International Science Olympiad

The National Science Olympiad starts with an examination held at nearly 1400 schools across the country and culminates with the international Olympiads at different corners of the world. The national level examinations are designed to assess the conceptual understanding, logical reasoning, laboratory skills, and above all, ability to apply problem-solving skills to novel situations, both theoretical and experimental. Training is included from the third stage of the programme and the first two stages do not necessarily require any specialised coaching outside the regular school system.

Five-stages:

Stage 1:

The first stage examination, the National Standard Examination (NSE) is the organisational responsibility of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). The academic responsibility for Chemistry and Biology rests with the Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT) and the Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences (ATBS) respectively, while Physics, Astronomy and Junior Science are handled by IAPT itself. The NSEs are tests with objective type questions and are offered in English and Hindi, with additional languages also available in Physics. The syllabus is broadly equivalent to up to Class XII (for Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Class X (for Junior Science) of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). However, the questions in all levels of Olympiads (including NSEs) may be expected to be of a higher difficulty level than the board examinations. These examinations are held close to the end of November every year at nearly 1400 centres across the nation. Students can register for this preliminary stage at their own schools.

The registration fee is Rs 100, which is the only fee that the student has to pay in the entire process up to the International Olympiads.

NSE                National Standard Examination

NSEA             National Standard Examination in Astronomy

NSEC             National Standard Examination in Chemistry

NSEB             National Standard Examination in Biology

NSEP              National Standard Examination in Physics

NSEJS            National Standard Examination – Junior Science

INO                 Indian National Olympiad

INAO              Indian National Astronomy Olympiad

INCHO           Indian National Chemistry Olympiad

INBO              Indian National Biology Olympiad

INPHO           Indian National Physics Olympiad

Stage 2:

The best-performing students from the NSEs (approximately 300 in each subject) qualify for the second stage — the Indian National Olympiads (INOs). The responsibility of the programme from this stage onwards lies with Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), Mumbai (HBCSE). The INOs are held in late January at around 18 centres across the country. The syllabus is same as that of the NSEs. The tests consist of objective as well as long questions.

Stage 3:

The top students from the INOs (approximately 35 in each subject) are invited for the third stage, the Orientation-cum-Selection Camps (OCSCs) held at HBCSE during April to June. At these camps orientation is provided to students for Olympiad level of theoretical, experimental and observational (for astronomy) tasks. Emphasis is laid on developing conceptual foundations and problem-solving skills. Students are exposed to innovative experiments with focus on conceptual and procedural understanding in experimental science. In astronomy, students are trained in basic notions in astrophysics, astronomical data analysis and night sky observations. Several theoretical and experimental/observational tests are held during the camp. On the basis of performance in these tests, few students (numbers specified below) are selected to represent India at the international Olympiads.

Stage 4:

The selected Indian teams undergo a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment and in case of astronomy, observational astronomy prior to their departure for the international Olympiads. Special laboratories have been developed in HBCSE for this purpose. Resource persons from different institutions across the country are invited to the training camps.

Stage 5:

The Olympiad programme culminates with the participation of the Indian students (4 - 6 in each subject) in the International Olympiads. The students are accompanied by 2-4 teachers or mentors. Almost every Indian student who has participated in the Science and Astronomy Olympiads has returned with a medal.

Eligibility:

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics:
  1. Must be an Indian citizen.
  2. Date of birth between 1 July 1997 and 30 June 2002, both days inclusive for appearing in 2016 Olympiads.
  3. Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 12 board examination earlier than 30 November 2016.
  4. Must not have commenced (or planning to commence) studies in a university or equivalent institution by 1 June, 2017. 
  5. Must not be appearing in NSEJS 2016.
Junior Science:
  1. Must be an Indian citizen.
  2. Date of birth between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2003, both days inclusive for appearing in 2016 Olympiads
  3. Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 10 board examination earlier than 30 November 2016.
  4. Must not be appearing in any of NSEA, NSEB, NSEC or NSEP 2016.

It is the student’s responsibility to determine if he/she satisfies the eligibility norms. If at some later stage it is found that the student does not meet the eligibility norms, he/she may face disqualification from the programme.

Enrolment for NSE:

Find out from the principal and/or the head of department whether your school/college is a registered centre. If so, enrol your name by paying the required fee. Your school/college will give you all necessary instructions pertaining to NSEs.

If your school/college is not a registered centre, visit the IAPT website: www.iapt.org.in. This website displays details of the centres which were registered last year. This may be of help to you in locating the centre nearest to you and in enrolling your name at the centre by paying the required fee.

  • Fee: Rs. 100/- per student per subject.
  • Feeis to be paid to the centre in-charge of the centre where you have enrolled your name. No direct remittance to IAPT is permissible.
  • No TA/ DA is admissible for NSE (Stage I Examination).

Please note that NSEs are the organizational responsibility of IAPT. If you have any queries about NSEA, NSEB, NSEC, NSEJS and NSEP or if you have any difficulty in getting enrolled for these examinations, you should contact the following persons:

Prof. G. Venkatesh (Chief Coordinator, IAPT Examinations)

Prof. M. K. Raghavendra (NSE Coordinator)

F11A, 1st floor, Old Physics Building,

UG Programme,

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012

E-mail:iapt.nse@gmail.com
Tel. No. 09632221945

Syllabus:

Examinations
First and Second Stage
Third Stage

NSEA AND INAO

Is broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE. There will be greater emphasis on Physics, Mathematics and Elementary Astronomy.

Equivalent to respective International Olympiad Syllabus.

NSEB AND INBO

Is broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE.

NSEC AND INCHO

Is broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE.

NSEJS AND INJSO

Is broadly equivalent to secondary school level (up to and including Class X) of CBSE. All the basic subjects of science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Mathematics may have roughly equal emphasis.

NSEP AND INPHO

Is broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE.

 Pune office:

I.A.P.T. Office, I.I.E. Campus,

128/2, J.P. Naik Marg, Kothrud

PUNE-411038

Tel. (off) 020-25420163; and 020 20252754

e-mail: iapt@vsnl.net; Website: www.iapt.org.in

 

International Mathematical Olympiad

The Mathematical Olympiad Programme in India, which leads to participation of Indian students in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. This programme is one of the major initiatives undertaken by the NBHM. Its main purpose is to spot mathematical talent among pre-university students in the country.

For the purpose of training and selection of students for the Olympiad contest, 25 regions all over the country have been designated and each assigned a Regional Coordinator (RC). Additionally, three groups (Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathana (KVS) have a ‘Regional Coordinator’ each. The Mathematical Olympiad programme consists of five stages.

Stages:  

Stage 1:

The first stage examination, the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) is a three hour examination with six problems. The RMOs are offered in English, Hindi and other regional languages as deemed appropriate by the respective RCs. The syllabus may be found at (give syllabus link). The problems under each topic involve high level of difficulty and sophistication.

Stage 2:

The best-perfroming students from the RMO (approximately 900) qualify for the second stage – the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). The INMO is held on the third Sunday of January at 28 centres across the country.

Stage 3:

The top students from the RMO (approximately 35) are invited for the third stage, the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) held at HBCSE during April to May. At this camp orientation is provided to students for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Emphasis is laid on developing conceptual foundations and problem-solving skills. Several selection tests are held during this camp. On the basis of perfromance in these tests six students are selected to represent India at the IMO. Resource persons from different institutions across the country are invited to the training camps.

Stage 4:

The selected team undergoes a rigorous training programme for about 8-10 days at HBCSE prior to its departure for the IMO.

Stage 5:

The Olympiad programme culminates with the participation of the students in the IMO. The students are accompanied by 4 teachers or mentors.

Eligibility

All Indian students who are born on or after August 1, 1997 and, in addition, are in Class XI or below are eligible to appear for the RMO 2016 (leading to International Olympiads in 2017 ). Class XII students will not be eligible to appear for RMO/pre-RMO.

 

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