NTSE or the National Talent Search Exam is one of the most prestigious scholarship exams in India. As it goes with its prestige, NTSE 2018 is also one of the most difficult exams in the nation. NCERT along with the State authorities organize the NTSE 2018 exam in two stages. NTSE Stage 1 is handled by the State and NTSE Stage 2 is handled by NCERT. Acing the exam requires a lot of preparation and these preparations require a lot of guided efforts. Follow this article to get the tips and tricks to crack the NTSE exam 2018.
Understand NTSE 2018
- One of the most important factors which will determine your success is your understanding of the syllabus and paper pattern for NTSE 2018.
- The NTSE 2018 paper contains three sections- Mental Ability Test (MAT), Language Test, Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).
- The syllabus of these sections includes your State syllabus of class 9thand 10th.
- As such you can continue your NTSE preparation without disturbing your school.
- The NTSE 2018 paper contains negative marking of 1/3 marks. So, it’s important to attempt only those questions that you are confident about.
- NTSE 2018 paper contains 50 questions of MAT and Language Test each and 100 questions of SAT.
- As such both the sections are equally important for NTSE Exam.
- NTSE 2018 is one of the most competitive and difficult exams in India and so whatever happens, don’t underestimate the exam.
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- Once you understand the NTSE exam, the next step would be understanding yourself.
- Check the NTSE syllabus, then see what you understand very well and what you don’t and accordingly make your plan of action for NTSE preparation.
- Remember that not all the students are the same. Everyone has some different skills and understanding of subjects.
- As such you cannot compare yourself to others and can’t follow the same schedule as what others follow.
Create Your Plan Of Action For NTSE 2018
Check what you need to prepare most, for what you require the most practice
- Check how much time you have and how much you can spare for each topic.
- Create your plan and stick to it.
- To score good in NTSE 2018, you require to give proper time for each topic, it may be equal for all topics or may be unequal, it all depends on your talent and skills of each individual topics.
Time Is The Key For NTSE Exam
- As already stated, NTSE is one of the toughest exams and shouldn’t be underestimated.
- Spare as much time as you can for NTSE preparation and start as early as you can.
- Ideally, you should be starting right from your early days of class 9, but if you didn’t or weren’t sure you are willing to give the NTSE exam and decide it afterward then start your preparations right away.
- Don’t waste your time in underestimating the exam and study right away.
Choose The Correct Material For NTSE 2018
- For NTSE preparation, your material of first preference should always be your school course books.
- Once you start completing them then you can go on to other reference material for NTSE available at your bookstore.
- The syllabus of NTSE Stage 1 varies slightly from State to State and so it’s difficult to suggest any one book in particular.
- But remember the rule “Not everyone is the same”. Books that may be good or excellent for your friends might not be good for you.
- Appear for the NTSE Mock Tests available online for NTSE Exam or you can also appear for Mock Tests of some other exams online, as the syllabus is quite similar.
- While appearing for tests, use the guidelines in the “The Paper” section of this article.
- Ask your teachers and friends to help you out with the NTSE topics you don’t understand.
- Solve the NTSE previous year question papers.
- Go through these NTSE question papers as they will give you a better understanding of what kind of questions can be asked in the NTSE Exam.
- Every time you give an NTSE mock test or some NTSE practice papers, analyze yourself, where you are rather good and where are your short-comings.
- Once every four night checks your progress with your Plan of Action and see your pros and cons and modify your Plan of Action for NTSE accordingly.
Few Days Left For The NTSE Exam
- A few days just before your NTSE exam are very important.
- Instead of just solving NTSE practice papers and learning things which you have left you should be revising everything.
- If you can spare some time for test solving and learning well and good.
- However, revise as much as you can. Revision should be your first priority for NTSE preparation.
- Develop confidence in yourself and motivate yourself.
- Having a positive attitude and self-confidence will help not only in NTSE Exam but your life as well
Day Of NTSE 2018
- On the day of your NTSE exam don’t exert yourself for anything (not even studying).
- Have proper food, water, rest and peace of mind (this is most important).
- You wouldn’t want yourself to get tired, hungry or nervous during the paper.
- You should be at your ace to appear for the exam.
- Go to the washroom before going to the exam. Pray to God if it makes you feel good and always say positive words to yourself.
- Try to be stress-free. Stress has not only spoiled exams but also lives of not only students but also adults as well.
- Keep your mind calm and enter the exam hall.
- When you get the paper don’t go through it as a whole.
- Decide the order of subject you will be solving and solve one question at a time.
- Check if the question belongs in one of the following categories:
- The question is easy and you can solve it with negligible calculations and brain power.
- The question is easy but will require some calculations and/or brain power.
- The question is lengthy and will require some time to solve.
- I don’t have the slightest idea how to solve it.
- If the question is of type A or B answer it quickly.
- If it is of type C, leave it for now and come back to it when you finish all type A and B questions.
- If it is of type D, then don’t try and just guess the answer as there is only 25% chance of it being right and there is negative marking. You wouldn’t want your earned marks to be deducted.
- If you finish type C questions as well and have finished re-checking your answers, then try and see if you can solve type D questions.
- Whatever happens, don’t try and cheat during the paper.
- Losing some marks is better than losing your honor.
Final Advice For NTSE 2018
- If you can and if you feel comfortable then opt for group studies with your friends.
- But if you get easily distracted, then you are better off alone.
- Make use of the internet for good purposes. The internet is not just for Facebook and YouTube.
- All lot of useful free and paid material is available online for NTSE preparation.