What are the eligibility criteria for NTSE?
National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a very prestigious assessment organized by NCERT for students of class X. Considered as one of the toughest exams in the world for high school students, it’s no wonder that every student who aspires to be an engineer or a doctor attempts this exam. Scholarships are awarded to the selected candidates for as long as they continue their education. This extends up to Ph.D. in disciplines like Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Commerce, Vocational Studies and Fine arts. For other professional streams like medicines, engineering, technology, management, and law, this is valid up to second-degree level.
There are two stages of becoming an NTSE Scholar. Stage 1 is conducted by the education boards of State and Union Territories. A fixed number of students from each state and union territory are selected, and they appear for Stage 2 which is held at the national level. About 1000 of the top students are then awarded this prestigious scholarship.
NTSE 2017 Stage 1 is set to be scheduled for a three-day window of 27th, 28th, and 29th October 2017. The tentative date for Stage 2 is 14th May 2017.
Any student studying in class X of any known and official school is eligible to apply for NTSE Stage 1. However, the education departments of States and Union Territories have complete freedom to impose any restrictions on the qualifying criteria. For NTSE Stage 2, every State and Union Territory has a specific number of students that they’re allocated depending on the population and size of the State and Union Territory.
NTSE 2017 Eligibility Criteria for Stage-I:
NTSE Stage 1 is organized and set by States and Union Territories. Only students residing in India are eligible for this. The students who’re currently in Class X can appear for this. They must have scored at least 60% in class IX in their previous academic year. The school in which the student is studying must be officially recognized by the State or Union Territory. One should have scored 55%in Class IX. Students under Open Distance Learning (ODL) can also appear for this examination but only if he/she is below 18 years of age and not currently employed.
NTSE 2017 Eligibility Criteria for Stage-II:
For students studying in countries other than India but with Indian citizenship need to have scored at least a total of 60% in their previous equivalent examinations. If selected, these students need to appear for Stage 2 directly.
Students who secure at least a total of 80% in the state level examination get to appear for NTSE Stage 2. Close to 4000 students are shortlisted to appear for the national level examination. Every student who secures a minimum amount of qualifying marks in this examination can avail the scholarship and call himself/herself as an NTSE Scholar.
All the students who meet the aforementioned criteria may appear for this examination by downloading the form available online and submitting it to their schools. After a scrutiny of the applications, students found eligible will be allowed to appear for NTSE Stage 1 and further iterations.
Know more about the eligibility criteria for NTSE in the given link.
There are three papers in each of the two stages –
- Mental Ability Test (MAT) – 50 Questions
- Language Test and – 50 Questions
- Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) – 100 Questions
Questions will be presented in the form of MCQ with negative marking of 0.33 in the case of any incorrect answer. The exam can be taken in many languages- Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. But The Language Test can only be taken in Hindi or English. There are many such apps that provide training for this type of exams along with other entrance exams like IIT-JEE,NEET, etc. Some of them are Toppr, Akashi Tutor, etc.