NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) 2015 Overview

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The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students. It is organized by NCERT and is therefore generally regarded as the toughest and most prestigious examination at high school level in the country. It helps students to challenge their mental levels and helps them to sharpen their minds.

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) 2015 Eligibility Criteria

The scheme is open to students of Indian nationality. Only students studying in Class VIII are eligible to appear for the selection process. A total of 1000 scholarships are to be awarded - 15% of them will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for the Physically Challenged Group of Students

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) 2015 Exam Syllabus

The test is a 2-stage selection process. While the individual state or union territory conducts the first stage selection, the second stage selection at the national level is carried out by the NCERT.This is followed by the interview of the selected 1500-1600 students. 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 (about top 3000 students from the entire country). The national level examination has two parts:

  • Part-I:Mental Ability Test (MAT)
  • Part-II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)(with questions on history, civics, geography, rarely economics, maths, physics, chemistry and biology.)

The students who qualify all the stages of NTSE successfully are eligible for scholarship. The amount of scholarship has been enhanced to Rs. 500/- per month for all the students studying in Class VIII onwards except for Ph.D., wherein it is paid according to UGC norms. The older system of book grant has been removed. The criterion of parental income for deciding payment of scholarship has also been discontinued. From 2011 no interview will be held in NTSE.For the year 2011, NCERT will conduct the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class VIII only.

There is no negative marking. Each right answer is awarded one mark. Once the students finish the MAT, the SAT is administered after a short break of about 5 minutes.

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