NTSE holds immense importance as it belongs to a versed and oldest category of exams and is directed by the Government of India. NTSE stands for National Talent Search Examination. NTSE is established for magnifying young talent and granting them National level scholarships. 

NTSE Examination

NTSE Various Eligibility Criteria

Stage I- State Level Exams              

  • Candidate needs to score a minimum percentage of marks is 60 and candidate should be a native of any recognized school of their respective Union Territory or State.
  • The candidate hailing from the Open and Distance Learning can also enjoy NTSE’s perks but their age should be below 18 years. Furthermore, the candidate should be unemployed and for the first time appearing for his or her 10th standard board exam.
  • Candidates from any State or Union Territory can apply for NTSE exams.  

Stage II- National Level Exams

  • Only those candidates are eligible for Stage II who have cleared the stage one i.e. State level exam. Details concerning the same will be made available by the NCERT on its official website.

Candidates living abode is not in India

  • Candidates who enroll for NTSE and are living in other countries are immune from the stage one exam i.e. State level and they only need to appear in the second stage of the exam i.e. National level exam.
  • It is essential for the candidate who is applying for the NTSE exam to write his or her paper in a center that exists in India.
  • The candidate who is selected will only be eligible for the perks of the NTSE scholarship with the condition that if he or she pursues studies in India.   

Results of NTSE

Results for the first stage of NTSE will be flashed in online mode for each respective state. Merit list is released and the students who bagged their place in that list are considered qualified. Furthermore, students can check their SAT and MAT secured scores along with the result of NTSE. The cut-off is released simultaneously with the result.

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NTSE Cut off

The cutoff marks are the minimum marks that are mandatory for students to obtain in the NTSE exam to be eligible for both stages. NCERT or Education departments of each state release the state-wise cut-off with the result. The cut-off depends on numerous factors in conjunction with the difficulty level of NTSE question papers 2021, state quota, number of students who appeared to mention a few.

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