The decision to conduct the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) for Std X students instead of std VIII will be finally implemented this year. The scholarship exam has undergone multiple changes since its inception in the 1960s. In 2006, the exam’s pattern was changed and only Std VIII students were eligible, and then in 2010 the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) decided to shift it to Std X but did not implement the decision. This year, first stage of the exam is to be held in November.
The exam is conducted in two stages, with the first one scheduled for November 18 and final stage on May 12 next year. It will consist of Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). The official website (idioms website) for the exam conducting body states that the scholarship scheme was started in 1963. During the first year of the implementation, it was confined to the union territory of Delhi and only 10 scholarships were awarded to Class XI students. From the following year, the scheme was extended to entire country.
After a change in educational pattern, the scheme too underwent a change in 1976 and was opened up to Std X, XI and XII, with separate exams for each class. In 2006, the authorities made yet another change and the exam was scheduled for Std VIII students only.
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