Is failing the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) the end of the world? No.
When I failed to clear the final interview, I was so depressed that I came down with severe high temperature fever, and had to skip school for a week or so. I’m also pretty sure it started a chain of events that indirectly led to poor performance in my 12th standard board exams, and eventually my university entrance examinations. Of course, I am to blame for my own failures and under-performances. I have made my fair share of mistakes growing up, and I continue to learn from them on a daily basis.
I have been in that situation on multiple occasions since, between the years of then and now, which is about a decade. Believe me, it is not the end of the world. It is not even the beginning of what you are going to face in the coming years of your life.
Stop looking to “balance“ school and NTSE. It is a term that people use to add unnecessary stress and pressure on to themselves. In my personal opinion, they both complement each other. Looking back, NTSE preparation taught me shortcuts and memory hacks that I subconsciously used in my 10th standard preparation as well.
Don’t balance anything. Give each aspect of your life the attention it rightly deserves- academics, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and hobbies.
Enjoy your school life.