National Talent Search Exam (NTSE)

NTSE is a flagship activity of the NCERT started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme was to identify talented students and nurture their talent. Talent refers to the potentiality that manifests itself in a high level of performance in one or more specialized areas. The scheme, therefore, covers areas like Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D. level. For professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation.

Reservation

15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged Group of Students.

Eligibility

Students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the respective Class X Stage I examination conducted by the States/UTs in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.

Scholarship

On the basis of the National Talent Search Examination, 1000 scholarships will be awarded. The amount of scholarship will be as under:
(a) Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII.
(b) Scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates.
(c) Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

Selection

There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage-I, selection will be done by States/UTs through a written examination. Students who qualify Stage I will be eligible to appear for Stage II examination conducted by NCERT.

Examination

The pattern of written examination for Class X will be as follows:
Stage I : Examination at the State/UT level will comprise three parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and ) Language Test and (c) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics.
Stage II : Examination at the National level will comprise
(a) Mental Ability Test (MAT),
(b) Language Test .
(c) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics.
At Stage II there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.

Application Form

You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring application form. However, application form can be downloaded from NCERT website www.ncert.nic.in
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The completed application form should be signed by Principal of the school. The candidate/Principal of the school must confirm the last date for submission of Application Form and where to submit it from the State/ UT liaison officer whose addresses are given in the end/NCERT website. Different states may have different last dates for submission of application forms. All queries relating to application forms should be made from State Liaison Officers (LOs). No application should be sent to NCERT.

Announcement of Results

Results of the Stage-I examination will be announced by the respective State Governments/ Union Territories. Results of Stage-II examination will be announced by NCERT.

Contact

For NTS National Level Examination Inquiry: Phone No : 011-26560464 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)
E-mail : ntse.ncert@yahoo.in
For State Level NTS Examination Enquiry : Contact the Liaison Officer of your State.
For NTS Scholarship Inquiry: Phone No : 011-26562704 (Timings 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM only)
E-mail : ntse2@yahoo.co.in