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[pib] INDSAT exam under ‘Study in India’ Programme


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: IndSAT

Mains level: Study in India Program

The Ministry of HRD conducted the first-ever Indian Scholastic Assessment (IND-SAT) Test 2020 under its ‘Study in India’ programme.

Try this MCQ:

Q.The INDSAT recently seen in news is a:

a) Free-to-air educational TV channels for school education

b) A satellite for educational purposes

c) IMD weather forecasting system

d) Online examination for foreign students in India


  • The Indian Scholastic Assessment or IND-SAT is a standardized online proctored test for students seeking scholarships with Study in India (SII).
  • This exam is to gauge the capability and tenacity of students applying to study in India.
  • The scores will serve as a criterion to shortlist the meritorious students for the allocation of scholarships for undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes under ‘Study in India’ programme.
  • The exam is conducted in the proctored internet mode by the National Testing Agency.

What makes it special?

  • Nearly five thousand candidates from Nepal, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sri-Lanka, Kenya, Zambia, Indonesia and Mauritius appeared for the exam.

About Study in India

  • The Study in India is a programme of MHRD under which foreign students come to study in 116 select higher education institutions in India for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • The selection of the students is based on their merit in class 12 / school-leaving exam.
  • About top 2000 students are given scholarships, while some others are given fee discounts by the institutions.


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