NTSE 2018 (Stage-1): Detailed Analysis by Resonance

NTSE 2018: The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level examination cum scholarship program. The scholarship program is conducted by NCERT and the students who are studying in class X are eligible for NTSE 2018 examination and selection procedure.

Eligibility: As per the eligibility criteria of NTSE 2018, all the students who are studying in X standard are eligible to apply for this scholarship program. A student from any state of the country can register for this examination and scholarship scheme. Whether a student is from a government or a private school, he/she is eligible.

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

  1. Mental Ability Test (MAT)
  2. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

NTSE Mental Ability Test (MAT) Syllabus

This test is given to judge the power of reasoning, to evaluate and discriminate the ability of thinking, judging and visualizing 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 Language Test (LCT) Syllabus

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

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

This section is conducted to judge that how much of text-book knowledge you have gained. As India doesn’t has 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) according to the 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 given options. Each right answer carries one point each, thus making the total score of the candidate in a test is 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 2018 Exam Pattern was an objective type test based on paper-pen format.

Test No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
MAT 50 Questions 50 Marks 45 minutes
SAT – Language Test 50 Questions 50 Marks 45 minutes
SAT – Maths, Science, Social Sciences 100 Questions 100 Marks 90 minutes
Subject Class 8 Class 9 Class 10 Total
No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks
English         50 50 50 50
Mathematics     7 7 13 13 20 20
Mental Ability         50 50 50 50
Science     20 20 20 20 40 40
Social Science 1 1 15 15 24 24 40 40
Grand Total 1 1 42 42 157 157 200 200

OVERALL DIFFICULTY LEVEL ANALYSIS

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

  • 1: Easy ·
  • 2: Moderate                                 ·
  • 3: Difficult
Subject Difficulty Level
English 1.36
Mathematics 1.80
Mental Ability 1.24
Science 1.55
Social Science 1.50
Total 1.44

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Difficulty Level Analysis: No of Questions

Subject Easy Level Medium Level Difficult Level Total
No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks
English 35 35 12 12 3 3 50 50
Mathematics 7 7 10 10 3 3 20 20
Mental Ability 40 40 8 8 2 2 50 50
Science 22 22 14 14 4 4 40 40
Social Science 25 25 10 10 5 5 40 40
Grand Total 129 129 54 54 17 17 200 200

Following points were observed by expert analysts of Resonance:

  • Paper of Mental Ability and English were slightly easy than last year.
  • Papers of Science, Social Science and Mathematics were on the tougher side as compared to last year.
  • 10 questions came from RBSE syllabus.
  • 2 questions have been adjudged bonus by Resonance.

As the MAT and SAT combined paper was more difficult than last year, cutoff is expected to go down.

Question Wise Difficulty Breakup

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SUBJECT WISE ANALYSIS

SCIENCE ANALYSIS

Science
UNIT & TOPIC NAME NO OF QUESTIONS TOTAL MARKS (%) WEIGHTAGE
Science 40 40 100.00%
Biology 14 14 35.00%
Cell 2 2 5.00%
Control and Coordination 2 2 5.00%
Diversity 3 3 7.50%
Excretion 1 1 2.50%
Heredity and Evolution 1 1 2.50%
Natural Resources 1 1 2.50%
Nutrition 1 1 2.50%
Tissue 2 2 5.00%
Why do we fall ill 1 1 2.50%
Chemistry 13 13 32.50%
Acid Bases and Salts 2 2 5.00%
Atoms and Molecules 1 1 2.50%
Carbon and its compounds 3 3 7.50%
Chemical Reactions and Chemical Equations 1 1 2.50%
Matter 1 1 2.50%
Metal and Non Metals 2 2 5.00%
Mole Concept 1 1 2.50%
Structure of Atom 2 2 5.00%
Physics 13 13 32.50%
Electricity 3 3 7.50%
Force and Laws of Motion 1 1 2.50%
Gravitation 1 1 2.50%
Light 3 3 7.50%
Magnetic effect of current and EMI 1 1 2.50%
Motion 2 2 5.00%
Wave motion and sound 2 2 5.00%
Grand Total 40 40 100.00%

 

MATHEMATICS ANALYSIS

Mathematics
UNIT & TOPIC NAME NO OF QUESTIONS TOTAL MARKS (%) WEIGHTAGE
Mathematics 20 20 100.00%
Angle and their measurment 1 1 5.00%
Measurment of angle 1 1 5.00%
Area of plane figures 3 3 15.00%
Area of Parallelogram and Triangle 1 1 5.00%
Area related to circles 2 2 10.00%
Arithmetic Progression 1 1 5.00%
nth term 1 1 5.00%
Circles 1 1 5.00%
Problem based on chords 1 1 5.00%
Coordinate geometry 1 1 5.00%
Section formula 1 1 5.00%
Lines and angles 1 1 5.00%
Angle related properties of triangle 1 1 5.00%
Number System 1 1 5.00%
Rationalization 1 1 5.00%
Polynomial 1 1 5.00%
Relationship between zeros and coefficient of quadratic polynomial 1 1 5.00%
Probability 1 1 5.00%
Theoretical probability 1 1 5.00%
Quadratic equations 1 1 5.00%
Nature of roots 1 1 5.00%
Real Number 1 1 5.00%
Fundamental theorem of Arithmetic 1 1 5.00%
Statistics 1 1 5.00%
Mean 1 1 5.00%
Surface area and volume 3 3 15.00%
Frustum 1 1 5.00%
Individual solids 2 2 10.00%
Triangles 1 1 5.00%
Similarity of triangle 1 1 5.00%
Trigonometry 2 2 10.00%
Heights and distances 1 1 5.00%
Trigonometric ratio 1 1 5.00%
Grand Total 20 20 100.00%

 

MENTAL ABILITY ANALYSIS

Mental Ability
UNIT & TOPIC NAME NO OF QUESTIONS TOTAL MARKS (%) WEIGHTAGE
Mental Ability 50 50 100.00%
Non Verbal Reasoning 21 21 42.00%
Cube Test 1 1 2.00%
Dice Test 1 1 2.00%
Embedded Figure 2 2 4.00%
Figure Completion 1 1 2.00%
Figure Partition & counting 2 2 4.00%
Non-Verbal Classification 4 4 8.00%
Non-Verbal Series 4 4 8.00%
Paper cutting and folding 2 2 4.00%
Water Mirror Image 4 4 8.00%
Verbal Reasoning 27 27 54.00%
Alphabet Series 4 4 8.00%
Analogy 1 1 2.00%
Blood Relation 2 2 4.00%
Classification 2 2 4.00%
Coding-Decoding 2 2 4.00%
Direction Sense 1 1 2.00%
Logical Sequence of words 1 1 2.00%
Mathematical operations 2 2 4.00%
Missing term in figure 1 1 2.00%
Number Series 4 4 8.00%
Ranking & Ordering- Test 1 1 2.00%
Sitting arrangement 1 1 2.00%
Syllogism 1 1 2.00%
Venn Diagram 4 4 8.00%
Verbal/Non Verbal Reasoning 2 2 4.00%
Miscellaneous 2 2 4.00%
Grand Total 50 50 100.00%

 

ENGLISH ANALYSIS

English
UNIT & TOPIC NAME NO OF QUESTIONS TOTAL MARKS (%) WEIGHTAGE
English 50 50 100.00%
Grammar 25 25 50.00%
Fillers based on Grammar 25 25 50.00%
Verbal Ability 24 24 48.00%
Misspelled words 2 2 4.00%
Ordering of words 3 3 6.00%
Phrasal verbs 6 6 12.00%
Reading Comprehension 5 5 10.00%
Vocabulary 8 8 16.00%
Verbal/Non Verbal Reasoning 1 1 2.00%
Miscellaneous 1 1 2.00%
Grand Total 50 50 100.00%

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE ANALYSIS

Social Science
UNIT & TOPIC NAME NO OF QUESTIONS TOTAL MARKS (%) WEIGHTAGE
Social Science 40 40 100.00%
ECONOMICS 6 6 15.00%
Consumer rights 1 1 2.50%
Globalization and the Indian economy 1 1 2.50%
Money and Credit 2 2 5.00%
Sectors of Indian economy 1 1 2.50%
The story of village Palampur 1 1 2.50%
GEOGRAPHY 12 12 30.00%
Agriculture 2 2 5.00%
Climate 1 1 2.50%
Drainage 1 1 2.50%
India size and Location 1 1 2.50%
Lifelines of the national economy 1 1 2.50%
Manufacturing industries 1 1 2.50%
Mineral and power resources 1 1 2.50%
Natural Vegetation and Wildlife 1 1 2.50%
Physical features of India 1 1 2.50%
Population 1 1 2.50%
Resources and Development 1 1 2.50%
HISTORY 11 11 27.50%
French Revolution 1 1 2.50%
Making of a Global World 1 1 2.50%
Nationalism in Europe 1 1 2.50%
Nationalism in India 2 2 5.00%
Nationalist Movement in India 1 1 2.50%
Nazism and The Rise of Hitler 1 1 2.50%
Novels Society 1 1 2.50%
Print culture and the Modern world 1 1 2.50%
Retaliation and Struggle of British Empire 1 1 2.50%
The Age of Industrialization 1 1 2.50%
POLITICAL SCIENCE 11 11 27.50%
Central Government 4 4 10.00%
Constitutional design 1 1 2.50%
Democratic Rights 1 1 2.50%
Electoral Politics 1 1 2.50%
Federalism 1 1 2.50%
State Government 1 1 2.50%
Working of the Institutions 2 2 5.00%
Grand Total 40 40 100.00%

EXPECTED CUTOFF

Resonance Experts feel that as the overall paper was difficult from previous year, the cutoff is expected to decrease from last year. As per Resonance Experts, cutoff should decrease to 134 from 137 last year.

 

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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

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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

 

Detailed analysis of NTSE Stage-2 2016 by Resonance.

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NCERT Doubles the number of Student to be selected for NTSE Scholarship

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