National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level scholarship progamme to identify and nurture talented students in India. It is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research & Training and was started in the year 1963. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship for the entire academic year.
1000 scholarships are awarded for each group of students appearing for Class VIII examinations. The amount of scholarship is Rs. 500/- per month as per NTS rules.
15% scholarships are reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged group of students.
Students of Class VIII studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the respective exam.
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- For Stage-I, selection is done by States/UTs through a written examination. Students who qualify Stage I are eligible to appear for Stage II examination conducted by NCERT
- The States/UTs also conduct the selection test for National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme along with the Stage-I written examination for NTS
Stage I Examination at the State/UT level comprises of two parts, namely
- Mental Ability Test (MAT)
- Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics
Stage II Examination at the National level comprises of
- Mental Ability Test (MAT)
- Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering Social Sciences, Sciences and Mathematics
First level NTSE conducted at the State Level: Most questions are from the State Syllabus of Std. 8 while fewer questions are from CBSE and ICSE Syllabus.
- Class VIII MAT and SAT consist of 90 questions each
- SAT has 35-40 questions for Social Science, 35-40 for Science and 20-25 for Mathematics./li>
Second Level NTSE conducted at the National Level: This includes most questions from CBSE and ICSE, prescribing the NCERT Syllabus.
The "Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana" (KVPY) is a program started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to encourage students of Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to take up research careers in these areas. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented students with aptitude for research. Generous fellowship and contingency grants are provided to the selected KVPY Fellows, up to the pre PHD level or 5 years, whichever is earlier. In addition summer camps are organized in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country.
The Department of Science and Technology, the nodal agency of the Government has entrusted the overall responsibility for organizing and running the KVPY Program to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and set up a Management Committee and a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation. A core committee looks after both the day-to-day and academic aspects of the KVPY Program.
Selection of the students is made from those studying in 11th standard to 1st year of any undergraduate Program in Basic Sciences namely B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology having an aptitude for scientific research. Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students are called for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure. For receiving a fellowship, both aptitude test and interview marks are considered.
There is no prescribed syllabus for the written exam. The written exam aims to test the understanding and analytical ability of the student than his/her factual knowledge. However, students are tested for the syllabus up to class X/XII/1st year of B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. as applicable.
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- 2nd Sunday of July: Detailed ad is published in the newspapers.
- 12th July 2015: Website opening and online submission of Applications
- 30th August 2015: Last date for submitting Online Application
- 10th October 2015: Download Admit Card
- 1st November 2015: Exam Date
The Mumbai Science Teachers' Association conducts Dr. Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik Spardha since 1981 to encourage students to take an interest in science, to inculcate scientific attitude and to search for science talent in students.
Only students studying in class 6 & 9 can participate in this exam. This competition is based on scientific knowledge acquired by the students up to std. VI and IX. It is conducted in English and Marathi medium only.
For Class 6 exam: the syllabus is based on textbooks of Class 5 & 6 of SSC syllabus and related content from ICSE and CBSE books of class 6.
For Class 9 exam: the syllabus is based on textbooks of Class 7,8 & 9 of SSC syllabus and related content from ICSE and CBSE books of class 9.
Less emphasis is given for knowledge based questions and more emphasis for understanding, reasoning, correlation, etc.
The questions related to general knowledge in science are based on topics like happenings of the last year and science around day to day life.
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This competition is conducted in three phases as described below.
- Phase I: 100 MCQ of 100 marks. Duration of exam is 90 minutes.
- There are 45 questions each of Physics & Chemistry and 90 questions of Biology.
- Exam is of 3.5 hours duration
- Phase I: Top 7.5% students are selected for Phase II. Students obtaining marks above 35, get a passing Certificate
- Phase II: 30% of the marks obtained in Phase I and marks obtained in Phase II are considered. Top 10% students are selected for Phase III
- • Phase III: 30% of the marks obtained in Phase I + marks obtained in Phase II & Phase III are considered. Top 10% candidates are awarded a gold medal, certificate and scholarship of Rs 1000. The next 50% candidates are awarded a silver medal, certificate and scholarship of Rs 500. Remaining 40% candidates are awarded a bronze medal, certificate and scholarship of Rs. 300
Olympiads are internationally recognized competitions in various fields of knowledge. They are the highest level examinations and are hosted by different countries every year. Participation in any of the Olympiads has worldwide recognition and is considered as a great achievement. international Olympiads are held each year in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy & Junior Science.
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