Best Books For NTSE Preparation

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Best Books For NTSE Preparation

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program. Conducted for students of class 10, NTSE identifies and promotes academic talent all over India. Every year lakhs of students across India, apply for this exam, but only a few are honored with the title an ‘NTSE Scholar’.

The Syllabus for NTSE is the same for both Stage 1 and Stage 2. To crack the exam, you need to have complete knowledge of the NTSE syllabus for both sections – SAT and MAT.

Once you understand the syllabus, choosing the right books for the same becomes a lot simpler.

Although it is often said that coursebooks are enough to prepare for NTSE but merely going through them is not enough to ace the exam. Going through comprehensive study material to prepare will help in getting an edge over competitors.

Subjects You Need To Prepare:

Stage 1SAT (Social Science, Science, Maths and English) and MAT (Logical Reasoning)
Stage 2SAT (Science, Social Science, Maths) and MAT (Logical Reasoning)

MAT(Mental Ability Test)

The best way to prepare for the Mental Ability section is to practice as much as you can. To ensure that you are practicing enough to build your speed and accuracy, set a designated time on your daily schedule. The quant-based questions especially need a lot of preparation and effort.

  • Tata McGraw Hill – A complete comprehensive guide for NTSE
  • S. Aggarwal – Logical Reasoning – Book for preparing Mental ability with detailed solutions
  • Study Package for NTSE Class X (English) 1st and 2nd Edition – McGraw Hill Education
  • Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st Edition

SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)

Maths – While learning and practicing concepts for mathematics, try and aim for questions that qualify as HOTS (higher-order thinking skills). This will help build your base and practice will make it stronger.

  • R.D. Sharma
  • R.S. Aggarwal

Science – Out of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, first identify the subject you are least comfortable with. Begin with the subject that will be most time-consuming.

Social Science  – Studying social science will help you the most as the NTSE exam syllabus and the board exams syllabus are same. However, this will take a lot of time as social science is a theoretical subject

  • NCERT or State Board books
  • Arihant

For Solving Mock Tests and Previous Year Papers

NTSE Explorer: MAT + SAT + New English Language Test for Class 10th (2013 – 14 Solved Paper) (English)

Solving mock papers is the most crucial aspect of NTSE preparation. Do take mock tests regularly and don’t forget to do the paper analysis after that.

If done with these, there are some other good comprehensive books for NTSE also: Arihant, S.Chand, Upkar, Bright, Brilliant target.

It is also very important to solve previous years’ question papers so that you get a complete understanding of what the exam is going to be like.

More about NTSE

NTSE Stages-
Stage 1Stage 2
Conducted at State or Union Territory LevelConducted at National Level
Candidates can apply from respective statesOnly the candidates who qualify for Stage 1 can apply
Minimum 10 marks needed in MAT, SAT and Language test to qualify for Stage 2Candidates must score individually in SAT and MAT to qualify Stage 2
4000 students become eligible for Stage 21000 scholarships are awared to candidates who qualify Stage 2
Language section presentLanguage section absent

NTSE is a very well-known exam throughout the country. Know the preparation tips to crack NTSE which will help you in cracking the exam. Most importantly, stay positive and motivated, always!

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