Monday, March 9, 2015
Aditi Vikas, a class X student at DPS, Vasant Kunj, Delhi, shares tips on how to crack the National Talent Search Examination stage I
The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship programme conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for class X students. The two-tier exam leads to scholarships which nearly 1,000 students can receive not just at the school level, but also beyond.
The stage I exam has two parts -- the first is meant to test mental ability while the second, scholastic aptitude and English language ability.
The first step of preparation is to thoroughly study the syllabus taught at school and complete assignments. Apart from this, I devoted two hours per day to study for the test.
One must be clear about what the syllabus entails and try to synchronise the preparation for the NTSE and the class X examination. Last year’s papers are a good starting point as one can use them to assess their strengths and weaknesses. This exercise helps one make a study schedule, giving more time to weak areas and keep enough room for the board exams. Solving last years’ papers also helps develop a time management strategy and assess one’s speed.
I enrolled for coaching classes and appeared for all the mock tests it conducted. One must focus on understanding the concepts in maths and science. Clarity in concepts will increase one’s speed in problem-solving. Read every line of the NCERT textbook for social studies. Finally, it is crucial to revise the lessons at regular intervals.
The most crucial bit is to sleep well the night before the exam. Sleeping early and waking up early the next morning on the NTSE day will relax your mind and body, and you will enter the exam hall energised.
I am currently writing my class X board examinations, after which I intend to focus on NTSE stage II scheduled for May.
- As told to Sarah Zia