All about NTSE 2021

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:40

As the name suggests, the National Talent Search Examination is commonly known as NTSE. It is a national level examination organized and regulated by the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) to identify and nurture talented students by providing an aide through scholarships. This is done to enable them to pursue higher education in Science and Social Studies streams.

Back in 1963, it was started as the National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) as an initiative to help talented students to continue their education.

NTSE scholarships were granted on the basis of certain parameters like the qualification in the written test, project report, and interview of the student.

The written test had two components into it

  1. Science Aptitude Test (SAT)
  2. An essay based on a scientific theme only.

At the time of the written test, the project report was also required to be submitted.

While the scholarships were granted only to those students willing to pursue their higher education from Class 11th to Doctoral level in Basic Sciences.

Although, currently there are two levels of NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)

  • State-level talent search examination
  • National Level Talent Search Examination

All the 29 States and the 7 Union Territories of India conducts the State Level Talent Search Exam and it is open for all the students studying in Class 10th.

While NCERT conducts the NTSE stage II examination and only those students are eligible to appear for it who get qualified in the State Level Talent Search Examination.

NTSE scheme aims to award talented students pursuing education in Science and Social Studies stream with scholarships to help continue their education.

About NTSE 2021

Official NTSE 2021 notification is out now, as announced by NCERT on its official website –

Hence all the candidates who are studying in class 10th in the current academic year should apply for NTSE 2021.

The First stage of NTSE 2021 will be conducted on 12th and 13th of December 2020 by all the states and the Union Territories in the following manner:-

  • In, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the first stage of NTSE 2021 will be conducted on the 12th of December, 2020.
  • In all the other states and Union Territories, the first stage of NTSE 2021 will be conducted on 13th of December, 2020.

The second stage of NTSE 2021 will be conducted on June 13, 2021, by NCERT at the National level for all states and Union territories.

Schedule of NTSE 2021 Exam (Tentative)

The Registration of NTSE 2020 began in October- November 2020 (different in different states and UTs) and the last date of application will be notified separately by the respective State or Union Territory.

NTSE 2020 Events

Official Dates (NTSE Stage-1)

Official Dates (NTSE Stage-2)

Registration for  NTSE

October - November 2020

No registration

Release of  NTSE Admit Card

Fourth week of November 2020

May 2020

Date of Examination (NTSE 2020)

  • 12th of December (Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands)
  • 13th of December (Rest of India)

13th June 2021

Date of NTSE 2020 result

From February to April 2021

September to October 2021


Important highlights of NTSE 2021 OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION

  • There are a total of 2000 scholarships in NTSE 2021, which starts from class 11th to Ph. D. level with pre-defined slabs of Scholarship amount.
    • For the students of 11th class and 12th class, the scholarship amount is 1250 rupees, granted on a per month basis.
    • A sum of 2000 rupees is granted per month for the students of Under Graduate and Post Graduate level.
    • NTSE scholarships are granted to the students of research-level as per UGC norms.
  • As usual, the NTSE 2021 Exam will be conducted in the Offline examination mode where a student needs to appear for two papers in a single day. These question papers will be in the objective format and will carry the following parameters:-
    1. Paper 1 also known as MAT (Mental Aptitude Test) having a total of 100 questions carrying 100 marks that need to be completed within 2 hours, with no negative marking.
    2. Paper 2 also known as SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) having a total of 100 questions carrying 100 marks to be attempted within 2 hours, with no negative marking.

Note: – The pattern of NTSE Second stage exam is the same as that of the stage first.

  • Statistics of NTSE 2021 Exam Centers:
    1. For NTSE Stage I exam – there will be a single examination centre in all 29 states and 7 Union Territories.
    2. For NTSE Stage II there are 35 exam cities.
  • Application fees for NTSE 2021:
  1. The application fee of NTSE 2021 will be decided by the respective states and union territories, i.e. there is no fix and uniform fee throughout all the states and union territories of India.
  2. There will be no fee for the second stage of NTSE 2021, as usual.

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