The stage II of National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) scheduled for Sunday, May 11, has been postponed till further notice after the Punjab and Haryana high court imposed a stay on the process.

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) which conducts the exam announced its postponement on Saturday. The high court order says 4,500 candidates were to appear for it.

The order came on May 9, 2014, after Haryana’s school education department confirmed the use of unfair means during the stage 1 exam. It told the court that 46 of the 99 students who had qualified the stage I exam from the state were from the same school. The high court then put a stay on the exam as those qualifying the state-level exam are eligible to write the national one. The next hearing is on May 26.

The petition had sought quashing of the stage I round conducted in Haryana on February 20 and “re-conducting the same in a fair and transparent manner”.

The order says, “Since this exam is only for scholarship purpose and there is no such cut off date or further admission to be taken on the strength of the said examination, the holding of the said examination can be delayed so that further orders can be passed by this court, whereby the examination for the state of Haryana can be re-conducted and a fresh list can be sent of the eligible candidates”.

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