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Brightest young minds in the country
'Times Scholars' is an initiative undertaken by The Times of India to recognize and reward the brightest young minds in the country. Class 12 from all over the country can apply for the programme by filling out a simple form on the official website. The students will be shortlisted based on information given by them in the form, and the shortlisted candidates will go through the next levels of testing. The top 20 will be chosen on the basis of qualities like reasoning ability, aptitude, knowledge, future vision etc.
Times of India will then undertake the task of providing the best of guidance and mentorship to these scholars in their fields of interest, enabling them understand and adopt a thinking-reasoning model of learning that will help them excel in whatever career option they choose for themselves. They will also be giving each of them cash scholarships worth Rs. 5 Lakh, over a period of 4 years of their graduation. Times of India hope and believe that these young scholars we are equipping today will be the ones making the history of India tomorrow.
Students currently studying in Class XII (12th) of any school in India.
The Times Scholars programme will span over a period of about 2 months. Following is the detailed process, divided into 4 key stages:
Stage 1: This is when we invite applications. Students currently studying in Class XII (12th) of any school in India can go on our website (timesscholars.com) and fill the application form online. The form cannot be saved or edited. It has to be filled in one go. With the help of our panel of experts, we will evaluate the applications and declare a list of shortlisted candidates.
Stage 2: The shortlisted candidates will be asked to take an Aptitude Test at one of the following centres:
Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune
About the test:
It will be a computer-based test (CBT). The duration of the CBT is 120 minutes and it will be timed. The candidates will need to answer 110 questions. Each of the questions may have either 4 or 5 answer options. There will be negative marking for incorrect answers i.e. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. No marks will be deducted for unanswered questions. Most questions will carry 1 mark for the right answer. However, some questions will carry 2 marks for the right answer. This will be indicated at the end of every such question, when you take the test. Candidates are expected to show proficiency in all the areas tested. The following are the broad areas that will be tested.
Numerical Ability: Your ability to apply simple to complex calculations in basic arithmetic, number sequences and mathematics-related problems/situations.
Verbal Reasoning: Your ability to comprehend written material, analyze information and solve problems using language-based reasoning. (in this case, English language)
Logical Reasoning: Your ability to examine and analyze information applying logic and sound mathematical and/or reasoning skills to arrive at a definite conclusion.
General Awareness: Your awareness of what is happening around the world in Science, Arts and Literature, Geography, Sports and Current Affairs at the National and International levels.
Stage 3: The candidates who will pass the exam will be required to go through a round of discussion with our panel of judges at one of the following centres:
Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune
The panel will comprise of academicians, senior TOI editors and other eminent personalities in the field of education. They will conduct a round of personal interviews to evaluate the candidates. Post this round, we will declare the final shortlist of about 100 candidates.
Stage 4: The top 100 candidates will be called for the final round of selection to be held in New Delhi. Here, the candidates will be evaluated by well-known personalities from various fields. They will go through a round of group discussion and personal interview over the two days. After that the final results will be declared.
Amount of Scholarship
The top 20 Times Scholars will get a cash scholarship of Rs. 5,00,000 each. The amount will be transferred to the parent/guardian’s bank account in four annual instalments. 80 students will be given Rs. 5,000 each as a special mention scholarship.
For more details refer official website www.timesscholars.com
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