NTSE is a state-level scholarship test which is conducted for the students of Class 10th. NTSE Paper consists of two sections, the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).
NTSE Examination is conducted by NCERT in two stages, Stage 1 exam is conducted at the state level by state authorities and Stage 2 exam is conducted at the National level by other states and Union Territories.
NTSE Exam is conducted in the offline mode which consists of Objective type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Every correct answer in the NTSE paper will fetch you 1 mark while there is no provision of negative marking in the paper. Students from General Category are required to score 40% to qualify the test while the students belonging to reserved categories need to secure only 32% marks.
Students are required to prepare for the examination with full dedication to clear it with flying colours. Some of the preparation tips of NTSE MAT and NTSE SAT are given below. The list of recommended books is also given below.
Mental Ability Section of NTSE paper carries 100 questions based on Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning each carrying 1 mark. The total time duration of the paper is 120 minutes, leaving 1.2 minutes to attempt one question.
Section Wise NTSE Preparation Tips for SAT Scholastic Ability Test NTSE
The science section of NTSE Examination consists of 40 questions of 1 mark each. The syllabus for NTSE Science section consists of questions from the topics of Science Class 10th and Class 9th. Most of the questions are based on NCERT Science Books. Some of the preparation tips for Science are:
NTSE paper has a section on Mathematics comprising 20 questions where each question carries 1 mark.
This section of NTSE paper contains 40 questions. Each correct answer will fetch you 1 mark.
Every exam requires a certain strategy and full focus and dedication throughout the preparation. Candidates appearing for a particular examination are required to build a proper and well-structured preparation strategy that possesses proper analytical, time management and exam-taking skills to ace it. Some of the important points and tips to prepare for the NTSE examination are given below:
Before beginning the preparation, it is very important to gather all the information related to the syllabus of the scholarship test. Students must completely analyze the syllabus of NTSE examination before beginning with the preparation process. Candidates are advised to visit the official website of the NTSE paper and download the complete syllabus of the paper. Students can find detailed information regarding the distribution of the topic of the mark wise and section-wise there. Aspirants must keep a copy of the syllabus handy throughout the preparation to make sure that nothing is left out and no topic is left unprepared and they do not skip any vital topic before the examination.
Students must download and solve previous years’ question papers to understand the types of questions asked in the examination. Solving previous years’ papers will help the students in analyzing the difficulty level of the paper and the paper pattern too. Also, solving the past years’ papers will keep a student in a better position to attempt the NTSE test. Candidates are advised to appear for the past years’ papers as the real test to give him/ her a proper feel of the actual day of examination.
Aspirants are advised to attempt the mock tests regularly. Solving the mock tests helps the students in giving a reality check of NTSE preparation and helps them know exactly where they stand. Candidates should make it a daily routine to solve at least one mock test everyday. These mock tests are designed a bit tougher than the actual test. Solving these mock tests puts them in a better position to attempt the real exam. Apart from this, it also helps the candidates in understanding the difficulty level of the paper and time management.
Making a strategy and a routine and following it strictly, can help you clear the examination easily and efficiently. To excel in the examination, students are required to have a regular and rigorous practice of problems. Candidates are advised to devise a proper strategy and preparation plan according to the topics and the distribution of marks of the paper. This will help them in managing their time efficiently and come out of the paper with flying colours.
Selecting good books is most important. Students should make the choice of the study material wisely to clear the NTSE examination efficiently. Students must refer to the standard books as suggested by their teachers while preparing and solve each and every problem given in them. The market is flooded with unlimited preparation sources in the form of printed study material and online sources. But, it is advised to select a particular set of sources and stick to them throughout the preparation.
A list of some of the important section-wise NTSE Books is given below:
Some of the important books for NTSE Preparation are given below:
|Study Package for NTSE Class X||McGraw-Hill Publications|
|Practice Test Papers for NTSE Class X- 1st Edition||McGraw-Hill Publications|
|Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st Edition||Pearson India|
|Study Guide NTSE (MAT + SAT) for Class 10th 2019-2020||Arihant Experts|
|A Comprehensive Manual for NTSE for Class X (English)||Access Publishing|
Ques. Can the students of CLass 11th apply for NTSE Examination?
Ans: No, NTSE exam is only for 10th class students. You cannot appear for NTSE in class 11 but if you are a science student, you can prepare for the KVPY exam. This is also a scholarship exam.
Ques. Is there any negative marking in NTSE paper?
Ans: Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark while there is no negative marking for wrong attempts. The total time to answer the paper is 120 minutes for each part. Only those who clear stage-1 will be shortlisted for stage-2 exam.
Ques. How much scholarship is awarded in the NTSE Examination?
Ans: National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program in India to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent. Scholarships of INR 1,250 per month are awarded for class XI to XII.
Ques. What type of questions are asked in the NTSE Examination?
Ans: The NTSE question paper is divided into two parts namely MAT and SAT both of 100 marks each. Questions are generally asked from Class 9 and 10 syllabus.
Ques. What is the difference between the question paper of NTSE Stage 1 and NTSE Stage 2?
Ans: There is not much difference in the question paper of NTSE Stage 1 and NTSE Stage 2 Examination. The syllabus and exam pattern of both papers is the same. There will be a slight difference between the difficulty level of both NTSE question papers.
Ques. How can I apply for the NTSE Examination?
Ans: The online application form for NTSE 2020 has been released on the official site of NCERT. Students of various states studying in class 10th can apply online for the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE).
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.