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Whether it’s street conversations, web searches or educational newspapers, NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) has always been a point of discussion, thanks to the curiosity it creates among students. Especially if you are a 10th standard student, National Talent Search Examination or the NTSE scholarship is your golden chance to stand out among the masses. You may get a percentage or two more in your board exams from the rest of your class, but what if you got a chance at national recognition? NTSE is that very alluring opportunity.

Firstly, let me introduce you to the concept of NTSE scholarship.

NTSE is a national-level scholarship exam organized by NCERT for Class 10th students and is widely recognized as the toughest and most prestigious examination at high school level in the country. The motto behind conducting this examination is to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent across the country. About 3, 00,000 students compete for the examination, which consists of a 3-tier selection process:

  • Two Objective-Type Written Test: Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • One Face-to-Face Interview. Only the students who have cleared the first two tests can appear for this round.

The final result is announced based on the composite scores of the candidates in the above-mentioned tests. In short, you are called an “NTSE Scholar.” Read about some tips to obtain the NTSE scholarship here.

An NTSE scholar definitely gets an edge in his or her C.V. and also enjoys some key benefits. Through this article, we will look into why NTSE is considered to be such a prestigious scholarship exam.

The Scholarship Factor

The Central Government awards scholarships to the students who have cleared the NTSE exam. A scholarship of Rs 500 per year is awarded to the successful students. Students seeking admission in Science and Social Science stream are granted scholarship till Doctorate level while students in professional courses get the scholarship till postgraduate level.

Preference While Studying Abroad

Want to study abroad? Well, NTSE will help you reach there. The universities and education institutes abroad are familiar with the NTSE scholarship exam and give preference to students who have qualified it. So, if you are considering studying abroad or wanting to apply for U.S. scholarship, you will definitely get an edge over others.

Boosts Confidence

This will be your first experience of giving a national level competitive exam where the conversion ratio is near about 1:300 and where you will hear the word ‘Competition.’ It’s surprising to know that only 1000 qualified students are granted scholarship. Clearing such a challenging exam gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you are capable of doing anything that you set your mind to, and better than most people your age.

Get Admission in Top Institutes

In India, there are some colleges that have reserved seats exclusively for students who have qualified NTSE. The prestigious examination is the gateway to seek admission in some of the top institutions in the country and abroad. An NTSE scholar can pass the admission test of a college and get direct entry to it. Some foreign and Indian universities like Nanyang Technical University-Singapore and IIIT-Hyderabad have the provision for NTSE scholars to apply for undergraduate programmes directly, thus surpassing the headache of giving entrance exams.

Add Brownie Points to Your CV/Resume

Qualifying the scholarship exam is an added advantage when you apply for jobs. An NTSE scholar is given more preference in government jobs and various interviews. It is also widely accepted for private jobs. If you ever want to get a job in Defence, the “NTSE Scholar” tag will give you brownie points during NDA selections.

Perks & Discounts

Getting in the final list of NTSE will fill your pocket with a reward of Rs. 1,250 per month for Classes XI and XII and Rs 2,000 per month for graduation and post-graduation. Students also enjoy discounts on books and course materials at the high school level. Therefore, it becomes easier to buy good and expensive books for studying. In case a student wants to seek an admission in another school, a candidate who has cleared the NTSE is given more preference.

Check out the list of books every NTSE aspirant should have here.

So, if you are planning to opt for the National Talent Search Examination, you can expect a lot of rewards and recognition in return. Just like most competitive exams, cracking NTSE is more about practice and hard work than anything else. However, don’t forget to enjoy the process. Make learning fun, like it is supposed to be!

Click here to read some FAQs about the NTSE exam.

All the Best!! 🙂

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