NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2018-19
Sachin Malik, 08 Jun 2018, #NTSE

NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2019: The examination pattern of NTSE Punjab 2018-19 is determined by NCERT. The paper pattern of the state-level talent search examination comprises three sections - Mental Ability Test (MAT), Language Comprehension Test (Hindi & English), and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). According to NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2019, there will be no negative marking for stage 1, whereas, in NTSE stage 2, one-third of marks allotted to each question will be deducted for wrong answers. Marks obtained in the Language Comprehension test will not be included in the final scores for selection to stage 2. However, it is necessary to appear in this section to qualify the exam. In the second stage of NTSE, students will have to appear only for MAT and SAT sections followed by the interview. Familiarising themselves with the exam pattern of Punjab NTSE will help candidates work on their time management skills while preparing for the exam. Scroll down for more details on NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2018-19 such as time duration, marks, subjects, syllabus and so on.

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NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2018-19

NTSE stage 1 comprises 200 questions divided among three sections, MAT, language comprehension test, and SAT. Candidates preparing for the exam must make themselves familiar with the exam pattern, which will further help them perform better in the examination. Details of NTSE Punjab exam pattern 2018-19 have been given below:


NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern - Mental Ability Test (MAT)

MAT is a test designed to measure/examine logical and analytic skills of the participating students. Furthermore, the exam consists of 50 questions of 1 mark each, and the questions will be in multiple-choice, objective form. These questions will be based on pattern perception, analogies, coding-decoding, classifications, hidden figures and problem-solving etc.


NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2019 - Language Comprehension Test

The language and comprehension test in Hindi and English contains 50 questions of 1 mark each. Although this paper serves as qualifying criteria for the examination, the marks obtained in this round of events will not be included in the final scores for the exam.


NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2019 - Scholastic Aptitude Test


This section of the examination comprises of 150 questions of 1 mark each on Science, Social-Science, and Mathematics. SAT is an aptitude test designed for examining knowledge and capabilities of participants.


NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2019

Information about the marking scheme and category-wise qualifying criteria for stage 2 of the NTSE Punjab have been provided in the following table.


NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern – Marking scheme, time and qualifying criteria

Name of examination

Exam pattern

Time Duration

Qualifying criteria

Mental Ability Test (MAT)

50 questions of 1 mark each.


45 minutes


General: 40% (20 marks)


ST/SC/PH: 35% (17.5 marks)

Language Comprehension Tests


50 questions of 1 mark each.


45 minutes

General 40% ( 20 marks)


ST/SC/PH 30% ( 15 marks)

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

100 questions of 1 mark each.

1 hour, 30 minutes

General 40% (60 marks)


ST/SC/PH 35% (52.5 marks)


NTSE Punjab Syllabus 2019


The syllabus of NTSE Punjab stage covers various topics from subjects prescribed. Apart from going through NTSE Punjab exam pattern 2018-19, candidates must also familiarise themselves with the syllabus. NTSE Punjab syllabus 2019 has been provided below:


Subjects and syllabus

Mental Ability Test

Verbal reasoning test: alphabetic test, analogy, analytic reasoning, arithmetic reasoning, blood relations, coding-decoding, direct sense test, fill in the blanks, word sequencing, Venn diagrams, questions on direction, word problems, clock problems, series completion test, truth verification, hypothetical situations.

Non-verbal reasoning test, questions will be based on: analogy, analytic reasoning, dot fixing situation, classification, embedded figures, folding/ cutting paper, complete the figures, mirror images, problems on cubes and dice, transparent paper folding, water images. 


Language test

Synonyms/antonyms, reading comprehension, sentence completion, one-word substitution, grammar based problems, re-arrangement of jumbled words.

Scholastic Ability Test

Mathematics: algebra-expressions, arithmetic progression, basic geometry, circles, coordinated geometry, direct & inverse variations, exponent, linear equation, number system, probability, quadratic equations, simple & compound interest, square root and cube root, triangles, trigonometry, statistics, surface area and volume.


Science: acid, bases and salts, air, carbon and its compounds, cellular level of organisms, diversity in living organisms, fibers and plastics, food production and management, light, magnetism & electricity, evolution, measurement, metals & non-metals, environment, periodic classification of elements, physical & chemical changes in matter, source of energy, structure of an atom, water.


Social sciences:


History: culture, science, & literature, early medieval period, Indus valley civilization, introduction of ancient Indian history, Jainism, Buddhism, and conquerors from other countries and nations, medieval architecture and culture, national movement, new empires and kingdoms, popular movements and social reforms, revolt of 1857, the Mauryas, Mughal empire, Vedic period.


Civics: democracy, diversity and livelihood, economic presence of the government, India & its neighboring countries, state government, judiciary, UN & other international agencies, Union government.


Geography: agriculture, atmosphere, industries, internal structure of earth and rocks, major domains and land-forms, maps and globe, motion of the earth, natural vegetation, environment of India, resources and development, solar system. 


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