Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mission JSTSE

Here is the complete guide which a student needs to clear JSTSE.

Self Confidence
MATERIALS REQUIRED
S. Chand Book (395 Rs.), 10th Class Science Book (135 Rs.), PC and Internet (30K), Self Confidence (NA), Hard Work (NA).

MATERIALS NOT REQUIRED
Overconfidence

ABOUT THE EXAM

Junior Science Talent Search Examination is conducted by the Directorate of Education every year. It happens mostly in late January and mostly on Sundays. Only students of class IX in Delhi can give this exam and to give this exam, you need to secure 65% in your previous class i.e. Class VIII.

The JSTS process starts in August/September where the school has to fill in a registration form and send it to the Directorate Of Education.

The first level paper is divided into 2 parts. The first part is a 1 hour GK paper which tests your knowledge of GK, current affairs etc. It is a 50 marks paper. The next level paper is a 3 hour paper that tests your Maths and Science. There are about 30 questions in Maths and 40 questions each in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 200 marks in 180 minutes.

The first round results come out usually in mid April and are uploaded at the Directorate of Education website under public Circulars (edudel.nic.in). There were 162 students selected in the first level in 2012-13. There is no interview.

WHAT AND FROM WHERE TO STUDY?

Physics
Mirror Formula
  • Mainly from 10th NCERT.
  • Main topics - Light, Electricity, Heat, Magnetic Effect of Electric Current. 
  • First study from the NCERT with proper concepts, and then try the JSTSE book.
  • Don't only mug up formulas, know their proper use. For example, If you know how to calculate equivalent resistance in an electric circuit, you should know how these formulas are derived, similarly, knowing the mirror formula won't help, you should know its proper application (sign convention) and use.


Chemistry
  • Chemistry in JSTSE is mostly general and is about formulas of various compounds, uses of different things, etc.
  • Requires Hard Work.
  • Thoroughly study chemistry section of GK book.
  • Concepts in 9th should be thoroughly studied.

GK
  • GK in JSTSE is plain and can be high scoring.
  • Quite unpredictable.
  • Last year, it was mostly the History Book Chapters (9th class) and specifically the ones in SA-II.
  • Logos have been removed from the syllabus.
  • Along with your GK books you need to consider the History Book as well.
Biology
  • Difficulty level unpredictable.
  • The main topics are mostly from 9th.
  • Along with 9th and 10th Science Books, the reference book for 9th should be sufficient.
Maths
  • Needs a lot of practice.
  • S. Chand JSTSE book sufficient.




HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE?
  • Study for the exam from beginning of the session.
  • Cover the syllabus before the winter vacation.
  • In the vacation,
    • Do mock tests.
    • Solve and learn questions from Previous' Years papers.
  • On the night just before the exam,
  • Mock Test.
    • Relax.
    • Have a great sleep.
  • On the exam day,
    • Be calm, composed and confident.
    • Don't interact with your classmates.
  • After the exam,
    • Enjoy.
    • Relax.
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