NTSE Syllabus 2021

NTSE Exam Syllabus 2021 PDF

The NTSE comprises two stages which consist of objective questions. They are divided into two sections: MAT and SAT. 

The mental ability test (MAT) is used to assess a student's overall potential in terms of problem-solving and logical reasoning abilities. It tests their mental acuity in a limited amount of time. These abilities are tested using a variety of questions involving data analytics, verbal and nonverbal reasoning, figure problems, and so on. It examines a student's approach to mapping and solving a problem in general and puts their thought process to the test. It is one of the most important criteria for screening applicants based on their comprehension and capacity to comprehend.

Detailed Syllabus of NTSE Exam

Detailed Syllabus of MAT

Verbal Reasoning

Non-verbal Reasoning



Puzzle Test

Transparent paper folding

Alphabet Test

Analytical Reasoning


Incomplete Figures

Logical Venn diagrams


Blood relations

Embedded figure


Water images

Logical sequence of words

Folding, Paper cutting

Verification of truth of the statement



Dot fixing situation

Problems on clocks

Problems on cubes and dice

Analytical Reasoning

Direction Sense Test

Series completion test

Arithmetical reasoning test

Mathematical operations

Inserting a missing character

The Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) is a portion that assesses a student's academic abilities in the areas of mathematics, science, and social science.

Detailed Syllabus of SAT


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


Acids, Bases and Salts

Carbon and its Compound


Cellular Level of Organization

Fibres and Plastics


Food Production & Management

Human Body


Life Processes

Magnetic & Electricity at Work




Metals & Non- Metals

Motion and Force

Periodic Classification of Elements

Our Environment


Some Common Diseases

Diversity in living organisms


Structure of Atom

Heredity and Evolution

The Universe

Work and Energy

Sound of Energy

Social Science:




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

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How to Prepare For NTSE?

Ans. Students can follow the following points to increase the efficiency of their preparation-

  • Study the NTSE 2021 Syllabus thoroughly.

  • Make yourself aware of the Exam Pattern for NTSE 2021.

  • Recognize your advantages and disadvantages.

  • Work on your weak areas.

  • Develop an efficient revision strategy.

  • Take practise exams.

  • Revise daily.

  • Get the answers to your questions.

  • Solve papers from previous years.

2. What are the Eligibility Criteria For NTSE 2021 Stage 1?

Ans. Following are the eligibility criteria for State-level examination(Stage 1)-

  • Students in Class X at any recognised school, such as a Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, or Sainik School, are qualified to take the State Level Examination in the state in which the school is located.

  • However, you will be free to live wherever you want.

  • Other criteria for taking the screening exam, such as a minimum percentage of marks in the previous annual examination, may be imposed by the state.

  • If they are under the age of 18 (as of July 1st of that year), unemployed, and entering class X for the first time, students participating in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible for a scholarship.

3. Which are the Ideal Books For NTSE Preparation?

Ans. Apart from NCERT books, students can refer to the below-given books for a good reference-

  • Study Package for NTSE Class X (1st & 2nd edition)- Mcgraw Hill

  • Pearson Guide to NTSE Class 10 1st edition – Saurabh Priyadarshini & Navin C. Joshi

  • Study Guide for NTSE for Class 10 – Disha Publication

  • Maths Class X – R.D Sharma

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