NTSE Syllabus 2020-21
Updated on Feb 13, 2020 - 4:05 p.m. IST by Dinesh Goyal

NTSE Syllabus 2020-21 - Knowing the syllabus of NTSE exam is the major step in preparation. So students must analyze the latest NTSE syllabus to prepare for the exam in a better manner. Primarily, the NTSE syllabus 2020-21 includes topics from 9th and 10th class syllabus of CBSE and state board. NTSE exam syllabus is divided into two parts: SAT and MAT as the exam is held at two stages. NTSE SAT syllabus comprises Maths, Social Science and Science subjects whereas NTSE MAT syllabus consists of verbal and non-verbal reasoning. NTSE stage exam was organized on November 2, 3 and 17, 2019. Now NTSE 2020 stage 2 exam will be held on May 10, 2020, for which the syllabus is the same as NTSE stage 1 syllabus. However, NTSE syllabus 2020-21 will remain the same at 2nd stage but the difficulty level of questions will increase. Students can refer to this NTSE 2021 syllabus to prepare for the upcoming stage 1 NTSE exam. NTSE syllabus for class 10 MAT and SAT section is given in this article along with exam pattern. Scroll down to know more.

NTSE Syllabus 2020-21 for MAT

The MAT section comprises the questions that will test students on their thinking ability, reasoning etc. Check the following tables to know the verbal and non-verbal syllabus:

NTSE MAT Syllabus - Verbal Reasoning


Puzzle Test

Alphabet Test


Logical Venn diagrams

Blood relations


Logical sequence of words

Verification of truth of the statement


Problems on clocks

Analytical Reasoning

Direction Sense Test

Series completion test

Arithmetical reasoning test

Mathematical operations

Inserting a missing character


NTSE MAT Syllabus - Non-verbal Reasoning




Transparent paper folding

Embedded figure

Dot fixing situation

Analytical Reasoning

Water images

Problems on cubes and dice

Incomplete Figures

Folding Paper cutting


NTSE Syllabus 2020-21 for SAT

There is no specified syllabus of NTSE exam by NCERT. But the NTSE exam syllabus majorly depends on NCERT class 9 and 10 syllabus. Science, Social Science and Mathematics are the integral parts of NTSE syllabus for class 10 students. Here are the major topics of NTSE 2021 syllabus which are mandatory for stage 1 and stage 2 exams:

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NTSE SAT Syllabus of Mathematics

Algebraic Expressions


Arithmetic Progressions

Basic Geometry

Direct & Inverse Variations

Coordinate Geometry

Percentage & Its Application




Number System

Square & Cube Roots

Playing with Number

Surface Areas and Volume

Quadratic Equations

Rational Numbers


Circles & Triangles

Linear Equation


Simple & Compound Interest

NTSE SAT Syllabus of Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

Acid Bases and Salts

Carbon and its Compound


Cellular Level of Organization

Fibres and Plastics

Diversity in Living Organisms

Food Production & Management

Human Body

Heredity and Evolution

Life Processes

Magnetic & Electricity at Work




Metals & Non-Metals

Motion and Force

Periodic Classification of Elements

Our Environment


Some Common Diseases



Structure of Atom

Sound of Energy

The Universe

Work and Energy


NTSE SAT Syllabus of Social Science (History, Geography, Civics)




British Raj

Culture, Science and Literature

Democracy and Elections

Diversity and Livelihood

Early Medieval Period

Early States

Eighteen Century Political Formation

Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History

India and its Neighbours

Local and State Government

Indian Economics

Indian Freedom Struggle

Indus Valley Civilization

Industrial Revolution


Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks

Resources and Development

Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands

The Delhi Sultanate

The Mughal Empire

Motion of the Earth

Nationalism in Various Countries

Vedic Period

New Empires and Kingdoms

The Judiciary

Popular Movements and Social Reforms


UN and International Agencies

Medieval Architecture and Culture

Natural Vegetation

French Revolution

Our Country- India

Union Government

Indian Constitution

Solar System

The Mauryas

Water Resources

World History


NTSE Exam Pattern 2020-21

Along with NTSE syllabus 2020, students are also advised to be familiar with the paper pattern of the exam. Thus they can devise their own strategy to cover NTSE 2020-21 syllabus and ace the exam. The exam pattern for both the stages of NTSE Examination is similar and details about the same have been provided below:

NTSE Stage 1 & Stage 2 Paper Pattern


Paper-I: MAT

Paper-II: SAT

Mode of exam

Offline (OMR based)


Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

Science, Maths, Social Science

Type of questions

Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple Choice Questions

Number of questions





100 (Science-40, Maths-20, Social Science-40)

Exam Duration

2 hours (120 minutes)

2 hours (120 minutes)

Marking scheme

  • 1 mark is awarded for each correct answer

  • No marks will be deducted for incorrect or unattempted answers

Qualifying Criteria

40% in each MAT and SAT section

32% for reserved categories in MAT and SAT section separately.

Best Books to Cover NTSE Syllabus 2020-21

NCERT books are the best source to study NTSE exam syllabus. However, to get the detailed information and difficulty level of the test, it suggested referring to the given NTSE best books:

  • Study Package for NTSE Class X (English) 1st and 2nd Edition by McGraw Hill Education

  • Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 (English) 1st Edition by Saurabh Priyadarshini and Navin C. Joshi

  • A comprehensive Manual for NTSE for Class X (English) by Abhijit Guha, N.D. Arora, V. Sasikumar

NTSE 2020 Preparation Tips

To obtain good marks in both MAT & SAT papers of NTSE 2020-21, students should follow a few important preparation tips to maximize their efforts in a short time duration.

  • Make a study schedule so that you can focus on all sections. Devote time to each part of NTSE syllabus smartly.

  • Focus more on your weak sections and devote more time to practice the questions.

  • Create short notes in a simple and precise manner. These handwritten notes help students to understand the concepts easily. This practice also makes the revision process faster.

  • After covering all topics in NTSE 2020 syllabus, solve the previous years NTSE question papers to practise with various questions. This will also help them identify the more important topics and types of questions asked in the exam.

  • After solving the papers, analyze the preparation level by identifying the topics that need improvements.

Also, Solve NTSE Sample Papers

The sample papers of NTSE are available online at free of cost. Candidates preparing for the exam must practise sample papers to improve their time management skills better. This will also familiarise them with important topics of NTSE syllabus 2020-21 as well as the exam pattern. The sample papers are designed in the format of the actual question paper and thus, will acquaint candidates with the actual test.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NTSE Syllabus 2020-21

Question: What is NTSE syllabus for class 10?


MAT and SAT are the two major parts of NTSE exam syllabus for 10th class students.

Question: Can I appear for NTSE in 9th?


No, only students who are studying in 10th can appear for NTSE exam. But you can prepare with the syllabus of NTSE exam to appear for the exam next year.

Question: What are the important topics of NTSE Syllabus 2020 for SAT?


NTSE SAT syllabus comprises the topics from 9th and 10th class Maths, Science and Social Science subjects.

Question: Is NTSE syllabus difficult?


No, the difficulty level of NTSE syllabus 2020-21 is moderate. A student can cover it easily along with regular school study.

Question: What is the syllabus of NTSE 2020-21 for English?


The English or language part has been removed from the NTSE exam.

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when would come keralas ntse result????

anurag khanna 29th Feb, 2020

Hi Sahana,

Result for NTSE Kerala stage-1 is scheduled to be declared in the second week of February. SCERT (State Council of Educational Research and Training) has released the merit list of candidates who are qualified for stage-2.

You can check out that merit list by clicking on given link :

Link :- Merit list of NTSE Kerala 2020 (http://www.scert.kerala.gov.in/images/2020/ntse%20stage%201%20result%20on%20web%202019-20.pdf)

For more details about NTSE Kerala you can go through this article .

Hope this helps you.

Good Luck!!


ntse result of kerala??plsss say the exact date

Prakarsh Kaushik 28th Feb, 2020


The National Talent Search Examination ( NTSE ) is a National Level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship for the entire Academic Career.

The result of NTSE Kerala 2020 will be declared  by end of February or first week of March 2020. Students will be able to check NTSE Kerala result 2020 from the official website by clicking at this link - http://scert.kerala.gov.in/

Click at this link to know more about NTSE Kerala- https://school.careers360.com/articles/ntse-kerala-result

Hope this was helpful.

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ntse result of kerala have been published

AYAN MULLA 28th Feb, 2020

The NTSE result of kerala was supposed to published during the second week of february but it wasn't.
its not the case of your satte alone there are many other states whose result are still pending.
Ill attach a link here where you can find the cutoffs of all the states and ill even provide a link of expected marks in terms of previous year analysis.


i am chack my ntse result my sheet no.is 39207107047

Manisha Gupta Expert 28th Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Kindly mention here the state, You are asking about NTSE result so that I can provide you the information related result.

Good Luck!


where can i check ntse madhya Pradesh result 2020 stage 1

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Feb, 2020


NTSE Madhya  Pradesh results will be declared by Rajya Shiksha Kendra in pdf format mentioning the personal details  such as name, roll number etc and exam related details such as total marks, SAT and MAT scores. The tentative date for announcement of result is March'2020.

You can stay updated at the official website at mponline.gov.in

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