National Talent Search Exam 2024: Check exam center list, exam pattern, Syllabus, last date and apply online

In a bid to foster educational excellence, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has initiated the National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) 2024, aimed at granting scholarships to deserving class 10th students.

This groundbreaking initiative seeks to alleviate financial constraints and pave the way for talented students to pursue higher education seamlessly. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the intricate details of the NTSE 2024, providing valuable insights and a step-by-step overview for interested candidates.

National Talent Search Exam 2024

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) stands as a distinguished national-level scholarship program, meticulously crafted to identify and support exceptionally talented students across various disciplines, including science, management, and law. Spearheaded by the NCERT, this initiative aims to honor and nurture the budding talents of class 10th students through a monthly scholarship, thus empowering them to chart their career paths effectively. This prestigious scholarship unfolds in two stages, each featuring two papers designed to assess and reward academic brilliance.

 NTSE 2024 last dates

  • NTSE Application Dates: To be Updated Soon
  • NTSE Admit Card Releases: To be Updated Soon
  • NTSE Exam Dates: To be Updated Soon
  • NTSE Result Releases: To be Updated Soon

Eligibility Criteria for NTSE 2024

Stage 1 (State Level Examination)

  • The candidate must be a Class X student from any Government or Private school in India.
  • No domicile restriction; candidates from any State/Union Territory are eligible.
  • Open or distance learning students can apply if under 18, not employed, and appearing for Class X board examination for the first time.

Stage 2 (National Level Examination)

  • Only students qualifying in Stage 1 are eligible for Stage 2.
  • Indian students studying abroad in Class X are eligible directly, scoring 60% in the previous year’s annual examination.

NTSE Exam Pattern

To secure the scholarship, candidates must navigate through the following examination pattern:

  • Mental Ability Test (MAT): 100 marks, 100 questions, 120 minutes
  • Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) (Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences): 100 marks, 100 questions, 120 minutes

National Talent Search Exam Syllabus 

For Mental Ability Test (MAT):

  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Analogy
  • Classification
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Alphabet and Number Test
  • Distance and Direction
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Mathematical Operations
  • Calendar, Time and Clock
  • Word Problems
  • Cube and Dice

For Scholastic Ability Test (SAT):


  • Physics: Magnetism and Electricity, Motion and Force, Measurements, Work and Energy, The Universe, Light and Sound, Source of Energy
  • Chemistry: Acid, Bases, Salt, Metals and Non-metals, Periodic Classification of Elements, Structure of Atom, Carbon and its Compounds, Physical and Chemical Changes, Fibers and Plastics
  • Biology: Air, Soil, Water, Micro-organisms, Life Processes, Reproduction, Heredity and Evolution, Food Production and Management, Plant and Animal Nutrition, Diversity in Living Organisms, Cellular Level of Organisation, Human Body, Some Common Diseases, Our Environment

Social Science

  • History, Geography, Civics


  • Arithmetic Progressions, Number Systems, Polynomials, Real Numbers, Quadratic Equations, Percentage, Square Roots and Cube Roots, Direct and Inverse Variation, Mensuration, Rational Numbers, Circles, Trigonometry, Surface Areas and Volumes, Simple and Compound Interest, Triangles, Arithmetic, Coordinate Geometry, Statistics and Probability, Introduction to Euclid’s Geometry, Linear Equations in Two Variables, Quadrilateral, Parallelogram

Marking Scheme for NTSE

  • Stage 1: 1 Mark for every correct answer; no negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • Stage 2: 1 Mark for every correct answer; one-third of marks deducted for incorrect answers; no negative marking for unanswered questions.

Qualifying Marks for NTSE

  • General category: 40% Marks in each paper
  • SC, ST & PH category: 32% Marks in each paper

Reservation Details

  • Scheduled Caste: 15%
  • Scheduled Tribe: 7.5%
  • Person with Disability: 3%

Guidelines for Successful Participation

To ensure successful participation, candidates must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Pursue approved courses in Science, Social Sciences, Engineering, and Medical streams.
  • Maintain good conduct at school and continue higher education.
  • Avoid unexcused absences from school.
  • Be full-time students without employment.
  • Decide on one scholarship scheme if receiving multiple scholarships.
  • Notify NCERT if discontinuing studies or changing educational streams.
  • Clear all subjects in the first attempt; failure in core subjects leads to scholarship cancellation.
  • Follow exam hall rules, including punctuality and no electronic gadgets.

NTSE 2024 online application process

The application process involves visiting the NTSE website, filling out the application form with requisite details, uploading documents, paying fees, and submitting the form to the school. The school forwards the application to authorities, ensuring a seamless process.

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NTSE State Wise Official Links 

Candidates can explore state-wise official websites through the provided table, streamlining access to crucial information.

State/UT Official Website Details of State Liaison officer
Arunachal Pradesh Smt. Oyi BorangTatakDeputy Director(NTSE)Directorate of Secondary EducationGovt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun, Itanagar-791111, Arunachal Pradesh.Contact Details 0360-2290307E-Mail Address
Assam Ms RumiChoudhuryDeputy Directorof Secondary EducationAssamDirectorate of Secondary EducationAssam.Kahilipara RoadKahilipara, GuwahatiPin – 781019Contact Details 0361-2381657E-Mail Address
Manipur Smt. Ch. ShachiAdditional Director (S/V)Directorate of Education (Schools),Lamphelpat, Imphal (Manipur)-795004Contact Details 0385-2411095E-Mail Address
Meghalaya Smt. Margarette C. BlahSelection Grade LecturerDirectorate of Educational Research And Training ((DERT), Laitmukhrah Nongrimmaw, Shillong793011 (Meghalaya)Ph: 0364-2537025 08787796500Email:
Mizoram Ms. ZohminglianiDeputy DirectorS.C.E.R.T., Chaltlang, Aizawl,Mizoram-796012Contact Details 0389-2347790E-Mail Address
Nagaland N. WoshamoResearch AssociateSCERT, Nagaland, KohimaContact Details 0370-2270160E-Mail Address
Sikkim Mr. Bilal PrabhakarDeputy Director (Scholarship)Human Resource Development, Department of Education, Govt. of Sikkim, Tashiling Secretariat Gangtok-737101 (Sikkim)Ph: 03592-201029 03592-220903Email:
Tripura Mrs.Ambalika DattaDeputy DirectorState Council of Educational Research and Training, AbhoyNagar, Agartala,Tripura(West)-799005Contact Details 0381-2354209E-Mail Address
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Shri Joshi PhilipIncharge (NTSE)State Institute of EducationShikshaSadan, Link Road, port BlairSouth Andaman-744101Contact Details 03192-232730E-Mail Address
Bihar Sri Giriwar Dayal Singh(I.A.S)S.C.E.R.T. Mahendru Post Office, Patna-800006 (Bihar)Contact Details 0612-2370783E-Mail Address
Jharkhand Mrs.KalpanaJointSecretaryJharkhand Academic CouncilRanchi,GyandeepCampus,Bargawan Namkum, Ranchi- 834010Contact Details 0651-2261183E-Mail Address
Odisha Dr. Minakshi PandaNodal Officer, NTS/NMMSTE & S.C.E.R.T.Unit IV, Bhubaneswar-751001,Odisha-Mail Address
West Bengal Smt. ChinmoyeePattanayakDeputy Director of school education (Basic)Directorate of School EducationBikasBhawan, 7th Floor,East Block, Salt Lake City, Kolkata700091 (West Bengal)Contact Details 033-23348005E-Mail Address
Chandigarh Ms. Manu Sharma(Lecturer)SCERT (UT)Sector 32 C,ChandigarhContact Details 0172-2676011E-Mail Address
New Delhi Satish Chandra Vashishth Science & TV Branch, Old GargiCollegeBuilding, Lajpat Nagar-IV, NewDelhi-110024Contact Details 011-26280413E-Mail Address
Jammu & Kashmir Dr. Aliya QayoomAssistant Director(Srinagar)J K BoseJammu & Kashmir-190018.Mr. Suresh Kumar GouriaAcademic Officer(Jammu)Contact Details 0191-2494522E-Mail Address
Haryana Sh. Sunil VashishtaLecturer Commerce, S.C.E.R.T., Sohna Road, Opp. Panchayat Bhawan, Gurugram-122001 (Haryana)Ph: 0124-2321909Email:
Himachal Pradesh Mrs. Rajni SankhyanAssociate ProfessorS.C.E.R.T., RABON Solan-173211, (Himachal Pradesh)Ph: 0179-227135Email:
Punjab Mrs. Rumkeet KaurLecturer in MathState Institute of Science Education, PSEB Complex, Block-E, 6th Floor, Phase-8, Ajitgarh, SAS Nagar (Mohali), PunjabPh: 0172-2212221Email:
Rajasthan Mr. Rajendra Kumar SaxenaAssistant Director Exam,Board of Secondary Education, Ajmer, Rajasthan-305001Ph: 0145-2632877Email:
Uttar Pradesh Mrs.Usha ChandraDirector,Bureau of Psychology SCERT, 2 Lowther Road Allahabad-211001 (UP)Ph: 7376270563Email:
Uttarakhand Dr. Harish Chandra BadoniLecturerState Council of Educational Research and Training, Rajeev Gandhi Navodaya Vidyalaya, I.T Campus, Nanurkhera, Dehradun, UttarakhandPh: 0135-2789655, 2789710Email:
Chhattisgarh Dr. Prasun SarkarProfessor,State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT), DIET Campus, Shankar Nagar, Raipur, Chattishgarh-492001. Ph: 0771-2442241, 2443596Email:
Daman & Diu Sh. Salim A. DingankerState Liaison OfficerNTS/NMMSDepartment of Education,Building No. 5, Second Floor,PWD Office Campus,Silvassa-396230Contact Details 9724507337E-Mail Address
Dadra and Nagar Haveli Sh. Salim Dinganker,State Liaison Officer,NTS/NMMS Directorate of Education 1st Floor, Building No.5 PWD Campus, Above Animal Husbandry, Silvassa-396230 UT of Dadra and Nagar HaveliPh: 09724507337Email:
Goa Sh. Jaywant Waman Naik,Vocational Education Officer,Directorate of Education, State Council of Educational Research and Training Alto-Porvorim, Bardez-403521 (Goa)Ph: 0832-2417276 0832-2413649Email:,
Gujarat Sh. Pandya DevdattBalvantrayAssistant SecretaryGujarat State Examination Board,Opp. Government Library,Sector-21, Gandhinagar-382021Contact Details 079-23248462E-Mail Address
Madhya Pradesh Tanuja ShrivastavController (NTSE)RajyaShiksha Kendra,PustakBhawan “B” Wing, AreraHills,Bhopal-462011 (M.P.)Contact Details 0755-2559952E-Mail Address,
Maharashtra Mr.Dattatraya JagtapChairman & Nodal Officer(NTSE)Maharashtra State Council ofExaminations 17-Dr. AmbedkarRoad,Pune-411001 (Maharashtra)Contact Details 020- 26123067E-Mail Address
Andhra Pradesh Smt. Vara LakshmiDeputy Commissioner &Liaison OfficerOffice of The Directorof Govt. Examinations, D.No.20-124, Beside SPNRCH HighSchoolOpp. Andhra Hospitals,Gollapudi,Vijayawada AndhraPradesh- 521225E-Mail Address
Karnataka Sumangala VDirectorKarnataka Board of SecondaryEducation6th Cross Rd, Malleshwaram,Bengaluru, Karnataka 560003Contact Details 080-23341615E-Mail Address
Kerala DirectorSCERTSCERT, Poojappura,ThiruvananthapuramKerala-695012Contact Details 0471-2346113, 0471-2516354E-Mail Address
Lakshadweep Mr. Showkath Ali AAssistant – Education OfficerDepartment of EducationKavaratti,UT of Lakshadweep-682555Contact Details 04896-263825E-Mail Address
Puducherry Mr. KuppusamyLiaison OfficerDirectorate of School Education,PerunthalaivarKamarajarcent.Edu.Complex, Anna NagarPuducherry-605005Contact Details 0413-2207260E-Mail Address
Tamil Nadu Mr. V.M. PrabhakaranDeputy DirectorDirectorate of Govt. Examinations,College Road, Nungambakkam,Chennai-600006Contact Details 044-28203089E-Mail Address
Telangana Smt. VijayabharathiDeputy Commissioner forGovernment ExaminationsOffice of Director of GovernmentExaminations Chapel Road,Nampally, Hyderabad,Telangana-500001Contact Details 09177002454E-Mail Address

National Talent Search Exam Centers

The scholarship exam will be conducted across various examination centers in different states and union territories, fostering accessibility for candidates.

State/UT Exam Centre(s)/Venue
Andaman & Nicobar Islands KV No 2, Raksha Vihar, Minnie Bay
Andhra Pradesh KV, Gandhi Gram Post, Malkapuram, Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh KV No 2,  Itanagar, Chimpu Post, Arunachal Pradesh
Assam KV CRPF Mile Amerigog, Kamrup, Guwahati
Bihar KV no 1, Lohiya Nagar, Near Heart Hospital, Kankarbagh, Patna
Chandigarh KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh KV No 2,  Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, Sector 4, Raipur
Dadra & Nagar Haveli KV, Government High School Campus, Silvassa
Delhi KV No 3, Ringroad, Near Seema Sadak Bhawan
Goa KV, INS Mandovi, Panjim
Gujarat KV No 1, Near Police Commissioner’s Office, Shahi Baug, Ahmedabad
Haryana KV No 1, AFS, Sector 14, Old Delhi Road, Gurugram
Himachal Pradesh KV No 1, Dharamshala Cantt, Kangra
Jammu and Kashmir KV No 1,  Gandhinagar, Jammu
Jharkhand KV CCL, Rajendra Nagar, Ranchi
Karnataka KV, ASC Center, Victoria Road, Bangalore, Karnataka
Kerala KV No 3, Port Trust, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Ernakulam
Lakshadweep KV, Kavaratti
Madhya Pradesh KV No 1, Opp Central India Flour Mill, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal
Maharashtra KV, Bhandup, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg WestKV, BEG, Near Deccan College, Pune
Manipur KV No 1, Lamphelpat, Imphal
Meghalaya KV, Happy Valley, Shillong
Mizoram KV, Project Pushpak Zemabawk, Aizawl
Nagaland KV, CRPF Camp, Lerie Hill, Kohima, Nagaland
Odisha KV No 1,  Unit 9, Near Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar
Puducherry KV, IIT Campus, Chennai
Punjab KV, ASF High Grounds, Chandigarh
Rajasthan KV  No 1, Bajaj Nagar, Opp Tonk Phatak, Jaipur
Sikkim KV, Post Tadong, Middil, Siyari, Gangtok
Tamil Nadu KV,  IIT Campus, Chennai
Telangana KV No 1,  Langer House, Golconda, Hyderabad
Tripura KV (GC) CRPF, Adarani, Salbagan, Agartala
Uttarakhand KV ONGC, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun
West Bengal KV, Ballygunge, Circular Road, Kolkata
Uttar Pradesh KV, Lucknow CanttKV, New Cantt, VD Road, Allahabad

Helpline Details for NTSE 2024

For any queries or issues, candidates can reach out through the provided helpline number or email.

FAQs on NTSE 2024

  1. What is NTSE 2024?
    • The National Talent Search Exam is a scholarship program for class 10th students, supporting their educational journey.
  2. How to Register for NTSE 2024?
    • Interested candidates can register on the official website: NTSE.
  3. What is the Syllabus for NTSE 2024?
    • The detailed syllabus is outlined above, covering Mental Ability Test, Science, Social Science, and Mathematics.
  4. Whom to Contact for Issues in NTSE 2024?
    • Applicants facing issues can contact the helpline numbers provided.

Expert Commentary

“It’s heartening to witness initiatives like NTSE 2024 that nurture and uplift our young talents. This scholarship program not only provides financial support but also opens doors to diverse educational avenues. Candidates must seize this opportunity and embark on a journey of knowledge and success.”

This meticulously crafted guide ensures a comprehensive understanding of the National Talent Search Exam 2024, empowering aspiring candidates to navigate the scholarship landscape with confidence and clarity.

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