The National Talent Search Examination is conducted by the Indian Union to award highly intellectual students to acquire quality education with sponsored funding. The scholarship program is one of the most reputed scholarship programs that have been drafted by the Indian Union. On yearly basis, there are some 3, 00,000 applicants for this scholarship program and out of the numbers mentioned, every year 2, 000 applicants are rewarded with the scholarship and out of the those2,000 earmarked, 1,550. Recently, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has said that they have planned to increase the number of scholarship from 1, 000 to 2, 000. The scholarship is given to students who are studying in Class 10 and they should be Indian Nationals only.
The Scheme of the Scholarship
The scholarship is divided into two stages and upon fulfillment of the first level; the applicants can proceed to the second level. The specialty about the NTSE scholarship is that students who are Indian Nationals but living abroad can also apply for the scholarship. The scholarship test is divided into two stages, in the first stage; the students are assessed upon their mental ability and proficiency of the language. In order to assess their specific qualities the MAT (Mental Ability Test) is conducted to assess the sharpness of the brain. At the same time, upon successful fulfillment of the MAT, the candidates can move to scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
First Level Exam
Under the first level exam, the SAT would be taken and candidates are assessed based on their skills in Mathematics, Science and Social Science. All the questions are specifically ascribed to the State Board Syllabus, specifically, the CBSE, however, NCERT is also given due consideration and questions may be asked from those books that are followed in NCERT as well. But the norm is broken by few of the states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh which are primarily focused at giving some sort of leverage to the home board as well. So, they include few of the questions in the scholarship from the home board pattern. In the scholarship evaluation, greater focus is given to vocabulary, grammar and basic understanding.
Second Level Exam
There have been some dramatic changes in the NTSE exam patter and they have completely revamped the exam pattern. The second stage is a tough round to crack and in total 200 MCQ based questions are asked for evaluation. In the segregation of marks, the Mental Ability Test is apportioned 50 questions carrying one mark each, whereas language and SAT are given 50 marks each for assessment. The math and science questions in the scholarship test would be based on the syllabus followed by class 9 and 10 whereas the social science will tow in line with the same curriculum followed by math and science i.e. they will follow the class 9 and 10 pattern itself. For candidates who are appearing in the CBSE board, they will have advantage over the other peers considering the strong research based syllabus and greater stress given on vocabulary by the board.
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