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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