NSTSE Syllabus 2020

NSTSE 2020 Syllabus

To participate and crack the competitive examination of the Unified Council’s NSTSE (National Level Science Talent Search Examination) you must have a good preparation of all the concerned subjects. To make it less troublesome, here is the NSTSE syllabus for all classes. Though all students from classes 1 to 12 are eligible to take this test, the syllabus of the CBSE board is followed from class 2 onwards.


The syllabus is no different from what a class 1 student studies at school.


Syllabus of NSTSE for Class 1

Subjects

Topics

General Science

Plants & Animals.

Air & Water.

Living & Non-Living Things (Basics).

Universe & Planets.

Mathematics.

Shapes.

Addition & Subtraction.

Numbers.

Multiplication & Division.


From class 2 onwards, the syllabus of the CBSE board is taken into consideration for setting the question papers of the NSTSE examination.


Syllabus of NSTSE for Class 2

Subjects

Topics

General Science

Plants & Animal Life

Rocks & Minerals

Human Body

Housing & Clothing

Living and Non-Living Things (Basics)

Air & Water

Universe and Planets

Safety & First Aid

Mathematics

2D & 3D Shapes

Basic Operations (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division)

Pictographs

Fractions

Length, Mass, and Capacity

Time and Money


The NSTSE syllabus is grouped for 3 classes together from class 3 onwards. A new section called Critical Thinking is added to the NSTSE syllabus from class 3.


Syllabus of NSTSE for Class 3-5

Subjects

Topics

Critical Thinking

Conducive Application in Real Life

Logical & Inductive Reasoning

General Science

Matter

The Moon

Human Body (Nervous System, Bones, and Muscles)

Weather

Plant Life

Safety and First Aid

Human Body (Food and Health)

Force, Work, and Energy

Natural Resources

Animal Life

Soil, Rocks, and Minerals Air

Mathematics

Arithmetic

Data Handling

Number System

Geometry

Mensuration

Factors and Multiples

Measurements

Fractions and Decimals


The NSTSE exam syllabus concentrates on a greater in-depth knowledge from the 6th standard.


Syllabus of NSTSE for Classes 6-8

Subject

Topics

Critical Thinking

Decision Making

Tactics & Strategy

Logical & Inductive Reasoning

Mathematics

Comparing Quantities

Rational Numbers

Mensuration

Linear Equations in One Variable

Factorization

Data Handling

Geometry

Exponents & Powers

Squares & Square Roots

Introduction of Graph

Understanding Quadrilaterals & Practical

Visual Shapes & Solids

Cubes & Cube Roots

Direct & Inverse Proportion

Algebraic Expressions & Identities

Science

Microorganisms

Coal & Petroleum

Force & Pressure

Combustion & Flame

Friction

Sound

Cell Structure & Function

Chemical Effect of Electric Current

Metal & Non-Metals

Synthetic Fibres & Plastics

Food Production & Management


Here, the NSTSE 2020 syllabus of Science is further branched into Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Mathematics and Critical Thinking are still a part of the syllabus. The syllabus for NSTSE 2020 has not changed much from that of the NSTSE syllabus 2019.

Refer to the table below for the syllabus of NSTSE, for classes 9-10.


Syllabus of NSTSE for Class 9-10

Subjects

Topics

Critical Thinking

Decision Making

Tactics & Strategy

Logical & Inductive Reasoning

Physics

Light

Source of Energy

The Human Eye and the Colourful World

Magnetic Effects of Electric Current

Electricity

Chemistry

Acids, Bases & Salts

Carbon & its Compounds

Metal & Non-Metals

Chemical Reactions & Equations

Periodic Classification of Elements

Biology

Control & Coordination

Heredity & Evolution

Management of Natural Resources

Life Processes

Reproduction

Our Environment

Mathematics

Probability

Polynomials

Triangles

Statistics

Real Numbers

Constructions

Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables

Surface Area & Volume

Introduction to Trigonometry

Quadratic Equation

Some Applications of Trigonometry

Arithmetic Progressions

Circles

Areas Related to Circles


NSTSE subjects are further divided into PCM and PCB for classes 11 and 12. While you can choose between the two, you cannot attempt to give a PCMB exam.

Refer to the table below for the PCM Exam Syllabus of NSTSE.


Syllabus of NSTSE for Class 11-12

Subjects

Syllabus

Critical Thinking

Tactics & Strategy

Conscious Application in Real Life

Decision Making

Subject & Objective Analysis

Logical & Inductive Reasoning

Physics

Light

Electricity

Source of Energy

Motion & Force

Magnetic Effects of Electric Current

Work & Energy

Sound

Chemistry

Organic & Inorganic Chemistry

Chemical Reaction & Equations

Acids, Bases & Salts

Physical & Chemical Changes

Metals & Non-Metals

Periodic Classification of Elements

Carbon & its Compounds

Mathematics

Probability

Circles

Statistics

Number System

Triangles

Areas Related to Circles

Quadratic Equations

Introduction to Trigonometry

Arithmetic Progressions

Surface Areas & Volumes

Some Applications of Trigonometry

Percentages

Constructions

Coordinate Geometry


Refer to the Table Below for the PMB Exam Syllabus of NSTSE

Subjects

Topics

Critical Thinking

It is the same as the PCM category

Physics

It is the same as the PCM category

Chemistry

It is the same as the PCM category

Biology

Soil

Water

Air

Cellular Level of Organisations

Some Common Diseases

Reproduction

Food Production & Management

Microorganisms

Human Body

Heredity and Evolution

Structure of Atom

Carbon and its Compounds

Diversity in Living Organisms

Life Process

Our Environment

Plant & Animal Nutrition


Remember that in the advanced classes, the syllabus also gets more difficult. The conceptual aspect will be integrated more into the NSTSE 2020 exam as you go to higher classes.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How Many Marks Does Each Question in NSTSE Carry?

Answer: The syllabus and integration of chapters in the NSTSE 2020 exam increase as the classes ascend. But the marks allotment for every question remains the same. One question from a 3rd standard’s paper and that of a 12th standard’s paper carries the same marks.


Each question in NSTSE carries 1 mark irrespective of subject and standard. The Critical Thinking section is of 5 marks, for every class. The Mathematics section carries 25 marks, except for classes 11-12 PCB where Biology carries 25 marks. Science section, in general, is of 30 marks, in the case of PCM and PCB, Physics and Chemistry carry 15 marks each.

2. How Different is the NSTSE Syllabus of PCB from PCM?

Answer: The NSTSE syllabus of the PCB and PCM is very similar. Class 11-12 PCB has Critical Thinking, Physics and Chemistry, and Biology while PCM has Mathematics instead of Biology.


All the topics under Physics, Chemistry, and Critical Thinking are the same. As it is expected the PCB aspirants will have to study the Biology part and the PCM aspirants, Mathematics. Both the Mathematics part of PCM and the Biology part of PCB is more elaborate and lengthier than the other subjects, but it is important to focus on all the subjects equally.

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