How to submit application for NTSE 2017

Do you want to submit an application for NTSE 2017 examination? What are the eligibility criteria and how to submit the application for the same? Read this article to know answers of these and such other related questions?


The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has announced that the National Talent Search Examination - NSTE 2017 will be conducted in two phases -Stage-I (State) level and Stage-II (National) for students studying in class X to identify and nurture the talent. The scholarships are awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfilment of the set criteria. The Stage-I (State) level and the Stage-II (National) level examinations will be conducted in the month November 2016 and May 2017 respectively.

Important dates

  • Last date of submission of application - To be notified by the respective states which may vary from state to state.
  • Date of examination, Stage-I (State) -
    • In the states of Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar islands - 05.11.2016.
    • In Bihar and West Bengal - 13.11.2016.
    • All the other states and union territories - 06.11.2016.
  • Date of examination in all states and union territories, Stage-II (National) - 14.05.2017.


About 1,000 scholarships are awarded for different stages of education as follows -
  1. Class XI to XII - Rs. 1250 per month.
  2. Undergraduates and Postgraduates - Rs. 2000 per month.
  3. Ph.D. - Amount according to the UGC norms.

Eligibility criteria

  • All students studying in class X in recognised schools are eligible to appear in Stage-I test to be conducted by the respective states/union territories where the schools are located.
  • There will be no domicile restriction.
  • The students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) system are also eligible provided -
    • the student is below 18 years of age as on 1st July of the particular year,
    • the student if not employed, and
    • the student is appearing in class X examination first time.


  1. Students belonging to SC category - 15%.
  2. Students belonging to ST category - 7.5%.
  3. Physically challenged students - 3%.

Application fee

  • Stage-I (State) level - Respective states/union teritorries may notify fee required to be paid. Therefore before the submission of application, the students should find out the application fee amount and the mode of payment from the respective state Liason Officers (LOs).
  • Stage-II (National) level - No application fee is charged by NCERT.

How to submit application

  1. The students may contact the Liasion Officer of the respective State/UTs for obtaining application forms.
  2. The completed application forms will have to be signed by the concered school principals sufficiently in advace.
  3. The students and the school principals will have to ensure that the application forms are submitted before the last date of submission.
  4. Different states may have different last dates of submission of the application forms.
  5. The address at which the application forms are to be submitted should be obtained from the Liasion Officer of the respective State/UTs.
  6. The contact details of the Liasion Officer of the respective State/UTs are made available at the website of NCERT - under 'Home >> Programmes >> National Talent Search Exam >> Other Details'.
  7. All inquiries related to the application form should be directed to the Liasion Officer of the respective State/UTs only.
  8. No application should be sent to the NCERT for Stage-I (State) level examination..
  9. No application is required to be sent for Stage-II (National) level examination.

Indian students studying abroad

  • Any Indian student studying abroad in class X can appear directly in Stage-II (National) level examination provided he/she has scored minimum 60% marks in the previous examination.
  • The candidates will have to appear in the examination at the NTS examination center at their own cost.
  • Such candidates can send their applications through the head of the institution where they are studying together with an attested copy of mark sheet of class IX latest by December 31st, 2016.
  • The application form will be uploaded on the website of the NCERT in the month of October 2016.
  • The applications should be sent to - The Head, Educational Survey Division, National Council of Educational research & Training, Sri Aurobindo Marng, New Delhi-110016.
  • In case selected, the scholarship to such candidates will be paid for pursuing studies in India only.

Examination format

The pattern of written examination will be as follows -
  1. Stage - I & II - The examination at the state/union territory level will comprise of following three parts and pattern -
    • Paper I - Mental Ability Test (MAT), Questions 50, Marks 50, Duration 45 Minutes.
    • Paper II - Language Test (LT) - Hindi/English, Questions 50, Marks 50, Duration 45 Minutes.
    • Paper III - Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Questions 100, Marks 100, Duration 90 Minutes.
  2. At Stage-II (National) level, there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted. However, for unattempted questions, no marks will be deducted.
  3. The items in the MAT and SAT are multiple choice questions. Each question has four alternatives. The candidate has to select one correct answer from the given alternatives and mark its number in the answer-sheet as per instructions given on the answer sheet.
  4. The language test has to be attempted either in English or in Hindi as per option of the candidate in the national level NTSE.

Selection procedure

  • Stage-I (State) level - Selection will be done by the State/UTs and those who qualify Stage-I (State) examination will be eligible to appear in Stage-II (National) examination conducted by NCERT.
  • Qualifying marks for the general category candidates is 40 marks in each paper and for SC, ST and PH category students, it is 32 marks in each paper.
  • The marks obtained in the Language Test (LT) are qualifying in nature and will not be counted for final merit.
  • There is a quota earmarked to each State/UT depending upon the student enrollment at secondary level subject to a minimum of 10 for a UT and 25 for a State.
  • There is no interview for selection. The selection is based on the marks obtained in MAT and SAT score and obtaining minimum qualifying marks in language test.

Important points

  1. There are 36 examination centers across the country. Normally for Stage-II (National) examination a centre is allotted in the same state to which the student belongs.
  2. Normally the results are declared in the month of August.
  3. Results are uploaded on the NCERT website. Only the successful candidates are informed through letters sent by speed post.
  4. There is no provision for re-checking or re-totalling. The OMR answer sheets are made available on the NCERT website to maintain transparency. The candidates can view only their own OMR sheets.
  5. The Stage-I (State) level test is available in Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Odia, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu medium.
  6. Stage-II (National) level test in conducted in Hindi and English medium only.The candidates have to choose either Hindi or English.

Contact details

  1. For enquiries related to the Stage-I (State) level examination the Liaison Officer of State/UT should be contacted. The contact details of the Liasion Officer of the respective State/UTs are made available at the website of NCERT
  2. For enquiries related to the Stage-II (National) level - Phone Number: 011-26560464 (02.30 PM to 04.30 PM only), Email :


The candidates aspiring to appear in the NTSE 2017 examination should visit the website of the NCERT and thoroughly study the 'Advertisement for National Talent Search Examination - 2017', and 'Placement of FAQs related to conduct of NTS-Examination' made available on the same. 'Region-wise list of State/UT Liaison Officers of National Talent Search Examination 2016-17' has also been made available on the website on which the contact details are made available. The Liasion Officer of the state of the candidate should be contacted for knowing full details about the application procedure. All the best to the aspiring students.

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