National Talent Search Examination

Location : All India

Category : Class X

Important Dates

Last Date of application: Depends
Stage I Exams in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur and Andaman : 2015-11-07
Stage I Exams in Rest of India: 2015-11-08
Stage II Exams: 2016-05-08

TheNational Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class X is meant to identify and nurture talent.


About One thousand scholarships are awarded for difference stages of education as follows:

Scholarship Amount : (a) Scholarship of Rs. 1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII. (b) Scholarship of Rs. 2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates. (c) Amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. be fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

Scholarship Duration : Class 10 to PhD


Reservation :

15% for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged Group of Students.

Selection Criteria :

Stage-I, selection will be done by States/UTs and those who qualify Stage- I, will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT.

Eligibility :

  • 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.
  • Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for scholarship, provided the student is below the age of 18 years (as on 1st July of the particular year), the student is not employed and s/he is appearing in class X examination for the first time.

Marks needed to qualify :

Qualifying marks for candidates from General category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC, ST, PH is 35% in each paper. Language Test Qualifying in nature and marks obtained for Language Test will not be counted for final merit.

Details about the exam :

The pattern of written examination will be as follows: • Stage I examination at the State/UT level will comprise of two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) (b) Language Test (LT) and (c) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). • The pattern of stage II will be as under: Paper-I - Mental Ability Test (MAT)- 50 - 50 - 45 Paper-II - Language Test (LT) English/Hindi - 50 - 50- 45 Paper-Ill - Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - 100 -100 - 90 At Stage-II (National Level), there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducted No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.

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