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NTSE 2016 Exam Pattern and Syllabus for Class X

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) have announced the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) which will be conducted for the student of Class X level. The NTSE consists of two tests; Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Both the sections consist of multiple choice questions and each question has four alternatives. From these four alternatives you need to select one correct answer. Each correct answer will get you one mark.


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MAT consists of 50 questions which are for one mark each and lasts for 45 minutes. SAT further has two sections; consisting of a Languages test and a combined section for Science, Mathematics and Social Science. The Language Section has 50 questions of one mark each which lasts for 45 minutes and the Science, Mathematics and Social Science section consists of 100 questions of one mark each which are to be completed within 90 minutes.

Both the sections are time bound






Mental Ability Test (MAT)



45 minutes

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Language Test



45 minutes

Science, Mathematics & Social Science



90 minutes

NTSE Mental Ability Test (MAT) Syllabus

This section of the test is given to the reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation, etc. A selection of questions, for example - analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, hidden figures, coding decoding, block assembly, problem solving, etc. are used for this purpose.

NTSE Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Syllabus (Language Test)

Language Test has been designed such that it assesses your reading comprehension, logical sequencing; interpretative, evaluative, predictive and creative components of language. The candidate has an option of appearing for the Language Test either in English or in Hindi.

NTSE Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Syllabus (Maths, Science & Social Science)

This section of SAT has been constructed such that one can judge how much of text-book knowledge the student has gained. As India doesn't have one single unified board system thus NCERT has not prescribed any particular syllabus for this State Level Examination or for National Level Examination.

You should also be prepared to answer questions that are asked at the National Level (Stage-II) to be standard of Classes IX and X level.