HOW TO PREPARE FOR NTSE EXAM

National Talent Search Examination is a scholarship program organized at National level by NCERT. The main objective of the exam is to find talented students and provide them financial aid throughout the academic career. The exam is conducted in 2 phases i.e. one at state/district level and second at national level. The state level exam is conducted in order to shortlist the eligible candidate for next level. Candidates who qualified the state level exam have to appear for national level exam. At national level exam, students from schools of various state participate and those who qualify the national level exam are eligible for scholarship program. Students studying in class 10th are only eligible for appearing in selection process.

SELECTION PROCESS OF NTSE

For selection of students, the exam is divided in two stages-

1.1st level selection

Here selection test is conducted at state level. All the students studying in class 10th are eligible to appear in the exam. Students of all the boards are eligible to appear in the exam.

The syllabus for first level exam is-

  • Part 1 consist of question on mental ability test. Here brain twister questions of verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions is asked.
  • Part 2 consist of scholastic aptitude test with questions on History, Civics, Geography, Economics, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology is asked.

NOTE– For qualifying the state level exam ample knowledge of all subjects we have studied till class is required.

2. 2nd level selection

Here selection test is conducted at national level. Here competition is from students of entire nation. About 4000 students are selected for national level test. The syllabus for 2nd level exam is same like 1st level exam i.e. mental ability test and scholastic aptitude test. However in order to qualify this test a student must have extra knowledge apart from basic subjective knowledge till class 10th.

NOTE– For qualifying the exam knowledge of history and civics should only be limited to state but also history and political knowledge of other nation is required.

SYLLABUS FOR STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL EXAM

  • The very important requirement is the basic and conceptual knowledge of syllabus till class 10th.
  • The most important need is your analytical thinking i.e. out of box thinking.
  • Application based question in science and mathematics is also asked. At most 15% application based question is asked.
  • Good knowledge of social studies of both zonal and national level is required. Apart from NCERT syllabus, question from syllabus of other board is also asked.
  • In order to prepare well, practice test both online and offline is available.

QUALIFYING MARKS

  • For general category students, qualifying marks is 40% in all the sections.
  • For other backward and physically handicapped students, qualifying marks is 32% in all the sections.

EXAM PATTERN

QUESTION PATTERN

  • In Part 1(MAT), there are 50 objective questions of one marks each and total time allotted is 45 minutes.
  • In Part 2(language test), there are 50 objective questions of one marks each and total time allotted is 45 minutes.
  • In Part 3(SAT), there are 100 objective questions of one marks each and total time allotted is 90 minutes.

MARKING SCHEME

  • In stage 1, one marks is allotted to every correct answer.
  • There is no negative marking for the wrong answer and non-attempted questions.
  • In stage 2, there is negative marking and one-third of the marks will be deducted.
  • Also there is no negative marking for non-attempted questions.

 

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