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Prakash Javadekar Announces Reservation For OBC Students in National Talent Search Examination

New Delhi, Oct 31: Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced reservation for students belonging to the other backward classes(OBC) in the National Talent Search Examination Stage-II conducted by NCERT.

He shared the main points of this scheme in a tweet. He said that the OBC reservation was in addition to reservations for students of SCs, STs and PH as per Central government norms.

The OBC quota will be applicable in 2019 as proceedings have already begun for the 2018 session. He informed that the government was considering doubling the number of NTSE scholarships from 1000 to 2000–decision will be taken later.

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For PhD rates of scholarship will be according to the UGC norms.

What is National Talent Search Examination?

The National Talent Search Examination is a test taken by students across the country. The national-level test is conducted to identify students of high intellect and academic talent. Around 10,000,000 students appear every year for the exam. 1000 successful students are awarded scholarships– 775 among them were for general students.

It started in 1962 as  National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS). During the first year of the implementation of the scheme, it was confined to the Union Territory of Delhi wherein only 10 scholarships were awarded to the Class XI students, read the NCERT website.

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“In the year 1964 the scheme was extended to all the states and the union territories in the country with 350 scholarships for the students of Class XI. These scholarships were awarded on the basis of a written examination, a project report and interview. The written examination comprised the Science Aptitude Test and an Essay on a given scientific theme. The candidates were to submit the project report at the time of the written examination. A stipulated number of candidates selected on the basis of these three components were then subjected to personal interview. The performance of the candidates on these four components was eventually employed for the purpose of awarding scholarships. These scholarships were awarded for pursuing education only in basic sciences up to doctoral level,” the website read.

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