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The Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019 Stage I examination which will be held on November 04, 2018. The  Answer Key will also be published and provided below for the sake of candidates. For Tamil Nadu NTSE the candidates studying in class 10th may apply. Check details on Tamil Nadu NTSE 2019 and more from this page.

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Tamil Nadu NTSE 2018 – 2019 for Class X

Schedule for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2018-19 is given below.

The candidates may check the table below to get understand the know all the dates and deadlines for TN NTSE 2018 Scholarship Exam.

Events Dates
Last date for receipt of filled application form along with fee 05 Sep 2018
Date for Stage I Exam 04 Nov 2018
Date for Stage II Exam 12 May 2019

Eligibility Criteria for Tamil Nadu NTSE

The criteria of eligibility for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2018 is as mentioned below:

  • Candidate must be studying in class XI.
  • The institute, from which the candidate is pursuing class XI, must be recognized.
  • The awardees of NMMS may also apply for NTSE exam 2018.

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. When done filling the details, the candidates are to submit it back at the school and pay Rs. 50 as registration fee.

Application Form:

  • Click here to download the Application Form.
  • Click here to check the application form procedure and schedule.

Note: It is the responsibility of the Head of the Institute to ensure that the details of the candidate are uploaded online.

Admit Card

The admit card for Stage I NTSE will be issued online. The candidates can download it by submitting the User Name and Password. Last year, the candidates were able to download the admit card School and Centre wise. Hence, the same might be applicable this year as well. Admit card is an important document and without it, the candidates will not be allowed to take the exam.

Exam Pattern of Tamil Nadu NTSE 2018

Stage I & II: 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) 100 100 120 minutes
Paper-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 100 100 120 minutes

Answer Key

The Answer Key for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2018 will be published by the Directorate of Government Examination, Tamil Nadu. The answer key will be released as a pdf file and contains the answer 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 2018 will be declared online, at It contains basic details like roll number and marks in each subject. The candidates will be able to check it from the link given below . The selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of cutoff.

Cut Off

Cut Offs for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2018 has not been announced. For the sake of the candidates Cut Offs for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2017 is as below:

Category Cut-Off Marks
General 120
OBC 113
OBM 106
MBC 104
SC 100
ST 98
General(DEAF) 83
General(ORTHO) 70

Quota and Reservation under Tamil Nadu NTSE

Quota: In all, 220 candidates will be selected for NTSE 2017 for Tamil Nadu.

Reservation: The reservation under NTSE is only for the Physically Challenged candidates. Until last year, the reservation was of 3%. However, now it has been increased to 4%.

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.


The syllabus of the examination will be the same as that the candidates have been studying in school. However, it should be noted that the SAT syllabus will be as that prescribed by the State, CBSE, and ICSE Boards for Class XI and XII.

NTSE – Answer Key – 2017

Mental Ability and Language comprehension test Answer key

Scholastic Aptitude test Answer key

NTSE – Question Paper 2016

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