Before starting NTSE preparation, very first question that arises in aspirant's mind is, "Which is the best book for NTSE Preparation?" During any competitive exam preparation, students seem attracted towards different reference books to have more study material and knowledge of different topics.
We also asked Prof. Vipin Joshi this question in one of our rare conversations and he answered it in his elegant style. Watch this video till the end and you will probably get the things.
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Students tend to look for a book that visibly has a lot study material. They do not realize that some books consist of preparation and practice material which is too easy for the students and some books include material which is really difficult to be asked in NTSE. Moreover, some topics included in these books are not even a part of the syllabus. Students believe that solving really difficult questions would leave them well prepared for the exam. They do not realize that spending hours on irrelevant study material is a waste of time. Your study material must match the standards of your exam syllabus.
NTSE Stage I paper is based on state board syllabus, so students must stick to their state board books for the proper preparation. Due to lack of proper guidance, many students buy junk study material which ultimately results in the wastage of their time and money. Rely on quality standard material to give your best shot at NTSE.
Subjects like Maths, Physics, and Chemistry require a lot of practice for which you must solve each and every question given at the back of each chapter. The number of questions in the State board books and NCERT books are not enough for the preparation. So, once you're done with all the State board and NCERT questions, you must look out for practice sheets. These practice sheets give you enough material to practice from.
Moreover, for the preparation of MAT, State Board and NCERT books do not provide anything. MAT is a quintessential part and requires consistent practice. To prepare for the MAT section, you must understand the verbal and non- verbal concepts first and then you must solve practice sheets to cover as many questions as you can.
NTSE Stage II paper is based on NCERT syllabus, so students should prepare well from their NCERT books. When you are done with your school books and practice sheets, you should invest your time on sample papers and previous year question papers. This is one of the most effective ways to prepare for NTSE or any competitive exam in general.
There is no point splurging your parent's money on irrelevant books that do not even help you reach your potential. State board books, NCERT books, and a standard study material is all you need for your NTSE preparation. Deeper understanding of the subjects and consistent practice is the key to ace NTSE.
There are lot of of books available in the market for NTSE preparation like Study Package for NTSE Class X (1st & 2nd edition), A Comprehensive Manual for NTSE for Class X, Study Guide for NTSE National Talent Search Examination Class 10, Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st Edition, Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st Edition, Practice Test Papers for NTSE Class X 1st Edition Tata McGraw Hill Publications and Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning, but remember, there is no ideal book available for NTSE preparation. If you still wish to study from a reference book, you can refer to the above books but remember, 'Over-reliance on any book is suicidal in case of NTSE preparation.'
Avoid squandering your parent's hardcore money on insignificant books which only astray you. Make sure to select the standard books & study material which makes you reach your goal to crack NTSE.