National Talent Search Scheme started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme is to identify talented students and nurture them. This year NCERT will conduct the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) in coordination with states for students studying in Class X. NTSE 2018 – 2019 in all States and Union Territories is conducted on Nov 03, 2018. NTSE 2019 stage II will be held on May 12, 2019.
National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) 2019
The National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class X is meant to identify the nurture talent. The examination is conducted every year at two levels – Stage-I (State Level) and Stage-II (National Level). First Stage National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) is conducted by States and 2nd Stage is conducted by NCERT.
Schedule for the NTSE 2018 – 2019 is given below.
|NTSE 2018 – 2019 Examination||Important Dates|
|Stage I||Submission of Application Form||10 – 20 Sep 2018|
|Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya,
Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands
|03 Nov 2018|
|Roll No. will be issued from Sc. Branch||22 Oct – 02 Nov 2018|
|Examination in all other States and Union Territories||04 Nov 2018|
|West Bengal||18 Nov 2018|
|Official Answer Key||Dec 2018|
|Result||Jan / Feb 2019|
|Stage II||Last date of Apply||31 Dec 2018|
|Admit Card||3rd week of Apr 2019|
|Exam Date||12 May 2019|
|Result||Jun / Jul 2019|
The National Talent Search Examination is open for students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at Class X level.
Candidates Studying in India: Only the candidates selected by the States/UTs on the basis of their screening examination shall be eligible to appear in the National level examination to be conducted by the NCERT.
Candidates Studying Abroad: Students of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class X level may also compete for Talent Search Award. They are exempted from the first level-screening test and are permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT. If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.
Educational Qualification: The students who have secured 60% marks in class IX for General category & OBC, 55% marks for reserved Categories.
NTSE Admit Card
The NCERT shall upload the NTSE Admit Card 2019 for the second level examination online on its website. The NTSE Admit Card / Admission letter shall have all the information about the venue, the roll number, the date and time of the test. Candidates can download their NTSE Admit Cards themselves around 21 days before examination.
Centre of Examination
Generally the candidate belonging to a particular state shall be allotted the centre in the same state. Normally there is only one centre in each state for the National Level Examination. The conduct of examination at the centers shall be done under the supervision of the Centre Superintendent appointed by the NCERT. An independent observer for each centre is also appointed by the NCERT.
There is no prescribed syllabus for the NTS examination. However, the standard of items shall be conforming to the level of Classes IX and X.
NTSE State 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.
NTSE Examination Pattern
State level examination may have two parts: Part-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Part-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for nominating the required number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT. The pattern of written examination at State / UT level is as follows:
Stage I & II: Examination at the State/UT level will comprise three papers i.e
|Papers||Test||No of questions||marks||Duration|
|Paper-I||Mental Ability Test (MAT)||100||100||120 minutes|
|Paper-II||Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)||100||100||120 minutes|
Mental Ability Test: There shall be 100 multiple-choice type items, with four alternatives. Each item will carry one mark. Candidates are required to answer the items on a separate OMR sheet as per instructions given in the test booklet and on the OMR sheet.
Scholastic Aptitude Test: The scholastic Aptitude Test will consist of 100 multiple-choice items of one mark each. Each item shall have four alternatives, out of which only one will be the correct answer. There shall be 40 items from Science, 40 from Social Science and 20 from Mathematics, Candidates are required to answer the items on a separate OMR sheet to be provided at the examination centre as per instructions.
Negative Marking: There will be No Negative Marking.
NTSE Selection Process
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.
Only candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be considered for merit. Selection of the awardees will be made on the basis of total Marks scored in MAT & SAT based on merit.
Qualifying marks for candidates from General category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC, ST, PH is 32% in each paper.
Language Test : Qualifying in nature and marks obtained for language test will not be counted for final merit.
The States/UTs will also conduct the selection test for National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme along with the Stage-I written examination for NTS.
- 15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category,
- 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and
- 4% for Physically Challenged Group of Students.
On the basis of the National Talent Search Examination, 1000 scholarships will be awarded. The amount of scholarship will be as uner:
- Scholarship of Rs. 1250 per month for class XI & XII
- Scholarship of Rs. 2000 per month for UG & PG
- Scholarship for Ph.D will be fixed in accordance with the UGC Norms.
List of Liaison Officers
Official Website: www.ncert.nic.in