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Eligibilty Criteria
  • Students need to qualify class 9th exams with minimum marks as imposed by the state-level exam conducting authority.

  • The student must be studying in class 10 in a school affiliated with a recognized board.

  • Open school students studying in Class 10 can also submit the NTSE form provided that their age is below 18 years and they are not employed.

Exam Pattern

The NTSE is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage I and Stage II. The NTSE paper is available in both the Hindi and English medium. The students have to select any one language from both the languages. The paper is divided into two sections i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). Get details of NTSE exam pattern here.


MAT (Mental Ability Tests) 100 Questions 120 Minutes
SAT (Scholastic Ability Tests) 100 Questions 120 Minutes
• The paper is comprised of Objective type multiple choice questions.
• The examination is conducted through the offline mode only.
• For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given and there is no negative marking at stage 1 and stage 2.
• Reserved category candidates have to secure 32% marks to qualify the test, whereas general category candidates have to secure 40% marks to qualify the test.

NTSE MAT Syllabus - Verbal Reasoning


Puzzle Test

Alphabet Test


Logical Venn diagrams

Blood relations


Logical sequence of words

Verification of truth of the statement


Problems on clocks

Analytical Reasoning

Direction Sense Test

Series completion test

Arithmetical reasoning test

Mathematical operations

Inserting a missing character


NTSE MAT Syllabus - Non-verbal Reasoning




Transparent paper folding

Embedded figure

Dot fixing situation

Analytical Reasoning

Water images

Problems on cubes and dice

Incomplete Figures

Folding Papercutting


NTSE Syllabus for SAT

There is no specified syllabus of NTSE exam by NCERT. But the NTSE exam syllabus majorly depends on NTSE syllabus for class 10 and 9. Science, Social Science and Mathematics are the integral parts of NTSE syllabus 2021. Here are the major topics of NTSE 2021 syllabus which are mandatory for stage 1 and stage 2 exams:

NTSE SAT Syllabus of Mathematics

Algebraic Expressions


Arithmetic Progressions

Basic Geometry

Direct & Inverse Variations

Coordinate Geometry

Percentage & Its Application




Number System

Square & Cube Roots

Playing with Number

Surface Areas and Volume

Quadratic Equations

Rational Numbers


Circles & Triangles

Linear Equation


Simple & Compound Interest

NTSE SAT Syllabus of Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

Acid Bases and Salts

Carbon and its Compound


Cellular Level of Organization

Fibres and Plastics

Diversity in Living Organisms

Food Production & Management

Human Body

Heredity and Evolution

Life Processes

Magnetic & Electricity at Work




Metals & Non-Metals

Motion and Force

Periodic Classification of Elements

Our Environment


Some Common Diseases



Structure of Atom

Sound of Energy

The Universe

Work and Energy


NTSE SAT Syllabus of SST or Social Science (History, Geography, Civics)




British Raj

Culture, Science and Literature

Democracy and Elections

Diversity and Livelihood

Early Medieval Period

Early States

Eighteen Century Political Formation

Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History

India and its Neighbours

Local and State Government

Indian Economics

Indian Freedom Struggle

Indus Valley Civilization

Industrial Revolution


Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks

Resources and Development

Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands

The Delhi Sultanate

The Mughal Empire

Motion of the Earth

Nationalism in Various Countries

Vedic Period

New Empires and Kingdoms

The Judiciary

Popular Movements and Social Reforms


UN and International Agencies

Medieval Architecture and Culture

Natural Vegetation

French Revolution

Our Country- India

Union Government

Indian Constitution

Solar System

The Mauryas

Water Resources

World History


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