Hi students! NTSE is a very popular competitive examination among 10th standard students. In this article, we will have an in-depth analysis of NTSE 2020. Here, you will find details such as – important dates, registration, application form and process, eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, results and more!
NTSE stands for National Talent Search Examination. As the name suggests, it is a National level competitive examination.
This examination is conducted by NCERT each year. Candidates studying in 10th standard are eligible to appear for this test.
The main aim of this test is to identify and reward students who have a flair and good aptitude for science, mathematics, social science and analytical reasoning. Candidates who manage to clear Stage 2 exam are eligible for the scholarship! Here are some relevant competitive exams for 10th pass students – KVPY and JNVST.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of 10th class students apply for NTSE. The year 2020 won’t be any different! Hundreds of thousands of students are ready to take a shot at this competitive exam in the coming year! Also check – NSTSE details.
Let us check out NTSE overview. Here it is –
- Name of the examination: NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)
- Level: National Level
- Conducted by: NCERT
- Frequency: Once an year
- Subjects: Science, Mathematics, Social Science, English
- Types of questions asked: Mixed
- Eligibility: This examination is for class 10th students only
Let us check out some basic details about NTSE examination. Here it is –
NTSE: An Introduction
As I mentioned before, NTSE stands for National Talent Search Examination. Technically, it is a National Level scholarship program. This competitive examination is meant for 10th class students.
This competitive exam is conducted by NCERT. The NCERT conducts this exam once each year. The main aim of this exam is to identify and nurture students who have high academic talent.
The exam is crafted in such a way that it helps identify students who have high aptitude in areas such as – science, mathematics, social science, English and analytical reasoning.
The exam consists of MAT (Mental Ability Test), LT (Language Test) and SAT (Scholastic Ability Test). Thus, it helps gauge analytical reasoning skills and scholastic aptitude of a student. Deserving students are given scholarship to help nurture their skills, aptitude and talent.
NTSE examination consists of two stages –
- Stage 1
- Stage 2
The first phase is – Stage 1. It consists of MAT, SAT and LT questions. Students who manage to clear this Stage are eligible to move on to Stage 2. Stage 2 too consists of MAT, SAT and LT questions.
Since this exam consists of two stages, the entire process is spread over two academic years. For example, various events related to NTSE 2020 will be spread across 2019 and 2020. Registration process and Stage 1 exam will be carried out in 2019. But Stage 2 exam and result declaration will be carried out in 2020! Also check – KVPY 2018 Registration.
It can be said that Stage 1 test will be carried out at State or UT level. Stage 2 test is carried out at National Level.
Let us check out important dates now. Here they are –
NTSE 2020 Dates (Tentative)
In the table provided below, you will be able to find details such as – date of registration, last date of receipt of application, date of stage 1 exam, date of stage 2 exam, result declaration date etc.
|NTSE 2020 Stage 1 Exam Date:||November, 2019|
|NTSE 2020 Stage 1 Result:||January 2020|
|NTSE 2020 Stage 2 Exam Date:||May, 2020|
|NTSE 2020 Stage 2 Result:||August, 2020|
All students of Class 10 studying in a recognized School are eligible to appear for Stage 1 examination. Stage 1 examination is conducted by the States/UTs, in which the schools are located. There’s no domicile restriction.
Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for scholarship, provided the student is below the age of 18 years (as on 1st July of the particular year), he/she is not employed and he/she is appearing in Class 10 examination for the first time.
Application Form and Registration
Interested and eligible candidates may contact the relevant State/UT Liaison Officer for obtaining the application form. After obtaining the form, he/she must fill it up with correct details.
The filled up form should be signed by the principal of the school much before the last date of submission. The completed and signed application form must be sent to the address of Liaison Officer of the applicant’s State.
The State-Wise addresses of Liaison Officers can be found on the Official website of NCERT. You may go through the list and find out the address of your particular State.
Fees required for Stage 1 exam will be notified by the States or UTs. You may find out more details about the fees and mode of payment from relevant State Liaison Officers. NCERT doesn’t charge any fees for Stage 2 examination.
Syllabus and Exam Pattern
The examination is divided into two stages –
- Stage 1
- Stage 2
Each stage consists of three papers. They are –
- MAT (Mental Ability Test)
- LT (Language Test)
- SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
MAT gauges the analytical reasoning skills of a student. SAT gauges the scholastic aptitude of a student. LT gauges the language proficiency of a student.
Stage 1 Exam Pattern: Number of Questions, Duration & Marks
Students who clear stage 1 are eligible to appear for stage 2 examination. Here are details about stage 2 exam –
Stage 2 Exam Pattern: Number of Questions, Duration & Marks
In stage 1, there negative marking scheme doesn’t exist. In case of stage 2 exam, negative marking scheme is present. For each wrong answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for unattended questions.
Stage 1 & Stage 2 Subjects
Here are the main subjects covered under NTSE stage 1 and 2 exams –
- Social Science
Selection & Qualifying Marks
Stage 1 selection process is carried out by States/UTs. Stage 2 exam is carried out at National level by NCERT.
Qualifying marks for candidates from General category is – 40% in each paper. For SC/ST and PwD candidates, it is 32% marks in each paper.
Scholarships & Their Amounts
- 1250 INR per month for class 11th and 12th Schooling.
- 2000 INR per month for Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs.
- PhD scholarships are fixed in accordance with UGC norms.
- 15% for students belonging to SC category.
- 7.5% for students belonging to ST category.
- 4% for physically challenged group of students.