The notification regarding Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019 examination will be released by the officials on the official website as per the schedule. The first level examination is primarily used to recommend a given number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT. For Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019, the candidates studying in class 10th may apply. The detailed information regarding Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019 is mentioned below, candidates can check for the same.

Latest: NCERT has released the Examination dates of both Stage-I (State Level) and Stage-II (National Level). Scroll down to check the same.

Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019-20 for Class X

The state level screening examination is conducted in all State/UT’s on first Sunday of November except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram where it will be conducted on first Saturday of November every year until and unless some special circumstances occur. The important dates regarding Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019-20 are mentioned below, candidates can check for the same.

Events Dates
Last date for receipt of filled application form along with fee First Week of Sep 2019
Date for Stage I Exam 03 Nov 2019
Date for Stage II Exam 10 May 2020


The notification related to Exam dates for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019-2020 is released by NCERT on the official website or a direct link to check the same is provided below. States and UTs will also release the notification regarding the Application Form and for other events and link for the same will also be provided here as per the announcement by the States and UTs.

  • Click here to check the notice regarding Exam dates for 2019-2020 session is released by NCERT.

Application Form

The candidates can only apply through the school/institute which they are attending. The Head Master of the school can download the application form from the link which will be provided below. The application forms will be submitted to the candidates, which they need to fill neatly. The filled in application by the student be submitted to the State Liaison Officer duly signed by the Principal of the school before the due date as advertised/circulated by each concerned State/UT.

Eligibility Criteria for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019

All students studying in Class X in any type of recognized school including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Sainik School etc. will be eligible to appear at the State Level Examination from the State in which the school is located. However, no domicile restriction shall be imposed. The state may impose any other eligibility condition for appearing in the screening examination like any qualifying percentage of marks in the previous annual examination etc. Students registered under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible for scholarship provided the students are below the age of 18 years (as on 1st July of that particular year) the students is not employed and they are appearing in class X for the first time.

Exam Pattern of Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019

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

 Papers  Test  No of questions  marks  Duration
Paper-I  Mental Ability Test (MAT) 100 100 120 minutes
Paper-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 100 100 120 minutes

At Stage II There will be a negative marking.

Mock Test
Candidates are advised to take the mock test for the preparation of NTSE examination. It helps in getting the idea of Exam pattern and also help in management of time for answering the question in the test. You can access the below link to start the mock test and study calmly

NTSE Mock Test

Admit Card

The admit card for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019 will be issued online. The candidates can download it by submitting the User Name and Password. Admit card is an important document and without it, the candidates will not be allowed to take the exam. The admission letter shall have all the information about the venue, the roll number, the date and time of the test.

Answer Key

The Answer Key for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019 will be published by the Directorate of Government Examination, Tamil Nadu on the official website as per the schedule. The answer key will be released as a pdf file and contains the answer and solutions to all the questions asked in the exam. The candidates will be able to estimate their score through the answer key of NTSE.


The result of Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019 will be declared online, at The State/Union Territory will prepare a merit list of the candidates ensuring the minimum qualifying marks in both the tests separately. These marks are 40 percent in the case of General and OBC category candidates and 32 per cent in the case of SC/ST/physically challenged candidates. This examination is used only to recommend the candidates for second level NTS examination conducted by the NCERT. The marks of the State level Examination are not added to the National Level Examination for award of scholarship. No correspondence will be entertained by the NCERT with regard to first level examination conducted by the State/UT.

Scholarship Amount Offered by Tamil Nadu State

The qualifiers of Tamil Nadu NTSE will be granted scholarship for three years. The amount of it will be as below.

  • Class XI to XII – Rs. 1,250/- per month.
  • Undergraduates and Postgraduates Course – Rs. 2,000/- per month.
  • Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. – As per the amount fixed on the basis of UGC norms.

Cut Off

The cut off for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019 will be released on the offical website as per the schedule. The Cut Offs for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2018, for reference purpose, are mentioned below, candidates can check for the same.

Category Cut-Off Marks
General 160
BLV 124
LD 104
OBC 146
BLV 69
LD 74
DH 66
SC 125
BLV 72
LD 81
ST 126

Previous Year Question Papers and Answer Key

Tamil Nadu NTSE 2018

Official Answer key: 

  • Click here to check the Final Answer Key of NTSE 2018.
  • Click here to check the Tentative answer key of Tamil Nadu NTSE 2018.

Unofficial Answer Key: Candidates can check the Unofficial Answer Key of NTSE 2018 from the below links.

Institutes Question Paper MAT SAT
Allen Answer Key | Solution Answer Key | Solution
Aakash Click here  Answer Key | Solution
FIITJEE Question Paper & Answer Key Solution Solution

NTSE Question Paper

Year Question Paper
2017 MAT – Click Here

SAT – Click Here

2016 MAT – Click Here

SAT – Click Here

NTSE – Answer Key – 2017

Mental Ability and Language comprehension test Answer key

Scholastic Aptitude Test Answer key

Selection Process

The identification of talent comprises two-stage selection process. While the individual State/UT conducts the first stage selection, the second stage selection at the national level is carried out by the NCERT. State level examination may have two parts: Part-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Part-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for nominating the required number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT. The final award shall be declared on the basis of combined scores of MAT and SAT. Only the selected candidates shall be informed by registered letter and through NCERT website Marks obtained by the candidates in written examination will be revealed to all the candidates individually through NCERT website.

For more information of Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019-20 for Class X, Download Previous Year Notification

States NTSE Exams NTSE



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