The Tamil Nadu NTSE 2017 Stage I examination was held in the 1st week of November 2017. The  Answer Key has been 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 2017 and more from this page.

Latest: Result and Cut Offs for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2017 Stage I exam has been announced. Students can check the same from link below.

Tamil Nadu NTSE 2017 – 2018 for Class X

Schedule for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2017-18 is given below.

The candidates may check the table below to get understand the know all the dates and deadlines for TN NTSE 2017 Scholarship Exam.

Events Dates
Start of download the blank Application form 21 Aug 2017
Last date for receipt of filled application form along with fee 01 Sep 2017
Uploading of candidate’s details by the Principal or Head
of the institute
04 to 13 Sep 2017
Date of the NTSE Nov 2017 Exam Nov 2017
Declaration of NTSE Nov 2017 Result Announced


The result of Tamil Nadu NTSE 2017 has been declared online, at It contains basic details like roll number and marks in each subject. The candidates can check it from the link given below . The selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of cutoff.

Result: Click Here for the Tamil Nadu NTSE 2017.

The 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

Answer Key

The Answer Key for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2017 has been published by the Directorate of Government Examination, Tamil Nadu. The answer key has been 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.

Mental Ability and Language comprehension test Answer key

Scholastic Aptitude test Answer key

Admit Card

The admit card forStage I NTSE was 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.

  • Stage I Admit Card process is over…!!!

Exam Pattern of Tamil Nadu NTSE 2017

The exam pattern of the examination is as mentioned below:

  • Mode of Exam: The exam will only be held in pen and paper based mode. The candidates will have to mark the answers on an OMR sheet.
  • Duration: The candidates will get 170 minutes to solve the question paper.
  • Exam Type: The Tamil Nadu NTSE Exam will be divided into Mental Ability Test, Language Comprehensive Test, and Scholastic Aptitude Test.
  • Marks: In all, the exam will be of 200 marks.

The candidates may check the table below to understand the question, marks, and time distribution more clearly.

Test Type Marks Items Duration
(in Minutes)
Mental Ability Test (MAT) 50 50 45
Language Comprehensive Test (LCT) 50 50 45
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT):
Social Science

Note: The LCT question paper will only be provided in the English language.

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 below. The application forms are then to 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 process is over now….!!

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

Eligibility Criteria for Tamil Nadu NTSE

The criteria of eligibility for Tamil Nadu NTSE 2017 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 2017.

Quota and Reservation under Tamil Nadu NTSE 2017

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.

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