How to prepare for NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)?

The best way to prepare for NTSE exam depends totally upon us what study plan we follow? How attentive we are? And many more factors. There is nothing like a magic bullet or an elixir, which you can get right before the exam. NTSE preparation is bound to get you confused. What to read and what to leave? How to practice for NTSE? How much to practice? If I am from a state board, do I need to prepare differently for NTSE?

Let’s dive into the tricks of cracking the NTSE exam:

  1. Know your Strengths & Weaknesses: It’s necessary to know your strengths & weaknesses. E.g. If you’re strong in mathematics and science but average in languages and weak in social sciences, then you can turn your weaknesses into strengths for an overall good score.
  2. Follow NCERT Books: Follow NCERT books of classes IX and X for NTSE preparation. For some concepts in biology, refer NCERT Class XI Biology textbook (only portions that are relevant to IX and X class curriculum). It’s imperative to thoroughly study the Social Studies NCERT book for NTSE.
  3. Strengthen your MAT section and work on your SAT section: The MAT section tests your mental ability. Hence, you must give sufficient time for preparing for this part. Follow NCERT for the Scholastic Aptitude section of NTSE. You must also read a general knowledge book for ‘out of the course’ questions.
  4. Start your preparation with last year’s NTSE papers: The objective is to understand the type of questions asked and your current level. Take last year’s paper or good NTSE sample questions and just write the exam with all seriousness. This will help you gain knowledge of NTSE and also give you a fair idea of your standing
  5. Analyze your performance: Make sure to minutely assess what you could do and what you had a hard time with. Is it the knowledge of subject matter that you lacked? Or did you miss out because you made some silly mistakes? Or is it that mental ability questions took a long time for you to crack? Whatever it is, just analyze your performance very minutely and critically
  6. Make a plan: Once you know your weak points, make a plan. You will definitely need to study and revise the subject matter. That is required not just for NTSE but also for your school. So there is no letting up on that front. You will also need to practice more mental ability questions. But the allocation of time will depend upon your analysis of how weak or strong you are in that particular aspect
  7. Self-Study is important: For clearing any exam, a decent amount of self-study is important. It is one of the most basic and important of all the tips to become an NTSE scholar. One should devote at least 3-4 hours to self-learning to crack this competitive exam.
  8. Practice with previous year question papers: This is the most effective way to prepare for any of the exams, as when one prepares from the previous year question paper, he/ she will get idea of the format and the pattern of the question paper. So by practicing the previous year question papers the candidates will know how much time to spend on each section.

Just remember that you don’t have to be a Know-It-All to compete and excel. You can be just an ordinary candidate and follow these tips to become a NTSE scholar.

Practice papers for NTSE are available at https://goo.gl/ZcGjom

For more info, visit http://www.resonance.ac.in

Outstanding results by Resonites in NTSE Stage-2

NTSE Result 2017 for NTSE Stage 2 is declared on 23rd August 2017 by NCERT. The result has been acclaimed as a considerable success for the students of Resonance. This year our selection rate expanded by 48.67% as compared to the last year and total of 168 students from Resonance were selected for the scholarship.

It is a great deal of pride that 1720 students have been selected for NTSE from Resonance since 2006.

NTSE is considered as one of the toughest scholarship exams of India. This year the cut –off for the selection is as follows:

Category

Cut – off Marks

General

77

Scheduled Caste

46.67

Scheduled Tribe

47.67

Physically Handicapped

49.33

This year, the general outcome has been set up on the premise of 143 marks out of 150 as 7 questions were declared off base by NCERT. The exam was held on 14th May 2017. Around 4000 students were selected for the second round from all over India. Out of these, usually 1000 students are selected however this time 922 students have been selected for final scholarship of Rs. 1250/-PM which will be provided up to their higher education.

For more detail visit www.pccp.resonance.ac.in

 

NTSE 2017: A Detailed Analysis by Resonance Experts Team

NTSE 2017: The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level examination cum scholarship programme. The scholarship programme is conducted by NCERT and students studying in class X were eligible for NTSE 2016 examination and selection procedure. NTSE stage-I was conducted in the month of November/ December across the nation. Stage II was conducted on May 14, 2016.

 Eligibility: As per the eligibility criteria of NTSE, all the students studying in X standard are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme. A student from any state of the country can register for this examination and scholarship scheme. A student can be from a government or a private school.

 Pattern/ Syllabus: The National Talent Search Examination is conducted for students studying at the Class X level. The examination consists of three tests:

  1. Mental Ability Test (MAT)
  2. Language Comprehension Test ( LCT)
  3. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

NTSE Mental Ability Test (MAT) Syllabus

This test is to judge the power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation, etc. A variety of questions, for example – analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, hidden figures, coding decoding, block assembly, problem solving, etc. are used for this purpose.

NTSE Scholastic Aptitude Test (LCT) Syllabus (Language Test)

Language Test is designed to judge the power of reading comprehension, logical sequencing; interpretative, evaluative, predictive and creative components of language. The test is conducted for English and Regional Languages.

NTSE Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Syllabus (Maths, Science & Social Science)

This section is conducted to judge how much of text-book knowledge you have gained. As India doesn’t have any single unified board system, NCERT has not prescribed any particular syllabus for the State Level Examination or for National Level Examination.

You can expect questions that are asked at the National Level (Stage-II) to be standard of Classes IX and X level.

Question Paper: The medium of test is English and regional languages and it comprised of 200 question. The students have to select and mark one right answer from the four given options. Each right answer carry one point each, thus making the total score of the candidate in a test equal to the number of questions answered correctly. However, at the second stage 1/3 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Merit Clause: All the students who achieve requisite scores at this level automatically qualify for scholarships that are handed over by NCERT.

Overall Marks Distribution

The NTSE 2017 Exam Pattern is an objective type test based on paper-pencil format.

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Subject wise Marks Distribution

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Overall Difficulty Level Analysis

In this analysis, we have rated every question on a scale of 1 to 3. The ratings are given by the expert faculties of Resonance. The individual ratings are then averaged to calculate overall difficulty level.

  1. Easy
  2. Moderate
  3. Difficult

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Difficulty Level Analysis: No of Questions

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Resonance Experts made the following observations:

  • Mental Ability: Paper was lengthier than last year’s paper and that is why it is considered more difficult than last year’s paper.
  • Chemistry and Biology: Both these subjects had lengthier and confusing questions which made both of them relatively difficult from last year.
  • Physics: The paper was relatively easy than last year as questions were fairly straight forward.
  • Mathematics: The questions in mathematics were difficult than last year as the focus was on complex topics this year. Two questions of common roots were particularly ambiguous.
  • English: The paper was relatively difficult than last year’s paper.
  • Social Science: Paper was extremely lengthy and 8 questions came out of syllabus which made it a difficult paper to solve.

Overall, it was observed that the paper was on the tougher side compared to last year and thus cutoff is expected to decrease.

Question Wise Difficulty Breakup

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Subject Wise and Topic Wise Analysis

English Analysis

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Mental Ability Analysis

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Biology Analysis

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Chemistry Analysis

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Physics Analysis

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Mathematics Analysis

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Social Science Analysis

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Expected Cutoff

As the paper was relatively difficult than last year, cut off is expected to be lower than the last year. The cut off for General category student is expected to be 80 marks while for SC/ST it is expected to be 60 marks.

 

Outstanding Results of Resonance Students in NTSE stage- II 2015 with more than 100 Selections.

NCERT has declared the NTSE stage-2 results of 2014-15 on 11th September 2015. According to declared results Resonance students once again showed remarkable Performance and maintained supremacy of Resonance in preparation for NTSE. Total 104 students from Resonance are eligible for the scholarship. 35 students from Kota Study Center, 10 students from Jaipur SC, 11 from Udaipur SC, 3 from Jodhpur, 3 from Ajmer, 1 from Nagpur, 1 from Lucknow & 39 students from Distance Learning Division got selected for Scholarship. Continue reading