NSEJS 2017: Detailed Analysis by Resonance

On 19th November 2017, NSEJS (National Standard Examination in Junior Science) – 2017 exam was conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) at many centers all over the country. NSEJS is the stepping stage for selection of aspiring and talented students in the Junior Science Olympiad Program. The student can move forward to other stages only after clearing this stage.

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Eligibility: Only Indian citizens born between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2004 ,(both days inclusive) and are students studying in Class X or lower as of November 30, 2017, can apply and appear for NSEJS 2017. The student must not appear any of the senior science Olympiad. The student has to himself re-assure his eligibility. At any stage if the student is found to be not eligible for the exam, he/she may be disqualified from the program.

Syllabus: The syllabus for National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) is almost similar as the curriculum of secondary level (Class IX and Class X) of CBSE. However, only basic guideline for the course is mentioned. No detailed syllabus is given for NSEJS. There were questions from physics, mathematics, biology and chemistry.

Question Paper: The medium of test was English only and it comprised of 80 objective type questions, each with only one of the four options correct with 3 marks each and -1 negative marking for incorrect answer.

Qualifying for the Second Stage: The basic objective of conducting this test is not focusing on merit but to involve as many students from the country to participate in the exam and try to show and expose their talent. Hence the selection to the stage II examinations i.e. Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs) is based on the following scheme

a) Eligibility Clause: To be eligible to get to the next level, i.e. the second stage, it is necessary that a student scores at-least a Minimum Admissible Score (MAS) which is 50% of the average of top 10 students across the nation.

b) Proportional Representation Clause: The maximum number of students that can get to Stage II (INO) in each subject is around 300. These many students are not selected only on the merit basis but also on proportionate basis. This proportion is decided on the base of the number of candidates who appeared for NSE in the previous year from that center in each State or Union Territory (UT). In case there is a tie at the last position, then all the students competing for the last position will be eligible to move to stage II. However it’s necessary that the selected students fulfill the eligibility clause laid out above. The total number to be selected from centers in each State for each subject will be displayed on the IAPT and HBCSE websites.

Minimum Representation Clause: Notwithstanding the proportional representation clause the number of students selected for INO from each State and UT must be at least one, provided that the eligibility clause is satisfied.

Merit Clause: As stated above, approximately 300 students are to be selected for second stage. However, all the students scoring 80% of the average of top 10 students are considered selected even if the total selections surpassed 300.

There will be no other criterion or provision for selection to the Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs). All students who qualify to appear for the INJSO get a certificate of merit from IAPT.

Overall Marks Distribution

The paper pattern was same as last year. The paper had 80 questions each worth 3 marks. All questions were objective type with single correct option. If we talk about subject wise, then there were 20 questions from Mathematics and Biology, and 21 questions were from Physics and 19 questions were asked from Chemistry.

Subject Class 8 Class 9 Class 10
No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks
Biology 1 3 5 15 3 9
Chemistry     4 12 10 30
Mathematics 2 6 10 30 5 15
Physics     7 21 7 21
Grand Total 3 9 26 78 25 75
Subject Class 11 Class 12 Total
No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks
Biology 7 21 4 12 20 60
Chemistry 5 15     19 57
Mathematics 3 9     20 60
Physics 5 15 2 6 21 63
Grand Total 20 60 6 18 80 240

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 then averaged to calculate overall difficulty level.

  • 1: Easy
  • 2: Moderate
  • 3: Difficult
Subject Difficulty Level
Biology 2.00
Chemistry 1.84
Mathematics 1.80
Physics 1.76
Total 1.85

Difficulty Level Analysis: No of Questions

Subject Easy Level Medium Level
No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks
Biology 10 30    
Chemistry 9 27 4 12
Mathematics 6 18 12 36
Physics 8 24 10 30
Grand Total 33 99 26 78
Subject Difficult Level Total
No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks
Biology 10 30 20 60
Chemistry 6 18 19 57
Mathematics 2 6 20 60
Physics 3 9 21 63
Grand Total 21 63 80 240

Resonance Experts feel that physics and mathematics were easy, while Biology was on tougher side compared with other subjects. While around 99 Marks can be considered easy overall, 78 marks are moderately difficulty and 63 marks are considered difficult by Resonance Team.

Overall, it is felt by Resonance Faculty Team that paper was on easier side compared to last year and the cut-off is expected to be higher than that of last year.

Question Wise Difficulty Breakup

Subject Wise Analysis

Physics Analysis

Physics
UNIT & TOPIC NAME NO OF QUESTIONS TOTAL MARKS (%) WEIGHTAGE
Physics 21 63 100.00%
Electricity 2 6 9.52%
Combination of Resistance 2 6 9.52%
Electrostatics 1 3 4.76%
Electric potential Energy 1 3 4.76%
Fluid 2 6 9.52%
Equation of Continuity 1 3 4.76%
Hydrometer 1 3 4.76%
Fluid 1 3 4.76%
Buoyant Force 1 3 4.76%
Heat 2 6 9.52%
Thermal Expansion 1 3 4.76%
Transfer of Heat 1 3 4.76%
Light 4 12 19.05%
Human Eye 1 3 4.76%
Reflection through Spherical Mirror 1 3 4.76%
Reflection through two inclined plain Mirror 1 3 4.76%
Refraction 1 3 4.76%
Magnetism and EMI 2 6 9.52%
Force on charge particle 1 3 4.76%
Lenz’s Law 1 3 4.76%
Motion 3 9 14.29%
Acceleration 1 3 4.76%
Equation of Motion 1 3 4.76%
Graphs 1 3 4.76%
Newton’s Laws of Motion 3 9 14.29%
Balanced Force 2 6 9.52%
Newton’s III Law of Motion 1 3 4.76%
Wave 1 3 4.76%
Principle of superposition 1 3 4.76%
Grand Total 21 63 100.00%

Chemistry Analysis

Chemistry
UNIT & TOPIC NAME NO OF QUESTIONS TOTAL MARKS (%) WEIGHTAGE
Chemistry 19 57 100.00%
Periodic table 1 3 5.26%
Modern Periodic table 1 3 5.26%
Acid, Base and Salt 3 9 15.79%
Commercial Important Compound 1 3 5.26%
pH 1 3 5.26%
Role of pH in daily life 1 3 5.26%
Atoms and Molecule 2 6 10.53%
Mole Concept 2 6 10.53%
Carbon and It’s Compound 2 6 10.53%
Functional Group 1 3 5.26%
Uses of Carbon Compound 1 3 5.26%
Chemical Reaction and Equation 1 3 5.26%
Displacement Reaction 1 3 5.26%
Ionic Equilibrium 1 3 5.26%
Ionic Product of water 1 3 5.26%
Metals and Non -Metals 1 3 5.26%
Alloy’s 1 3 5.26%
Metals and Non- Metals 2 6 10.53%
Displacement Reaction 1 3 5.26%
Nature of Oxide 1 3 5.26%
Mole Concept 3 9 15.79%
Equivalent Concept 2 6 10.53%
Gay Lussac’s Law 1 3 5.26%
States of Matter 1 3 5.26%
Gas Laws 1 3 5.26%
Structure of Atom 2 6 10.53%
Average Atomic Mass 1 3 5.26%
Valency 1 3 5.26%
Grand Total 19 57 100.00%

Biology Analysis

Biology
UNIT & TOPIC NAME NO OF QUESTIONS TOTAL MARKS (%) WEIGHTAGE
Biology 20 60 100.00%
Adaptations 2 6 10.00%
Terrestrial Adaptations 1 3 5.00%
Xerophytic Adaptations 1 3 5.00%
Biomolecules 2 6 10.00%
Codons 1 3 5.00%
DNA 1 3 5.00%
Cell 2 6 10.00%
Lysosomes 1 3 5.00%
Plastid 1 3 5.00%
Control and Coordination 1 3 5.00%
Plant Hormones 1 3 5.00%
Diversity 2 6 10.00%
Non Chordates 1 3 5.00%
Protista 1 3 5.00%
Ecology 1 3 5.00%
Global Warming 1 3 5.00%
Heredity and Evolution 2 6 10.00%
Dihybrid Cross 1 3 5.00%
Evidence of Evolution 1 3 5.00%
Micro-organism 1 3 5.00%
Benefits of Micro-organism 1 3 5.00%
Nutrition 1 3 5.00%
Nutrition in Animals 1 3 5.00%
Reproduction 3 9 15.00%
Asexual Reproduction 1 3 5.00%
Pollination 1 3 5.00%
Reproduction in Plants 1 3 5.00%
Respiration 2 6 10.00%
Respiration in plants 1 3 5.00%
Respiratory Quotient 1 3 5.00%
Why do we fall ill 1 3 5.00%
Types of Disease 1 3 5.00%
Grand Total 20 60 100.00%

Mathematics Analysis

Mathematics
UNIT & TOPIC NAME NO OF QUESTIONS TOTAL MARKS (%) WEIGHTAGE
Mathematics 20 60 100.00%
Area of Triangles and Parallelograms 1 3 5.00%
Area of Triangle 1 3 5.00%
Commercial Mathematics 1 3 5.00%
Speed and Time 1 3 5.00%
Cyclic Quadrilateral 1 3 5.00%
Ptolemy’s Theorem 1 3 5.00%
Mental Ability 1 3 5.00%
Calendar Test 1 3 5.00%
Number System 3 9 15.00%
Euclid Division Algorithm 1 3 5.00%
Remainder Problems using Binomial Theorem 1 3 5.00%
Surds 1 3 5.00%
Polynomials 6 18 30.00%
Algebraic Identities 6 18 30.00%
Quadratic Equations 1 3 5.00%
Nature of Roots 1 3 5.00%
Quadrilaterals 1 3 5.00%
Properties of Quadrilaterals 1 3 5.00%
Sequence and Series 2 6 10.00%
Arithmetic Progressions 1 3 5.00%
V(n)-V(n-1) method 1 3 5.00%
Solution of Triangle 1 3 5.00%
Circumcircle 1 3 5.00%
Square and Square Roots 1 3 5.00%
Squares 1 3 5.00%
Statistics 1 3 5.00%
Mean of Grouped Data 1 3 5.00%
Grand Total 20 60 100.00%

State wise Expected Cutoff

Overall, it is felt by Resonance Faculty Team that paper was on easier side compared to last year and the cut-off is expected to be higher than that of last year. The Cutoff for Rajasthan is estimated to be 165 to 170.

State Wise Expected Cutoff (2017)
Expected Cutoff (2017) 2016 2017
Average of Top 10 Scores (X) 188 208
Merit Index (80% of X) 150 166
MAS (50% of X) 94 104
State Number of Seats Cut-off (2016) Expected    Cut-off (2017)
Andhra Pradesh 9 150 166
Telangana 10 153 166
Rajasthan 17 137 166
Maharashtra 28 119 132
Utter Pradesh 55 99 110
Tamil Nadu 17 115 127
Odisha 9 128 142
Delhi 6 123 136
Madhya Pradesh 19 107 118
Haryana 6 122 135
Gujarat 13 124 137
Jharkhand 6 128 142
West Bengal 19 98 108
Bihar 18 94 104
Karnataka 15 96 106
Punjab 6 112 124
Chandigarh 1 138 153
Chhattisgarh 6 101 112
Himachal Pradesh 2 118 131
Uttarakhand 3 101 112
Kerala 10 94 104
Jammu & Kashmir 3 101 112
Tripura 2 94 104
All Other Regions 20 94 104

Comparison from Last Year

Comparison of Difficulty Level Subject Wise

Comparison of Difficulty Level Subject Wise
Subject Difficulty Level
2016
Difficulty Level
2017
Biology 2.21 2.00
Chemistry 2.00 1.84
Mathematics 1.95 1.80
Physics 2.30 1.76
Total 2.11 1.85

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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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JEE Advanced 2018: Eligibility Criteria For Indian Nationals

The eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced 2018 has been announced. The good news is, next year more number of candidates would be eligible to sit for JEE Advanced than in 2017.

All the candidates must fullfil each and every one of the following five criteria to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018.

 

Criterion 1 – Performance in JEE (Main) 2018: Candidates should be among the top 2,24,000* (including all categories) in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2018.

The percentages of various categories of candidates to be shortlisted are: 27% for OBC-NCL, 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST and the remaining 50.5% is OPEN for all. Within each of these four categories, 5% horizontal reservation is available for PwD candidates.

The following table shows the order to be followed while choosing top 2,24,000* candidates in various categories based on the performance in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2018.

Category-wise distribution of top 2,24,000* candidates (Criterion 1)

ORDER

CATEGORY

Number of “Top” candidates

1 OPEN

1,07,464

Total 1,13,120

2 OPEN-PwD

5,656

3 OBC-NCL

57,456

Total 60,480

4 OBC-NCL-PwD

3,024

5 SC

31,920

Total 33,600

6 SC-PwD

1,680

7 ST

15,960

Total 16,800

8 ST-PwD

840

* The total number of candidates can be slightly greater than 2,24,000 in the presence of “tied” ranks/scores in any category.

Criterion 2 – Age limit: Candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1993. Five years relaxation is given to SC, ST and PwD candidates, i.e., these candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1988.

Criterion 3 – Number of attempts: A candidate can attempt JEE (Advanced) a maximum of two times in consecutive years.

Criterion 4 – Appearance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination: A candidate should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either  2017 or 2018.

However, if the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declares the results for the academic year  2015-16 after June  2016, then the candidates of that board who appeared for their class XII exam in 2016 are also eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.  In case, the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declared the results for the academic year 2015-16 before June 2016 but the result of a particular candidate was withheld, then the candidate will not be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018.

Criterion 5 – Earlier admission at IITs: A candidate should NOT have been admitted in an IIT irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program OR accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting centre in the past. Candidates whose admission at IITs was cancelled after joining any IIT are also NOT eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018.

Candidates who have been admitted to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2017 can appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018.

The candidates who paid seat acceptance fee in 2017 but (i) did not report at any reporting centre OR, (ii) withdrew before the last round of seat allotment, OR, (iii) had their seat cancelled (for whatever reason) before the last round of seat allotment for IITs, during the joint seat allocation in 2017 are eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018.

However, in any of the above cases, the candidate is required to fulfil the conditions mentioned from criterion 1 to criterion 4.

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA IN CLASS XII (OR EQUIVALENT) BOARD EXAMINATION FOR ADMISSION

  • The candidates should satisfy at least one of the following two criteria for admission to IITs:
    1. Must have secured at least 75% aggregate marks in the Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination. The aggregate marks for SC, ST and PwD candidates should be at least 65%.
    2. Must be within the category-wise top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective Class XII (or equivalent) board examination.
  • The percentile calculation will be done for the required subjects in a single academic year only.  Therefore, candidates appearing for improvement in Board examinations can EITHER appear in one or more subjects and secure 75% aggregate marks (65% for SC, ST and PwD) after improvement, OR, appear for improvement in ALL subjects to be in top 20 percentile (see section titled “Regarding the cut-off marks for the top 20 percentile”) of the corresponding academic year.
  • The marks scored in the following five subjects will be considered for calculating the aggregate marks and the cut-off marks for fulfilling the top 20 percentile criterion.
    1. Physics
    2. Chemistry
    3. Mathematics
    4. A language (if the candidate has taken more than one language, then the language with the higher marks will be considered)
    5. Any subject other than the above four (the subject with the highest marks will be considered).
  • For calculation of the total marks for five subjects, if the marks awarded in a subject is NOT out of 100, then the marks will be scaled (up or down) to 100 so that the total aggregate marks is out of 500.
  • If a Board awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying the equivalent marks and submit it at the time of acceptance of the allocated seat. In case such a certificate is not provided, the decision taken by the Joint Implementation Committee of JEE (Advanced) 2018 will be final.
  • In case any of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Language are not evaluated in the final year (e.g., in a 3-year diploma course), then the marks for the same subject from the previous year/s will be used for calculating percentage of aggregate marks.
  • For candidates who appeared in the Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination for the first time in 2017 and reappeared in ALL subjects (for whatsoever reason) in 2018, the best of the two performances will be considered.
  • If a Board gives aggregate marks considering both Class XI and Class XII examinations (in the 10+2 system), then only Class XII marks will be considered. If a Board gives aggregate marks considering the results of all three years of a 3-year diploma or courses of equivalent duration, then only the marks scored in the final year will be considered. Similarly, for Boards which follow a semester system, the marks scored in the final two semesters will be considered.
  • If a Board does not give marks scored in individual subjects but gives only the aggregate marks, then the aggregate marks given by the Board will be considered as such.

 

Regarding the cut-off marks for the top 20 percentile

  • The category-wise cut-off marks for the top 20 percentile are calculated based on the marks scored by the candidates who pass in their respective boards in the particular year.
  • The cut-off marks for PwD candidates will be the same as the lowest of the cut-off marks for GEN, OBC-NCL, SC and ST categories.
  • It is reiterated that top 20 percentile cut-off for the academic year 2018 will be considered for the candidates who pass the Class XII (or equivalent) examination in 2018.
  • Similarly, top 20 percentile cut-off for the academic year 2017 will be considered for the candidates who pass the Class XII (or equivalent) examination in 2017.
  • Candidates who appeared in Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in 2017 and wish to (or have to) reappear in 2018 with the objective to qualify through top 20 percentile cut-off criteria, should reappear in all the subjects.  For such candidates, top 20 percentile cut-off for 2018 will be considered.
  • In case a Board does not provide information about the cut-off for the top 20 percentile, the candidate will have to produce a certificate from the respective Board stating that he/she falls within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates. If the candidate fails to do so, then the cut-off marks, in the respective categories, for the CBSE will be used.

 

Regarding the aggregate marks of 75% (or 65% for SC, ST and PwD)

  • The aggregate marks scored by the candidate in the 2018 Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination will be considered for candidates who pass the Class XII examination in 2018.
  • The aggregate marks scored by the candidate in the 2017 Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination will be considered provided the candidate does not reappear in the Class XII (or equivalent) examination in 2018 in any of the subjects.
  • If a candidate has passed his/her Class XII (or equivalent) in 2017 and wishes to improve his/her aggregate marks to meet the “aggregate marks of 75% (or 65% for SC, ST and PwD) criterion”, he/she can reappear for any number of subjects he/she wishes for improvement.  The percentage marks in this situation will be calculated by considering the marks obtained in 2017 or 2018, whichever is higher, in the respective subjects, in his/her two attempts in 2017 and 2018.

Source: https://www.jeeadv.ac.in

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

Detailed Analysis of NMTC (Stage-2) by Resonance

NMTC 2017: The National Mathematics Talent Contests (NMTC) is a national level examination cum Cash Awards for the top 3 winners in each level. The Cash Awards program is conducted by AMTI (Association of Mathematics Teachers of India) and students studying in class V to XII are eligible to appear for the NMTC 2017. NMTC was conducted on 26th August, 2017 across the nation and stage 2 was conducted on 28th October, 2017.

To check Answer key and Solution, visit https://goo.gl/Q9DZRX

Eligibility: As per the eligibility criteria of NMTC, students studying in class V to XII are eligible to appear for the NMTC 2017. A student from any state of the country can register for this examination and Award scheme. A student can be from a government or a private school.

Stages: NMTC Examination is divided in two stages. 10% students are selected at every center of the examination to appear for second stage. After second stage, National Level merit list is declared.

Pattern/ Syllabus: The syllabus for NMTC examination is pre-degree college mathematics. The areas covered are, mainly

  • Algebra: Polynomials, Solving equations, inequalities and complex numbers.
  • Geometry: Geometry of triangles and circles.(Trigonometric methods, vector methods, complex number methods, transformation geometry methods can also be used to solve problems)
  • Number Theory: Divisibility, Diophantine equations, congruence relations, prime numbers and elementary results on prime numbers.
  • Combinatorics & Graph Theory: Counting techniques, pigeonhole principle, principle of inclusion and exclusion, basic graph theory.

Question Paper Type and Class wise Marks Distribution

The analysis below is for the three levels of papers:

  • Primary (common paper for class V and VI)
  • Sub-Junior (common paper for class VII and VIII)
  • Junior (common paper for class IX and X)

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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 expert faculty of Resonance. The individual ratings are then averaged to calculate overall difficulty level.

  • 1: Easy
  • 2: Moderate
  • 3: Difficult

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Overall, it was seen that the paper of Sub-Junior and Primary was easier from last year while Junior paper was tougher than that of the last year.

To check Answer key and Solution, visit https://goo.gl/Q9DZRX

Team Resonance, PCCP. For more details, visit https://www.resonance.ac.in/reso/index.aspx

 

 

 

How to prepare for ResoFAST?

Entrance exams around the world, have become important stepping stones in every student’s journey towards a successful career of her/his choice. Entrance Exams are powerful tools to identify and nurture young buddying talent; they help in forming an intelligent talent pool of smart students by testing their skills against other students appearing in the exam.

Resonance Forward Admission & Scholarship Test (ResoFAST) is a similar attempt to identify & reward students studying in Std. V to Std. XII+ (XII Board appeared/appearing), who are interested in building up their careers with Resonance. Reward is solely on basis of a student’s performance in a test designed using advanced scientific tools. ResoFAST is held every year for ‘advance’ admissions in Yearlong Classroom Contact Programmes (YCCPs). [ResoFAST will be held this year for Academic Session 2018-19].

Students are often subjected to excessive pressure and stress, so that they perform well in entrance exams. At Resonance, we always believe in attaining maximum outcomes from minimum efforts.

  1. Understand ResoFAST: We recommend that you take some time to understand the exam pattern before you begin preparing for it. Here is the ResoFAST exam pattern for your reference:
  For Class V to X For Class XI and XII
No. of Questions 70 100
Maximum Marks 210 (3 Marks each) 300 (3 Marks each)
Type Single Choice Questions (no negative marking) Single Choice Questions (no negative marking)
Duration 1½ hours 3 hours
Mathematics 1 to 25 1 to 50
Physics 26 to 35 51 to 65
Chemistry 36 to 45 66 to 80
Biology 46 to 55
Mental Ability 56 to 70 81 to 100

For class XIII

Correct answer: +4 marks; Wrong answer: -1 marks

S. No. Subject Nature of Questions No. of Questions Total
1 to 8 PART-I

(Math)

Single Choice Questions 8 32
9 to 16 Multiple Choice Questions 8 32
17 to 20 Single Digit Integer 4 16
21 to 28 PART-II

(Physics)

Single Choice Questions 8 32
29 to 36 Multiple Choice Questions 8 32
37 to 40 Single Digit Integer 4 16
41 to 48 PART-III

(Chem)

Single Choice Questions 8 32
49 to 56 Multiple Choice Questions 8 32
57 to 60 Single Digit Integer 4 16
    Total 60 240
  1. Know the syllabus and solve Sample papers:

We suggest you thoroughly study the books for Science (Physics & Chemistry) and Mathematics (NCERT & Respective Board). Attempting sample papers and previous year question papers can help to formulate a better strategy for the exam and to identify your weaknesses. It will surely give you a better understanding of the pattern of the question paper and make it easier for you to finish the paper within time. Download Sample Papers.

  1. Refer to your course book: Course books form the base of all subjects and topics. Every topic is put in a very easy language to help you understand better. You must refer to the course books to master/improve topics in the syllabus. Once you are familiar with your course books, you can proceed to solve questions from other books with tricky problems and sample papers.
  2. Smart work is better than hard work: The attention you pay to a subject/topic and alertness of your mind matters more than the time you spend on it. For any competitive entrance examinations, it is recommended not to count the number of hours spent studying books, rather it is crucial to measure the amount of focused study performed. Walter Pauk has devised the OK4R method, which will help you grasp more information through the proven method of power reading.
    • O for Overview
    • K for Key ideas
    • R1 for Reading
    • R2 for Recall
    • R3 for Reflect
    • R4 for Review or Revision
  3. Spend extra time on your weaker topics: To achieve your best results possible, devote a major portion of your time to the topics that you’re not confident in. This will ensure you get the biggest improvement possible from your studying effort.
  4. Do not schedule similar subjects one after another: It is better to study different subjects one after another rather than clubbing similar ones. It means that studying Physics after Mathematics might not be a good idea. You can sandwich mental ability in between and your brain will be able to absorb all three subjects much better.
  5. Color your books: As opposed to the popular idea, neat books don’t always mean that you are a good student. They also show that books may be ‘unused.’ You can color main ideas in red; dates and numbers in blue; and supporting facts in yellow. Also mark circles, stars, boxes, and hash in margins, wherever needed, to make revisions easier. This trick also makes studying more interesting and visually appealing.
  6. Ask: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you need help with any topic or subject, ask your teachers, friends or parents.
  7. Eliminate your personal distractions while you study: Make the most of your time while you study. Don’t waste an hour (or more) fooling around for every hour you spend studying. Isolate yourself temporarily from distractions like TV, video games, and other forms of digital entertainment. Time is always limited.
  8. Set your goal(s): Students who set goals and stick to them are more likely to stay motivated and achieve success in their studies. It is advised that you plan your entire day a night before or the same morning, in a practical and achievable manner. This way, you will be aware of how your day will play out and you can manage your studies and time in a better way.
  9. Rejuvenate: Relax and take breaks during your hectic study timetable. Use this time to rejuvenate yourself, watch a short movie, listen to some songs, or play a sport. It will help you stay focused and feel fresh.

We hope now you prepare well for ResoFAST with complete focus and confidence. All the Best!

RMO 2017 – Detailed Analysis by Resonance

The Mathematical Olympiad Programme in India, which leads to participation of Indian students in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. This programme is one of the major initiatives undertaken by the NBHM. Its main purpose is to spot mathematical talent among pre-university students in the country.

For the purpose of training and selection of students for the Olympiad contest, 25 regions all over the country have been designated and each assigned a Regional Coordinator (RC). Additionally, three groups (Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathana (KVS) have a ‘Regional Coordinator’ each. The Mathematical Olympiad programme consists of five stages.

Stage 1:

PRMO 2017: The Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) is a national level examination. The PRMO exam is conducted by IAPT and students studying in class XI or below are eligible to appear for the PRMO 2017. PRMO was conducted in month of August across the nation. 500 students from each region were qualified post this stage to appear for RMO.

Stage 2:

The second stage examination, the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) is a three hour examination with six problems. The RMOs are offered in English, Hindi and other regional languages as deemed appropriate by the respective RCs. The syllabus may be found at (give syllabus link). The problems under each topic involve high level of difficulty and sophistication.

Stage 3:

The best-performing students from the RMO (approximately 900) qualify for the third stage – the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). The INMO is held on the third Sunday of January at 28 centres across the country.

Stage 4:

The top students from the RMO (approximately 35) are invited for the fourth stage, the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) held at HBCSE during April to May. At this camp orientation is provided to students for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Emphasis is laid on developing conceptual foundations and problem-solving skills. Several selection tests are held during this camp. On the basis of performance in these tests six students are selected to represent India at the IMO. Resource persons from different institutions across the country are invited to the training camps.

Stage 5:

The selected team undergoes a rigorous training programme for about 8-10 days at HBCSE prior to its departure for the IMO.

Stage 6:

The Olympiad programme culminates with the participation of the students in the IMO. The students are accompanied by 4 teachers or mentors.

 

Eligibility: As per the eligibility criteria of PRMO, Born on or after August 1, 1998 and All Indian students who are born on or after August 1, 1998 and, in addition, are in Class XI or below are eligible to appear for the PRMO 2017. A student from any state of the country can register for this examination. A student can be from a government or a private school.

 

 Conducting Body:

PRE RMO- IAPT (www.iapt.org.in) through regional coordinators

RMO- Regional Coordinators

INMO- HBCSE (olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in)

 

Geographical Regions:

Assam, Chattisgarh, Coastal AP & Rayalseema, Delhi, Gujarat- Daman-Diu-Dadra Nagar Haveli, Jammu, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa, Meghalaya, Mumbai, North Bihar and Patna, North Western States, Odisha, Rajasthan, South Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal.

 

Special Regions: CBSE Schools, KV Schools, JNV Schools

 

Syllabus: The syllabus for Mathematical Olympiad (regional, national and international) is pre-degree college mathematics. The areas covered are arithmetic of integers, geometry, quadratic equations and expressions, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, system of linear equations, permutations and combination, factorization of polynomial, inequalities, elementary combinatorics, probability theory and number theory, finite series and complex numbers and elementary graph theory. The syllabus does not include calculus and statistics. The major areas from which problems are given are algebra, combinatorics and geometry and number theory. The syllabus is in a sense spread over Class XI to Class XII levels, but the problems under each topic involve high level of difficulty and sophistication. The difficulty level increases from PRMO to RMO to INMO to IMO.

 

EXAM STRUCTURE

RMO has six to eight problems (differ from region to region) that students have to solve in three hours. Following is the region wise paper pattern.

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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 done by expert faculty of Resonance. The individual ratings are then averaged to calculate overall difficulty level.

1: Easy

2: Moderate

3: Difficult


Difficulty Level Analysis: No of Questions

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* Guj,Raj,CH,MP,JH,WB: Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal

Resonance Experts feel that papers across were of similar difficulty level, while paper at Maharashtra and Goa was on more difficult side compared with Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Overall, it is felt by Resonance Faculty Team that paper was on easier side compared to last year and the cut-off is expected to be increase than that of last year.

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Region wise Topic Analysis

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To check solutions for RMO 2017, visit https://www.resonance.ac.in/answer-key-solutions/RMO/2017/

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