Times Spark Article List for Scholarship Exam: Final Exam on January 7, 2018, 5PM

*** First published on Sep 5 ***
The Times Spark competition has received very good response with over 2 Lakh school children registering from across India.
In the next stage of this competition, Times of India will publish an article every day, starting September 5th, for 90 days.
The Scholarship Exam will be based on these articles.
To help students prepare for the test, we are posting the relevant article links date-wise on this page. We will attempt to regularly update this page.
Note: The sequence of articles may vary in different editions of TOI and some editions may not available on the days following local Festival/Holidays. We check a few editions before publishing but follow the sequence of one city’s editions to avoid confusion. But for the final exam preparation, the sequence doesn’t matter. 
Wishing students all the best!

Date: September 5, 2017 

Big Tragedy, Empty Rhetoric

Date: September 6, 2017

How the clause on a Uniform Civil Code was rendered toothless

Date: September 7, 2017

Balance Sheet Of Indian Families A Matter Of Life And Debt

Date: September 8, 2017

Aging population to hit Asia growth

Date: September 9, 2017

To break up monopolies in the digital era, antitrust legislation should ensure data portability from sites such as Facebook

Date: September 10, 2017

Now, chaiwallahs come from IIT & Harvard

Date: September 11, 2017

Q&A – `Depth in men’s badminton has been much greater than in women’s side … Sindhu and Saina competing is very good

Date: September 12, 2017


Date: September 13, 2017

Q&A – `Price of electricity from renewables will be same as from coal by 2025 … unfortunate that coal cess went to GST’

Date: September 14, 2017

Indians flock to Asian havens to park wealth

Date: September 15, 2017

Q&A – ‘Aung San Suu Kyi is no longer a peace campaigner … it is cowardice and moral bankruptcy on Rohingyas’

Date: September 16, 2017

Robots can create, not eliminate, jobs says UN report

Date: September 17, 2017

How China is cashing in on bitcoin farms

Date: September 18, 2017

Preventing The Next Crash

Date: September 19, 2017

Snow leopard now no longer endangered.

Date: September 20, 2017

Man who saved the world from nuke war dead

Date: September 21, 2017

Now, scientists `colour’ butterfly’s wings

Date: September 22, 2017

Now, Mueller turns lens on Trump’s decisions as prez

Date: September 23, 2017

`That Chakma numbers is 100,000 is Goebbels-speak’

Date: September 24, 2017

Chinese robot has just done world’s first dental surgery

Date: September 25, 2017

India has no formal definition of refugees but 3 Acts deal with them

Date: September 26, 2017

Battery revolution that will power e-cars

Date: September 27, 2017

Fears of Bali volcano spark exodus of 75,000

Date: September 28, 2017

Why does everyone hate journalists? By attacking them, we undermine our own freedoms

Date: September 29, 2017

Death of newborns is due to low birth weight on rise: Lancet study

Date: September 30, 2017

Elphinstone station tragedy: Let’s stop being tolerant of sub-optimal lives and broken city-systems

Date: October 1, 2017

No paper on account of Dusshera

Date: October 2, 2017

Defiant Catalans vote on split from Spain despite crackdown

Date: October 3, 2017


Date: October 4, 2017

‘Einstein Waves’ fetch US trio Physics Nobel 

Date: October 5, 2017


Date: October 6, 2017

Remains Of The Day: Nobel for Ishiguro

Date: October 7, 2017

Peace Nobel for group fighting to rid world of nuclear arms

Date: October 8, 2017

To mark their god’s 75th b’day, these devotees will recite Amitabh chalisa

Date: October 9, 2017

Q&A – `India can help the world eliminate TB … India playing a huge part in global health club by producing drugs and vaccines’

Date: October 10, 2017

Nobel Prize for `Nudge’ economist Richard Thaler

Date: October 11, 2017

Day of the Girl Child progress report: India has moved forward in empowering girls but still lags much of the world

Date: October 12, 2017

US flies bombers over Korea as Trump discusses options

Date: October 13, 2017


Date: October 14, 2017

Satyarthi’s classroom bags Guinness record

Date: October 15, 2017


Date: October 16, 2017

Why We Need Living Wills

Date: October 17, 2017

Scientists now connect gravitational waves & gamma rays to neutron stars

Date: October 18, 2017

How Mighty Xi Is Set to Get Mightier

Date: October 19, 2017

George Saunders wins Booker for his first novel

Date: October 20, 2017

No paper on account of Diwali

Date: October 21, 2017

Enter the dragon: With the coronation of Xi at China’s 19th Party Congress, a Leviathan is born

Date: October 22, 2017

Busting the Taj fake news

Date: October 23 2017

At its peak, IS was a $1 bn economy, held area the size of Tamil Nadu
Note: The TOI epaper site is under maintenance, therefore we are facing difficulty in posting the original article links

Date: October 24 2017

Agra Vs Ayodhya For 2019

Date: October 25, 2017

US medical device makers call for trade action against India

Date: October 26, 2017

Russia’s favoured outlet is an online news giant. YouTube helped

Date: October 27, 2017

Q&A – `Sooner or later world will see a nuclear detonation … concept of nuclear deterrence rests on dangerous logic’

Date: October 28, 2017

Cracking The GST Puzzle

Date: October 29, 2017

*** Article not available ***

Date: October 30, 2017

INFRASOUND: Silent Health Hazard

Date: October 31, 2017

Hamilton’s gift curses him to be underrated champ 

Date: November 1, 2017

Q&A – `There is nothing like a stone pelter … discussion will take place with everyone who wants peace in the valley’

Date: November 2, 2017


Date: November 3, 2017

Not `fake news’: Term becomes word of year

Date: November 4, 2017

Taj Mahal: History Or Heritage?

Date: November 5, 2017

Meet India’s IPL-style e-sportsmen

Date: November 6, 2017

LEARNING WITH THE TIMES – Is global nuclear imbalance the reason why Kim Jong-un has gone rogue?

Date: November 7, 2017

TROUBLED WATERS – Trump’s commerce secy linked to energy firm led by Putin `cronies’
(TOI Epaper link is unavailable, hence published the link from Economic Times)

Date: November 8, 2017

Air Force error allowed Texas church shooter to buy guns

Date: November 9, 2017

First openly transgender person in state House

Date: November 10, 2017

Q&T – `Indians have a tough mindset like foreign players, aim to beat the best … we will get wins in badminton’

Date: November 11, 2017

What Is Sinful? Violence

Date: November 12, 2017


Date: November 13, 2017

The global footprint of air pollution: Is the worst over for India?

Date: November 14, 2017

Trump, Duterte bond at summit; US says rights mentioned briefly

Date: November 15, 2017

Lifestyle diseases biggest killer even in most backward states
Clarification issued by TOI on Nov 15th Article

Date: November 16, 2017

Nurture India’s Human Capital

Date: November 17, 2017

Peru Beat New Zealand For Final World Cup Berth

Date: November 18, 2017

Stop the air assault on north India: End to crop burning is achievable and farmers can lead the way

Date: November 19, 2017

Public anger making way for tough rules on pvt healthcare

Date: November 20, 2017

Why criminal act is not the same as criminal liability

Date: November 21, 2017

Electric vehicle technology has come of age. To curb air pollution, combine charging stations with renewable energy

Date: November 22, 2017

US’ FCC plans to kill net neutrality rules

Date: November 23, 2017

‘Butcher of Bosnia’ found guilty of genocide

Date: November 24, 2017

FB to show users if they fell for Russian propaganda

Date: November 25, 2017

A caravan of mothers sets out in search of missing kin

Date: November 26, 2017

Students, drop that laptop

Date: November 27, 2017

How dreadful, or benign, is film certification in India

Date: November 28, 2017

How To Double Farmers’ Income

Date: November 29, 2017

Government is largest litigant, principles of natural justice demand that it is not seen to be appointing judges

Date: November 30, 2017

Saudi prince freed after $1bn deal

Date: December 1, 2017

Winter’s coming, but more cities see improvement in air quality: CPCB

Date: December 2, 2017

Latest GDP numbers appear to have slain the demon of DeMon, but economic fundamentals remain a challenge

Date: December 3, 2017

Indian Scrabble stars are winning the war of words

Date: December 4, 2017

The ABC of missile race
The last of the Times Spark articles has been published on Dec 4. There will be no more articles in this series. 
Updates on Times Spark Exam:

  1. The first mock test was held from Oct 7- Oct 10 at www.timesspark.com.
  2. Video with tips to prepare is posted on this page.
  3. The second mock test was on Nov 19 at 11 AM.
  4. The third mock test will be held on Dec 3. Students can attempt it at any time.
  5. Final Scholarship Exam is on January 7, 2018, 5PM.
For details about Times Spark exam pattern and dates, visit this page


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