The process of NTSE registration is relatively easy. NCERT continuously releases notifications on its official website as the examination stages progress. The application process usually starts in September every year, and the admit card is available online around 21 days before the exam.
The step-by-step application process is explained below. Indian students living abroad can also apply for the exam only by providing proof of their Indian citizenship. There is a separate form by NCERT for students living abroad. Follow the below-mentioned steps carefully for the successful submission of the application.
Step 1: Get the Application form
- Check notification of NTSE Stage 1 by NCERT and the respective State/U.T. Government in newspapers and other public platforms.
- Collect the application form from the concerned office of the State/U.T. Liaison Officer.
Step 2: Fill out the Application Form
- Go through the information in the scheme and application form carefully before filling it out to ensure everything is clear and correct.
- Fill out the application form carefully and affix one passport-size photograph of the school uniform.
The following details have to be mentioned in the application form during the filling:
- Candidate's name
- Father's name
- Mother's name
- Area of Residence (Rural/Urban)
- Date of birth
- Gender, Category, Disability Status (if applicable)
- Postal Address and Pin Code
- School Name and Address
- Type of institution
- Area of the Institute (Rural/Urban)
- Medium of Examination (Language)
- Information about family and parents
- Annual family income
- Contact details
The duly filled application form should be signed by the school's Principal and the student.
Note: Candidates must mention their categories, as some seats in NTSE are reserved for specific categories. Students should also attach their caste certificates with the application before applying. The reservation details are mentioned below:
- 15% seats for Scheduled Caste (SC) students,
- 5% seats for Scheduled Tribe (ST) students,
- 27% seats for Other Backward Classes (OBC) students (non-creamy layer), and
- 4% seats for physically challenged students
Step 3: Payment of Application Fee (if applicable)
- The respective state or union territory may levy the application fee while applying for Phase I. The student should obtain information about the fee charged and the mode of payment from the State Liaison Officer of the State or Union Territory.
Step 4: Submit NTSE Application Form
- Students have to submit the application form to NCERT in some cases but usually to the State Liaison Office of the State/U.T.
- Students must ensure that the application form is properly filled with correct details and that the required documents (if applicable) are attached to the application.
The List of Liaison Officers 2020-21 can be checked on the official website.