Srinagar: The National Talent Search Examination for Students studying in Class 10th is meant to identify and nurture talent. The examination is conducted every year at two levels: Stage-I (State Level) and Stage-II (National Level).
Scholarships: About one thousand scholarships are awarded for different stages of education as follows:
Rs. 1,250/- per month for Class 11th to 12th
Rs. 2,000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates.
Eligibility: All students of Class 10th studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Stage-I examination, conducted by the States/UT’s, in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.
Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for scholarship, provided the student is below the age of 18 years (as on 1st July of the particular year), the student is not employed and she/he is appearing in class 10th examination for the first time.
Qualifying Marks: Qualifying marks for candidates from General category is 40% in each paper and for other categories is 35% in each paper.
Language Test: Qualifying in nature and marks obtained for Language Test will not be counted for final merit.
Note: At Stage-II (National Level), there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.
How to Apply?
You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring Application Form. The students of J&K have to contact:
Ms. Kaneez Fatima
Director Liaison Officer (NTS)
J&K State Board of School Education
Contact: 0191-2583601 (Jammu); 0194-2494570 (Kashmir); 0194-2494522 (Kashmir)
The completed Application Form should be signed by the Principal of the school much before the last date of submission. The candidate as well as the Principal of the school must adhere to the last date for submission of the Application Form. Different states may have different last dates for submission. Please confirm from the liaison officer of your state, the address at which the completed Forms are to be submitted. The State wise contact of the liaison officers is available on the NCERT website. All queries related to Application Form should be directed to the State Liaison Officers (SLOs). No Application should be sent to NCERT.
Fees: States and Union Territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage-I examination. Therefore, before submitting the Application Form, you may find out the fees charged for Stage-I Examination and also the mode of payment from the respective State Liaison Officers (SLOs). However, NCERT does not charge any fee for Stage-II examination.
Indian Students Studying Abroad in Class X can appear directly for Stage II NTS Examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure which is available on the NCERT website. Candidates may fill up the Application Form, available on the NCERT website and submit the Application Form along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of previous examination, latest by February 28th, 2016. The Application Form is to be submitted to:
Educational Survey Division
National Council of Educational Research and Training
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110016
Application Form for students studying abroad will be uploaded on NCERT website in the month of October, 2015. Announcement for Indian Students Studying Abroad will be announced separately.