NTSE – National Talent Search Examination 2019

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NTSE 2019: NCERT will be conducting national level NTSE 2019 stage II examination on May 12, 2019 in 29 states/UTs. The admit card for NTSE 2019 will be released by NCERT in the third week of April 2019. The state level NTSE 2019 was conducted by respective states/UTs on November 03, 04 and 18, 2018. NTSE 2019 results for stage I are being announced now and all states/UTs will conclude result announcement in January-February 2019 only. In this article you will get information on –

  • About NTSE scholarship scheme, Highlights, conducting body and stages
  • NTSE 2019 Exam dates, admit card dates, result dates etc.
  • Year-wise and detailed information on major changes in NTSE over the years

What is NTSE exam?

National Talent Search Examination popularly known as NTSE is conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for identifying talented students who want to pursue higher education in Science and Social Studies streams. The examination is conducted at two levels i.e. first, state-level talent search examination and then, National Level Talent Search Examination. The State Level Talent Search Exam is conducted by 29 States/07 UTs for all students studying in Class 10th. The students qualifying in State Level Talent Search Examination are eligible to appear in NTSE stage II examination to be conducted by NCERT. The aim of NTSE scheme is to award talented students pursuing education in Science and Social Studies stream with scholarships to help continue their education.

 

Highlights of National Talent Search Examination

Exam Name
  • National Talent Search Examination
  • Commonly known as NTSE, STSE
Conducted by
  • State level examination/NTSE Stage 1 is conducted by respective states/UTs
  • National level or NTSE stage II is conducted by NCERT
Exam Level National Level
Class level Class 10th only
Total Scholarships 1000
Scholarship amount
  • Rs. 1250 per month for Class 11-12
  • Rs. 2000 per month for UG and PG level
  • As per UGC norms for research level
Scholarship level Up to Ph. D. level
Exam Mode Offline examination
Exam Papers Mental Aptitude Test (MAT)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Test Duration 120 minutes for each paper at each level i.e. Total 240 minutes each for STSE and NTSE
Total Exam Centers For NTSE Stage I exam – In all 29 states and 7 UTs

For NTSE Stage II – 35 exam cities

Registration dates Registration began in August 2018 and the last date of application is to be notified by respective state/UT separately
Exam dates for NTSE Stage I exam 2018-2019 November 03, 2018 for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 04, 2018 for All other states and UTs except West Bengal, Kerala and Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 18, 2018, for West Bengal and Kerala (as per revised date of Kerala state level exam)

Exam date for NTSE Stage 2 exam 2019 May 12, 2019, for all states and UTs
Exam Helpline for NTSE Stage ii examination only Phone number – 011-26560464

e-mail – ntsexam.ncert@gov.in

Official Website http://www.ncert.nic.in

 

NTSE 2019 Exam dates and other events:

Events

Stage I dates

Stage II dates

NTSE registration dates September or October 2018 No registration
NTSE Admit card dates By last week of October 2018 Third week of April 2019
NTSE Exam dates November 03, 04, and 18, 2019 May 12, 2019
NTSE Result dates January – February 2019 July 2019

 

Major Changes in National Talent Search Examination by NCERT over the past years:

The programme was started in 1963 as National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) as an initiative to help talented students with scholarships. The students who applied for NTSE scholarships were selected on basis qualification in written test, project report and interview. The written test included Science Aptitude Test (SAT) and an essay based on a scientific theme only. The project report was also needed to be submitted at the time of written test. The scholarships were awarded to only those students who wanted to pursue higher education in Basic Sciences from Class 11th to Doctoral level.

All about NTSE over the years:

Over the years since it was started, the exam conducting authority made drastic changes in the examination pattern, subject, class level, scholarship numbers and amount, and other important features of the scholarships scheme by NCERT. Check below the major changes made in the NTSE scholarship scheme –

Feature

Years

Changes made in NTSE

Number of Scholarships
(In 1963, only 10 scholarships were awarded)
1964 350 from 10
1976 From 350 to 500
1981 From 500 to 550

(out of which 50 scholarships were reserved for SC and ST categories)

1983 From 550 to 750 inclusive of 70 scholarships reserved for SC and ST students only
2000 From 750 to 1000 with reservation as under –

15% for Scheduled Caste students

7.5% for Scheduled Tribes students

Scholarship amount 2006-2007 The scholarship amount was raised up to Rs. 500.

However, the students pursuing Ph.D. courses were given scholarship amount as per the UGC norms only.

2014-2015 The scholarship amount of Rs. 500 was increased for students at different levels as under –

Class 11th and Class 12th: Rs. 1250 per month

At Bachelor degree and Post-Graduate degree levels: Rs. 2000 per month

Students pursuing Ph.D. degree – As per UGC norms

Subjects Specialization/Stream of higher education 1976 (after the introduction of 10+2+3 education pattern) From Basic Sciences to Engineering, Social Sciences and Medicine streams
2019
  • The scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing higher education in Social Science and Science streams up to doctoral level.
  • The scholarship for professional courses in Medicine and Engineering will be awarded up to Post-Graduation level only.
Change in Name 1976 From National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) to National Talent Search Scheme (NTSS)
Class level (initially only Class 10thstudents could apply and appear for the NTSE Scholarship examination) 1976 The exam was extended up to Class 10th, Class 11th and Class 12th Students and separate examinations were conducted for each level.
1985 The class level was returned back to Class 10th only.

However, the centralized examination process of national level for students from all over India was decentralized i.e. Tiers were introduced and now, students were required to appear for Tier I at their own state level and then for Tier II for the national level.

2006-2007 NTSE was now conducted for Class 8th students from Class 10th earlier

However, NCERT conducted 2 more exams for Class 10th students in 2007-2008 for providing an opportunity to students studying in Class 9th and Class 10th at that time.

2013 The Class level was again set only for Class 10th.
Selection Procedure 1976
  • Two objective type written tests introduced i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in place of descriptive written test and Essay based on Science theme only
  • Project Report submission was discontinued
  • Only qualified students need to appear for face to face Interview.
  • Selection based on composite scores in MAT, SAT and Interview only.
2013
  • Language Ability Test (LAT) introduced as part of the selection criteria.
  • LAT was either English or Hindi as per the choice of students.
  • It is of only qualifying nature as the scores of LAT was not included in deciding the merit of students for NTSE scholarships.
2018 LAT paper removed from the selection procedure
Exam Pattern 1985 A uniform exam pattern was designed for MAT and SAT for all states and UTs conducted Tier 1 exam of NTSE.

The exam pattern of NTSE Stage 1 exam now included –

For MAT: 100 MCQs

For SAT: 200 MCQs divided into 25 for each subject as under –

  1. Mathematics,
  2. Physics,
  3. Chemistry,
  4. Biology,
  5. History,
  6. Geography,
  7. Civics,
  8. Economics.

However, candidates were provided with a choice of selecting any four of the eight sections and therefore, only need to answer 100 questions.

1995 The choice to select sections in SAT paper was terminated.

The SAT paper was now based on Science, Social Science and Mathematics.

Science and Social Sciences section 40 MCQs each and remaining 20 were for Mathematics.

2006-2007 The Class VIII NTSE exam pattern was based on 90 questions for each paper i.e. MAT and SAT.

SAT included 35 questions each for Science and Social Science and, 20 MCQs for Mathematics.

2014
  • Negative marking scheme introduced for the Stage II examination of NTSE
  • For each wrong attempt, 1/3rd of the total marks allotted for a question was deducted.
  • Also, no marks were deducted for questions that were not attempted by students.
2018
  • Negative Marking Scheme discontinued
  • Exam time duration increased from 90 minutes to 120 minutes for each paper i.e. MAT and SAT. Also, 30 minutes extra for Visually Challenged candidates)
  • Reporting time for examination hall was changed to 09:00 am to 8:00 am.
  • The exam timings are as under –

For MAT paper: 9:30 am to 11:30 am (12:30 am for VC candidates)

For SAT paper: 1:30 pm to 03:30 pm (4:00 pm for VC candidates)

  • The total number of questions for MAT paper was increased as the LAT paper is removed.

Earlier, MAT and LAT paper carried 50 marks each.

The MAT paper now carries a total of 100 questions.

Other relevant features 2006-2007
  • The parental/family income criteria to award NTSE scholarship discontinued.
  • Books grants also discontinued.
2008 A reservation of 3% scholarships from total scholarships was decided for Physically Challenged students.
2015 The minimum qualifying marks for qualifying NTSE were increased from 32% to 35% for SC/ST/PH candidates.
2017 4% reservation in scholarships made for Physical Challenged Category
2018 The minimum qualifying marks for NTSE qualification have been revised as under –

40% for General Category Candidates

32% for SC/ST/PH candidates in both tests separately.

2019 Reservation of 27% is introduced for OBC category candidates

NTSE 2019 Eligibility

For NTSE Tier I exam (state level) –

Students need to fulfil the eligibility criteria for appearing in NTSE Stage 1 exam as mentioned below:

  • Students studying in Class 10th from any recognized Private/Government schools including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Sainik Schools.
  • The students can appear in their respective state/UT’s NTSE tier I exam, although there is no limit on domicile.
  • The SCERT of respective state/UTs may mention any additional criteria for Tier I exam such as minimum qualifying marks in the previous class.
  • Moreover, students who are completing their education from Open and Distance Learning (ODL) such as National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or state Open boards are also eligible to apply and appear for NTSE.
  • The students studying from Open and Distance Learning must not be 18 years old or less at the time of appearing in the scholarship exam. Moreover, they should not be employed (not even part-time jobs) and they should be appearing in Class 10th qualifying examination for the first time.

For NTSE Tier II exam –

Eligibility for students studying in India:

The students appearing for National Level Talent Search Examination i.e. NTSE Tier II exam by NCERT need to fulfil the below-mentioned eligibility criteria –

The student must be an Indian National irrespective of where they are pursuing their Class 10thqualifying examination i.e. in India or Abroad

The candidates must have qualified Tier I exam at the state level.

Eligibility for students studying in India:

  • The Indian national students studying Abroad can directly appear for Tier II exam of NTSE scholarship award.
  • They should, although have scored at least 60% marks in their previous class qualifying examination i.e. in Class 9th.
  • The candidates should be planning to pursue their higher education in India only after obtaining the NTSE Scholarship.

General Eligibility Criteria for awarding NTSE Scholarships –

  • The candidate should pursue only the approved courses in Science, Social Sciences, Engineering and Medical streams only. The candidate should be willing to pursue higher education in India only
  • The candidates should be certified as maintaining good conduct at their school and should continue their higher education
  • They should not be absent from school without proper leave or informing the school authorities
  • The candidates should be a full-time student and should be working anywhere getting salary/stipend.
  • If the candidate is getting scholarship under any other scheme as well then, he/she should decide which scholarship scheme he/she wants to continue with.
  • If any candidate is getting any other scholarship then, his/her NTS Scholarship will be stopped for that year and can be continued only after he/she requests NCERT for resuming the scholarship; they have to discontinue benefits from other scholarship schemes
  • Although, the candidates getting fee waivers/ one-time grant/fee subsidy and accommodation are eligible for NTSE Scholarship and they won’t be refused NTS scholarship
  • If any candidate drops studies or discontinues his/her education within one of admission, then no scholarship will be awarded to him/her
  • The candidates should pass in all subjects of their course in first attempt only and if they fail in any of the core subject his/her scholarship will be cancelled

NTSE 2019 is conducted in offline mode i.e. Pen-Paper mode for both levels i.e. State level examination (Tier I) and National level examination (Tier II). The scholarship exam by NCERT comprises two papers i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT) and  Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Both MAT and SAT papers of NTSE 2019 is conducted on the same day but, in two different shifts i.e. Morning shift from 9:30 am to 11:30 am for MAT and Evening shift from 01:30 pm to 03:30 pm for SAT paper. The exams are conducted at allotted exam centres only as listed by states/UTs for state level exam and NCERT for NTSE 2019 Stage II exam. The candidates have to appear for the exam with their valid admit card as issued by the exam conducting authority. The NTSE 2019 syllabus level is of Class 9th and Class 10th only. There is no syllabus separately prescribed for NTSE 2019 state level or national level examination. The difficulty level of NTSE papers is of moderate level.

Features of NTSE exam –

Exam mode – Pen-paper based test (answers to be marked on OMR sheets)

Exam Medium – The language/medium of instructions and questions will be of candidates’ choice from the language options provided by the exam conducting body for State level examination. For the state level, the test medium can be the official regional language and English/Hindi. For NTSE national level examination, the test medium can be from Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu as selected by the candidate at the time of application form submission.

Total exam duration – 120 minutes for all candidates except visually challenged candidates who are provided 150 minutes for all papers.

Questions type – All the papers of NTSE state level and national level exams are based on objective type question with multiple choices.

NTSE Stage 1 exam pattern –

Exam Features Mental Ability Test Scholastic Aptitude Test
Examination  Date November 03, 2018 for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 04, 2018 for All other states and UTs except West Bengal and Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 18, 2018, for West Bengal

November 03, 2018 for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 04, 2018 for All other states and UTs except West Bengal and Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 18, 2018, for West Bengal

Exam Timings 09.30 am to 11.30 am

(09.30 am to 12.00 pm

minutes extra for visually  Challenged Candidates)

01.30 pm to 03.30 pm

( 01.30 pm to 04.00 pm for Visually Challenged Candidates)

Total Questions 100 100
Total Marks 100 100
Exam Duration 120 (150 for VC candidates) 120 (150 for VC candidates)
Minimum Qualifying Marks 32% SC, ST and PWD and 40% for Others (General & OBC) 32% SC, ST and PWD and 40% for Others (General & OBC)
Marking Scheme No negative marking for wrong attempts.

One mark for each correct attempt.

NTSE Stage II exam pattern:

Exam Features Mental Ability Test Scholastic Aptitude Test
Examination  Date May 12, 2019 (NTSE Tier 2 exam is generally scheduled for Second Sunday of May every year)
Exam Timings 09.30 am to 11.30 am

(09.30 am to 12.00 pm

minutes extra for visually  Challenged Candidates)

01.30 pm to 03.30 pm

( 01.30 pm to 04.00 pm for Visually Challenged Candidates)

Total Questions 100 100
Total Marks 100 100
Exam Duration 120 (150 for VC candidates) 120 (150 for VC candidates)
Minimum Qualifying Marks 32% SC, ST and PWD and 40% for Others (General & OBC) 32% SC, ST and PWD and 40% for Others (General & OBC)
Marking Scheme No negative marking for wrong attempts.

One mark for each correct attempt.

syllabus

The syllabus of National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2019 is broadly based on Class 9th and Class 10th only. There will be objective type questions for both papers i.e. Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test  on relevant topics.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is based on questions from Social science, Science and Mathematics subjects.

The MAT paper will be based on questions for verbal and non-verbal abilities such as reasoning and critical thinking. Also, the topics will include analogy, classification, numerical series, pattern perception, hidden figure etc.

For NTSE Tier 2 examination, the question papers will be based on the CBSEClass 10th Syllabus for the subjects.

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