NTSE 2024 Recruitment: Notification(Soon), Dates, Application, Eligibility, Syllabus

National Talent Search Examination is a National-Level exam and it is popularly known as NTSE. Every year, the NTS examination is conducted by the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) to offer accomplishments to the commendable students studying in class 10th. NTS Exam is conducted only once in a year in two different Stages- Stage I and II for 10th standard students only.

The Stage-I exam is a state-level exam and is conducted by all the states and Union Territories of India while Stage-II (National level) will be held only for those students who will qualify the Stage-I. The students who will clear both the Stages i.e. Stage-I and Stage-I will be eligible to receive the Scholarship. The scholarship will be given on the basis of the overall performance of students in Stage-I and Stage-II. The application form for this exam will be filled in online mode and the examination will be held in offline mode.

The NCERT has been released the notification for the NTSE for the session 2024 and all the states and Union Territories have been released the application form for NTSE in the month of October. Candidates are instructed to fill the application form before the last date.

To know more about the NTS exam, you can visit the official website of NCERT.

NTSE Exam 2024 Overview

Name of ExaminationNational Talent Search Examination 2024
Popularly Known AsNTSE 2024
Conducting AuthorityNCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training)
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Mode of ExamOffline
Medium of ExamBilingual i.e. English and Hindi
Duration of Exam120 Minutes ( For each stage)
Question TypeObjective Type Questions
Number of QuestionsStage 1: 200 Questions,
Stage 2: 200 Questions
No. of Sections2 (Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Ability Test)

NTSE Exam 2024 Important Dates

NCERT will announce all the important dates of the NTSE 2024 Exam as follows:

EventsStage I datesStage II dates
NTSE application starts fromTBATBA
Releasing date of NTSE Admit cardTBATBA
Exam dates of NTSETBATBA
Declaration of NTSE ResultTBATBA

NTSE Exam 2024 Application Process

The application form for NTSE can be filled in both the modes i.e. in online and offline modes. For the different states, the offline application form will be distributed separately by the states. Here we have given some general guidelines regarding the form filling process which are as discussed below.

  • If the candidates are downloading the form itself but while taking print out only use legal 8.5” * 14” size paper.
  • Only the application form which is available online or offline by State/ UT liaison officer is only applicable for the Stage 1 exam.
  • While filling the Application Form of NTSE, candidates have to leave the 4-digit center code blank, because it has to be filled by the liaison officer or concerned district officer or center superintendent.

How to fill NTSE Form?

The form filling process for Indian students is different for Indian students than the Indian students studying abroad. Here is the detailed process is provided below.

Indian Students

  1. Indian students must have to download the application form which is available on the official website of NCERT.
  2. After filling in all the details, the candidates must get the form signed by the principal of his/ her school.
  3. Lastly, the application form will be submitted to the State Liaison Officer before the last date of submission of the application form.

Indian Students Studying Abroad

  1. Those Indian students who are studying Abroad can apply directly for Stage 2 of the NTSE exam.
  2. The application form for stage two will have to be downloaded from the website.
  3. After filling the application form, the duly filled in application form must be sent to the following address with a photocopy of the mark sheet of the previous exam:

Head, Educational Survey Division,
National Council of Educational Research and Training,
Sri Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi 110016.

NTSE 2024 Application Fee

  • The application fee for Stage 1 will depend upon the respective states and Union territories.
  • There is no application fee required for the National Level Examination i.e. for Stage 2.
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NTSE Exam 2024 Eligibility

The eligibility criteria are different for the different stages as prescribed by the NCERT. Here we given some basic eligibility criteria that the candidates must have to meet otherwise they will not be able to apply for the NTSE exam.

  • Candidates should be an Indian citizen.
  • The candidates must have to appear in class 10 from a recognized private or government school/ Board in India.
  • Unemployed candidates whose age is below 18 years, and studying in class 10 from open or distance learning then those candidates are also eligible to apply for the NTSE exam.
  • The candidates will able to apply for the second stage if they meet the sectional cut-off in stage 1 as well as the overall cut-off.
  • The Indian students who are studying in abroad, and want to apply for NTSE 2024, should send the attested copy of the class 9 mark sheet to the head of the Educational Survey Division, NCERT by 31st December 2024.

Minimum Qualifying Score Needed in Class 9

StateMinimum qualifying Marks (For General Category)Minimum qualifying Marks (For Reserved Category)
Maharashtra60% marks55%
Uttar Pradesh55%44%
Madhya Pradesh40%32%
West Bengal50%40%
Jammu & Kashmir60%55%
Tamil Nadu60%
Himachal Pradesh60%55%

NTSE Qualifying Score

CategoryQualifying Marks in MATQualifying Marks in SAT
General/ Economically weaker Sections/ OBC40%40%
Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/ Physically Handicapped.32%32%

NTSE 2024 Reservation Criteria

CategoryReservation Percentage
Other Backward Classes (OBC)27%
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Economically Weaker Section (EWS)10%
Persons with Disabilities (PWD)4%

NTSE Exam 2024 Exam Pattern

Every year, the NTSE Exam is conducted in two different stages namely, Stage 1 and Stage 2.

  • Stage 1:
    • Stage 1 is a state and UT level examination.
    • Stage 1 is conducted by the authorities of various states and union territories.
    • Stage 1 is an offline test.
    • Stage 1 exam consists of two different papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2.
    • Paper 1 tests the Mental Ability of the students while Paper 2 tests the Scholastic Ability of the candidates.
    • 1 mark will be assigned for every correct answer.
    •  There is no negative marking for the incorrect answer.
    • The total no. of questions asked in the exam is 200 (i.e. Paper 1 – 100 questions, Paper 2- 100 questions).
    • The total marks for the stage 1 exam are 200 marks (i.e. Paper 1 – 100 marks, Paper 2- 100 marks).
  • Stage 2:
    • Stage 2 is a National-Level examination.
    • Stage 2 is conducted by NCERT.
    • Stage 2 is an offline test.
    • Stage 2 exam consists of two different papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2.
    • Paper 1 tests the Mental Ability of the students while Paper 2 tests the Scholastic Ability of the candidates.
    • 1 mark will be assigned for every correct answer.
    •  There is no negative marking for the incorrect answer.
    • The total no. of questions asked in the exam is 200 (i.e. Paper 1 – 100 questions, Paper 2- 100 questions).
    • The total marks for the stage 1 exam are 200 marks (i.e. Paper 1 – 100 marks, Paper 2- 100 marks).

The Paper-wise distribution of marks for both the stages is given below.

NTSE PapersNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
Paper 1 – MAT100100120 Minutes
Paper 2 – SAT100 (Science-40, Math-20, Social Science-40)100120 Minutes

NTSE Exam 2024 Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of NSTE is based on the class 10th of NCERT pattern. The questions in the examination are asked from various topics such as General Knowledge, Science, Social Science, Mathematics, English, and Mental Ability syllabus.

The detailed syllabus for both the stages are given below:

Mathematics Syllabus

This section includes the topics from class 6 to 10 and carries around 30 questions.

Topics Topics
Playing with Number Percentage& Its Application
Number System Quadratic Equations
Arithmetic Coordinate Geometry
Basic Geometry Linear Equation
Algebraic Expressions Statistics
Circles Triangles
Probability Simple & Compound Interest
Direct& Inverse Variations Square & Cube Roots
Exponent Rational Numbers
Surface Areas and Volume  

Science Syllabus

This section includes topics from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This section carries around 35 questions.

Topics Weight-age
Fibers and Plastics 1%
Food Production & Management 1%
Heredity and Evolution 1%
Soil 1%
The Universe 1%
Acid Bases and Salts 2%
Diversity in Living organisms 2%
Periodic Classification of Elements 2%
Sound 2%
Measurement 3%
Micro-Organisms 3%
Motion and Force 3%
Structure of Atom 3%
Cellular Level of Organization 4%
Sound of Energy 4%
Air 4%
Carbon and its Compound 6%
Life Processes 4%
Water 4%
Our Environment 5%
Metals & Non Metals 5%
Reproduction 5%
Light 5%
Magnetic & Electricity at Work 5%
Work and Energy 6%
Some Common Diseases 7%
Human Body 7%

Social Science Syllabus

This section includes topics are from History, Civics, Geography, Economics, and General Awareness and carries around 35 questions.

Topics Weight-age Topics Weight-age
Local and State Government 1% World History 3%
Medieval Architecture and Culture 1% The Delhi Sultanate 3%
Biosphere 1% The motion of the Earth 3%
Culture, Science and Literature 1% Atmosphere 3%
Early States 1% Natural Vegetation 3%
Eighteen Century Political Formation 1% Early Medieval Period 3%
French Revolution 1% Our Country- India 4%
Industries 1% Indian Constitution 4%
Population 1% Indian Economics 4%
Solar System 1% Indus Valley Civilization 4%
UN and International Agencies 1% The Mughal Empire 5%
Union Government 2% Indian Freedom Struggle 5%
Vedic Period 2% Resources and Development 5%
Water Resources 2% British raj 5%
Agriculture 2%    
Nationalism in Various Countries 2%    
Popular Movements and Social Reforms 2%    
New Empires and Kingdoms 2%    
Democracy and Elections 2%    
Diversity and Livelihood 2%    
Industrial Revolution 2%    
The Judiciary 2%    
India and Its Neighbours 2%    
Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks 2%    
Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History 2%    
Jainism, Buddhism, and Conquerors from Distant Lands 2%    

English Syllabus

Topics Weight-age
Rearrangement of Jumbled Words 5%
Paragraph Completion 5%
Reading Comprehension 10%
English Grammar 10%
Sentence Completion 10%
Synonyms 15%
Antonyms 15%
One Word Substitution 30%

General Knowledge Syllabus

Topics Weight-age
Abbreviations 10%
Awards and Recognitions 10%
Books and Authors 10%
Sports 10%
World 20%
India 40%

Mental Ability Syllabus

Topics Weight-age Topics Weight-age
Alphabets and Number test 1% Coding-Decoding 7%
Figure Partition and Dot Situation 1% Direction Sense 7%
Calendar, Time, and Clock 1% Ranking and Arrangements 7%
Paper Folding and Cutting 2% Series (Verbal) 7%
Venn Diagrams 2% Series(Non-Verbal) 8%
Mathematical Operations 3% Blood relations 9%
Water and Mirror Images 4% Classification 9%
Cube and Dice 5% Missing Character 9%
Analogy(Non-Verbal) 5%    
Analogy(Verbal) 5%    
Embedded Figure 5%    

NTSE 2024 Recommended Books

 Book Publisher
The Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st Edition Saurabh Priyadarshini and Navi C. Joshi
NTSE Explorer: MAT + SAT + New English Language Test for class 10th (English) Sonia Lal
Practice Papers NTSE X (English) 1st Edition TMH Books
Study Package for NTSE Class X (English) 1st and 2nd Edition Mc Graw Hill

NTSE Exam 2024 Admit Card

The admit card for Stage 1 will be issued by the official authorities of the state and UTs. While the admit card for Stage 2 will be released on the official website of NCERT. The admit card is a very necessary document and without it, no one can enter the examination hall.

How to Download NTSE Exam 2024 Admit Card?

Steps to Receive the Admit Card for both Stages:

  • For Stage 1, NTSE Admit Card will be sent through the post by the authorities to the candidate’s communication address, as mentioned already in the application form.
  • In case, if a candidate has not received the admit card through post then he/she can visit the office of the Chief Superintendent to obtain their admit card.
  • For Stage 2, NTSE Admit Card will be available on the official website of NCERT, tentatively in the month of April.
  • Candidates can download their admit cards by visiting the official website of NCERT and then by log in the credentials.

NTSE Exam 2024 Exam Center

States/ UTs Exam Centre Venue
Andaman & Nicobar Islands KV No 2, Raksha Vihar, Minnie Bay
Andhra Pradesh KV, Gandhi Gram Post, Malkapuram, Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh KV No 2, Itanagar, Chimpu Post, Arunachal Pradesh
Assam KV CRPF 9 Mile Amerigog, Kamrup, Guwahati
Bihar KV No 1, Lohiya Nagar, Near Heart Hospital, Kankarbagh, Patna
Chandigarh KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh KV No 2, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, Sector 4, Raipur
Dadra & Nagar Haveli KV, Government High School Campus, Silvassa
Delhi KV No 3, Ringroad, Near Seema Sadak Bhawan
Goa KV, INS Madovi, Panjim
Gujarat KV No 1, Near Police Commissioner’s Office, Shahi Baug, Ahmedabad
Haryana KV No 1, AFS, Sector 14, Old Delhi Road, Gurugram
Himachal Pradesh KV, Dharamshala Cantt, Kangra
Jammu & Kashmir KV No 1, Gandhinagar, Jammu
Jharkhand KV CCL, Rajendra Nagar, Ranchi
Karnataka KV, ASC Centre, Victoria Road, Bangalore, Karnataka
Kerala KV No 3, Port Trust, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Ernakulam
Lakshadweep KV, Kavaratti
Madhya Pradesh KV No 1, Opp Central India Flour Mill, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal
Maharashtra KV, Bhandup, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg West
Maharashtra KV, BEG, Near Deccan College, Pune
Manipur KV No 1, Lamphelpat, Imphal
Meghalaya KV, Happy Valley, Shillong
Mizoram KV, Project Pushpak Zemabawk, Aizawl
Nagaland KV, CRPF Camp, Lerie Hill, Kohima, Nagaland
Odisha KV No 1, Unit 9, Near Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar
Puducherry KV, IIT Campus, Chennai
Punjab KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh
Rajasthan KV No 1, Bajaj Nagar, Opp Tonk Phatak, Jaipur
Sikkim KV, Post Tadong, Middil, Siyari, Gangtok
Tamil Nadu KV, IIT Campus, Chennai
Telangana KV No 1, Langer House, Golconda, Hyderabad
Tripura KV (GC) CRPF, Adarani, Salbagan, Agartala
Uttarakhand KV ONGC, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun
Uttar Pradesh KV, Lucknow Cantt
Uttar Pradesh KV, New Cantt, VD Road, Allahabad
West Bengal KV, Ballygunge, Circular Road, Kolkata

NTSE Exam 2024 Result

Here is the step-by-step procedure to obtain the NTSE result.

  1. First of all, go to the official website of the state government/ Union Territories for stage 1 and on the website of NCERT for stage 2. i.e. www.ncert.nic.in.
  2. Now find and then click on the ‘NTSE 2024 Result’ link.
  3. After clicking on the link, a new window will appear there.
  4. Now enter the required details i.e. Roll number, date of birth in the specified area on the screen.
  5. After entering the details, click on the submit button.
  6. After submitting the details, the result for NTSE will be displayed on the monitor screen.
  7. Now download the result and take a printout of it for future reference.


  • The result will be published in PDF format on the official website.
  • After releasing the result of Stage 2, the final merit list will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained in Stage 1 and Stage 2.
  • The merit list will be published in online mode on the official website of NCERT.

NTSE Exam 2024 Cut off

 The final cut off mark for the NTSE will be released by NCERT after the successful completion of the stage 2 exam. Generally, NCERT publishes cut off marks according to the category wise and subjects wise as well.

Subject wise cut off marks

Test Papers Maximum Marks Qualifying Percentage
General ST/ SC/ PH
Paper I MAT 49* 40% (19.6) 35% (17.15)
Paper-II English 50 40% (20.0) 35% (17.5)
Paper-II Hindi 50 40% (20.0) 35% (17.5)
Paper III SAT 96** 40% (38.4) 35% (33.6)
Total Marks 145 40% (58) 35% (50.75)

Category wise cut off marks

Categories Total Score of MAT and SAT Cutoff Maximum marks out of 197 of MAT, SAT
General 150 186
General- PH1 111 144
General- PH2 78 124
General- PH3 101 131
SC 122 149
SC- PH1 71 113
SC- PH2 87 87
ST 113 145
ST-PH1 90 93
ST-PH2 81 81
Categories Total Score of MAT and SAT Cutoff Maximum marks out of 197 of MAT, SAT
General 150 186
General- PH1 111 144
General- PH2 78 124
General- PH3 101 131
SC 122 149
SC- PH1 71 113
SC- PH2 87 87
ST 113 145
ST-PH1 90 93
ST-PH2 81 81
CategoriesTotal Score of MAT and SAT CutoffMaximum marks out of 197 of MAT, SAT
General- PH1111144
General- PH278124
General- PH3101131
SC- PH171113
SC- PH28787
  • No. of candidates appeared for the exam.
  • No. of average marks obtained by the candidates.
  • The difficulty level of the exam.
  • Reservation policy as per the government norms.

NTSE Exam 2024 FAQS

What is the official website of NCERT?

The official website of NCERT is www.ncert.nic.in.

Who conducts the NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)?

NTSE is a national level exam conducted by NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training).

Can the NTSE application form be filled using both online and offline modes?

Yes, the NTSE application form can be filled using both online and offline modes, providing applicants with flexibility in the application process.

What is the marking scheme for NTSE exams?

The marking scheme for both stages of NTSE is as follows:u003cbr/u003e1 mark will be assigned for every correct answer.u003cbr/u003eThere is no negative marking for any incorrect answer.

Who is eligible for the NTSE scholarship?

The scholarship is awarded to students who are appearing in class X and have qualified both the stages of NTSE, i.e., the State level and the National level exams.

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