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NTSE Stage 1 Overview

Candidates who wish to appear for NTSE Stage 1 can apply through offline/online mode from their respective State/UT or as specified by the exam authorities. They have to download the form online and submit it to the school principal for attestation before the last date, along with the application fee (if applicable). The offline NTSE application form can be obtained from the school or the contact officers listed for the States/UTs.

The notification of the availability of the application form for the NTSE state-level examination is also made available in local/national newspapers or circulars circulated in schools by the concerned State/UT.

NTSE Admit Card is attached to the application form of the NTSE and must be filled out by the candidates. This admit card is then signed by the State Liaison Officer and handed over to the candidate.

Eligibility Criteria For NTSE Stage 1

Students studying in schools in India are eligible to appear for the phase 1 exam. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Candidate must be a Class 10th student from any Government/Private school in India.
  • No domicile restriction exists; the candidate can be from any State/Union Territory of India.
  • Candidates pursuing education from open schools or distance learning are also eligible to write NTSE 2023 provided they are below 18 years old, unemployed, and appearing for the Class 10 board examination for the first time.

NTSE STAGE – 1 Syllabus

NTSE is conducted for students studying in Class X. Only Class X students (below 18 years of age) can appear for the exam.

NTSE syllabus is divided into two stages, each having objective-type questions. They are diversified into two groups: MAT and SAT.

The MAT (Mental Ability Test)

Mental Ability Test or MAT is used to evaluate a student’s ability, problem-solving and logical reasoning abilities to assess their cognitive skills. These abilities are measured using a variety of questions such as data analytics, shape problems, verbal and nonverbal reasoning, and so on. It examines a student’s general approach to mapping and problem-solving and tests their thought process.

NTSE MAT Syllabus: Verbal Reasoning

The topics important for MAT Syllabus are mentioned below:

Analogy Puzzle Test Alphabet Test
Classification Logical Venn diagrams Blood relations
Series Logical sequence of words Verification of truth of the statement
Coding-Decoding Problems on clocks Analytical Reasoning
Direction Sense Test Series completion test Arithmetical reasoning test
Mathematical operations Inserting a missing character  


NTSE MAT Syllabus: Non-Verbal Reasoning

The topics important for MAT Syllabus are mentioned below:

Classification Series Analogy
Transparent paper folding Embedded figure Dot fixing situation
Analytical Reasoning Water images Problems on cubes and dice
Incomplete Figures Folding Papercutting  


The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test):

Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT examine students’ knowledge in subjects like Science, Mathematics and Social Science. The syllabus is similar to classes IX and X.

Subject-wise NTSE Syllabus for SAT Examination:

The SAT consists of 100 math, science, and social science questions for 100 marks.

NTSE Exam Subject Wise Marks Includes –

  • Science – 40 Marks
  • Mathematics – 20 Marks
  • Social Science – 40 marks

The detailed NTSE SAT Exam syllabus is mentioned below –

NTSE Science Syllabus
Acid, bases, and salt Soil Heredity and evolution
Air Sound Our environment
Carbon and its compounds Structure of atom Physical and chemical changes
The cellular level of organization Water Reproduction
Diversity in living organisms Magnetism & electricity at work Some common diseases
Fibers and plastics Measurements Source of Energy
Food production & management Metals and non-metals The Universe
Microorganism Light Work and energy
Periodic classification of elements Life process  
Plant and animal nutrition Human body  
NTSE Mathematics Syllabus
Algebraic expressions Simple interest & compound interest Number system
Arithmetic Statistics Mensuration
Arithmetic progressions Triangle Linear equation
Basic geometry Rational numbers Square root & cube root
Circles Quadratic equation Surface areas and volumes
Coordinate geometry Probability Trigonometry
Direct & inverse variation Playing with numbers  
Exponent Percentage & its application  
NTSE Social Science Syllabus
History Civics Geology
Culture, science, and literature Democracy Agriculture
Early medieval period Diversity and livelihood Atmosphere
Indus valley civilization The economic presence of the government Industries
Introduction and sources of ancient Indian history India and its neighbors The internal structure of the earth and rocks
Jainism, Buddhism, and conquerors from distant lands Indian constitution Major domains and landforms
Medieval architecture and culture State government Maps and globe
National movement The judiciary The motion of the earth
New empires and kingdoms UN and international agencies Natural vegetation
Popular movements and social reforms Union government Our country-India
Revolt of 1857   Our environment
The Maurya’s   Resources and development
    Solar system
NTSE General Knowledge Syllabus
Abbreviations Books and Authors Sports
Awards and Recognitions India World
NTSE Mental Ability Syllabus
Alphabet and Number Test Direction Sense Series (Verbal)
Analogy (Verbal) Embedded Figure Series (Non–Verbal)
Analogy (Non-Verbal) Figure Partition and Dot Situation Venn Diagrams
Blood Relations Missing Character Water and Mirror Images
Calendar, Time and Clock Mathematical Operations Word Problems
Coding-Decoding Ranking and Arrangements Classification


NTSE STAGE – 1 Pattern:

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is conducted in two phases. The first level is conducted separately in each state/UT. Candidates selected in the first round of examination will be eligible for the national level examination.

Both the stages of the exam are conducted in two parts. The first part is the Mental Ability Test (MAT), and the second is the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Features of NTSE Exam Pattern:

Particulars Details
NTSE Stage 1 ●     Paper – I Mental Ability Test (MAT)

●     Paper – II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

NTSE Exam Mode Offline
NTSE Number of Subjects 3 (Maths, Science, Social Science)
NTSE Exam Duration 2 Hrs for Each Stage respectively
Number of Questions in NTSE 100 Questions in each paper
NTSE Marking Scheme ●     One mark for each correct answer

●     No negative marking for wrong answers

NTSE Paper Language English, Hindi

NTSE Stage  – 1  Important Date:

Events Dates
Start of the Application Form August onwards
Last Date Varies on States/UTs
NTSE Stage 1 Admit Card 1 or 2 weeks before the exam
NTSE Stage 1 Exam 1st Sunday of November (In all the States/UTs of the country except Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar exams, where it will be conducted on the 1st Saturday of November month every year)
NTSE Stage 1 Result Next Year in January/February months depends upon State/UT’s

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