NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2020
Updated on Aug 16, 2019 - 5:32 p.m. IST by Maniprabha.singh

NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2020- NCERT decides the examination pattern of NTSE Punjab 2019-20 for both stage 1 & stage 2. NTSE Punjab Stage 1 paper pattern comprises two sections - Mental Ability Test (MAT), and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2020 contains the details including the test duration, total number of marks, sections, exam mode and much more. The duration of the NTSE Stage 1 exam is 120 minutes and students need to answer a total of 200 MCQs (Multiple-choice questions). Students should be familiar with the syllabus and exam pattern of Punjab NTSE to make a good preparation plan. Read the NTSE Punjab 2020 Exam Pattern details such as time duration, marks, subjects, syllabus and so on.
Latest: NTSE Punjab answer key is released for MAT and SAT exam.

NTSE Punjab Exam Pattern 2020 (Stage 1)

  • NTSE stage 1 comprises 200 questions divided among two sections, MAT, and SAT, 100 marks in each section.
  • The medium of the question papers will be in English, Hindi & Punjabi.
  • Students have to solve all the questions in offline mode or pen and paper mode only.
  • There will be no negative marking in NTSE Punjab Stage 1 exam and 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • SAT section will comprise of 100 questions (Science-40, Maths-20, Social science-40) and designed for examining the knowledge and capabilities of students.
  • MAT Section will contain questions based on pattern perception, analogies, coding-decoding, classifications, hidden figures and problem-solving etc.
  • Students who qualify both the papers separately will be selected in NTSE Punjab 2020 Result


Exam pattern

Marks per Question

Time Duration

Qualifying criteria

Mental Ability Test (MAT)

100 question

1 Mark

120 minutes

General: 40% (40 marks)

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

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

100 questions

1 Mark

120 minutes

General 40% (40 marks)

ST/SC/PH 35% (35 marks)

NTSE Stage 2 Exam Pattern 2020

  • Students who qualify the NTSE Stage 1 with minimum NTSE Punjab cutoff marks will be called for NTSE Stage 2 exam, which will be conducted at the national level.
  • The medium of the question papers will be in English and Hindi only.
  • In the stage 2 exam of NTSE 2020, there will be no negative marking.
  • Both the tests MAT & SAT will be conducted on the same day.
  • Student's marks of written exam will be communicated to all the candidates individually through the official NCERT website after the declaration of the result.

Information about the marking scheme and category-wise qualifying criteria for stage 2 of the NTSE 2020 have been provided in the following table

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Exam pattern

Marks per Question

Time Duration

Qualifying criteria

Mental Ability Test (MAT)

100 question

1 Mark

120 minutes

General- 40% (40 marks)

ST/SC/PH- 32% (32 marks)

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

100 questions

1 Mark

120 minutes

General- 40% (40 marks)

ST/SC/PH- 32% (32 marks)

NTSE Punjab Syllabus 2020

The syllabus of NTSE Punjab stage 1 covers various topics from subjects prescribed. Apart from going through NTSE Punjab exam pattern 2020, students must also familiarise themselves with the NTSE Syllabus 2020 which is provided below-


NTSE 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.

Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)

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.

How to Prepare for NTSE Punjab 2020?

  1. Students should download NTSE Punjab question papers from the SCERT website and practise with previous year test papers to strengthen their preparation. These question papers help in understanding the NTSE Punjab exam pattern and syllabus better. Students can download these question papers along with the answer key using the link given above.
  2. Instead of cramming, memorise the important concepts by making hand-written short notes while preparing for the NTSE. These notes also help in easing the revision process.
  3. Follow the NCERT books for getting detailed information on the syllabus. Also, follow a few best books for NTSE available offline and online to ace the exam.
  4. In case of doubt or confusion, students are advised to consult with teachers to get the solution. Don't leave any section because of the high difficulty level.

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I am getting 179 marks in NTSE stage 1 2019-20 in madhya pradesh, will it be enough to get qualified for stage 2 i am a general candidate. Also please tell me when the result for madhya pradsh NTSE will be declared.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 23rd Feb, 2020


the results likely to be announced at the end of month of february, however the decision is totally depends on exam authority.

see cutoff score changes year to year and depends on various factors like number of participants, question level difficulty etc.

the expected cutoff is according to category wise as follows,

General  173-183

Scheduled Caste  149-159

Scheduled Tribe  132-142

Physically Handicapped  125-135

OBC  164-174


is the Ntse result of Maharashtra declared???2019-20

Pushpa 22nd Feb, 2020


Stage one exam was held on November 17, 2019

NTSE results of maharashtra will be declared last week of february 2020.

follow the following for regular updates https://school.careers360.com/articles/ntse-maharashtra-result


Is Quantitative Ability going to be included in NTSE from 2021?

Nikhitha Sai 22nd Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant. Every year NTSE doesn't release any syllabus in specific. As in nothing called official syllabus will be released. Basically 2 papers. MAT and SAT. MaaT usually itself will be based on quantum logic and reasoning. SAT consists of maths, science and social. NCERT books of class 9th and 10th, preparing them would be more than enough.

Nothing called quantitative ability in specific. Already embedded inside MAT part

Hope this helps




Is Quantitative Aptitude going to be included in NTSE from 2021

Swati Umang 22nd Feb, 2020

Hello! Hope you are doing good

The National Talent Search Examination is a prestigious talent based evaluation system designed for Class X students. It helps the students analyze their strength and weaknesses. Every year lakhs of students students appear for the exam of which 1000 are awarded with scholarship, 775 being from general quota. The Central government awards scholarships to NTSE scholars for pursuing studies in sciences and social sciences up till doctoral level.

Quantitative aptitude is a part of MAT, which is still in the syllabus. Please refer the following link for the syllabus: https://school.careers360.com/articles/ntse-syllabus

All the best

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hi , myis Karnataka ntse stage-1 cut off marks published ? --padmanabha

Sujatha Venkat 21st Feb, 2020

Hello  Aspirant,

NTSE karnataka results are out. You can visit the below link and check for your roll number in the merit list. In that list all the selected students roll numbers will be given :


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