National Talent Benchmark Test

Resonance is launching NTBT ( National Talent Benchmark Test) for NTSE and IJSO aspirants; only for non resonite students. This test will be an evaluation of your performance on a national level. The test date is Sunday, 29th May,2016. Its a free of cost test. Reach J2 before 25th May to avail yourself of the maximum benefits. Test time for NTSE is from 09:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm for IJSO aspirants.


Detailed analysis of NTSE Stage-2 2016 by Resonance.

A Detailed Analysis by Resonance

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 7 in union territories and November 8, 2015 in rest of India and was conducted on May 8, 2016 for Stage II.

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 you to judge your 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 & Social 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 type test based on paper-pen format.

Test No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
MAT 50 Questions 50 Marks 45 minutes
SAT – Language Test 50 Questions 50 Marks 45 minutes
SAT – Maths, Science, Social Sciences 100 Questions 100 Marks 90 minutes


Overall Difficulty Level Analysis

In this analysis we have rated every question on a scale of 1 to 3. The ratings are done by expert faculty of Resonance. The individual ratings are then averaged to calculate overall difficulty level.

  • 1: Easy
  • 2: Moderate
  • 3: Difficult
Subject Difficulty Level
Biology 1.93
Chemistry 1.85
English 1.98
Mathematics 2.00
Mental Ability 1.84
Physics 2.00
Social Science 2.10
Total 1.96


Difficulty Level Analysis: No of Questions


Resonance Experts feel that all subjects were of similar difficulty level, while Social Science, Mathematics, Physics, Biology and English were on tougher side, Chemistry, Mental Ability were of moderate difficulty. While around 54 Marks can be considered easy overall, 100 marks are moderately difficulty and 46 marks are considered difficult by Resonance Team.

Overall, it is felt by Resonance Faculty Team that paper was on tougher side compared to last year but as the MAT paper was easy, the cut-off is expected to be higher than that of last year.

Question Wise Difficulty Breakup


Subject Wise Analysis

Physics Analysis

Physics 13 13 100.00%
Electricity 3 3 23.08%
Electric current, 1 1 7.69%
Electric Field & potential 2 2 15.38%
Fluid 1 1 7.69%
Buoyancy and force of buoyancy 1 1 7.69%
Force & Laws of Motion
1 1 7.69%
Principle of conservation of linear momentum 1 1 7.69%
Light 4 4 30.77%
Eye 1 1 7.69%
Linear Magnification,  Refraction through prism, 1 1 7.69%
Refraction of Light, Laws of Refraction Index 2 2 15.38%
Magnetic Effect
of current & EMI
2 2 15.38%
Electromagnet 1 1 7.69%
Motion of charged particle in a magnetic filed (Lorentz force) 1 1 7.69%
Motion 1 1 7.69%
Motion in one, two & three dimensions 1 1 7.69%
Work, Energy & Power
1 1 7.69%
Kinetic energy, Potential energy, 1 1 7.69%
Grand Total 13 13 100.00%

Chemistry Analysis

Chemistry 13 13 100.00%
carbon and its compounds 3 3 23.08%
Introduction of organic chemistry, vital force theory, Wohler’s synthesis, Covalent bonding, Properties and examples of covalent compounds, 1 1 7.69%
IUPAC Nomenclature , Isomerism 1 1 7.69%
Soaps & Detergents 1 1 7.69%
chemical reactions and chemical equations 3 3 23.08%
General introduction of chemistry and chemical reactions, Characteristics of chemical reaction, Balancing of equations, Specialities & Limitations of chemical equation and their rectification, 1 1 7.69%
Oxidation and reduction reactions, Effect of oxidation in our daily life – Combustion, Respiration, Pollution, Corrosion and Rancidity, 1 1 7.69%
Types of chemical equations – Combination, decomposition, displacement and double displacement, 1 1 7.69%
Matter 1 1 7.69%
Pure substances , Elements , Compounds ,  Mixtures,  Solution, Concentration of solution, Suspension, Colloidal Solution 1 1 7.69%
metals and non-metals 3 3 23.08%
Chemical properties of non metals, octet rule, Ionic bond 2 2 15.38%
Introduction of metals and non – metals, Physical properties of metals 1 1 7.69%
mole concept 2 2 15.38%
  Chemical formula, Molecular mass and gram molecular mass,  Formula unit mass, Mole concept, 1 1 7.69%
Atomic mass & gram atomic mass, Molecules 1 1 7.69%
structure of atom 1 1 7.69%
Introduction, atomic models, 1 1 7.69%
Grand Total 13 13 100.00%

Biology Analysis

Biology 14 14 100.00%
CELL 1 1 7.14%
Double membranous organelle, Single membranous organelle, Non-membranous organelle. 1 1 7.14%
Plant Chemical Control and Co-ordination,
Animal Chemical control and Co-oridnation.
3 3 21.43%
DIVERSITY 1 1 7.14%
Animal diversity – Basis of classfication- Symmetry, coelom, germ layers, Non-chordates, chordates. 1 1 7.14%
Heredity variation, Mendel’s experiment
inheretance, gene and DNA, Exception of
Mendel’s laws, pedigree, analysis.
1 1 7.14%
Terms, catagories, Causative organisms,
Treatment, Prevention.
1 1 7.14%
1 1 7.14%
Natural resources, atmosphere, Bio-geo chemical cycles, Sustainable development, waste management. 1 1 7.14%
NUTRITION 1 1 7.14%
Animal Nutrition – Amoeba, Human Alimentary canal,
Digestive gland & Mechanisms of Digestion.
1 1 7.14%
– Ecosystem, food chain, food web,
Ecological Pyramids.
1 1 7.14%
– Pollution , Green house effect,
Global warming.
2 2 14.29%
Human reproduction, Anatomy of male & female reproductive organs, Gametogenesis, Menstrual cycle, Embryology. 1 1 7.14%
TISSUE 1 1 7.14%
Plant tissue – Meristematic tissue
Permanent tissue.
1 1 7.14%
Grand Total 14 14 100.00%

Mathematics Analysis

Mathematics 20 20 100.00%
Area of plane figures 2 2 10.00%
Mixed problem 2 2 10.00%
Arithmetic Progression 1 1 5.00%
Sum of nth term 1 1 5.00%
Circles 3 3 15.00%
problem based on chords 1 1 5.00%
Secant and tangent 2 2 10.00%
Coordinate geometry 2 2 10.00%
Centres of Triangle 1 1 5.00%
section formula 1 1 5.00%
Linear equation in two variables 1 1 5.00%
Condition of solvability 1 1 5.00%
Number System 2 2 10.00%
HCF and LCM 1 1 5.00%
Rational numbers 1 1 5.00%
Plane Geometry 1 1 5.00%
Mixed Problem on Circle and Triangle 1 1 5.00%
Polynomial 2 2 10.00%
Relationship between zeros and coefficient of quadratic polynomial and cubic polynomials 1 1 5.00%
Value and zero of polynomials 1 1 5.00%
Probability 1 1 5.00%
Theoretical Probability 1 1 5.00%
Statistics 1 1 5.00%
Mean 1 1 5.00%
Surface area and volume 2 2 10.00%
Conversion of solids 2 2 10.00%
Trigonometry 2 2 10.00%
Heights and distances 1 1 5.00%
Trigonometric identities 1 1 5.00%
Grand Total 20 20 100.00%

 Mental ability Analysis

Mental Ability
Mental Ability 50 50 100.00%
Non Verbal Reasoning 10 10 20.00%
cube test 3 3 6.00%
dice test 3 3 6.00%
Figure Partition & counting 1 1 2.00%
Non-Verbal Analogy 1 1 2.00%
Non-verbal series 1 1 2.00%
water mirror image 1 1 2.00%
Verbal Reasoning 40 40 80.00%
Alpha Numeric series 1 1 2.00%
Alphabet Series 1 1 2.00%
Analogy 1 1 2.00%
Arithmetical Reasoning 9 9 18.00%
Blood Relation 1 1 2.00%
Coding-Decoding 2 2 4.00%
direction sense 2 2 4.00%
mathematical operations 1 1 2.00%
Missing term in figure 4 4 8.00%
number series 3 3 6.00%
Puzzle Test 6 6 12.00%
Ranking & Odering- Test 1 1 2.00%
Sitting arrangement 4 4 8.00%
Sylloligsm 2 2 4.00%
Venn Diagram 2 2 4.00%
Grand Total 50 50 100.00%

English Analysis

English 50 50 100.00%
Comprehension 15 15 30.00%
Reading Comprehension 15 15 30.00%
Grammar 3 3 6.00%
Synonyms ,antonyms 3 3 6.00%
Grammar and Collocation 24 24 48.00%
Fillers 14 14 28.00%
Paragragh completion/cloze test 10 10 20.00%
Verbal Reasoning 2 2 4.00%
Rearrangement of sentences 2 2 4.00%
Vocabulary 6 6 12.00%
idioms and phrases 6 6 12.00%
Grand Total 50 50 100.00%

Social Science Analysis

Social Science
Social Science 40 40 100.00%
Economics 5 5 12.50%
Poverty as a Challenge 1 1 2.50%
Sectors of the Indian Economy 2 2 5.00%
Story of Village Palampur 2 2 5.00%
Geography 15 15 37.50%
Agriculture 1 1 2.50%
Climate 2 2 5.00%
Drainage 1 1 2.50%
India – Size and Location 3 3 7.50%
Lifeline of National Econonmy 1 1 2.50%
Natural Vegetation & Wildlife 2 2 5.00%
Physical Features of India  (Physical Divisions of India) 1 1 2.50%
Population 2 2 5.00%
Resources and Development 1 1 2.50%
Water Resource 1 1 2.50%
History 15 15 37.50%
Age of Industrialisation 1 1 2.50%
Clothing: A Social history 1 1 2.50%
Forest and Society 1 1 2.50%
French revolution 1 1 2.50%
History of Cricket 1 1 2.50%
Making of Global World 1 1 2.50%
Nationalism in europe 1 1 2.50%
Nationalism in India 2 2 5.00%
Nationalism in indo china 1 1 2.50%
Nazism and the Rise of Hitler 2 2 5.00%
Print and Culture 1 1 2.50%
Russian Revolution 2 2 5.00%
Political Science 5 5 12.50%
Democracy in Contemporary World 1 1 2.50%
Electoral Politics 1 1 2.50%
Constitutional Design 1 1 2.50%
Gender, Religion & Caste 1 1 2.50%
Working Of the institution 1 1 2.50%
Grand Total 40 40 100.00%

Expected Cutoff

Resonance Experts feel that while 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. As per Resonance Experts, cutoff should increase to 87 from 76.72 last year.

Detailed Overall analysis by Resonance Experts:

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7 students from Resonance selected for IESO stage-2

Resonance PCCP students once again showed remarkable achievement in IESO stage-1 results, declared on 1st March 2016. The stage-1 examination was conducted on 16th January 2016. Total 7 students got selected from Resonance.  Out of the total 22 selected students from India, 7 are from Resonance. 3 students  Shubham Gupta, Lay Jain & Nabeel Khan are from Kota study center, 3 students Manasven Raina, Divyansh Joshi & Prakhar Gupta are from Udaipur Study center  & 1 student Tejas Bagrecha is from Ahmedabad study center.

The IESO aims further to foster friendly relationships among young learners from different countries and promoting international cooperation in exchanging ideas and materials on Earth sciences and Earth sciences education.

The Geological Society of India is the body responsible for selecting the Indian Team for the International Earth Science Olympiad. So far, the Earth Science Olympiad program in the country involved four stages: (i) National level Entrance Test, (ii) Training Camp culminating in the Indian National Earth Science Olympiad, (iii) Pre-departure training camp and (iv) International Earth Science Olympiad. The Earth Science Olympiad (ESO) is conducted by the ESO Cell at the Geological Society of India constituted by the President, Geological Society of India.

The IESO is supported by the Ministry of Earth Science (MoES), Government of India as one of its outreach programme for promotion of Earth Science.

Since last 3- 4 years Resonance Students are proving their ability on International Level in IESO. This years final stage will be held in JAPAN.

Rajasthan NTSE 2015-16 Stage 1 Results: 71 Selections From Resonance

The Result of NTSE stage-1 conducted by Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) AJMER has been declared on  Thursday 18.02.2016. As per the declared results of Rajasthan Total 249 students qualified for  NTSE stage-2 examination among which 71 are from Resonance PCCP division. The Highlights of the Result is as follows: Continue reading

Irregularities in UP NTSE stage 1 Result

UP NTSE Stage-1 has recently been declared. The statistics of the result somewhere show lack of transparency . The points which confirm the opaqueness  in the evaluation system of the state board are as follows_

  1. No cut off of the marks has been declared

  2.  Marks also have not been shown properly

Further, in the series of possible falsehoods and deliberate evasion on the part of the state board officials, one observation is that of one of the centers of Ghaziabad where the students with roll no. 231160007057,058 ……. upto 231160007130 sat sequentially and qualified NTSE stage-1. last year 84 students were selected from Ghaziabad while this year 158 students made it to the list

It seems to be unnatural and indicates potential collusion.  This brings out the weakness of the system that is somewhere responsible for the failure of many of the diligent students who must have done exceedingly well in the exam but could not get their due.



Uttar Pradesh NTSE stage-1 Results Announced

Uttar Pradesh  State Education Center Allahabad has declared the results of National Talent Search Examination (NTSE ) stage-1 on 15th February  2016. The exam was held on 8th November 2015 in the state.  According to the declared results total 325 students have been selected for the stage-2 examination & out of them,  12 students are from Resonance PCCP division. 5 students Aviral Sharma, Manvi Pankaj, Harsh Govil, Ashar Siddiki & Anshika Bajpai are from Lucknow  Study Center, 3 students Abhay Gupta, Gauri Chauhan & Raghav Jain are  from Delhi  study Center,  2 students Varun Pandey & Harshit Sinha are from  Agra study center & 2 students Utkarsh Shrivastava & Satyansh Singh are from Allahabad study center respectively.

Stage-2 of NTSE will be held on 8th May 2016. For the preparation of stage-2 examination Resonance PCCP will conduct workshop so that students can perform well.



Three students of PCCP, Nabeel, Suhas and Rachit, presented the experiment behind detection of Gravitational Waves. The synopsis for the same was submitted by Shivash and is as under:



The presentation is about gravitational waves, the discovery of the century. Gravity was present right after big bang. With the discovery of gravitational waves, we can see through big bang.

The experiment

Imagine two black holes approach each other with a very high acceleration, both of high masses. When they will collide, they will form a new one whose energy is 50 times the former. When these black holes collide, gravitational waves are formed.
Einstein predicted it during his time. The graph he made about the frequency of the waves match a lot with the present .his calculations were pure mathematical

Einstein’s idea

Say 2 objects are lying in space, when no force is applied then both will move in straight line, say parallel to each other, and at one point the path will curve .Einstein’s idea was what if they are moving in a straight path but due to space time plane distortion, the straight line seems to curve.

Gravitational waves

Gravitational waves are describes as the ripples in fabric of space time .Imagine an object lying on a fabric ,it will create a depression as it lies on it , suppose the object disappears ,the depression elevates. While elevating it creates ripples .These ripples are called gravitational waves

1) Continuous gravitational waves 2) Spiral gravitational waves 3) Burst gravitational waves 4)Stochastic gravitational waves

Advantages of gravitational waves
1) We can make universe our lab
2) It can explain general relativity
3)It can tell us more about black holes-as gravitational waves can pass through it
4)We can know more about the source of waves
5)It will tell us more about big bang

Cosmic wave background vs. gravitational waves
After the big bang, lot of light was emitted, this light was reflected and refracted a lot of times .So many times that its frequency was that of microwave .They can be tracked but not answer us many questions about big bang

LIGO-laser interferometer gravitational wave observatory

When gravitational waves pass through an object, it stretches and relaxes the object, such that the object for a moment becomes larger then shorter .LIGO is designed to track that. This increment is very small, about 1000th part if the diameter of a proton.
LIGO is based on the concept of interference. Imagine 2 waves, when the crest and crest or and trough trough match then it results in a wave of higher amplitude, this is called constructive interference. But if the crest and through match then it results in nothing. This is called destructive interference .Now imagine in this a wave shifted a little front, then it won’t result in nothing, it would result in a small glitch. This glitch is detected by LIGO. Laser is a very small beam of light used to create this experiment.

LISA-Laser interferometer space antenna

LISA is similar to LIGO, the difference is, and LIGO was on earth LISA will be in space . It will work on the same principal as LIGO. In this, there will be 3 space crafts in a triangular way about 5 million km away from each other. It is to be launched on 2034.

Gravitational waves will be an important aspect in the fields of astrophysics. More about big bang and other unanswered space phenomena can be found out. With such great importance gravitational waves is indeed the discovery of the decade