Consequent upon the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent lockdown, and its extension till May 3, 2020, NTSE (National Talent Search Exam) 2020 stage II exam has been postponed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training. NCERT has issued a notification on the same on its official website. Originally, NCERT NTSE stage II exam was supposed to be held on May 10, 2020. According to the notification, new dates for NTSE stage II exam will be announced after May 3, 2020.
According to the official notification, students have been asked to contact the liaison officer of their respective state and also visit the official website of NCERT regularly to receive information on the revised date of NCERT NTSE Stage II exam. The list of liaison officers is available on the official website of NCERT – ncert.nic.in
The issue of NTSE Stage 2 Admit Card 2020 is also postponed and will be released after deciding on the new exam date. The admit card would be available on the official website of NCERT. Students are required to download and carry it to the exam hall, without which, they will be exempted from writing the exam
NTSE Stage 1 was conducted by all States and UTs, on November 3 and 4, 2019. Students who qualified the stage 1 examination by obtaining the required cutoff score will appear for the stage 2 exam.
- Students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at Class X level are eligible to appear for The National Talent Search Examination.
- The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class shall be given an exemption to the first level-screening test and it is permissible for them to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT.
- A candidate is deemed eligible to appear in the second level NTS examination only if he or she has secured at least 60 percent marks (in aggregate) in the previous annual examination.
NTSE 2020 is a national level exam consisting of two papers:
- Paper 1 (Mental Ability Test or MAT)
- Paper 2 (Scholastic Ability Test or SAT).
Both the papers shall have 100 multiple-choice type questions, with four alternatives. Each question will carry one mark. Candidates are required to answer the questions on a separate OMR sheet according to the instructions given in the test booklet and on the OMR sheet.
As on date, 2000 scholarships are awarded in the country with reservation of 15 percent for Scheduled Caste, 7.5 percent for Scheduled Tribe and 27 percent for other backward classes, and 4 percent for students with benchmark disabilities.