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Enrollment for Science and Astronomy Olympiads

Stage 1 National Standard Examinations (NSE)

in physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and junior science: NSEP, NSEC, NSEB, NSEA and NSEJS respectively.

 


NSEP, NSEC, NSEB, NSEA and NSEJS is the first stage of the Olympiad Program in the respective subject.

 

Note: From the year 2010-11, HBCSE will not be responsible for organizing and sending the team to International Astronomy Olympiad-Junior (IAO - Jr) and hence, there is no separate NSEA (Jr.) examination. Indian participation in IAO (Jr) may be organized by National Council of Science Museums. Students interested in participating in IAO (Jr.) are advised to appear for NSEJS.

 

To enroll for NSEs, find out whether your school/college is a registered centre from the principal and/or the head of department. (Each registered centre may be an examination centre for all the five subjects). If so, enroll your name by paying the required fees by the due date. Your school/college will give you all the necessary instructions pertaining to NSEs.

If your school/college is not a Registered NSE Centre, look for a nearby Registered NSE Centre for enrollment. It may help if you visit IAPT website. This website displays the list of centres registered last year. There may be a few additions/deletions in the list of centres in the current year. If you have any queries about NSEs or if you have any difficulty in getting enrolled for these examinations, you should contact the following persons:

 Prof. M. L. Oglapurkar
Chief Coordinator (IAPT Examinations)
IAPT Office, Sheela Vihar Colony,
7, Heramb Coop HSG Society,
Near Kimaya Hotel, Karve Road,
Kothrud, Pune 411 038
Tel: 0202542 0163; 0202025 2754(O)
Email: iaptpune@gmail.com

 

Exemption from Stage I (National Standard Examinations):

Candidates who have represented India in the International Olympiad (IPhO, IChO, IBO, IOAA, IJSO, APhO, and IAO-Jr) in the previous year, need not appear for the first stage NSE examination in the respective subject. They may be allowed on request to the respective National Coordinator, to directly appear for the second stage Indian National Olympiad (INO) examination provided they satisfy other eligibility criteria such as age, pre-college status, etc. applicable for the respective Subjects.

 

There will be no other exemption for selection to the Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs).

 

Please do not contact HBCSE in connection with Stage I enrollment, since this is entirely supervised by IAPT. All queries addressed to HBCSE in connection with NSEs will be forwarded to the above mentioned persons for reply. However, if you have any general queries, you may contact the following:

Prof. Anwesh Mazumdar

National Co-ordinator Science Olympiads

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR)

V.N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd Mumbai - 400 088.

Tel : 022-2548 2104 (Direct); 2507 2322 (Board)

Fax : 022-2556 6635 or 2556 6803

 

Students should give the following details in their letter or email :

Name:/ age: /sex:

Address with pin code

 

Telephone/fax number:

Name of the school/college:

Class in which studying:

 

Examination Fees to be paid to the Centres

 

Examination Fee

NSEP

Rs.100/- per candidate

NSEC

Rs.100/- per candidate

NSEB

Rs.100/- per candidate

NSEA

Rs.100/- per candidate

NSEJS

Rs.100/- per candidate

 
Date of National Standard Examinations : 23 November 2014 (Sunday)

Time:

Examination Time
 NSEP
09:30 am to 11:30 am
NSEC
12:30 pm to 02:30 pm
NSEB 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm
NSEA 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm
NSEJS 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Last Date for Enrollment for NSE: 15th September 2014

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT HBCSE IN THIS CONNECTION. ALL QUERIES ADDRESSED TO HBCSE IN CONNECTION WITH NSEs WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED PERSON FOR REPLY.

 

 

Stage II Indian National Olympiad Examinations

 

Indian National Olympiads will be held in chemistry, biology, astronomy and junior science. They will be organized by HBCSE*. These examinations are held at about 15 centres in the country. The dates and schedule of these examinations will be communicated in the first week of January to the eligible students selected from Stage I examinations. They will also be announced on the website: http://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in. Please note that hard copy of the selection letter sent by postal communication (normally speed post) is to be taken as official and not the announcement on the website. HBCSE will not be responsible for postal delays or delays due to incomplete, illegible/incorrect addresses provided by students, or any other reasons beyond HBCSE’s control. As far as possible the National Olympiads in different subjects are held on separate days/timings so that a student who is eligible to appear for more than one subject can do so. Students appearing for INPhO/INChO/INBO/INAO/INJSO are eligible for TA/DA as per the norms of the programme.

 

* Since HBCSE is the nodal centre for hosting IPhO 2015, the Second stage (INPhO) examination and the third stage (OCSC -Physics) will be organized by IAPT- APhO Cell in Delhi.

Eligibility for Stage II:

 

The aim of the first stage examination is to have a wide reach, to progressively increase this reach and to attain nationwide representation for Stage II without overly compromising on merit. Hence the selection for the Stage II examinations i.e. Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs) is based on the following scheme.

 

  1. Eligibility Clause: To be eligible for the Stage II INO exam leading to the International Olympiad, a candidate must secure a score equal to or greater than a Minimum Admissible Score (MAS). The MAS for a given subject will be 50% of the average of the top ten scores in that subject rounded off to the nearest lower integer.

 

  1. Merit Index Clause: There will be a high score called the Merit Index (MI) associated with each subject in Olympiads. The MI in a subject is defined as 80% of the average of the top ten scores in that subject rounded off to the nearest lower integer. All students with a score greater than merit index MI for the subject will automatically qualify for INO Stage II examination in that subject. For example, if the average of top ten scores in a certain subject is 92, then 80% of this is 73.6. Then the MI in that subject will be 73. All candidates with a score equal to or above 73 in that subject will automatically qualify for INO stage II.

 

  1. Proportional Representation Clause: Students from all States and UTs need to be encouraged to appear for the first stage examination and a nationwide representation for INO Stage II is desirable. The quota for each State/UT used in National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2013-14, a nationwide competitive examination will be used as the baseline for calculating the number of students qualifying for Stage II INO in every subject from centres in that State or UT. Suppose the NTSE quota is S for a State, and the total for all States and UTs is T, then the total number of students to be selected to INO Stage II from that State would be S/T times 300, rounded off to the nearest higher integer. This number will include those selected on the basis of the Merit Index. In the event of tie at the last position in the list, all students with same marks at this position will qualify to appear for the INO Stage II examination. The selected students must nevertheless satisfy the eligibility clause. The number to be selected from all the centres in each State or UT will be displayed on the IAPT and HBCSE websites. List can be accessed here.

  1. Minimum Representation Clause: Notwithstanding the proportional representation clause the number of students selected for INO from each State and UT must be at least one, provided that the eligibility clause is satisfied.

 

The above criteria are illustrated with the following examples:

  1. Let the quota on the basis of the Proportional Representation Clause (c) for a State S1 be 20. Suppose the number of students satisfying the Merit Index Clause (b) in a subject is 10. These 10 students will qualify for the second stage INO exam in the given subject and an additional 10 students from the State S1 in the given subject will be selected merit-wise, provided they satisfy the Eligibility Clause (a).

 

  1. Let the quota on the basis of the Proportional Representation Clause (c) for a State S1 be 20. Suppose the number of students satisfying the Merit Index Clause (b) in a subject is 30. In this case, all 30 students will qualify for the second stage INO exam in the given subject, and there will be no further selection from the State S1.

 

Candidates who have represented India in the International Olympiad on a previous ocassion (IPhO, IChO, IBO, IOAA and IJSO) need not appear for the first stage NSE examination in the respective subject. Candidates who have represented India in the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) and the International Astronomy Olympiad Junior (IAO-Jr) need not appear for the 1st stage NSEP and NSEA Examinations respectively. Those candidates who thus qualify to skip the 1st stage NSEs may be allowed, on written request, to the respective National Coordinator, to directly appear for the second stage Indian National Olympiad (INO) examination, provided they satisfy other eligibility criteria such as age, pre-college status, etc.

 

There will be no other criterion or provision for selection to the Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs).


 Dates of IInd Stage Exams:

Examination Date and Time
INAO
January 31, 2015 (Saturday),  09:00 am to 12:00 noon
INJSO
January 31, 2015 (Saturday)   01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
INChO
January 31, 2015 (Saturday)   01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
INPhO
February 1, 2015 (Sunday)     09:00 am to 12:00 noon
INBO
February 1, 2015 (Sunday)     01:00 pm to 03:00 pm
For Stage III and IV, please refer to individual subjects.

 

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