NTSE 2020 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Preparation Strategy

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Jun 14, 2020

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NTSE or National Talent Search Examination is especially conducted by the State government and NCERT for students who are pursuing Class X. Both Syllabus and the exam pattern of NTSE exam is divisible into two parts: Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). through SAT, your academic knowledge, reading skills, application skills will be checked. The Scholastic Aptitude Test of NTSE syllabus also includes the language comprehensive test and SAT including the language comprehension contains multiple-choice questions having four options for each question and the examinees have to select the best-suited answer. The correct answer marked earns 1 mark and the complete score is equal to the obtained scores of MAT and SAT accumulated.

NTSE: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Highlights

Name of Exam  National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 
Name of the Sections MAT and SAT
Eligible Candidates Students of Class X (60% or above marks in Class IX)
Parts of SAT
  • Language Test
  • Science, Social Science & Mathematics.
Number of Questions of SAT Stage 1: 100 Stage 2: 100 
Marking Scheme For Correct answer, 1 marks each
Negative Marking No negative marking
Medium of SAT English or Hindi
Mode of Exam  Offline
Prepp Test Series

Check NTSE 2020 Eligibility

NTSE: Scholastic Aptitude Test(SAT): Syllabus and Types of Questions

Questions for the SAT section, are chosen from subjects like Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography, Economics, and Political Science. Moreover, the SAT also comprises of a Language Comprehensive Test.

There will be many types of questions though they are all will be Multiple choice questions(MCQs). They include questions like arranging the sequence, match the correct answer, true and false statements, and last but not the least, the comprehension passage-based questions. Such variety makes the SAT section more challenging and students tend to make more mistakes than the MAT of NTSE.

Tips and Strategies for NTSE Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

For a better understanding of each the important areas of each topic, first, we will divide the SAT into two sections: Language test and Scholastic Aptitude.

  • Details of Language Test:

The paper will be set in both the regional language of your area or the language you choose and English. But the most preferred is choosing English because Hindi could be ambiguous sometimes or difficult to understand. It’s very scoring but also tricky in its nature. If your first language is not English, then you may find it difficult to have a grip on it and you always can take the help of teachers and professionals you need.

Language Test is basically taken to test your grip over the language, your understanding of power, and your ability to express yourself in that language. As it is a national level exam, it is important to have expressive power with metal ability and talent.

Types of questions asking Antonyms & Synonyms, One Word Substitution, Paragraph Completion, Reading Comprehension, Rearrangement of Jumbled Words, and Sentence Completion are usually asked in English Language test.

  • Important topics of Mathematics:

In mathematics, geometry, algebra, mensuration, number systems, and profit & loss are some hot topics that are frequently asked in the test and are an important part of the NTSE syllabus. Students are advised to grill themselves on these topics for NTSE. In the case of Algebra: In both stages of NTSE, algebraic expressions can contain ordinary numbers, variables, and mathematical operators. Other mathematical questions containing Arithmetic, Basic Geometry, Circles, Direct & inverse variation, Mensuration, Simple interest & Compound interest, Square Root & Cube Root, Statistics, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, etc are very important in Mathematics.

  • Important Topics of Science:

Science is the most aggressive topic that includes topics like gravity, energy, liquids and gases, conservation of energy, history of physics, solids, liquids and gases, nutrition, natural gases, cells, common diseases, properties of solids, properties of chemical elements under dangerous conditions. State boards often ask questions from the environment, problems of the environment, biology-based topics like Plant and Animal Nutrition, Reproduction, Human Body, Food Production & Management, Diversity in Living Organisms, etc. are often given priority and should be studied in depths.

  • Important Topics of Social Science:

The important topics of Social Science are Nationalism In Europe, Nationalism In India, Physical Features Of India, Climate, French Revolution, Consumer Rights, Nazism & The Rise Of Hitler, Poverty in India, Indian Economics, Indian Constitution, National Economy, The history of Mughal dynasty, ancient civilizations, legislative assembly, government structure, types of banks, recent general happenings, political events, awards, etc. these are are the most frequently grilled topics in NTSE and are core part of NTSE syllabus.

  • Importance of General Knowledge:

Asking questions from general Knowledge tests the information a student has on various topics like Abbreviations, Awards, and Recognition, Books and Authors, India, Sports, World. Students who follow up news carefully on a daily basis can easily answer this section.

  • Align the SAT of NTSE preparation with Board Exam:

The most beneficial way of preparing of Scholarship Aptitude Test of NTSE is by aligning your board exam studies with NTSE. suppose, you are studying biology, then look for the relative questions in the previous years’ papers or sample papers of NTSE from your studied chapter. By this way, you will be able to read for both Board exams and NTSE and achieve good grades.

  • Solving Questions like Test Series:

Primarily, at the beginning of math practice for NTSE, aim to solve 10 mathematics problems in 15 minutes and then reduce the time span to at least 10 minutes. Other sections like Science and social science, candidates are advised to take mock tests every day at least 1 of each subject related. And note the unsolved problems and the questions you are having difficulty in answering.

  • Making proper planning:

Board students usually get confused that how they can get scores on both board exams and NTSE altogether because both exams are important and they are both really tough. Therefore, you need to have proper planning. Count your every hour you have in your palm to dedicate in your studies and divide it according to your board exam planning. For SST section, 1 hour a day is enough time so that you can find it interesting as well as maintain the constancy.

  • Utilize the internet:

It is not necessary that you must read from the hard copy or in a conventional way. Students usually spend their leisure time on smartphones or in computer. You can attend random tests related to NTSE exam so that you can will not get bored yet still utilizing the time.

  • Attempt all questions:

As we have come to know that there is no negative making in NTSE, so try to attempt all the questions possible. In the last 20 minutes of the exam, give second-round solving. It will boost your scores as well. For the questions, you are not so confident, use elimination strategy, so that you can get as high marks as possible.

  • Good Sleep and Good diet:

Maintaining at least 6-7 hours of sleep is necessary to remember what you are learning or studying the whole day and keep up your energy for the next day. Another thing is diet. A good diet means good health and only good health will provide you to keep up your studies. Therefore, health should be considered very carefully.

  • Choosing Proper books:

Following the right books is necessary. Do not follow such books you are not comfortable with. Always remember, the exam is informative and conceptual. The concept of your learning must be clear to answer with confidence. Here we are providing a list of recommended books which you can follow:

Section Books Authors/ Publishers
Mathematics NCERT Mathematics  NCERT Standards: IX & X
A guide to Mathematics for NTSE  Rajat Jain
Secondary School Mathematics for Class 10 R.S. Aggarwal 
Science Textbook of Biology, Chemistry and Physics NCERT Standards IX & X
Social Science Contemporary India NCERT Standards IX & X
India and the Contemporary World I and II NCERT
Democratic Politics NCERT Class 10

Check NTSE Pattern & Syllabus

Do not panic on the exam day. You have studied enough so far and you have already worked hear enough. Collect the necessary documents a day before the exam. You must bring the Admit Card, photo identity, and ball pen to the exam centre. You should not bring any type of gadget, watch, and a calculator inside the exam centre.


Ques. How long should I read for NTSE?

Ans. For the SAT of NTSE, you should give at least 2 hours on a daily basis or weekly 12-14 hours at least. If you can increase the time, it is better always.

Ques. When should I start preparing for NTSE?

Ans. Do not wait for application form or notification of the NTSE exam. After IX examination, start your self-study. This is how you will have more time to prepare.

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