National Talent Search
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National Talent Search Scheme is a
flagship activity of the NCERT-National Council of Educational Research and
Training 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. From the selection year 2010, the NCERT will conduct the National
Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class VIII only.
1. Scholarships: On the basis of the examination conducted, 1000 scholarships
will be awarded for each group of students appearing for Class VIII
examinations. The amount of scholarship will be Rs.500/- per month as per NTS
2. 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 each in respect of the class VIII.
3. 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.
4. The States/UTs will also conduct the selection test for National
Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme along with the Stage-I written examination
5. Important Dates: Dates for Submission of Application Form and conduct of
examination are given below:
Last Date for Submission of Application Form
31 August, 2009
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands
7 November, 2009 (Saturday)
Stage I (State)
Examination in All other States and Union Territories
8 November, 2009 (Sunday)
Examination in All States and Union Territories
9 May, 2010 (Sunday)
6. Eligibility: Students of Class VIII studying in recognized schools are
eligible to appear for the respective Class VIII Stage I examination conducted
by the States/UTs in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile
7. Examination: The pattern of written examination for Class VIII will be as
• Stage I examination at the State/UT level will comprise two parts, namely (a)
Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) 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) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences
and mathematics, (c) Interview. Only those candidates who qualify the written
examination at the National Level will be invited for interview.
8. State Quotas: Each State/Union Territory has been allotted a quota to
recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage II examination, the
details of which will be made available on NCERT website. However, there will be
no State/Union Territory Quota for the final award of scholarship after the
Stage II examination. Reservation for SC, ST and physically challenged will be
as notified in para 2 above.
9. Application Form: You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring
application form. However, application form can be downloaded from NCERT website
<http://www.ncert.nic.in> also. All correspondence relating to application forms
should be addressed to the State Liaison Officers (LOs) whose addresses are
given at the end/Website.
10. The completed application form duly signed by Principal of the school should
be submitted to the LO/ concerned district official of the State before the last
11. Fees: States and Union Territories may notify the fee required (refer NCERT
website) which will be paid for the Stage-I examination. However, NCERT does not
charge any fee for the Stage-II examination.
12. 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.
13. Indian Students Studying Abroad can appear directly for Stage II NTS
Examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure for class VIII which
is available on the NCERT website. Candidates may fill up relevant items of the
Application Form available on the NCERT website and send to the undersigned
along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of previous examination latest by March
Department of Educational Measurement & Evaluation
National Council of Educational Research & Training
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110016
Disclaimer: NCERT has not authorized or approved tests conducted by any other
agencies for issue of certificates or award of scholarships and bears no
responsibility whatsoever for them.
List of NTS Liaison Officers (To be attached separately)
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