The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level examination conducted by The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for presenting scholarships. In 2017, the NCERT is conducting the exam in two stages.

The stage I (State Level) examination will be held on November 5, 6, and 13, 2016, and the stage II (National Level) exam will be held on May 14, 2017.

About one thousand scholarships are presented in a different stage of education as follows:

  1. Scholarship of Rs. 1250/- every month for Class XI to XII
  2. Scholarship of Rs. 2000/- per month for graduates and undergraduates
  3. The scholarship amount for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms

Selection for Stage I will be done by States/UTs and students who qualify Stage I will be eligible for the Stage II exam, conducted by NCERT.

Important Dates

Dates for submitting the application form and conduct of examination are mentioned below:


NTSE 2017

Stage Area Tentative Dates
Stage -I (State) Last Date for submission of Application Form To be notified by the respective State and it may vary from state to state
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands 05th November 2016 (Saturday)
Examination in All Other States and Union Territories 06th November 2016 (Sunday)
Examination in Bihar and West Bengal 13th November 2016 (Sunday)
Stage -II (National) Examination in All States and Union Territories 14th May 2017 (Sunday)


Eligibility Criteria

According to the eligibility criteria of

Exam Pattern

Application Form

Class X students studying abroad can directly appear for Stage-II NTSE under conditions prescribed in the NTSE brochure available on the NCERT website. Candidates need to fill up the Application form, available on the NCERT website, and send the undersigned form with a photocopy of the mark sheet of the previous examination, latest by 31st December 2016.