Preetham Upadhyaya, who secured all India rank (AIR) seven and Karnataka rank two, said preparing for the national-level exam was tough since it involved students who were extremely brilliant. “I did not refer to a lot of books but I did concentrate on the textbooks prescribed by NCERT for mathematics, science and social science from classes nine and ten,” said Preetham.

As many as 64 students from Bangalore have bagged scholarships under the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in May. The students will now be entitled to a scholarship of Rs 6,000 per year.

The state-level exam was conducted in November 2012. Of the 40,000 students who took the exam from Karnataka, 223 qualified for the national-level scholarship held in May 2013.

NTSE is conducted to identify students with extremely high intellect and academic talent and until 2012, it was conducted for students of class eight. In 2013, NCERT cancelled this and programmed it for students of class ten.

For students pursuing professional courses like engineering, medicine, law and management, financial assistance is provided till postgraduate level and for the ones pursuing basic sciences, social sciences and commerce, assistance up to PhD level is provided.

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