International Junior Science Olympiad
Following five stages lead to International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)
Stage I National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS).
Stage II Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO),
Stage III Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Junior Science,
Stage IV Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IJSO,
Stage V Participation in International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).
The detailed information can be obtained from the website provided below. The brief information about eligibility and structure of the stages are given below:
NSEJS [National Standard Examination in Junior Science] – Stage I
NSEJS is organised by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) at a large number of centres across the country.
Exam schedule: November
Eligibility: Indian students born on or after 2000 and studying in Class X
Syllabus: Only broad guidelines are provided. Class X CBSE syllabus with equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths.
Selection for the second stage: Top 300 students in order of merit qualify to appear for the Second Stage.
All students who qualify to appear for INJSO (Stage II) get a certificate of merit from IAPT.
INJSO [Indian National Junior Science Olympiad] – Stage II
INJSO is organized by HBCSE at about 15 centres in the country.
Exam schedule: January end
Eligibility: Must be selected from NSEJS (Stage I) or has been exempted to appear stage I.
Syllabus: Only broad guidelines are provided. Class X CBSE syllabus with equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. Questions and problems are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to International Olympiads.
Selection for the third stage: Top 36 students in order of merit qualify to appear for the Stage III.
OCSC [Orientation cum Selection Camp] – Stage III
OCSC in Junior Science is organized by HBCSE sometime in April to June for 2-3 weeks.
Camp schedule: 2 to 3 weeks anytime during April to June
Eligibility: Must be selected from INJSO (Stage II).
Details of camp: The camp will include several theoretical and experimental tests. Orientation will be provided to students especially in experiments. The merit list of OCSC in Junior Science is prepared on the basis of the combined theoretical and experimental score agregated over all the tests in the camp, with 60% weightage for theory and 40% weightage for experiment. Performance in previous stages (NSEJS and INJSO) is not considered for the merit list and awards of the OCSC. Distinguished scientists are invited for interaction with the students during the valedictory function of the camp.
Selection for the fourth stage: Top 6 students in order of merit qualify to appear for the Stage IV. This constitutes the team for International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) provided they satisfy the age limit criteria, have valid Indian passport, Medical fitness, parental consent. Books worth Rs 5000/- are given to these students. In addition special prizes are given to recognize the meritorious performance.
PDT [Pre-departure Training Camp for IJSO] – Stage IV
The selected 6 member student team undergoes a rigorous training at HBCSE in both theory as well as experiment. Experimental training is provided in Special laboratories developed at HBCSE. Resource persons from HBCSE and different institutions across the country are engaged in the training program.
IJSO [International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)] – Stage V
The 6 member student team and 3 teacher leaders constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).