The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is India’s oldest and the most prestigious talent search and competitive examination for school students. It has 2 stages, in both the stages; students are assessed on subjects like Mental Ability (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) comprising Mathematics, Science and Social Science. The NTSE Stage I is a state level exam conducted by respective state boards in the month of November every year and NTSE Stage II is a national level exam conducted by NCERT in the month of May in the succeeding year. Students who clear both the stages are offered scholarships and are called NTSE Scholars.
Although the subjects and syllabi are same in Stage I and Stage II of NTSE, the actual difference lies in environmental factors, hence it is imperative to have a clear understanding of the same.
- Try to prepare good quality revision notes.
- In October, revise the full syllabus thoroughly.
- By end of September, one should get into testing and assessment mode. Rigorous practice, solving of test paper and analyzing performance holds the key. Remember, solving test papers and analysing them is also an important part of preparation. As a result you would be able to build exam temperament, identify strong and weak areas, learn to manage time, develop speed & accuracy.
- Subscribe to an All India Level Test Series. This will enable you to assess your performance with respect to others and build strategy to overcome weaknesses. Make sure to attend all post mock test analysis to fix loopholes.
- Do solve previous year’s question paper to get a good idea on the type of questions that would be expected. You should also prepare a subject wise concept list so as to understand which chapter/concept to focus.