National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a National-Level Scholarship Program at the Secondary School level to identify and recognise students with high intellect and academic talent. NTSE is conducted every year at Two levels – Stage-I (State Level), conducted by the States/Union Territories and Stage-II (National Level), conducted by NCERT. The objective of the two-tier examination is to identify the talented students who have a special aptitude for Sciences, Mathematics, Social Sciences and questions based on Analytical Reasoning. The NTSE (2019-20)Stage-I was held on November 3, 2019 and NTSE(2019-20) Stage-II is scheduled for May 10,2020.

Eligibility Criteria for Stage-I:

*NTSE Stage-I is conducted by State/UT bodies. Only Indian students are eligible to appear in this level.

*The students studying in Class X are eligible for appearing in the test.

*They are required to have obtained 60% marks in their Class IX, in the last academic year.

*Student must be studying in a recognized school in the respective State or Union Territory.

*The SC, ST and PH category candidates get a relaxation of 5% and the maximum score they must have obtained in their Class IX is 55% marks.

*Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) are also considered eligible for the scholarship examination, if he/she is below the age of 18 years (as on July 1, of the year) and is not employed while appearing for Class X exam.

Eligibility Criteria for Stage-II:

*Students, securing 80% marks or above in the State level exam, are eligible for the Stage-II to be held by NCERT at National level.

*Around 4000 students are shortlisted for the National level NTSE across the country.

*All students who secure the minimum required marks at Stage-II, are eligible for the scholarship program.

Selection Process:

*It is a Two-Stage Selection Process for award of Scholarship. For Stage I, 1000 scholarships are awarded every year, of which 750 are unreserved. Students who qualify Stage II are eligible for the scholarship. The scholarships under the present scheme are awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in Sciences and Social Sciences up to Doctoral level and in professional courses like Medicine, Engineering and Law up to Second-Degree level.

The amount of scholarship is as follows:

*Scholarship of Rs.1250 per month for class XI and XII.

*Scholarship of Rs.2000 per month for Undergraduate & Post Graduate.

*Scholarship for Ph.D. is provided in accordance with the UGC Norms.

NTSE Reservation

Selection is done by States/UTs through a Written Exam. Students who qualify Stage I are eligible to appear in Stage II examination conducted by NCERT.

*For stage-II, there is a quota for each State and Union Territory computed based on Student enrolment at secondary level. Qualifying marks for candidates from General Category is 40% in each paper and for candidates from SC, ST, PH is 32% in each paper.

NTSE Scholarships:

*15% Scholarship is reserved for students belonging to the SC Category.

*7.5% Scholarships is for students belonging to the ST Category.

*4% for Physically Challenged students.

Tips to crack NTSE:

Every exam has its own strategy to select the best students, so it becomes all the more important that a student must under this strategy and perform accordingly. The below points will help a student give his/her best performance on the NTSE Exam day.

  1. Synchronise your class X preparation with NTSE Syllabus

Before coming into a preparation mode for NTSE, you must have clarity about the NTSE syllabus and you should sync it with your 10th standard studies. This ensures that your NTSE preparation moves according to what the exam demands and you do not have to put extra effort for NTSE preparation. Your efforts will be in the right direction.

  1. Know your Strengths and Weaknesses

Before beginning preparation for NTSE Stage I exam, the candidates must know about their existing level of preparedness for the NTSE exam. For this the candidates need to check the last years’ NTSE papers, and they can evaluate where they stand. Simultaneously, they can analyze their strengths and weaknesses based on their existing preparedness and the

required NTSE preparation. This will help the candidates decide how much weightage they have to give to various sections under the limited time frame they have for NTSE preparation. Candidates can then utilize their strength and make a strategy to improve their weaknesses during the NTSE preparation.

  1. Study Material/Training for Preparation

When you think of preparing for an exam like NTSE, it is better to have clear concepts and build the right exam temperament. It is important to have proper training to appear for NTSE as merely solving NCERT Problems may not help. A systematic approach and proper guidance is necessary to clear the two stages of NTSE Exam. Having clarity of concepts and improving your problem solving ability will help you ace NTSE.

  1. Regular practice and revision

You may have prepared very well for NTSE, however, it is important that you do regular practice and revision of topics. Also, if one is regular at revising and practicing the chapters you develop a good command on your speed and accuracy while solving NTSE questions. With clear concepts and time management, you ensure a significant rank on NTSE merit list.

  1. Solving previous year papers

To evaluate the level of your preparation, it is important to solve more and more previous year NTSE test papers. You will be able to identify areas you are weak and work out your preparation plan for improving upon them. In the last two weeks of your preparation, you should put special emphasis on previous year papers to give your best efforts in the remaining time-frame before NTSE exam. While solving a set of old test papers, you get accustomed to the type of questions asked in NTSE. You need not worry about any kind of surprise element during the exam.

  1. Take good sleep prior to NTSE exam day

It is important to have a seven-to-eight-hour sleep a night before the NTSE exam day. Going early to bed in the night prior to the exam day and getting up early in the morning on the NTSE exam day will help relax your mind and body, and you will enter the exam hall with full of energy.

NTSE Exam Day Instructions:

Candidates are advised to follow these important instructions alongside do’s and don’ts at NTSE Exam Day:

*Candidates should reach the test centre 45 minutes before the test commences.

*Candidates, who reach more than 15 minutes after the scheduled test time, may not be allowed to take the test.

*Candidates are required to bring admit card, photo identity and ball pen to the exam centre.

*Any type of gadget, watch and calculators are not allowed inside the exam centre.

*Attempt all questions as there is no negative marking.

*Maintain speed and try to attempt all questions.






The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI) has established National Testing Agency (NTA) as an independent autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization under Society Registration Act 1860 for conducting efficient, transparent and international standards tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admissions to premier higher education institutions.

The Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has entrusted the responsibility of conducting Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main) to the NTA from 2019 onwards.

Admission criteria to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTI), Institutions funded by participating State Governments, and other Institutions shall include the performance in the class 12/equivalent qualifying Examination and in the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main). The (B. E. /B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programs offered by the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs).

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Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an engineering entrance examination conducted for admission to various engineering colleges in India. It is constituted by two different examinations – JEE Main and the JEE Advanced.

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) conducts the joint admission process for a total of 24 Indian Institute of Technology campuses, 32 National Institute of Technology campuses, 18 Indian Institute of Information Technology campuses and 19 other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) based on the rank obtained by a student in JEE Mains and JEE Advanced.[citation needed]

There are some institutes like Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT), and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) use the score obtained in JEE Advanced as the basis for admission. These institutes do not participate in the post examination counselling session. Any student who takes admission to IITs cannot appear for the JEE-Advanced exam in the next year, but the same is not the case with IISc, IISER, RGIPT and other institutes as these institutes only use JEE Advanced score for admission.

As per the reports from Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of Government of India, the government is considering to conduct only one common engineering entrance test based on the lines of NEET for all engineering colleges, including private institutions, across India.[1]

JEE Main[edit]

Main article: Joint Entrance Examination – Main

JEE Main has two papers, Paper-1 and Paper-2. Candidates may opt for either or both of them. Both papers contain multiple choice questions. Paper 1 is for admission to B.E./B.Tech courses and is conducted only online. Paper-2 is for admission in B.Arch and B.Planning courses and is conducted offline only. From January 2020 an additional Paper – 3 is being introduced for B.Planning courses separately.[2]

JEE Main, unlike JEE Advanced, has a fixed exam structure and is not subject to change every year. Paper-1 is of three hours duration and consists of thirty multiple-choice (single-correct) questions in each of the three subjects (physics, chemistry, and maths). 4 marks are awarded for correct answers and 1 mark is deducted for incorrect answers.

New pattern consisting of 20+5 questions per subject is introduced in January 2020 with 20 multiple choice questions + 5 numerical type question. In multiple choice questions 4 marks are awarded for correct answers and no marks are deducted from numerical type questions.[3]

From 2013 to 2016, the marks obtained in the class XII school board examination used to be accorded a 40% weightage in deciding the JEE Main all India ranks.[4][5]

Number of applicants by year[edit]

The number of applicants taking the JEE Main has varied over the years. In 2016, fewer aspirants registered as compared to the previous three years as shown in the table below.1.3 million candidates appeared for JEE Main in 2014.[6]


What is the difference between JEE Main and JEE Advanced?

JEE Main is conducted for candidates aspiring for B.Tech courses offered in NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs. It is also an eligibility test for candidates preparing for JEE Advanced, which eventually leads to the admission in IITs. The students can appear for JEE Main for three consecutive times; however, JEE Advanced can be taken only for two consecutive years.


Is the syllabus of JEE Main and JEE Advanced same?

No, there are several differences in the syllabus of JEE Main and JEE Advanced. There are a lot of topics included in JEE Main but excluded in JEE Advanced and vice-versa. Topics like Electromagnetic Waves, Electronic Devices, and Communication Systems are included in JEE Main but excluded from the JEE Advanced syllabus. Also, concepts like Thermal Physics and Electrochemistry are covered in JEE Advanced syllabus but excluded from the JEE Main syllabus.


Why start early in class 9

You will have an edge over your peers when you start actual preparation from Class 11. As most of them will have difficulty understanding initial concepts, you will find it easy and can move to solve harder problems. If you see, you have 4 years from now for JEE exams.


What is the right age to start preparing for IIT?

With the feedback given by successful candidate, coaching institutes have started training students from as early as from class 9. As there is a major shift in the curriculum from class 11 and class 12, special courses helps the students to balance the studies for engineering as well.



Which is better NEET or IIT?

For engineering aspirants, IIT JEE is the entrance exam for getting admission in top engineering colleges. … As per the students who cleared JEE and NEET both, JEE is a bit tougher than NEET, paper-wise. However, the large competition in NEET makes it difficult to secure admission in a good medical college.



  1. Extra edge over peer :

Students preparing for JEE since class 10 will definitely have extra benefits over their friends. The study materials designed by experts help them understand the basic concepts in a much better way. Early JEE preparation will leave them with ample time with them for practice and revision. By the time they reach their PU, they would have completed their revision and practice most of the important concepts several times.

  1. No need of joining special coaching classes :

A lot of student who study for JEE from class 10 generally join special coaching classes in order to cover the syllabus fast. These coaching classes are very costly. One can avoid joining these classes if they start their preparation from class 10 onwards.

  1. Students become confident:

Considering the vast syllabus, preparing for JEE is not so easy. Revision and regular practice are a must if one wants to score well in the exam and get into the prestigious college. This is the point where class X students preparing for JEE win over those students who start their preparation in PU. Early preparation enhances their confidence level.

  1. Sufficient time :

Students studying in class XI gets only 2 years to prepare for JEE. While those studying in class X get 3 years to finish the same JEE syllabus. During the last months, when the students who started studying late will be busy in preparation, the one who started preparation early will have plenty of time in hand to work on the finer aspects of difficult questions.

  1. No panic :

If one starts practicing JEE questions while they are in class X, they will get acquainted with the question pattern. So, students don’t need to fear thinking what will be the questions in the exam, will he or she be able to finish the syllabus in time.


The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) (NEET (UG)), formerly the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), is an entrance examination in India for students who wish to study undergraduate medical courses (MBBS) and dental courses (BDS) in government or private medical and dental colleges in India.

The undergraduate NEET (UG), for MBBS and BDS courses, is currently conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which provides the results to the Directorate General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.[2] Prior to 2019, the test was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in partnership with Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd headquartered in the US.[3]

NEET-UG replaced the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges themselves in 2013. However, many colleges and institutes had taken a stay order and conducted private examinations for admission to their MBBS and BDS courses.

NEET-UG is a single entrance test for admissions to more than 66,000 MBBS and BDS seats across India.[4] In 2018, around 80% of the candidates wrote NEET-UG in English, 11% in Hindi, 4.31% in Gujarati, 3% in Bengali and 1.86% in Tamil.[5][6]

After the enactment of NMC Act 2019 in September 2019, NEET-UG became common all India entrance test for admissions to medical colleges in India including the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) which until then conducted separate entrances


Preparations for the engineering/medical entrance exams should be started from the beginning of the high school education, i.e., from class 9th. At this stage, students are mature enough to realise their interests and abilities based on which they can decide their career path.


When should I start preparing for NEET?

Generally, students prepare for two years during Class XI and XII before appearing for NEET. When preparing for NEET, it is advisable to follow a chronological order of topics in the syllabus. Topics that are dependent on each other will help you remember the concepts better.A


How To Start Preparing For NEET From Class 10: If you are a medical aspirant studying in Class 10 and wondering how to start preparing for NEET from Class 10, you are at the right place. Securing a very good rank in exams like NEET needs one to prepare seriously right from the beginning. Although the Class 10 syllabus is not included in NEET, it forms the foundation for what you are going to study in your Class 11 and 12. Having a strong foundation in your Class 10 syllabus will definitely help you understand the concepts and topics of Class 11 and 12 syllabus upon which the NEET syllabus is based. In this article, we will give detailed information about how to start preparing for NEET from Class 10. Read on to find out.


How To Start Preparing For NEET From Class 10: Detailed Plan

As you can see, NEET exam has three subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This means you have to focus on your Science subject while you are in Class 10 – understand all the concepts in details and solve sufficient questions. This will clear your basics and you will be able to easily understand the detailed explanation of the same concepts in Class 11 and 12 as well as other related concepts.

So, study in the following manner to start preparing for NEET from Class 10:

How To Start Preparing For NEET From Class 10: Clear Your Concepts

As you study the Science textbooks of Class 10, pay attention so that you understand all the concepts properly. Make notes as you understand them. That way, you will find the various concepts easier to remember.

How To Start Preparing For NEET From Class 10: Solve Sufficient Practice Questions

Every time you finish a chapter, solve the questions at the end of it from your textbook. Solving those questions will be enough for your board exams, but if you want to take your preparation to the next level that will help in your NEET preparation, solve higher level questions when you feel a bit confident. Practicing NTSE/Olympiads level questions is recommended.

How To Start Preparing For NEET From Class 10: Identify Your Strong & Weak Subjects

As you study, try to identify which of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology you find easy and which one difficult. Cracking exams like NEET needs one to play to their strengths. Identifying your strong and weak subjects will also help you plan your preparation accordingly so that you can improve on it.

How To Start Preparing For NEET From Class 10: Improve Your Time Management

Remember, time management plays a vital role in NEET. If you are not able to manage your time properly, you won’t be able to convert your knowledge into marks no matter how academically strong you are. You can master this skill by practicing in a time-bound manner. Cultivating this habit right from now will make it easier for you to answer questions within the estimated ideal time in NEET.

How To Start Preparing For NEET From Class 10: Get Used To Taking Tests

Like said earlier, to crack NEET being academically strong is not enough. NEET is a highly competitive exam and it is a psychological challenge to take the exam successfully. So, you must get used to the pressure of taking competitive exams. Appear for competitive exams like NTSE and Olympiads while you are in Class 10 and get a real feel about taking competitive exams. Prepare yourself to face the challenges of competitive exams right from now.


If you do the above things right from Class 10, by the time you are in Class 11, you will know exactly how to study the Class 11 and 12 syllabus and go about your preparation for NEET.

In the next section, we will briefly discuss how to make use of your time in Class 11 and 12 so that you can crack NEET with a high score.

How To Start Preparing For NEET From Class 10: NEET Preparation In Class 11 And 12

Study in the following manner during your Class 11 and 12:

  1. First of all, be thorough with the NEET syllabusand NEET exam pattern.
  2. Create a timetablebased on your strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Finish the NCERT textbooks of Physics, Chemistry and Biologyas early as possible – understand the concepts and solve the questions. This will be easier for you since you have been studying seriously from Class 10. Refer to NEET study material side-by-side.
  4. Solve NEET practice questionsside-by-side. On Embibe, you will get a detailed solution for every question. Also, with the timer on Embibe, you will be able to see how much time you are spending on each question and learn how to control it.
  5. Take NEET mock tests Based on your performance, work on your weak chapters and conceptsafter every test.
  6. Also, as you take mock tests, work on and develop a smart strategy to take the exam.
  7. Once you have mastered the NCERT textbooks, use other best books for NEETfor a deeper understanding of the concepts.
  8. Solve higher level questionsfrom these books.
  9. Pay more attention to the important NEET chaptersand master them.
  10. Revise regularly.

Embibe also provides NEET study material which you can refer to along with your NCERT textbooks. Embibe has NEET practice banks – a huge collection of questions which you can solve for free and improve your problem solving skills. These questions, selected from various sources (including the best books for NEET), includes previous year questions, questions rankers made mistakes in, and other important questions along with detailed solution. You can also take NEET mock test series on Embibe. Apart from these, you can get personalized guidance in your preparation for NEET that guarantees rank improvement. With RANKUP, your score improves from test to test until you are in a position to get into your dream college.


We hope this detailed article on how to start preparing for NEET from Class 10 helps you. If you have any query regarding how to start preparing for NEET from Class 10, feel free to comment below. We will be happy to help you. 



Olympiad exams or Olympiads are the means for students to compete with other students on a similar educational level. Such exams promote the learning of skills in subjects like mathematics, science, computer technology or English language among students.


What is the use of Olympiad exams?

Olympiad Examinations help to identify a child’s capability and real potential that may help him survive better in today’s modern competitive world. They motivate students to endeavor for better and deeper understanding of scientific facts so as to enhance their reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills.



How many types of Olympiad exams are there?

There are six SOF Olympiads annually in India which is following:

  • National Cyber Olympiad(NCO)
  • National Science Olympiad(NSO)
  • International Mathematics Olympiad(IMO)
  • International English Olympiad(IEO)
  • International General Knowledge Olympiad(IGKO)
  • International Company Secretaries Olympiad(ICSO)

How to Prepare Best for the Olympiad Exams along with School Studies?

Olympiads are the exams which help students improve their problem solving skills and analytical skills, required to excel in future competitive exams. Here, we bring some important tips to prepare easily and effectively for the Olympiad tests.

Preparation tips for Olympiad Exams


Olympiad examinations at school level are competitive examinations which are conducted to imbibe problem solving skills and analytical skills in school students. It also emphasises on learning the concepts of Mathematics, Science and English. The objective of these exams is to develop the child for preparation of future competitions and challenges that would be thrown open to them in the future.

Why should one take Olympiad exams?

Olympiad exams are conducted at a very large scale for students to analyse their efficiencies and abilities. Giving exams at state level or all India level where students from different schools and regions compete with each other, helps them to boost up their confidence and give them a chance to grow academically and mentally.


Why are Olympiad Exams Important? Here you may know everything about the exam

How to prepare for the Olympiad exams?

Students from class 1 to Class 12 can participate in different Olympiad Examinations. To participate in these exams the students need to apply through the schools only.

Now the real problem here is that how students can prepare for the Olympiad Examinations with continuing their regular school studies.

Here, we are providing some of the useful study tips which will help students prepare rightly for the Olympiad exams and score a meritorious position.

  1.  Go through the syllabus

It’s very important to check the syllabus of the exam which you will appear for. For every Olympiad exam, you may check the syllabus from its official site. Going through the syllabus before starting preparing for the exam will help you know the particular topics you need to cover so that you may make a preparation strategy accordingly.

  1. Plan a proper study schedule and stick to it:

The students who are preparing for any of the Olympiad need to follow the proper study plan by preparing a complete strategy for every particular subject. A right study schedule helps you devote proper time to each subject and topics. It makes your studies more organised hence helping you achieve your target easily and effectively.

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  1. Grasp the detailed understanding of the concepts:

As the problems asked in the Olympiad exams are generally based on conceptual facts. So, students should study each topic to the depth so as to gain an adequate understanding of the concepts and logics working behind that particular topic. Only detailed study can make the students confident and capable enough to answer the tricky questions asked in any competitive exam.

  1. Prepare notes/quick facts for revision:

As the Olympiad tests are based on the curriculum taught in the school, so students must create notes and quick facts for each topic explained in the class. These quick facts will be very useful for future references and revisions, hence helping you learn faster.

  1. Solve previous year papers, sample papers and take mock tests:

Previous year papers are always useful to analyse the type of questions asked in an examination. Moreover, practicing these papers will help you in testing your Olympiad skills. Besides this, students must solve sample papers to practice different questions covering each topic.  After that take up a mock test and analyze your results.

  1. Stay focused and motivated:

We know that anything which is learned with full concentration and right attitude is grasped well. So while preparing for the Olympiad exams, be focused and attentive. Also, to crack the exam with flying colours, you need to believe in yourself and stay motivated throughout the preparation.

  1. Daily learn English words and solve quizzes /puzzles for Maths:

Learn at least one English word daily to expand your vocabulary. Keep solving crosswords or random puzzles in newspapers and books. For Maths, find some puzzle book and practice a lot to improve your logical reasoning by solving different problems.

A student does not need to join any extra coaching classes or attend study sessions for Olympiad exam preparations. Only a thorough understanding of each topic and concept by studying each topic attentively in the class can be enough to excel these competitive exams.