NCERT has declared the National Talent Search Exam 2021 dates: The National Council of Educational Research and Training invites application for students in the 10th standard to avail government scholarships up to PhD level under National Talent Search Scheme.
Under this scheme, a two-tier examination known as the National Talent Search Examination is being conducted every year among the students for selection for a merit-based scholarship. Last year, the NCERT increased the number of scholarship to 2,000 from 1,000 disbursed earlier.
The selected candidates are provided with a scholarship of Rs 1,250 per month for classes XI and XII, scholarship of Rs 2,000 per month for undergraduate and post-graduate level. Scholarship for students pursuing PhD is provided in accordance with UGC norms.
The National Council for Education Research (NCERT) annually conducts the National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) across the country with the aim of providing scholarships to talented students to pursue higher education in science and social sciences. To this end, the announcement was made for the 2020-21 academic year.
State Level NTSE Exam 2021:
Each State/UT conducts its own examination. They have the autonomy to lay down their own norms for the purpose of determining the eligibility of the candidates. This examination is primarily used to recommend a given number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT.
This number is based on the enrolment of students at Classes IX and X in different States/UTs. The candidates are to be recommended on the basis of the merit in the written examination conducted by the States/UTs. The details of the number of candidates for different States/UTs as applicable are notified separately.
The state level screening examination is conducted in all State/UT’s on first Sunday of November except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram where it will be conducted on first Saturday of November every year until and unless some special circumstances occur. The addresses of the Liaison Officers of each State/UT are given in Appendix with whom information about state level examination may be sought.
Eligibility for State Level NTSE Exam 2021:
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.
How to apply for NTSE Exam 2021:
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 is 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 is 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.
Steps to apply for State-level NTSE Exam 2021
- Visit the Official website: State Level NTSE Website
- For Example AP NTSE: bse.ap.gov.in / For Example TS NTSE: http//bse.telangana.gov.in
- Search for the State Level NTSE Exam Link
- State Level NTSE Exam Web Page will be opened
- In this web page, click on the link of State Level NTSE Online application link
- Filled all the required information in the application form
- Click on the submit button
- Take a print the application form and preserve it for future reference.
State Level NTSE Exam Results:
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. No correspondence will be entertained by the NCERT with regard to first level examination conducted by the State/UT.
The candidate having any query/complaint/clarification with regard to the State Level Examination shall have to correspond only with the state examination agencies.
State Level National Talent Search Exam 2021 Dates and exam process:
- National Talent Search Examination 2020 dates declared by NCERT; the first stage to be held on 14 February.
- The first stage of the exams will be held On 14 February in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar islands and
- On 13 November in all other states.
- The second stage of the exam would be held on 13 June next year in all states and Union Territories.
- The last date of application may be different for different states and would be notified by the concerned state. The filled up application form has to be signed long before the last date of submission by the head of the school.
State Level NTSE Exam pattern:
The exam will be held in two papers: mental ability test and scholastic aptitude test. Each paper will consist of 100 questions and 100 marks. Each paper is to be answered in 120 minutes each.
State Level NTSE Exam Pattern: State level examination may have two parts: Part-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and PartII Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for nominating the required number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT.
The medium of State Level NTSE Exam: The medium of the test shall be as announced by the State/UT.
State Level NTSE Exam Fee:
State may impose any fee for examination and/or for application form. There will be no fees for the Second level exam(National Level). But states may impose fees for the first level. The amount would be decided by the state authorities.
NTSE 2020 Guidelines for foreign students
Students studying abroad can also appear in the NTSE and application forms to be filled by them would be uploaded in the NCERT website in October 2019.
The Indian students studying abroad in Class 10 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.
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.
A candidate will have to appear in the NTS examination at a centre in India at her/his own cost.
A candidate desiring to appear in the NTS examination may request the same 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 9.
If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only. Change of centre will be permitted in genuine cases and as per instructions issued from NCERT.