The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a scholarship program held every year for class 10th students. It is the first taste for competitive examinations for many students in the Indian education system and acts as a cornerstone for preparation for the other countless examinations coming their way. Around 1.5 lakh students appear for the NTSE but only a few students get selected for the final scholarship. The number was 1000 till NTSE 2019, which will be 2000 students based on NTSE 2020 results.
The NTSE is built to test both the mental and scholastic aptitude of the candidate and rewards students who display excellent aptitude, skills, and knowledge. The exam is held in two stages: Stage I that is conducted at the state level and Stage II that is conducted at the national level. Candidates need to get minimum passing marks in NTSE 2020 stage I exam to qualify for NTSE 2020 Stage II exam. To achieve the target, students should first be aware of it and in NTSE stage I exam, it is passing marks to qualify for the next stage.
NTSE 2020 Important Dates
The stage 1 of NTSE 2020 will be conducted on 2, 3 and 17 November 2019, with results being released between February to April 2020. Students who get the minimum qualifying marks for NTSE stage 1 qualify for NTSE Stage II that will be conducted on 10 May 2020.
NTSE 2020 Exam Dates
|Stage of Examination||Particulars||Important Dates|
|NTSE 2020 Stage I Exam||Date of examination in Mizoram, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Meghalaya and Nagaland||2nd November 2019|
|Date of examination in all other states and union territories except West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, NCT of Delhi, and Jammu and Kashmir||3rd November 2019|
|Date of examination in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, NCT of Delhi, and Jammu and Kashmir||17th November 2019|
|Results declaration||January-April 2020|
|Stage – 2 (National Level)||Examination in all states and union territories||10th May 2020|
|Final results declaration||From July to September*|
NTSE Stage I Passing Marks
NTSE Stage I exam will be conducted in pen-and-paper (Offline) format. The qualifying marks for NTSE Stage I are 40% for general category candidates, and 32% for reserved category candidates. With a total of 200 questions in the exam, each question carrying 1 mark, the qualifying marks come out to be 64 for reserved category students, and 80 for the unreserved category students. The exam has two papers: Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). Candidates need to qualify in both the papers to appear for the national level test.
All the best to all NTSE 2020 aspirants! Study hard, prepare well, and crack the exam!