How to Prepare Social Science for NTSE

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Jun 18, 2020

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The National Talent Research Examination (NTSE) Exam Paper is divisible into two parts: Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) contains three subjects: Mathematics, Science and Social Science. NTSE SAT comprises of 40% of Social science. Therefore, It is very important to give social science enough priority. Most of the students usually do not find social science very much interesting or they take it very lightly. But clearing NTSE without preparing for Social science is impossible.

Social science includes subjects like History, geography, political science and economics. It is expected in NTSE, from each section there will be around 10 questions and most of them will be tricky and confusing for having the aim of testing your depth of knowledge and concept clarity.

NTSE: Social Science Analysis

Candidates due to lack of interest do not give importance to Social Science. In the following tabular you will find the appropriate reason why and how much important you should give:

Subject  Number of Questions  Allotted Marks
History 11 11
Geography 10 10
Civics 9 9
Economics 5 5

As per the analysis shows, that almost 35% of questions are definitely going to come in the SAT of NTSE Exam. therefore, it is very important that you answer this 35% of questions with accuracy, otherwise NTSE will slip through your fingers.

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NTSE Social Science: Topics wise Marks Allocation

To understand the importance of social Science, we will look deeper into the analysis. The number of questions that come from social science varies from state to state and year to year in case of stage 2 of NTSE. But, it is possible by looking at the sample papers and previous years papers, what is the weightage of each topic:


Topics No of Questions(tentative) Tentative Weightage
The Nationalist Movement in Indo-China 1 12%
Work, Life and Leisure 1 11%
Print Culture and the Modern World 1 12.5%
Nazism and the Rise of Hitler 1 12.5%
Pastoralist in the Modern World 1 12.5%
Peasants and Farmers 1 12.5%
History and Sport: The Story of Cricket 1 12.5%
The Indian National Movement 1 12.5%


Topics No of Questions(tentative) Tentative Weightage
Forest and Wild Life Resources 2 20.5%
Mineral and Energy Resources 2 20.5%
physical Division of India 2 20%
Drainage 1 11%
Climate 1 10%
Population 1 10%
Water Resources 1 10%


Topics No of Questions(tentative) Tentative Weightage
Federalism 2 22.5%
Democracy in the Contemporary World  2 22.5%
Political Parties 1 11.5%
Constitutional Design 1 11.5%
Electoral Politics 1 11.5%
Working of Institutions 1 11.5%
What is Democracy, Why Democracy 1 10%


Topics No of Questions(tentative) Tentative Weightage
Sectors of the Indian Economy 2 40%
Consumer Rights 2 40%
Globalisation and the Indian Economics  1 20%

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Tips and Strategies to improve Social Science

Social science is hardly any students’ favourite subject or strong point. It is often thought that this subject is really boring but it is not the case. The teaching methods and the strategy of studying such subjects is not appropriate. Which makes it boring. Such as watching historically based movies is very exciting yet studying history makes us feel low at those movements. Here we will talk about how to study and improve your knowledge of Social Science:

  • Understanding Theory:

As you know social science is not like scientific or mathematical topics, it is totally depending on theory. There are no such shortcut formulas to remember such important events and chronology in social science. So, the first aim while reading social science, have a clear understanding of the concepts you are reading. If you much up or “eat” the theoretical subject, you will tend to forget and will find it frustrating to remember them.

  • Use Highlighting method:

Most of the students follow the hard copy of study materials which keeps them concentrated on the subject they are studying. When you are reading something highlight the important events and movements or places or happenings. This way when you will revise the thing this highlighted thing will attract your eyes and it is easy to remember them for a longer period of time and it is easier to revise the chapter in a short period.

  • Group Study:

Sometimes better than a professional teacher, friends are better teachers. They can make you understand some difficult problems in no times and it will be interesting to have a chat with friends about educational problems. Such a way, even for board exams, group studying is beneficial and device when you all pursue such same goal of getting a high score in the exam.

  • Understand the answers:

Some students think that for social science, mugging up the questions will help them to remember the answer properly but this method is totally wrong. Through this way, you are most likely to forget the answers if you do not understand them. Instead, you should learn the simple and strategic points of the answers. This way answering will get a lot easier and you will not need to waste time in boring mugging up procedure.

  • Make your own Notes:

You must be thinking about why we are suggesting to make your own notes while there is enough study material in the market. Of course, you should read from the best books you are comfortable with but making your own note will open a new path for you. When you are making a note, this will help you to remember it for longer periods of time and as the language is totally yours, when you will revise it, it will not create any difficulties in recalling the concepts.

  • Study on alternative days:

Do not study all four Social Science subjects on the same day. If you are studying history on Monday, then make a routine of studying Physic or Chemistry on Tuesday. Then, you also can study Geography with Maths on the nest phase of the week. This way you will not lose interest in social science yet the constancy will be maintained.

  • Follow the interesting materials:

The monotonous way of studying is to follow paper books. Often some situations arouse that students just do not want to study theoretical subjects. At that time, you can rely on online courses, online lectures as well. These lectures will be beneficial for you and will provide you with knowledge in-depths. In this way, you will be able to finish up a chapter quickly and will not feel bored at all wit utilizing your leisure period.

  • Use maps and diagrams:

Maps and diagrams are often neglected by many students. Many map based questions are asked in both board exams and the NTSE exam. Questions like identify stats with major soil types, the sates with the largest agricultural production of rice, wheat, cotton, tea, sure, jute, major iron mints in India, etc are very often. Practice maps properly at least twice a week.

  • Self-Study:

Engaged in the self-study is really important. It is short of me-time when you are totally dedicated to your goal and there are no distractions. Testing yourself is also important. After every chapter, you must take a chapter-wise test which would give you an insight into how prepared you are with the specific chapter or topics.

  • Best Books for Social Science:

There are thousands of books available in the market for social science. But that does not mean you will follow all book. Always choose books on the basis of your interest and preference of language. Here are some books you will find fruitful:

  • India and the Contemporary World 1 & 2 (NCERT)
  • Democratic Politics (NCERT Class 10)
  • Contemporary India (NCERT Class 9 & 10)
  • Previous years papers and Sample papers:

Students often ask questions like when they are preparing for all the chapters, what is the need of practising previous years papers and sample papers. Create an exam environment at home and test yourself. Such a way will have experience in giving the exam. Such away, you will know your strengths and weaknesses and will have the opportunity to work upon your weaknesses.

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By these strategies, you will be able to complete the syllabus in time. Another thing, never study social science with a set of mind that it is a boring subject. When you are convinced that it is boring and uninteresting for you, you will not be able to overcome the low-feeling. Give it a fresh start and if you follow the suggested books, we are sure you will achieve your dreams.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.