The National Talent Search Examination or the NTS exam is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT) with the purpose of identifying brilliant students and nurturing their talent, so that they may scale great heights in their chosen field, and bring pride and glory to the motherland. NCERT awards 1000 Scholarships at a national level, to talented students of Class VIII each year under the National Talent Search Scheme. The scheme provides financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship and an annual book grant. Students who are awarded the scholarship receive financial assistance upto Ph.D level in Social Sciences, Basic Sciences and Commerce. Students pursuing professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law receive financial assistance upto Master degree.
Students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the respective Class X Stage I examination conducted by the States/UTS in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.
The NTS exam is conducted in two stages. The first stage selection is made at the level of States/ UTs through a written examination. Students qualifying the first stage examination are eligible to appear for the second stage examination conducted by NCERT at a national level. The second stage examination will also comprise of an interview in addition to the written examination. The written examination is an Objective Type of an exam which is conducted in two parts, both at the State/UT level and at the NCERT level as follows : Part I : This part is a General Mental Ability Test (G.M.A.T.) This test is given to the students to judge their power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation etc. A variety of questions e.g. analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, hidden figures, coding-decoding, block assembly, problem solving etc. are used for this purpose. This test comprises of 100 questions. Part II : This is a Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T.). SAT contains items from Sciences, Social Sciences and Mathematics of Class VII & VIII for STD VIII th N.T.S. exam. This test comprises 100 items, of them, 40 items are from Science, 40 from Social Sciences and 20 from Mathematics. The items that are used in this test aim at measuring the knowledge of the subject area besides assessing the ability to apply that knowledge to solve new problems.
The NTSE is conducted as per the following schedule :
|State Level||Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur & Nagaland||Last Saturday of November|
|All other States and UTs||Last Sunday of November|
|National Level||All States and UTs||First or Second Sunday of May|