What is NTSE?
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) was established by the Government of India in the year 1961 with a view to bringing about qualitative improvement in school education in the country. No sooner the Council was set up than it mounted a number of programmes in this direction. One such programme was to identify and nurture the talented students.
The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level exam conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for awarding scholarships. The NCERT is conducting NTSE 2017 in two stages, wherein the stage 1 exam held on November 5, 6 and 13 and stage 2 examination on May 14, 2017. Class X students who wish to appear for NTSE 2017 can apply for the scholarship examination. The NTSE 2017 applications for stage 1 exam can be fileld from August 3 till the last date of applications as announced by each state and union territory. The NTSE 2017 scholarship will be awarded to the qualifying candidates on the basis of their performances in both the stages.
NTSE 2017 Selection Process
The NTSE 2017 is a two-stage procedure. Both the stages are described below:
- NTSE Stage-I: Examination conducted at State/UT level by the concerned State/UT authorities
- NTSE Stage-II: Examination held at National level by NCERT where shortlisted students from State-level exam appear to compete for scholarship
The NTSE examination is conducted in two stages. For both the stages, the examination is divided into two papers:
NTSE Stage-I: Examination conducted at State/UT level by the concerned State/UT authorities
Part 1 : Mental Ability Test (MAT)
Total 50 questions from analytical, logical reasoning
Part 2 : Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Total 150 questions from Language and Science, Mathematics and Social science
Duration 180 minutes
Each test paper consists of objective-type questions and are held in paper-pen mode.
NTSE Stage-II: Examination held at National level by NCERT where shortlisted students from State-level exam appear to compete for scholarship.
• Shortlisted students from State-level exam appear for Stage 2
• The paper is divided into two parts – MAT and SAT, like that in Stage 1
• Negative marking of 1/3 marks is applicable on every wrong answer marked by the candidate
Every correct answer is awarded 1 mark, thus making the total marks of a test equal to the total number of questions. There is no negative marking in Stage-I paper, however, in the Stage-II, one-third of the marks allotted to a question is deducted for each wrong answer marked in the answer sheet.
- The students studying in Class X are eligible to appear in the test
- They are required to have obtained 60% marks in their Class IX, in the last academic year
- Students from both government and private schools are eligible to register for the scholarship programme.
- Students must be studying in a recognized school in the respective state or union territory
- The SC, ST and PH category candidates get a relaxation of 5% and the maximum score they must have obtained in their Class IX is 55% marks
- Students securing 80% marks or above in the State level exam, are eligible for Stage-II
NTSE 2017 Cutoff
The cutoff of NTSE 2017 is determined on basis of minimum qualifying marks for each category and subjects of scholarship exam.
NTSE 2017 Cutoff for each paper
NTSE 2017 Cutoff - Category wise