NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) is inviting applications from the students of class 10 for government scholarships uptil PhD level under National Talent Search Scheme. A 2 tier examination is held every year to select students on merit basis. Selected students will receive Rs 1,250 per month for classes 11 and 12. Rs 2,000 will be disbursed every month at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Scholarship to students who shall pursue PhD will be given in accordance with UGC norms.

The first stage of the exams will be conducted in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar islands on 2nd November. For Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir the exam will be on 17th November. The remaining states will take the exam on 3rd November.  The second stage exam will be held on 10th May 2020 simultaneously in all states and union territories. The last date to submit the application will be notified by the respective states. The duly filled out and signed application form must be submitted before the last date of submission declared by the head of the school. 

There will be two exams, mental ability test and the scholastic aptitude test each consisting of 100 questions carrying 100 marks to be answered in 120 minutes. The states may impose some fee to take the first level exam but the second level will be free of cost. The second level exam will have 15 percent reservation for scheduled castes, 7.5 percent reservation for scheduled tribes, 27 percent reservation for other backward classes and 10 percent for Economically Weaker Sections not covered under SC, ST and OBC category, and 4 percent for people with physical disabilities.

 This exam is open to students studying abroad too. They can upload their application forms at the NCERT website in October 2019. Indian students of class 10 studying abroad can directly appear at the second level examination provided one has obtained 60% marks in aggregate at the previous annual examination. They will have to appear at the examination centre in India at their own cost. He can request for his candidature through the head of his institution abroad along with the attested copy of his class 9 mark sheet. The application must reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT no later that 31st December. Eligible candidates will receive intimation from the council informing them of their roll number, date, time, venue and important instructions. If selected the scholarship will be paid for pursuing studies in India only. Change of Centre requests will be entertained only in genuine cases.