The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students. Talent refers to the potentiality that manifests itself in a high level of performance in one or more specialized areas. The scheme, therefore, covers areas like SCIENCES, SOCIAL SCIENCES, ENGINEERING, MEDICINE, MANAGEMENT AND LAW. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship for the entire academic career.
The scheme's official name is National Science Talent Search (NSTS), and is open to students of Indian Nationality only. Only students of class X are eligible in earlier procedure of selection, but based on the undergoing change of education system in our country the scheme was made open to students of classes X, XI & XII and separate examinations are being conducted for each class. It was no longer confined to only basic sciences but was extended to SOCIAL SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE as well. It was renamed as National Talent Search Scheme (NTSS) and number of scholarships were increased to 500.
Candidates are subjected to appear for two objective type written tests namely Mental Ability Test (MAT) & Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
For Stage I, selection will be done by States / UTs through the written examination, each State / UT has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the stage II examination. A stipulated number of candidates qualifying these two tests were subjected to face-to-face interview. The final awards were made on the basis of composite scores obtained in the MAT, SAT & interview.
" Details of which are available on NCERT website www.ncert.nic.in "