NTSE Syllabus - 2022-23, Examination Pattern and NTSE Reference Books

NTSE - National Talent Search Examination is a national level scholarship examination held by NCERT. The NTS Examination has two parts namely, SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test and MAT - Mental Ability Test. The SAT tests scholastic subjects like Mathematics, Science, and Social Science and MAT test tests the Mental Ability of the students.

NTSE Syllabus - 2021, Examination Pattern and Reference Books

The NTS Examination has two stages. The stage-1 examination is conducted by the state and stage-2 is conducted by the NCERT. Both stages have SAT and MAT tests.

In this post, students can refer to the complete list of syllabus, examination pattern, and books to be referred to clear the examination.

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NTSE Syllabus - 2022-23

Syllabus for Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

  1. Structure of an Atom
  2. Acid, Bases and Salt
  3. Carbon and Its Compounds
  4. Metals and Non-metals
  5. Periodic Classification of Elements
  6. Physical and Chemical Changes
  7. The Universe

SCIENCE – Biology

  1. Cellular Level of Organizations
  2. Air, Water and Soil
  3. Heredity and Evolution
  4. Fibres and Plastics
  5. Food Production and Management
  6. Diversity in Living Organisms
  7. Our Environment
  8. Human Body
  9. Micro-organisms
  10. Reproduction
  11. Plant and Animal Nutrition
  12. Life Processes
  13. Some Common Diseases

SCIENCE – Physics

  1. Magnetism and Electricity
  2. Motion and Force
  3. Work and Energy
  4. Light and Sound
  5. Measurements
  6. Source of Energy
  7. Sound
  8. Light


  1. New Empires and Kingdoms
  2. Jainism, Buddhism and Conquers from Distant Lands
  3. Industrial Revolution
  4. Culture, Science and Literature
  5. The Mauryas
  6. Vedic Period
  7. Medieval Architecture and Culture
  8. Resources and Development
  9. French Revolution
  10. The Delhi Sultanate
  11. World History
  12. Early Medieval Period
  13. British Raj
  14. India and Its Neighbors
  15. Indus Valley Civilization
  16. The Mughal Empire
  17. Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History


  1. Early States
  2. Indian Constitution
  3. Democracy and Elections
  4. 18th Century Political Formation
  5. Indian Economics
  6. The Judiciary
  7. Union Government
  8. Indian Freedom Struggle
  9. Popular Movements and Social Reforms
  10. UN and International Agencies
  11. Local and State Government
  12. Nationalism in Various Countries


  1. Agriculture
  2. Resources and Development
  3. Atmosphere
  4. Maps and Globe
  5. Natural Vegetation
  6. Population
  7. Biosphere
  8. Diversity and Livelihood
  9. Internal Structure of Earth and Rocks
  10. Major Domains and Landforms
  11. The motion of the Earth
  12. Our Country- India
  13. Solar System
  14. Water Resources


  1. Algebraic Expression
  2. Arithmetic Progression
  3. Polynomials
  4. Quadratic Equation
  5. Square Roots and Cube Roots
  6. Mensuration
  7. Surface and Area Volume
  8. Direct and Inverse Variation
  9. Percentage
  10. Simple Interest and Compound Interest
  11. Statistics
  12. Basic Geometry
  13. Circles
  14. Triangles
  15. Coordinate Geometry
  16. Number System
  17. Real Numbers
  18. Rational Numbers
  19. Trigonometry
  20. Arithmetic
  21. Linear Equations
  22. Exponents
  23. Probability


  1. World
  2. Awards and Recognitions
  3. Sports
  4. Abbreviations
  5. Book and Authors
  6. India


  1. Paragraph Completion
  2. Sentence Completion and Formation
  3. One Word Substitution
  4. Synonyms and Antonyms
  5. Rearrangement of Words
  6. English Grammar
  7. Comprehension
  8. English Grammar

*This is a qualifying examination. The marks scored in this subject will not be included in the final score of the applicant.

Detailed NTSE syllabus for MAT Examination

  1. Word Problems
  2. Analogy (Verbal and Non-verbal)
  3. Alphabet and Number Test
  4. Blood Relations
  5. Ranking and Arrangements
  6. Coding-Decoding
  7. Venn Diagrams
  8. Distance and Direction
  9. Mathematical Operations
  10. Series (Verbal and Non-verbal)
  11. Mirror and Water Images
  12. Embedded Figures
  13. Calendar, Time and Clock
  14. Classification

Overview of NTS Examination Pattern

TestNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksTime 
MAT - Aptitude Test100100120 Min.
SAT - Science, Maths,
Social Science
100100120 Min.

List of Books to Refer for NTS Examination

Book Name: A Comprehensive Manual for NTSE for Class 10th
Author: Abhijit Guha, N.D.Arora, V. Sasikumar, Divya Johry, Majid Husain
Publication: Access Publishing

Book Name: Practice Papers for NTSE
Author: Stalin Malhotra, S.L. Gulati, Hari Mohan Prasad
Publication: McGraw Hill Education

Book Name: Study Package for NTSE
Author: McGraw Hill Education
Publication: McGraw Hill Education

Book Name: The Pearson Guide to NTSE
Author: Navin C. Joshi, Saurabh Priyadarshi
Publication: Pearson India

Book Name: NTSE Explorer
Author: Er. Sonia Lal
Publication: MTG Learning Pvt. Ltd.

Book Name: Lakshya NTSE- Class 10th (Study Material + Mock Papers + Motivational Book and CD)
Author: AIETS Experts
Publication: Disha Publication

Book Name: Target NTSE Class 10th (MAT + SAT)
Author: Disha Experts
Publication: Disha Publication
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