NTSE or National Talent Search Examination is one of the most prominent scholarship exam at the high school level in India. The exam is held in two stages and only class X students are eligible to apply for the exam. NTSE exam is based the syllabus set by NCERT. The first stage is conducted in each state and UT across the country.
Candidates qualifying in the first stage would be selected for the National level. Around 1,200,000 to 1,400,000 candidates appear for this examination, while only around 5,000 students are selected for stage 2. Out of these 5,000, only 1,000 are selected for the scholarships. Candidates have to follow a comprehensive strategy plan to obtain a good score in the exam.
This article shares some helpful tips regarding the NTSE exam to help candidates improve their chances of selection.
NTSE consists of 2 tests: MAT (Mental Ability Test) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). Both tests consist of MCQs with 4 options each. Each question has only one correct answer worth 1 mark.
SAT paper is further divided into 2 parts: Language Test and a combined sectional test for Science, Mathematics, and Social Science. Given below is the paper wise distribution of questions and marks.
|Mental Ability Test (MAT)||50||50||45 minutes|
|Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): Language Test||50||50||45 minutes|
|Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): Science, Mathematics, Social Science||100||100||90 minutes|
|Total||200||200||180 minutes (3 hrs.)|
The syllabus for NTSE might seem a little vast for all the aspirants to cover. However, candidates must cover all the important topics in their preparation to perform well. Here are some of the tips that might help candidates to have an edge over the other aspirants:
Apart from the above mentioned topic-wise tips, here are some general tips that will benefit the candidates during their preparation:
The structure of NTSE exam is based on the class X curriculum prescribed by NCERT. Therefore, NCERT textbooks are the most important resource for preparation as well as reference.
Apart from NCERT books, candidates can also use some reference books mentioned below in their preparation.
|MAT||A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning - by R.S. Aggarwal||8121905516|
|MAT and SAT||A Complete Study Guide NTSE (MAT + SAT) for Class 10th by Arihant Publications||9350947005|
|NTSE||A Comprehensive Manual for NTSE for Class X||9789383454396|
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.