The official notification released by NCERT reads, ‘It is for the information of all concern that the scheduled Stage-I and Stage-II examination of National Talent Search Examination-2021-22, which was placed in the public domain on December 2, 2021, is postponed due to administrative reasons. Fresh schedule will be intimated accordingly in due course of time.’ Most of the states have released the postponement notification for NTSE 2021-22 examinations. The NTSE stage 1 exams in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands were scheduled to be conducted on January 15, 2022, while the stage 1 examination of other states and Union territories were scheduled for January 16, 2022. The NTSE stage 2 examination which is postponed now, was scheduled to be conducted on June 12, 2022. NTSE stage 1 exam is conducted by the respective states. Students who successfully qualify the stage 1 examination will be eligible for stage 2 exam. The NTSE stage 2 examination is the national level examination, conducted by NCERT. The students selected in stage 2 will be eligible for the NTSE scholarship.
NTSE Exam Dates 2021-22
National Council for Educational Research and Training is being conducted by the CBSE across all states and Union territories of the country. The NTSE Stage-1 exam was scheduled for January 15, 2022, in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands. However, the exam has been postponed until further official notice. Those who clear the Stage-1 exam will have to appear for the Stage-2 exam.
NTSE Eligibility 2021-22
The candidates must check the NTSE Eligibility Criteria laid down by NCERT before applying for the exam. NTSE eligibility criteria differ for each stage. The detailed eligibility criteria for NTSE is provided below.
NTSE Eligibility Criteria: Regular Students
As prescribed by NCERT, the candidate must be below the age of 18 years as of July 1, 2022.
The candidate must be pursuing their class 10th from any recognized government/private school in India. Since there are no domicile restrictions imposed, the students from any State or Union Territory can apply.
NTSE Eligibility Criteria: Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Students
NTSE can be attempted by students who have opted for Open Distance Learning (ODL) as well under the following conditions:
The candidates must be below the age of 18 as of July 1, 2022.
The candidates must not have any kind of employment.
The candidates must be undertaking their Class 10th exam for the first time.
NTSE Eligibility Criteria: Abroad Students
The students who are pursuing their education abroad can also attempt the NTSE exam under the following conditions:
The student studying abroad must be of Indian National.
The candidate pursuing their class 10th or equivalent class is exempted from Stage-I and can directly attempt Stage-II examinations.
The candidate must have obtained a minimum of 60% in class IX final examinations.
The candidate has to opt for an examination centre in India itself.
The candidate has to produce a request along with an attested class IX scorecard through the Head of the institution he/she is studying at the Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT.
The candidate will be honoured with a scholarship after qualifying for the exam only if he/she decides to pursue further studies in India itself.
The aspirants will not be qualified for the second stage if they will not meet the sectional cutoff in Stage-I even if they meet the overall cutoff score.
NTSE Admit Card 2021-22
NTSE Admit Card will be generated for the candidates who have completed their application procedures successfully. The admit card will be available in both offline and online modes.
NTSE Stage-I Admit Card will be issued by SCERT and respective State authorities in an offline mode through a post directing to the candidate’s postal address. The candidate can also obtain their admit cards from the Chief Superintendent of allotted examination centres.
Online admit cards are also issued in a few states, where the candidate can download from the official website of NCERT and take a printed copy of the same. NTSE Stage-II Admit cards are issued online 7 or 10 days before the exam.
NTSE Exam Pattern 2021-22
NTSE Exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 is a state-level examination conducted by authorities of various states and union territories.
Stage 2 is a national level examination conducted by NCERT for Stage 1 qualifiers and Indian nationals studying abroad as they are exempted from the stage 1 exam. The pattern for both the Stage 1 and Stage 2 exams is the same.
Here are some salient features of the NTSE Exam Pattern:
The exam mode for both stages will be offline i.e. pen and paper mode.
The exam consists of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and must be marked on OMR sheets provided at the exam hall.
The Stage-I exam will be in English or any regional language as opted by the student. The Stage-II exam will strictly be conducted in English or Hindi only.
Both stages of the NTSE exam will comprise of two parts- Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).
Both these tests will be held on the same day itself in two different slots
The MAT is conducted in the morning shift from 9:30 am to 11:30 am while SAT will be conducted in the afternoon slot from 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm.
The difficulty level for NTSE exams is moderate. Each question carries 1 mark and there is no negative marking in NTSE exams.
NTSE exam pattern for Stage-I and Stage-II is tabulated below:
|Full form||Mental Ability Test||Scholastic Aptitude Test|
|Overview||Tests the students on their ability to think, evaluate and solve logical reasoning questions. It includes problems based on analogy, pattern perception, series, encoding-decoding||This section tests the knowledge of students in subjects such as Science, Mathematics and Social Science. The syllabus will be the same as class 9th and 10th syllabus|
|Timing||Morning Slot: 9:30 am to 11:30 am||Afternoon Slot: 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm|
|Number of questions||100||100|
|Total Marks||100 (1 mark for each question)||100 (1 mark for each question)|
|Exam Duration||120 minutes (30 minutes extra for visually challenged students)||120 minutes (30 minutes extra for visually challenged students)|