The National Talent Search Exam or NTSE is held in two levels-state level (stage 1) and national level (stage 2).
The first stage exam is held on the first Sunday of November except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram where it is held on first Saturday of November. The exam includes mental ability test and scholastic aptitude test. There is no negative working.
The second stage exam is held on the second Sunday of May. Candidates who qualify the first stage exam are eligible to appear for this exam. The exam is held in Assamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu languages.
OBC reservation and scholarship numbers were in the pipeline since a year. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced the changes last year.