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Attention, all Class 8 Students: NCERT’s National Talent Search Examination

25, Aug 2011

The purpose of the National Talent Search Scheme, an activity of the NCERT started in 1963, was to identify exceptional students and nurture their talent. The scheme covers areas such as Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Management, and Law. It recognizes and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences, and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to doctoral level. For professional courses such as Engineering, Medicine, Management, and Law this assistance is given only up to postgraduation. The NCERT conducts the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class VIII only.

Scholarships: On the basis of the examination conducted, 1,000 scholarships will be awarded for each group of students appearing for Class VIII examinations. The amount of scholarship will be Rs. 500/- per month as per NTS rules.

Reservation: 15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for the Physically Challenged students.

Selection: There will be a two-stage selection process for the award of scholarship. In Stage I, States/UTs will conduct a written examination. Students who qualify in Stage I will be eligible to appear for the Stage II examination conducted by NCERT.


The last date for submitting the application is 31 August 2011.


For those in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the exam will be conducted on 19 November 2011. For the rest of India the exam date is 20 November 2011.


The exam date for applicants across the country is 13 May 2012.

Eligibility: Students of Class VIII studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Stage I examination. There will be no domicile restriction.

Examination Pattern: The examination in both Stage 1 and Stage II will comprise two parts: (1) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (2) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences, and mathematics.

State Quotas: Each State/Union Territory is allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage II examination, the details of which will be made available on the NCERT website. However, there will be no State/Union Territory quota for the final award of scholarship after the Stage II examination.

Application Form: You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring application form. However, the application form may be downloaded from the NCERT website ( also.

The completed application form should be signed by the principal of the school. The candidate/principal must confirm the last date for submission of application form and where to submit it from the State/ UT liaison officer whose addresses are given below (also see the NCERT website). Different states may have different last dates for submission of application forms. All queries relating to application forms should be made from State Liaison Officers (LOs). No application should be sent to NCERT.

Fees: States and Union Territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage I examination. Therefore, before submitting the application form you may find out the fees charged for Stage I examination and also the mode of payment from your State Liaison Officer (LO). However, NCERT does not charge any fee for Stage II examination.

Announcement of Results: Results of the Stage-I examination will be declared by the State Governments/ Union Territories, and those of Stage-II examination by the NCERT.

Indian Students Studying Abroad can appear directly for Stage II NTSE under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure for class 8 which is available on the NCERT website. Candidates may fill up relevant items of the application form available on the NCERT website and send it to the undersigned along with a photocopy of the mark-sheet of the previous examination latest by March 31, 2012.

Department of Educational Measurement & Evaluation
National Council of Educational Research & Training
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110016

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