The NCERT - National Council of Educational Research and Training is going to conduct the national talent search examination for students studying in class 10 for the academic year 2013 of National talent search scheme. The idea behind conducting this test is to identify students and nurture them.
According to Parvin Sinclair, NCERT, the scheme that covers areas like sciences, social, engineering, medicine, management and law, helps students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. Or the courses in basic sciences, social sciences and commerce, this assistance is provided up to the PhD level. For the professional courses like engineering, medicine, management and law, this assistance will be provided only up to post-graduation.
Sinclair also says that "some years ago, this exam used to be conducted for class 10 students, but then the pattern changed and it started being conducted for class 8 students. The exam will now again be conducted for class 10 students".All students of class 10 studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the stage-1 examination, conducted by the states/UT's in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction. The pattern of written examination for class 10 will be of two stages.
Stage 1 : Examination at the state/UT level will compromise two parts such as (a) Mental ability test and (b) Scholastic aptitude test.
Stage 2 : Examination at the national level will comprise of (a) Mental ability test and (b)Scholastic aptitude test.
Both of these exams shall be for 90 minutes duration and will carry maximum of 100 marks. The qualifying marks are set at 40 and the two tests will have 90 questions each.
On the basis of the exam, 1000 scholarships will be awarded to students. The amount of scholarship will be Rs. 500 per month. There will be two stage selection process for award of scholarship. Students need to contact the state/UT liaison officer for procuring application forms. However, forms can also be downloaded .
For complete details on exam and to apply click on NCERT 2013 Exam Notification.