Wednesday, 19 August 2015

National Standard Examination (NSE) conducted by IAPT in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Junior Science is the first step for the worldwide Olympiad.

All further steps are conducted by Homi Bhabha Certer for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai.

After NSE examination, next step for the eligible students is the Indian National Olympiad (INO) examination in the respective subjects.

National Standard Examination At 12th level -

National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP), conducted every year since 1987, has become the most 'visible' activity of IAPT. It is a voluntary examination. More than 40,000 students at over 1200 centres, most of which are in small towns and villages, appear at this examination. The participation, purely voluntary, offers an opportunity to measure one's standing against a national standard. NSEP is not linked to any entrance or scholarship award. Students are allowed to take away the question paper and the solutions are provided to them after a week. The NSEP is carried out in English, Hindi & a few other Indian languages.


Gold medalists in NSEP, after they complete their education, may join DAE directly through interview without appearing in their entrance test.


A number of scholarships (subject to a maximum of 10) have been instituted to encourage students to take-up physics as a career. Those who seek admission in B.Sc. (with physics) after NSEP are eligible for these scholarships.

National Standard Examination in Chemistry / Biology / Astronomy / Junior Science

National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC) and National Standard examination in Biology (NSEB) in collaboration with ACT (Association of Chemistry Teachers) and ATBS (Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences). Both these exams are also at the Std. XII level.

National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA) is examination leading to International Astronomy & Astrophysics Olympiads.

National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) is examination leading to International Junior Science Olympiads.

The International Olympiad (IO) programme follows a five stage process.

Stage one - National Standard Examinations (NSEs) in Physics, Chemistry, Biology,Astronomy, Junior Science organized by IAPT. For more about NSE, go to students brochure. Statewise quota is available here.

All the subsequent stages are conducted by Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai.( )

Stage two - is the Indian National Olympiad (INO) examinations. The eligible students from stage one can participate in INO in respective subjects. For eligibility refer to students brochure. Statewise quota is available here.

Stage three - is the Orientation Cum Selection Camps (OCSC). For these camps, about 35 students in each subject will be selected from INO on performance basis

Stage four - These students will have a Pre Departure Training (PDT) for two weeks.

Stage five - Participation in International Olympiad (IO) of the selected students.

(Note:- National Board for Higher Mathematics has been organizing Mathematical Olympiad since 1990. For details visit
Time schedule for 2015-2016 Examinations:
Examination schedule:
Date of Exam
22nd November 2015
09 30 am to 11 30 am
22nd November 2015
12 30 pm to 02 30 pm
22nd November 2015
03 00 pm to 05 00 pm
NSEA22nd November 201503 00 pm to 05 00 pm
NSEJS22nd November 201503 00 pm to 05 00 pm
Note: All the five NSEs are on the same day Sunday, 22nd November 2015
For further information visit


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