The Indian Scholastic Assessment Test (Ind-SAT 2020), the first of its kind, was conducted on July 22, under the ‘Study in India’ program of MHRD. About 5,000 candidates appeared in the exam from Ethiopia, Nepal, Uganda, Bhutan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Mauritius, and Indonesia.
The exam was conducted online by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
The Ind-SAT is held to grant scholarships and admissions, under the Study in India program, to foreign students in selected Indian universities. The Ind-SAT exam is designed to measure the scholastic capabilities of those students who are opting to study in India.
The scores of Ind-SAT will serve as a criterion in shortlisting the students who are meritorious. These students will be allocated scholarships for undergraduate as well as postgraduate students. These scholarships will be granted under the ‘Study in India’ program.
The exam is of 90-minutes where the students are expected to answer multiple-choice questions. The exam is conducted in English and has the verbal ability, logical reasoning, and quant as sub-sections with 40,25, and 25 marks each. For each right answer, the student gets one mark but there is no negative marking in the exam.
A flagship program of MHRD, Study in India, under this, foreign students can come to study in the country for undergraduate and postgraduate programs in 116 select higher education institutes.
The students are selected on the basis of their merit in class 12/school-leaving exam.
In the first year, around 780 students had taken admission. The number increased to 3,200 in the next year.