NTSE 2021 Syllabus - Stage 1 and Stage 2 NTSE Syllabus Pdf

Exam Date

Dec 12, 2020

Result Date

Jun 18, 2021

Apr 7, 2021


There is no prescribed NTSE syllabus which the candidates can refer to. But the candidates can refer to the 9th and 10th standard syllabus for social science, mathematics and science since the exam paper will be based on these subjects. Check out the NTSE Eligibility to make sure that you clear the criteria for taking the exam.

NCERT has released a booklet called 'Learn about the Test', it contains sample items for both the MAT and SAT. Candidates can refer this to get an idea of what the syllabus might be like. The booklet is available on NCERT's official website.

Subject-wise Syllabus for NTSE Exam

The basic structure of the NTSE 2021 is given below:

  • Mental Ability Test (MAT) - 50 MCQs to test the ability of the candidates to judge their power of reasoning, ability to think, evaluate and discriminate, spatial orientation, etc.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - 100 MCQs from Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), Mathematics, Social Studies (History, Geography, Political Science and Economics) and also includes Language Comprehensive Test of 50 MCQs

Check out the NTSE Exam Pattern to know more details about the structure of the Exam.

The prescribed curriculum of NCERT is mentioned below:

NTSE Syllabus for Social Science

The syllabus for Social Science which the students can use as a reference is given below:

  • Agriculture
  • Atmosphere
  • Biosphere
  • British Raj
  • Culture, Science and Literature
  • Democracy and Elections
  • Diversity and Livelihood
  • Early Medieval Period
  • Early States
  • Eighteen Century Political Formation
  • French Revolution
  • India and its Neighbours
  • Indian Constitution
  • Indian Economics
  • Indian Freedom Struggle
  • Indus Valley Civilization
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Industries
  • Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks
  • Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History
  • Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands
  • Local and State Government
  • Medieval Architecture and Culture
  • The motion of the Earth
  • Nationalism in Various Countries
  • Natural Vegetation
  • New Empires and Kingdoms
  • Our Country- India
  • Popular Movements and Social Reforms
  • Population
  • Resources and Development
  • Solar System
  • The Delhi Sultanate
  • The Judiciary
  • The Maurayas
  • The Mughal Empire
  • UN and International Agencies
  • Union Government
  • Vedic Period
  • Water Resources
  • World History

NTSE Syllabus for Mathematics

Even though the NTSE for Mathematics isn't prescribed, candidates can refer to the following topics:

  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Arithmetic
  • Arithmetic Progressions
  • Basic Geometry
  • Circles
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Direct& Inverse Variations
  • Exponent
  • Linear Equation
  • Mensuration
  • Number System
  • Percentage& Its Application
  • Playing with Number
  • Probability‚Äč
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Rational Numbers
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Square & Cube Roots
  • Statistics
  • Surface Areas and Volume
  • Triangles
  • Trigonometry

NTSE Syllabus for Science

The syllabus for Science which the student can refer to is given below:

  • Acids, Bases, and Salts
  • Air
  • Carbon and its Compound
  • Cellular Level of Organization
  • Diversity in Living Organisms
  • Fibres and Plastics
  • Food Production &Management
  • Heredity and Evolution
  • Human Body
  • Life Processes
  • Light
  • Magnetic & Electricity at Work
  • Measurement
  • Metals & Non-Metals
  • Micro-Organisms
  • Motion and Force
  • Our Environment
  • Periodic Classification of Elements
  • Reproduction
  • Soil
  • Some Common Diseases
  • Sound
  • Sound of Energy
  • Structure of Atom
  • The Universe
  • Water
  • Work and Energy

NTSE Syllabus for English Language

There are 8 chapters to be covered in the NTSE English Language Syllabus.

  • Antonyms
  • English Grammar
  • One Word Substitution
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Rearrangement of Jumbled Words
  • Sentence Completion
  • Synonyms

NTSE Syllabus for General Knowlege 

There are 6 chapters to be covered in the NTSE General Knowledge Syllabus

  • Abbreviations
  • Awards and Recognitions
  • Books and Authors
  • India
  • Sports
  • World

NTSE Syllabus for Mental Ability Test (MAT) 

  • Alphabets and Number test
  • Analogy (Non-Verbal)
  • Analogy(Verbal)
  • Blood relations
  • Calendar, Time and Clock
  • Classification
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Cube and Dice
  • Direction Sense
  • Embedded Figure
  • Figure Partition and Dot Situation
  • Mathematical Operations
  • Missing Character
  • Paper Folding and Cutting
  • Ranking and Arrangements
  • Series (Verbal)
  • Series (Non-Verbal)
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Water and Mirror Images
  • Word Problems

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