NTSE Stage 1 and Stage 2 (2018-2019) Syllabus

NTSE Stage 1 and Stage 2 (2018-2019) Syllabus

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NTSE Stage 1 and Stage 2 (2018-2019) Syllabus

There is no prescribed syllabus for the NTS examination. However, the standard of items shall be conforming to the level of Classes IX and X. A separate booklet called ‘Learn about the Test’ containing sample items for both the Tests- MAT and SAT is available in print as well as on the NCERT website

  • The mental ability test is to judge your power of reasoning, logical sequencing, reading comprehension, etc.
  • The language test is designed to test your command over the language subject, that is, English or Hindi.
  • The SAT section tests how much knowledge you have gained in school reading your textbooks. As different schools (or boards) in India follow different course books, there is no prescribed book or syllabus for NTSE.
  • However, you can refer NCERT syllabus for class 9 and 10 for your NTSE preparation.

NTSE Stage 1 and Stage 2 (2018-2019) Exam Pattern

The question paper is divided into two sections – Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT).

MAT: The questions in this section are designed to judge the ability to think, power of reasoning, ability to judge, evaluate, visualise in space, etc. Questions are asked from series, analogies, pattern perception, classification, coding-decoding, problem solving, hidden figures, block assembly, etc.

SAT: The questions in this section is further divided into language test and test for science, math and social sciences. The language test will consist of questions either from English or Hindi (as selected by the user).

Note: SAT and MAT questions are asked in both NTSE Stage-1 and Stage-2. However, the language test in omitted in NTSE Stage-2. Stage-2 has 100 questions each from SAT and MAT.

  • Mode of Exam: NTSE is a pen-and-paper based (offline) test.
  • Exam Duration: Candidates are given 3 hours to complete the paper.
  • Language for Question Paper: You have the option to take the paper in Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu or Urdu.
  • Question Type: The questions are of MCQ type with 4 alternatives per question.
  • Marking Scheme: Candidates will be awarded +1 for a correct response. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • Qualifying Marks: Qualifying marks for candidates of General category is 40% in each paper. For SC, ST and physically handicapped 32% in each paper.
Section Questions Marks Time
Mental Ability Test (MAT) 50 50 45 minutes
Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT)

a)Science, Math & Social Science
b) Language Test

90 Minutes
45 Minutes
Total 200 200 3 Hours



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