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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
Co-ordinator (NSEP)
IAPT Office, I.I.E. Campus,
128/2, J. P. Naik Marg, Kothrud, Pune - 411 038.
Tel : (Off.) 020 - 25420163.
(9:00 AM to 7:00 PM)
Email: iapt .AT.


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. Vijay Singh

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


Rs.100/- per candidate


Rs.100/- per candidate


Rs.100/- per candidate


Rs.100/- per candidate


Rs.100/- per candidate

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


Examination Time
09:30 am to 11:30 am
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

 Dates of IInd Stage Exams:

Examination Date and Time
January 31, 2015 (Saturday),  09:00 am to 12:00 noon
January 31, 2015 (Saturday)   01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
January 31, 2015 (Saturday)   01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
February 1, 2015 (Sunday)     09:00 am to 12:00 noon
February 1, 2015 (Sunday)     01:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Please note:

  • Please note that NSEs are the organizational responsibility of IAPT. If you have any queries about them or if you have any difficulty in getting enrolled for these examinations, you should contact Prof. M. L. Oglapurkar (address above).
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