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NTSE 2020 Syllabus

Diksha NautiyalUpdated On: 22 Jul, 2019 17:04 IST

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NTSE 2020 Syllabus

Before starting the Preparation for NTSE, it important to know the NTSE 2020 Syllabus. The syllabus of the examination has been prescribed by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT). NTSE consists of two stages. Each stage has two papers comprising the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Each of the papers carries 100 multiple choice questions which means that one stage carries 200 questions. The time duration to complete each paper is 120 minutes. The questions in the SAT are asked from Mathematics, History, Geography, Political Science, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. MAT, on the other hand, deals with thinking ability, reasoning and evaluation oriented questions. 

It is important for students to focus on every individual unit if they wish to score well in the examination. It is important for candidates to know the entire syllabus of NTSE 2020 as it will help in better exam preparation. Not knowing the syllabus well will make the preparation process very lengthy and hectic. This might also lead students to a probable chance of skipping a topic or two at the time of preparation. Before going through the syllabus, candidates should go through NTSE 2020 Exam Pattern to understand the division of sections and weightage of every topic in the exam and then start preparing for it accordingly.

NTSE 2020 Syllabus for MAT

The Mental Ability Test is conducted to judge the calibre of the candidates with respect to their ability to think, spatial orientation, the power of reasoning and evaluation, discrimination, etc. Following are the topics covered in NTSE 2020 Syllabus for MAT:

Water and Mirror Images

Figure Partition and Dot Situation


Embedded Figure

Ranking and Arrangements



Venn Diagrams


Alphabets and Number test

Paper Folding and Cutting

Series (Verbal)

Calendar, Time and Clock

Direction Sense

Word Problems

Cube and Dice

Missing Character


Mathematical Operations

Blood relations

NTSE 2020 Syllabus for SAT

The Scholastic Aptitude Test includes questions from Science, Social Science, Mathematics, etc. Following are the subject-wise topics for NTSE 2020 Syllabus for SAT:

NTSE 2020 Syllabus for Mathematics


Linear Equation


Quadratic Equations


Basic Geometry

Surface Areas and Volume

Arithmetic Progressions


Square & Cube Roots

Direct & Inverse Variations




Number System

Rational Numbers

Playing with Number


Simple & Compound Interest

Algebraic Expressions

Coordinate Geometry

Percentage & Its Application

NTSE 2020 Syllabus for Social Science 

World History

UN and International Agencies

The Mughal Empire

Local and State Government

Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History

Resources and Development

Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks

Vedic Period

The Delhi Sultanate

Industrial Revolution

Natural Vegetation

Water Resources

Nationalism in Various Countries

Medieval Architecture and Culture

Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands

New Empires and Kingdoms

Union Government

The Mauryas

Popular Movements and Social Reforms

Our Country- India

The motion of the Earth

Solar System


The Judiciary

Indus Valley Civilization

Indian Constitution

Indian Freedom Struggle


French Revolution

Biosphere and Atmosphere

Early Medieval Period

Indian Economics

India and Its Neighbours

Eighteenth Century Political Formation

Culture, Science and Literature

Democracy and Elections

Diversity and Livelihood

Early States

British Raj


NTSE 2020 Syllabus for Science 

Work and Energy


Life Processes

Motion and Force

Diversity in living Organisation

Carbon and its Compound

Human Body

Magnetic & Electricity at Work

Metals & Non Metals




Heredity and Evolution

Fibres and Plastics

Food Production & Management

Motion and Force

Periodic Classification of Elements

Acid, Bases and Salts

Some Common Diseases

The Universe

Motion and Force


Our Environment

Sound of Energy


Cellular Level of Organisation

Structure of Atom


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