Eligibility refers to Quality or State of being suitable to be chosen!

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), established by the  Government of India in the year 1961 with a view to bringing about qualitative improvement   in school education in the country, set up a council which mounted a number of programmes to identify and nurture the talented students. This programme took up the shape of a scheme called National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) in the year 1963, which now is into existence with a name National Talent Search Examination (NTSE). NTSE 2020 is working for the identification of talented students and awarding them with the Scholarships that they deserve.

Identification of talent is a two tier selection process which comprises of two stages. The first stage selection process is conducted by the individual State or Union Territory, whereas the second stage selection process is carried at the national level and is conducted by the NCERT. It is mandatory for the candidates to satisfy the eligibility criteria to appear for NTSE 2020.

The students can apply for the NTSE program only if he or she is an Indian National or a student of Indian Origin. The upper age limit to appear for NTSE is defined to be 18 (Eighteen) Years. The students who are pursuing class X from any recognized Private, Government or open school can apply for the scholarship examination. However, the students who are in class IX can also apply for NTSE with a condition that they clear the class IX exam with a minimum of 60% marks. The NTSE reservation policy is same for all the students. Also, the percentage reservation offered remains same for the students studying in India or abroad.

Before filing in the application for the NTSE scholarship examination, the students should clearly understand its eligibility criteria. The candidates must know that the eligibility criteria for both Stages I and Stage II are different. The Stage wise NTSE eligibility criteria are discussed further in this article for your reference.

Eligibility Criteria for the First Stage of NTSE 2020

The first stage of NTSE refers to the State Level Scholarship Programme. Every State or Union Territory conducts its own examination and they have the autonomy to lay down their own norms for the purpose of determining the eligibility of the candidates. This examination is essentially used to recommend a given number of selected students for the second stage test to be conducted by the NCERT. This number is based on the enrolment of students at Classes IX and X in different States or Union Territories. The students are recommended on the basis of the merit in the written examination conducted by the States or Union Territories and the details of the number of candidates applicable for the same are notified separately. The state level screening examination is organised in all State and Union Territories on first Sunday of November with some exceptions to it. In Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram it is conducted on the first Saturday of November every   year until and unless some special circumstances occur. The addresses of the Liaison Officers of each State and Union Territories are mentioned online with whom information about state level examination can be sought. 

The following points needs to be kept in mind for eligibility of NTSE Stage I:   

  • All  students studying in  Class X in any type of  recognized school including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Sainik School etc. will  be eligible to appear at the State Level Examination from the State in which the school is   located.  
  • There will be no imposition of domicile restriction. 
  • The state has the authority to impose any additional eligibility condition like any qualifying percentage of marks in the previous annual examination, etc. for appearing in the screening examination.
  • The students  registered under Open and Distance  Learning (ODL) are also eligible for scholarship provided the students are below the age of 18  years (as on 1st July of that particular year) 
  • It is mandatory for the students to be NOT employed while in the process.
  • The students need to insure that they are appearing in class X for the first time.

Eligibility Criteria for the Second Stage of NTSE 2020

The second stage of NTSE refers to the National Level Scholarship programme. There is no fee of any kind for appearing in the National Level Examination. NTSE is open for students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at standard X level. For the students studying  in India, only the candidates selected by the States and Union Territories on the basis of their screening examination will 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 students who have secured 80% marks in state board are eligible for stage II of the NTSE exam. The NCERT will convey the roll number, the venue, the date and time for the national level examination to all selected candidates directly through its official portal www.ncert@nic.in. Approximately around 4000 candidates appear for the stage II of the NTSE scholarship examination.  The students who manage to clear the NTSE stage II with the minimum defined marks are eligible for the scholarships.

The students of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class X level can also compete for Talent Search Award under the following conditions: 

  • The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class are exempted from the first level screening test and will be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT. 
  • A candidate will be eligible to appear in the second level NTSE scholarship examination only if he or she has exceeded to obtained at least 60 (sixty) per cent marks in aggregate at the previous annual examination. 
  • A candidate will have to appear in the NTSE scholarship test at a centre in India at her or his own cost.
  • A candidate aspiring to appear in the NTSE talent search 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 mark sheet of Class IX. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st December of the concerned year.
  • The Council will allot roll numbers to the eligible candidates and inform them about the date, time and the venue of examination along with other relevant instructions.
  • No request for change of Centre will be entertained. 
  • If a candidate is selected, the scholarship will be paid for pursuing studies in India only. 
  • Change of center will be permitted in genuine cases and as per instructions issued from the NCERT.

With this we @ studies today conclude our detailed article on the eligibility conditions all aspirants need to justify for qualifying to appear for the National Talent Search Examination. Stay Tuned for further details and updates regarding NTSE 2020. Best Wishes! 

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