To encourage students to complete their degree programmes or post-graduation, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) from this year will conduct the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) for standard X, extending the scholarship cap up to post-graduation.
Talking to the media in the city on Friday, Maharashtra Council of Examination deputy director HI Shinde said, “As many as 53,860 students would be appearing for the examination that will be held at 256 centres across the state this year on Sunday (November 18). Earlier, standard VIII students were eligible for the examination and the scholarship was till standard XII. However, from this year, the exam would be conducted for regular students of standard X and the cap for scholarship has been increased up to post-graduation. Usually it is defined as the period till the student finishes doctorate (PhD) or earlier. This could be any of fields, including science, medicine, social science, maths, management and law.”
There is no pre-defined cut-off marks for the examination. It is decided on the performance of the students of that year. The examination will be of 200 marks and it includes scholastic aptitude test (SAT) and mental aptitude test (MAT). Those who will clear this examination with cut-off marks will be considered for the second stage of examination which will be held in May 2013. There is a fixed quota for each state to recommend a specific number of candidates for stage II. For Maharashtra the quota is 411 for standard X , he said. NCERT is conducting this examination since 1963. The students who receive scholarship gets a monthly amount of Rs500. This amount is transferred by NCERT to the state and then to the designated school.