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25,000 candidates registered for NTSE Stage 1 Exam conducted on Sunday

By: R Chandrakala on November 08, 2017

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) Level 1 was conducted on Sunday, wherein a total of 25,403 candidates had registered. The examination was conducted across 92 centers in the country. In order to ensure the exam is conducted across smoothly, about 65 flyovers were opened near the exam centers. The exam has been said to be conducted in a peaceful manner. 

Jagbir Singh, the Board Chairman, had visited the exam centers in Bhiwani to ensure the exam was being administered in an orderly way. OBC Reservations were recently announced by the Union Human Resource Development Minister for the NTSE Scholarship Stage 2. The scholarship exam is held by NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) to help students from Grade 11, 12 Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels of education. 

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From the year 2019, NTSE would have the reservation for the OBC quota in order to award scholarships from the year 2019. The Union Human Resource Development Ministry has said that the rates of scholarship have been increased by the government and the scholarships would be doubled from 1000 to 2000 on an annual basis. Close to 1 crore students from Grade 10 would be taking this exam on an annual basis. The scholarship amount is also planned to be increased to INR 5,000 per month in the next few years. 

As per the current reservation policy, 15% scholarships would be reserved for the Scheduled Caste category, 75% for the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Tribe category and 3% would be given to those candidates with disabilities. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has planned to extend 27% reservation to OBC students beginning from the year 2019. 

NTSE Admit cards were released in the first week of November. The application forms for the National Talent Search Examination were made available to the Block Education Officers of the state beginning on August 28, 2017. Several Private schools were affected by the fact that the NTSE Application process was not made online. The non-availability of various application forms for the examination has resulted in various schools taking up issues with the Department of Public Instruction.

Schools on account of this reason were forced to make a selection of the candidates on the basis of their performance in their Class tests and their academic proficiency. But a few Block Education Officers had identified schools with excess application forms and distributed the same to those schools which had lesser number of application forms. A lot of school authorities opine that if an online facility for uploading the NTSE Application Forms had been provided, number of deserving students could have attempted the examination in a better way. 

The NTSE Result for the first stage of the exam would be announced in the months of January to April and the results of the Second Stage would be declared between the months of July and August. Any student writing the exam should be an Indian Citizen and a student studying in Grade 10 of a recognized school. 

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