NCERT is conducting the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), for students studying in class 8 and class 10. The examination will be tough and will be held in two parts – Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT), with a short time gap between the two. The results will help identify students for a national scholarship scheme. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the combined scores of MAT and SAT.
The question booklets will be separate from the answer sheets, and the booklets have to be returned at the end of the exam along with the answer sheets. Both MAT and SAT will be of 90 minutes duration and will carry maximum 100 marks. The qualifying marks are set at 40 and the two tests will have 90 questions each.
For MAT, the questions will be in multiple choice format, with four answer options for each question. Questions will be based on English, mother tongue, and Mathematics, while for SAT the questions will be based on chemistry, biology, physics and social sciences, among others.
Only if candidates are selected will they be given an intimation via registered letter from NCERT. The application forms can be submitted latest by August 31 and the exam will be conducted on May 12, 2013.
A stipulated number of candidates qualifying these two tests will be subjected to a face-to-face interview. The final awards will be declared on the basis of composite scores obtained in MAT, SAT and the interview.
The scholarships will be awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level and in professional courses such as medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject.