The National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class X is meant to identify and nurture talent. The examination is conducted every year at two levels:- Stage-I (State Level) and Stage-II (National Level).
Scholarships: About One thousand scholarships are awarded for difference stages of education as follows:
(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. be fixed in accordance with the UGC nouns.
Reservation: 15% for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged Group of Students.
Selection: Stage-I, selection will be done by States/UTs and those who qualify Stage- I, will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT.
Qualifying Marks: Qualifying marks for candidates from General category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC, ST, PH is 35% in each paper.
Language Test Qualifying in nature and marks obtained for Language Test will not be counted for final merit.
Important Dates: Dates for submission of application form and conduct of examination, are given below:
Stage Area Tentative Dates
Stage-I Last Date for Submission of Application Form To be notified by the respective State and it may vary from state to state
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands 7″ November, 2015 (Saturday)
Examination in All other States and Union Territories 8″ November, 2015 (Sunday) 8th May, 2016 (Sunday)
Stage-II Examination in All States and Union Territories 8th May 2016
Eligibility: All students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Stage -I examination, conducted by the States/UTs, in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.
Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for scholarship, provided the student is below the age of 18 years (as on 1s` July of the particular year), the student is not employed and s/he is appearing in class X examination for the first time.
Examination: The pattern of written examination will be as follows:
• Stage I examination at the State/UT level will comprise of two parts, namely (a) Mental
Ability Test (MAT) (b) Language Test (LT) and (c) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
The pattern of stage II will be as under:
Paper Test No. of No. of Duration
Questions Marks (in minutes)
Paper-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) 50 50 45
Paper-II Language Test (LT) 50 50 45
Paper-III Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 100 100 90
At Stage-II (National Level), there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer I/3 marks will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.
Application Form: You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring application form.
The completed application form should be signed by the Principal of the school much before the last date of submission. The candidate as well as the Principal of the school must adhere to the last date for submission of the Application Form. Different states may have different last dates for submission.
Please confirm from the liaison officer of your state, the address at which the completed forms are to be submitted. The State wise contact of the liaison officers are given below and are also available in the NCERT website www.ncert.nic.in. All queries related to application form should be directed to the State Liaison Officers (LOs). No application should be sent to NCERT.
Fees: States and Union Territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage-I examination. Therefore, before submitting the application form, you may find out the fees charged for Stage-I Examination and also the mode of payment from the respective State,Liaison Officers (LOs). However, NCERT does not charge any fee for Stage-II examination.
Indian Students Studying Abroad in Class X can appear directly for Stage II NTS Examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure which is available on the NCERT website. Candidates may fill up 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 February 28`h, 2016. Application Form for students study abroad will be uploaded on NCERT website in the month of October, 2015. Announcement for Indian Students Studying Abroad will be announced separately.