NTSE 2023: Application Form, (Stage 1 & 2) Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern

NTSE stands for National Talent Search Examination conducted at the national level for rewarding the students of Class X with scholarships. The shortlisted candidates are awarded a prescribed amount of scholarship every month for higher studies and professional courses. Similar to every year, NTSE 2023 is conducted by the NCERT. However, the NTSE is conducted both at the state level followed by the national level. Thus, this article has been prepared for all the aspirants of NTSE 2023 covering everything from application procedure to its exam pattern.

So, keep reading till the end to gather all important information and prepare well accordingly for the NTSE 2023.

NTSE 2023: Highlights

  • As mentioned above, NTSE is conducted at the state and national levels. However, candidates can appear at the national level only after qualifying for the state-level examination.
  • Even if a student studying abroad is shortlisted, he/shall make use of the scholarship for pursuing education in India only.
  • Besides this, the candidates shortlisted for the NTSE scholarship must not receive scholarships from any other source.
  • Also, there is no provision for re-evaluation of the answer sheet submitted by the candidates.
  • Lastly, if the candidate’s address is about to change before the national level examination, the candidate is expected to inform the state examining authority or NCERT.

NTSE 2023: Important Dates

All the significant dates regarding NTSE 2023  have been tabulated below both for the state and national level examinations. However, all these dates are tentative in nature.

NTSE 2023: State Level

Events Tentative Dates
Application Form (Out) 2nd week of September 2023
Last Date to Submit the Application Form 3rd Week of September 2023
Release of Admit Card 4th Week of September 2023
Exam 1st Week of November 2023
Result (out) January 2022/February 2022

NTSE 2023: National Level

Events  Tentative Dates
Application Form To be Updated
Last Date to Submit the Application Form To be Updated
Admit Card Issue Date To be Updated
Exam To be Updated
Result To be Updated

Eligibility Requirements

Only the candidates meeting the following eligibility criteria can appear for NTSE 2023 (Atate and National Level).

State Level

  • The aspirant must be studying in Class X in a recognized school to attempt the state-level NTSE 2023.
  • Thus, the eligible candidate can appear in the exam from the state to which they belong.
  • Further, the state may abide by other criteria while appearing in the screening examination, like considering qualifying marks in the previous annual examination, etc.
  • Also, the student must be registered under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and are not employed.
  • Lastly, the applicant must be appearing in Class 10th for the first time and below 18 years of age as of 1st July of the applying year.

National Level

  • Likewise, It is also open for students of class 10th of Indian nationality studying in India or abroad.
  • So, the students from India can appear in the national-level NTSE only after qualifying for the state/UTs level of NTSE.
  • However, for the foreign students, there are certain conditions to appear in NTSE 2023, which include:
    • The foreigner student must have secured at least 60% marks in the previous annual exam.
    • Besides this, he/she has to appear at the examination center in India at his own expense.
    • Also, the application to appear in NTSE must be approved and recommended by the head of the present institution along with an attested copy of the 9th mark sheet.
    • Lastly, the application must be submitted to the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st December of the concerned year.

NTSE 2023 Application Procedure

Since NTSE is primarily conducted at the state level so the candidates will get their application form online. Thus, the aspirant has to visit the official website of the respective government of the state/UT for the application form. Thereafter, the filled-in application form needs to be submitted to the State Liaison Officer before the due date. Also, the application must be duly signed by the Principal of the school on submission. Further, the state may impose a prescribed fee on the examination/application form.

Thereafter, for the second round, i.e. National level NTSE 2023, the application form will be released on the official website of NCERT. However, no entrance fee will be charged for applying for the examination. Later, while filling the application form, the candidate has to provide basic details like name, parent’s name, gender, date of birth, category, etc. Besides this, details of class IX are also required while filling the form.

Also, while filling the form, a signature, and photograph of the applicant are required in the specific places in the form. Once the application form is filled completely, it must be submitted to the authorities before the due date.

Examination Pattern

Let’s look at the examination pattern that is followed in NTSE 2023 both for the state and national level respectively.

1. State-level Examination

  • NTSE 2023 will be conducted in an offline mode only as in the OMR sheet.
  • Further, there will be two papers for the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) containing a total of 200 questions.
  • Out of the 100 questions of SAT, 40 will be from Social Science, 40 from Science, and the last 20 from Mathematics.
  • Moreover, the examination will be a total of 4 hours (2 hours for each paper along with a gap of 2 hours in between.
  • The medium of the examination depends on the respective state or UT.
  • Only multiple-choice questions will be asked and each correct answer will be rewarded with one mark.
  • Lastly, no negative marking will be practiced in case of an incorrect answer.

2. National Level Examination

Similarly, at the national level examination, everything remains the same except for the medium of examination. Thus, the examination will be conducted in Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

NOTE: There is no prescribed syllabus for NTSE, however, the question will be asked as per the standard of XI and X syllabus only.

NTSE 2023: Result

Both the national and state-level results will be declared online by the conducting authorities. Thus, for the state level, the candidates have to score more than the qualifying scores of SAT or MAT. Thereafter, a merit list of selected candidates is declared as per the combined scores of SAT and MAT. Also, at the national level NTSE, the NCERT also sends the registered letters to the shortlisted candidates. Moreover, the marks scored by the individual as well as the scanned OMR sheets are released on the website for the individual candidates.

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