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How to Prepare for NTSE Stage 2?

Last Updated - February 17, 2017

NTSE stage II is scheduled for May 14, 2017 on a national level. The exam will be conducted in different languages viz. English, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam, Oriya, Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi, and Urdu. Earlier, NTSE Stage-I examination was conducted by the States and Union Territories in November, 2016. Candidates shortlisted from Stage I will appear only in NTSE Stage II.

NTSE Stage II question paper is divided into 3 sections i.e. MAT (Mental Ability Test), SAT (Scholastic Ability Test), and Language Test. Candidates have to hone their time management skill to qualify the NTSE Stage-II paper. Overall, stage II is slightly more difficult with questions designed to test the conceptual clarity and understanding of various topics and core concepts form Class 9th and Class 10th syllabus.

SAT section of the examination could be easily attempted by simply following the CBSE syllabus of Class 9th and 10th. It is the right time to start the preparation for Stage II of NTSE and here we have provided all the related information, syllabus, preparation tips, suggested reference books, etc. for the applicants.

Pattern and Syllabus for NTSE Stage II

NTSE Stage-II question paper is divided into 3 sections to attempt. The paper has 200 multiple choice objective type questions of total 200 marks, 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer and 1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. No marks will be awarded or deducted for the unanswered questions.

TestNo. of questionsMarksDuration
Mental Ability Test (MAT)505045 mins
Language Test (English/ Hindi)505045 mins
Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)10010090 mins

The syllabus of NTSE Stage-II is similar to the syllabus of Class X as prescribed by CBSE. Candidates must consider the NCERT books of Class XI and X for the detailed syllabus. The detailed syllabus for Mathematics, Social Science and Science is mentioned below. The syllabus strictly refers to the NCERT syllabus of Class X textbooks.

MathematicsSocial ScienceScience
ArithmeticPopular Movements and Social ReformsAcid Bases and Salt
Algebraic ExpressionsPopulationAir
Arithmetic ProgressionsResources and DevelopmentCarbon and its Compounds
CirclesSolar SystemCellular Level of Organisation
Basic GeometryThe Delhi SultanateDiversity in Living Organisms
Coordinate GeometryThe JudiciaryFibres and Plastics
ExponentThe MauryasFood Production & Management
Direct & inverse variationThe Mughal EmpireHeredity and Evolution
Linear EquationUN and International AgenciesHuman Body
Number SystemUnion GovernmentLife Processes
MensurationVedic PeriodLight
Percentage & its ApplicationWater ResourcesMagnetism & Electricity at Work
ProbabilityWorld HistoryMeasurement
Playing with NumbersAgricultureMetals & Non-Metals
Quadratic EquationsAtmosphereMicro-organisms
Simple interest & Compound interestBiosphereMotion and Force
Rational NumbersBritish RajOur Environment
Square Root & Cube RootCulture, Science, and LiteraturePeriodic Classification of Elements
Surface Areas and VolumesDemocracy and ElectionsPhysical and Chemical Changes
StatisticsDiversity and LivelihoodPlant and Animal Nutrition
TrigonometryEarly Medieval PeriodReproduction
TrianglesEarly StatesSoil
--Eighteenth-Century Political FormationSome Common Diseases
--French RevolutionSound
--India and its NeighborsSource of Energy
--Indian ConstitutionStructure of Atom
--Indian EconomicsThe Universe
--Indian Freedom StruggleWater
--Indus Valley CivilizationWork and energy
--Industrial Revolution--
--Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks--
--Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History--

Candidates can check below the syllabus for NCERT stage II. Syllabus is of class x level to test general aptitude and awareness of the candidates.


Mental AbilityGeneral KnowledgeEnglish Language
Alphabet and Number TestAbbreviationEnglish Grammar
Analogy (NonVerbal)Books and AuthorsAntonyms
Analogy (Verbal)Awards and RecognitionsOne word substitution
Blood RelationsSportsReading Comprehension
Calendar, Time and ClockIndiaParagraph Completion
ClassificationWorldRearrangement of Jumbled Words
Direction Sense--Sentence Completion
Embedded Figure----
Figure Partition and Dot Situation----
Mathematical Operations----
Missing Character----
Ranking and Arrangements----
Series (Non - Verbal)----
Series (Verbal)----
Venn Diagrams----
Water and Mirror Images----
Word Problems----

Important Topics for NTSE Stage II

The syllabus of NTSE Stage-II is quite vast but there are few topics that need more attention and holds high weightage of marks. If these topics are prepared well then the possibility of scoring marks will definitely increase. Important topics from all the subjects are mentioned below.

  • Physics - Motion, Light, Gravitation, Electricity, Magnetism
  • Mathematics - Area & Volumes, Number System, Triangles, Algebraic Expressions, and Equations, Regular Polygons
  • Chemistry - Solutions, Metals and Non-Metals, Acids, Bases, and Salts, Chemical Reactions, State of Matter and Gas Law
  • Social Studies - Nazism and Rise of Hitler, Nationalism in India, Industries, Climate, Natural Vegetation and Wildlife, Physical Division of India, Globalization and Indian Economy, Union Executive and Legislature
  • MAT - Logical Venn Diagrams, Coding-Decoding, Number Series, Missing Terms, Seating Arrangements
  • Language Test - Sentence Completion, Reading Comprehensions, Cloze Test

Preparation Tips for NTSE Stage II

The questions asked in NTSE 2017 are of the Class IX-X level, therefore it is advisable to refer the NCERT books of Class 9th and 10th. If the preparation is done with a strategy it works really well and to plan out one, here are few tips to follow.

  • Exam Pattern Analysis: Analyze the NTSE Stage-II exam pattern thoroughly, it will give the idea about each section and will help to figure out how much time and attention each section requires. Identify the important topics and start focusing on them separately.
  • Mental Ability Test(MAT): This section of the paper have 50 questions out of which it is required to get 20 questions correct to acquire the cutoff score. It is the toughest section as candidates get only 45 minutes to attempt this section. It has the trickiest questions to test the logical and reasoning ability of the candidate. Use shortcut formulas and tricks to solve questions it will save time. Give your maximum time to practice this section.
  • Follow NCERT Books: To prepare subjects like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Social Science it is advisable to follow Class 9th and 10th NCERT books for respective subjects.
  • Solve Mock Test Papers: Practice mock test papers daily to hone your time management skill and it will help to get familiar with the NTSE Stage-II exam pattern. This will eventually help to determine how to attempt the paper, how to allocate time to each section and which section needs more attention.
  • Analyze your progress: Continuously assess your own preparation progress. It will help to figure out your weaknesses and strength and also to figure out how to work on them.
  • Stay Healthy and Positive: Yes it is very important to pay equal attention to your health. Positive attitude and healthy self just boost the performance to the next level. Eat well, think well and perform well.

Suggested Reference Books for NTSE Stage II

The NCERT textbooks are the primary source of reference for preparation of NTSE Stage-II, but there are really some excellent books available in the market for the purpose of reference. There are lots of study material, mock test papers available online as well. Here we have mentioned the best options for you to take reference from and prepare well.

BooksAuthorISBN-10 No.
Study Package for NTSE Class X (MAT+SAT+English Language Test)M.C.GrawHill938596528X
The Pearson Guide to NTSE Class X (English) 1st EditionSaurabh Priyadarshini and Navin C.Joshi9332521042
NTSE Explorer MAT+SAT+ New English Language Test for Class X (English)Sonia Lal9385204955
Practice Paper NTSE Class X (English) 1st EditionS.L.Gulati, Stalin Malhotra, Hari Mohan Prasad1259064298
NTSE Practice SetsSonal Chauhan, Diwakar Sharma, (Arihant)9351763536
A Complete Study Guide NTSE (MAT+SAT)Arihant9350947005



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