Monday, June 16, 2008
NCERT awards 1000 Scholarships to talented students of Class X each year under the National Talent Search Scheme. 150 scholarships are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 75 for Scheduled Tribes. The scheme provides financial assistance in the form of monthly scholarship.Candidates who are awarded the scholarship receive financial assistance upto Ph. D level in Social Sciences, Basic Sciences and Commerce. Candidates pursuing professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law receive financial assistance upto Master degree. Only regular students of class X in recognized schools from States/UTs are ELIGIBLE to appear in the first stage examination in the States in which the schools are located. No domicile restriction is imposed.States/ UTs may charge fees for examination/ form for the first stage exams. However, NCERT does not charge fees for the second stage examination.The written examination will be in two parts, both at the State/UT level and at the NCERT level. Part I will be the Mental Ability Test (MAT); Part-II will be the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). SAT will contain items from Sciences, Social Sciences and Mathematics of Class IX and X. At the second stage there will also be an interview.. The amount of scholarship has been enhanced to Rs. 500/- per month for all the students studying in Class IX onwards (irrespective of the class/ course) except for Ph.D, wherein it is paid as per UGC norms. The older system of book grant has been removed. The criterion of parental income for deciding payment of scholarship has been discontinued.The scholarship will be provided to the students studying in Classes IX to XII and up to Ph.D. Level to those students who will pursue their courses in Basic and Social Sciences including Coerce.Scholarship will be given up to Masters degree level that pursue professional courses like Engineering Medicine LawManagement etc.Notification for National Talent Search Examination (NTSE-2008) has been issued by NCERT, New Delhi. Last date for submission of application form for stage-I (State Level) is 31st August 2007 and Stage-I examination will be conducted on Sunday, 18th November 2007. Stage-II (National Level) will be conducted on Sunday, May 11, 2008.