National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Syllabus

National Talent Search Examination – NCERT
On the basis of the examination conducted, 1000 scholarships will be awarded for students appearing for Class VIII examinations.
Awardees of NTS Examination will receive a sum of Rs. 500/- per month as per NTS rules.

150 scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category and 75 scholarships for students belonging to the ST category in respect of the class VIII examination.

There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage-I, selection will be done by States/UTs through a written examination. Students who qualify Stage I will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination conducted by NCERT.

Students of Class VIII studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Class VIII Stage I examination conducted by the States/UTs in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.

The pattern of written examination for Class VIII will be as under—
* Stage–I : Examination at the State/UT level will comprise two parts, namely (a) General Mental Ability Test (GMAT) and (b) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) covering Social Studies (History, Geography and Civics), Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and Mathematics.

* Stage–II : Examination at the National level will comprise (a) General Mental Ability Test (GMAT), (b) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) covering Social Studies (History, Geography and Civics), Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and Mathematics, (c) Interview. Only those candidates who qualify the written examination at the National Level will be invited for interview.

State Quotas
Based on provisional All India Educational Survey (AIES) data on enrollment of students
in Class VIII, State/Union Territory quotas are fixed for qualification to appear for the Stage-II examination. Within the State Quotas there will be 15% reservation for Scheduled Caste candidates and 7.5% reservation for Scheduled Tribe candidates. There will be no State/Union Territory Quotas for the final award of scholarship after the Stage-II examination. Reservation will be as notified in para 2 above.

Application Forms
Application Forms may be downloaded from NCERT’s website All correspondence relating to Application Forms should be addressed to the State Liason Officers (LOs) whose addresses are given in the advertisement.

LOs of the respective States/Union Territories will notify the last date for submission of application forms. The completed application form duly signed by Principal of the school
should be submitted to the LO before the last date.

States and Union Territories may notify the fee required to be paid for Stage-I examination. However, NCERT does not charge any fee for the Stage-II examination.

Announcement of Results
Results of the Stage-I examination will be announced by the respective State Governments / Union Territories. Results of Stage-II examination will be announced by NCERT.

Indian Students Studying Abroad can appear directly for Stage-II NTS Examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure for class VIII which is available on the NCERT website. Candidates may fill up relevant items of the Application Form available on the NCERT website and send to the undersigned along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of previous examination.


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