One of the most prestigious exams at the school level – NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) Stage-1 is around the corner. Successfully clearing the two stages of the exam not only makes you eligible for the scholarship, but also boosts your confidence for the exams in future. Besides, NTSE scholarship is a wonderful point to have in one’s resume. It puts you in a different league altogether. Since it is such an important exam, it is natural for the students to feel the pressure as the exam date approaches near. However, if you follow the tips as mentioned below, we are sure that you would come out successful in the exam.
Tips for the NTSE exam
Sounds simple, right? Trust me; a lot of deserving students miss out on NTSE scholarship, just because they lose their confidence on the day when it matters. You have done all the hard work. There is no reason to be worried about the exam. It is just about executing your plans in the right way. Repeat this to yourself in your mind – again and again! Remember this quote from the former American writer and President Theodore Roosevelt – “Believe you can and you’re halfway there”.
Have a glance
The NTSE exam is a pen and paper-based exam. One of the main advantages of this mode of exam over the online mode, is that you can quickly glace through the paper. Make full use of it. A quick glance through the paper helps you remove the uncertainty in your mind. Before the exam, there are a lot of questions about the length and difficulty level of the exam that cross your mind. A quick glance helps you answer those questions and diffuses the uncertainty to some extent. This makes you more psychologically equipped to approach the exam.
Focus on your strong areas first
This is again an advantage of the pen and paper-based exam. It is always advisable to solve the questions from your strong areas first. This helps you in two ways. First – as you successfully solve the questions from your strong areas (and you are more likely to do that, as these are your areas of strength) you become more confident as you approach the next questions. Second – again, as these are questions are from the areas where you are strong, you are more likely to solve these questions quickly. This gives you more time to devote on the questions from areas where you are comparatively less strong.
This is very important and a key to your success in the test. You must mentally make the milestones for yourself. For example, you may decide to finish first 10 questions in the first 10 minutes, the next 10 in 12 minutes and so on. This helps you keep a track of your speed and ensures that you don’t lose your way.
The NTSE not only checks your knowledge, but also how smart you are. There will be questions where you can identify the correct options, just by eliminating the other options which cannot be the answer. We always advise, not to leave a question just because it is from a topic that you don’t know. Read the question, and you may answer the question just by>elimination.
Like elimination, approximation is another way to quickly identify the correct option. E.g. if you are sure that the correct answer is between 180 to 190, and there is only one option in that range, you need not waste your time in calculating the exact number. This will help you save some valuable time.
Forgo your ego
This is again a very common reason why some bright students lose valuable time during the test and hence, the scholarship. How many times has it happened to you that you cannot leave a question unanswered, just because it is from a topic where you consider yourself very strong? Do not let that happen in the actual exam. It is important to understand and appreciate the fact that some really difficult questions may come from any topic and you might not be able to solve it. It is important that you do not lose time on such questions. You need to be mature enough to realise that there are many sitters in the test left for you to solve.
Recall from practice
There will be times during the exam when you will be stuck in a question, wondering which formula or concept to apply for the correct solution. It is important not to panic, but to recall any similar question you had solved, or any similar situation you had been while solving practice questions. You may get ‘the key’ to solve the question correctly.
Sleep well and have light food
Perhaps these two are the most important things you will do on the day/night before the exam. It is scientifically proven that lack of a good sleep in the night makes you less alert the next day. You don’t want that to happen as the exam demands you to be quick and alert. A lot of student study late in the night before the exam. This is a very bad idea, even if you feel that you need a revision. A good eight-hour sleep is a must before the exam. Taking heavy food before the exam means your body will need more energy for digestion and this will make you sleepy and slow. Similarly, eating too less is also not advisable as you will feel hungry during the exam. Having light and optimum meal is what you need to do. There is a break of two hours between the MAT and SAT exams. To avoid unnecessary hassles of finding an eatery/restaurant, it is advisable to carry lunch from home. You may have light food brought from home and then relax before the next test. The more peaceful your mind is during the test, the more are your chances to perform at your best.
In short, you need to be in the right frame of mind during the exam. All your hard-work will pay off if you execute your plans well on the exam day. Always remember that success is a combination of preparation and opportunity. You have prepared well; this is your opportunity.
Do Well. All The Best!
Posted on 2018-11-28 08:59:42
The registration process for MBBS at AIIMS, one of the most sought after MBBS course in India, is about to begin on November 30th, 2018. This year the registration process has been divided into two stages – Basic Registration and Final Registration. The Basic Registration which will start on 30th November while the Final Registration will start on 21st February 2019. Perhaps, the move is aimed to avoid possibility of last-minute rush. Most of the information from the students will be taken in the Basic Registration with minimal information to be provided during the Final registration.
After the students are done with Basic registration, they will be able to check whether the registration is accepted or not. The students whose registrations are not accepted can make the required corrections during the specified period after which the final status can be checked. After the basic registration is accepted, the students must generate a code for payment of the application fees. In the Final registration, the students who have generated the code shall go ahead to make the payment and choose the exam city. More details about the exam, eligibility and registration process can be checked in the official AIIMS exams website – www.aiimsexams.org
Basic Registration: 30th November 2018 to 3rd January 2019 (till 5:00 PM)
Status Update (registration accepted or not): 7th January 2019
Correction for registrations which are not accepted: 8th January 2019 and 18th January 2019
Final Status (Accepted or not) of Basic Registration: 22nd January 2019
Uploading of Prospectus: 29th January 2019
Generation of code for Final Registration: 29th January 2019 to 17th February 2019 (till 5:00 PM)
Final Registration: 21st February 2019 to 12th March 2019 (till 5:00 PM)
Admit Cards: 15th May 2019
Examination Date: 25th May 2019 and 26th May 2019
On each of the two dates, the exam will be conducted in two shifts – 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Disclaimer: This article is only for informative purpose. Students must carefully go through the notification in the official AIIMS exams website – www.aiimsexams.org before applying for the exam.