National Talent Search Scheme started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme is to identify talented students and nurture them. This year NCERT will conduct the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) in coordination with states for students studying in Class X. It is expected that NTSE 2017 – 2018 in all States and Union Territories was conducted on 05 Nov 2017. NTSE 2018 stage II will be conducted on 13 May 2018.

Latest: Admit Card for Stage II Exam of NTSE 2018 has been released. Check the Admit Card page provided below.

National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) 2018

The National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class X is meant to identify the nurture talent. The examination is conducted every year at two levels – Stage-I (State Level) and Stage-II (National Level). First Stage National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) is conducted by States and 2nd Stage is conducted by NCERT.

Click Here for State Level National Talent Search Exam (NTSE).

Schedule for the NTSE 2017 – 2018 is given below.

Events Dates
Stage I Last Date for Submission of Application Form To be notified by the respective
State and it may vary from state to state.
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya,
Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands
04 Nov 2017
Examination in all other States and Union Territories 05 Nov 2017
Stage II Examination in all States and Union Territories 13 May 2018

NTSE Admit Card 2017-2018

National Talent Search Stage II Examination will be conducted on 13 May, 2018 in all the 36 States/UTs of the country. Admit Card for Stage II Exam of NTSE 2018 has been released. Eligible candidates can download their Admit Card by go through the official website or the link provided in the Admit Card page given above.

Modification in NTS Stage-II Examination 2018

All the candidates are hereby informed that there will be modification in the stage II examination to be conducted on May 13, 2018 with respect to no of pages, no of questions, areas to be tested, duration and the practice of negative marking. Details are as below.


  • There will not be any paper on Language Test.
  • Reporting Time: 09:00 AM
  • Admi Cards will be auto-generated. Successful/Recommended candidates of Stage I exam will be informed separately about the process of downloading the admit cards.

NTSE Eligibility

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.

Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for scholarship, provided he student is below the age of 18 years (as on 01 July of the particular year). the student is not employed and s/he is appearing in class X for the first time.

NTSE 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 Examination Pattern

The pattern of written examination for Class X will be as follows:

Stage I: Examination at the State/UT level will comprise three papers i.e

 Papers  Test  No of questions  marks  Duration
Paper-I  Mental Ability Test (MAT) 50 50 45 minutes
Paper-II Language test (LT)
50 50 45 minutes
Paper-III  Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) 100 100 90 minutes

NTSE Selection Process

There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For 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.

Qualifying marks for candidates from General category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC, ST, PH is 35% in each paper.

Language Test : Qualifying in nature and marks obtained for language test will not be counted for final merit

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.

NTSE Reservation

  • 15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category,
  • 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and
  • 4% for Physically Challenged Group of Students.

NTSE Scholarships

On the basis of the National Talent Search Examination, 1000 scholarships will be awarded. The amount of scholarship will be as uner:

  • Scholarship of Rs. 1250 per month for class XI & XII
  • Scholarship of Rs. 2000 per month for UG & PG
  • Scholarship for Ph.D will be fixed in accordance with the UGC Norms.

Indian Students Studying Abroad

Indian Students Studying Abroad in Class X can appear directly for Stage II NTS Examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure which will be 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 before the date. Application form for students studying abroad will be uploaded by October 2017

National Level Stage II NTS Exam Dates
Last date of Submission of Application Form 31 Dec 2017
Date of Examination 13 May 2018

List of Liaison Officers

Official Website:

Talent Search Exams & Olympiads NCERT