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NTSE stage - 2 exam : How to score more?

Resonance PCCP provides you with the subject wise analysis of NTSE stage-2 exam which is going to be held on 16th June, 2019.

This analysis is made after intensive study of previous years paper pattern by the experienced faculties of Resonance. The main objective of this analysis is to the aid the students so that they can plan their studies accordingly and notch up good marks in NTSE stage 2 exam.

The NTSE Stage 2 exam consists of two papers.


MAT consists of 100 questions. To score good in MAT, one needs to practice questions based on coding–decoding, arithmetical reasoning (time and work, data sufficiency, speed, distance and time, linear equation), analytical reasoning (puzzles and sitting arrangement), logical deduction. Every year there are some questions from logical deduction which are confusing and difficult to attempt. Most of the questions in non- verbal section are from series, classification, and figure partition. Sometimes Venn diagram is easy and sometimes it is complex or confusing. Questions from missing term in figures and clock test are comparatively difficult. Questions from number series and alphabet series are of moderate level.

Expert advice – To score more than 85 marks, students need to attempt difficult question. As per our analysis, the students need to focus more on the following topics because the questions from the following topics are of complex level and frequently asked.

Highlights from NTSE stage 2 exam – 2018:

  • Logical deduction : 5 Questions
  • Venn diagram : 11 Questions
  • Missing term in figures : 10 Questions
  • Clock test : 3 Questions


SAT - It includes Social Studies, Science and Maths

The pattern of the paper will be same as the previous year paper but the questions are expected to be of high level. The questions will be more aptitude and understanding based. History, Geography, Political science and Economics, each section will consist of 10 questions. In History, questions will be from the NCERT books of class 9th and 10th though the remaining section like Geography, Political science and Economics, the questions are expected to be more conceptual and logical but not beyond the textbooks.

Expert advice – Students must re-read the class 9th and 10th NCERT books thoroughly as the many questions are usually asked from the NCERT books.


Biology :
Questions are expected to be lengthy and more of a language based so students must comprehend the language of questions carefully.

Some important topics to score well in Biology are -

  • Respiration – Cellular respiration and exchange of gases.
  • Control and Coordination - Parts of brain and their functions, plant growth regulators, pituitary, thyroid, pancreas.
  • Nutrition – Digestive enzymes and their functions, light and dark reaction.
  • Heredity and evolution – Mendelian genetics, monohybrid and dihybrid crosses, Darwinism, speciation.
  • Why do we fall ill? – Casual organisms of diseases and vaccination.
  • Our environment
  • Natural resources

Chemistry :
Questions are expected to be lengthy and more of a language based so students must comprehend the language of questions carefully.

Some important topics to score well in Chemistry are -

  • Matter – Type and examples of colloids, separation technique interconversion state.
  • Carbon - Chemical properties of carbon compounds, soaps and detergent.
  • Metals and Non-Metals – Ionic compounds and their properties, metallurgy.
  • Periodic table – Mendeleev periodic table, periodic trends.
  • Acid, base and salt – Commercially important compounds.
  • Atomic structure - Electronic configuration, atomic number and mass number.
  • Basic mole concept

Physics :

Some important topics are as follows :

  • Electricity – Questions related to circuit (find R equivalent), current, potential difference and electric power.
  • Magnetic effect of current - Force on charge and current carrying conductor in uniform magnetic field, to find the direction of magnetic field.
  • Light – TIR (Total internal reflection), combination of lens and questions related to mirror and lens formula.
  • Motion – MGraphs and questions related to equations of motion.
  • NLM (Newton's law of motion) – Practice questions to find tension and normal reaction and practice question related to impulse and conservation of momentum also.
  • Gravitation - Practice questions related to formula of acceleration due to gravity and Kepler's law.
  • Sound - To clear the concepts of this chapter , cover topics such as pitch, loudness, sonar, relation between frequency, wavelength and wave velocity.
  • Expert advice - From the previous year analysis, science section requires the intensive revision of the mentioned topics apart from the remaining topics.

Mathematics :
The syllabus will be same as the NTSE stage 1 exam. The questions will be from class 9th and 10th. The level of the questions will be raised. Students should cover some chapters of class 11th like quadratic equation, sequence and series and linear in equation.

Highlights from NTSE stage 2 exam – (2013-2018)

  • Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry, Arithmetic progression - 1 Question each
  • Number system, Quadratic equation, polynomials - 2 Questions each
  • Area of plain figures and surface area, volume - (4-5) Questions each
  • Geometry of class 9th and 10th (circles, similar triangles, quadrilateral, area of parallelogram and triangles) - (4-5) Questions each
  • Expert advice – Students must practice the questions from area, surface area, volume and geometry as it has been observed that the questions are frequently coming from above topics.

No negative marking, it is advisable to attempt all the questions.
Student should solve at least one of any previous year paper and one sample paper provided by Resonance.
Student should plan their study hours as per the time slots of NTSE stage - 2 exam i.e. 9:30-11:30 and 1:30 to 3:30 so that they can get an idea of their solving capability in these time slots.