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Successful Students Omitted From Re-declared NTSE Results

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NCERT Omitts Eligibile Students From NTSE 2012 ResultsNational Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) re-declared the results of National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) on 4th January 2013 has a flaw. The students are alleging that names of about 40 students who were declared successful in the earlier results and to be held eligible for the scholarships are missing from the new results.

The NTSE was launched in 1963 and is conducted every year in two stages annually by NCERT. About 150,000 students nationwide from class VIII to X participate in the examination. NTSE comprise of two papers – Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Mental Ability Test (MAT) – of 100 marks each. The students above the cutoff score, for general candidates 148, for SC 121 and for ST was 114 are held eligible for scholarship.

NTSE 2012 was held in the first stage at state level through the respective State Council Educational Research and Training in November 2011. The successful candidates became eligible to appear in the national level (second stage) NTSE-2012, which was conducted in May 2012.

NCERT published the results of NTSE 2012 on 16 August 2012 along with final answer keys and detail marks scored by successful candidates in MAT and SAT . However inconsistencies were observed in the official and final answer keys.

NCERT then chose to release fresh results on Jan 4, 2013 with new “frozen key” but without details of marks scored in MAT and SAT by the students. In this list names of 40 students were missing whose names were there in the first list, where as cutoff for various categories remains the same.

The students are alleging that it is illegal and against the policy that Council has again declared a frozen key along with revised results to snatch the scholarship from more than 40 students after four and half months of the declaration of the final results.

According to NCERT officials, a committee has been set up to look into the issue.

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