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Economics introduced in NTSE

The District Educational Officer has notified that Economics subject will be introduced in National Talent Search Examination and National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme Examination from this year onwards. Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, History, Geography and Political Science subjects are already covered in both the examinations, the release said.

Applications invited for National Talent Search Examination-VELLORE

The Directorate of Government Examinations has invited applications from eligible candidates for the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) to be held in all district headquarters on November 18.

According to a release from K. Lalitha, Regional Deputy Director of Government Examinations, the application forms could be downloaded from

Students studying in Standard X in schools approved by the Central and State governments during 2012-13 and who obtained a minimum of 60 % marks in the Standard IX annual examinations in 2011-12 alone are eligible to apply . Students who failed in the NTSE (Class VIII) examination and who passed in the National Means Cum Merit Scholarship (NMMS) examination could also apply for the NTSE.

The NTSE and NMMS examinations would be held separately from 2012-13, and the notification about the NMMS exam would be issued later.

School headmasters have been asked to collect the examination fee of Rs.50 from each candidate and remit it in the Treasury, and send a chalan along with applications and relevant certificates (community certificate, income certificate, etc.) to the office of the Regional Deputy Director of Government Examinations, Vellore either in person or by post before 5 p.m. on August 31.

Only class ten students eligible for NTSE

The Central government has decided to shift the State-level National Talent Search (first level) Examinations (NTSE) from Class VIII to Class X students from the current academic year. Test will be conducted on Nov. 18 in Telugu, Hindi, Urdu and English media.

According to a press release, those studying in class 10 in the current academic year (2012-13) in any recognised school in the State, including Kendriya Vidyalayas and schools affiliated to ICSE and CBSE, are eligible. Candidates selected for NTSE scholarships in class 8 are not eligible.

Students who have been selected for NMMS scholarships and studying in class 10 now are, however, eligible to appear for the NTSE but such candidates have to forego the further NMMS scholarships, if selected in NTSE.

The NTSE consists of two parts with Part-I consisting of general mental ability test for 90 marks and Part-II comprising scholastic aptitude test for 90 marks in social sciences, sciences and mathematics subjects.

NCERT releases answer key

The National Council of Educational Research & Training has released the answer key to the National Talent Search Examination-2012 on its website. The key to the two sections of the NTSE paper, the Mental Ability Test and the Scholastic Ability Test, has been uploaded on NCERT’s website, it said. Candidates can use this key to self-assess their performance and e-mail their feedback to NCERT by July 15. The NTSE is conducted for students of Class VIII, and this is the first year NCERT has decided to put the key on its website.