NTSE 2021 Syllabus: Mathematic, Social Science & Science, English, GK, & Mental Ability

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Jun 9, 2021

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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.

The exam will be conducted in Pen & paper-based mode. The syllabus for NTSE 2021 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. Candidates need to know about all the topics, the number of questions, the marking scheme, and the total duration of the paper.

Candidates should carefully check the syllabus of NTSE 2021. The 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:

NTSE MAT Syllabus

NTSE Syllabus: Mental Ability Test (MAT)

Verbal and Non Verbal Analogy

Verbal and Non-Verbal Series



Alphabet and Number Test

Blood Relations

Distance and Direction

Paper Cutting and Folding

Venn Diagrams

Mathematical Operations

Calendar, Time, and Clock

Missing Characters

Embedded Figures

Ranking and Arrangements

Word Problems

Cube and Dice

Water and Mirror Images

NTSE SAT Syllabus

NTSE Syllabus: 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


Magnetism and Electricity

Motion and Force


Work and Energy

The Universe

Light and Sound

Source of Energy


Acid, Bases, Salt

Metals and Non-metals

Periodic Classification of Elements

Structure of Atom

Carbon and its Compounds

Physical and Chemical Changes

Fibers and Plastics






Life Processes


Heredity and Evolution

Food Production and Management

Plant and Animal Nutrition

Diversity in Living Organisms

Cellular Level of Organisation

Human Body

Some Common Diseases

Our Environment

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

NTSE Math Syllabus

NTSE Mathematics Syllabus

There are 22 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2021 Mathematics Syllabus. The syllabus includes topics from class 6 to 10. In NTSE, the 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

NTSE Science Syllabus

There are 29 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2021 Science Syllabus. The syllabus includes topics from class 6 to 10 and subjects included are Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. In NTSE, the Science section contains around 35 questions.

Acids 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
NTSE Social Science

NTSE Social Science Syllabus

There are 43 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2021 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, the 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 The 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 General Knowledge Syllabus


There are 6 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2021 General Knowledge Syllabus

Abbreviations Awards and Recognitions
Books and Authors India
Sports World
NTSE Mental Ability

NTSE Mental Ability Syllabus

There are 20 chapters to be covered in the NTSE 2021 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

Students must remember that the NTSE Syllabus 2021 is not restricted to the topics mentioned above. Keep yourself familiar with the NTSE exam pattern and marking scheme. To begin the preparation, students must rely on NCERT books of Class 9 and Class 10. For better practice, students must solve the previous year papers and analyze as many as possible. 

NTSE 2021 FAQs

NTSE 2021 FAQs

Ques. What are the books to follow for NTSE Exam?

Ans. In order to score well, you must be well-versed with all the topics and concepts that are included in the NCERT books (of the respective subjects) of Class 9 and 10.

Ques. Is General Knowledge mandatory for NTSE Exam?

Ans. In the NTSE Stage 1 and 2, there would a lot of GK based questions. Therefore, take it as an opportunity to improve your GK and find your interests.

Ques. Is English removed from NTSE?

Ans. Yes, the English subject is removed from the NTSE exam.

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


sunny pandey
Which state has the toughest Ntse paper?
jaya garg

Hi. West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh states are known to set the most challenging NTSE papers. Thus yon reed to prepare harder to get a good score in the exam.

yash raj singh
How can I prepare for the Ntse 2021, as I am giving the exam for the first time?
jaya garg

Hi. First of all know the detailed NTSE syllabus, refer to stage-wise preparation strategy and Use paper-wise preparation strategy. Another important factor to be considered is to focus on your speed and accuracy as it helps improve your score.

Is there any reduction in the NTSE syllabus 2021?
jaya garg

Hi. The stage 1 syllabus is decided by the respective state boards and since you have provided the name, so we can’t comment on the same. Considering the Karnataka and Karnataka board, no reduction in syllabus of NTSE has not been made till now.

How many chapters are there in NTSE General Knowledge Syllabus?
jaya garg

Hi. A total of 6 chapters needs to be prepared by the candidates while preparing for the NTSE 2021 General Knowledge Syllabus. Also, stay updated about the current affairs. More details on NTSE General Knowledge Syllabus are here.

sunny pandey
Is Metals and Non-metals an important topic in NTSE Chemistry section?
jaya garg

Hi. Yes it is important. Some other important topics include acid, Bases, Salt, Metals and Non-metals, Periodic Classification of Elements, Structure of Atom, Carbon and its Compounds, and Physical and Chemical Changes.

Can you tell me the NTSE Syllabus especially what comes in the Mental Ability Test?
jaya garg

Hi. Some of the important sections asked in the exam include verbal and Non Verbal Analogy, Verbal and Non-Verbal Series, Classification, Coding-Decoding, Alphabet and Number Test, and Blood Relations. Check NTSE Syllabus for more updates.

bhagyashri kene
what is the syllabus of ntse of class 10?
jaya garg

Hi Bhagyashri. In the MAT paper, questions related to verbal and non-verbal abilities will be asked. NTSE question paper of Stages 1 & 2 is based on the concepts taught in CBSE Class 9th and 10th.
Details about Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is mentioned here.

pushap raj
Hllo Sir je test kab suru hoga
swati srivastava

Hi Pushap, the test will be conducted on the prescribed date and time only. For details visit: NTSE 2020

eliyas katara
Sir ji namste I'm aliyas katara sir me ntse ki exam jarur kwalifi karunga ga thank you ager apse ho sake to mujhse paper kis tarah ka ayega bata dena thank you
swati srivastava

Hi Eliyas, in order to find the type and pattern of paper please visit: NTSE PAPERS

sakshi sharma
I have studied social science in Hindi medium Can I apply for ntse
akankshya pattanaik

Hi Sakshi, 

Yes, you can definitely apply for NTSE. For more details on eligibility crtiteria, check: NTSE Eligibility