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NTSE : Preparation Tips for SAT and MAT

This article will focus on preparation for NTSE’s stage-1 written exam that is conducted at the state level every year in 3rd week of November. For NTSE it is critical to give due time to both the papers (MAT & SAT) while preparing. Some of us tend to overdo preparation of SAT subjects but in the process tend to ignore MAT. However it is important to realize that MAT carries more weight than any of the subjects. Here are some tips to prepare for NTSE:

  • Start solving last year’s actual NTSE papers and NTSE sample papers: The objective is to understand the type of questions asked and your current level. I suggest that you take last year’s paper or good NTSE sample questions and just write the exam once with all seriousness. Doesn’t matter if you have not prepared or never heard of it before. Just sit down and write the test. This will help you gain a knowledge of NTSE and also give you a fair idea of your standing
  • Analyze your performance: Make sure to minutely assess what you could do and what you had a hard time with. Is it the knowledge of subject matter that you lacked? Or did you miss out because you made some silly mistakes? Or is it that mental ability questions took a long time for you to crack? Whatever it is, just analyze your performance very minutely and critically
  • Make a plan: Once you know your weak points, make a plan. You will definitely need to study and revise the subject matter. That is required not just for NTSE but also for your school. So there is no letting up on that front. You will also need to practice more mental ability questions. But the allocation of time will depend upon your analysis of how weak or strong you are in that particular aspect.
  • Practice makes a man perfect:  Get exposed to more questions of mental ability so that you are not shocked on the exam day, solve more papers and then analyze each one in detail. Take the help of your school seniors. As you practice, you can also get confident of your speed, subject knowledge and accuracy.

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Layout of Your Battlefield : NTSE (Stage 1) exam pattern

Chess masters become masters by analyzing hundreds and hundreds of games. But how does this help you on the NTSE? After all, you sure haven’t taken hundreds of NTSE’s before, and probably don’t plan to in the near future. Hence, we at TCY have always been at the forefront to keep you abreast with the changing trends and paper-patterns. This time to help you perform better in your NTSE, we give you the

NTSE: Mental Ability Test analysis

Topic-wise Marks Distribution for MAT

Verbal Reasoning

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Venn Diagram 3 3
Ranking 2 2
Number Series 4 4
Letter Series 3 3
Mathematical Operations 4 4
Coding Decoding 5 5
Directional Sense 2 2
Missing Term in Figures 4 4
Blood Relations 2 2
Logical Games 3 3
Seating Arrangements 2 2

Non-Verbal Reasoning

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Analogy 3 3
Cubes & Dice 3 3
Clocks 2 2
Completion of Figures 2 2
Classification of Figures 2 2
Counting of Figures 2 2
Series Completion 2 2
TOTAL 50 50

As, this analysis is based on the past original and sample test papers of NTSE (Stage 1). It will help you formulate the strategy for reaching your goals.

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NTSE, NSEJS and Olympiads: the foundation stone of success

As the old adage goes, “nothing succeeds like success”. The truth in this maxim cannot be overstated in today’s competitive world. The present-day student is under immense pressure to thrive and emerge triumphantly in examinations. Students aspire to get into pre-eminent educational institutes to pursue the best course- be it in engineering, medical, arts or science- to enable them to prepare for careers at the global level. Their performances in competitive examinations are often the cornerstones that determine if they would be admitted into these hallowed halls of learning. With most of these exams being designed to challenge the innate talent and ingenuity of students, it is only natural that they find these tests most demanding and that they find themselves competing with the country’s best minds for those few coveted seats. Only those students with a thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts and exceptional problem-solving skills pass out with flying colours in these tests. NTSE and Olympiad

Irrespective of the field of study that the student may choose to take up later, it is imperative that he or she develops a sound understanding of Mathematics and Science, since it forms the basis for most modern-day activities. Lack of a firm background in these subjects may not only limit the capacity of the student to solve complex problems but also lessen his or her chances to make it into top-notch institutes that provide quality education.


Importance of Logical Games (Verbal Reasoning) in Competitive Exams

Hello and welcome back. An integral part of NTSE, Bank PO, CAT & other Olympiads is Logical games of the verbal reasoning section. Several question types which come under logical games could be puzzles in which the relationships among the groups of objects, people, cities, activities etc. are given. These puzzles may deal with such things as making a group, seating arrangement, scheduling the activities etc. After reading and analyzing the statement, you’ll be asked to answer three to seven questions about the relationships given, which require you to accurately interpret the information given as well as draw logical inferences about relationships. The Analytical games can be categorized as follows:

  1. Sequencing games
  2. Grouping games
  3. Matching games
  4. Hybrid games
  5. Mapping games

Forceful way to solve the Force Problems: The Free Body Diagram Approach

What do you do when you realize that a Force problem has popped up in your test? Try this problem and we will discuss what to do.

Problem:  In a two-dimension tug-of-war, three person Mr. A, Mr. B & Mr. C pull horizontally on an automobile tire at the angles shown in the over head view of figure(a) below. The tire remains stationary in spite of the three pulls. Mr. A pulls with a force Fa of magnitude 220N, and Mr. C pull with a force Fc of magnitude 170 N. The direction of Fc is not given. What is the magnitude of Mr. B’s force Fb ?

Force problems in NTSE

This is an ideal question where I can give a lot of insight into, how to read a problem, break it down and analyze it.

What’s your first step? Let’s use this problem as an opportunity to practice the Process.

Forceful problems

Reading Force Problems

Read the problem statement several times until you have a good mental picture of what the situation is, what data is given, and what is required. If you know what the problem is about but don’t know what to do next, put the problem side and reread the text. If you are hazy about Newton’s Second Law, reread that section. Study the sample problems. And remember, solving physics problems (like repairing cars and designing computer chips) takes training- you were not born with the ability.

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