National Talent Search Examination
National Council of Educational Research and
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi – 110016
Talent Search Scheme is a flagship activity of the
NCERT started in the year 1963. The purpose of the
scheme was to identify talented students and nurture
their talent. Talent refers to the potentiality that
manifests itself in a high level of performance in
one or more specialized areas. The scheme,
therefore, covers areas like Sciences, Social
Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law.
It honours and helps talented students by providing
financial assistance in the form of a monthly
scholarship. For the courses in Basic Sciences,
Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is
provided up to Ph.D. level. For professional courses
like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this
assistance is given only up to Post Graduation. From
the selection year 2010, the NCERT will conduct the
National Talent Search Examination for students
studying in Class VIII only.
Scholarships: On the basis of the examination
conducted, 1000 scholarships will be awarded for
each group of students appearing for Class VIII
examinations. The amount of scholarship will be
Rs.500/- per month as per NTS rules.
Reservation: 15% scholarships will be reserved
for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5%
scholarships for students belonging to the ST
category and 3% for Physically Challenged Group of
Students each in respect of the class VIII.
Selection: There will be two-stage selection
process for award of scholarship. For Stage-I,
selection will be done by States/UTs through a
written examination. Students who qualify Stage I
will be eligible to appear for Stage II examination
conducted by NCERT.
States/UTs will also conduct the selection test for
National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme along
with the Stage-I written examination for NTS.
5. Important Dates: Dates for Submission of
Application Form and conduct of examination are
Stage I (State)
||Last Date for
Submission of Application Form
Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and
November, 2009 (Saturday)
|Examination in All
other States and Union Territories
November, 2009 (Sunday)
|Examination in All
States and Union Territories
May, 2010 (Sunday)
6. Eligibility: Students of Class VIII
studying in recognized schools are eligible to
appear for the respective Class VIII Stage I
examination conducted by the States/UTs in which the
schools are located. There will be no domicile
Examination: The pattern of written examination
for Class VIII will be as follows:
I examination at the State/UT level will
comprise two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test
(MAT) and (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering
social sciences, sciences and mathematics.
II examination at the National level will
comprise (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT), (b)
Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social
sciences, sciences and mathematics, (c) Interview.
Only those candidates who qualify the written
examination at the National Level will be invited
Quotas: Each State/Union Territory has been
allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of
candidates for the Stage II examination, the details
of which will be made available on NCERT website.
However, there will be no State/Union Territory
Quota for the final award of scholarship after the
Stage II examination. Reservation for SC, ST and
physically challenged will be as notified in para 2
Application Form: You may contact the State/UT
Liaison officer for procuring application form.
However, application form can be downloaded from
NCERT website <
http://www.ncert.nic.in > also. All
correspondence relating to application forms should
be addressed to the State Liaison Officers (LOs)
whose addresses are given at the end/Website.
completed application form duly signed by
Principal of the school should be submitted to the
LO/ concerned district official of the State before
the last date.
States and Union Territories may notify the fee
required (refer NCERT website) which will be paid
for the Stage-I examination. However, NCERT does not
charge any fee for the Stage-II examination.
Announcement of Results: Results of the Stage-I
examination will be announced by the respective
State Governments/ Union Territories. Results of
Stage-II examination will be announced by NCERT.
Students Studying Abroad can appear directly for
Stage II NTS Examination under conditions prescribed
in the NTS brochure for class VIII which is
available on the NCERT website. Candidates may fill
up relevant items of the Application Form available
on the NCERT website and send to the undersigned
along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of previous
examination latest by March 15, 2010.
Department of Educational Measurement & Evaluation
National Council of Educational Research & Training
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110016
Disclaimer: NCERT has not authorized or approved
tests conducted by any other agencies for issue of
certificates or award of scholarships and bears no
responsibility whatsoever for them.
List of NTS
Liaison Officers (To be attached separately)