National Talent Search Examination Scholarships Doubled; Here's How Can Avail It

The number of scholarships to be provided to students through the National Talent Search Examination has been increased by the National Council of Educational Research and Training, last year. According to the new rule, a total of 2000 students will be selected for the scholarship scheme, every year, instead of 1000 students selected earlier.

Every year across the nation the National Talent Search Examinations is conducted under the National Talent Search Scheme to select talented students and help them to continue their studies by providing them with scholarships.

To avail the scholarship, students need to sit for the examinations which is conducted in the CBSE Class 10 standard and the scholarship is continued up to the Ph.D. level on the fulfilling of certain conditions. The candidates selected through examination are provided with a scholarship of Rs 1250 per month for Class 11 and 12 and for an undergraduate and postgraduate level scholarship of Rs 2000 per month. Students who want to pursue Ph.D. scholarships are provided in accordance with UGC norms.

Selection procedure

The selection procedure is carried out in two stages. The first-stage selection is conducted by individual state or union territory and the second-stage selection at the national level is carried out by the NCERT.

The first level of the examination, also known as state-level examination, is conducted by each state or union territory. They have the complete authority to lay down their own norms while determining the eligibility of the candidates. This examination is primarily conducted to recommend a given number of candidates for the second-level test conducted by the NCERT. The number of candidates is based on the enrollment of students from Class 9 and 10 in different states and union territories. On the basis of merit in the written examination conducted by the states or union territories, the candidates are to be recommended. The details of the number of candidates for different states or union territories, as applicable, are notified separately. On the first Sunday of November, the state-level screening examination is conducted in all states and union territories, except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Meghalaya and Mizoram where it is conducted on the first Saturday of November unless some special circumstances occur.

A merit list will be prepared by the state or union territory of the candidates who get the qualifying marks. In the case of general and OBC category candidates, these marks are 40 percent and 32 percent in the case of SC, ST and physically challenged candidates. In the months of January or February, the result of the state level talent search examination is declared and this examination is used only to recommend candidates for the NTS examination conducted by the NCERT. The marks scored in the state-level examination are not added to the national-level examination for award for scholarship.

On the second Sunday of May each year, the national-level examination is conducted by the NCERT. The NCERT will convey the roll number, venue, date and time for the national level examination to all such candidates directly through its portal


Students of Class 10 who are studying in any type of recognized school including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Sainik School, etc. will be eligible to appear at the State Level Examination from the State in which the school is located. There will be no imposing of domicile restrictions. For appearing in the screening examination, Some other eligibility conditions may be imposed by the State, like any qualifying percentage of marks in the previous annual examination, etc. Open and Distance Learning (ODL) registered students are also eligible for the scholarship provided they are below the age of 18 years (as on 1 July of that particular year), are not employed and are appearing in class 10 for the first time.

Students of Indian nationality who are studying abroad is also eligible to compete for the Talent Search Award under the following conditions:

-The first level-screening test shall be exempted for the Indian students studying abroad in Class 10 or equivalent class and shall be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT.

-To be eligible to appear in the second level NTS examination he or she should at least obtain 60 percent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination.

-In the NTS examination, a candidate will have to appear at a centre in India at her/his own cost.

-A candidate desiring to appear in the NTS examination may request through the Head of the Institution where he or she is studying along with an attested copy (by the Head of the Institution) of the marksheet of CBSE Class 9. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31 December of the concerned year.

-The roll numbers of the eligible candidates shall be allotted by the Council and inform them about the date, time and venue of examination along with other relevant instructions.

-No request for change of centre shall be entertained.

-If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.

-Change of centre will be permitted in genuine cases and as per instructions issued from NCERT.


For the NTS examination, there is no prescribed syllabus. However, the standard of items shall be conforming to the level of Classes 9 and 10. A separate booklet called ‘Learn about the Test’ containing sample items for both the tests — MAT and SAT — is available in print as well as on the NCERT website

Download National Talent Search Exam Date Sheet 2020

NCERT declared the National Talent Search Examination 2020 dates; the first stage to be held on 2, 3 and 17 November.

The first stage of the exams will be held on 2 November in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar islands and on 17 November in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. On 3 November, the first-level examination will be held in remaining states. The second stage of the exam would be held on 10 May next year in all states and Union Territories.

The last date of application may be different for different states and would be notified by the concerned state. The filled up application form has to be signed long before the last date of submission by the head of the school.

Exam Pattern

The exam will be held in two papers: mental ability test and scholastic aptitude test. Each paper will consist of 100 questions and of 100 marks. Each paper is to be answered in 120 minutes each. There will be no fees for the second level exam. But states may impose fees for the first level. The amount would be decided by the state authorities.


Both the tests will be available in the following languages: Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Before taking the test, the candidate has to mention his or her option regarding the language in which he/she will be comfortable to take the test in the application form. As per their requirement, the question booklet in that language shall be made available to the candidate at the centre. After exercising this option, no request for a change of medium will be entertained.

Declaration of Result

On the basis of the combined scores of MAT and SAT the final award shall be declared and only the selected candidates shall be informed by registered letter and through the NCERT website Marks obtained by the candidates in written examination will be revealed to all the candidates individually through the NCERT website.

How to apply

Students pursuing Class 10 in the country should lookout for any advertisement in the newspapers or circulars in the school by the respective governments of their state or union territory for the examination and follow the instructions mentioned in the advertisement or circular. Students can get any related information about the details of the state level examination from liaison officers of the state or union territory. The completed application by the student can be submitted to the State Liaison Officer duly signed by the Principal of the school before the due date.

Rules and regulations for disbursement of scholarship

The awardees studying in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages Commerce, vocational studies and fine arts are eligible to receive scholarship up to Ph.D. level whereas the awardees studying professional courses in medicines, engineering, technology, management and law, are eligible to receive the scholarship up to second-degree level. Scholarships will be paid subject to fulfillment of the following conditions —

An awardee is eligible for the scholarship provided if she/he:

a. takes up studies in approved courses.

b. maintains good conduct as certified by the Head of the College/Institution and continues his/her studies as a regular student.

c. does not absent herself/himself without proper leave.

d. takes up studies on a whole-time basis.

e. does not take up any job with salary/remuneration/stipend.

ii. (a) If an awardee is getting a scholarship from other sources on a regular basis, then he has to choose only one of the scholarship. In such cases, the NTS scholarship will be temporarily discontinued for that year/period. His/her scholarship will be once again resumed if he/she approaches once again to NCERT for seeking NTS scholarship after fulfilling other conditions. All the students must also give an undertaking each year that they are not receiving a scholarship or award from any other institutions. Further, no student who is employed is eligible for payment of scholarship and accordingly, every student has to provide a certificate that he or she is not employed.

(b) Fee waiver/one-time grant/subsidy in fee and residential accommodation will not make a student ineligible for the scholarship.

iii. No scholarship shall be available for studies abroad for any course.

iv. An awardee can submit his claim bills any time during the course of study. However, the claim bills are to be submitted for each class/year separately.

v. In case any awardee leaves her/his course of study within one month of registration/ admission, no scholarship shall be paid to him/her.

vi. In case the awardee is not able to appear at the examination due to serious illness, one should send the medical certificate through the Head of the Institution within three months of his/her falling ill. The duration of illness should be clearly certified by a specialist, who is a Registered Medical Practitioner. The facility will be available to the awardee to continue the same course in which one is studying provided the principal or the head of the institution certifies that the overall performance of the awardee during the year is 60 percent or above.

vii. The NTS awardee is allowed one shift in the course of study till one month after the end of the first year of undergraduate courses, within the same institution or in another institution. However, she/he will not be awarded a scholarship for the first year of the new course. Thus, in this case, she/he will have to lose the scholarship for one year. It would resume in the next year provided all the requirements are met. 16

viii. Scholarship shall be deemed to be discontinued with any gap of one academic session in studies at any time due to any reason.

ix. Scholarship once discontinued on the basis of the rules of disbursement of scholarship cannot be revived under any circumstances.

x. Awardees have to secure an aggregate of 60% marks or equivalent grade in order to be eligible for scholarship every year. If a student secured less than 60% in a year the scholarship is forfeited for that year. If a student fails to secure minimum 60% or equivalent grade for two consecutive or non-consecutive years. He or she will be ineligible for payment of scholarship and will be discontinued forever.

xi. For seeking scholarship the awardee has to pass in all subject (core subject) in first attempt. If an awardee fails in any core subject, his/her NTS scholarship will be discontinued forever.

xii. All rules are subject to change from time to time, as and when required, which will be binding on all awardees.

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