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NTSE 2016 Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern

NTSE Syllabus and Exam Pattern
What is the Syllabus & Exam Pattern of NTSE 2015? This is the first question asked by a student when he makes up his mind for appearing in the NTSE exam. This blog post provides you the Syllabus & Question/Exam Pattern of NTSE in detail.

You may also find the following blog articles on NTSE exam useful to help you prepare for the same:

Syllabus of NTSE  2016:

Syllabus of NTSE 2016, as given in the notification and "Learn about the Tests" booklet is as below:

NTSE MAT Syllabus:

MAT of NTSE is conducted to judge your power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation. In NTSE MAT paper, questions on analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, hidden figures, coding-decoding, block assembly, problem solving etc. is asked.  

NTSE SAT Syllabus (Language Test ):

Language Test is designed to judge the power of reading comprehension, logical sequencing; interpretative, evaluative, predictive and creative components of language. You can appear for the Language Test either  in English or in Hindi.

NTSE SAT Syllabus (Maths, Science & Social Science):

This SAT section of  NTSE is conducted to judge how much of text-book knowledge your have earned. NCERT has not prescribed any particular syllabus for the State Level Examination as well as for National Level Examination. The reason is simple: India has no universal school board: there are too many educational boards – at National Level as well as State Level.

However, it is safe to assume that questions asked at National Level would be more or less NCERT book oriented and since the very purpose of State Level Examination is to ultimately select students at national level, the questions asked at State Level would also be more or less NCERT book oriented. The standard of questions conforms to the level of Classes IX and X.

Do not worry at all about the syllabus – questions asked are more or less common to all boards, so that good students from every board can answer. If you are studying in a board other than CBSE, you can click here to download NCERT Class-IX & X Text books to have some ideas regarding whats is your boards syllabus vs. NCERT syllabus. You have to choose the Class, than subject and next title as shown below:
NTSE 2013 Exam Syllabus

Exam Pattern/Format of NTSE 2016:

NTSE Exam Pattern Format
Exam Pattern of both State Level NTSE & National Level NTSE (i.e. Stage-I & Stage-II) are similar and there are two test section, with a short interval in between them:
Part-I: Mental Ability Test (MAT).
Part-II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

There are in total, 200 question of 200 marks, to be answered in 3 hours. You can find the test section-wise distribution of marks in NTSE in the table at right.

Minimum qualifying marks in the State Level Examination of NTSE is 40% mark for general category candidate and 32% for SC/ST/physically challenged candidates.

The marks earned by you in the State Level Examination is for screening purpose only and is not carried forward to the National Level Examination for the Merit List. Scoring above minimum qualifying marks does not guarantees you for the next stage (i.e. to be recommended for National Level Exam). Your rank should be within the state-quota alloted to it by NCERT. This state quota is alloted by NCERT based All India Educational Survey (AIES) data.

I hope above information on NTSE Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern helps you to know about the exam better. You can find more study materials for NTSE exam in my blog post: NTSE Sample Papers& Books..