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NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern, Exam Duration and Marking Scheme

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Jan 19, 2021

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The state education boards and NCERT prescribe NTSE 2020 Exam Pattern on their official websites. The exam pattern will help candidates in preparing for the national level exam. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage – 1 (State level) and Stage – 2 (National level). Stage 1, exam will be held in November 2020 and stage 2, exam will be conducted on June 2021. For both stages, exam is divided into two parts i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

NTSE is organized in offline or pen paper-based mode. The paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. Students need to select any one language from both the languages. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark while there is no negative marking for wrong attempts. The total time to answer the paper is 120 minutes for each part. Only those who clear stage-1 will be shortlisted for stage-2 exam.

NTSE 2020 is a national-level scholarship program for class X students in India. Every year around 10,000,000 students appears in the scholarship test out of which only 1000 get scholarships. Find all important details regarding NTSE 2020 Exam Pattern, syllabus and recommended books.

NTSE 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

NTSE Exam Date Stage 1 November 2020
NTSE Exam Date Stage 2 June 2021
Mode of Exam Offline
Number of subjects 3
Duration of exam 120 minutes for each stage respectively
Number of questions 100 in each paper
Marking Scheme 1 mark for each right answer
Total Marks 400
Language of paper English, Hindi

NTSE 2020 Stage-I Exam Pattern

Stage-I is conducted at State/UT level by the concerned State/UT authorities. Candidates have to select 1 language from English or Hindi to solve the paper. Each correct answer is awarded 1 mark and there is no negative marking at this stage. The paper is divided into two parts:

Part 1 – Mental Ability test (MAT): This part contains logical and analytical reasoning based questions. This section tests the candidate’s reasoning, ability to think, evaluate, ability to discriminate and visualize. A total of 50 questions is to be answered under this section.

Part 2 – Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): This part consists of 150 questions from Science, Mathematics, Social Science and English Language. This section judges the student’s reading abilities, interpretation, evaluation and general awareness of the subjects.

TEST No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
MAT 50 200 120 Minutes
SAT 150

NTSE 2020 Stage-II Exam Pattern

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 SAT, like that in Stage-I. There will be 100 questions in both MAT and SAT (Science-40, Maths-20, Social science-40).

The duration of both the exams is 2 hours or 120 minutes. In NTSE Stage 2 exam, there is no negative marking. Only candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be considered for merit. Selection of the awardee will be made on the basis of total marks scored in MAT and SAT based on merit.

NTSE 2020 Exam Pattern of Stage I and Stage II is given below:

TEST No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
MAT 100 200 120 Minutes
SAT - Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences 100

Indian Students Studying Abroad in class X can directly appear for Stage - II of NTSE 2020 if they qualify for the condition mentioned in the NTSE brochure available at NTSE Official Website.


NTSE 2020 Syllabus

NTSE Syllabus enables candidates to carefully plan and prepare for the exam. NTSE syllabus 2020 would be based on the syllabus of class X prescribed by NCERT. Candidates should focus on all the units while preparing for NTS Examination.

The subject-wise syllabus as prescribed by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is given below.

Mathematics - There are 22 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2020 Mathematics Syllabus

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 -- --

Science - There are 29 chapters to be covered.

Acid Bases and Salts Air Carbon and its Compound
Cellular Level of Organization Diversity in Living organisms Fibers 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

Social Science - There are 43 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2020 Social Science Syllabus:

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 --

English Language - There are 8 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2020 English Language Syllabus:

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

General Knowledge - There are 6 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2020 General Knowledge Syllabus:

Abbreviations Awards and Recognitions
Books and Authors India
Sports World

Mental Ability - There are 20 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2020 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

NTSE 2020 Preparation Books

Book Name Author/Publisher ISBN
Mental Ability for NTSE Disha Experts 978-9383379170
Study Package for NTSE Class X McGraw Hill Education 978-9385965289

Check Previous year practice papers


NTSE Exam Day Instructions

Candidates are advised to follow these important instructions alongside do’s and don’ts at NTSE Exam Day:

  • Candidates should reach the test center 45 minutes before the test commences.
  • Candidates, who reach more than 15 minutes after the scheduled test time, may not be allowed to take the test.
  • Candidates are required to bring admit card, photo identity and ball pen to the exam center.
  • Any type of gadget, watch and calculators are not allowed inside the exam center.

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

Comments


49 Comments
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sourajit mukherjee
what type of questions are asked in ntse?
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kavita rani

Hi Sourajit. Multiple choice questions are asked in the exam. The exam pattern for NTSE is the same for both stage 1 and stage 2, there are three tests including Mental Ability Test (MAT), which test student's problem-solving and reasoning skills.
Further details are mentioned here.
 

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monicka v g
What is the dress code for ntse exam?
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abdul nazir

Hi Monicka, There is no hard and fast rule of dressing in NTSE exam. You can wear as per your choice, but it is advisable to wear something simple. The only mandatory thing is carrying the admit card to the exam center. To find more details visit NTSE exam

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hemasre
What is the dress code for ntse examination? Do we need to be in uniform or formal dress
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dummy

Dear Hemasre

Greetings from Collegedunia. You have to wear whatever you wish during appearing for NTSE Examination 2021. There is no official dress code allotted by conducting authorities. You have to appear in Examination Centers with your Admit Card and Photo ID Card. You will not get entry without Admit Card and Photo ID Card. For more details, kindly go through this link – NTSE 2020 Admit Card

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siddharth giri
wrong exam date in my admit card.
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abdul nazir

Hi Siddharth, The exam hall ticket will be made available to download on the official website of NTSe. If a student finds any discrepancy in the same, it must be brought to the notice of State Liaison/Chief Superitendent of state as soon as possible. To know details of NTSE admit card 2020 click here.

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samriddhi kulshreshtha
I have still not got the admit card .Can you please please give the link for admit card ??
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kapila.gandrola

Hello Samriddhi,

You can visit the official website of the SCERT of your respective state and then go to the ‘Quick Link”. You will find the link of admit card there. If you are not able to access your admit card, contact the State Liasion officer of your state. For more details, visit – NTSE Admit Card.

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samriddhi kulshreshtha
Can you please tell where ' quick linl ' is present .
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surendra

HI Samriddhi

You can visit on our official website of NTSE Admit Card to get the link of admit card you will also get the whole details on how you can downlaod your admit card online.

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lakshay kakkar
Language Test is conducted in how many languages?
K
kavita rani

Hi Lakshay. The language section in the NTSE exam has been removed. Now, there are a total of 2 sections including MAT and SAT. MAT comprises reasoning while SAT consists of Science, Maths, Social Science.  Latest exam pattern is mentioned here.

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avinash sahu
Language Test is conducted in how many languages?
K
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. The language of paper is English and Hindi. Students are supposed to select any one language from both the languages. More details related to the NTSE exam pattern are mentioned here.
 

A
avinash sahu
Is there a negative marking in NTSE 2020-21?
K
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. In NTSE exam, there is no negative marking. For correct answer, 1 mark will be given to the candidates while for the incorrect option, no marks will be deducted. Candidates who have qualified both the papers separately will be considered for merit. Selection of the awardee will be made on the basis of total marks scored in MAT and SAT based on merit. Check out more details here.
 

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puja sao
What is this two -tier examination scheme?
K
kavita rani

Hi Puja. For both these stages, exam is divided into two parts including Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). NTSE is taken offline. The paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. Students need to select any one language from both the languages. More details related to the same are presented here.

 

K
kavita rani

Hi Puja. For both these stages, exam is divided into two parts including Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). NTSE is taken offline. The paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. Students need to select any one language from both the languages. More details related to the same are presented here.

 

G
gulnaaz raheen
What is the date of examination in India
K
kapila.gandrola

Hello Gulnaaz,

The proposed date of examination is 12th and 13th of December 2020. Please visit – NTSE 2020 for more information.

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mohit yadav
the total number of question's of each subject are ?????
A
abdul nazir

Hi Mohit, There are 2 papers in NTSE exam:

  • Paper 1  MAT has 100 questions
  • Paper 2 SAT  has 100 questions with Science 40, Math 20, and Social Science 40 questions

For more details on NTSE exam click here.

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avinash sahu
What will be the time limit for each papers?
K
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. Total time to answer the paper is 120 minutes for each part. Those who have cleared stage-1 will be shortlisted for stage-2 exam. Total time duration to answer the paper is 120 minutes for each part.

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lakshay kakkar
Who conducts this second level examination?
K
kavita rani

Hi Lakshay. NTSE exam is taken for students studying in class 10th. NTSE is conducted at two stages. The stage 1 exam is conducted at the state-level by all states and UTs, while NTSE stage 2 is conducted by NCERT at the national level only for those students who have cleared stage 1 exam.

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arushi thankur
What will be the medium of examination at stage I?
K
kavita rani

Hi Arushi. NTSE paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium and the mode of the examination is offline mode only.

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vani aggarwal
The syllabus which is not coming in our board exam will be present in the NTSE exam ot not
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dummy

Dear Vani Aggarwal

Greetings from Collegedunia. The syllabus from Class 9 & 10 will be allotted to NTSE Examination from NCERT Books and Topics. The questions will be put on the basis of Class 9 & 10 based on the NCERT pattern and Stage 1 is taken by State Board and Stage 2 is taken by NCERT. For more details, kindly go through this link – NTSE 2020 Syllabus

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manisha mahato
Apply kaise karen
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dummy

Dear Manisha Mahato

Greetings from Collegedunia. You can apply online & offline for NTSE Examination. The candidates can download the Application Form online from NCERT official website. After filling-up, the NTSE Application Form, then take the School Principal Signature and submit it to the State Liaison Officer. For more details, kindly go through this link – NTSE 2021

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gursimar
The syllabus which has been deducted in class 10th for CBSE board this yr, will those chapters be included in NTSE this yr??
A
abdul nazir

Hi Gursimar,

Syllabus will be based on 10th curriculum as prescribed by NCERT for every year. Click here for NTSE syllabus 2020.

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ayush goel
When will the UP stage1 form release?
A
abdul nazir

Hi Ayush,

UP NTSE exam notification is yet to be announced for 2021. Check out more information on application process.

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rizul gupta
Hey, I applied for the exam, so can I appear for it on 12 or 13 December?
A
abdul nazir

Hi Rizul,

Exam dates are specific for different states and UTs. Check exam dates here.

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vindhya singh parihar
What is date of examination in mp
A
abdul nazir

Hi Vindhya,

MP NTSE exam will be conducted on December 13, 2020. For other details click here.