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Ace your Preparation for NTSE along with KVPY exam

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National Talent Search Examination or NTSE is a national-level scholarship program in India. It’s an attempt to recognize and knock into students’ potential. It is conducted by NCERT. Students studying in Class X are eligible to appear for this examination and the scholarship is open to the students of Indian nationality.

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana or KVPY is a national fellowship programme managed by the Indian Institute of Science. Just like NTSE, KVPY is a well-known national level examination. KVPY was started by the Department of Science and Technology- Government of India, to inspire the students to take up research professions in Basic Science.

If one looks very broadly, it is little tough to find many similarities in the exams. But there are enough.

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is an exam under NTS scheme to honour scholarship to scholars studying at Class X level. NTSE Application Form has to be filled in offline mode before August 31. Scholarships are awarded up to Ph.D. in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Commerce, Vocational Studies and Fine arts and up to second degree level for professional courses in medicines, engineering, technology, management and law. Both NTSE and KVPY exams are for students in the field of science and mathematics.

How KVPY and NTSE are similar?

The structure of both NTSE and KVPY is similar if not same. The pattern followed by both the exams is similar. NTSE and KVPY are two-tier examinations (conducted in two stages). The first tier of both NTSE and KVPY is objective type.  NTSE stage-I is organized by States and Union Territories whereas the government (NCERT) conducts stage-II examination. Stage II of NTSE is conducted offline in objective type. Here, a slight difference comes up as KVPY second tier is in the form of Personal Interview.

NTSE and KVPY are alike in terms of their syllabus too. Both the stages for NTSE are divided into 3 sections – Mental Ability Test (MAT), Language Test and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). The Mental Ability section assesses candidates based on logic and reasoning. SAT is based on Class X course. The students are asked questions from three subjects- Science, Mathematics and Social Science; Mathematics and Science carry the maximum weightage.

KVPY syllabus includes four Subjects- Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology and is based on the topics & chapters from Class 10th/11th/12th. There is no set syllabus for the aptitude test.

Mathematics and Science is common to both NTSE and KVPY exams. However, the level of KVPY is higher and tougher.

What are the upcoming dates of NTSE and KVPY?


The upcoming NTSE exam is for the session 2017-18. Applications for NTSE 2017-18 are expected to begin soon. Online and Offline Registration of applications for NTSE starts in August or September and the exam is held in November. Students in Class X can take note of the important dates for NTSE 2017:

Event Date
Release of Notification July 31, 2017
Registration of Application Form August 2017
Last Date of Registrations of Application Form Will be declared distinctly by each state/UT
NTSE 2017 Stage 1 exam (for Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands) November 04, 2017
NTSE 2017 Stage 1 exam (for other States and Union Territories) November 05, 2017
National level NTSE Stage II exam 2018 May 13, 2018

NTSE 2017 Application form is available in both online and offline mode. Each State or UT will provide their own application form for stage 1 examination of NTSE 2017-18. Candidates must fill and submit the application form of NTSE stage 1 before the last date of application as decided by the respective state or UT. Candidates can contact the Cooperation Officer of the state for queries related to NTSE application form submission. Candidates have to pay the application fee for NTSE stage 1 exam as mentioned by the states. However, neither application form, nor any fee is required for NTSE 2017-18 Stage 2 which is to be conducted by NCERT.


The registration of applications for KVPY 2017 is already over. Let us take a look at the future events:

Event Date
Release of Notification May 29, 2017
Online Application begins July 16, 2017
Last date for Online Application August 23, 2017
Availability of Admit card First week of October 2017
Exam Date of KVPY November 5, 2017
Answer keys Second week of November 2017
Interview December 2017
KVPY Result announcement First week of December 2017


How you should prepare for NTSE and KVPY?

For direction purposes, your study should involve Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics syllabus that you have studied till Class X for SA exam and till Class XII for SX exam. Since CBSE Board is the most acknowledged school board in India, you might consider covering CBSE syllabus up to Class X or XII, as applicable.

Solve as many KVPY previous year papers and sample papers as you can, and examine your performance by comparing it with the given solutions. Within a month or two of focus and practice, you’ll be able to score well in KVPY scholarship exam.

For both NTSE and KYPY exams, it’s necessary to know your strengths & weaknesses. E.g. If you’re strong in mathematics and science but average in languages or social sciences, then you can focus on these areas to work on your weaknesses for an overall good score.

It is recommended to follow NCERT books of classes IX and X for NTSE exam preparation. For some concepts in biology, you can refer to NCERT Class XI Biology textbook (only portions that are relevant to IX and X class curriculum). It’s vital to meticulously study the Social Science NCERT textbook for NTSE. Follow NCERT for the scholastic aptitude section of NTSE. You must also read a general knowledge book for Value Added Questions.

Solving sample papers and practicing with mock tests at least twice/thrice in a week will be helpful too. You can take help from various online and offline sources for the same. After a few days of practicing without noting the time, you must aim to solve these papers keeping the track of time. This will help you increase your speed in solving questions and know the sections that devour more time.

Make sure you carefully evaluate what you could do easily and what you had a hard time with. Was it the subject understanding you lacked? Or did you miss out on the scores because of silly mistakes? Whatever it is, just analyse your performance very minutely to improve.

What books you should refer for Preparation?

Listed below are the names of a few books for reference purposes:


Name of the Book Author/ Publisher
NTSE Books Study Package for NTSE Class X (English) 1st and 2nd edition McGraw Hill
Practice Papers NTSE X (English) 1st Edition TMH Books
The Pearson Guide to NTSE (Class 10) (English) 1st Edition Saurabh Priyadarshini and Navin C. Joshi


It is recommended to follow NCERT books for the exam. A few other books for KVPY preparation are listed below:

Name of the Books Author/Publisher
Physics HC Verma
Modern ABC of Chemistry for Class-XI Modern Publishers
Elementary Biology Volume I KN Bhatiya

The last year question papers and mock test for preparation are easily available in online or offline sources. The books listed above contain a vast collection of sample test papers which you can practice. The more you solve the problems, the sharper your scrutinizing ability will be. Good Luck!


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