Search Awards by (NCERT)
Level of Study: Senior Secondary (+
The NCERT under its National Talent Search Scheme awards scholarships.
The purpose of the Scheme is to identify brilliant students at the end
of class X and give them financial assistance towards getting good
education so that their talent may develop further and they may serve
the discipline as well as the country.
All students studying in class X in recognised schools are
eligible to appear at the State Level examination from the State in
which the institution is located. As National Talent Search scholarships
are given for studies starting from class XI, students who may have
appeared in class X annual examination latest by May of a particular
year are eligible for appearing in the National Talent Search
examination which is normally held on the second Sunday of May every
year. Those students who are seeking admission to class XI (in July) of
a particular year are eligible for taking the second level examination
in May of the same year.
The procedure consists of two-stage selection through
(a) State Level Examination; and
(b) National Level Examination. Selected candidates are informed after
National Level Test and interview.
State Level Examination: Each State/UT is required 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 States/UTs
at the secondary stage. The candidates are to be recommended on the
basis of merit in the written examination. The screening examination is
normally conducted by the States/ UTs during December each year. The
exact date is advertised/published at an appropriate time. State Level
examination may have two parts; Part I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and
Part II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The State may however modify the
content and the procedure for the first stage selection test. The State
level merit list candidates are eligible for National Level Test.
National Level Examination
The second stage selection involves both written examination (MAT and
SAT) and face-to-face-interview for the award of the scholarship.
Students of Indian nationality and studying abroad.
Candidates at the Class X level may compete for Talent Search Awards
under the following conditions:
The Indian students studying abroad are exempted
from the first level screening test.
A candidate has
to appear in the NTS examination in India.
should have obtained 60%
marks in the qualifying exam (X Std)
A candidate can
apply in the prescribed form supplied by the NCERT which should
reach the Head, Department of Measurement, Evaluation, Survey Data
Processing, NCERT, New Delhi 110 016, latest by 31st
March each year.
A candidate has to attend an interview in India at
his/her own cost.
if selected is paid for pursuing studies in India only.
The awardees studying in Basic/Social Sciences are eligible to receive
scholarship up to PhD level whereas the awardees studying professional courses
in medicine/engineering are eligible to receive scholarship up to second degree.
Whom to contact:
For further details and application forms you may contact the
National Council of Educational Research and Training
Sri Aurobindo Marg
New Delhi 110016
Director of Education, State