National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a Scheme   of National  Council of Educational Research and Traning. It is a Scheme  which aims to provide wider platforms to the talented children  by motivating them to develop themselves  and to nuture them.

The Examination: NationalTalent Search Examination is two tier process.

Stage –  I : The State is entrusted with the responsibility of conducting of the  frist  tier   Screening  Examination Known as  State  Level  Talent Search Examination for Selection of  stipulated number  (State Quota)  of candidates of the National  Level Examination.

State  – II :National Level Talent Search Examination is conducted by NCERT for candidates selected through stage – I.

Examination Fees : The  Candidates are not required to pay any examination fees.

Eligibility :  Students studying  in Class  X in recognized schools in Odisha including  Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya  Vidyalaya, Sainik School etc are eligible to appear National  Talent  Search Examination  They must have passed Class – IX Annual  Examination  Securing at least  60% marks or  equivalent . (relaxable by 5% for reserved category).  There is no domicile restriction.

State quota of Odisha : 259 candidates  are selected  for National Level NTSE. Within this quota there is  27% reservation for OBC candidates, 15% reservation for SC candidates, 7.5% reservation for  ST candidates and 4% reservation for physically Challenged Children.

Syllabus : There is no prescribed  syllabus for State Level NTS Examination . However, questions are generally asked based on  the content  upto   Class X.

Examination Subject : The pattern of written examination will be as follows :

Stage – I : Examination at the State Level will comprise two parts namely  (a) Mental Ability Test  (MAT) , (b) Scholastics Aptitude  Test(SAT).

Stage – II : Examination at National Level will comprise of (a) Mental Ability Test  (MAT) , (b) Scholastics Aptitude   Test(SAT).

National Means –cum-Merit Scholarship(NMMS) Scheme has been implemented by  the Ministy  of Human Resource  Development (MHRD) with  an objectives to explore the poor talented students and provide the financial assistance for continuation of their education. 

The Examination : National Means Cum Merit Scholarship  examination  is  conducted  in  one stage only for  selection  of  stipulated  number of candidates as per district quota.

Examination Fees :The Candidates are not required to pay any examination fees.

Eligibility :  Students  studying  in Class VIII in Government, Government aided or Local Body Schools are eligible to appear NMMS examinations.

  • They must have passed Class Vii Annual Examination securing at least 55% marks ( Relaxable  by 5% for reserved category).
  • His/ Her parental income  from  all sources should not exceed Rs. 1, 50, 000/- (Rupees One Lakh fifty thousand) only  per annum. Students in  Government residential  Schools like JawaharNovodayaVidyalaya and residential school  under  SC/ST   Development  Department , KendriyaVidyalaya, Sainik Schools , KGBV etc  where expenses are  paid by the Government, are not eligible under this scheme.

State Quota of Odisha :The  total  number of 3314 scholarships are distributed among 30 (thirty)  districts. There is district wise reservation  of scholarships for SC, ST, OBC/ SEBC, and  Physically handicapped candidates.

Syllabus : There is no prescribed  syllabus for NMMS Examination . However , question  will be asked basing on Class Vii & Viii syllabi.

Examination Subject  :  The NMMS examination  consists of two papers.

    1. Mental Ability Test (MAT) :  Consists of 90 multiple choice items on reasoning and critical thinking to be answered in 90 mintues. The questions  will be on analogy , classification , numerical  series, pattern , perceptron ,hidden figures, etc.Full mark is 90 and students have to  answer  all the questions.
    2. Scholastics Apititude Test (SAT)  : Consists of 90 multiple choice items on subjects such as: physics , Chemistry , Biology, History, Political Science, Geography and Economics. Full mark is  90 and students have to answer all the questions.

Scholarship :Selected candidates will receive scholarship @ Rs. 1000 (Rupees one thousand) only per month for four years  i.e. from Class-IX to XII subject to satisfactory   academics  performance of the candidates  and their continuance in institutions of eligible category.