NTSE Preparation Tips 2020- How to Prepare NTSE Exam?
Maniprabha.singh, 10 Jun 2019, #NTSE

NTSE Preparation 2020– Students who are preparing for NTSE 2020 should be aware of how to prepare and what to prepare for NTSE 2020 in order to get good marks. NTSE Exam conducts in two stages, Stage 1 (State-level) and Stage 2 (National-Level) to award scholarships to meritorious students. Hence, the exam pattern and syllabus is similar to NCERT syllabus but the difficulty level will be a bit high. Aspirants should work hard to obtain good marks in NTSE Examination, which is around the corner. Stage 1 will be held in November 2019 while stage 2 will be held in June 2020. Here, we have provided simple but useful NTSE preparation tips to make students ready for the final day. NTSE 2020 preparation tips include how and what to prepare for qualifying the scholarship test with flying colours. These NTSE preparation tips and tricks are useful for stage 1 and stage 2 exam.

How to Prepare for NTSE 2020?

Here are some NTSE preparation tips to help you ace the exam with high scores-

1. Understand Basics

Students must understand the basic concepts well and learn how to apply them to various problems instead of just mugging up the facts. Only the practical use of knowledge will let one win the coveted scholarship. Besides, it is mandatory to know the exam patterns and syllabus of both stages, so that students can make a proper study schedule. Below are the exam pattern and some important topics-

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NTSE 2020 Exam Pattern

The paper pattern for stage I and II remain the same whether it is maximum marks, duration or number of questions-


Number of questions

Maximum marks

Duration (Minutes)





SAT – Maths, Science and Social Science




NTSE 2020 Syllabus

Students must cover the entire syllabus of class 9 and 10 to prepare for NTSE 2020 Exam as NCERT doesn't provide any specific syllabus for the test.


Important Topics

NTSE MAT Syllabus

Blood Relations, Coding-Decoding, Venn Diagrams, Distance and Direction, Ranking and Arrangements, Word Problems, etc

NTSE Science Syllabus

Reproduction, Measurements, Carbon & Compounds, Motion, Force, Work & Energy, Source of Energy, Acid, Base & Salt, Meta & Non-Metals

NTSE Social Science Syllabus

French Revolutions, Indian Freedom Struggle, Indus Valley Civilization, World War I and II, Maps & Globe, Natural Vegetation, Climate, Solar System, Indian Constitution, Indian Government, Judiciary

NTSE Mathematics Syllabus

Number Systems, Arithmetic Progressions, Quadratic Equations, Square Roots, surface Areas, Percentage, Simple & Compound Interest, Triangle, Linear Equations, etc.

2. Prepare Notes

NTSE 2020 preparation can be very fruitful if candidates prepare notes to learn formulas, definitions and equations. Logically, writing down these formulas should help one to learn them easily. Alongside, it is an easy way to carry notes wherever you want instead of carrying the heavy books. At the time of revision you don't have to read the complete chapter, just go through these notes thoroughly to revise the syllabus.

3. Revise Regularly

Revision is an important part of every preparation strategy. Without revision, students can easily forget important facts easily. Hence, it is advised to revise the previously covered syllabus before moving to a new chapter. This will help you to keep a hold on the important topics and save you from the last minute hassles. You can also revise the important topics by solving NTSE 2020 sample papers.

4. Ask the Experts

As candidates have to prepare for NTSE stage 1 along with 10th board syllabus and for stage 2 thereafter, they will not have much time to research on a topic that isn’t simply understood. Candidates should ask friends or someone who is qualified enough to explain it and move on. Check the NTSE Topper's Interview

5. Group Study for NTSE Preparation

Studying with a group of friends is always fun. Students can sit with friends and cousins of the same age and study together. Explaining things to others and listening to other’s points of view offers a rich study experience. This helps in understanding the concepts faster and easier. Alongside, boring topics will become interesting in group study sessions and help students to extend their study schedule longer.

6. Solve NTSE Previous Year's Question Papers

Solving NTSE question papers and sample papers regularly should give you a fair idea of important topics and sections. These previous year's papers will also make students familiar with the exam pattern, marking scheme, duration etc. Students are advised to solve the question papers or NTSE sample papers within the stipulated time. Prioritise your study list accordingly.

7. Exercise and Keep Fit

Small recreational breaks during the study hours for jogging, cycling or a 15-minute round of badminton can help candidates freshen up and be more alert for the next rigorous study session. Also be sure to sleep a lot, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and smile a lot. These little things will go far in keeping one healthy, confident and relaxed.

Best Books for NTSE Preparation

Apart from NTSE preparation tips, candidates must also know the best books for NTSE 2020. Since NCERT will be conducting the exam, a thorough revision of the textbooks should be helpful. However, one has to be selective while studying these books as not all topics might be important from NTSE point of view. Instead, candidates may pick up focused NTSE 2020 study material that has been developed to highlight the topics that are more important for this particular exam. Find the syllabus of NTSE 2019 below to know the topics covered in the exam.

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When will ntse 2021 syllabus be available? Does the syllabus change every year?

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 8th Dec, 2019
NTSE syllabus doesn't change every year. This is so that the syllabus of NTSE is entirely based on NCERT. NTSE exam has 2 stages.
Go through the given links for more details-

When will the result of NTSE 2020 be released (TN) ?

niharika cherry 7th Dec, 2019

Hello Aspirant, the result of NTSE(National Talent search examination) result will be released in Tamil Nadu  in the fourth week of January 2020, you can visit https://school.careers360.com/articles/ntse-tamil-nadu-result for more information.

Hope this helps.

Thank you.


When will the official answer keys of ntse 2020 stage 1 uttar pradesh will be released? It is already 1 month from exam. If official answer keys are out please give me the link.

Harshita Gupta 6th Dec, 2019

All the states have released NTSE stage 1 answer keys of MAT and SAT examination. The answer keys are available for examination held on 2,3 and 17 November 2019.

The results may be declared in January/February/ March and stage 2 examination will be held in May 2020.

  • The qualifying scores for general category is:
SAT- 40%

  • For SC/ST/PH:

Check the link below to get the answer keys:


Hope this helps!

when will be the result s of Karnataka state announced

PRAKHAR SINGH 7th Dec, 2019


Karnataka SSLC Result 2020 will be available by the month of April expectedly. Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) release the SSLC Results on its official website- kseeb.kar.nic.in or karresults.nic.in . To check Karnataka SSLC Exam Result 2020 students need to enter their registration number in the space provided. To know about the important dates, steps to check the result and statistics etc follow the content given below.

Karnataka SSLC Result 2020

Karnataka Board conducted the SSLC exams in the month of March. More than 5 lakhs students have appeared for SSLC exams annually. Last year Karnataka SSLC Result was announced on April 30, at 12:45 pm. Karnataka SSLC Result 2020 is expected to be released at the same time period. Now, before you check out the detailed information first have a look at the table of important dates given below.

Karnataka SSLC Result 2020 Important Dates
Exam Dates Mar – Apr 2020
Result Declaration Apr 2020




Anyone who gave NTSE exam from Maharashtra this year? How many marks you got? What will be expected cut off by your opinion?

Halry Bhalodia 5th Dec, 2019

Though i have not given the exame but the expected cutoff for NTSE maharastra stage 1 is observed to be :

  1. General        167-175
  2. OBC              156-165
  3. SC                 140-150
  4. ST                  126-135

You can also refer previous years cutoff for the same

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