Maharashtra NTSE 2016 A Detailed Analysis

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NTSE 2016: The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level examination cum scholarship program. The scholarship programme is conducted by NCERT and students studying in class X are eligible for NTSE 2016 examination and selection procedure. NTSE stage-I was conducted on November 6, 2016 and November 13, 2016 in different regions of India.

Eligibility: As per the eligibility criteria of NTSE 2016 all the students studying in X standard are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme. A student from any state of the country can register for this examination and scholarship scheme. Whether a student is from a government or a private school, he/she is eligible.

Pattern/ Syllabus: The National Talent Search Examination is conducted for students studying at the Class X level. The examination consists of two tests:

1. Mental Ability Test (MAT)

2. Scholastic Aptitude Test(SAT)

NTSE Mental Ability Test (MAT) Syllabus

This test is given to judge power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation, etc. A variety of questions, for example – analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, hidden figures, coding decoding, block assembly, problem solving, etc. are used for this purpose.

NTSE Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Syllabus (Language Test)

Language Test is designed to judge the power of reading comprehension, logical sequencing; interpretative, evaluative, predictive and creative components of language. The test is conducted for English and Regional Languages.

NTSE Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Syllabus (Maths, Science & Science)

This section is conducted to judge how much of text-book knowledge you have gained. As India doesn’t has any single unified board system, NCERT has not prescribed any particular syllabus for the State Level Examination or for National Level Examination.

You can expect questions that are asked at the National Level (Stage-II) to be standard of Classes IX and X level.

Question Paper:

The medium of test is English and regional languages and it comprised of 200 question. The students have to select and mark one right answer from the four given options. Each right answer carry one point each, thus making the total score of the candidate in a test equal to the number of questions answered correctly. However, at the second stage 1/3 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Merit Clause: All the students who achieve requisite scores at this level automatically qualify for scholarships that are handed over by NCERT.

Overall Marks Distribution:

The NTSE 2016 Exam Pattern was an objective test based on paper-pen format.

Table of Objective Test on Paper- Pen Format
Table of Objective test On Paper- Pen format

Test

No.of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Allotted

MAT

50 Questions

50 Marks

45 minute

SAT - Language Test

50 Questions

50 Marks

45 minute

SAT – Maths, Science, Social Sciences

100 Questions

100 Marks

90 minute

Table of Class Wise Overall Marks Distribution
Table of Class Wise Overall Marks Distribution

Subject

Class 9

Class 10

Total

No of Questions

Total Marks

No of Questions

Total Marks

No of Questions

Total Marks

Biology

2

2

12

12

14

14

Chemistry

3

3

10

10

13

13

English

50

50

50

50

Mathematics

10

10

10

10

20

20

Mental Ability

50

50

50

50

Physics

2

2

11

11

13

13

Social Science

5

5

35

35

40

40

Grand Total

22

22

178

178

200

200

Overall Difficulty Level Analysis:

Table of Overall Difficulty Level Analysis
Table of Overall Difficulty Level Analysis

Subject

Difficulty Level

English

1.00

Mathematics

1.65

Mental Ability

1.70

Science

1.53

Social Science

1.20

Total

1.39

Difficulty Level Analysis: No of Questions

Table of Subject Wise Difficulty Level Analysis
Table of Subject wise Difficulty Level Analysis

Subject

Easy Level

Medium Level

Difficult Level

No of Questions

Total Marks

No of Questions

Total Marks

No of Questions

Total Marks

Biology

11

11

3

3

Chemistry

7

7

5

5

1

1

English

50

50

Mathematics

11

11

5

5

4

4

Mental Ability

19

19

27

27

4

4

Physics

5

5

5

5

3

3

Social Science

32

32

8

8

Grand Total

135

135

53

53

12

12

All subjects were of similar difficulty level, while Social Science, Mathematics, Physics, Biology and English were on tougher side, Chemistry, Mental Ability were of moderately difficulty. Based on the analysis, more than 70% questions were easy. If you had prepared nicely, this exam should not seem difficult.

Overall, it is felt that paper was on tougher side compared to last year and the cut-off is expected to be higher than of last year.

Question Wise Difficulty Breakup:

A pie-chart is Difficulty Breakup

A Pie-Chart is Difficulty Breakup

A pie-chart is Difficulty Breakup

Subject Wise Analysis:

Science Analysis:

Weightage Per Topic
Weightage for different subjects and their marks

Unit & Topic Name

No of Questions

Total Marks

(%) Weightage

Science

40

40

100.00%

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Grand Total

40

40

100.00%

Mathematics Analysis:

There are all mathematics subject units as following: Mathematics 12 subjects. There is around total 100% weightage for all subjects within high 15.00% and 10.00% weightage can be considered for Triangles, Circles and other mathematics subject 5.00% weightage for Arithmetic Progression and Probability and other mathematics subject units.

Table of Mathematics Subject Wise Analysis
Table of Mathematics Subject Wise Analysis

Unit & Topic Name

No of Questions

Total Marks

(%) Weightage

Mathematics

20

20

100.00%

Arithmetic Progression

1

1

5.00%

Circles

2

2

10.00%

Co-ordinate Geometry

1

1

5.00%

Linear Equation in two variables

2

2

10.00%

Number System

1

1

5.00%

Probability

1

1

5.00%

Quadratic Equations

2

2

10.00%

Rational numbers

1

1

5.00%

Statistics

2

2

10.00%

Surface area and volume

2

2

10.00%

Triangles

3

3

15.00%

Trigonometry

2

2

10.00%

Grand Total

20

20

100.00%

Mental Ability Analysis:

There are two Mental Ability subject units as following: Non Verbal Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning. There is around total 100% weightage for all subjects While 34.00% weightage can be considered for Non Verbal Reasoning and 66.00% weightage for Verbal Reasoning.

Table of Mental Ability Subject Wise Analysis
Table of Mental Ability Subject Wise Analysis

Unit & Topic Name

No of Questions

Total Marks

(%) Weightage

Mental Ability

50

50

100.00%

Non Verbal Reasoning

17

17

34.00%

Verbal Reasoning

33

33

66.00%

Grand Total

50

50

100.00%

English Analysis:

There are all English subject units as following: English 5 subjects. There is around total 100% weightage for all subjects within high 44.00% weightage can be considered for Grammar and Collocation and 30.00% to 6.00% weightage for Comprehension and Grammar, and other English subject units.

Table of English Subject Wise Analysis
Table of English Subject Wise Analysis

Unit & Topic Name

No of Questions

Total Marks

(%) Weightage

English

50

50

100.00%

Comprehension

15

15

30.00%

Grammar

3

3

6.00%

Grammar and Collocation

22

22

44.00%

Verbal Reasoning

4

4

8.00%

Vocabulary

6

6

12.00%

Grand Total

50

50

100%

Social Science Analysis:

There are four Social Science subject units as following: Economics, Geography, History, and Political Science. There is around total 100% weightage for all subjects while 37.50% weightage can be considered for History and 35.00% to 2.50% weightage for Geography, Political Science, and Economics.

Table of Social Science Subject Wise Analysis
Table of Social Science Subject Wise Analysis

Unit & Topic Name

No of Questions

Total Marks

(%) Weightage

Social Science

40

40

100.00%

History

1

1

2.50%

Eco

6

6

15.00%

Geo

15

15

37.50%

History

14

14

35.00%

Political Science

1

1

2.50%

Political Science

3

3

7.50%

Grand Total

40

40

100.00%

Expected Cutoff:

The overall paper was difficult from previous year, due to relative ease in solving mental ability questions; the cutoff is expected to increase from last year. The cutoff should increase to 118 from last year (2015) cutoff was 89marks. The cutoff is calculated according to SAT & MAT paper.

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