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National Talent Search Awards by (NCERT)

Scholarships: 1000.

Level of Study: Senior Secondary (+ 2).

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.

A candidate 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.

Scholarship, 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
UT Govemment

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