National Talent Search (NTS) Scheme

SCERT is the nodal agency for conducting National Talent Search (NTS) examination in the state of GOA

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) was established by the Government of India in the year 1961 with a view to bringing about qualitative improvement in school education in the country. No sooner the Council was set up than it mounted a number of programmes in this direction. One such programme was 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 provided for the identification of talented students and awarding them with scholarships.

The candidates are subjected to two objective type written tests namely the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).  100 each questions from MAT & SAT are to be answered by the candidates.

The following rates for various stages of education are

     a) Scholarship of Rs. 1250/- per months for class XI and XII.
     b) Scholarship of Rs. 2000/- per month for UG and PG.
     c) Scholarship for students pursuing Ph.D in accordance with UGC norms

In 2015 minimum qualifying marks for SC/ST/PH candidates were increased from 32% to 35%. In 2017 4% reservation to Physical Challenged Category was implemented for group of students, with benchmark disabilities of which, one per cent each shall be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses (a), (b) and (c) and one per cent for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses (d) and (e) namely:

a) blindness and low vision;
b) deaf and hard of hearing;
c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular                    dystrophy;
d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness;
e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deafblindness in the posts identified      for each disabilities.

From the year 2018-19 reservation to Other Backward Class (OBC) will be implemented in the NTS scheme. Besides, There will be reservations for OBCs @27% from the year 2019 as per central norms subject to the income limit notified by the Government of India from time to time for determination of the creamy layer for the purpose of OBC Reservation vide its letter No. 15- 19/2014.Sch-4 dated November 2, 2017.

State quota for Goa is 50.


The scholarship under the present scheme awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in science and social science up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions provided in this brochure. As on date 2000 scholarships are awarded in the country with reservation of 15 percent for SC, 7.5 percent for ST and 27 percent for other backward classes and 4 percent for group of students with benchmark disabilities.

Selection Procedure,
National Level Examination,
Quota Allotted For States/UTS (2018-2019 & 2019-2020),
Rules and Regulations for Disbursement Of Scholarship,
Nurturance programme is mention in the brochure.

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