NTSE 2017 Syllabus

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Dec 12, 2016

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NTSE is the national level scholarship exam conducted by NCERT. There are 2 stages in NTSE – the first level is conducted by State education boards while the second stage is conducted by NCERT itself for candidates who have cleared the previous stage.

Exam will be conducted in Pen & Paper based mode. The syllabus for NTSE is primarily based on the 10+2 curriculum of NCERT. Candidates can identify and focus on the topics that carry maximum weightage in the exam. It is very important for candidates to know about all the topics, the number of questions, marking scheme and the total duration of the paper.

NTSE 2017 Exam Pattern

NTSE Examination Stage-I is conducted at State/UT level by the concerned State/UT authorities. The candidates have to select one language from English or Hindi as medium of the paper. Each correct answer is awarded 1 mark while there is no negative marking at this stage.

NTS Examination Stage-II is conducted at National Level where shortlisted students from Stage-I (State-level) exam appear to compete for the scholarship. The paper is divided into two parts – MAT and like in Stage-I. However, 1/3 marks are deducted for every wrong answer marked by the candidate at this Stage.

The Pattern of Stage I and Stage II is given below:

TEST No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
MAT 50 50 45
SAT - Language Test 50 50 45
SAT - Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences 100 100 90


Candidates should carefully check the syllabus of NTSE 2017. Syllabus would be based on the curriculum of Class X prescribed by NCERT. Candidates should focus on all the individual units while preparing for NTSE Examination. NTSE is Multiple Choice Objective Questions (MCQs) type Examination. It consists of two separate tests in both the Stages namely:

Mental Ability Test (MAT) - 50 MCQs to test the ability of the candidates to judge their power of reasoning, ability to think, evaluate and discriminate, spatial orientation, etc.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - 100 MCQs from Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), Mathematics, Social Studies (History, Geography, Political Science and Economics) and also includes Language Comprehensive Test of 50 MCQs

The prescribed 10+2 curriculum of NCERT is mentioned below.

NTSE Mathematics Syllabus

There are 22 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2017 Mathematics Syllabus. The syllabus includes topics from class 6 to 10. In NTSE, Mathematics section contains around 30 questions.

Algebraic Expressions Arithmetic Arithmetic Progressions
Basic Geometry Circles Coordinate Geometry
Direct& Inverse Variations Exponent Linear Equation
Mensuration Number System Percentage& Its Application
Playing with Number Probability Quadratic Equations
Rational Numbers Simple & Compound Interest Square & Cube Roots
Statistics Surface Areas and Volume Triangles
Trigonometry -- --

NTSE Science Syllabus

There are 29 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2017 Science Syllabus. The syllabus includes topics from class 6 to 10 and subjects included are Physics, Chemistry and Biology. In NTSE, Science section contains around 35 questions.

Acid Bases and Salts Air Carbon and its Compound
Cellular Level of Organization Diversity in Living organisms Fibres and Plastics
Food Production &Management Heredity and Evolution Human Body
Life Processes Light Magnetic & Electricity at Work
Measurement Metals & Non Metals Micro-Organisms
Motion and Force Our Environment Periodic Classification of Elements
Reproduction Soil Some Common Diseases
Sound Sound of Energy Structure of Atom
The Universe Water Work and Energy

NTSE Social Science

There are 43 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2017 Social Science Syllabus. The syllabus consists of topics from class 8 to 10 and subjects included are History, Civics, Geography, Economics and General Awareness. In NTSE, Social Science section contains around 35 questions.

Agriculture Atmosphere Biosphere
British raj Culture, Science and Literature Democracy and Elections
Diversity and Livelihood Early Medieval Period Early States
Eighteen Century Political Formation French Revolution India and Its Neighbours
Indian Constitution Indian Economics Indian Freedom Struggle
Indus Valley Civilization Industrial Revolution Industries
Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands
Local and State Government Medieval Architecture and Culture Motion of the Earth
Nationalism in Various Countries Natural Vegetation New Empires and Kingdoms
Our Country- India Popular Movements and Social Reforms Population
Resources and Development Solar System The Delhi Sultanate
The Judiciary The Maurayas The Mughal Empire
UN and International Agencies Union Government Vedic Period
Water Resources World History --

NTSE English Language Syllabus

There are 8 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2017 English Language Syllabus.

Antonyms English Grammar
One Word Substitution Paragraph Completion
Reading Comprehension Rearrangement of Jumbled Words
Sentence Completion Synonyms

NTSE General Knowledge Syllabus

There are 6 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2017 General Knowledge Syllabus

Abbreviations Awards and Recognitions
Books and Authors India
Sports World

NTSE Mental Ability Syllabus

There are 20 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2017 Mental Ability Syllabus

Alphabets and Number test Analogy(Non Verbal)
Analogy(Verbal) Blood relations
Calendar, Time and Clock Classification
Coding-Decoding Cube and Dice
Direction Sense Embedded Figure
Figure Partition and Dot Situation Mathematical Operations
Missing Character Paper Folding and Cutting
Ranking and Arrangements Series (Verbal)
Series(Non Verbal) Venn Diagrams
Water and Mirror Images Word Problems

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