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    Effective Preparation for Admission to Sainik, Navodaya, and Military Schools

    Prem Prakash Upadhyay
    May22/ 2024
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    These institutions play a crucial role in nation-building by transforming children into skilled and responsible citizens.

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    The National Education Policy 2020 emphasizes steering children towards self-reliance and professionalism starting from class six. While there are ample opportunities for employment and self-reliance, the competition is equally intense. Parents are keen to secure admission for their children in prestigious institutions like Navodaya, Sainik, and Military schools, which offer entry in classes six and eight. Understanding the objectives, requirements, and difficulty level of these entrance exams is crucial for success.

    Graduates from these institutions often secure esteemed positions in the military and civil services, becoming responsible and self-reliant citizens. These schools play a significant role in nation-building by nurturing skilled individuals. Therefore, preparation should be thorough and dedicated, with a particular focus on key subjects.

    Mathematics is a core component of the entrance exams, testing imagination, logical reasoning, analytical skills, and memory. Key topics include:

    Number systems: concepts, operations, place value, and decimal systems.
    Arithmetic: LCM, HCF, fractions, percentages, profit and loss, selling price, cost price, marked price, discounts, time and work, speed, time, and distance.
    Geometry: square and cube roots, two and three-dimensional figures, area, perimeter, volume, surface areas.
    Data interpretation: pie diagrams, histograms, linear equations.
    Probability: basic concepts.
    Effective problem-solving in mathematics involves thoroughly understanding the questions, applying appropriate methods, and arriving at the correct solutions.

    English Language:
    The English paper assesses communication skills, writing proficiency, and grammar knowledge. Topics include:

    Grammar: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, sentence formation, tenses, articles, active and passive voice, direct and indirect speech.
    Vocabulary: antonyms, synonyms, fill-in-the-blanks, true/false, matching words.
    Comprehension: unread and unseen poetry and prose.
    Writing: letters, applications, articles, proverbs, and idioms.
    Regularly reading English newspapers, practicing writing, using grammar books, and engaging with English news media can significantly improve language skills.

    General Studies:
    The General Studies paper evaluates general awareness and current affairs knowledge. Topics include:

    Current events and sports.
    Basic science and everyday technology.
    Art and culture, history of the freedom struggle.
    Geography and environmental science.
    Constitution and important features.
    Indian defense: latest weapons, construction, operation, and disease diagnosis.

    Developing a habit of reading newspapers daily and noting important events can enhance retention and understanding. NCERT books up to class eight are valuable resources for general knowledge.

    Regular practice and repetition will improve time management and boost confidence in children, making these tips highly beneficial for succeeding in entrance exams. Parents and guardians should gradually instill these habits to ensure their children's success.