National Talent Search Exam or National Science Talent Search Scheme was launched in 1963 by NCERT with an aim to identifying the talented students and grant them with scholarship to pursue their further education.

The NTSE exam is a two-tier/stage exam where candidates are tested for their Mental, Language and Scholastic abilities. The stage 1 exam of NTSE is conducted by the respective state or UT only and the stage 2 exam is conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training.

Candidates can check below the NTSE 2018 eligibility criteria as mentioned below:-

  • Candidates currently studying in class 10 are eligible to apply for stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018
  • Candidates must not be more than 18 years of age as on July of year of the examination
  • Candidates studying through open learning/ distance mode education are also eligible to apply, however, they must not be above 18 years of age and not be employed anywhere.
  • Candidates must not be re-appear examination of class 10

NCERT awards as many as 1000 scholarships to the qualified candidates of NTSE. Out of the total scholarships, the exam conducting body has set a reservation quota for some categories as mentioned below:-

NTSE 2018 Reservation Policy

CategoryReservation Criteria
Scheduled Caste15%
Scheduled Tribes7.5%
Physically Handicapped7.5%
Total reserved scholarships26.5% of 1000 scholarships
EventsImportant dates
NotificationJuly 31, 2017
Application beginsAugust 2017
Last date of NTSE 2018 application formWill be announced separately by each state/UT
NTSE stage 1 exam for Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar IslandsNovember 04, 2017
NTSE stage 1 examination for all other states and Union TerritoriesNovember 05, 2017
NTSE Stage 2 admit card release dateApril 18, 2018
National level NTSE Stage II exam 2018May 13, 2018

Karnataka has declared the state wise NTSE cut off 2018. Candidates need to satisfy the minimum cutoff marks as specified by the exam conducting bodies for state level NTSE exam 2018 as well as for stage 2 to be conducted by NCERT. The criteria for stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018 is as mentioned below:-

Selection Criteria for NTSE stage 1 exam:-

  • Candidates from all Union Territories appearing for stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018 need to obtain minimum 10 marks in each paper i.e. MAT, SAT and LAT to qualify for NTSE stage 2 exam 2018
  • Whereas, candidates from all states need to score at least 25 marks in each paper of NTSE 2018 stage 1 exam

Candidates can check here the cutoff marks for NTSE stage 2 as mentioned in the tables below:-

Subject-wise NTSE cutoff (Paper 1, 2 and 3)

Test PapersMaximum Marks
Qualifying Percentage/Marks
Paper I MAT4940% (19.6)35% (17.15)
Paper II English5040% (20.0)35% (17.5)
Paper II Hindi5040% (20.0)35% (17.5)
Paper III SAT9640% (38.4)35% (33.6)
Paper III SAT14540% (58)35% (50.75)

Category-wise NTSE cutoff
CategoriesNTSE Cut Off 2016Maximum Marks of MAT and SAT
ST52. 12145

The stage 1 exam of NTSE 2018 was conducted by the respective states and UTs on November 4 and 5, 2018 in an offline mode. For stage 1 and stage 2 exam of NTSE 2018, there will be three tests as mentioned below:-

Mental Ability Test (MAT) – The written test MAT of NTSE 2018 will be based on 50 objective type questions for one mark each. Candidates will be provided 45 minutes to attempt the test.

Language Aptitude Test (LAT) – The second paper will be of language test for English or Hindi as selected by the candidate. There will be 50 questions for the language paper carrying a total of 50 marks and the time duration will be 45 minutes.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – The paper III of NTSE 2018 will be scholastic aptitude test for a total of 100 marks and will be carrying 100 questions.

For stage 1, there will be no negative marking.

In Stage 2 examination, the examination pattern has been modified by NCERT. The NTSE Stage 2 exam will comprise of two papers. Paper 1-Mental Ability test and Paper 2- Scholastic Aptitude Test. The NTSE 2018 Stage 2 exam will be held on May 13, 2018. There will be no paper on Language Test. Each paper will consist of 100 questions. Also, there will be no negative marking in both the papers. Only those candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be considered for merit.

NCERT has not prescribed NTSE syllabus 2018. However, the questions of NTSE stage 1 exam will be based on class 9 and class 10 levels. The questions of NTSE 2018 stage 2 exams will be based on NCERT syllabus of class 10 level only. Candidates can refer to the syllabus of class 9 and class 10 for NTSE state level exam and they can refer to NCERT syllabus for NTSE national level exam 2018.

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