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NTSE 2019-20 Preparation Tips, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Cut-off, Syllabus, Basicfirst - eLearning App

NTSE EXAM

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), established in the year 1963, is a national level examination conducted by the National Counselling of Educational, Research, and Training (NCERT). National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) was started for the identification of talented students to award them scholarships.

Earlier the scholarships were awarded to students to pursue education only in basic science up to doctoral level. However, with the passage of time and several modifications in schemes, it is now awarded to other streams as well such as Arts, Humanities and commerce.

Around 1000 Scholarships are provided every year, out of which 25% are reserved for SC, ST, and PWD candidates. From 2019, 27% will be reserved for OBC. The examination is conducted in two phases for class X students.

ADVANTAGES OF NTSE

  1. Students aspiring to opt for advanced studies outside India have an edge over others because the universities abroad give preference to candidates who have qualified the NTSE exam
  2. Many renowned and prestigious colleges in India have exclusive seats reserved for NTSE scholars
  3. Most of the recognized coaching centers and institutes which prepare students for careers in a science discipline (JEE, medical, etc.) offer free admission and up to 50% off on study material to NTSE scholars
  4. A bonus of 6 marks gets added to the students' JEE Main score while considering admission into the institute
  5. NDA (National Defence Academy) Exam organized by UPSC gives preference to NTSE Scholars during NDA interview selection
  6. A monthly scholarship of INR 1250 is given to NTSE Scholars of class XI and XII which has now increased to INR 2000 from graduation to Doctoral Level

NTSE STAGES

NTSE is divided into two stages: NTSE Stage 1 and NTSE Stage 2

NTSE STAGE 1:

NTSE stage 1 consists of 3 parts. The total marking scheme is of 150 Marks.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): It contains 40 questions on Social Studies, 20 on Mathematics and 40 on Science. The maximum marks allotted to this section are 40 and time given is 90 minutes

Mental Ability Test (MAT): It contains 50 questions on Mental Ability. Maximum marks allotted to this section is 50 and time given is 45 minutes

Language Test (LT): Qualifying: It contains 50 questions on the English Language. Maximum marks allotted to this section is 50 and time given is 45 minutes

NOTE: Every positive response gets 1 mark while there is no negative marking for wrong answers. Minimum qualifying marks are 40% for General Category, 32% for SC, ST & PWD

The candidates are further shortlisted based on their merit.

NTSE STAGE 2

Candidates qualifying NTSE Stage 1 are eligible for NTSE Stage 2. This stage consists of 2 parts with a total of 200 Marks.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): It contains 40 questions on Social Studies, 20 on Mathematics and 40 on Science. Maximum marks allotted is 100 and time given is 120 minutes

Mental Ability Test (MAT): It contains 100 questions on Mental Ability. Maximum marks allotted is 100 and time given is 120 minutes

NOTE: Every positive response gets 1 mark while there is no negative marking for wrong answers. Minimum qualifying marks are 40% for General Category, 32% for SC, ST & PH

The candidates are further shortlisted based on their merit.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. A student must be a citizen of India

  2. Age of the candidate must be below 18 years (as on July 1, 2019)

  3. A minimum of 60 % is required in class IX; 55 % for SC, ST and PH students

  4. The Candidate must be studying in a recognized school of India in their respective State or Union Territory.

  5. Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible for the scholarship program, provided they meet the eligibility criteria (must be 18 years old (as on July 1, 2019) He/She must not be employed and should be first time appearing in class X examination

EXAM PATTERN

NTSE has a fixed mode of examination i.e. the pattern of question paper does not change every year.

  1. The examination is pen and paper-based i.e. offline format

  2. Candidates appearing for NTSE exam have the option to write the paper in any of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu or Urdu

  3. The questions are of MCQ type with 4 alternative choices

  4. Duration of Paper 1 and Paper 2 is of 3 hours each

  5. Every positive response is awarded 1 mark while there is no negative marking for wrong answers.

HOW TO APPLY FOR NTSE 2019-20

There is no direct registration conducted by NCERT for NTSE. To apply for NTSE, a candidate need to:

  1. The notification for the availability of application form of NTSE state level examination is available in the local/national newspapers or circulars circulated in the schools by the respective state/UT

  2. Registration begins in the month of August and the last date of application is to be notified by respective state/UT separately

  3. The candidates before submitting the application form to the Liaison Officers of School Administration, need to get it duly signed by the Principal of their School

  4. The admit card for NTSE Stage 1 exam is attached to the offline application form. The candidates need to fill the admit card details leaving fields for the official purpose blank

  5. For qualified candidates, NCERT convey the roll number, time and venue for Stage-2 directly through speed post

NOTE: Each State or Union Territory decides its own fee structure for NTSE Stage 1

FEE FOR NTSE FORM

Fee for NTSE form is decided by each state and Union Territory on its own.

SYLLABUS

Subjects Syllabus

Math

  1. Geometry

  2. Algebra

  3. Mensuration

  4. Number Systems

  5. Profit and Loss

  6. Introduction to Trigonometry

  7. Statistics and Probability

Science

  1. Gravity

  2. Energy

  3. Solids, Liquids and Gases

  4. Conservation of Energy

  5. Nutrition

  6. Natural Gases

  7. Solutions

  8. Common Diseases

  9. Properties of Chemical Elements

Social

  1. Mughal Dynasty

  2. Ancient Civilisations

  3. Legislative Assembly

  4. Government Structure

  5. Hydrosphere

  6. Types of Banks

  7. General Happenings

  8. Political Events

  9. Awards

  10. Fundamental Rights

  11. Type of Economics

English

  1. Adjective

  2. Adverb

  3. Articles

  4. Conjunction

  5. Noun

  6. Prepositions

  7. Pronoun

  8. Reading Comprehension

  9. Sentences

  10. Tenses

  11. Transformation of Sentences

  12. Verb

  13. Vocabulary

  14. Adjective

SELECTION

Minimum qualifying marks required are 40% for General Category, 32% for SC, ST & PH in each subject.

The candidates are further shortlisted based on their merit.The state and the union territory quota are computed proportionately on the basis of the student enrolment at the secondary level. 10 is reserved for union territory and 25 for a state and a maximum of 500 for either of the two.

NTSE PREPARATION RESOURCES

IMPORTANT BOOKS

Subjects Books

SST

NCERT Class 9 and class10

MAT

RD Sharma MAT book

Science

NCERT, MTG Foundation Series books of class 9–10 of PCB.

Math

RS Agarwal and RD Sharma

ONLINE RESOURCES

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