NTSE Syllabus And Exam Pattern 2021 | Section-Wise MAT & SAT Syllabus, Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

NTSE Syllabus

NTSE Syllabus 2021: Students should be aware that the NTSE Stage 1 will incorporate questions from their education board’s modified syllabus. In the aftermath of the COVID19 outbreak, many boards have reduced the Class 10th syllabus, resulting in school closures. Questions from the topics that have been removed will be excluded from the NTSE stage 1 exam. The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2021 syllabus is mostly based on topics studied in grades 9 and 10. 

You should know about Syllabus and Exam Pattern Before Starting the NTSE Exam Preparation first. Here we are providing you the complete detailed on NTSE Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021.

Latest Update:

  • October 27: NTSE 2021 Class 10 to have amended syllabus.

Detailed NTSE Syllabus 2021

In Stage 1 and Stage 2, there are two sections,

  • Mental Ability Test (MAT),
  • Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).

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The SAT again has two parts,

  • Language Test,
  • Science, Social Science & Mathematics.

You should keep in mind that the syllabus is the same for all these sections for both the stages of NTSE.

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NTSE 2021 Syllabus For Mental Ability Test (MAT)

The MAT is an exam that assesses a student’s logical reasoning and analytical abilities. Students must first grasp the theory behind several ideas before moving on to problem-solving:

Verbal and Non Verbal Analogy

Verbal and Non-Verbal Series



Distance and Direction

Blood Relations

Alphabet and Number Test

Ranking and Arrangements

Venn Diagrams

Mathematical Operations

Calendar, Time and Clock

Missing Characters

Embedded Figures

Paper Cutting and Folding

Cube and Dice & Water & Mirror Images

Word Problems

NTSE Syllabus 2021 For Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)

We have already mentioned above that the SAT has two parts,

  • Language Test,
  • Science, Social science & Maths.

In this exam, your academic knowledge, reading skills, application skills will be tested.

Check the detailed syllabus for each of the parts of SAT from below:

NTSE Syllabus For Language Test

Antonyms and Synonyms

Basic Rules of Grammar

Sentence Completion

Filling the Gaps

Comprehension Reading

Rearrangement of Jumbled Words

One Word Substitution

Paragraph Completion

NTSE Syllabus For Science, Social Science & Maths

Here you need to study three subjects. These are,

  • Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology),
  • Social Science (History, Geography, Civics),
  • Mathematics.

You can check the syllabus for each of these subjects from the below table:

NTSE Syllabus For Science

NTSE SAT Science Syllabus are tabulated below:

Physics Syllabus

Chemistry Syllabus

Biology Syllabus

Magnetism and Electricity

Acid, Bases, Salt

Air, Water, Soil


Periodic Classification of Elements


Motion and Force

Metals and Non-Metals


Work and Energy

Structure of Atom

Life Processes

Light and Sound

Physical and Chemical Changes

Heredity and Evolution

The Universe

Carbon and its Compounds

Food Production and Management

Source of Energy

Fibres and Plastics

Diversity in Living Organisms

Plant and Animal Nutrition & Human Body

Cellular Level of Organisation

Some Common Diseases & Our Environment

NTSE Syllabus For Social Science

NTSE SAT Social Science Syllabus are tabulated below:

History Syllabus

Geography Syllabus

Civics Syllabus

French Revolution

Water Resources

Indian Constitution

Industrial Revolution


Local and State Government

British Raj



Mughal Empire


Indian Government

Maurya Empire

Resources and Development

Early Medieval Period

Diversity and Livelihood

Medieval Architecture and Culture

Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks

Indian Freedom Struggle

Maps and Globe

Early States

Natural Vegetation

Indus Valley Civilization

Our Country – India

Jainism and Buddhism

India and its Neighbors

Conquerors from Distant Lands

Motion of the Earth

Popular Movements and Social Reforms

Climate – India and World

Nationalism in Various Countries

Indian Physiographic Division

Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History

Drainage in India

Vedic Period

Solar System

World War I and II

Major Domains and landforms

New Empires and Kingdoms


World History

UN and International Agencies

NTSE Syllabus For Mathematics

NTSE SAT Mathematics Syllabus are tabulated below:

Arithmetic Progressions

Number Systems


Real Numbers

Quadratic Equations

Rational Numbers

Square Roots and Cube Roots

Direct and Inverse Variation



Surface Areas and Volumes



Simple and Compound Interest



Coordinate Geometry

Linear Equations in Two Variables

Introduction to Euclid’s Geometry

Statistics and Probability



NTSE Exam Pattern 2021 | Overview

NTSE Stages
  • Stage 1 – State Level Exam
  • Stage 2 – National Level Exam
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
  • No negative marking for wrong answers
Total Marks 400
Language of paper English, Hindi

NTSE 2021 Stage-I Exam Pattern

You should know that the Stage-I exam is organized State/UT level by the concerned State/UT authorities. You have select one language from English or Hindi to solve the paper. You will be awarded one mark for every correct answer. There is no negative marking at this stage.

The paper is divided into two parts:

Part 1 – Mental Ability test (MAT): Here, you will find logical and analytical reasoning based questions. 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.

NTSE 2021 Stage-II Exam Pattern

Stage-II exam is conducted at the National Level. After qualifying the Stage-I (State-level) exam, candidates will be allowed to appear stage II exam 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).

You will get the duration of both the exams is 2 hours or 120 minutes. Same as the Stage 1 exam, there is no negative marking in NTSE Stage 2 exam. You should keep in mind that only candidates qualifying in both the papers separately will be considered for merit.

The final selection will be made based on the total marks scored in MAT and SAT.

NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern of Stage I and Stage II is given below:


No. Of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Allotted




120 minutes

SAT – Language Test



SAT – Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences



NTSE Exam Pattern | Overall Analysis

You should know that the NTSE exam question paper is based on the standard of the 10th or equivalent exam. The level of difficulty is the same every year. Here you can check the overall analysis of the NTSE exam is explained in a better way below.


No. of Questions

Time (minutes)

Difficulty Level





SAT (English or Hindi)




SAT (Maths, Science and Social Science)








NTSE Exam Day Instructions

You need to follow the important instructions on the NTSE Exam Day, as given below.

  • You should reach the test center 45 minutes before the test commences.
  • If you reach more than 15 minutes after the scheduled test time, you will not be allowed to take the test.
  • You must bring the Admit Card, photo identity, and ball pen to the exam center.
  • You should not bring any type of gadget, watch, and calculator inside the exam center.

We have covered the detailed guide for NTSE Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Feel free to ask us any questions in the comment section below.

FAQs on NTSE Syllabus & Exam Pattern

What is NTSE?

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) exam is a government-sponsored national scholarship program. India’s most prestigious examination.

What are the NTSE subjects?

The NTSE exam will consist of questions from the following subjects:
Social Science
Mental Ability 
General Knowledge

What kinds of questions do you get in the NTSE?

The NTSE exam is one of India’s most prestigious scholarship assessments. The NTSE test contains multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

Which state has the most difficult NTSE exam?

West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh are regarded for having the most difficult NTSE papers.

What is the NTSE syllabus?

The NTSE Syllabus is not limited to a single topic. To do well on the exam, you must be familiar with all of the themes and concepts covered in the NCERT books (for the various courses) for classes 9 and 10.

What are the NTSE exam passing marks?

For General/OBC, the minimum passing score is 40%, while for SC/ST/PH, the minimal passing score is 32%.

3 thoughts on “NTSE Syllabus And Exam Pattern 2021 | Section-Wise MAT & SAT Syllabus, Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme”

  1. Respected teacher I want to know that, when will the NTSE examination in Bihar.
    And I lastly want to know that Bihar NTSE examination form has released. Because sir I am confused..
    No one can give me an idea or information about this type of scholarship examination..
    So kindly help me sir..


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