STSE is State Talent Search Examination conducted by the State/UT. The States have been given the autonomy to conduct the exam according to the latest pattern of NTSE provided by the NCERT. Each State/UT conducts its own examination. The State level screening examination in all States/UT is on the second Sunday of November except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Meghalaya and Mizoram where it will be conducted on second Saturday of November every year. It is the first level of exam where the selection is done through written examination. Those who will clear STSE will be eligible for the next stage NTSE Exam. For Stage-1 STSE, advertisement is released in the month of July-August.
NTSE is National Talent Search Examination conducted by the NCERT. Only the candidates who will clear STSE exam will be eligible to give NTSE Exam. Candidates acquiring more than the required percentage in the State level examination and standing within a specified number of top ranks (State quota) are eligible to appear for the national level examination. The minimum qualifying marks for General category is 40% in each paper while for SC/ST/PH candidates it is 35% in each paper. For Stage-2 NTSE, advertisement is released in the month of February-March.