Selection for the Awards
It is a matter of pride to be called a JN Tata Scholar. Staying true to our founder JamsetjeeNusserwanjee’s vision of rewarding the brightest and the best, we follow a rigorous selection process. Candidates may note the following points.
Apart from consistent academic performance, we give importance to participation in both co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
A good GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS score is extremely important for those applying overseas. If you have received a low GRE score, it may be advisable to improve upon it, to increase your chances of receiving the loan scholarship.
The statement of purpose carries considerable weight in the selection process. We have provided some guidance on our web site on how you can construct a good statement of purpose. Please ensure that your statement of purpose is written by you and free from plagiarism.
After the initial screening of applications, candidates who are found suitable will have to undergo an online test which will be based on the lines of Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), on Sunday, 15th April, 2018. Timing and other details will be informed accordingly. Candidates shortlisted based on the online test will be called for an interview. Such candidates should mail scanned copies of the required documents before the time of the interview.
Candidates should note that to be shortlisted for an interview is no guarantee of receiving the loan scholarship. The interview, conducted in person at Mumbai or through Skype by a Technical Committee from April onwards, carries a significant weightage in the selection process. Candidates should come prepared with knowledge of their subjects and suggested areas of interest, as they will be examined in depth and detail. The greatest weight will be given to depth of understanding of the chosen area of study and career path. There will be two interviewers, one of who is a subject-expert and the other is Director of the Endowment.
The final selection of scholars for the award of the loan scholarship is based on the following criteria:
(1) Performance at the interview;
(2) Score at the online test
(3) Score based on academic results, GRE/GMAT/IELTS/TOEFL scores, Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, research work, statement of purpose, and work experience.
All the Awards will be announced together by the first week of July by mail. The Trustees' decision on the award of scholarships is final. Correspondence in this regard will not be entertained.