National Talent Search Examination- NTSE
For students in India different scholarship and Olympiad examinations offer many opportunities right from their school days. Among these National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is the most prestigious talent cum scholarship examination.
NTSE scholarship exam is a national level examination cum scholarship program which recognizes and nurture talented students across India and also offers cash awards to the successful candidates.
NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH EXAMINATION (NTSE)
The National Talent Search Examination will be conducted for students studying at the Class X. The examination consists of tests, namely Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The items in the MAT and SAT are multiple choice questions. Each question has four answers as option. The candidate has to select one correct answer from the given alternatives and mark its number in the answer-sheet as per instructions given on the answer sheet. Each correct answer carries one mark. Thus, the total score of a candidate in a test is equal to the number of questions answered correctly by him/her.
- Scholarship of Rs. 1250/- Per Month for class XI and XII.
- Scholarship of Rs. 2000/- Per Month for Under Graduates and Post Graduates.
- Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D in accordance with UGC norms.
Eligibility : Student of class 10
NTSE is announced by NCERT in the beginning of August every year and the application process continues till August end.
Students studying in class X, across India are eligible for NTSE examination and scholarship programs. The NTSE awards 1000 scholarships to students who successfully complete the examination and scores relevant marks as per the eligibility criteria.
Under the Scholarship Reservation, 15% of the scholarships are reserved for SC category students, 7.5% for ST category students and 3% for physically challenged students.
The NTSE is conducted at two Levels- Level-I and Level-II. For the eligibility at Level-I, students must have
- Scored 60% marks in their class IX, during the previous academic year. In case of SC, ST and PH category students a relaxation of 5% is provided. The maximum score in their IX class must be 55% marks.
- Student should be from a recognized school in the respective State or Union Territory.
For Level-II, Students scoring the minimum eligible score can appear for the examination. After level-II exam, students are selected as per the merit for scholarships.
NTSE exam pattern
Once the students are eligible for Level I of the examination, they must learn about the NTSE Exam Pattern. The exam is conducted at two Levels
The Level-I of the test is divided into two parts- Part I and Part II. The part 1 of the test is Mental Ability test (MAT), which consists of reasoning and logical based questions. In this part students have to answer questions related to power of reasoning, ability to think, evaluate, ability to discriminate and visualize. The number of questions students have to answer is 50 which are related to analogies, classifications, series, pattern perception, coding-decoding, hidden figures and problem solving etc.
The second part of this test is Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), in which students have to attempt 150 questions related to Language.
The Level-II of the test is divided into two parts- Part I and Part II. Part-I is same as the MAT of Level-I, but part-II of SAT consists of 100 questions related to Math, Science and Social studies. The SAT section is designed to judge reading abilities, interpretation, evaluation and general awareness about the subjects.
The NTSE Selection Procedure selects only those candidates who have successfully achieved the required score in the final stage of the examination and provide scholarships depending on the merit.
At Level-I, selection is done at State or UT level through a written examination. After qualifying Level-I a student appears for Level-II, which is conducted by NCERT nationally. Every student who scores the required number of marks at Level-II is eligible for the scholarship program.
Each year almost 4000 students are selected from Level-I of the examination, who then appear in the Level-II examination, which is conducted nationally.
Participating in NTSE can be a value added factor when appearing for higher education and will be an additional influencing factor while moving on to one’s career.