Nanyang Technological University Entrance Exam 2008 was held on 16-17 April. Most Delhi folk had their centre right here, at the Sanskrit Vidyapeeth; but I had mine in Bangalore. Right after a not-so-good JEE, I left for Bangalore on 15th. Stayed with my cousin, who works there for Oracle. Traffic is as bad as ever, pollution levels not far behind.
The exams were held at National Public School, situated in B’lore’s National Games Village compound. Around 350 students gave the exam in B’lore – it was quite a Hogwartsian scene, with all 350 students sitting in this HUGE grand hall. It can be quite scary actually, being surrounded by all these kids wearing humongous tikas. Our invigilators – three of them – were from Singapore too (unlike in Delhi). Math and English exams were held on 16th April. Math was pretty good, sort of lengthy (some people said), but fairly easy. English as usual was mostly essay and essay-related stuff. Among the topics given for writing the essay were ‘Will Internet-based education ever replace formal face-to-face teaching’. Of course, I chose this one. There was a particular bit in the paper which had me burst into one of my bunny-like laughter fits, but I rather not talk about it publicly.
Day 2 was Physics, which saw a slight change in the pattern. Instead of a mix of subjective and objective questions, all the questions in our paper were objective. The catch was that we had to SHOW how we derived the answer too (otherwise, forget the marks). Physics was quite easy, got almost every question (except one, I think).
I feel that the English paper is going to be the differentiator here. Most of the students who gave the NTU exam (350 in B’lore, around 500 in Delhi) are mostly students who study (‘mostly’, because people like me were giving too, who don’t) – so there really won’t BE that much much of a difference in overall score because of math and physics. English, with 85 marks out of 100 allotted to essay (40 marks) / essay-interpretation questions (45 marks), is going to be the paper where people *actually* gain / lose ground. I think my essay veered a bit on the technical aspects of the topic, so I’m praying (to Almighty Bob) that I don’t end up losing marks because of that.
One good thing (IMHO) about NTU’s entrance exam is that you’re not expected to give the chemistry paper, unless you choose a field like chemical engineering among your course choices. Really, that’s the way it should be.
Got some photos I took on the trip. Most of them are pretty miscellaneous / messianic, but you can browse through the album here.