NTSE Preparation: Time planning for answering each segment is crucial, says Girish Sachdev, Study Vault Director
Apratim Chatterjee, 03 Sep 2018, #NTSE

NTSE, a national-level talent search examination administered by National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) centrally and by the state education departments in every state is aspired by a number of candidates across the country. The candidates would be looking for preparation tips to crack the NTSE (National Talent Search Examination). While candidates prepare for NTSE, they should be aware of the fact that merely qualifying at the first stage doesn’t let you secure everything. Candidates need to have a strong foundation so that they qualify the stage II of NTSE too. Careers360 brings you expert tips on NTSE preparation.

GirishSachdevStudyVaultGirish Sachdev, Director of Study Vault shares NTSE preparation tips with Careers360 where he speaks on how to begin the preparation for the scholarship examination. In this advisory piece of NTSE preparation article, the expert also specifies the important topics that need to be covered while preparing for NTSE. The Study Vault Director also speaks on importance of NCERT books and practicing through mock papers regularly.

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Careers360: How to begin NTSE preparation?
Girish Sachdev: NTSE preparation is to start with its foundation classes from 9th class onward. A good understanding of concepts and related questions is a must. Start with understanding the pattern of questions asked in previous years, marking criteria and most importantly the timing.

Careers360: What is the complete syllabus of NTSE?
Girish Sachdev: The complete syllabus of Science and Mathematics of Class 9 and 10 as per NCERT curriculum along with General Science completes the NTSE syllabus. Also in this exam there is Social Science up to grade 10. Mental Ability (Mathematical Reasoning) is a scoring portion for the examination.

Careers360: What are the important topics to be covered while preparing for NTSE?
Girish Sachdev: Mainly focus on topics covered by NCERT science and Mathematics. Also referring last year’s papers for important topics can be very helpful.

Careers360: How much NCERT books are helpful for NTSE preparation?
Girish Sachdev: NCERT books are relevant. But as an aspiring student, we must not ignore the opportunity to appear for tests prepared by an institute or an online source where a question bank is available or a proctored test can be given.

Careers360: How should one prepare for NTSE along with daily-studies/ classes?
Girish Sachdev: NTSE is a preparation for all in class Xth. We must not shy away from hiding our weaknesses but come out to destroy them early and make our strengths. Knowing the class Xth syllabus and that the boards are in March 2018, we will get enough time to integrate the preparation of class 9 syllabus along with class 10 syllabus.

Careers360: Are coaching guidance required for NTSE preparation?
Girish Sachdev: Yes. Coaching helps an aspiring student to get focused, prepare with a higher commitment, providing relevant feedback which is missed otherwise and most importantly to appear for mock tests to have an evaluation amongst the good runners for test.

Careers360: How can a candidate tackle the exam pressure this time?
Girish Sachdev: Pre–preparation with practice on mock tests and steady speed to tackle each question within the prescribed time frame can easy the exam pressure. Time planning for answering each segment becomes crucial.

Careers360: What if a candidate does not qualify NTSE?
Girish Sachdev: There are two stages to NTSE – I & II. Qualifying in Stage I gives you an opportunity to appear for Stage II. However, disqualifying in Stage I does not gives you any further opportunity to appear again. NTSE should not be the only goal to achieve in class 10 besides Boards. Infact, there are multiple opportunities for a student to appear for other relevant Olympiads like NSEJS, NSO, NSTSE having relevance to science and Mathematics subjects. RMO will have entire focus on Mathematics. A student must prepare with equal focus towards all sections – Mathematics & Mental Ability, Science, Social Science and English Literature.

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how to apply ntse form for class 10

Devraj choudhary Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019


If you are in class 10 at present in 2019-20 session, than you have lost the chance. The application form was available in month of august or september. The exam will be in month of november.

Please go through this article on this link for more detail


Hope it helps


from where can i get the form of ntse in Gaya,Bihar

_Abhishek_Vatsya Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019


NTSE BIHAR APPLICATION form released on September 6th in online mode.And last date for application form submission was 30th September 2019 for stage 1 EXAMINATION.You can't fill application form now..

For more details regarding NTSE BIHAR 2020 EXAMINATION visit below link;




Manisha Gupta Expert 16th Oct, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

The application forms of NTSE 2020 has been released by Jharkhand, J&K, Punjab and most other states. You can check the state wise application link to go through with the given below link.


Good Luck!


what is the expected cut off of Punjab

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 12th Oct, 2019

hello aspirant,

cutoff marks changes every year and it depends on different fact, like number of participants, question difficulty level, seat matrix etc. please follow the below link to know about previous years cutoff,



which are the syllabus for ntse exam.

Manisha Gupta Expert 11th Oct, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

NTSE has two parts that are SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and MAT (Mental Ability Test). The MAT section will test students on their thinking ability, Reasoning etc. while the SAT is further divided into three sub-sections namely Science, Maths and Social Science.

To check the complete syllabus you can go through with the given below link.


Good Luck!

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