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Organisation : Bennett, Coleman and Company Limited
Scholarship Name : Times SPARK READ TO LEAD Scholarship 2017
Applicable For : Students of class IX to XII
Application Deadline :  31st August 2017
Website : https://www.timesspark.com/#

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Times SPARK Scholarship

Times SPARK is a scholarship under our READ TO LEAD programme. SPARK stands for Scholarship Programme for Awareness, Responsibility and Knowledge.

Related : Times Spark Read To Lead Scholarship 2017 Self Verification & Second Mock Test :  www.scholarships.net.in/18840.html

This is an endeavour to encourage school students of class IX to XII to develop a reading habit that helps them understand about our society and environment, so that they can go on to write the future.

How does it work

The Times of India will carry engaging articles across a range of fields like current affairs, science & technology, sports, politics, social issues, global developments etc. Over a span of 3 months , these articles will provide multi-dimensional perspectives to help you get a deeper understanding of various interesting subjects. At the end, there would be an online test followed by an interview to assess your understanding & perspectives.

Scholarship Amount

After the final assessment at the end of 3 months, up to 400 students will get an educational grant ranging from Rs.1 lakh to 2 lakhs. For the top 20, Bennett University will organize a special orientation program with its partner institutions – Cornell and Georgia Tech.

Terms & Conditions

Times SPARK is an initiative of and the sole property of Bennett, Coleman and Company Limited (“BCCL”).

Period of Contest: The Times SPARK initiative starts from 25th July 2017 till 1st Jan 2018.

Eligibility:
Students of class IX to XII can apply for this programme in two different levels:

Levels :
** Level – I for students with birthdate from 01.07.2001 to 30.06.2004
** Level – II for students with birthdate from 01.07.1998 to 30.06.2001

Winners Criteria

Participating in Times SPARK & Winners of scholarship:
** Participant can be defined as an individual/ student, the details of the student to be furnished during registration entries.
** All participant’s details will be verified through an SMS. Please make sure that you get your DND removed through your operator.
** The winners will be adjudged basis their score achieved in the online test combined with personal interviews of the shortlisted candidates. The selection of winners completely rests with Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd.
** The terms of engagement with the participants/winners will be defined Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd. at a future date.

There will be 4 stages of the contest:
** Registration for the scholarship test.
** Articles will be published in the TOI copy over a period of three months.
** Test will be conducted at the end based on the articles published.
** Personal interviews of the selected candidates by a jury

Rules and regulations

** Times SPARK will be hosted with the start and end dates as decided by BCCL.
** BCCL reserves the right to modify, cancel, discontinue or terminate Times SPARK at any time or to accept or reject any or all entries at their absolute discretion without giving any prior notice and without assigning any reasons whatsoever.
** Decision of BCCL will be final and binding on all participants and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.
** Times SPARK may change the Terms and Conditions of participation at any time without prior notice. The amended Terms and Conditions of Entry will be effective immediately upon being posted on the website.
** Important changes to the Terms and Conditions may be highlighted on the website www.times-spark.com for your convenience; however, you acknowledge that it is your sole responsibility to regularly visit the website to read any changes to the Terms and Conditions
** Participants hereby agree not to provide or make known his/her e-mail address to any other person for facilitating such person’s access and unauthorized use.
** Participant hereby agrees that all content herein is the sole property of BCCL and/or its Times SPARK partners.
** Participant hereby waives all rights to any claim against BCCL or its affiliates and Times SPARK partners for any alleged or actual infringement of any proprietary rights, rights of privacy and publicity, moral rights, and rights of attribution about such Information or Communications.
** Participant grants BCCL the right to authorize the downloading and printing of such Information or Communications, or any portion thereof, by other users for their use.
** Participant hereby agrees that BCCL may, in their sole discretion, terminate or suspend his/her access to all or part of Times SPARK for any reason, including without limitation breach of these Terms and Conditions (or any subsequent modifications hereof)

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  1. I have not received my certificate of online scholarship test held in 7th June.

  2. Is final selection result out? I am not able to see any update on website of candidates related for scholarship.

  3. I have not yet received details for interview through email id. I checked in spam too. Kindly do the needful. As a Chennai candidate, I want to know the date, venue and time of interview.

  4. What would be the criteria of a student who will get the scholarship? Tell me whether the name of the students published or not who are selected for interviews.

    1. Information available from the Official Website :

      Exam scores: 9th Jan 2018
      Announcement of shortlisted candidates for the interview round: 11th Jan 2018

  5. What will be the criteria of candidate selection for level 2?

    1. Information available from the Official Website :

      Candidates who score 75% or above marks in the final exams would be called for the interview round.

  6. How can I get the results of the last two mock tests?

  7. I am unable to login here. I did not got any messages too. Please inform the candidates as soon as the site is recovered.

  8. When is the main scholarship exam of times spark lead to read? Please tell me.

  9. When will the final exam took place?

  10. I have lost the chance to attempt the mock test.

  11. I am not able to open the website.

  12. I have not attended all of three mock test that have held yet. As because I have tried many times to open the sites for this but I was unable to this. Please tell me what to do.

  13. I am unable to login. Please help me for main exam which is scheduled to be held in 10th December.

  14. When will the site revamp be completed?

  15. My account page is not showing the available mock test. Please tell me, what is the problem?

  16. I have not attended all of three mock test that have held yet. As because I have tried many times to open the sites for this but I was unable to this. Please tell me what to do.

  17. I have forgotten my password. What can I do now?

    1. Information available from the Official Website :
      In case you have forgotten your password or both Username and Password, follow instructions in the login section.

  18. Kindly let me know if any books are available for times spark exam.

  19. I, Rithika Roddam, gave Times spark Test on 19th and after everything is done, when I tried to Submit answers, it didn’t accept and said “not able to submit”. I was very disappointed as I did the paper very well. Can you please tell me if I have another chance to do it? Please do the needful.

  20. I was not at home today, so please help me in giving my 2 mock test. What can I do? Please help me.

  21. Shrestha Chatterjee

    I have missed the mock test of 19th November 2017. What can I do now? Please reply me.

  22. I attended the mock test twice. But I have not received any information about my marks till now.

  23. I had not read the newspaper because it is not available in my area but, I enrolled it. So what I could do now?

    1. Information available from the Official Website :
      Times Spark scholarship exam will include questions based on the articles published with the stamp of Times Spark in the editions of Times of India across regions during the period from September 5 to December 4, 2017. For tips on how to read these, see the video youtube.com/watch?v=v6hucnKghOQ

  24. I did not get any scores after submit the mock test 2. Where should I look?

  25. Aaditya Vicram Saraf

    I gave the 2nd mock test. When and how can I check the results?

  26. My score for the second mock test were not visible. Please help me.

  27. I was not able to give Time Sparks exam 2 mock test. Is this mock test marks are included in final exam in December for selection?

  28. I am unable to login, Please help me to login for 2nd mock test.

    1. Information available from the Official Website :
      Please self-verify yourself on timesspark.com before Nov 18, 2017 to avoid any login issues prior or during the exam. The objective is to avoid any last-minute hassles regarding your login credentials.

  29. I was giving the 2nd mock test, the time got over and I did not even get time to submit. Those answers would get recorded in the list or I am disqualified?

    1. Information available from the Official Website :
      The system will auto-save your answers. In case your internet connection breaks, you can re-login and continue from where you left.

      At the end of the 6th passage, there would be SUBMIT button. On clicking, you will be asked for a final confirmation. Post this, your answers will be submitted. In case you are unable to submit, the system by default will record your completed answers at 11:30 AM IST and calculate your scores accordingly.

  30. I am not able to attend second mock test.

    1. Information available from the Official Website :
      Please self-verify yourself on timesspark.com before Nov 18, 2017 to avoid any login issues prior or during the exam. The objective is to avoid any last-minute hassles regarding your login credentials.

  31. How can I give the second mock test?

  32. I am not able to do the verification for 2nd mock test. Please help me.

    1. Information available from the Official Website :
      Please self-verify yourself on timesspark.com before 12th Nov to avoid any login issues prior or during the exam. The objective is to avoid any last-minute hassles regarding your login credentials.

  33. How should I attend the exam?

    1. Information available from the Official Website :
      This exam can be given from any device (Computer, Tab, mobile etc.) which fulfills basic requirements of a browser and active internet connection.

  34. Due to some problem, I am not getting registered for giving the Mock Test paper. So please help me to give the paper. How can I get captcha code? Please send the code.

    1. reCAPTCHA Instructions:
      1. Just click the checkbox
      2. If you see a green checkmark, congratulations! You’ve passed our robot test (yes, it’s that easy). You can carry on with what you were doing.
      3. Sometimes we need some extra info from you to make sure you’re human and not a robot, so we ask you to solve a challenge
      4. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to solve the puzzle and then carry on with your task.

  35. I am unable to log in to give my mock test. So what should I do now?

    1. I am also unable to log in.

  36. Due to some problem I could not get access to further questions in the mock test. When I am restarting, it is showing my score 0. What can I do now?

  37. I CAN’T ATTEND THE MOCK TEST. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? PLEASE CHECK.

  38. The articles are quite interesting but tough in terms of memorising.

  39. I have missed the mock test. Will there be any problem?

  40. I am not getting the TOI every day. Can I got the timespark article in everyday through my email? Please help.

    Shankhanava Ghosh. Barddhaman WB

  41. Due to some reasons I have closed mock test once and when I am restarting it is showing my score 0. Is it going to affect my final marks? What should I do now?

  42. Message was given for mock test on 7th October and 8th October 2017. How will we appear?

    1. The mock test submission deadline extension till October 10th Midnight.

    2. How do I attend the exam? I tried many times but it is not coming.

  43. Tell me the time of test will be held? Is it in timesspark.com or in in the site?

  44. I lost my username. What can I do? How can I give?

  45. If I have missed the paper, how I can know the article? It will be in online or not. If it is how should I check? Daily I can see this article online.

  46. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS ANY ARTICLE ON SUNDAYS BECAUSE I COULDN’T FIND ANY ARTICLE ON SUNDAY.

  47. I AM APPLIED FOR TIMES SPARK. SO PLEASE COULD YOU SEND ME THE ARTICLE EVERYDAY ON MY E MAIL BECAUSE I DON’T GET A COPY OF TOI AT MY HOME?

  48. What is the head line of article? On which page the article comes or how can we identify that which article is there in the news paper? Tell me whether the articles comes on daily bases or what? I don’t get any information about all these.

  49. I want to know from which date articles will start coming in times of India.

  50. The articles are pretty interesting to read. In the end of one month kindly give us a online test so that we will experience how the test is and to LOG ON TO OUR EMAIL ID. BECAUSE ON THE 10th of DECEMBER 2017 when you keep the online exam if it gets jammed and if we are not able to log in it will be so painful. It is a pilot project. Its my humble request for you so that we can log in the web site and access to do one aptitude test and be more ALERT.

  51. Tell me if I can register till 15/09/17.

    1. Registration link is open till now. But there is no notification regarding extension of registration dates.

  52. Tell me whether article of times spark published daily. Please give details of date and heading of articles published so far.

  53. What are the types of questions?

  54. How can I read article online?

  55. In our place we can’t get the paper. So help me. What can I do? Please send me the paper.

  56. On 5th September there is no article is there under “Times Spark”.

    1. Information available from the Official Website :

      Articles to start from Sept 5th. Make sure you read TOI daily from now onwards.

  57. My brother applied for this scholarship and he is totally confused because he order the TOI paper in the application form but till he did not get the paper.

  58. We need any kind of practice paper that can help us.

  59. I forgot my email address or username. So how can I login in?

  60. Tell me if you have any articles of questions which help in paper.

  61. I want TOI paper and I need to register for that. Please put the paper tomorrow onward.

  62. I have applied for exam and got registered but how can I write exam? What does online process mean? How should I write the exam without any instruction? I am totally confused about this. So please tell me about the exam but don’t tell the genuine information. I am studying in polytechnic college. I am qualified to write the exam or not.

  63. I did not got any messages and emails. So what can I do?

  64. I have not received any SMS or call after registration. What can I do?

    1. Information available from the Official Website :

      After the final assessment at the end of 3 months, up to 400 students will get an educational grant ranging from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2 lakhs. For the top 20, Bennett University will organize a special orientation program with its partner institutions – Cornell and Georgia Tech.

  65. I have not received any sms or call after registration. What can I do? Can we get attached online for daily article?

  66. I am an assistant teacher of St. Xavier’s Higher Secondary School, Bettiah. This is one of the premier institutions of North Bihar. This is to inform you all that many of our students are interested in the initiative “TIMES SPARK” that is going to begin from the 5th of September. All of them who tried to register themselves faced a similar problem. All of them claim that their city “Bettiah” is not available in the registration form. Kindly do add our city’s name in your form as early as possible as a big group of students are eagerly waiting to register themselves in this initiative. Me along with my students have sent many mails regarding the same but none of us have received any reply yet. We tried calling on different numbers but it was of no use. Now this is the last hope for my students by which I can convey the message of my students. Kindly do the needful.

  67. How can I fill captcha code?

  68. Where will the interview be held?

    1. Information available from the Official Website :

      The winners will be adjudged basis their score achieved in the online test combined with personal interviews of the shortlisted candidates. The selection of winners completely rests with Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd.

  69. I am from Toranagallu, Ballari district,583123 Karnataka trying to get registered online for more than a week but didn’t. Our place is not mentioned in the city selection least. I am much interested in this project. Please help me with this regard.

  70. What is captcha code?

    1. A CAPTCHA (a backronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”) is a type of challenge-response test used in computing to determine whether or not the user is human.

  71. I would like to know if I can keep track of the times spark daily published articles, from the online version of Times of India.

  72. When will the articles start appearing in newspaper?

  73. When will the articles be start appearing in newspaper?

  74. I had registered but did not get any SMS or email. What can I do?

    1. Information available from the Official Website :
      How do I report if there is any error?
      Email us at times.spark [AT] timesgroup.com

  75. Where can we attempt the entrance?

  76. Actually yesterday I registered for this contest, but till one hour I found as it is only submitting and not submitted. So I am confused that my details are registered or not.

  77. How can we apply for this? Please inform me the whole process for this and give more information about this scholarship.

    1. You are required to register in the below link.
      timesspark.com/register

  78. Where will this exam be conducted?

    1. Information available from the Official Website :

      Do I have to attempt the test at an examination center?
      No, it’s an online exam.

  79. Chandra Sekhar Chatterjee

    How can I apply for scholarship?

    1. You can apply for scholarship in the below link.
      timesspark.com/register

    2. How can I apply for scholarship?

  80. HOW CAN I REGISTER FOR TIMES SPARK?

    1. Information available from the Official Website :

      There will be 4 stages of the contest :
      ** Registration for the scholarship test.
      ** Articles will be published in the TOI copy over a period of three months.
      ** Test will be conducted at the end based on the articles published.
      ** Personal interviews of the selected candidates by a jury

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