National Talent Search Exam or National Science Talent Search Scheme ( NTSE ) was launched in 1963 by NCERT with an aim to identifying the talented students and grant them with scholarship to pursue their further education. The NTSE exam is a two - tier / stage exam where candidates are tested for their Mental, Language and Scholastic abilities. The stage 1 exam of NTSE is conducted by the respective state or UT only and the stage 2 exam is conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training. Every year about 50 Lakh candidates apply for this program and roughly 1000 candidates are awarded this scholarship. Only Class X students are eligible to appear for NTSE.