5 Competitive Exams Every Student Should Appear for Before JEE & NEET
Awareness is the first step towards the preparation. After passing class X, many students join IIT JEE coaching institutes without knowing about other examinations that are worth appearing and competing for.
JEE coaching classes in Mumbai, Delhi and other metro cities often consider the competitive examinations beyond IIT JEE but institutes in small cities may not pay attention to it. To help you get the most of science competitive examinations, we have jotted down the significant competitive examinations and the detailed information is provided hereby:
National Talent Search Examination (NTSE): NTSE is the most prominent national level competitive examination for school students. It is a two-tier exam that provides scholarship to school students of class X. This exam is conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Under this scholarship program, the students with incredible intellectual gets cash scholarship of rupees 500 per month.
Upcoming Examination Date: November 2017
Pattern of Examination: This examination is set into two objective types written tests, i.e., Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). It is based on Mental Ability, Science, Social Science, Mathematics and General Awareness. Basis the performance and score in the written tests, the students are selected for face-to-face interview. Students are awarded scholarship basis overall performance in the tests and interview.
National Level Science Talent Search Examination (NLSTSE): This examination discovers the talented school students. It provides the feedback of the students which is skill-based and identifies their strengths and weaknesses. It is conducted by Unified Council. The students of Class II to Class XII are eligible to take this test.
Upcoming Examination Date: January & February, 2018.
Pattern of Examination: NLSTSE includes the simple questions from Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry and logical-thinking questions.
International Olympiads: International Olympiads include the five stages, i.e., National Standard Examination (NSE), Indian National Olympiad, Orientation-cum-Selection Camp (OCSE), Pre-Departure Training Camp (PDT) and participation in International Olympiads finally. The first stage of exam, i.e., NSE is conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) while remaining stages are conducted by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). The students of class IX to class XII are eligible to take this exam. The students of Class X and below are eligible to take first stage NSE. Government of India provides financial support to this examination.
Pattern of Examination: The test identifies the students’ talent in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Astronomy and junior science.
Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF): SOF is a non-profit organization which is established by scientists and academicians. It is conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation for the students of class I to class XII.
Upcoming Examination Date: NCO- October & November 2017, IMO — December 2017 and IEO- January. Second level examination will be held on Feb 2018.
Pattern of Examination: SOF conducts separate exams for different subjects, i.e., Computer (National Cyber Olympiad), Science (National Science Olympiad), Math (International Math Olympiad) and English (International English Olympiad).
Kishore Vigyan Protsahan Yojana (KVPY): It is a national level exam that identifies students’ talent and aptitude for research. KVPY is conducted by Department of Science and Technology. The students of class XI and XII are eligible to take this examination. Government of India provides financial support to KVPY.
Upcoming Examination Date: Students can download admit card from second week of October 2017 and the exam is scheduled in November 2017.
Pattern of Examination: KVPY is based on science. The selected students of KVPY get admission to five-year integrated MS program at Indian Institute for Science Education and Research.
Before joining any IIT JEE coaching classes, make sure that you ask them if they sync the JEE preparation with the preparation of aforementioned competitive exams.