The National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) scholarships from this year onwards will be given to 2000 meritorious students. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) informed about the increase of scholarships from the previous 1000 to 2000. It must be noted that the scholarship amount was increased in 2018 only. The NCERT said, “As on date, 2000 scholarships are awarded in India with a reservation of 27 % for other backward classes, 15 % for SC, 7.5 % for ST and 4 % for candidates with the benchmark disabilities”.
For those who do not know, the NTSE or National Talent Search Exam is held in 2 stages i.e. state level and national level.
In most parts of the country, the first stage of exam is held on the 1stSunday of November except in Andaman & Nicobar Island, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya where it is conducted on first Saturday of the same month. The exam comprises of mental ability test & scholastic aptitude test.
Meanwhile, the second stage of examination is held on the 2nd Sunday of May. Students who clear their first stage exam are eligible to give the second one.
The exam is conducted in many languages like Bangla, Assamiya, English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Tamil and Telugu.
Reservations for the OBC and scholarship numbers were in the pipeline since last one year. Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister had announced the changes last year.