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Preparing well is half the battle won, and to excel in exams you must devise strongly. NSTSE (National Level Science Talent Search Examination) is a conceptually articulated and scientifically prepared examination and to excel in these types of examinations one must formulate strategically to gain their desired result.
To make your preparation less troublesome here is the class-wise syllabus for NSTSE 2021 examination. Like other olympiads, this olympiad also caters to all students from all the boards, however, one of the key differences between NSTSE and any other olympiads is that the paper for each class is different and therefore it becomes a bit easy for students as they have to prepare for only their class. One must note that being a concept driven examination NSTSE is not that easy; you must know every small & big concept of Mathematics and Science.
Follow the table below to know about your classâ€™ Syllabus.
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.
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.
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.
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 2021 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 2021 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.
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.
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 |
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 2021 exam as you go to higher classes.
1. How Many Marks Does Each Question in NSTSE Carry?
Answer: The syllabus and integration of chapters in the NSTSE 2021 exam increase as the classes ascend. But the marks allotment for every question remains the same. One question from a 3^{rd} standardâ€™s paper and that of a 12^{th }standardâ€™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.