National Talent Search Scheme 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.
From the year 2012-13
- NTSE will be conducted for Class X students
- The examination will consist of Mental Ability Test(MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test(SAT)
- Quota for State/UT will be computed proportionally on the basis of students enrolment in Class IX and X
- The amount of scholarship will be Rs. 500/- per month for all the students studying in Class XI onwards (irrespective of class/course) except for Ph.D., wherein it is paid as per UGC norms.
Scholarships: On the basis of the National Talent Search Examination, 1000 scholarships will be awarded. The amount of scholarship will be Rs.500/- per month.
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.
Selection: There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For StageI, selection will be done by States/UTs through a written examination. Students, who qualify Stage Stage I, will be eligible to appear for Stage II examination, conducted by NCERT.
NTS awardees at Class VIII level need not write examination at Class X level.
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Region-wise list of Liason Officers
Note for Kerala Students
SCERT invites applications for the State-level NTSE & NMMSE 2012 - 2013 through online. The online application will be available at the SCERT Website from 24 September 2012 onwards. Last date for the receipt of filled in application is 10 October 2012. Date of both the examinations is 18 November 2012.