NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) is a national-level examination conducted under the NTS scheme for awarding scholarships to the meritorious students who are studying in the 10th Class level. The scholarships are given away up to the Ph.D. level in fields of Science, Humanities, Social Sciences , Commerce, Languages, Fine arts, and Vocational Studies. These are also given up to the 2nd degree level of the various professional courses like engineering, medicines, law, technology, and management. The NTSE is held as a 2-tier national examination carried out in 2 separate stages. The stage-I of NTSE is held by the States & Union Territories. On the other hand, the NCERT organizes the stage-II NTSE exam.
NTSE exam comprises MAT (Mental Ability Test) along with SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) which consists of multiple choice type of questions. Every year, around 1000 scholarships are being awarded.
MAT NTSE Syllabus
MAT (Mental Ability Test) comprises 50% of the total NTSE. This implies that the MAT itself consists of 90 questions from 3 major subjects Science, Social Science and Maths. MAT score weight is greater than around 4 times to that of the subject Maths. Therefore, a good practice in the MAT for the NTSE is inevitable to ensure your success. Although, there is absence of any defined or particular syllabus in the NTSE MAT, but there are some important guidelines. MAT comprises questions from pattern finding like numeric, direction & orientation, geometry, visual & verbal, sequences & series, puzzles, odd one out, and Venn diagram.
SAT (Maths) NTSE Syllabus
Maths comprises 20 questions. This is a part of the NTSE SAT test in the exam. The syllabus for maths consists of that of class 6th to 10th Maths. The important topics in NTSE SAT maths are number systems, geometry, profit & loss, algebra, Mensuration.
Geometry: NTSE Maths syllabus comprises topics like Lines and angles, triangles & circles, quardilaterals. You could be asked Maths questions like calculating missing angles, questions on area & perimeters of quardilaterals and triangles that are formula based and so more. Every year, around 4 − 9 questions in the section Maths is from Geometry alone.
Algebra: The Maths NTSE syllabus comprises like Polynomials & linear equations, AP & GP. Every year around 4 questions is from the Algebra section. It includes questions like Solving a puzzle based on a story using the linear equations, calculating x in some polynomial expression and so more.
Mensuration: The Maths NTSE syllabus comprises questions like 2D & 3D shapes. Most of the questions here challenge the candidates to analyze their analytical thinking along with reasoning abilities rather.
Number system: The Maths NTSE syllabus comprises topics like Integers, prime numbers, real numbers, factors, LCM, HCF, factors, simplifications and so more. Every year, around 2 − 5 questions in the Maths section come from the number systems.
Profit & loss: The Maths NTSE syllabus can be a huge one. This section includes topics like Profit & loss, compound interest, simple interest, percentage, time, speed, data interpretation, and graph. This includes formula based problems.
SAT (Science) NTSE Syllabus
Science is an important part of the NTSE SAT in the national-level exam. The Science section consists of approx 35 questions. The SAT (Science) syllabus for the NTSE exam consists of topics from 6th to 10th Class. The major subjects are physics, biology and chemistry.
Biology: SAT (Science) NTSE syllabus consists of topics like Cells, natural resources, nutrition and common diseases. Around 10 − 15 questions come from the biology section every year.
Physics: SAT (Science) NTSE syllabus for Physics includes topics like motion, history of physics, energy, gravity, and electricity. Maximum questions are based on applications and thus, challenge the mental state of the candidates.
Chemistry: SAT (Science) NTSE syllabus for Chemistry includes questions with respect to basic chemical & physical reactions, properties of solids, Liquids & gases, conservation of energy, properties of elements, and so more. The SAT (Science) syllabus is usually for the 8th to 10th Class.
All the best for your NTSE exam!