How to crack NTSE 2020 Stage II?

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How to crack NTSE 2020 Stage II?

As everyone is surrounded by the COVID-19 problem, there is another challenge in store for NTSE Stage II, 2020 aspirants. There seems to be a lot of confusion amongst aspirants as to how to go ahead with the preparation.

The exam is expected to be tentatively held in November 2020, although there is no confirmation from the authorities. As and when the dates will be announced, we will be updating you regarding the same.

As of now, it’s crucial to understand how to make most of the limited time left. Therefore, time management gets even more critical while taking an exam like NTSE. Let’s further understand how you can manage your time better, figuring out the wasted time and finding a way to know the optimum time needed to solve critical questions.

Time-bound preparation

Your NTSE scholarship is dependent on your NTSE Stage II exam performance. Hence, a time-bound preparation is a must for all aspirants to make sure they succeed.

NTSE Stage II is divided into two sections SAT (Scholastic Aptitude), and MAT (Mental Aptitude) and both are equally important. The SAT section has questions from Mathematics, Science & Social Sciences. Here are a few tips for both:

  1. The secret to acing the MAT section is plenty of practice. This will build your accuracy level and speed.
  2. Social Science has the highest weightage and being a theoretical subject; it is difficult too. To ensure that you don’t lose any marks, study from both your 9th and 10th class textbooks.
  3. For Science and Mathematics, refer to your state board textbooks first and then the NCERT. Make sure you solve as many problems as you can to develop conceptual clarity.
  4. Apart from this, you must do a Timely review and analysis of your preparation will help you to take corrective action.

Perfect Study Plan for NTSE 2020 Stage 2

NTSE is a time-bound exam and timely reviews of your progress are very important. For this, you will need to solve mock tests and previous year papers.

This way, you can figure out the lost time for attempting a specific question. This also allows you to gauge the optimum time required to solve a problem. This helps in increasing your problem-solving speed.

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Apart from solving mock tests and previous year papers, you need to follow a strict study plan that can help make you become exam-ready. Here’s a detailed study plan for all NTSE aspirants that can be followed until the exam date:

Time Activity What to studyTotal hours
6.30-7.30 AMWake up & finish your morning activities (Flex your brain and get ready to study). To improve your concentration level, meditate for 15 minutes daily and get ready for school.
8.00- 3:00 PMGo to class/coaching/schoolPay full attention to what is taught in the class. Make sure to write down everything in your notes as these will come handy during the later phase of preparation.6-7 hours
3:00-4:30 PMCome home, eat lunch and relax for a while1.5 hours
4:30- 5:30 PM ReviseUse this time to revise whatever has been taught to you in class. Read your notes again. Always remember to understand your topics thoroughly from the NCERT as it is your Bible.1 hour
5:30 – 6:30 PMGo out for some exerciseExercise is what helps you to build your concentration level, so make sure that you exercise for 1 hour daily1 hour
6:30 – 9:30 PMPractiseThis is the best time to attempt concept tests on myPAT. Whatever concept you have studied during day, make sure that you take tests for the same to know whether you have understood it or not3-hours
9:30 PM – 10:30 PMTake a Break. Have dinner. Just unwind yourself.1 hour
10:30 – 12:00 AMStudyChoose the subject of your choice and make sure that you study 3 new topics every day before going to sleep. Revise them the next day.2.5 hours
12:00 AM – 12:15 AMMake plans on what to study the next day and hit the bed.15 mins


NTSE 2020 Stage 2 is not that far anymore, so it’s time to pull up your socks and be serious about your preparation. Effective time management will help you ace the NTSE with flying colours.

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