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Errors force talent scholarship result revision

Rectified results of the state-level national talent search examination (NTSE) will be published soon after a clutch of errors was detected in the ones declared a week ago.

A school education department official said the results had to be withdrawn after several students were awarded ranks higher than they should have got and many were not included in the merit list despite scoring qualifying marks to sit for the final round of the national-level NTSE.

The NTSE is a two-tier exam conducted by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to identify students having the academic talent to pursue higher studies in science, social sciences, engineering and medical education.

Only students studying in Class X are eligible to take the test. The state governments are given the responsibility to conduct the stage I of the NTSE. The NCERT conducts the stage II exam, which is the all-India final.

Those who crack the state-level NTSE qualify for the stage II, slated for May. The stage I exam in Bengal was held in November last year.

Kallol Roy, the school education department official overseeing the state-level test in Bengal, said work on the corrected results was almost 90 per cent complete. “The revised NTSE result will be announced soon,” he added.

The school education department had posted a notice on its website on April 1: “Due to some technical reasons the result of NTSE 2014 (state level) is being reviewed and will be published shortly after modification.”

Department officials declined to give details on what caused the errors.

Students go through a rigorous interview after clearing the two tests before they are selected for the national scholarship that is part of the NTSE.

A monthly scholarship of Rs 1,000 is given till the PhD level to students of science and social science.

Engineering and medical students get it till their master’s degree.

Nearly 1,000 students from across the country are selected every year for the monthly endowment. Close to 1,500,000 aspirants appear in this annual scholarship exam, considered the toughest test for school students in the country.

Many students in Bengal were shocked by the result revision after finding their names on the “erroneous” list published a week ago.

They were edgy about the corrected list. “I was very happy when I found myself among the top 10 in the state level. I am worried now about the revised results. What if there is another mistake and I lose my rank,” a student said on the condition of anonymity.

A headmaster said the first list showed that more than 20 students of his school have cleared the exam.

“We were pleased until the sudden announcement about the revision of the results. This has created a lot of confusion and anxiety among the students.”

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