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The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is going to conduct the national talent search examination for students studying in class X for the academic year 2013 of national talent search scheme. The idea behind conducting this test is to identify talented students and nurture them. According to Parvin Sinclair, director, NCERT, the scheme that covers areas like sciences, social sciences, engineering, medicine, management and law, helps 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 the PhD level. For the professional courses like engineering, medicine, management and law, this assistance will be provided only up to post-graduation. "Some years ago, this exam used to be conducted for class X students, but then the pattern changed and it started being conducted for class VIII students. The exam will now again be conducted for class X students," says Sinclair. All students of class X studying in recognised schools are eligible to appear for the stage-I examination, conducted by the states/ UTs, in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction. The pattern of written examination for class X will be: Stage-I examination at the state/UT level will comprise two parts — (a) mental ability test (MAT) and (b) scholastic aptitude test (SAT) Stage-II examination at the national level will comprise — (a) mental ability test (MAT) and (b) scholastic aptitude test (SAT). Both MAT and SAT will be of 90 minutes' duration and will carry maximum 100 marks. The qualifying marks are set at 40 and the two tests will have 90 questions each. On the basis of the exam, 1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students. The amount of scholarship will be 500 per-month. 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 differently-abled students. There will be a two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage-I, selection will be done by states / UTs through a written examination. Students who qualify stage-I, will be eligible to appear for the stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT. Students need to contact the state / UT liaison officer for procuring application forms. However, forms can also be downloaded from NCERT website www.ncert.nic.in. Results of the Stage-I examination will be announced by the respective state governments and union territories. Results of Stage-II examination will be announced by NCERT. Indian students studying abroad in class X can appear directly for Stage-II NTS examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure, which is available on the NCERT website. Candidates may fill in the application form, available on the NCERT website and send to the undersigned (check website) along with a photocopy of the marksheet of the previous examination by March 31, 2013.
Courtesy: Times of India
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