The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), the most prestigious talent search examination in the country, will be conducted in the month of November.
The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is one of the most important exams as the students not only get a chance to compete with the best talent across the country, it also helps them do a reality check in terms of performance, says Partha Halder
The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is the most prestigious talent search examination in the country. It is conducted in two stages - stage-I and stage - II. The first stage is essentially conducted by respective State Boards, in case of Delhi it is conducted by the Science Department of Directorate of Education while the second stage is conducted by NCERT, nationally. Every State has a fixed quota in stage-I while there is no upper ceiling of selecting NTSE scholars through stage-II.
A student currently studying in Class X is eligible to appear for NTSE provided he has secured 60 per cent marks in Class IX for students under general category and 55 per cent marks in Class IX under reserved category. The NTSE, stage-I is conducted in the month of November every year whereas stage-II is conducted in the month of May in succeeding year (every year).
The reason why it is important to take this national level competitive exam is that a student gets to compete with the best talents pan India. It's an important milestone for serious aspirants planning to pursue a career in science domain. It is big recognition that a student gets, having cleared two stages of NTSE. Students are entitled for scholarships till they finish their studies. It may not be a substantial amount but it is sponsored by the Government body and also the entire exercise is a huge confidence booster.
Many times a student doing exceedingly well in class/school, fail to perform at the competitive exam level. Hence for such students, NTSE is a kind of reality check - relieves them from living under an illusion - "I'm good." They can learn from their weakness and take corrective steps over two years time (ie while in Class XI and XII). If student wants to go aboard for higher education then an NTSE rank immensely adds to their overall credential. They tend to earn credits as a part of application profiling process.
The NTSE exam structure is such that it enables a student to develop intelligent quotient and mental ability. Students develop the habit of solving questions by application of concepts.
Stage-I (scheduled in November)
It has three parts - Mental Ability Test (MAT); Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Language.
MAT: Usually tests a student's ability to think and judge, visualise in space and use reasoning skills to solve questions. Questions feature from topics like analogies, classification, series, pattern, coding and decoding, etc.
SAT: Student is tested in eight subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Civics, Geography, Mathematics and Economics.
Language: Students are also tested on language skills; one has to choose between English or Hindi.
Stage-II (scheduled in May 2016)
Like stage-I, this stage also has three parts - MAT, SAT and Language. There is not much of difference between Stage I and II, in terms of the syllabus and structure. However, there is a marked difference in terms of paper structure and marking system. The syllabus for NTSE is that of Class IX and X, comprising of Science; Social Science; Mathematics; English or Hindi. The entire syllabus should be divided into two parts - Class IX and X. First, student needs to focus on NTSE stage-I. For that one can to adopt a few steps.
Class IX syllabus: Mostly this part poses as a challenge, reason being students tend to forget the concepts over a period of time. Hence, one should've a proper revision plan leading up to the exam. If you think you've few gray areas fix them now.
Class X syllabus: You would've covered some portion of the syllabus by now. You should also cover few advanced levels of current topics to gain complete insight.
Alongside, prepare good quality revision notes.
Try to finish the entire syllabus by the end of September 2015 so that you'll be left with four weeks (approximately) before the exam to do the revision from your notes.
Get into testing and assessment mode. Rigorous practice, solving of test paper and analysing performance holds the key. Don't think on the fact that you are yet to finish the syllabus. Remember, solving test papers and analysing them is also a part of preparation.
You'll get to build test temperament, identify strong and weak areas, learn to manage time, improve upon speed and accuracy.
Subscribe to All India Level Test Series. This will enable you to assess your performance, understand the weak areas and build strategy to overcome weaknesses. Make sure, you attend to all post test analysis sessions to gain insight to the tests.
Enrol into a crash course for NTSE. It'll help you to prepare in a competitive environment and enhance your pace of completion.
If you don't have the bandwidth to join a crash programme, then subscribe to an online test series. It will give you a chance to solve variety of questions and analyse your performance from the comfort of your home.
Remain focussed, stick to your study plan and don't allow stress to build up.
(Contributed by Partha Halder - The writer is Centre Head of FIITJEE, Punjabi Bagh Centre)