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Preparation for NTS Test – Guidelines


NTS Test has been divided in various categories depending department/groups in which student wants to take admission.


  1. NAT-I is divided in NAT-IA (for Art/Humanities students), NAT-IE (for Pre-engineering students) and NAT-IM (for Pre-medical students).
  2. NAT-II is divided in NAT-IIA (Art/Social Sciences Group), NAT-IIB (Biological Group), NAT-IIM (Management Group), NAT-IIO (Oriental and Islamic Studies Group) and NAT-IIP (Physical Science Group).

Each of these tests consists of FOUR parts.

  1. Verbal Ability (20 MCQs)
  2. Analytical Reasoning (20 MCQs)
  3. Quantitative Reasoning (20 MCQs)
  4. Subject Knowledge (30 MCS in NAT-I and 40 MCQs in NAT-II paper)

First three parts of are same for all NAT tests but the fourth part differs for different category of NAT.


NAT- I & II (All Categories/Group) Format
Time Allowed: 120 Minutes
A: Verbal
B: Analytical
C: Quantitative
D: Subject

1.Sentence Completion (5)
2. Analogy                         (3)
3. Antonym                       (4)
4. Comprehension           (5)
5. Synonym                       (3)
Total MCQs :                     20

1. Scenario Based    (12)
2. Statement Based (08)

Total MCQs :                 20

1. Arithmetic  (13)
2. Algebra       (04)
3. Geometry   (03)

Total MCQs :     20

Note: This Section of test differs for each group of NAT test i.e NAT-IA, NAT-IE,

We will discuss here about the preparation for first three parts of NTS Test which are same for all categories. Here are the Guidelines which will help you in maximizing your score in test and qualifying test very easily.


                                                        PART-1 (A)
Verbal Ability

“Verbal” means ‘relating to words’ and “ability” means ‘skill or intelligence to do something’. The MCQs in Verbal Ability Part are designed in forms of words (English Language) to test student’s mental ability and knowledge about the language. The aim of Verbal Test is to analyze students’ intelligence, understanding towards toward English Language and English Comprehension. Verbal Test consists of Sentence Completion, Analogy and Comprehension questions.


Sentence Completion Questions:

In such type of questions, one or two blanks are given in a sentence, which has/have to be filled with correct option from given options A, B, C, D & C. Four or Five words or pairs of words are given as options below each question.

Candidate has to choose the option which completes the overall sense/meaning of sentence adequately. Two or three of given options may complete the sentence and make the sentence grammatically correct but candidate should go for the option which makes the sentence grammatically correct as well as complete the sense of sentence as a whole. Read the sentence carefully and select your option which best fits in sentence according to the background meaning and grammar of sentence. If there are two blanks, then focus on mutual relation and effect both words of pair according to the sense and grammar of sentence. The blanks should be filled in with following criteria


  • Correct Grammatical Structure of Sentence (Noun, Verb, Preposition etc or grammar rules)
  • Selection of Correct Vocabulary
  • Selection of Correct Filler according to the over all content or sense of sentence

For example:

MCQ:    My father keeps all his ___________ papers under lock and key.

Options:  (A). Useful   (B). Confidential   (C). Important   (D). Necessary


Solution: The correct answer is “B. Confidential”. See that all other options also fill the blank with grammatical correction and also makes the sense of sentence up to some extent. BUT the option which along with grammatical correction makes the overall sense of sentence perfect is B, Confidential because “keeping something under lock” means that the thing is confidential and other may not see or read it at any cost which is only possible if kept under lock. While useful/important/necessary papers are kept safe but may or may not be necessarily under lock.

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