It is rightly remarked that nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute. With NTSE Stage-I 2019 exam just around the corner, this is the right time to discuss the final planning required for the exam and understand the dos and don’ts that you must adhere to in the remaining few days as well as during the exam.
How to make optimal utilization of remaining days?
- Solve 3-5 previous years’ papers of your state in a time-bound manner. Even if you have already solved these papers one month before, you should solve them once more to improve your recollection and stimulate your memory.
- Attempt at least one Mock Paper each of SAT & MAT every day during this period to familiarize yourself with the paper pattern and difficulty level.
- As the Stage-I exam is based on the State Board syllabus, pay attention to the preparation of Social Science as it will play a crucial role in your selection.
The NTSE Stage-I exam consists of two papers, namely Paper 1: MAT (Mental Ability Test) comprising 100 questions and Paper 2: SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) comprising 100 questions including Physics (13 Questions), Chemistry (13 Questions), Biology (14 Questions), Mathematics (20 Questions) and Social Science (40 Questions).
Points to Remember during NTSE Stage-I Exam:
Paper-1: MAT (Mental Ability Test)
- Questions based on water image, mirror image, folding of paper, Venn diagrams, Syllogism are usually on the easier side. Solving them at the very beginning can keep you in good stead.
- After that you should target questions based on blood relation, direction test, ranking test.
- Now, carefully move on to the questions based on number series, Analogy based on numbers and Classification. There can be a mix of easy, moderate and difficult questions on these topics. So, if you are able to understand the patterns in one go, solve immediately otherwise leave them for the end as it can be time-consuming and may cause unnecessary pressure. However, also note that 70-80% questions of these types can easily be attempted.
- The paragraph based questions should be taken later. It’s quite likely that you may have to read the paragraph twice or thrice to solve all the questions based on it. This may take a while. Hence, keep your pace from the very beginning and save sufficient time to solve these types of questions.
Paper-2: SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
- It’s highly recommended to start with Social Science or Biology section in order to save time and avoid time pressure.
- Attempt Mathematics and lengthy calculation-based questions from Physics (if any) towards the end.
- Try to complete theoretical questions of Social Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and direct questions of Mathematics in 60-70 minutes. This way you will get sufficient time for difficult questions of Mathematics or lengthy calculation-based questions from Physics or Chemistry, if any (around 20-30 in number).
- Sometimes, in both MAT & SAT, use of elimination method comes quite handy to get the correct answer. Apply it wherever necessary.
- Keep filling the OMR at regular intervals instead of keeping it for the last.
- Since there is no negative marking in NTSE Stage-I, do not leave any question unanswered. However, before guessing answer to any of the questions, ensure the same as per the marking scheme, as sometimes certain States may change the marking scheme.
Having said that, keep revising and keep solving papers to check how much you know. Plan efficiently and study well for the exam. Good Luck!
Author: Kama Choudhary
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