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 2020 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.
Candidates should carefully check the syllabus of NTSE 2020. 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.
There are 22 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2020 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|
There are 29 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2020 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.
|Acids 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|
There are 43 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2020 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.
|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||--|
There are 8 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2020 English Language Syllabus.
|One Word Substitution||Paragraph Completion|
|Reading Comprehension||Rearrangement of Jumbled Words|
There are 6 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2020 General Knowledge Syllabus
|Abbreviations||Awards and Recognitions|
|Books and Authors||India|
There are 20 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2020 Mental Ability Syllabus
|Alphabets and Number test||Analogy(Non Verbal)|
|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 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. Read More NTSE Exam Pattern
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|
|SAT - Language Test||50||50||45|
|SAT - Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences||100||100||90|
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.