NTSE Syllabus

NTSE syllabus

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level examination conducted by NCERT to identify and nurture the ignited and bright minds of the country. It is conducted for class X students and scholarship is awarded to the selected candidates recognised as national talent.

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a two stage selection process. Students qualifying stage I are eligible to appear for the stage II of the examination. The selection in the first stage is governed by the state boards through a written examination.

Every year NTSE Stage 1 exam is scheduled to be held in November. Before starting the preparation, candidates must have a clear knowledge of NTSE exam pattern as well as NTSE syllabus. The most crucial element during the exam preparation is knowing complete and correct NTSE exam syllabus. This is necessary so that candidates can plan their preparation and focus on necessary topics. NTSEGuru Experts have provided the statewise topics for NTS examination.

Before we get into NTSE syllabus, let's have an overview of NTSE exam pattern.

NTSE Exam Pattern

The pattern of the written examination remains same for stage I and stage II and is mentioned below. The written examination involves two different papers (MAT and SAT) of 100 marks each.

Paper I: Mental Ability Test (MAT)

Paper I MAT No. of Questions Marks Exam duration
100 100 2 hours

Paper II: Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) which includes Maths, Science and Social science.

Paper II SAT SAT No. of Questions Marks Exam duration
Mathematics 20 20 2 hours
Science 40 40
Social Science 40 40
Total 100 100
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State specific syllabus

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Andhra Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh

Jammu and Kashmir






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Tamil Nadu



Uttar Pradesh


West Bengal

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1. What is the syllabus for Ntse?

Ans. NTSE exam is conducted in two sections MAT and SAT. In the Mental ability section questions are based on verbal and non verbal reasoning, while in the Scholastic section the syllabus from class 9 and 10 is expected. For stage 1 state specific content is also observed in the paper. To access detailed state specific syllabus visit: ntseguru.in

Q2. What is the syllabus for Ntse Exam Class 10?

Ans.The syllabus for NTSE exam is based on class 9 and 10 Mathematics, Science and Social Science portion along with mental ability section which comprise 50% of NTSE paper. MAT includes verbal and non verbal reasoning questions.

Q3. Is Ncert enough for Ntse?

Ans. Yes, NCERT of class 9 and 10 is sufficient for NTSE exam as it includes all basic concepts but for stage 1 exam few states have room for higher order questions and state specific questions. Students should refer to state specific books for stage 1 exam.

Q4. Is Ntse difficult?

Ans. The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a challenging scholarship exam. The exam highlights the deserving candidates and provides recognition at national level. For stage 1 exam a million of students appear across India and final selection of around 1000 talented students is made after the stage 2 exam.

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