National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)
NTSE Information Brochure : http://www.ncert.nic.in/programmes/talent_exam/pdf_files/Information_Brochure_2019.pdf
NTSE 2019-20 Notification Link: http://www.ncert.nic.in/pdf/NTSE_2020.pdf
National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent. It is one of the most prestigious exams in India. Close to 500,000 students appear in this scholarship exam every year, and 1000 scholarships are awarded. The states and the union territories have been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting the first tier screening examination known as State Level Talent Search Examination. Each state and union territory selects and recommends a stipulated number (state quota) of candidates for the national level examination to be conducted for about 5000 candidates by the NCERT.
The scheme is open to students of Indian nationality. All students studying in Class X in any Government or Private school are eligible to appear in Stage-I National Talent Search Examination from their respective state. State/UT can put any additional eligibility criteria to appear in Stage-I which is conducted at state/UT level. For stage-II, there is a quota for each State and Union Territory. Students with Indian Nationality studying abroad need to secure 60% marks in previous examination to apply for National Talent Search Examination. Students, if selected in the First stage, need to appear for Stage-II conducted by NCERT.