The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level scholarship program in India to Identify and Nurture talented students. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship for a entire academic career. It is open to student of Indian National only. Students studying in class X standard are eligible to appear for the selection process.
There is a two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage I, selection will be done by States/UTs through the written examination. Each State/Union Territory has been alloted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage II examination. Students who qualify Stage I will be eligible to appear for Stage II examination conducted by NCERT.
Scholarships: On the basis of the examination conducted, 1000 scholarships will be awarded for each group of students appearing for Class X examinations. The amount of scholarship will be Rs.500/- per month as per NTS rules except for Ph.D., wherein it is paid according to UGC norms. For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D. level. For professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation.
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 Physically Challenged Group of Students each in respect of the class X.
Application Form : .The completed application form duly signed by Principal of the school should be submitted to the LO/ concerned district official of the State before the last date.
Fees : States and Union Territories may notify the fee required (refer NCERT website) which will be paid for the Stage-I examination. However, NCERT does not charge any fee for the Stage-II examination.
Announcement of Results : Results of the Stage-I examination will be announced by the respective State Governments. Results of Stage-II examination will be announced by NCERT.