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NTSE 2020: NCERT will release a notification for National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2019-20. NTSE is a national level talent search exam to search for talented students and nurture them by providing scholarships to them. This exam is conducted by NCERT in coordination with SCERT of the respective states. NTSE 2020 exam is 2 stage exam. Stage exam is conducted by SCERT of the respective state and Stage 2 is conducted by NCERT itself. The application form for NTSE 2020 Class 10th Student (2019-20) will start from the Second week of September 2020. The Examination of Stage 1 (state level) will be conducted on the first Sunday of November. Those candidates who will qualify in NTSE 2020 Stage 1 will be called for NTSE 2020 Stage 2. Those who will qualify NTSE 2020 Stage 2 will be given Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for Xth Student and Scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month for UG and PG. The National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class Xis meant to identify the nurture talent. Get all the details of NTSE 2020 from this post.

NTSE 2019-2020

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) a national level talent search exam to search for talented students and nurture them by providing scholarships to them. Those who will qualify NTSE 2020 Stage 2 will be given Scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for Xth Student and Scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month for UG and PG. They also get fixed amount of scholarships in PHD also. NTSE Exam is a pen paper offline mode examination which conducted all over the state of India in coordination SCERT. The examination is of MCQ based objective type. Student need to fill correct answer on OMR Sheet. The question paper of NTSE contains two parts i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

NTSE 2020 Highlights
Exam Conducting Body NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training)
Mode of Exam Offline
Application Form August 2019
Exam Date 02,03 and 17 November  2019
Answer Key 17 November  2019
Result January-April 2020

NTSE 2020 Exam Dates

NCERT will release official brochure of NTSE 2020 which will contain detailed date sheet of NTSE Stage 1 and NTSE 2020 State 2. If we see previous year trends, NCERT always conducts NTSE Stage 1 with coordination of SCERT on the 1st Sunday of November. Students can find a tentative schedule of NTSE 2020 in below tables.

Event Date
NTSE 2020 Stage 01 Exam 02,03 and 09 November 2019
NTSE 2020 Stage 02 Exam May 2020
NTSE 2020 Stage 02 Result June 2020

 

Eligibility

Those students who want to appear in NTSE 2019-20 must need to fulfill these criteria of eligibility:-

NTSE 2020 Stage 01 Eligibility

  • 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 on the Second Sunday of May each year (unless otherwise notified). The NCERT will convey the roll number, the venue, the date and time for the national level examination to all such candidates directly through its portal [email protected]
  • Candidates Studying Abroad Students of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class X level may also compete for Talent Search Award under the following conditions:
    1. The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class shall be exempted from the first level-screening test and shall be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT.
    2. A candidate shall be eligible to appear in the second level NTS examination only if he or she has obtained at least 60 percent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination.
    3. A candidate will have to appear in the NTS examination at a center in India at her/his own cost.
    4. 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 mark sheet of Class IX. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st December of the concerned year.
    5. The Council shall allot roll numbers to the eligible candidates and inform them about the date, time and the venue of examination along with other relevant instructions
    6. No request for change of Centre shall be entertained.
    7. If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.
    8. Change of center will be permitted in genuine cases and as per instructions issued from NCERT.

NTSE 2020 Stage 02 Eligibility

  • He/Shee must be Indian Nationals studying in India or Abroad
  • Candidate Must be in Merit List of STSE NTSE Stage 01 with 85% Marks.

NTSE 2020 Reservation Criteria

At the national level for Stage-II Examination 15% for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% for students belonging to the ST category 27% for students belonging to OBC category (Non-creamy layer) as per central list available  on www.ncbe.nic.in/userpanel/centralliststateview.aspx and 4% for Physically Challenged Group of Students, With benchmark disabilities of which, One percent each shall be reserved for persons With benchmark disabilities under clauses (a), (b) and (c) and one per cent for persons With benchmark disabilities under clauses (d) and (e) namely:

  1. blindness and low vision;
  2. deaf and hard of hearing;
  3. locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy;
  4. autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness;
  5. multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness in the posts identified for each

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Identification of talent comprises a two-stage selection process. While the individual State/UT
conducts the first stage selection, the second stage selection at the national level is carried out by
the NCERT.

  • STATE LEVEL EXAMINATION
    • Each State/UT conducts its own examination. They have the autonomy to lay down their own norms for the purpose of determining the eligibility of the candidates. This examination is primarily used to recommend a given number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT. This number is based on the enrolment of students at Classes IX and X in different States/UTs. The candidates are to be recommended on the basis of the merit in the written examination conducted by the States/UTs. The details of the number of candidates for different States/UTs as applicable are notified separately. The state-level screening examination is conducted in all State/UT’s on first Sunday of November except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram where it will be conducted on first Saturday of November every year until and unless some special circumstances occur.

How to apply for NTSE 2020?

The students studying in Class X in the country ought to be on the lookout for any advertisement in the newspapers or circulars in the school by the respective Government of their State/UT for the above said examination and act as per the requirement is given in the State advertisement/circular.

Any other information/query about the details of the state level examination may be had from Liaison Officers of the State/UT agencies, the addresses of which are given in the Appendix. The filled in application by the student be submitted to the State Liaison Officer duly signed by the Principal of the school before the due date as advertised/circulated by each concerned State/UT.

NTSE 2020 Application Form

NTSE Stage Application form can be downloaded from Online. The NTSE 2020 Application form is available at any book stores. Application form of NTSE is also published in Newspaper.

Medium of Examination

The medium of the test shall be as announced by the State/UT.

Fee

State may impose any fee for examination and/or for the application form.

Examination

State level examination may have two parts: Part-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and PartII Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for nominating the required number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT.

Examination Date Paper Test Timings Number of Questions Number of  Marks Time Duration Qualifying Selection Criteria
1st Sunday of November (In all the States/UTs of the country except Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar exam where will be held) Paper-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) 09.30 am to 11.30 am (All candidates except visually Challenged Candidates) 100 100 120 32% SC, ST and PWD and 40% for Others (General& OBC) •  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 •  There will be No Negative Marking
Paper-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 13.30 pm to 15.30 pm (All candidates except visually Challenged Candidates) 100 (Science- 40, Mathematics-20, Social Science 40) 100 120 Min

 

Results

The State/Union Territory will prepare a merit list of the candidates ensuring the minimum qualifying marks in both the tests separately. These marks are 40 per cent in the case of General and OBC category candidates and 32 per cent in the case of SC/ST/physically challenged candidates.

The result of State Level Talent Search examination is declared in months of January/ February by the States/UTs themselves. This examination is used only to recommend the candidates for second level NTS examination conducted by the NCERT. The marks of the State level Examination are not added to the National Level Examination for award of scholarship. No correspondence will be entertained by the NCERT with regard to first level examination conducted by the State/UT. The candidate having any query/complaint/clarification with regard to the State Level Examination shall have to correspond only with the state examination agencies

Best NTSE Books for NTSE Stage 1 and Stage 2

According to many NTSE Aspirants the best book for NTSE Stage and Stage 2 Exam 2020 are:-

 

NATIONAL LEVEL EXAMINATION

There is no fee of any kind for appearing in the National Level Examination.

  • Eligibility

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 on the Second Sunday of May each year  (unless  otherwise  notified).  The NCERT will convey the roll number, the venue, the date and time for the national level examination to all such candidates directly through its portal [email protected]

  • Candidates Studying Abroad

Students of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class X level may also compete for Talent Search Award under the following conditions:

  1. The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class shall be exempted from the first level-screening test and shall be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT
  2. A candidate shall be eligible to appear in the second level NTS examination only if he or she has obtained at least 60 per cent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination.
  3. A candidate will have to appear in the NTS examination at a centre in India at her/his own cost.
  4. 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 mark sheet of Class IX. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st December of the concerned year.
  5. The Council shall allot roll numbers to the eligible candidates and inform them about the date, time and the venue of examination along with other relevant instructions.
  6. No request for change of Centre shall be entertained.
  7. If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.
  8. Change of center will be permitted in genuine cases and as per instructions issued from

Syllabus

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. 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 www.ncert.nic.in.

Scheme of Testing

The scheme of testing is given below—

  • Written Examination

The written examination shall consist of two paper; Paper-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Paper-II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Both the tests will be administered on the same day

  • 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 are 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

Important Note: Students are allowed to take away question booklets of both the tests (Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test) after the examination.
  • Medium

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

  • Allotment of E-Admit Cards

The NCERT shall upload the E-Admit Cards for the second level examination on its website. In case there is any change of address prior to the National Level Examination, it shall  be obligatory on the part of the candidate to communicate the same to the state examining authority, which in turn shall inform the NCERT for change of address after the candidate has download the admission letter for second level examination. The same may be communicated to the NCERT directly.

  • Venue, Date and Time of the Test

The admission letter shall have all the information about the venue, the roll number, the date and time of the test. Candidates can download their E-Admit cards themselves before 21  days of examination.

  • Submission of Photograph

The admission letter issued to the candidate shall contain E-Admit Card to be filled in by the candidate. She/he shall have to paste an attested passport size photograph at the appropriate place in the E-Admit Card. This shall have to be submitted to the Centre Superintendent on the day of the National Level Examination.

The Centre Superintendent, at his own discretion in special cases, may admit a candidate without photograph. However, a candidate shall have to submit an attested photograph to the Centre Superintendent immediately after the examination, which he shall forward to the NCERT.

  • 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.

 

 

  • Change of Centre

Only in exceptional cases under special circumstances, like transfer of the parents of the candidates, the centre of examination may be changed on a written request received to the  NCERT within 15 days of the download of the E-Admit Card prior to at least 21 days of examination. However, it may be noted that in such cases only  the  English  medium  test  booklet shall be provided to the candidate at the changed centre.

 

 

  • Conduct of Examination

The Centre Superintendent shall conduct the examination on the date and time of examination as announced by the NCERT. He/she will follow instructions for the conduct of the examination as supplied by the NCERT. For various eventualities like the late coming, malpractice, use of helper (in cases not covered by the instruction from NCERT, the Centre Superintendent shall follow the rules prevalent for the Board Examination of  the  State concerned.

  • Marking

Each item in both the tests shall carry one mark each. A candidate shall get one mark for correct response. There will be no negative marking in either of the tests. Nevertheless,  candidates are advised not to resort to blind guessing, which may not be of any help to them.

  • Processing of Result

The scoring of the OMR-sheets for both the MAT and the SAT shall be done through the computer. All possible precautions are taken and necessary checks applied while processing the result to ensure zero error results.

  • Declaration of Result

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

  • Rechecking

Since the NCERT applies rigorous checks and counterchecks before the declaration of result, no request for re-evaluation or rechecking of scripts will be entertained. Candidates will be provided facility to have access to their scanned OMR sheets which will be placed on NCERT website along with final scoring key so that they can calculate their own score.

QUOTA ALLOTTED FOR STATES/UTs (2018-2019 & 2019-2020)

S.No. States/UTs Quota*
1. Andaman & Nicobar Islands 20
2. Andhra Pradesh 263
3. Arunachal Pradesh 50
4. Assam 202
5. Bihar 691
6. Chandigarh 20
7. Chattisgarh 195
8. Dadra & Nagar Haveli 20
9. Daman & Diu 20
10. Delhi 153
11. Goa 50
12. Gujarat 360
13. Haryana 186
14. Himachal Pradesh 51
15. Jammu & Kashmir 64
16. Jharkhand 142
17. Karnataka 371
18. Kerala 220
19. Lakshdweep 20
20. Madhya Pradesh 530
21. Maharashtra 774
22. Manipur 50
23. Meghalaya 50
24. Mizoram 50
25. Nagaland 50
26. Odisha 259
27. Puducherry 20
28. Punjab 183
29. Rajasthan 485
30. Sikkim 50
31. Tamil Nadu 466
32. Telangana 216
33. Tripura 50
34. Uttar Pradesh 1408
35. Uttarakhand 79
36. West Bengal 569
TOTAL 8387
  • Quota is revised after every three years

RATES OF SCHOLARSHIP

The rates of scholarship at different stages are given as under:

 

Sl.No. Stage Rate of Scholarship
1. Higher Secondary level Rs. 1250/- p.m.
2. Graduate and Post Graduate Rs. 2000/- p.m.
3. For Ph.D. degree (four years) As per UGC norms

 

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