National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program in the Indian Union to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent. It is one of the most prestigious exams in India. Close to 300,000 students (a largely self selective group of students) appear in this scholarship exam every year, and 1,000 scholarships are awarded, out of which 775 are not reserved. The scheme is open to students of Indian nationality. Students studying in Class X are eligible to appear for the selection process. As it is organized by an official body (NCERT), it is widely regarded by the Government of India as the most prestigious at secondary level in the country.
NCERT has announced new pattern for stage 2 exam, where each correctly answered question awards the student +1, while an incorrect answer deducts 1/3 marks. Mental Ability test: 50 questions 50 marks, Language test : 50 questions 50 marks, Scholastic Aptitude test : 100 questions 100 marks (40 q from Science, 20 q from maths, 40 q from SST), SAT: The mathematics and science questions will be asked from the chapters in the syllabus of class 9 and 10. The social science questions will also be asked from class 9 and 10. Language test is only for qualification, it is not counted in merit list.
The students who qualifies second stage are eligible for scholarship.
The amount of scholarship has been enhanced to Rs.1250 per month for class XI and XII and Rs.2000/- Per month for students studying under graduate and above. Starts immediately after the result. In case students have not received the letter from NCERT after 5 weeks of the declaration of the result, they should contact NCERT for updates. The scholarship is expected to increase up to 4000-5000 in next few years.It was increased to Rs.1250 and Rs.2000 as per the orders in July 2014 There are no restrictions like parental income, government school, domicile etc. In case the student moves abroad for studies, the payment of scholarship will stop.
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