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State Level National Talent Search Examination, Kerala 2016-17

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open10-Sep-2016
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AwardRs 1250 per month for Class 11, 12; Rs 2000 p.m. for G, PG; for PhD is fixed according to UGC norms.
EligibilityClass 10
Scholarship provider contact details

Dr. J. Prasad

State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT)
Poojappura PO
Kerala, PIN: 695 012
Telephone Numbers:
0471-2341883 / 2340323

What is State Level National Talent Search Examination, Kerala 2016-17?

The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Kerala is organising the State-level National Talent Search Examination for the students of Class 10 on 06 November, 2016.

Procedure of the Test

The test will be conducted in Two Parts of 90 minutes duration each.

Part I- Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) comprises of 100 objective type questions from Social science, Science subjects and Mathematics.

Part II- Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Language Comprehension Test. There will be 50 Questions in Mental Ability Test and 50 question in Language Comprehension Test (50 questions in Malayalam Language and 50 questions in English Language). Candidates can choose either Malayalam or English for Language Comprehension Test. 3 Marks scored for Language Comprehension Test will not be considered for ranking. But candidates must score a minimum for 40% marks in Language Comprehension Test.

All questions in Part II are also of objective type.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Only those students who are studying in Class 10 during this academic year (2016 - 17) in any Government/Aided/Recognised schools/Kendriya Vidyalaya/ Navodaya Vidyalaya in Kerala are eligible to apply for the State-level NTS Examination.

Students who have secured not less than 55% for all non-language subjects in the qualifying examination of class 9 of 2015-16 will be admitted for the examination. 

How can you apply ?

Pupils are directed to apply Online. Read the following instructions carefully.

  • Applications are to be submitted online
  • Open the website of SCERT Kerala (
  • Click on the link online payment of NTSE fee (SBT)
  • Enter the required details.
  • Press submit button
  • Click on the options for remittance of the fee (Credit card/Debit card, Internet banking/SBT Branch - challan mode)
  • Fee for General Category is Rs.250/- For SC/ST/ BPL Category is Rs.100.
  • After successful payment through credit/debit card or Internet Banking a challan will be provided. Printout of which has to be taken.
  • If challan mode of payment is selected, download the challan, get a printout and remit the fee in any SBT Branch.
  • After remitting fee you will get a SB collect reference number starting with DU............ For internet banking also you will get the same.
  • You can complete the filling up of application only using this SB collect reference number. Government of Kerala Department of Education State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Kerala
  • The NTSE application will be open again only after 48 hours after the payment of the fee either online or at the bank counter.
  • Click on NTSE application with the SB collect reference number to upload the application form.

Do not apply online more than one time. If correction is necessary click ‘Online application Editing.’ Then enter your application ID and application Number and do the necessary corrections.

Note the application ID and application number for future reference / use.

Only after entering necessary corrections confirm your application. After confirmation further editing is not possible.

Only after confirmation click submit and get the hardcopy of your online application.

The hard copy of the Online application shall be sent by post to the following address:

The Liaison Officer
The State Level NTS Examination
SCERT, Poojappura,
Thiruvananthapuram - 12

The hard copy of the online application of the following category of the students should be accompanied by:

  1. Those belonging SC/ST/BPL categories should send the attested photocopy of the caste certificate /BPL certificate as proof.
  2. Physically challenged candidates must produce the attested copy of medical certificate from the competent authority stating that the candidate suffers from 40% or more disability as per the PWD Act 1995.

The last date of submission of online application for NTSE is 10.09.2016

The candidates are advised to keep a photo copy of the Hard copy of the Online application. They have to enter their Application ID and Application Number to get the admit card from SCERT Website.


What is the institutional status of SCERT?
The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) is an autonomous academic body functioning under the umbrella of the Department of General Education of the Government of Kerala. SCERT is concerned with the academic aspects of school education including formulation of curriculum, preparation of textbooks, teachers' handbooks and teacher training. It advises the Government on policy matters relating to school education.

The structure and functioning of SCERT
For all academic purposes SCERT functions as an autonomous body. The Director under whose guidance and advice the programmes are carried out by the academic staff heads it. The State Government has formed two bodies to guide and monitor the functioning of SCERT. The Hon. Minister chairs the General Body of SCERT for Education. The General Body plans and gives directions for the functioning of SCERT. The Governing Council, with Secretary, General Education as Chairman and Director of Public Instruction as Vice- Chairman, attends .to all academic and administrative matters of SCERT. All programmes of SCERT are carried out with the approval of the Governing Body. SCERT works in tandem with the Directorate of Public Instruction to operational the policies of the state government in the sector of school education.
The Departments functioning within SCERT are Curriculum Textbook and Evaluation, Teacher Education and Extension, Educational Technology, Special Education Research Documentation and Dissemination, Primary Education, Pre-primary Education, Non-formal Education, Population Education, Educational Psychology, Program Evaluation, Vocational Education, National Talent SEARCH Examination.

What are SCERT's programmes for teachers? / How can a teacher take part in these?

Every year SCERT conducts massive teacher training programmes as well as smaller programmes focusing on specialized areas or for particular subjects. The massive training programmes are mandatory for teachers as they are usually linked to curriculum and textbook revision process. The massive teacher training programmes are conducted during the vacation time immediately before new curriculum and textbooks are introduced. SCERT plans and implements the training programme UI to the district levels. The District Institutes of Education and Training take over the programmes and conduct the grassroots level training. Training programmes focusing on specific areas or subjects are of a limited scale. Usually every department / unit in SCERT conducts at least one such programme which trains 25-50 teachers. Participants are usually identified by the DIETs.

How is the school curriculum formulated? Can teachers take part in this process?
Curriculum preparation is an elaborate process involving educationalists, subject experts, SCERT staff, DIET staff and teachers. Usually it is done in a phased manner.Stage1 begins with the preparation of a general policy paper or approach paper. Beginning from this, approach papers on different subjects and different stages of education finalized. Curriculum frameworks for each class and each subject are then prepared. This would indicate the general nature of curriculum context and pedagogic principles to be followed. The final stage of curriculum preparation is the formulation of curriculum statements.
A number of schoolteachers are involved in all stages of curriculum preparation. From time to time to SCERT puts out notification in newspapers for contacting teachers who are interested in taking part in curriculum and textbook preparation list of bio data thus received is maintained in SCERT and suitable teacher selected from the list for curriculum preparation workshops.

Terms and Conditions

Portions included for the State Level Test under Part I are as follows.

  • 9th & 10th standard entire portions of Kerala State syllabus for the current academic year.
  • 9th & 10th standard entire portions of CBSE syllabus for the current academic year.
  • Certain portions studied in lower classes which are essential for the proper understanding of the subjects. The questions will be of higher order involving application and reasoning.

The candidate should answer Part I (SAT) and then Part II (MAT) after an interval of one hour.
Candidate can choose English, Malayalam, Tamil or Kannada as medium of Examination for SAT & MAT.
Date of Examination is 06.11.2016
(i) Part I: SAT I consists of 100 objective type questions in Social Science, Science subjects & Mathematics.
9 am to 10.30 am: All candidates except disabled candidates
9 am to 11 am: Disabled candidates only
(ii) Part II: MAT & Language comprehension Test consists of 100 objective type questions.
11.30 am to 01.00 pm All candidates except disabled candidates
11.30 am to 01.30 pm Disabled candidates only


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