NTSE or the National Talent Search Examination is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research & Training to award meritorious students from all backgrounds with scholarships. Students normally prepare for NTSE Examination while in class 10th.
What is the course for NTSE
National Talent Search Examination is a national-level scholarship program in India that identifies and recognizes students with high intellect and academic talent. It is considered as one of the prestigious examinations in India and is conducted by NCERT for Class X students only and in order to crack it, one should be thoroughly prepared with the syllabus of not just Class X but of Class IX as well.
The examination is taken in two stages, of which the stage 1 is conducted at the state level every year in 3rd week of November. Stage 1 is a written exam that consists of two papers namely MAT and SAT. MAT or Mental Aptitude Test is a written test with 100 questions of mental ability with duration of 1 ½ hours. This paper is of 100 marks and has qualifying marks as 40 for general category students and 32 for reserved category ones.
Second paper, SAT or Scholastic Aptitude Test is a written exam of 1 ½ hours duration with 100 question comprising of 40 questions from Science, 40 of Social Science and 20 of Maths. The questions are multiple choice types and the entire paper consists of 100 marks with qualifying marks being 40 for general category and 32 for reserved category students.
How should you prepare for NTSE
The syllabus for this examination usually follows your school curriculum as the SAT includes topics related to General Awareness, Maths, Geography, History, Civics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and these topics are from class 9 and 10. MAT carries more weight than any of the subjects so a balanced approach is required while preparing for this examination.
Choose good NTSE preparation books to begin with your preparation; as they will be your guide throughout. The best way to start with your prep is to start solving last year’s NTSE papers. This will really help you understand your current level and in this regard NTSE sample papers will truly be insightful and helpful.
Analyze your performance with the good sample questions you solve and observe yourself minutely. Prepare a study plan that is synched with the NTSE syllabus and save yourself from investing extra time separately for the preparation. Get the best books for NTSE and make them your guide. Make use of the best preparation material that is comprehensive and includes examples, unsolved questions and summary points. This will enhance your preparation and practice and will also boost your performance.
NTSE Solved Papers & Mock Tests by the Disha Publication
How much time should you devote to prepare for NTSE
While solving sample papers will help you analyze your weak points along with the stronger portions; making a dedicated plan will help you complete the syllabus in a systematic way. As you need to practice more of mental ability questions, your preparation should start around 90-100 days before the exam. Devoting at least 2-3 hours a day for the preparation will help you cover the topics of the syllabus well and will also leave you with ample of time for practice and revision.
The ideal way is to first start with basic textbooks of your class 9 and 10 and after finishing them, refer to some advanced reference books, if time permits. Regular, timed mock tests and online tests will prove to be another monumental step in your practice and preparation.
Lastly make a bank of difficult questions and practice them in the last month of your preparation which will help you in making you aware of the common mistakes that can be avoided during the exam. Stay focussed and calm. Be positive and give this exam your best shot.