Examination Scheme - NTSE - Indian Schools
NTSE/NTSS is a two-tier process.
1) Tier 1 State Level Talent Search Examination -
This is the screening exam for Tier 2 exam. The states and the union territories were entrusted with the responsibility of conducting the first tier screening examination known as State Level Talent Search Examination. Each state and union territory was to select and recommend a stipulated number (state quota) of candidates for the national level examination to be conducted for about 3000 candidates by the NCERT. States have the autonomy to lay down their own norms for the purposes of determining the eligibility of the candidates. This examination is primarily used to recommend a given number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT.
State Quota number is based on the enrolment of students at Classes VII and VIII in different States/UTs(with a minimum of 10 for a union territory and 25 for a state and a maximum of 500 for either of the two). The candidates are to be recommended on the basis of the merit in the written examination conducted by the States/ UTs. This quota was to be reviewed every three years.
The states have complete autonomy to design and conduct their written examinations.
Eligibility: Students of Class VIII studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the respective Class VIII Stage I examination conducted by the States/UTs in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.<
2) Tier 2 National Level Talent Search Examination -
The National Talent Search Examination is open for students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at Class VIII level.
Candidates Studying in India
Only the candidates selected by the States/UTs on the basis of their screening examination shall be eligible to appear in the National level examination to be conducted by the NCERT on the Second Sunday of May each year (unless otherwise notified). The NCERT will convey the roll number, the venue, the date and time for the national level examination to all such candidates directly through registered mail.
Candidates Studying Abroad
Students of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class VIII level may also compete for Talent Search Award
under the following conditions:
(i) The Indian students studying abroad in Class VIII or equivalent class shall be exempted from the first level-screening test and shall be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the Council.
(ii) A candidate shall be eligible to appear in the second level NTS examination only if he or she has obtained at least 60 per cent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination.
(iii) A candidate will have to appear in the NTS examination at a centre in India at her/his own cost.
(iv) A candidate desiring to appear in the NTS examination may request through the Head of the Institution where he or she is studying along with an attested copy (by the Head of the Institution ) of the marksheet of Class IX. The request should reach
the Head, Department of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st March of the concerned year.
(v) The Council shall allot roll numbers to the eligible candidates and inform them about the date, time and the venue of examination along with other relevant instructions.
(vi) No request for change of Centre shall be entertained.
(vii) A candidate shall have to attend an interview, if he/she qualifies for the same, in India at his/her own cost.
(viii) If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.