Eligibility for NTSE Exam
There is no fee of any kind for appearing in the National Level Examination. All students of Class X studying in recognized 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 National Talent Search Examination is open for students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at Class X level. There will be 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 Stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT.
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 registered mail.
Students of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class VIII level may also compete for Talent Search Award under the following conditions:
- The Indian students studying abroad in Class VIII 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 Council.
- 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.
- A candidate will have to appear in the NTS examination at a centre in India at her/his own cost.
- 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 marksheet of Class IX. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st March of the concerned year.
- 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.
- No request for change of Centre shall be entertained.
- A candidate shall have to attend an interview, if he/she qualifies for the same, in India at his/her own cost.
- If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.
- An Awardee is eligible for the scholarship provided
- takes up studies in approved courses.
- maintains good conduct as certified by the Head of the College/Institution and continues his/her studies as a regular student.
- does not absent himself/herself without proper leave.
- takes up studies on a whole time basis.
- does not take up any job.
- The NTS scholarship does not preclude the awardee from accepting any other scholarship except for Ph.D. course.
- No scholarship shall be available for studies abroad for any course.
- No claim for scholarship arrears will be entertained after the expiry of 12 months of the academic session for which one has applied for the claim.
- In case any awardee leaves his/her course of study within one month of registration/admission, no scholarship shall be paid to him/her.
- In case awardee is not able to appear at the examination due to serious illness, one should send the medical certificate through the Head of the Institution within three months of one’s falling ill. The duration of illness should be clearly certified by a specialist, who is a Registered Medical Practitioner. The facility will be available to the awardee to continue the same course in which one is studying provided the principal or the head of the institution certifies that the overall performance of the awardee during the year is 50 per cent or above.
- The awardee must join the next class/desired course within 3 months of the declaration of the result of the previous class/course. No change of course will be permitted. However, if the entrance examination to a course, held by a university or the examination bodies like CBSE is delayed due to unavoidable circumstances beyond the stipulated period, then the joining period for such courses should not normally exceed beyond six months. A certificate from examination bodies will be required to deal such cases. The decision for continuance of scholarship to such awardees will be taken on case-to-case basis.
- Scholarship shall be deemed to be discontinued with any gap of one academic session in studies at any time due to any reason.
- Scholarship once discontinued on the basis of the rules of disbursement of scholarship cannot be revived under any circumstances.
- All rules are subject to change from time to time, as and when required, which will be binding on all awardees.
- The award of scholarship to the selected candidates shall commence subsequent to their clear promotion to Class IX.
- The scholarship at the secondary and higher secondry stage or equivalent Classes IX to XII is payable for a maximum period of four years for studies in India only.
- No scholarship at this stage is payable for studying diploma/certificate level courses.
- The awardees for the continuation of scholarships in Class X should have at least 50 per cent marks in aggregate in Class IX and clear promotion to next class in first attempt.
- The awardees must obtain a minimum of 60 percent marks in Class X examination or equivalent examination for continuation of the scholarship at higher secondry stage.
- The awardees for the continuation of scholarships in the second year of the +2 stage should have at least 50 per cent marks in aggregate in the first year of the +2 stage and clear promotion to nextclass in first attempt.
- In case an institution does not conduct an examination at the end of Class IX and/or Class XI, the scholarship for the second year will be continued on the submission of a certificate to this effect from the head of the lnstitution.
- The awardee must obtain a minimum of 60 per cent marks at the end of +2 stage or equivalent examination for continuation of the scholarship at the first degree level course in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences or a professional course in engineering, medicine, management or law.
- The scholarship to SC/ST awardees will be paid after getting selected through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), IIT and admitted in the oneyear preparatory course for B.Tech. The scholarship will continue in 1st year subject to fulfillment of all the conditions laid down by respective IITs.
- The continuation of scholarships in the second and subsequent years shall be subject to the following conditions:
- Clear promotion to the next class in first attempt with pass in all papers.
- At least 50 per cent marks in aggregate at the internal examinations. However, the scholarship to MBBS candidates for internship will be given, only if one secures 60 per cent or more marks in the final degree.
- In case the result is not declared in terms of marks and grades are given, these should be equivalent to at least 50 per cent and above.
- In case an Institution/University does not conduct an annual examination after such a class, a certificate from the principal/head of the institution would be acceptable to this effect that the overall performance of the awardee is 50 percent or above.
- In case of IITs and other institutions, which follow semester system of examination, the marks or an equivalent Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) at the end of an academic year will be considered.
- An awardee has the option to change one’s discipline within the course, which one is pursuing, within or after completing one academic year without loss of any academic session. No change of discipline will be allowed during second or subsequent years. The awardee will have to appear in the final examination of that course at the end of academic session and should fulfill the other conditions for continuing the scholarship irrespective of the date of change of the discipline.
- In case of four/five years integrated courses leading to post-graduation degree the rate of scholarship in the last two years shall be at the P.G. rates and for the remaining period as per the under graduate rates. In such cases the scholarship during the third/fourth year would be paid at the P.G. rate only if the head of the institution certifies that the performance of the candidate at the end of the second/third year has been equivalent to that of at least 60 per cent of marks.
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