an equivalent grade in every academic year to be eligible for the NTSE 2021 exam.

Age Limit

The upper age limit for both the Indian candidates and students of Indian origin studying abroad is 18 years for the NTSE Stage I examination.

NTSE Exam Reservation

The NCERT allots few seats for reserved category students. The general category candidates should secure at least 40% marks in each of the NTSE exam paper. The reserved category students need to secure at least 32% marks in each of the NTSE exams. The reservation percentage for all the categories are listed below:

NTSE 2021 Age Relaxation
Category Reservation Percentage
Scheduled Caste 15%
Scheduled Tribe 7.5%
Other Backward Caste 27%
Person with Disability 4%
Economically Weaker Section 10%


Both the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) question papers will have 100 questions each in them. Out of the 100 questions in SAT, 40 will be from Science, 40 from Social Science, and 20 will be related to Mathematics subjects. SAT is to check students' knowledge in non-language subjects from 9th and 10th standards.

NTSE 2021 Eligibility Criteria and Number of scholarships: Category Wise
Category Eligibility Criteria
Other Backward Classes (OBC) No. of Scholarships 270
Mandatory Requirements 35% marks in the qualifying exam.
Scheduled Caste (SC) No. of Scholarships 40
Mandatory Requirements 40% marks in the qualifying exam.
Scheduled Tribe (ST) No. of Scholarships 150
Mandatory Requirements 40% marks in the qualifying exam.
Physically Handicapped (PH) No. of Scholarships 75
Mandatory Requirements 40% marks in the qualifying exam.

NTSE 2021 Registration

Students can register for NTSE through 3 methods. Before registering, they should have NTSE 2021 Application Form details ready. Students can register through their college or by collecting the application form from the Liasion's office or by applying online.

How to apply for NTSE 2021?

As mentioned above, candidates can apply for NTSE through 3 Methods. More information about these methods are given below:


Students are introduced to the exam at the school, and the school takes responsibility for the application form. They distribute the application form to students and guide them in filling it. Then they submit it to the local Liaison's Office.

Liaison office

The candidate can also obtain the application form from the Liaison Office at the respective state or Union Territory. Then they can fill the application form and submit at the Liaison's office.

Online Application Form

Candidates can also apply for the NTSE 2021 by filling the online application form. The procedure is as follows:

  • Registration: Candidates can visit the official website and click on "Apply for NTSE 2021". Then they should enter details like their name, Date of Birth (DOB), Mobile Number, E-mail Id, Educational Qualification, etc.
  • Application Form Download: Once you are registered on the official website, you can download the application form.
  • Filling the Application Form: Now fill in the application with your details. You should remember that only you have to fill your application form with your handwriting. Fill your necessary information and then attach a passport size photograph and then sign the application form.
  • Attestation: Once you have filled the NTSE application form details, you have to get your school Principal's signature.
  • Application Fee Payment: Candidates have to pay the application fee in cash in the name of State Liasion Office. The NTSE application fee will vary for different states.
  • Submit: Candidates can send their NTSE application form to respective Liasion's office or submit it personally.

NTSE 2021 Application Form

Candidate should be aware of the application form details; some of the important details are:

  • Official website: A printable format of the NTSE 2021 Application Form can be downloaded from the official website of NCERT (www.ncert.nic.in) one month before the NTSE Exam. The same application form will be made available to schools as well. Candidates can also get the application form from the Liaison's office.
  • Application Mode: Candidates can fill the application form via offline & online mode.
  • Date: NCERT website released the NTSE 2021 registration date in the last week of July 2021. The last date to submit the NTSE application form may differ from August to September.
  • Fee: There is no application fee for NTSE as such prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). However, the state government has the right to impose the NTSE application form fee for the students who are applying for the examination.
  • Photograph: Candidate should attach their passport size photograph on the application form.
  • Head of Institution: Candidates should get the signature from the Principal or the Head of the Institution.

Documents required for applying for NTSE 2021

Various details and documents required while applying for NTSE are:

  • Candidate's Name
  • Candidate's Photo
  • Father's Name
  • Mother's Name
  • Gender
  • Area of Residence
  • Caste/Category Details
  • Postal Address
  • Name of the school
  • Medium of examination
  • Father's education and occupation
  • Mother's education and occupation
  • Details about siblings
  • Family income
  • Mobile Number
  • Phone number
  • E-Mail ID

NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern

The NTSE is an offline (pen and paper-based) examination. An OMR sheet will be provided to the candidates to mark their answers. NTSE examination is conducted in two stages. Stage-1 is state level examination, and it will be conducted by the authorities of the respective state and union territories. Candidates who qualify in the stage-1 exam will be able to attend the stage-2 national level examination conducted by the NCERT. Indian Nationals who are living outside India will be exempted from writing the Stage-1 Exam, and they can attend the Stage-2 Exam directly.

The NTSE 2021 exam pattern is the same for both the national-level and state-level exams. Part I is the Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Part II is the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Part I tests the candidate based on their analytical, logical, and visualizing abilities. Part II covers questions from Mathematics, Science, and Social Science subjects. Each section will consist of 100 Multiple Choice Questions Each. More details regarding the NTSE Exam Pattern are given below:

NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern at a glance
Specifications Details
Mode of Exam Offline
Exam Duration 120 minutes
Total Number of Questions 100
Number of Subjects 3
Total Marks 400
Exam Medium Hindi & English
Marking Scheme 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer

Note: Since there is no negative marking in NTSE 2021, candidates can take advantage of this by attempting all the questions.

NTSE 2021 Syllabus

The exam will have 2 parts, which are the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). SAT has a total of 3 sections, and they are Science with 40 questions, Mathematics with 20 questions and Social Science with 40 questions. NCERT has not prescribed any NTSE 2021 Syllabus. The questions will be of Class 9th and 10th standard levels. NTSE 2021 will test candidates knowledge in non-language subjects of 9th and 10th standard.

Candidates can visit the NCERT official website to download a 'Learn about the Test' booklet that contains sample questions for the exams. Candidates should note that the booklet is just for reference but not a guideline for the exam.

The prescribed curriculum of NCERT for the NTSE exam is mentioned below:

NTSE 2021 Social Science Syllabus

The syllabus for Social Science which the students can use as a reference is given below:

  • Agriculture
  • Atmosphere
  • Biosphere
  • British Raj
  • Culture, Science and Literature
  • Democracy and Elections
  • Diversity and Livelihood
  • Early Medieval Period
  • Early States
  • Eighteen Century Political Formation
  • French Revolution
  • India and its Neighbours
  • Indian Constitution
  • Indian Economics
  • Indian Freedom Struggle
  • Indus Valley Civilization
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Industries
  • Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks
  • Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History
  • Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands
  • Local and State Government
  • Medieval Architecture and Culture
  • The motion of the Earth
  • Nationalism in Various Countries
  • Natural Vegetation
  • New Empires and Kingdoms
  • Our Country- India
  • Popular Movements and Social Reforms
  • Population
  • Resources and Development
  • Solar System
  • The Delhi Sultanate
  • The Judiciary
  • The Maurayas
  • The Mughal Empire
  • UN and International Agencies
  • Union Government
  • Vedic Period
  • Water Resources
  • World History

NTSE 2021 Mathematics Syllabus

Even though the NTSE for Mathematics isn't prescribed, candidates can refer to the following topics:

  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Arithmetic
  • Arithmetic Progressions
  • Basic Geometry
  • Circles
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Direct& Inverse Variations
  • Exponent
  • Linear Equation
  • Mensuration
  • Number System
  • Percentage& Its Application
  • Playing with Number
  • Probability
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Rational Numbers
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Square & Cube Roots
  • Statistics
  • Surface Areas and Volume
  • Triangles
  • Trigonometry

NTSE 2021 Science Syllabus

The syllabus for Science which the student can refer to is given below:

  • Acids, Bases, and Salts
  • Air
  • Carbon and it's Compound
  • Cellular Level of Organization
  • Diversity in Living Organisms
  • Fibres and Plastics
  • Food Production &Management
  • Heredity and Evolution
  • Human Body
  • Life Processes
  • Light
  • Magnetic & Electricity at Work
  • Measurement
  • Metals & Non-Metals
  • Micro-Organisms
  • Motion and Force
  • Our Environment
  • Periodic Classification of Elements
  • Reproduction
  • Soil
  • Some Common Diseases
  • Sound
  • Sound of Energy
  • Structure of Atom
  • The Universe
  • Water
  • Work and Energy

NTSE 2021 English Language Syllabus

There are 8 chapters to be covered in the NTSE English Language Syllabus.

  • Antonyms
  • English Grammar
  • One Word Substitution
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Rearrangement of Jumbled Words
  • Sentence Completion
  • Synonyms

NTSE 2021 General Knowlege Syllabus

There are 6 chapters to be covered in the NTSE General Knowledge Syllabus

  • Abbreviations
  • Awards and Recognitions
  • Books and Authors
  • India
  • Sports
  • World

NTSE 2021 Mental Ability Test (MAT) Syllabus

  • Alphabets and Number test
  • Analogy (Non-Verbal)
  • Analogy(Verbal)
  • Blood relations
  • Calendar, Time and Clock
  • Classification
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Cube and Dice
  • Direction Sense
  • Embedded Figure
  • Figure Partition and Dot Situation
  • Mathematical Operations
  • Missing Character
  • Paper Folding and Cutting
  • Ranking and Arrangements
  • Series (Verbal)
  • Series (Non-Verbal)
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Water and Mirror Images
  • Word Problems

NTSE 2021 Admit Card

NCERT or the Education Department will release the admit card for the Stage I in between October 15 to November 15, 2020. In contrast, NCERT will issue the Stage II admit card in April 2021 at the official website. The Stage II admit card will be issued only for those candidates who qualified for the Stage I examination. Candidates can log in using their login credentials and download the NTSE 2021 Admit Card. The entry to the examination hall will be restricted in case the aspirants fail to carry the admit card with its xerox copy & original ID proof.

  • Admit cards for the stage-1 exam will be sent to the candidate's address through post.
  • If not received, then the candidate can visit the office of the Chief Superintendent to collect the admit card.
  • Admit cards for the stage-2 examination will be available on the official website of NCERT in April. Candidates can download and take a printout of the same from the official website.
  • NTSE 2021 Admit Card will have details like venue, date, and time of examination.

How to download the NTSE Admit Card?

The admit card is available 3 weeks before the NTSE 2021 exam. Follow the steps given below to download the NTSE 2021 admit card from the official website:

  • Visit the official website of NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training).
  • Check for the NTSE 2021 admit card availability online.
  • Submit “Application Number” and “Date of Birth”
  • Then click on “Submit” to log in.
  • The admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  • NTSE 2021 admit card or hall ticket will bear important details such as student’s name, address, category, the state of residence, photo and signature of the holder etc.
  • Download the NTSE 2021 admit card and take a print of it.

Note: Candidates are advised to take a photocopy of the NTSE 2021 admit card for future reference in case it gets misplaced.

NTSE 2021 Exam Centres

State Level exam is usually held at the candidate's school, and sometimes NCERT decides the exam centres.

The NTSE National level exam is held in following exam centres:

NTSE Exam Centres for National Level Exam
State Address/Venue
Arunachal Pradesh KV No 2, Itanagar, Chimpu Post, AP
Assam KV CRPF 9 Mile Amerigog, Kamrup, Guwahati
Manipur KV No 1, Lamphelpat, Imphal
Meghalaya KV, Happy Valley, Shillong
Mizoram KV, Project Pushpak Zemabawk, Aizawl
Nagaland KV, CRPF Camp, Lerie Hill, Kohima, Nagaland
Sikkim KV, Post Tadong, Middil, Siyari, Gangtok
Tripura KV (GC) CRPF, Adarani, Salbagan, Agartala
Andaman and Nicobar Islands KV No 2, Raksha Vihar, Minnie Bay
Bihar KV No 1, Lohiya Nagar, Near Heart Hospital, Kankarbagh, Patna
Jharkhand KV CCL, Rajendra Nagar, Ranchi
Odisha KV No 1, Unit 9, Near Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar
West Bengal KV, Ballygunge, Circular Road, Kolkata
Chandigarh UT and Punjab KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh
Delhi KV No 3, Ringroad, Near Seema Sadak Bhawan
Jammu and Kashmir (Jammu) KV No 1, Gandhinagar, Jammu
Haryana KV No 1, AFS, Sector 14, Old Delhi Road, Gurugram
Himachal Pradesh KV, Dharamshala Cantt, Kangra
Rajasthan KV No 1, Bajaj Nagar, Opp Tonk Phatak, Jaipur
Uttar Pradesh KV, Lucknow Cantt
Uttar Pradesh KV, New Cantt, VD Road, Allahabad
Uttarakhand KV ONGC, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun
Chhattisgarh KV No 2, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, Sector 4, Raipur
Dadra and Nagar Haveli KV, Government High School Campus, Silvassa
Goa KV, INS Mandovi, Panjim
Gujarat KV No 1, Near Police Commissioner's Office, Shahi Baug, Ahmedabad
Madhya Pradesh KV No 1, Opp Central India Flour Mill, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal
Maharashtra KV, Bhandup, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg West
Maharashtra KV, BEG, Near Deccan College, Pune
Andhra Pradesh KV, Gandhi Gram Post, Malkapuram, Visakhapatnam
Karnataka KV, ASC Center, Victoria Road, Bangalore, Karnataka
Kerala KV No 3, Port Trust, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Ernakulam
Lakshadweep KV, Kavaratti
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry KV, IIT Campus, Chennai
Telangana KV No 1, Langer House, Golconda, Hyderabad

NTSE 2021 Results

The NTSE 2021 results for both rounds will be released on the official website in a pdf file. Results for stage I release depending on the state or Union Territory candidate belongs. For some states the stage I results were declared on Jun 18, 2021. NTSE 2021 Results for Stage II or Final Result will be announced in September. The results of the state-level examination will be a merit list of students who are eligible to take up the NTSE 2021 Exam at the national level. The respective states will declare this list. The final list of awardees will be announced on the NCERT website.

Steps to download the NTSE 2021 Results

Follow the steps given below to access your results:

  • Candidates can go online and check their results.
  • Find the appropriate link to the results section and click on that link.
  • Enter your registration details to log in.
  • The OMR sheet that has been filled out by the candidate during the exam will be visible.
  • The result of the exam will also be made available which is to be downloaded and printed.

NTSE Scholarship

The NCERT also provides scholarship benefits for the students who qualified for the NTSE examination and are pursuing courses in Social Science and Science. Every year several thousands of students appear for the NTSE exam, out of which only 5000 students are selected for the Stage-II examination. A total of 1000 students are selected out of 5000 for the scholarship. Through this scholarship, students can also get benefits for doctoral & professional courses such as Engineering & Medicine up to a second-degree level.

Scholarship Grants

The scholarship offered to candidates at various stages of their education are as follows:

Stage of Education Scholarship Grant
Higher Secondary Level INR 1250 per month
Graduate and Post Graduate Level INR 2000 per month
For a PhD degree (4 years) As per UGC norms.

Contact Details

In case of any queries/doubts related to the NTSE exam, candidates can contact the NCERT office. The details for examination and scholarship enquiry is also given below.

Address: National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)

Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110016

Phone Number: 011 2696 2580

Email ID: [email protected]

NTSE Examination and Scholarship queries: +91-11-26515382, +91-11-26560464, +91-11-26562704


What is the syllabus of NTSE?

NCERT has not prescribed specific topics as syllabus but the questions will be of class 9 and class 10 level. NCERT tries to test the knowledge of candidates in non-language subjects of class IX and Class X.

Which book is best for NTSE?

Candidates need to go through Class IX and Class X Science, Social Science and Mathematics textbooks. For Mental Ability Test refer R.S. Aggarwal\'s Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning which is the best book.

Who are eligible for NTSE?

Indian students who are studying in Class X can apply for NTSE. They should have minimum marks of 60% in class IX. There is a relaxation of 5% marks for reserved students. Candidates should be studying in a recognized school.

How can I check my NTSE result?

The NTSE result will be announced on the official website in the form of pdf file. Candidates can download it and check for their result.

Is there any reservation for OBC in NTSE?

Yes, there is a reservation and 27% of the scholarships will be awarded to the OBC candidates.

How much scholarships can I get in NTSE?

The scholarship rates for different educational levels which you will get is in the following: For Higher Secondary Level it is Rs. 1250 per month. For Graduate and Post Graduate Level it is Rs. 2000 per month. For PhD Degree (4 years) it will be given according to UGC Norms.

How can we apply for NTSE?

You can apply for NTSE through 3 means.  Your school will distribute the application form and you will have to fill it up and submit it to them.  Or you can get an application form from Liaison\'s Office and fill it and submit it. Or you can register through online application form released on the official website.

Is there negative marking in NTSE?

No, there is no negative marks in NTSE and candidates can take full advantage of it by attempting all the questions.

Can we apply for NTSE online?

Yes, you can visit the official website and apply for NTSE online before the last date of submission.

How can I download NTSE Admit Card?

You can visit the official website and enter your credentials and download your NTSE Admit Card.  

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