National Talent Search Examination NTSC SYLLABUS Pattern of NTSE
Test Duration No. of Items Max. Marks
Mental Ability Test (MAT) 90 Min. 100 100
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 90 Min. 100 100
Some Important Points for NTSE
  • Each question will carry 1 mark. The total marks will be 100 for each test.
  • Minimum qualifying marks will be 40% i.e. 40 marks for general category.
  • Minimum qualifying marks for reserved categories will be 32% i.e. 32 marks.
  • The duration of the tests will remain the same for all categories i.e. 90 minutes each.
  • For first 90 questions in both SAT and MAT, the candidates have to put a cross mark (X) on the number of the correct alternative on the answer sheet against the corresponding question. For questions 91-100, the answers are to be written in the given space in the answer sheet.
  • In SAT, the first 90 questions are divided into three areas  35 for Science, 20 for Mathematics and 35 for Social Science. However, no separate sections are given in the test. The last 10 questions are mixed from different subjects.
  • There is no negative marking.
SYLLABUS                        Section I MAT (Mental Ability Test)                                  Part 1 (Verbal Reasoning)
  1. Analogy                                                        12. Venn Diagram
  2. Classification                                                 13. Mathematical Operations
  3. Alphabet Test                                               14. Direction Sense Test
  4. Coding – Decoding                                     15. Inset the missing
  5. Series (Letter & Number)                         16. Ranking Test
  6. Complex Sequence                                     17. Arithmetical Reasoning
  7. Logical Sequence of Words                      18. Problems on Cubes , Dice
  8. Blood Relations                                           19. Syllogism
  9. Problems on Calendar                               20. Statement and Conclusion
  10. Analytical Reasoning                                  21. Statement and Assumption
  11. Puzzle Test
Part 2 (Non-Verbal Reasoning)        22. Analogy                                                         28. Paper Folding        23. Series                                                             29. Paper Cutting        24. Classification (Odd One Out)                  30. Dots Situation        25. Incomplete Figure completion                31. Similarity in Figure        26. Mirror Images – Water Images               32. Matrix        27. Spotting Out the Embedded Figure Section II SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)                                              Part 1 (Physics)
  1. Motion                                                          7.  Heat
  2. Force and laws of Motion                        8.  Light : Reflection and Human Eye
  3. Work, Energy and Power                         9.  Electricity
  4. Gravitation                                                   10.Magnetic Effects of Electric circuit
  5. Pressure and Archimedes principle       11. Source of Energy
  6. Sound
                                  Part 2 (Chemistry)
  1. Is matter around as Pure                           6. Carbon and its Compound           
  2. Atomic Structure                                         7. Periodic Classification of Elements  
  3. Chemical reaction and Equations             8. Atoms and Molecules
  4. Acids, Base and pH                                       9. Matter in our Surroundings
  5. Metals and Non-metals
Part 3 (Biology)
  1. Fundamental Unit of Life                           7. Why do we fall ill
  2. Tissues                                                             8. Diversity in living Organism
  3. Life Process                                                    9. Our Environment
  4. Control and Coordination                        10. Natural Resources
  5. How do Organism Reproduce                11. Management of Natural Resources
  6. Heredity and Evolution                             12. Improvement in food Resources
                                         Part 4 (Mathematics)
  1.  Number System                                         10. Triangles
  2. Algebra                                                         11. Quadrilaterals
  3. Coordinate Geometry                               12. Circles
  4. Linear equations in two Variable          13. Surface area and Volume
  5. Quadratic Equation                                   14. Trigonometry
  6. Arithmetic                                                    15. Height and distance
  7. Commercial Mathematics                        16. Statistics
  8. Arithmetic Progression                             17. Probability
  9. Line and Angles
                                           Part 5 (History)
  1. Indian History                                              4. Livelihoods, Economics and Societies
  2. Events and Process                                    5. Everyday Life, Culture and Politics
  3. Events and Process                        
                                        Part 6 (Geography)
  1.  India – Size and Location                        6.  Agriculture
  2. Physical Features of India                        7.  Industries
  3. Climate                                                          8.  Mineral and energy Resources
  4. Drainage System and rivers                    9.  Population
  5. Resources and Development                  10. Transport- Lifelines of National 
                                                                                            Economy                                             Part 7 (Civics)
  1. Framing of Indian Constitution :            3.  Democracy and Related Phenomena
Basic Features                                             4. Electoral system in India and Political
  • Organs of Government                            5. Power Sharing and Federalism
                                         Part 8 (Economics)
  1. Agriculture and Allied Activities             6. Sectors of the Indian economy
  2. People and Resources                               7. Money and Credit
  3. Poverty as a Challenge                              8. Globalization and The Indian Economy
  4. Food Security in India                               9. Consumer Rights
  5. Development