The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is the most prestigious scholarship exam at the high school level in India. It is conducted in 2 stages and is open only to 10th graders. The first stage is conducted in each and every state and union territory and few toppers are selected from the large pool of students to appear for stage-2. Each state has a particular quota for selection based on the population and enrollment ratio of students.
How to Crack NTSE Stage-I Exam?
Here are some of the preparation tips to crack NTSE exam.
- In MAT, Make sure that you’re thorough with “All types of questions” in both NON-VERBAL and VERBAL. Buy a standard book (a comprehensive one) and stick to it. Don’t nudge between books.
- Be careful about the tricky parts. At my time, there were a few questions from a relatively unknown topic called “Sequential Output tracing”. Very few people could do it. Thus, it helps to know all the types of questions which can possibly be asked in the exam.
- For Math, start from simple books like RD Sharma/ RS Aggarwal. Master them fully. Most of the states pick up stage-I questions directly from these books.
- Cover the topics that are not part of CBSE syllabus but part of state syllabus. For e.g:- In TN syllabus, we had logarithms, matrices, 3-D geometry etc. which was not in CBSE.
- Science require a lot of interest on the reader’s part for the concepts to be assimilated well. To get an idea of the level of the questions, solve previous year question papers and master your state syllabus.
- Read up extra stuff on some of the important chapters like – Light/Motion in physics, Basic chemistry (stoichiometry, acids bases salts, etc), and in Biology focus on Life processes.
- For Social, the best strategy would be to cover as many topics as possible as questions from this section are not twisted at all. Revise the “MOST Important topics” from which most of the questions have been from the previous year.
- Make legible notes so that they can be used for last minute revision effectively.
The mantra to crack NTSE as I have elaborated above is to have a good idea of the level of the exam and achieve mastery in all the topics required (by solving NTSE previous question papers mainly).
Exam Day Tips for NTSE :
- Don’t panic a day before the test. Better, don’t do anything on that day. Relax. (I know saying this is easy, but doing this is tough – but let me just hope that at least a fraction of my readers follow this).
- Start from the section in which you are the strongest. You’ll automatically have more time for your weak points.
- Eat light before the exam, but please do have something nutritious and filling.
- Don’t discuss anything with your friends in the break between the two tests (MAT and SAT). Take a walk within the exam center or have a light snack instead.
Related Page : NTSE FAQs
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