NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH EXAMINATION (NTSE)

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level scholarship program in India started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme was to identify talented students and nurture their talents. Talent refers to the potentiality that manifests itself in a high level of performance in one or more specialized areas. Therefore, it covers areas like Science, Social Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law. It is organized by an NCERT and it honors and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D. level whereas for professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation. The scheme is open to students of Indian nationality. It helps students to proliferate their mental level and also helps them to sharpen their minds.

SCHOLARSHIPS

On the basis of the examination conducts, 1000 scholarships will be awarded to students appearing for class-X examination. The amount of scholarship will be Rs 500/- per month as per NTS rules from 11th Std. to Ph.D. There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship.

ELIGIBILITY

Students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Stage-I examination, conducted by the States/UTs, in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

The selection process of NTSE is comprises of two-stages. The first stage selection conducts individual State/UT through a written exam while, the second stage selection at the national level is carried out by the NCERT for those who qualified in Stage-I.

  1. Stage – I examination at the State/UT level will comprise of two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which includes Language Comprehensive Test
  2. Stage – II examination at the National level will comprise of (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which also includes Language Comprehensive Test

RESERVATION

  1. 15% scholarships for students belonging to the SC category
  2. 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category
  3. 3% scholarships for Physically Challenged Group of Students

KISHORE VAIGYANIK PROTSAHAN YOJANA (KVPY)

The “Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana” (KVPY) is a program started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to encourage students of Basic Sciences to take up research careers in Science. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue career in research.

This program aims to assist the students to realise their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is groomed for research and development in the country. Generous fellowship and contingency grant are provided up to the pre-Ph.D. level to the selected KVPY Fellows. In addition, summer camps for the KVPY Fellows are organized in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country.

The Department of Science and Technology, the nodal agency of the Government has entrusted the overall responsibility for organizing and running the KVPY Program to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and set up a Management Committee and a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation. A core committee looks after both the day-to-day and academic aspects of the KVPY Program.

ELIGIBILTY

Stream SA: Students enrolled in XI Standard (Science Subjects) during the academic year 2013-14 and having secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects in the X Standard Board examination.

Stream SX: Students enrolled in XII Standard/ (+2) (Science subjects) during the academic year 2013–14 and aspiring to join an undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology leading to B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. provided they have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination. They must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.

Students in their 2nd year of study in Cambridge International Examination Board and aspiring to join an UG program (viz. B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S.)in Basic Sciences namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and are eligible to apply provided they have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination. They must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Aptitude Test: After scrutiny of application forms and meeting the eligibility criteria for various streams, all eligible students will be called for a written aptitude test conducted both in Hindi and English at different centers across the country during October every year. The details of the venue of the aptitude test for the eligible students and their seat number will be published in the KVPY website during the first week of October.

Interview: Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students will be asked to appear for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure.

FELLOWSHIPS

 

BASIC SCIENCES Monthly Fellowship Annual Contingency Grant
SA/SX/SB – during 1st to 3rd years of – B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math. / Integrated M.Sc. /M.S. Rs. 5000 Rs. 20000
SA/SX/SB – during M. Sc. / 4th to 5th years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S. Rs. 7000 Rs. 28000

Renewal/Continuation of fellowship

Annual renewal of fellowships will depend on the KVPY Fellows maintaining a good academic performance of first class (60% marks) or equivalent grade point average (50% or equivalent grade point average for SC/ST/PWD) in science subjects in aggregate in each academic year in the first attempt. Students who failed to secure 60% marks or equivalent grade in a year (50% or equivalent grade for SC/ST/PWD) will forfeit the fellowship. However, in the subsequent year if they get 60% marks or equivalent CGPA (50% or equivalent CGPA for SC/ST/PWD) on aggregate over all the previous years, the fellowship will be renewed from that year. This is effective from 2012 awardees onward.

In addition to the above, participation and satisfactory performance in the Summer Camp in the first year and Summer project every year thereafter is required for renewal of the fellowship.

KVPY Fellows who opt out of the basic science (B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S.) stream at any stage will forfeit the Fellowship and Contingency Grant forthwith.

The fellowship for the students selected under the stream SA/SX/SB will be started after the XII Standard/ (+2) / I year UG, only if they pursue an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences, that are, B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Molecular Biology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Biotechnology, Neurosciences, Bioinformatics, Marine Biology, Geology, Human Biology, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Physics or Geophysics

PRIVILEGES

Summer programs are important parts of the nurture program for KVPY Fellows. These are meant to expose the Fellows to methods of scientific research and inculcate in them an abiding interest in doing scientific research. These are normally organized during the summer vacation, when KVPY Fellows spend one or two weeks in scientific institutions listening to lectures by experts in different fields of science, engineering or medicine, see things in a research environment, science in action, watch scientists at work, interact with scientists, visit nearby scientific research laboratories and institutions, and exchange views with other research students. Sometimes Fellows with specific interest are associated with individual scientists who talk to them about their interest, help them clear their doubts, give them problem to work out, let them to do experiments, and tell them about the future scope in the area of their interest.

OLYMPIADS

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) is the nodal centre of the country for Olympiad programmes in mathematics and sciences including astronomy. The programmes aim at promoting excellence in science and mathematics among pre – university students.

From the Olympiad year beginning August 2008, a new integrated National Steering Committee for science and astronomy Olympiads has been overseeing the entire activity in these subjects. The subject includes physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and junior science.

The programme is financially supported by Government of India, in particular, by Board of Nuclear Sciences (Department of Atomic Energy), Department of Science and Technology, Department of Space and Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The Mathematics Olympiad is conducted under the aegis of the National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM).

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIADS

  • International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
  • International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)
  • International Biology Olympiad (IBO)
  • International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)
  • International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)
  • International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)

The Olympiad programmes in physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy (junior and senior level) and junior science are a five stage process for each subject separately. The first stage for each subject is organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). All the remaining stages are organized by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).

  1. National Standard Examination in Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Astronomy (NSE P/C/B/A)
  2. Indian National Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Astronomy Olympiad
    (IN PhO/ChO/BhO/AO)
  3. Orientations cum Selection Camp (OCSC)
  4. Pre Departure Training Camp (PDT)
  5. International Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Astronomy Olympiad (IPhO/IChO/IBO/IOA)

STAGES OF THE INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD (IMO)

  1. Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)
  2. Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)
  3. International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)
  4. Pre-departure Training Camp for IMO
  5. International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

AWARDS

HBCSE offers no career incentives (admissions or scholarships) to Olympiad students. HBCSE views the Olympiads mainly as a promotional programme to encourage students towards basic sciences by providing them with challenging academic opportunities. However, some special merit awards, in the form of books, etc. are given to students in appreciation of merit at the end of the training camps in different subjects of science.

+ NTSE

NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH EXAMINATION (NTSE)

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level scholarship program in India started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme was to identify talented students and nurture their talents. Talent refers to the potentiality that manifests itself in a high level of performance in one or more specialized areas. Therefore, it covers areas like Science, Social Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law. It is organized by an NCERT and it honors and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D. level whereas for professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation. The scheme is open to students of Indian nationality. It helps students to proliferate their mental level and also helps them to sharpen their minds.

SCHOLARSHIPS

On the basis of the examination conducts, 1000 scholarships will be awarded to students appearing for class-X examination. The amount of scholarship will be Rs 500/- per month as per NTS rules from 11th Std. to Ph.D. There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship.

ELIGIBILITY

Students of Class X studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the Stage-I examination, conducted by the States/UTs, in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

The selection process of NTSE is comprises of two-stages. The first stage selection conducts individual State/UT through a written exam while, the second stage selection at the national level is carried out by the NCERT for those who qualified in Stage-I.

  1. Stage – I examination at the State/UT level will comprise of two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which includes Language Comprehensive Test
  2. Stage – II examination at the National level will comprise of (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which also includes Language Comprehensive Test

RESERVATION

  1. 15% scholarships for students belonging to the SC category
  2. 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category
  3. 3% scholarships for Physically Challenged Group of Students
+ KVPY

KISHORE VAIGYANIK PROTSAHAN YOJANA (KVPY)

The “Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana” (KVPY) is a program started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to encourage students of Basic Sciences to take up research careers in Science. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue career in research.

This program aims to assist the students to realise their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is groomed for research and development in the country. Generous fellowship and contingency grant are provided up to the pre-Ph.D. level to the selected KVPY Fellows. In addition, summer camps for the KVPY Fellows are organized in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country.

The Department of Science and Technology, the nodal agency of the Government has entrusted the overall responsibility for organizing and running the KVPY Program to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and set up a Management Committee and a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation. A core committee looks after both the day-to-day and academic aspects of the KVPY Program.

ELIGIBILTY

Stream SA: Students enrolled in XI Standard (Science Subjects) during the academic year 2013-14 and having secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects in the X Standard Board examination.

Stream SX: Students enrolled in XII Standard/ (+2) (Science subjects) during the academic year 2013–14 and aspiring to join an undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology leading to B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. provided they have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination. They must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.

Students in their 2nd year of study in Cambridge International Examination Board and aspiring to join an UG program (viz. B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S.)in Basic Sciences namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and are eligible to apply provided they have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination. They must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Aptitude Test: After scrutiny of application forms and meeting the eligibility criteria for various streams, all eligible students will be called for a written aptitude test conducted both in Hindi and English at different centers across the country during October every year. The details of the venue of the aptitude test for the eligible students and their seat number will be published in the KVPY website during the first week of October.

Interview: Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students will be asked to appear for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure.

FELLOWSHIPS

 

BASIC SCIENCES Monthly Fellowship Annual Contingency Grant
SA/SX/SB – during 1st to 3rd years of – B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math. / Integrated M.Sc. /M.S. Rs. 5000 Rs. 20000
SA/SX/SB – during M. Sc. / 4th to 5th years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S. Rs. 7000 Rs. 28000

Renewal/Continuation of fellowship

Annual renewal of fellowships will depend on the KVPY Fellows maintaining a good academic performance of first class (60% marks) or equivalent grade point average (50% or equivalent grade point average for SC/ST/PWD) in science subjects in aggregate in each academic year in the first attempt. Students who failed to secure 60% marks or equivalent grade in a year (50% or equivalent grade for SC/ST/PWD) will forfeit the fellowship. However, in the subsequent year if they get 60% marks or equivalent CGPA (50% or equivalent CGPA for SC/ST/PWD) on aggregate over all the previous years, the fellowship will be renewed from that year. This is effective from 2012 awardees onward.

In addition to the above, participation and satisfactory performance in the Summer Camp in the first year and Summer project every year thereafter is required for renewal of the fellowship.

KVPY Fellows who opt out of the basic science (B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S.) stream at any stage will forfeit the Fellowship and Contingency Grant forthwith.

The fellowship for the students selected under the stream SA/SX/SB will be started after the XII Standard/ (+2) / I year UG, only if they pursue an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences, that are, B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Molecular Biology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Biotechnology, Neurosciences, Bioinformatics, Marine Biology, Geology, Human Biology, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Physics or Geophysics

PRIVILEGES

Summer programs are important parts of the nurture program for KVPY Fellows. These are meant to expose the Fellows to methods of scientific research and inculcate in them an abiding interest in doing scientific research. These are normally organized during the summer vacation, when KVPY Fellows spend one or two weeks in scientific institutions listening to lectures by experts in different fields of science, engineering or medicine, see things in a research environment, science in action, watch scientists at work, interact with scientists, visit nearby scientific research laboratories and institutions, and exchange views with other research students. Sometimes Fellows with specific interest are associated with individual scientists who talk to them about their interest, help them clear their doubts, give them problem to work out, let them to do experiments, and tell them about the future scope in the area of their interest.

+ OLYMPIADS

OLYMPIADS

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) is the nodal centre of the country for Olympiad programmes in mathematics and sciences including astronomy. The programmes aim at promoting excellence in science and mathematics among pre – university students.

From the Olympiad year beginning August 2008, a new integrated National Steering Committee for science and astronomy Olympiads has been overseeing the entire activity in these subjects. The subject includes physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and junior science.

The programme is financially supported by Government of India, in particular, by Board of Nuclear Sciences (Department of Atomic Energy), Department of Science and Technology, Department of Space and Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The Mathematics Olympiad is conducted under the aegis of the National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM).

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIADS

  • International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
  • International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)
  • International Biology Olympiad (IBO)
  • International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)
  • International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)
  • International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)

The Olympiad programmes in physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy (junior and senior level) and junior science are a five stage process for each subject separately. The first stage for each subject is organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). All the remaining stages are organized by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).

  1. National Standard Examination in Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Astronomy (NSE P/C/B/A)
  2. Indian National Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Astronomy Olympiad
    (IN PhO/ChO/BhO/AO)
  3. Orientations cum Selection Camp (OCSC)
  4. Pre Departure Training Camp (PDT)
  5. International Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Astronomy Olympiad (IPhO/IChO/IBO/IOA)

STAGES OF THE INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD (IMO)

  1. Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)
  2. Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)
  3. International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)
  4. Pre-departure Training Camp for IMO
  5. International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

AWARDS

HBCSE offers no career incentives (admissions or scholarships) to Olympiad students. HBCSE views the Olympiads mainly as a promotional programme to encourage students towards basic sciences by providing them with challenging academic opportunities. However, some special merit awards, in the form of books, etc. are given to students in appreciation of merit at the end of the training camps in different subjects of science.

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