In order to identify talented young pupils at the schools level the NCERT is organising the National Talent Search Examination at Class Ten level. NTS Examination is shifted to class X, this year onwards.
The NTS Awardees of Class VIII are not required to appear in Class X examination again. However, the unsuccessful candidates of Class VIII can now again appear for Class X examination. The NMMS awardees are allowed to appear to NTSE.
To minimise the number of competitors at National level, a State Level Screening Test will be conducted in November at Class X level. The National Level Examination will be conducted in May in the succeeding year.
One Thousand scholarships will be awarded to the National Level winners. Of these, 225 will be reserved for the Schedule Castes/ Scheduled Tribes and 30 for physically challenged group of children.
Scholarships upto Ph.D. level/ post graduate are provided to the winners at the National Level.
ELIGIBILITY FOR APPEARING FOR THE SCREENING TEST.
Only those pupils who are studying in Class X of any government/ aided/ recognised schools/ Kendriya Vidyalaya/ Navodaya Vidyalaya during 2013 -2014 are eligible to appear for the screening test and for the second level examination to be conducted by the NCERT in May 2014.
For the State Level Screening Test, only those pupils who have secured not less than C+ grade (50% – 55%) for all the nonlanguage subjects in the qualifying examination of Class IX of 2011-’12 will be admitted. This is to be certified by the Head of Institution.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates are required to apply for the State Level NTSE Examination by On line.
A demand draft for Rs. 100/- drawn in favour of The Director, SCERT payable at SBT Service Branch, Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram should be send along with the print out of the application form.Application fee for all the candidates in a school shall be collected in cash and remitted by a single demand dratft and sent along with the print outs of the application forms, with a covering letter of the head of the institution. Pupils of SC/ST and BPL categories are exempted from paying the examination fee.
After applying by online, the print out of the application form attested by the Head of the Institution should be forwarded to THE LIAISON OFFICER (N.T.S. EXAM) STATE COUNCIL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ANDTRAINING(SCERT),POOJAPPURA, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM – 12.
PROCEDURE OF THE TEST
The screening test will be conducted in 38 educational districts and in Lakshadweep.
The test will be conducted in two parts of 90 minutes duration each. The first part will consist of 90 questions on Scholastic Aptitude in non language subjects namely Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Political Science, Economics & Mathematics. The second part will consists of 90 objective type questions to test general Mental Ability.
In both the parts, each question carries one mark.
The portions included for screening test under part one are as follows.
a. Class 9, 10 portions of Kerala syllabus for the current academic year.
b. Class 9, 10 portions of CBSE syllabus for the current academic year.
c. Certain portions studied in lower classes which are essential for the proper understanding of the subjects.
The questions will be of higher order involving application and reasoning.
The candidate should answer Part I and then Part II after an interval of one hour.
Question booklets should be returned along with the answer sheets to the Invigilator.
Instructions should be carefully followed for marking the answers in the Answer Sheets.
The SCERT applies vigorous checks & counter checks before the declaration of result. Hence no request for re-evaluation or re-checking of scripts will be entertained.
THE SECOND LEVEL TEST
The SCERT will send the data cards of the selected candidates soon after the declaration of results of the State Level Test to the NCERT with all details for further communication.
The NCERT will directly inform the candidates the time and venue of the Second Level Examination.
The Language in which you would like to get the question papers should also be noted in the application form. You may choose English, Malayalam, Tamil or Kannada as your language.
Any attempt of canvassing would lead to the disqualification of the candidate.