Applications started for NTSE – National Talent Search Examination

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has invited applications from Class X students for selection for grant of National Talent Search Scholarships.

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.

Scholarships : Total 2000 scholarships are offered

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.

Imp Note on exam dates

Stage 1 Exam

Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar island : 2 Nov 2019

Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, NCT of Delhi, J&K : 17 Nov 2019

All other States and Union Territories : 3 Nov 2019

Stage 2 Exam (all States & Union Territories) : 10 May 2020

Test pattern

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.

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.

Prospectus : download prospectus HERE