How to Conquer the Beast: NTSE Stage-II?

While students prepare for The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), they should be aware of the fact that merely qualifying at the first stage doesn’t let you secure everything. Students need to have a strong foundation so that they qualify the Stage-II of NTSE too. Stage-II is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) where students who are selected from Stage-I exam will compete amongst each other at the National level. For majority of students, it is their first-time writing a National level competitive exam, so most of them get a little unnerved with the thought of it. Here we are providing you some tips for preparation of NTSE Stage-II exam.

Exam Pattern Analysis

Analyze NTSE Stage-II exam pattern thoroughly; it will give you an idea about each section and will help you figure out how much time and attention each section requires. Identify the important topics of each subject and start focusing on them separately.

Mental Ability Test (MAT)

It has the trickiest questions to test the logical and reasoning ability of the candidate. Use shortcut formulas and tricks to solve questions which will save your time. Give your maximum time to practice this section.

Follow NCERT Books

Unlike Stage-I where we use state board’s books, it is advisable to follow Class 9th and 10th NCERT books for their respect subjects in Stage-II.

Never skip Social Science

Many students don’t prepare Social Science properly and try to skip it just because they find it boring. But this is the wrong approach towards an examination. Even the most renowned and experienced NTSE mentor Prof. Vipin Joshi says ‘never skip Social Science.’ The subject can play a deciding role on your overall performance, and you might not get selected.

Solve Mock Test Papers

Practice mock test papers daily to enhance your time management skills and it will help you get familiar with the NTSE Stage-II exam pattern. This will eventually help you determine how to attempt the paper, how to allocate time to each section and which section needs more attention. You can solve the test series on and also you can create your own test.

Analyze your Progress

Continuously assess your preparation progress. It will help to figure out your weaknesses and strengths as well as how to work on them. NTSE Guru provides full analysis overview where you can check your performance at All India level.

Stay Healthy and be Positive

It is very important to pay equal attention to your health. Positive attitude and keeping yourself healthy boosts your performance to the next level. Eat well, think well and perform well.

Health is Wealth

The above preparation tips for NTSE Stage-II exam will surely help you a lot. You need to follow these tips and focus on your studies. Practice daily as practice makes one perfect. Build up confidence and have faith in yourself. We know you all will perform well and clear the exam with flying colors.

We wish you good luck!

3 thoughts on “How to Conquer the Beast: NTSE Stage-II?

    1. The NCERT books of 9th and 10th have a lot of theory, specially in the case of social science. In such a case it is hard to identify what questions are important and can be asked as MCQs. Hence we recommend referring specialized lectures and test series at NTSE Guru which have been designed specially by the NTSE Guru team keeping the NTSE exam in mind.

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