14th Sasthra Prathibha Matsaram - ശാസ്ത്ര പ്രതിഭാ മത്സരം 2014 - Competitions and Contests for Indian Students

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

14th Sasthra Prathibha Matsaram - ശാസ്ത്ര പ്രതിഭാ മത്സരം 2014

Swadeshi Science Movement (SSM), the Kerala chapter of Vijnana Bharati is a popular science movement that aims at developing and propagating science at all levels. SSM organizes several programmes for students in Kerala; Sastra Pratibha Matsaram (SPM) and Face to Face with Frontiers in Science are some of the programmes which mainly target school students.

Structure of SPM 2014

Sastra Prathiba Matsaram (SPM) is a three level process of screening. The first level is a written examination consisting of multiple choice questions (MCQs). The second level is a Zonal one day Camp which will be held at four centres in Kerala and two students from each class representing their district will qualify to the third level. The third level is a two-day State Camp wherein the Sastra Prathibas of the State will be selected.
The State winners – Sastra Prathibas will represent Kerala at the National Camp – Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan Camp.

Who can participate?

Students of Kerala state studying in classes 6 to 11 of any Board of Education such as CBSE, ICSE, State Government, both English and Malayalam medium alike.
The candidates will be divided into two groups:

Group A : 6, 7, 8 classes

Group B : 9, 10 & 11 classes

Syllabus and Study material

The syllabus for all groups covers Indian Contribution from ancient to modern Science & Technology, Indian Space Science & achievements and Swami Vivekananda & Science besides reasoning & quantitative analysis and current affairs & General Knowledge.
The text material detailing Indian contribution to Science & Technology, Indian Space& achievements and Swami Vivekananda & Science which covers 80% of the total syllabus, will be published in "Science India", the science magazine of Swadeshi Science Movement as a special issue.
This science magazine will be supplied to all those registered students.

Selection Process

The first level – written examination will be of one hour duration. The answers are to be marked in the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheets. The medium of the examination is English.
A total of six students from each class of a district will qualify to the 2nd level – Zone Camp. The Zone Camp would comprise of 3-4 districts together but the selection to the third level will be district-wise class-wise. Finally two students from each class will represent their district at the State Camp which will be held at Ernakulam.

How to apply

Registration form, duly filled in and signed, along with a Bank draft for Rs.150/- drawn in favor of 'Sastra Pratibha Matsaram' payable at Ernakulam should be sent to
General Convener,
Sastra Pratibha Matsaram,
c/o Swadeshi Science Movement,
Sastra Bhavan, B-4, 4th floor, Mather Square,
Town Railway Station Road, Kochi-682018.
Phone 0484-2393242, 9895351015, Fax 2393256.
Email id :
It is suggested that the Principal or the authorized teacher of the school collect the registration fees and details from the students intending to participate in the contest and send it to SSM along with the school registration form.


The Sastra Prathibas would receive cash prizes, mementoes and a certificate. The Zonal Level winners would receive certificate and a prize. All students who participate at the State Level Camp would receive participation certificates.

Schedule (Important Dates)

Last date for Registration - 31st July 2014
First Level written examination - 28th September 2014
Zonal Level Camp - November-December 2014
State Level Camp - April 2015

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