Tuesday, October 23, 2007

About The National Talent Search Exam

OTFS PRESENTS AN EXCLUSIVE REPORT ON WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT IN NCERT'S NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH EXAM. WRITTEN AS A STORY, EACH PART COVERS THE PREPARATION AND ATTITUDE REQUIRED TO CRACK INDIA'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP EXAM.


NTSE is an all-India exam conducted by NCERT for students of Class 10 and 8 (and from the year 2007-08 onwards, for Class 10 and 9). The exam consist of three stages

* Stage One: State-level examination. The question papers are both of the same type as the national level papers, but are prepared by the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT).

* Stage Two: National-level examination. The question paper is prepared by NCERT and although it is of the same format as the state-level exam, it tends to be more difficult.

* Stage Three: Interview Round. Students who have qualified Round 2 are invited to a regional centre where an interview will be held for each candidate individually. NCERT tries to assign a centre close to the place of residence of the student. In case of outstation students, a travel allowance will be given by NCERT on producing the ticket. Air fair will not be paid for.


Each paper in Levels 1 and 2 tests a different skill. The first paper is always a Mental Ability Test (MAT). It consists of 100 questions, each worth a mark with no negative marking. All answers are objective type and are to be marked on an OMR Sheet will HB Pencil or Blue/Black Ball-point pen. However, the technique of marking in Level 1 and Level 2 is different. In the same way, the second paper is a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and aims to test a student’s aptitude in Maths, Science (including Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and Social Studies (including History, Geography, Civics and Economics).

The syllabus for the SAT is the prescribed syllabus for students studying in a school affiliated to CBSE. NCERT determines the syllabus for CBSE schools. However, there is no set syllabus for MAT. General questions include spatial reasoning, word-word analogy, sequences and series, logical reasoning etc.

Where do I study from?
For SAT, one must be fully prepared to answer questions coming from the CBSE Textbook published by NCERT. However, some questions could come from outside this as well, although they will be related.

For MAT, once can go through the sample questions on the NCERT Website.

However, a complete and comprehensive preparation can be achieved using one of the many NTSE Preparatory Books/Study Materials available in the market and published by well-known private publishers. OTFS recommends using NTSE Study Material published by TATA McGraw-Hill. This is available at all prominent book stores.

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