NTSE exam date plays a crucial role for the students in preparations. In order to avoid any last-minute rush and prepare well before the examination, you must keep the NTSE exam date in mind. The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) exam dates usually remain the same every year with minor fluctuations. For state-level examination, the dates may differ from state to state. However, for national level examination, the exam dates for students across the nation remain the same. The examination is held in the month of November every year exclusively for Indian students.
When can a student apply for the NTSE? What not to miss before the examination? When to access the admit card? What is the examination pattern? What is the cut-off for previous years? Get detailed answers to all these questions in this article. It covers information related to NTSE exam date, its syllabus, examination pattern, general guidelines and much more.
The stage 1 NTSE exam date has already been conducted between December 2020 and February 2021. The stage 2 NTSE exam date is scheduled to be held on 13th June 2021 (tentative) for the academic year 2020-21. Other important dates related to NTSE for the academic year 2020-21 have been mentioned in the table below. The candidates should go through the official NCERT website for further information.
NTSE Application Form Release for Stage 1
|1st October 2020|
|Last Date for Submission of Application Form|| |
NTSE Stage 1 Admit Card Release
|3rd December 2020|
|NTSE Stage 1 Exam Date|| |
12th December 2020 – for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands
13th December 2020 – for all states/UTs
27th December 2020 – for Jammu & Kashmir (2021)
24th January 2021 – for Bihar Kerala, & Karnataka
21st February 2021 – HP and Telangana
NTSE Stage 1 Result
Between February and May 2021*
NTSE Stage 2 Admit Card Release
|NTSE Stage 2 Exam Date|| |
13th June 2021 (tentative)
NTSE Stage 2 Result
|Final NTSE Result|| |
*Exact dates to be announced soon
Before heading on to the examination centre on NTSE exam date 2021, you need to keep in mind certain important instructions provided by the NCERT. These general instructions include –
The examination will be allocated into two different parts:
Note: The answer sheet is a computer sensitive paper; it is advised not to fold it. The candidate is supposed to fill in (shade) the correct answer. If the candidate shades the answer in a clumsy or wrong way, they won’t receive a mark for the answer as it is marked by a computer.
The correct way of marking an answer in the examination has been specified below:
Knowing the NTSE exam date does not guarantee your selection. In order to perform well in the examination, you must be aware of the examination pattern. The NTS Examination is divided into three parts namely the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Thus, the students have to take up the examination in two parts. Both the examinations are held on the same day in two different time slots and in two different sessions. The time duration for each slot is 120 minutes which is relaxable by 30 minutes for specially-abled children. Find below a detailed description of the exam pattern for your reference.
|S.No.||Test Name||Maximum Marks||No. of Questions||Duration of Exam||Time of Exam|
|1.||Mental Ability Test (MAT)||100||100||120 min.||9:30 AM to 11:30 AM|
|2.||Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)||100||100||120 min.||13:30 PM to 15:30 PM|
Once you are aware of the NTSE exam date, you must be further willing to know the cut-offs for the examination. The NCERT releases the cutoff for their NTS Examination each year. The cutoff is different every year and is varied according to the category of the candidate. There are 10 categories in total and the cutoffs for the same for the academic year 2018-19 are mentioned in the table below. Knowing these cut-offs will surely help you prepare well for the examination.
NTSE Cutoff 2020
|Andhra Pradesh||167||158||146|| |
|Himachal Pradesh||127||89||101|| |
NTSE Cut off
Scheduled Caste (SC)
Scheduled Tribes (ST)
The NTS Examination is specifically fabricated to identify and nurture talent. Every year, approximately one thousand scholarships are allocated to the deserving candidates amongst the lakhs of candidates participating to take the examination. These scholarships are fairly disbursed among talented and meritorious students. The details about the scholarships disbursed through NTSE by NCERT has been provided elaborately below:
The seats for the reserved categories have been fixed in the following way:
The qualifying marks for candidates from the general category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC/ST/PH category is 32% in each paper.
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