NTSE Stage-I 2020 Topper Tips: Know how Samyak Jain secured Delhi State Rank 1

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Updated on Mar 24, 2020 17:37 IST

Know what prep strategy Samyak Jain, Delhi topper, adopted to crack the NTSE Stage-I 2020 exam.  

NTSE stage-I Delhi topper 2020

Samyak Jain, a student of Delhi Public School, Rohini cracked NTSE Stage-I 2020 exam and became the Delhi State Ranker 1. Samyak scored total 184 out of 194 marks. His section-wise scores in the exam include 94/96 in Mental Ability Test (MAT) and 90/98 in Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

An extremely talented and sharp student, Samyak’s achievement is not just clearing NTSE Stage-I but other national level exams also such as:

  • Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO)
  • Junior Science Talent Search Examination (JSTSE)
  • Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (Pre-RMO)
  • Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO)

Some of Samyak’s favourite pastimes include playing cricket, listening to music and experiencing new things in life. Both of Samyak’s parents are Chartered Accountants (CAs) and his father works as Vice President in Whirlpool.   

In a candid interview with Shiksha, Samyak shared his NTSE preparation strategy, study plan, future outlook and more. Go through the complete interview below:

Q. Did you expect to be the topper of NTSE Stage-I 2020?

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My intent was to give my best shot and based on my NTSE preparation, I was looking forward to get a rank between one and five. I didn’t expect to be the Delhi state topper. The NTSE result was a pleasant surprise.

Q. What was your preparation strategy that helped you crack NTSE Stage-I? How was the prep different for NTSE?

A.

For NTSE, you need to be strong on concepts, maintain good speed and try to reduce silly mistakes. Starting early with FIITJEE, proper planning and practicing previous year NTSE question papers were key elements of my preparation.

The preparation for NTSE is significantly different from the preparation for class 10th board exams. For NTSE, you have to prepare for both class 9th and 10th syllabus and it requires much greater clarity of concept. The NTSE exam pattern is objective type. In boards, the focus is only on class 10th syllabus and you have to prepare for long answers. 

Q. How did you manage time between board exam prep and NTSE exam prep?

A.

Managing both NTSE as well as board exam preparation is always a tough challenge. It requires proper planning of study time between both of them. NTSE exams are held in November and it leaves you with two to three months to prepare for board exams after giving NTSE. However, you need to prepare for board exams on a regular basis rather than waiting for the last two to three months.

Initially, I gave equal time to both (NTSE and board exam preparation) but closer to NTSE exams, I started focusing more on NTSE and exclusively devoted my time to it. I devoted two hours per day initially but when only one to two months were left for NTSE I increased my study time to four to five hours on school days and about six to seven hours on holidays.

Q. Did you taking any coaching for the exam?

A.

I have taken a four-year programme of FIITJEE, Punjabi Bagh as my aim is to crack IIT (Indian Institute of Technology). The guidance and coaching given by the subject teachers was quite helpful in NTSE preparation.

Q. What study plan did you follow for the exam?

A.

I practiced MAT for 30 minutes every day to maintain my speed. PCMB (Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology) was taught to us at a higher level at FIITJEE which was helpful. This gave me enough time to prepare for SST.

Q. Which books did you read to prepare for the exam?

A.

For PCMB and MAT, I referred to FIITJEE modules, class notes and NCERT books. For SST, I gave more importance to NCERT textbooks since almost all SST questions in NTSE exam are directly from NCERT.

Q. How did you deal with your strengths and weaknesses while preparing for the exam?

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My weakness was SST as it involves a lot of rote memorizing. Guidance from my teachers and extra time I devoted towards it helped me address the concern. My strength was PCM so I could spend the extra time saved to strengthen my weak areas.

Q. What will be your preparation strategy for Stage-II exam?

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My preparation strategy for Stage 2 exam will be to revise all the topics thoroughly and then solve the previous year NTSE question papers papers.

Q. Any tips for students who are planning to take the exam next year?

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I would advise students taking exam next year to stay focused, plan well, prepare hard, do not take stress and believe in themselves.

Q. What are your future plans?

A.

In future, I would like to study Computer Engineering from IIT Bombay and become a software engineer or go in research.

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How do I prepare for the NTSE in one month?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

To prepare for the NTSE exam in one month, you must have completed the 9th and 10th grade syllabus in advance. This is because the syllabus of the NTSE is vast, consisting of reasoning, social Science, and math topics. It is impossible to cover the entire syllabus in one month and then practice i...To prepare for the NTSE exam in one month, you must have completed the 9th and 10th grade syllabus in advance. This is because the syllabus of the NTSE is vast, consisting of reasoning, social Science, and math topics. It is impossible to cover the entire syllabus in one month and then practice it as well. Therefore, if you have covered at least 80% of the syllabus in one month, you can follow the given tips:
1. Revise your syllabus as per an analysis of previous year's questions.
2. Make a list of repeating topics from PYQ analysis and revise them multiple times.
3. Practice each section daily from one good practice book of NTSE.
4. In exam-like conditions, administer one full-length test every two days.
5. Improve your score with each test. If you study with hard work and dedication, you can prepare for the NTSE in one month.

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Kankshi Sharma

Contributor-Level 6

a month ago

Practically it is MOT possible to prepare fully for the exam in one month, but one can try using following steps.
1. Right down the syllabus from a trusted source.
2. Check the latest pattern.
3. Take mock tests regularly.
4. Understand your strength and weakness.
5. Revise regularly.

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How should I prepare for NTSE Stage II?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

The NTSE Stage II is conducted at the national level. Those students who have successfully cleared state-level stage I are required to pass this stage to be awarded scholarships. Because it is sufficiently difficult, you can prepare for Stage 2 by following the expert advice provided:1. Prepare t...The NTSE Stage II is conducted at the national level. Those students who have successfully cleared state-level stage I are required to pass this stage to be awarded scholarships. Because it is sufficiently difficult, you can prepare for Stage 2 by following the expert advice provided:
1. Prepare the 9th and 10th NCERT books of math, Science, and social Science subjects.
2. Create a study schedule for daily and weekly preparation.
3. Revise all topics that you studied for stage one.
4. Use YouTube videos to study the difficult topics.
5. Make short notes on important topics that you can revise before the exam.
6. Solve as many mocks as you can to increase accuracy in the reasoning and math sections.
7. For Science topics, focus on conceptual clarity. Also, take care of your health to ensure your preparation is not affected by health-related issues.

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Kankshi Sharma

Contributor-Level 6

a month ago

For NTSE stage 2 exam you need to go through the NCERT books of class 9 and 10. Practice as much questions as you can form the book itself. Go through previous year papers and do try to solve them on your own.

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Does NTSE preparation help with JEE?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

The NTSE preparation is of limited use in preparation for the JEE exam. This is due to the differences in nature and parameters of both exams. 1. The NTSE exam syllabus consists of Biology social Science, and reasoning, whereas the JEE syllabus is oriented on PCM subjects. 2. The NTSE has compara...The NTSE preparation is of limited use in preparation for the JEE exam. This is due to the differences in nature and parameters of both exams.
1. The NTSE exam syllabus consists of Biology social Science, and reasoning, whereas the JEE syllabus is oriented on PCM subjects.
2. The NTSE has comparatively easier questions due to the extensive syllabus, whereas the JEE exam requires in-depth knowledge of Physics Chemistry and math.
3. The NTSE is a high school level exam, whereas the JEE exam is conducted for 12th grade students. However, the NTSE preparation helps you cover the basics of Physics Chemistry and math. You can create a study schedule for 11th and 12th grades to help you prepare for the JEE. Also, it gives you confidence to appear for the JEE exam.

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Eksha Sunderka

Guide-Level 12

a month ago

NTSE and JEE preparations have no correlation. However being an NTSE scholar means that you were smart and sincere enough in/before class 10th. JEE toppers may or may not be NTSE scholars but yes if they are, that means they have been always been sincere and that's a good sign. Ain't it? Plus whe...NTSE and JEE preparations have no correlation. However being an NTSE scholar means that you were smart and sincere enough in/before class 10th. JEE toppers may or may not be NTSE scholars but yes if they are, that means they have been always been sincere and that's a good sign. Ain't it? Plus whether you are preparing for NTSE or JEE, you get smarter and your problem solving skills improve and that's what matters!

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What is the syllabus for the NTSE?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

The NTSE exam was held in order to award scholarships to students in the tenth grade. The syllabus for the NTSE is as follows:1. The syllabus is based on topics for classes 9 and 10. 2. Mental Ability Test MAT This part includes logical reasoning and analytical-based questions. The topics are ver...The NTSE exam was held in order to award scholarships to students in the tenth grade. The syllabus for the NTSE is as follows:
1. The syllabus is based on topics for classes 9 and 10.
2. Mental Ability Test MAT This part includes logical reasoning and analytical-based questions. The topics are verbal and nonverbal analogies, Venn diagrams, mathematical operations, coding and decoding, calendars, time, and clocks.
3. Scholastic Ability Test SAT This part includes questions based on social Science, and mathematics subjects. The topics are as per the course book, like magnetism, the structure of atoms, life processes, history, civics, math syllabus, etc. You can check the detailed syllabus at this Shiksha page: https://www.shiksha.com/exams/ntse-exam-syllabus.

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Kankshi Sharma

Contributor-Level 6

a month ago

NTSE exam consists of 2 parts SAT and MAT. SAT comprises of Maths social Science and Science whereas MAT comprises of verbal and non verbal reasoning.

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Can someone who is retaking the 10th grade exams be eligible to take the NTSE again?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

No, you cannot take the NTSE exam again if you are repeating the 10th grade. You can only take this exam if you are appearing for the 10th board exam for the first time. The NTSE is a merit-based exam, and those who successfully clear the stage and then the national-level exam are awarded scholar...No, you cannot take the NTSE exam again if you are repeating the 10th grade. You can only take this exam if you are appearing for the 10th board exam for the first time. The NTSE is a merit-based exam, and those who successfully clear the stage and then the national-level exam are awarded scholars by the government. To be eligible for state level, you must be in the tenth grade and not be employed in the case of an open board. National level requires a minimum of 60% in 9th grade and completion of NTSE stage one. Repeaters are ineligible for the NTSE.

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pradeep kumar

Scholar-Level 18

a month ago

The candidates studying 10th are eligible to write NTSE exam, provided they are less than 18 years of age, not employed and are appearing for the Class X board examination for the first time. So you cannot retake NTSE.

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Is NTSE held for Class 8?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

No, the NTSE is not held for class eight. To appear in this exam, you have to be in class 10. The eligibility criteria to appear in the NTSE are as follows:1. You need to be in class 10 at any recognised private or government school. 2. For stage one, there is no other age or score-based criteria...No, the NTSE is not held for class eight. To appear in this exam, you have to be in class 10. The eligibility criteria to appear in the NTSE are as follows:
1. You need to be in class 10 at any recognised private or government school.
2. For stage one, there is no other age or score-based criteria.
3. The only criteria for stage one is that open and distance learning students must not be employed.
4. To appear in Stage 2, you must have qualified for Stage 1.
5. You need to have scored 60% in your class 9th to appear in stage 2, which is conducted at the national level.

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Kankshi Sharma

Contributor-Level 6

a month ago

NTSE is only held for class 10 and the exam is conducted in 2 stages. Class 8 students are not eligible for NTSE exam.

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Is there any benefit to clearing only NTSE stage 1 but not stage 2?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

The NTSE stage 1 is conducted at the state level, and stage 2 is at the national level. If you fail stage 2 but pass stage 1, you may be eligible for the following benefits:1. You can get preferential treatment in admission to top schools for the 11th grade. 2. Some states may offer scholarships ...The NTSE stage 1 is conducted at the state level, and stage 2 is at the national level. If you fail stage 2 but pass stage 1, you may be eligible for the following benefits:
1. You can get preferential treatment in admission to top schools for the 11th grade.
2. Some states may offer scholarships as part of their student assistance programme.
3. It might give you some confidence for board exams.
4. You may be facilitated by your school to be able to make it to NTSE Stage 2. As of now, NTSE has been put on hold by NCERT, and you have to wait for notification for the next cycle.

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Kankshi Sharma

Contributor-Level 6

a month ago

Yes. Once you clear stage 1, it can be treated as scorecard for admission in class 11 if you want to change school. Another benefit is your school will provide you guidance for further exams.

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Do I get any scholarships for clearing NTSE Stage 1?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

No, you will not be eligible for a scholarship if you only pass NTSE Stage 1. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must also pass Stage 2. Passing NTSE stage one will make you eligible to appear for NTSE stage two. After passing stage two, you will be awarded a scholarship of approximately Rs. 1...No, you will not be eligible for a scholarship if you only pass NTSE Stage 1. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must also pass Stage 2. Passing NTSE stage one will make you eligible to appear for NTSE stage two. After passing stage two, you will be awarded a scholarship of approximately Rs. 1250 per month up to the 12th grade. If you only pass the state-level NTSE exam and do not pass stage two at the national level, you will not be eligible for a central scholarship. Some states might award scholars or give preferential treatment to stage one merit students, but there are no such mandatory scholars from the government for NTSE stage 1.

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Kankshi Sharma

Contributor-Level 6

a month ago

Students clearing stage 1 do not get any scholarship, they only get chance to clear stage 2 exam. Scholarship is provided when you clear both the stages of NTSE exam.

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What are the advantages of clearing NTSE?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

The NTSE is a Scholarship Exam for 10th grade students. The advantages of clearing NTSE are as follows:1. One of the main incentives for students to pass this exam was the opportunity to receive monthly scholarships. 2. The students receive a monthly scholarship of Rs. 1250 until class 12 and Rs....The NTSE is a Scholarship Exam for 10th grade students. The advantages of clearing NTSE are as follows:
1. One of the main incentives for students to pass this exam was the opportunity to receive monthly scholarships.
2. The students receive a monthly scholarship of Rs. 1250 until class 12 and Rs. 2000 for the degree course.
3. NSTE scholars are given preferential treatment when applying to top colleges because it enhances their profile.
4. It boost the confidence of students to prepare for major competitive exams like JEE, NEET etc.
5. It might even help you apply to study abroad. Although you won't receive a scholarship if you pursue higher studies abroad, it will still ACT as a plus in your profile.

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Kankshi Sharma

Contributor-Level 6

a month ago

There are many advantages of clearing NTSE exam. One of the advantage is you get scholarship from the central government.
2nd is you get preference to study in foreign countries. You are ready for further competition. Easy to get admission in top educational institutions.

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Why is the National Talent Search Examination conducted?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

The National Talent Search Examination used to be conducted to award scholarships to high school students. Currently, this exam is put on hold by NCERT. 1. The exam was a national-level exam for students in the 10th grade. 2. The students who scored top marks in this exam were awarded scholarship...The National Talent Search Examination used to be conducted to award scholarships to high school students. Currently, this exam is put on hold by NCERT.
1. The exam was a national-level exam for students in the 10th grade.
2. The students who scored top marks in this exam were awarded scholarships in the form of monthly stipends.
3. The scholarship amount was Rs. 1250 per month for classes 11–12 and Rs. 2000 for degree-level study.
4. Students were eligible to avail themselves of scholarships up to the Ph.D. level, as mandated by UGC.
5. The NTSE was conducted in two stages: stage one at the state level and stage two at the national level.
6. To be eligible for this scholarship, one must have secured a minimum of 60% in class IX.
7. The scholarship was awarded only when students pursued further studies in Indian colleges.

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Pratham Arora

Beginner-Level 5

a month ago

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has put NTSE on hold as the Education Ministry has not approved further implementation of the scheme. National Talent Search Scheme, under which the NTSE examination is held, has been stalled till further orders, National Council of Ed...National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has put NTSE on hold as the Education Ministry has not approved further implementation of the scheme. National Talent Search Scheme, under which the NTSE examination is held, has been stalled till further orders, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has said. The central sector scheme funded by the Ministry of Education was approved till March 31, 2021, and further implementation of the scheme has not been approved, it added. The National Talent Search Scheme is a central sector scheme fully funded by Ministry of Education (MOE) Government of India (Gol). NCERT is an implementing agency for NTS scheme. The Scheme was approved till 31 March, 2021. The further implementation of the scheme in its present form has not been approved and has been stalled till further orders. This is for the information of all concerned, Indrani S. Bhaduri, Professor and Head of NCERT's Educational Survey Division, said. NTSE exam is held for awarding scholarships to meritorious students up to doctorate level. Students at Class 10 can appear in the exam. Selected candidates receive 1,250 per month in classes 11 and 12, 2,000 per month during UG, PG and scholarship as per UGC rules at Ph.D. level. Candidates first appear in the exam in state level (stage 1) and after that, at national level (stage 2) which leads to scholarships.

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