NTSE Syllabus, Exam Pattern 2018


NTSE is a prestigious scholarship provided to the candidates who are academically brilliant in studies. The scholarship programme is conducted in two stages, i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2 only for the students of Class 10. Those who are preparing for the NTSE Exam must know about the important topics. The exams are now hovering on your head, and this is the time to roll your sleeves up and study hard. On this article, the most important topics a student should prepare from each subject are mentioned so that you will get to know what and how much you have to prepare. Apart from the most critical topics, few topics are carrying the heavy weightage also mentioned on this page.

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NTSE Syllabus 2018

The questions of NTSE Examination will be asked based on the syllabus of Class 9 and 10. So the candidates preparing for the NTSE can prepare from the books of Class 9 and 10.  The Examination will Consist of Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). Along with these two sections, candidates will also have to appear in Language Comprehensive Test.

 NTSE Syllabus 2018 for MAT 

This test is given to the candidates to judge their power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation, etc. A variety of questions, for example, analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, hidden figures, coding-decoding, block assembly, problem-solving etc. are used for this purpose.

NTSE Syllabus 2018 for SAT 

Language Comprehensive Test- Language Test is designed to judge the power of reading comprehension, logical sequencing; interpretative, evaluative, predictive and creative components of language. The language test can be attempted either in English or Hindi (as per option of the candidate) in the national level NTSE.

Aptitude Test -  Aptitude test will have questions from Science, Mathematics & Social Science.

Important Points of NTSE Exam

  • Aptitude Test:  The aptitude test will consist questions from History, Geography, Political Science, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.
  • Negative Marking in NTSE:  There will be negative marking of 1/3 for every wrong answer, and no negative marks would be awarded for unanswered questions.
  • The language of NTSE Examination: The Examination is conducted in various languages that are: Assamese, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
  • Qualifying Marks: NTSE Examination qualifying marks are 40% for the general category and 32% for the reserved categories, i.e. SC/ST/PwD. Candidates have to score these minimum marks in each paper to qualify.
  • The suggestion of the books are given in the link mentioned below 

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Important Topics to study for NTSE Exam 2018

All the subjects fall under NTSE Scholarship to prepare for are essential though. Still, there are some of the topics which can be prepared keenly by the students as they are considered as the most important topics. The topics from each subject in NTSE are mentioned below:





  • French revolution
  • Russian revolution
  • Nazi and Hitler
  • Indian nationalism
  • Indo Chinese Revolution
  • Europe Nationalism
  • World wars
  • Enclosures in Europe


  • Climate - India and World
  • Indian Physiographic Division
  • Indian location
  • Food
  • Drainage in India
  • World important basins - Amazon and Mississippi
  • Maps - Physiographic division and Drainage.

Political science


  • Elections in India
  • Powers and Terms in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
  • State Legislative Assembly
  • President
  • Social divisions in the world
  • Constitution of South Africa
  • Constitution of India and History



  • Mathematical problems from
    • HDI
    • Economic growth
    • Per Capita Income
  • Food Security in India
  • Entitlements


Knowledge up to Class 10


Knowledge up to Class 10


  • Chemicals and Metals
  • Periodic Table Properties


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Heavy weightage topics in NTSE




Basic Geometry (15% of Mathematics Syllabus)

English Language

One word Substitution (30% of English Language Syllabus)

General Knowledge

India (40% of General Knowledge Syllabus)

Mental Ability

Classification (9% of Mental Ability Syllabus)


Some Common Diseases (7% of Science Syllabus)

Social Science

The Mughal Empire (5% of Social Science Syllabus)


NTSE Exam Pattern 2018

The Examination will Consist of Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). Along with these two subjects, there is another subject named Language Comprehensive Test.


Marks No. of Questions Duration

Mental Ability Test - MAT

50 50 45 minutes

Scholastic Ability Test - SAT

Language Comprehensive Test

50 50 45 minutes

Aptitude Test

100 100 90 minutes


Qualifying Marks: Qualifying marks for candidates from the General category are 40% in each paper, and for candidates from SC, ST and PH is 32% in each paper. Candidates have to score these minimum marks in each paper to qualify.

How to Prepare for the NTSE

To prepare for any of the scholarship exams, one should be clear and attentive about the topics he/ she need to prepare. Then moving further with right preparation strategy and tips will help the candidates to achieve excellent marks in NTSE. Here we are providing some useful tips to follow:

  • Routine to Study: While preparing for any of the entrance exams, following the proper study plan is a must. The students preparing for the exam should make a timetable and study accordingly
  • Go through the previous question papers: We know the syllabus, we know the crucial topics but are they enough? No, until you know the pattern of the examination. So previous year question papers and sample papers will help you to understand the pattern
  • Hard work is not necessary: Hard work is the key to success, we all have heard it right? But nowadays, smart work has been replaced by the hard work. You do not have to mug up all the things. Study what required and focused on the important topics.
  • Believe in Yourself: It is true saying that if you give up on yourself, no one is going to stand up for you. First of all, you need to believe in yourself and remember every battle first won in mind, so you also need to be mentally prepared for everything.

NTSE Preparation Tips

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