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The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) was established by the Government of India in the year 1961 with a view to bringing about qualitative improvement in school education in the country. No sooner the Council was set up than it mounted a number of programmes in this direction. One such programme was to identify and nurture the talented students. This programme took up the shape of a scheme called National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) in the year 1963 which provided for the identification of talented students and awarding them with scholarships.
The scholarship under the present scheme awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in science and social science up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions provided in this brochure.
No. of scholarships : As on date 1000 scholarships are awarded in the country.
1. Higher Secondary level Rs. 1250/- p.m.
2. Graduate and Post Graduate Rs. 2000/- p.m.
3. For Ph.D. degree (four years) As per UGC norms
Reservation : 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST and 27% for other backward classes and 4 percent for group of students with benchmark disabilities.
Two stage exam : The State/Union Territory will prepare a merit list of the candidates ensuring the minimum qualifying marks in both the tests separately. These marks are 40 per cent in the case of General and OBC category candidates and 32 per cent in the case of SC/ST/physically challenged candidates.
The result of State Level Talent Search examination is declared in months of January/February by the States/UTs themselves. This examination is used only to recommend the candidates for second level NTS examination conducted by the NCERT. The marks of the State level Examination are not added to the National Level Examination for award of scholarship.
Eligibility for State Level Exam : All students studying in Class X in any type of recognized school including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Sainik School etc. will be eligible to appear at the State Level Examination from the State in which the school is located. However, no domicile restriction shall be imposed. The state may impose any other eligibility condition for appearing in the screening examination like any qualifying percentage of marks in the previous annual examination etc. Students registered under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible for scholarship provided the students are below the age of 18 years (as on 1st July of that particular year) the students is not employed and they are appearing in class X for the first time.
Eligibility for National Level Exam
(a) The National Talent Search Examination is open for students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at Class X level.
(b) Only the candidates selected by the States/UTs on the basis of their screening examination shall be eligible to appear in the National level examination to be conducted by the NCERT on the Second Sunday of May each year (unless otherwise notified). The NCERT will convey the roll number, the venue, the date and time for the national level examination to all such candidates directly through its portal email@example.com
(c) Students of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class X level may also compete for Talent Search Award under the following conditions:
(i) The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class shall be exempted from the first level-screening test and shall be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT.
(ii) A candidate shall be eligible to appear in the second level NTS examination only if he or she has obtained at least 60 per cent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination.
(iii) A candidate will have to appear in the NTS examination at a centre in India at her/his own cost.
(iv) A candidate desiring to appear in the NTS examination may request through the Head of the Institution where he or she is studying along with an attested copy (by the Head of the Institution) of the mark sheet of Class IX. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st December of the concerned year.
(v) The Council shall allot roll numbers to the eligible candidates and inform them about the date, time and the venue of examination along with other relevant instructions.
(vi) No request for change of Centre shall be entertained.
(vii) If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.
(viii) Change of center will be permitted in genuine cases and as per instructions issued from NCERT.
Application Procedure : The students studying in Class X in the country ought to be on the lookout for any advertisement in the newspapers or circulars in the school by the respective Government of their State/UT for the above said examination and act as per the requirement given in the State advertisement/circular. Any other information/query about the details of the state level examination may be had from Liaison Officers of the State/UT agencies, the addresses of which are given in the Appendix.
The filled in application by the student be submitted to the State Liaison Officer duly signed by the Principal of the school before the due date as advertised / circulated by each concerned State/UT.
Test date 1 : First Saturday of Nov (only in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar)
Test date 2 : First Sunday of Nov (except in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar
Test date 3 : Second Sunday of May (for National Level)
Fee : Nil for National Level (stage 2) exam. However, State may impose any fee for examination and/or for application form.
Syllabus : There is no prescribed syllabus for the NTS examination. However, the standard of items shall be conforming to the level of Classes IX and X. A separate booklet called ‘Learn about the Test’ containing sample items for both the Tests- MAT and SAT is available in print as well as on the NCERT website
The examination will have two papers, each of 2 hour duration : Paper-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Paper-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
Qualifying marks : 32% marks SC, ST and PWD and 40% for Others (General &OBC) Category separately in both papers
There will be No Negative Marking
Only candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be considered for merit
Selection of the awardees will be made on the basis of total Marks scored in MAT & SAT based on merit
In National Level Exam, The tests will be available in the following languages: Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. The candidate has to mention his option regarding the language in which he/she want to take the test in the application form. Accordingly, the question booklet in that language shall be made available to the candidate at the centre. After exercising this option, no request for the change of medium will be entertained.
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