To beat a highly competitive exam like National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), aspirants must follow a well-structured preparation strategy. As the NTSE exam is a gateway to secure scholarship grants, the candidates must be well-prepared for the exam.
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Before elaborating the Do’s and Don’ts of NTSE 2014 preparation plan it is important to know the basis of this national-level scholarship programme.
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About NTSE 2014
The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), a national level scholarship program, is conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to recognize and nurture talented students throughout India. The NTSE is conducted in two stages, each with different criteria and eligibility.
As per NTSE 2014 Eligibility Criteria, only students of Class X are eligible to appear for NTSE Level I exam. The students qualifying Level I exam with scoring the minimum eligible score can appear for Level II. Students, who qualify Level II exam with scoring eligible merit, are selected for scholarships.
The NTSE scholarship grants will be awarded to a total of 1,000 students under different categories which are given below:
- Rs 1250 per month for Class 11th and 12th level
- Rs 2000 per month for UG and PG level
- Amount for Phd to be fixed in accordance with UGC norms
- The NTSE scholarship exam in 2014 will be conducted on Nov 1 and Nov 2 for Stage I while the Stage II exam will be held on May 10 in 2015.
The NTSE 2014 Selection Process includes two stages:
- NTSE Stage-I is conducted by the State/UT government, usually in the month of November every year. Class X students are eligible for registering for Stage I.
- NTSE Stage-II is conducted for the students qualifying Stage-I. The Stage-II of the examination is conducted at National level
As per NTSE 2014 Exam Pattern, the NTSE Stage-I exam contains two parts – Part-I and Part-II. Part-I includes Mental Ability test (MAT) and Part-II consists of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with 50 Language-related questions.
The Stage-II of NTSE also is divided into two parts – Part I and Part II. The MAT pattern of Part-I in this stage is similar to that of Stage-I. However, Part-II of SAT contains 100 questions from Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The SAT section is related to testing the candidates’ reading ability, interpretation, evaluation and general awareness about the subjects.
After discussing the basics of NTSE, here are the NTSE 2014 Do’s and Don’ts.
Do’s for NTSE 2014:
1. Start NTSE preparation According to 10th Standard Syllabus:
Before beginning preparation for NTSE, candidates must go through the NTSE syllabus and start preparing for the exam according to their 10th standard syllabus. A revision strategy for NTSE preparation in accordance with important deadlines of Class X preparation timeline will bring them an edge in preparation for both the exams.
2. Determine Strengths and Weaknesses
Knowing your strength and weakness before getting into preparation mode is very important. Students must refer to last years’ NTSE papers to know preparation level. With this, you can determine how much weight age is to be given to different sections of syllabus in the limited preparation timeframe.
3. Refer to NCERT study material
NCERT text books are an important part of your study material. The NCERT textbook brings clarity to your basic understanding of concepts. So, if you study NCERT study material, you can ensure your best performance at the NTSE exam.
4. Make 100-day NTSE preparation plan
Generally, NCERT opens NTSE application process in July-end or August. This is the time when your academic year ends and you can dedicate your full-time for NTSE preparation. The NTSE Stage-I is generally conducted in the month of November, and you get about 100 days to prepare for the scholarship exam. It brings you an opportunity to make a power-pack 100-day NTSE preparation plan. The timeline for preparation will keep you alerted on your upcoming task. It will also help you to gauge your completed tasks.
5. Coordinate study group
When you plan for appearing in an exam like NTSE, group exercises can immensely help you in cracking this competitive exam. You can coordinate with a group of 5-10 friends and start regular studies and practice together. This will enable you to have fruitful practice sessions as each of your group members will contribute towards combined preparation. For example, if every individual in the group brings on board 10-20 new questions every day, it will make you learn at least 50-100 questions a day.
Don’ts for NTSE 2014:
1. Don’t avoid practice and revision
Once you complete your preparation for NTSE, you must not leave your practice. You still need regular practice and revision of chapters that you have already learnt. With regular habit of revising and practicing of your subjects, you develop a speed and accuracy in solving NTSE questions. Remarkable rank in NTSE can be achieved only with clear concepts and time management. So, practice and revision of MAT and SAT questions of NTSE is must in the last month of NTSE preparation.
2. Don’t repeat mistakes
Mistakes are meant for learning, not for repeating. You must have committed some mistakes while solving questions during NTSE preparation. At this stage, list questions which you find difficult while preparing for the exam. You need to go back to these questions, revise & practice them again in the last week of the exam. Now, listing out your common mistakes, you will be able to work out them before you enter NTSE exam hall.
3. Don’t forget to solve previous year exam papers
With solving a number of question papers of last years’ NTSE exam, you can easily determine where you stand with your NTSE preparation. This will help you find out your weak areas on which you can work as per your preparation plan. Special focus is needed to be drawn on papers of previous years in the last two weeks of NTSE preparation. With this, you get more familiar with easy and difficult questions.
4. Don’t lose sleep on night before NTSE
You cannot ignore at least seven-to-eight-hour sleep a night prior to the NTSE exam. You should wrap up your studies and go to bed early on the night before the exam, so that you can have plenty of good sleep and on the next morning you feel fresh. This will fill you up with full of energy and you will enter the exam hall with relaxed mind and body on the NTSE exam day.
5. Don’t lose focus and calm at NTSE
As the NTSE exam date approaches, you should not be worried about your preparation. You should be calm, cool and stable before the exam and give your best in the NTSE exam. After all you have already prepared for the exam very well. In the last few months, you have practiced and revised the exercises regularly, and also have solved a number of previous year papers. It’s just an exam and you should enter the NTSE exam hall with calm mind.
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