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NTU Engineering Entrance Exam 2008

By on Apr 19, 2008 in Personal | 27 comments

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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.


  1. Agrim

    April 20, 2008

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    Hope you get thru NTU!
    btw, did you go to the IIT Open House they had on 19th April? The whole Comp. Sc. dept were giving presentations and sample stuff related to Open Source, linux n much more. If you weren’t there, you might not have missed much cuz in the quest fr open source, #1 GQ, #2 None. So thats that ;)

  2. Ankur

    April 20, 2008

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    @Agrim: Thanks! :) Yes, I’d heard about that open house, but I had the VIT exam, so I couldn’t go. :( Maybe some other time…

  3. Agrim

    April 21, 2008

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    yeah i did. twas fun, not for all. our skool took the kids from classes 10, 11, 12. Most of them got bored :O . Guess they didn’t visit the LUG – Linux users Group workshop they were having every hour.

  4. Ankur

    April 21, 2008

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    @Agrim: Oh, sad for them. And yes, saw your blog. :) Would love to see some interesting posts on the school quiz circuit in the future.

  5. Richard

    April 27, 2008

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    Wow! Great! I going for NTU Entrance Exam tis coming 2nd and 3rd May too. Anyway, all the best for your exam. Hopefully I manage to score well in the exam. OK, hope that we can meet in NTU. ^^

  6. trinity

    May 14, 2008

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    hey,found ur blog when i was searching for the ntu results.By the way do you have any idea so as to ahne the results will be out?

  7. needle

    June 1, 2008

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    hey did u get into ntu?what abt the sia-nol sdcholarship….is it worth it?with the 6 yr bond and stuff

  8. Ankur

    June 1, 2008

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    @Needle: I certainly think SIA-NOL is worth it. You get assured placement in a good company. True, you might not be able to take the highest offer – but think about it. With an NTU degree and a few years of experience (plus the fact that you need to maintain a high GPA to keep the SIANOL scholarship), it means that at the end of those years your ‘market value’ – and how much of an important position you get, will increase a lot.

    No I didn’t get through, because of my class 10th English marks. They, apparently, are using the entrance test previous results when tabulating the final rankings for the interview phase.

  9. needle

    June 1, 2008

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    real sorry to hear where u planning on going?any idea what they consider for the nanyang scholarship?coz i have my scholarship interview on da 7th

  10. Ankur

    June 3, 2008

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    @Needle: See er, I wanted to do either aero or CS. In India, aero is only there in IITs (among reputed institutes, that is) – and CS has pretty high cutoffs. I could probably get CS through AIEEE, but not really very interested in that. So I was thinking of dropping a year, and then giving SAT and SAT 2, plus sitting for JEE next year.

    Best of luck for the interview! :)

  11. 212

    October 7, 2008

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    hey how much did u get in eng in 10th cause even i got very low marks in ng but have scored well in sc n maths so are there ny chances of me getting shortlisted 4 the exam………….btw what is the difficulty level of the entrance exam is it CBSE based or some higher level

  12. Ankur

    October 8, 2008

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    @212: Difficulty level of physics and math papers in NTU Entrance Exam is similar to that of the CBSE paper. More specifically, physics paper is MCQ, but you need to show the working too on how you arrived at your answer. In math, there might be a few topics like calculus which might require a little out-of-the-box thinking. I got 79 in English in 10th, which is way way lower than what most of the people I know who gave the NTU exam had.

  13. sparsh

    January 23, 2009

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    hey has ntu closed its entrance examinations in india? well i got 85 in english…is it worth applying?

  14. doudou

    February 5, 2009

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    hey i’m a chinese student and about to take the NTU exam in this may. could u give some advice on how to prepare for each see, ive never answered math or physics questions in english so confused right now .i dont know what is the right thing to do. thank you so much ~

  15. Adhi

    June 6, 2009

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    Hello, there..
    I am a student from Bali, indonesia.
    Say, du you have past paper entrance examinations, or do you know where to get them?
    i have go to ntu site, but i cannot find them.
    Thanks for your help.
    may god bless you.

  16. kishanu

    July 30, 2010

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    dude, i was just wondering.. for ntu what holds a greater priority – std 10 or std 12 results? i got 83% in 10 and currently in std 12. I lost my marks mainly in science and vernacular. Do i stand a chance to get into ntu if i score above 90% in 12 boards?

  17. Mohan

    January 10, 2011

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    Needlessly messianic,quite an engaging blog. am really keen to know.did u make it to ntu?if so. to which branch of engg?

  18. endi

    January 9, 2014

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    Hi ankur . Do you have any recommended book to prepare for the entrance exam ?


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