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The Perfect Roadmap to become an NTSE Scholar

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

By R. L. Trikha. Director-FIITJEE

NTSE is a national-level scholarship program one of the oldest and most prestigious examinations in India conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training NCERT at the Secondary school level. NTSE is a two-tier exam – Stage I (State Level) is conducted by the States/Union Territories and Stage-II (National Level) is conducted by NCERT. The objective of the two-tier examination is to identify the talented students who have a special aptitude for Sciences, Mathematics, Social Sciences and questions based on Analytical Reasoning.

Stage I is for all interested students studying in class X to participate at state level. While stage II is for only those students who have qualified the Stage I. The examination acts as unique platform for the students to check their capability and potential. It also points out the weaknesses and shortcomings in the domains covered by the examination. Every year, lakhs of students appear for this scholarship exam, out of which 1000 scholarships are awarded. The scholarship is open only to the students of Indian nationality whether they are studying in India or abroad in class X or equivalent. The exam is conducted at Two levels for Class X.

Guidelines to Become an NTSE Scholar
Know your Strengths and Weaknesses
It’s necessary to know your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you are strong in Mathematics and Science but average in MAT and weak in social sciences, then you can work on your weaknesses and turn them into strengths for an overall very good or excellent score.

Apply Findings
Once you know your weak points, draft a plan. Study and revise the subject matter if needed. Allocate time for different sections of the exam.

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 Class IX and X curriculum). It is imperative to study the Social Studies NCERT book for NTSE thoroughly.

Strengthen Your MAT Section
MAT and SAT carry equal weight in NTSE. Therefore, it is critical to give due time to both the papers while preparing. Some of us tend to overdo preparation of 3 subjects but in the process tend to ignore MAT. However, it is important to realize that MAT carries more weight than any of the subjects. The MAT section tests your mental ability. Hence, you must give enough time for the preparation of this part.

Work on Your SAT Section
Follow NCERT for the Scholastic Aptitude section of NTSE. You must also read a good general knowledge book for miscellaneous questions.

Solving Sample Papers
Practice makes a man perfect is the mantra to success. So, if you are aspiring excellence, it is important that you solve a lot of sample papers and mock tests at least thrice a week. There are a lot of NTSE mock papers available on the internet. You should aim to solve these papers within the stipulated time so that you can improve your speed and know the sections that consume more time.

Analyse Your Performance
Make sure you minutely assess what you could do and what you had a hard time with. Was it the subject understanding you lacked? Or did you miss out on the scores because of silly mistakes? Whatever it is, just analyse your performance critically.

Proper guidance
Find a good mentor. There are times when in quest of achieving something, you tend to go off the track. To ensure you are on the right track, it is important to have a mentor to guide you and show you the right path in your success journey. Always interact with the mentor and seniors for do’s and don’ts, follow their advice and you are likely to touch the glory.

Early Preparation
Start Early to Succeed surely. Starting preparation for competitive/scholastic exams like NTSE at the earliest will bestow you with the right foundation for further studies. Success is a result of practice and preparation with determination.

Value the Time
It is said that time is money. Utilise your every minute properly. Devote your quality time to those areas where you are lacking. Once you have mended your loopholes, divide your time equally with all the subjects and areas.  

Self-Study
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.

Keep Practicing
Finally, regular practice is what will get you through. Solve as many questions of mental ability as possible so that you are not shocked on the exam day. Take the help of your school seniors and teachers. With practice, you’ll also get more confident about your speed, accuracy and subject knowledge.

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 an NTSE scholar.
Sometimes, all it takes is a little change in everyday habits to succeed in life.

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