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Complete Strategy to Crack NTSE Exam

National Talent Search Examination(NTSE) is conducted every year by CBSE to identify the meritorious students to grant them scholarships for their further higher studies. It is conducted every year where lakhs of aspirants thrive to get this scholarship program and Among them only thousands of students get a chance to engage in a scholarship program for their further studies.

As this examination is conducted in two stages. Those students who qualify the first round are eligible for the second round. As per official only class 10 students across India are eligible for this scholarship program. This National level examination requires rigorous study on the part of the students.  In this blog we will share a full preparation strategy to complete the NTSE test.

An Exam Overview

NTSE is a scholarship test, conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training(NCERT) identifying successful students to offer them scholarships for their higher education in the science and social science field. It is conducted in two stages one is at state level and another is at national level.

Exam Name National Talent Search Examination(NTSE)
Conducting Authority National Council of Educational Research and Training(NCERT)
Interval of Exam Once a year
Application Online
Mode of Examination Offline
Exam Duration 4 hrs (2 hrs for stage1 & 2 hrs for stage2)

Exam Pattern

NTSE is a two tier examination process tier1 known as MAT(Mental Ability test) and tier2 known as SAT(Scholastic Ability Test). Both exams are conducted offline where students have to address the questions with the help of paper and pencil. 

The first stage is operated by States / UT. They are authorized to decide the test medium for stage one examination. In the second stage you are allowed to choose the language according to your spoken language. In the middle of the application form students are provided with a booklet of language they choose. Languages Assamese, Bangali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu are provided in application form. There is no negative marking in the examination. 

Paper Subject No. of Question Duration
Paper-1(MAT) Aptitude test 100 120 Minutes
Paper-2(SAT) Science, Social Science and Mathematics 100 


Social Science-40


120 Minutes

Syllabus for NTSE

Syllabus for Mathematics

Expressions in Algebra Basic Geometry
Progressions in Arithmetic Geometry of Coordinates
Arithmetic  Circles
Variation, both direct and inverse Linear Equation
Mensuration Exponent
Percentage & its Application Number System
Quadratic Equations Probability
Simple interest & Compound interest Playing with Numbers
Statistics Rational Numbers
Square Root & Cube Root Triangles
Surface Areas and Volumes Trigonometry

 Syllabus for Science

Air Acid Bases and Salt
Cellular Level of Organization Carbon and its Compounds
Fibers and Plastics Diversity in Living Organisms
Measurement Life Processes
Metals & Non Metals Human Body
Heredity and Evolution Food Production & Management
Heredity and Evolution Light and Sound
Magnetism & Electricity at Work Micro-organisms
Intermittent Classification of Elements  Our Environment
Motion and Force Periodic Classification of Elements
Plant and Animal Nutrition Physical and Chemical Changes
Work and energy The Universe
Water Structure of Atom
Soil Source of Energy
Reproduction Some Common Diseases

Social Science Syllabus

Agriculture Biosphere
Culture, Science and Literature Diversity and Livelihood
Early States French Revolution
Indian Constitution Indian Freedom Struggle
Industrial Revolution Inner Structure of the Earth and Rocks 
Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands Major Domains and Landforms
Archaic Architecture and Culture  Patriotism in Various Countries 
New Empires and Kingdoms Popular Movements and Social Reforms
Resources and Development The Delhi Sultanate
The Mauryas UN and International Agencies
Vedic Period World History
Atmosphere British Raj
Democracy and Elections Early Medieval Period
Eighteenth-Century Political Formation India and its Neighbors
Indian Economics Indus Valley Civilization
Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History Local and State Government
Maps and Globe  The motion of the Earth
Natural Vegetation Our Country – India
Population Solar System
The Judiciary The Mughal Empire
Union Government Water Resources

 Syllabus for General knowledge

Abbreviations Books and Authors
Sports Awards and Recognitions
India World

Syllabus for English

Antonyms One-word substitution
Reading Comprehension Sentence Completion
English Grammar Paragraph Completion
Rearrangement of Jumbled Words Synonyms

 Syllabus for Mental Ability

Alphabet and Number Test Analogy (Verbal)
Calendar, Time and Clock Analogy (Non-Verbal)
Embedded Figure Mathematical Operations
Ranking and Arrangements Series (Verbal)
Water and Mirror Images Series (Non – Verbal)
Coding-Decoding Blood Relations
Classification Direction Sense
Figure Partition and Dot Situation Missing Character
Venn Diagrams Word Problems

 Tips to Crack NTSE Examination

  • Analyze the Syllabus Properly

It is most important for students to analyze the syllabus properly. Students are advised to go through the syllabus and mark down the weightage of the topics from each subject before starting preparing for the NTSE examination. Students can take reference from NTSE previous year papers to find detailed information regarding the section wise weightage for each subject. Analyzing the syllabus properly makes you stand separate from the crowd of non serious aspirants. 

  • Concept Learning

NTSE is conducted for those students who are studying in class 10. Strong your fundamentals with reference books i.e. NCERT. Applicants can cover their entire syllabus with NCERT. The main objective of conducting this examination is to identify the problem solving ability of the student in different situations. 

As paper 1 is qualifying round you prepare this section with previous year papers but for paper 2 you refer to NCERT for better understanding of the concepts. Prefer NCERT solutions for class 10 if you find any difficulty in understanding the concepts.  

  • Solve Previous Year Question papers

Never underestimate the power of previous year papers. These are the weapons that can assure your success in the examination. Solving last year’s papers helps you identify the latest test pattern.. It also helps you to identify the difficulty level of the examination. NTSE repeats the same pattern of question and more than 50 percent of the paper is designed on the basis of previous year paper pattern so it is a must for every student to solve PYQ as many times as possible.

  • Attempt Mock Test

Once you have completed your syllabus and previous year questions, Start attempting mock tests as much as possible. Mock tests check your preparation and help you to identify your weaker sections. It also helps to boost your problem solving speed in the examination. Students can also solve NTSE sample papers to give a reality check for their preparation for NTSE.  



Every year lakh of aspirants apply for this examination and only thousand candidates select for this scholarship program. It is completely true to say that this examination is not apt for non serious aspirants. 

If you are ready to devote your time and sacrifice your daily routine then feather is going to be in your cap. 

In this blog we have shared a complete preparation strategy on one page. If you find any difficulty or have any queries then feel free to mention us in the comment section. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is NTSE Only For Class 10?

Students who are studying in class 10 are eligible for the NTSE examination. This examination is conducted to check the problem solving ability of the students. 

  • What Benefits You Will Get After NTSE?

You will get a scholarship for your higher studies directly from the central government after qualifying NTSE along with you will get first preference in top reputed institutes of India for further studies not only this you will also get preference to study abroad.

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