National Talent Search Examination popularly known as NTSE is
conducted by the 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 for all students studying in Class
10th. The students qualifying in State Level Talent Search Examination are eligible to
appear for 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.
Eligibility Criteria for NTSE Stage I exam (state level)
Candidates need to fulfil the eligibility criteria for NTSE Stage 1 exam as mentioned
Eligibility Criteria for NTSE Stage II exam
- Candidates currently studying in Class 10th from any recognized
Private/Government schools including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya
Vidyalaya, and Sainik Schools can apply.
- The candidates can appear in their respective state/UT's NTSE stage I exam,
although there is no domicile restriction.
- The SCERT of respective state/UTs may mention any additional criteria for stage I
exam such as minimum qualifying marks in the previous class.
- Moreover, candidates 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 candidates studying from Open and Distance Learning must not be less than
18 years of age 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.
NTSE Eligibility for candidates studying in India:
Candidates appearing for National Level Talent Search Examination i.e. NTSE stage
II exam by NCERT need to fulfil the below-mentioned eligibility criteria
NTSE Eligibility for candidates studying outside India
- They must be an Indian National irrespective of where they are pursuing their
Class 10th qualifying examination i.e. in India or Abroad.
- They must have qualified stage I exam at the state level.
General Requirements for awarding NTSE Scholarships -
- The Indian national candidates studying abroad can directly appear for stage II
exam of NTSE scholarship award.
- They should have scored at least 60% marks in their previous class qualifying
examination i.e. in Class 9th.
- Such candidates should be planning to pursue their higher education in India only after obtaining the NTSE Scholarship.
- 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
- The candidates should be a full-time student and should not be working anywhere
or 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
- The candidates getting fee waivers/ one-time grant/fee subsidy and
accommodation are eligible for NTSE Scholarship
- If any candidate drops studies or discontinues his/her education within one year 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.