State Level National Talent Search Examination, 2017 – 2018 is for selecting 118 candidates for National Level Talent Search Examination, 2017-2018 from eligible students studying in Class X in recognized schools located in the state of Odisha. State Level National Talent Search Examination, 2017 – 2018 was held on 05 Nov 2017 (Sunday). Candidates now can check the answer keys to get an idea of their score.

Latest: Odisha NTSE 2017 Result has been declared. Candidates can check their result directly through the link given below.

Odisha NTSE 2017 – 2018

Examination: National Talent Search Examination, 2017 – 2018 will be conducted in two stages.

Stage – I: State Level National Talent Search Examination is conducted on 05.11.2017 (Sunday) for selection of candidates to National Talent Search Examination.

Stage – II: National Level Talent Search Examination will be conducted by NCERT for candidates selected through Stage – I. The National Level written examination will be conducted on 13th May 2018.

Schedule for the Odisha NTSE 2017 – 2018 for Class X is given below.

Events Dates
Online filling up of Application Forms by the candidates 01 Aug to 31 Aug 2017
Submission of countersigned with seal hard copies of Application Forms by the Headmasters / Headmistress to the DEOs by 05 Sep 2017
Validation of Application Forms after scrutiny by District Education Officers By 15 Sep 2017
Download of Admit Cards by the Candidates 20 Oct 2017
Dispatch of Roll Sheets to the Centres by TE and SCERT By 28 Oct 2017
Date of Examination 05 Nov 2017


Odisha NTSE Result for class X has been published on the official website in online mode. Candidates can check the result from the official website or directly through the link provided below.

Check Result: Click Here to check Odisha NTSE Result for Class X.

Answer Key

SCERT, Odisha has been published the official answer key of the NTSE Exam. Those candidates who appeared in the Odisha National Talent Search Exam 2017, can check the official answer key of the exam through the link given below.

Check Answer Key:  Click Here to check the Official Answer Key of NTSE 2017

Cut Off

Cut Offs of Odisha National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) for class X will be available on the official website. Candidates will be able to check the cut off here as soon as it is available officially.

Application Form

Candidates aspiring to give the National Talent Search Examination Test can fill up the Online Application Form by logging as per the schedule given above. The direct link to apply online for Odisha NTSE 2017 is also posted on this page.

  • Application Process is over now..!!

After filling up of the Application Form online, he / she is required to take the printout of the same and submit it in the concerned school/ Institution. Head of the institution forward it to the concerned District Education Officer. The District Education Officer will allot the Examination Centre, scrutinize and verify all the documents and put the auto generated eleven digit roll number and validate the Online Application Form. The Admit Card will be prepared at TE and SCERT which can be downloaded by the Candidate / Institution for appearing the Examination.

Examination Fees: The candidates are not required to pay any examination fee. However, they shall have to bear their own expenses for coming and going to Examination Centre to appear at the examination.

Documents to be submitted along with the Hard copy of the Online Application Form

  • Caste Certificate, as applicable, for SC / ST candidate issued by the concerned Tahasildar / Additional Tahasildar.
  • Disability Certificate for Physically Handicapped candidates issued by the concerned District Medical Board.
  • Mark sheet of Class IX annual examination issued by the Head of the Institutions.

Eligibility Criteria

Students studying in Class X during 2017-2018 in any recognized schools of Odisha are eligible to appear National Talent Search Examination. They must have passed Class IX Annual Examination securing at least 60% of marks or equivalent (relaxable by 5% for reserved categories). There will be no domicile restriction.

State Quota for Odisha: 118 candidates will be selected for National Level Talent Search Examination. Within this quota there will be 15% reservation for SC, 7.5% for ST and 4% for physically challenged candidates.

Admit Card

Admit Card for National Talent Search Examination 2017 – 2018 will be prepared at TE and SCERT which can be downloaded by the Candidate / Institution for appearing the Examination.

Exam Pattern

The State Level NTSE, 2017-2018 will consist of Mental Ability Test (MAT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Language Comprehension Test (LCT). The distribution of time and mark will be as follows :

Test Type Total Marks No. of Items  Duration
(in minutes)
Mental Ability Test 50 50 45
Language Comprehension Test 50  50 45
Scholastic Aptitude Test 100  100 90
  • Mental Ability Test (MAT) consists of 50 multiple choice items on reasoning and critical thinking to be answered in 45 minutes. The questions may be on analogy, classification, numerical series, pattern perception, hidden figures etc.
  • Language Comprehension Test (LCT) consists of 50 multiple choice items to be answered in 45 minutes. This will be conducted in English language and Odia language. The candidates will get a choice to appear in only one of the two languages
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) consists of 100 multiple choice items (40 questions from Science, 40 questions from Social Science & 20 questions from Mathematics) from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, History, Geography, Political Science and Economics to be answered in 90 minutes.

Syllabus : There is no syllabus for State Level NTS Examination. However, questions will be asked based on syllabi for Classes IX and X.

Selection Procedure

The qualifying marks is 40% in each individual paper i.e. MAT, SAT and LCT. For reserved category, the qualifying mark is 32% in each paper as per NCERT norms. The Merit List will be prepared on the basis of the total marks secured in MAT and SAT only. Language will be treated as the qualifying subject. Marks secured in the Language Comprehension Test will not be added for preparation of merit list. There will be no negative marking in Stage I NTS Examination.

Stage II : In Stage II examination conducted by NCERT, there will be negative marking for all papers i.e. Mental Ability Test, Scholastic Aptitude Test and Language Comprehension Test. There will be a deduction of 1/3 rd mark for every wrong answer and no mark will be deducted for un-attempted questions.


There are 1000 scholarships for the entire country. Awardees of NTS Examination will receive scholarship up to Ph.D. level in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce and Post Graduation level in Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law subject to satisfactory academic progress. The rate of scholarship is indicated below :

  • Scholarship of Rs.1250.00 per month for Class XI and XII.
  • Scholarship of Rs.2000.00 per month for under graduates and postgraduates.
  • Amount of scholarship for Ph.D. in accordance with the UGC norms.

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