NTSE: National Talent Search Examination


NTSE is a national level examination conducted by NCERT. This examination aims to reward deserving students in class 10th with scholarships. It comprises of two stages and scholarship is rewarded to the students based on their overall performances in both stages of the examination.
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Mental Ability Test-
  • Word Problems
  • Analogy (Verbal and Non-verbal)
  • Alphabet and Number Test
  • Blood Relations
  • Ranking and Arrangements
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Distance and Direction
  • Mathematical Operations
  • Series (Verbal and Non-verbal)
  • Mirror and Water Images
  • Embedded Figures
  • Calendar, Time and Clock
  • Classification

Scholastic Aptitude Test-
  • Structure of an Atom
  • Acid, Bases and Salt
  • Carbon and Its Compounds
  • Metals and Non-metals
  • Periodic Classification of Elements
  • Physical and Chemical Changes
  • The Universe
  • Cellular Level of Organizations
  • Air, Water and Soil
  • Heredity and Evolution
  • Fibers and Plastics
  • Food Production and Management
  • Diversity in Living Organisms
  • Our Environment
  • Human Body
  • Micro-organisms
  • Reproduction
  • Plant and Animal Nutrition
  • Life Processes
  • Some Common Diseases
  • Magnetism and Electricity
  • Motion and Force
  • Work and Energy
  • Light and Sound
  • Measurements
  • Source of Energy
  • Sound
  • Light
  • New Empires and Kingdoms
  • Jainism, Buddhism and Conquers from Distant Lands
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Culture, Science and Literature
  • The Mauryas
  • Vedic Period
  • Medieval Architecture and Culture
  • Resources and Development
  • French Revolution
  • The Delhi Sultanate
  • World History
  • Early Medieval Period
  • British Raj
  • India and Its Neighbours
  • Indus Valley Civilization
  • The Mughal Empire
  • Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History
  • Early States
  • Indian Constitution
  • Democracy and Elections
  • 18th Century Political Formation
  • Indian Economics
  • The Judiciary
  • Union Government
  • Indian Freedom Struggle
  • Popular Movements and Social Reforms
  • UN and International Agencies
  • Local and State Government
  • Nationalism in Various Countries
  • Agriculture
  • Resources and Development
  • Atmosphere
  • Maps and Globe
  • Natural Vegetation
  • Population
  • Biosphere
  • Diversity and Livelihood
  • Internal Structure of Earth and Rocks
  • Major Domains and Landforms
  • The motion of the Earth
  • Our Country- India
  • Solar System
  • Water Resources
  • Algebraic Expression
  • Arithmetic Progression
  • Polynomials
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Square Roots and Cube Roots
  • Mensuration
  • Surface and Area Volume
  • Direct and Inverse Variation
  • Percentage
  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest
  • Statistics
  • Basic Geometry
  • Circles
  • Triangles
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Number System
  • Real Numbers
  • Rational Numbers
  • Trigonometry
  • Arithmetic
  • Linear Equations
  • Exponents
  • Probability
General Knowledge-
  • World
  • Awards and Recognitions
  • Sports
  • Abbreviations
  • Book and Authors
  • India
English Language-
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Sentence Completion and Formation
  • One Word Substitution
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Rearrangement of Words
  • English Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • English Grammar

Preparation Tips-

Analyze the syllabus-

The first thing you have to do is analyse your syllabus and mark all the essential topics. Then, you will get a complete insight into what all the NTSE will ask you in the examination.

Need to ace your basics-

If you want to clear this Olympiad, remember to ace your basics. Then, it will help you to solve any advanced level questions without much difficulty.

Focus on NCERT-

It will help you to brush up on your basics. Solve all the problems of NCERT. Try to derive proofs of your own. It will help you to approach different questions with some ease.

Solve previous year papers-

Previous year papers are crucial to success in this exam. By solving them, you can identify your strengths and weaknesses and can work on them.

Time management-

Monitor your time while solving previous year papers or mock tests to help you know how to manage your time and finish your time before the time runs out.


Revision is critical as it helps you retain all the important topics/concepts from where the NTSE is expected to ask you questions. Therefore, revise all the crucial topics thoroughly.

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Anirudh Gupta
IIT Delhi Computer Science CBSE Class 12 - 94.2% RMO Awardee
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