National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)

About NTSE 2020-2021

NTSE Admit Card, Exam date, Pattern, Result


Introduction About NTSE 2020-2021

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is the most prestigious examination in India. It is a National Level Scholarship program search or identifies the nurture talented students in India.

This examination will help identified students by providing financial assistance in the type of monthly scholarship until a complete academic career. 10th standard students are eligible to appear in this examination. 

There are a two-stages in this examination process to eligible for scholarship Stage -1 and Stage 2.

Updates: NTSE Admit Card Released click here to direct download.

Updates: NTSE Stage-1 exam revised date of Gujarat state click here to download notification.

10 Important Tips to Prepare for NTSE 2020-2021

NTSE 2020-2021 Stage-1

Stage -1 – Examination will be conducted by respective States/UTs through the written examination. On the basis of stage 1 result or merit list which will be uploaded on the official website for NTSE result students eligible for the next level (stage -2). Each state/Union Territory has an allotted quota for recommending a specific number to select a student’s stage 2 examination. 

Every year approx 8-9 lakhs of students will appear for NTSE stage 1 from all over India. Out of 8-9 lakh students, roughly 4500 candidates were selected for the Stage 2 examinations. There will be category wise criteria for selection as will discuss below.

STAGE -1 Paper-Pattern

There will be two papers in the First stage, It will be Mental Ability (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). 

In the Section of Mental Ability Test (MAT): There will be 100 multiple choice type items, with four alternatives. Each item will carry 1 mark. 

In the section of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): There will be 3 sections, 40 Questions from Science, 40 Questions from Social Science, and 20 Questions from Mathematics. 

All the candidates are required to answer the items on a separate OMR sheet as per instructions given in the test booklet and on the OMR sheet.

Marking scheme

There is no negative marking in the first level of the NTSE examination.

NTSE Admit Card 2021

NTSE Admit Card / Hall ticket released on 2nd December 2020 at their official website. All the students who are going to appear NTSE 2021 examination all are advised to download the admit card and take a printout for your further reference.

How to download NTSE Hall ticket / Admit Card?

You need to visit at the official website to download NTSE 2021 Admit Card you will found below screen on your device.

NTSE 2021 Hall Ticket

Details on NTSE Admit Card

After download your NTSE 2020-21 admit card, you should check all the mentioned details printed on NTSE 2020-21 Hall Ticket. In case of any mistake/discrepancy, it should be brought to the notice of the Liaison officer or to the office of the Chief Superintendent immediately.

Following will be the information mentioned on NTSE 2020-21 Admit Card.

Name of Candidate

Date of Birth

Roll Number

Candidate’s Category

Candidate’s Signature

Exam Center Name

Exam Venue

Stage of Exam

Reporting Time

Exam Day Instructions

States/UTs Quota QUOTA ALLOTTED FOR STATES/UTs (2018-2019 & 2019-2020)

Sr. No. States/UTs Quota* Quota
Sr. No.1 States/UTs Quota*Andaman & Nicobar Islands Quota20
Sr. No.2 States/UTs Quota*Andhra Pradesh Quota263
Sr. No.3 States/UTs Quota*Arunachal Pradesh Quota50
Sr. No.4 States/UTs Quota*Assam Quota202
Sr. No.5 States/UTs Quota*Bihar Quota691
Sr. No.6 States/UTs Quota*Chandigarh Quota20
Sr. No.7 States/UTs Quota*Chattisgarh Quota195
Sr. No.8 States/UTs Quota*Dadra & Nagar Haveli Quota20
Sr. No.9 States/UTs Quota*Daman & Diu Quota20
Sr. No.10 States/UTs Quota*Delhi Quota153
Sr. No.11 States/UTs Quota*Goa Quota50
Sr. No.12 States/UTs Quota*Gujarat Quota360
Sr. No.13 States/UTs Quota*Haryana Quota186
Sr. No.14 States/UTs Quota*Himachal Pradesh Quota51
Sr. No.15 States/UTs Quota*Jammu & Kashmir Quota64
Sr. No.16 States/UTs Quota*Jharkhand Quota142
Sr. No.17 States/UTs Quota*Karnataka Quota371
Sr. No.18 States/UTs Quota*Kerala Quota220
Sr. No.19 States/UTs Quota*Lakshdweep Quota20
Sr. No.20 States/UTs Quota*Madhya Pradesh Quota530
Sr. No.21 States/UTs Quota*Maharashtra Quota774
Sr. No.22 States/UTs Quota*Manipur Quota50
Sr. No.23 States/UTs Quota*Meghalaya Quota50
Sr. No.24 States/UTs Quota*Mizoram Quota50
Sr. No.25 States/UTs Quota*Nagaland Quota50
Sr. No.26 States/UTs Quota*Odisha Quota259
Sr. No.27 States/UTs Quota*Puducherry Quota20
Sr. No.28 States/UTs Quota*Punjab Quota183
Sr. No.29 States/UTs Quota*Rajasthan Quota485
Sr. No.30 States/UTs Quota*Sikkim Quota50
Sr. No.31 States/UTs Quota*Tamil Nadu Quota466
Sr. No.32 States/UTs Quota*Telangana Quota216
Sr. No.33 States/UTs Quota*Tripura Quota50
Sr. No.34 States/UTs Quota*Uttar Pradesh Quota1408
Sr. No.36 States/UTs Quota*Uttarakhand Quota79
Sr. No.36 States/UTs Quota*West Bengal Quota569
Sr. No. States/UTs Quota*TOTAL Quota8387

NTSE 2020-2021 Stage-2

Stage -2 – Examination will be conducted by NCERT. Stage 1 qualified or who came in merit they are eligible for stage 2. In this stage students selected from different states as per the respective State/UTs quota. 

For example from the Rajasthan 485 numbers of students quota allotted, Gujarat 360 numbers students quota allotted and From Bihar 691 number of students quota allotted by NCERT. As per the selected or recommended students by the States/UTs will appear for the NTSE Stage 2.


  • Students are eligible who are studying in class 10
  • Min.60% marks in 9
  • 55 % Marks 9th Standard for SC, ST & Physically Challenged.

STAGE -2 Paper-Pattern

There will be two papers in stage 2, It will be Mental Ability (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). 

In the Section of Mental Ability Test (MAT), there will be 100 multiple choice type questions that were to be attempted by all the candidates. 

In the section of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), There will be 100 questions containing 25 multiple choice type questions each on eight subject areas namely Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Civics, and Economics. The candidates could choose any four out of these eight subjects and had to answer a total of 100 questions in the SAT.

Marking scheme

In stage II national level examination, wherein 1/3 marks were deducted for every wrong answer, and no marks were deducted for unattempted questions.


Mental Ability Test (MAT) – MAT – In this part questions have to judge student's ability to think and evaluate his/her logical creativity and evaluate the power of reasoning. There are 100 questions that will be based on topics such as analogies, series patterns, coding, and decoding, etc. Each question 1 marks all the questions that need to be solved in 120 minutes.

Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) – This part has been designed to check the academic knowledge of the students. There will be questions from Science, Mathematics, and Social Science. This paper also has 100 questions of 100 marks to be solved in 120 minutes.

For a brief syllabus please click here


On the basis of the examination conducted, 

For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences, and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to the Ph.D. level.

For professional courses like Engineering, Medical, Management, and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation. 


  • 15 % for SC
  • 7.5 % for ST
  • 27% for OBC
  • 4 % for Physically Challenged  

What are the Benefits of NTSE 2021?

·        Candidate will be awarded the National level Benchmark.

·     This scholarship is a kind of financial support that encourages the students to strive more sincerely.

·   NTSE scholars are considered distinguished. This qualification always helps the candidate during further studies.

NTSE 2021 Important dates

NCERT has provided all the details related to NTSE (*Tentative dates)

Event NTSE Updates (Tentative)
EventAnnouncement for NTSE Date Date Updates6th October 2020
EventNTSE Application Starts from Date Updates17th Oct. 2020 to 03rd Nov. 2020
EventNTSE Stage 1 Admit Card Released Date Date 1st Feb 2021 to 14th Feb 2021
EventNTSE Stage 1 for Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar islands Date UpdatesDecember 12, 2020 (Saturday)
EventNTSE Stage 1 Exam Date 2020 (for all other states and UTs except above-mentioned states) Date Updates14th Feb 2021 (Sunday) Confirm
EventStage- 1 Result Date Updatesto be notified
EventNTS Stage- 2 Admit Card 2020-2021 Date Updatesto be notified
EventNTSE Stage 2 Exam Date Date Updatesto be notified
EventNTSE Result Date Date Updatesto be notified


National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Stage 1 Result 2020 has been declared by respective state/Union territory. It will be declared between January and March 2020. Candidates have intimated by respective State/Union Territory. NTSE stage 1 result has been declared on the official website.

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