National Talent Search Examination 2013-14 - Competitions and Contests for Indian Students

Monday, 19 August 2013

National Talent Search Examination 2013-14

National Talent Search Scheme started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme is to  identify talented students and nurture them. This year NCERT will conduct the National Talent  Search Examination for students studying in Class X.
1. 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.
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.
3. 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- I, will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT.
Dates for submission of application form and conduct of examination, are given below:

Tentative Dates


Last Date for Submission of
Application Form

31st August, 2013*

Examination in Mizoram,
Meghalaya, Nagaland and
Andaman and Nicobar Islands

16th November, 2013

Examination in All other States
and Union Territories

17th November, 2013


Examination in All States and
Union Territories

11th May, 2014 (Sunday

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) and (b) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which also includes Language Comprehensive Test.
 Stage II examination at the National level will comprise of (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT), (b) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which also includes Language Comprehensive Test.

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. 
Application Form: You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring application form. However, application form can be downloaded from NCERT website <> also.

The completed application form should be signed by the Principal of the school. 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 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. 

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.

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 March 31, 2014.


  1. Is there any extension for the submission of application forms?
    Could any one please inform me about this.

    1. You should have contacted the Liaison officer for your state. Sometimes the last date differs for the state. Like in Kerala the last date is 28 September.

  2. can i submit a form today?when is the last day of registration in karnataka?

    1. please check with the nodal officer for your region.

  3. can i register today? when is the last date of registration in karnataka?


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