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National Talent Search Examination-2021-22


The National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class X is meant to identify the talented students and awarding them scholarships to pursue their further studies and nurture them nurture therm, The examination is conducted every year at two levels: Stage-I (State Level) and Stage-II (National Level),





: A maximum of 2000 scholarships will be awarded for different stages of education as per details given below:

  1. Scholarship of Rs.I250/- per month for Class-XI to XII.

  2. Scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates.

  3. Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.


Selection: Stage-I, selection will be clone by States/UTs through state level exam and those who are selected/recommended by states as per quota approved by ministry of Education (MoE) will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT. However, Indian Students Studying Abroad in Class X can appear directly for Stage-II NTS Examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure which is available on the NCERT website.

Examination: The pattern of written examination will be as follows:

Stage-I & H : examination at the State/UT level will comprise of two papers i.e.,





No. of Questions

No of Marks

Duration •

(in minutes)


Mental Ability Test (MAT)





Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)




* If there is any change in pattern for stage-II examination then the same will be communicated latter on through NCERT website www.ncert.nic.in. Candidates are advised to keep track of updates on NCERT website.



There will be no negative marking in Stage-II examination.


Qualifying Marks


Qualifying marks for candidates from SC/ST/PH category is 32% in each paper and for others (General/OBC & EWS) categories it is 40% in each paper.




: All students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Stage -I
examination, conducted by the States/UTs, in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.

Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for appearing in exam, provided the student is below the age of 18 years (as on 1' July of the particular year), the student is not employed and she/he is appearing in class X examination for the first time.




: States and Union Territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage-I examination. Therefore, before submitting the application form, you may find out the fees charged for Stage-I Examination and also the mode of payment from the respective State Liaison Officers (L0s). However, NCERT does not charge any fee for Stage-II examination.





At the national level for Stage-II Examination 15% for students ,belonging to the SC category, 7.5% for students belonging to the ST category and 27% for student belonging to OBC category (None-creamy layer) as per central list available on Itvww.ncbc.nic.in/user panelkentratiststateviewaspx. 10% for Economically Weaker Sections (DVSs) those who have not covered under the reservation scheme for SCs/STs/OBCs, 4% for-children with benchmark disabilities of which, one per cent each shall be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses (a), (b) and (c) and one per cent for persons with benchmark disabilities tinder clauses

(d) and (e) namely:

  1. Blindness and low vision; (BLY)

  2. Deaf and hard of hearing; (DH)

  3. Locomotors disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack

victims and muscular dystrophy:        (LD)

  1. Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness;                  (AID)

  2. Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness in the posts identified for each disabilities; (1VID)



Important Dates


 Dates for submission of application form and conduct of examination, are given below:





Tentative Dates


Stage-I (State)

Last Date for Submission of Application Form for Indian students studying in India.

To be notified by the respective

State/UT. May vary from State to State.

Last Date for Submission of Application Form for Indian students studying in Abroad.

28th February,2022 (Monday)

Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands

15th January, 2022 (Saturday)

Examination in all other States and Union Territories

16th January, 2022 (Sunday) (All other remaining States/UTs except above& below mentioned States/UTs.

Examination in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

23th January, 2022 (Sunday)

Stage-II (National)

Examination in all States and Union Territories

12th June, 2022 (Sunday)



Application Form


You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring application form. The completed application form should be signed by the Principal of the school much before the last date of submission. The candidate as well as the Principal of the school must adhere to the last date for submission of the Application Form. Different states may have different last dates for submission. Please confirm from the Liaison Officer of your state, the address at which the completed forms are to be submitted. The address and contact number of the Liaison Officer of the States/UTs are available (State-wise) in the NCERT. website www.ncert.nic.in. All queries related to application form should be directed to the State Liaison Officers (LOs).No application should be sent to NCERT.

Application Form for Indian Students Studying Abroad will be uploaded on NCERT website in the month of -January, 2022. These candidates may fill up the Application Form, and send to the undersigned along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of previous examination, latest by 28th February, 2022. There is no a fication form for Stage-II Exam for Student Studying in India.