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Enrollment for Science and Astronomy Olympiads

The Science Olympiad program follows the following 5 stages:


Stage I: 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.

Eligibility

Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics

All Indian students who are born on or after July 1, 1996 and, in addition, are in Class XII or lower as of November 30, 2015, are eligible to appear for NSEA, NSEB, NSEC and NSEP 2015-2016. If they qualify in NSEA/NSE /NSEC/NSEP they will be eligible for the next stage leading to participation in International Olympiads for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in 2016, respectively.

Junior Science (NSEJS)
All Indian students who are born on or after January 1, 2001 and, in addition, are in Class X or Class IX as of November 30, 2015, are eligible to appear in NSEJS 2015–2016. If they qualify in the NSEJS, they will be eligible for the next stage leading to participation in International Junior Science Olympiad in 2016. Students in lower or higher classes are not eligible to appear in NSEJS 2015-2016.

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.

Syllabus

The syllabus for NSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics is broadly equivalent to the senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE.

The syllabus for NSEA 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.

The syllabus for NSEJS 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.

Schedule

Date of National Standard Examinations : 22 November 2015 (Sunday)

Time:

Examination Time Question Paper
 Language
 NSEP
09:30 am to 11:30 am Multiple choice questions of the following types:
1. 3-mark questions, each with only one of the four options correct, and
2. 6-mark questions, each with one or more than one option correct. To get       credit, all correct option(s) and no incorrect option(s) should be marked.
English, Hindi,
Gujarati, Bangla
NSEC
12:30 pm to 02:30 pm  80 multiple choice questions, each with only one of the four options correct. English
NSEB 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm  80 multiple choice questions, each with only one of the four options correct. English
NSEA 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm  80 multiple choice questions, each with only one of the four options correct. English
NSEJS 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm  80 multiple choice questions, each with only one of the four options correct. English

Enrol for NSEs

 

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

 

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 Coordinator, Science Olympiads

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR),

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

Tel: 022-2548 2104; 022-2558 0036; 022-2507 2322

Fax: 022-25566635, 2556 6803

Email: nc_olympiad@hbcse.tifr.res.in

 

For general queries regarding the Astronomy olympiad programmes you may contact:

 

Prof. M. N. Vahia

 

National Coordinator, Astronomy Olympiad.

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400 005.

Tel: 022-2278 4545; 2278 2350

Email: astronomy@hbcse.tifr.res.in

 

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

 
Last Date for Enrollment for NSE: 15th September 2015

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.

 Please visit http://www.iapt.org.in/index.php/exams/nse.html for detailed information about NSEs.

 

Stage II: Indian National Olympiad Examinations

 

Indian National Olympiads will be held in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science and Physics (INAO/INBO/INChO/INJSO/INPhO). They will be organized by HBCSE*. These examinations will be held at about 16 centres in the country. The list of students selected for the INOs according to the criteria given below will be published by January 15, 2016 on the website: http://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in. The tentative schedule of these examinations is given here (Dates of IInd Stage Exams). Confirmation of the schedule and all necessary instructions pertaining to the INOs will be available on the same website. As far as possible the National Olympiads in different subjects are held on separate days/times so that a student who is eligible to appear for more than one subject can do so. Students appearing for INAO/INBO/INChO/INJSO/INPhO are eligible for TA/DA as per the norms of the programme.

 

*Since HBCSE is academically involved in the hosting of the 10th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Bhubaneswar in 2016, the second stage (INAO) examination, the third stage (OCSC-Astronomy) and the fourth stage (training of the Indian team for IOAA 2016) will be conducted by a different organisation (to be announced later).

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.

(a) 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.

(b) 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 equal to or 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.

(c) 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.
(www.iapt.org.in; http://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in)

(d) 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:

(i). 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).

(ii). Let the quota on the basis of the Proportional Representation Clause (c) for a State S1 be 20. Suppose the number of students 7satisfying 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.

(e) Previous International Representation Clause: Candidates who have represented India in the International Olympiad on a previous occasion (IOAA, IBO, IChO, IJSO and IPhO) 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 first 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.

(f) Minimum Total Number Clause: In each subject, after all the above criteria have been applied, it is possible that the target number of 300 students to be selected for INO is not reached (due to non-availability of enough number of students in some states who satisfy Eligibility Clause (a)). In such an event, additional students will be selected purely merit-wise, provided Eligibility Clause (a) is satisfied, till the target number of 300 is reached. Other clauses will not apply for these students. In case of a tie at the last position, all students with the same marks at this position will qualify to appear for the INO Stage II examination.

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

Eligibility for INAO and OCSC-Astronomy in 2016:

Since India will be hosting the 10 th International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Bhubaneswar in 2016, it might be possible to select two teams (one official team and the other guest team) for the competition. To encourage younger students to participate in IOAA 2016,the rules of selection for Stage II (INAO) and Stage III (OCSC-Astronomy) are modified as below:

1. There will be no change in the eligibility for Stage I (NSEA).

2. The student pool of NSEA will be divided into two groups:

    (i). Group A: Students who are in Class XII as of November 30, 2015.

    (ii). Group B: Students who are in Class XI or lower as of November 30, 2015

3. For Stage II (INAO), a target number of 250 students will be selected from each group. Thus, a total of 500 students will be selected.

4. The MI and MAS will be calculated separately for each of these groups.

5. All the clauses ((a) to (f) above) of selection will be applied separately to each group.

6. The question papers of NSEA 2015 and INAO 2016 will be identical for the two groups.

7. For Stage III (OCSC-Astronomy), a target number of 25 students will be selected from each group, according to  respective order of merit in INAO. Thus a total of 50 students will be selected.

8. Selection of official and guest teams to represent India in IOAA will NOT be based on the above groups, but will be done purely on the basis of a combined merit list of all students attending OCSC-Astronomy.

Syllabus

The syllabus for INO is broadly equivalent to the NSEs exam in respective subjects.Questions and problems in National Olympiads while circumscribed by the above mentioned CBSE syllabus are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, and comparable to the International Olympiads. 

Dates of IInd Stage Exams:

Examination Date and Time
INAO
January 30, 2016 (Saturday),  09:00 am to 12:00 noon
INJSO
January 30, 2016 (Saturday)   01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
INChO
January 30, 2016 (Saturday)   01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
INPhO
January 31, 2016 (Sunday)     09:00 am to 12:00 noon
INBO
January 31, 2016 (Sunday)     01:00 pm to 03:00 pm

 

Stage III: Orientation Cum Selection Camps (OCSC)

 

On the basis of performance in the Indian National Olympiads students will be selected in each subject for the Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in that subject. The number of students to be selected in each subject will be announced before the INO Examinations. In all the above cases, in the event there is a tie at the last position in the

merit list of the respective INO all students with the same marks at the last position will qualify to be selected for the OCSC. There will be no other criterion or provision for selection to Orientation Cum

Selection Camps (OCSC).


Biology, Chemistry and Physics

 

The selected group of students in different subjects will be invited to the Orientation Cum Selection Camps at HBCSE. These camps are typically of two to three weeks duration in each subject. The camps include several theoretical and experimental tests. Orientation is provided to students especially for the experimental tests. A camp concludes with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students. On the basis of their performance in OCSC the top 5 students in Physics, top 4 in Chemistry and top 4 in Biology will be declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees are given a prize each in the form of books and cash. In addition there will be special prizes in each subject to recognize meritorious performance in theory and experiments. The 5 special merit awardees in Physics constitute the 5-member student team to represent India at the International Physics Olympiad. The 4 special merit awardees in Chemistry constitute the 4-member student team to represent India at the International Chemistry Olympiad. The 4 special merit awardees in Biology constitute the 4-member student team to represent India at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO).

 

Astronomy

 

Since HBCSE is academically involved in the hosting of the 10th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Bhubaneswar in 2016, the second stage (INAO) examination, the third stage (OCSC-Astronomy) and the fourth stage (Training of the Indian team for IOAA 2016) will be organized by a different organisation (to be announced later).

The selected group of students in Astronomy will be invited to the Orientation Cum Selection Camp. The camp is of about three weeks duration. The camp includes several theoretical, data analysis and observation tests. Students are trained in basic concepts in astronomy and astrophysics during the camp. Orientation is provided to students especially for problem-solving in astronomy, astrophysics and for observational astronomy tests. The camp concludes with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students. On the basis of the performance in OCSC, the top 5 students will be declared special merit awardees. These special merit awardees will be given a prize each in the form of books and cash. In addition there will be special certificates to recognize meritorious performance in theory, data analysis and observation.

Please see above for the procedure to select the team(s) to represent at the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2016.


Junior Science

 

The selected group of students from INJSO will be invited to the Orientation Cum Selection Camp at HBCSE. The camp is of two to three weeks duration. The camp includes several theoretical and experimental tests. Orientation is provided to students especially for the experimental tests. The camp concludes with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students. On the basis of their performance in OCSC the top 6 students will be declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees will be given a prize each in the form of books and cash. The 6 special merit awardees will constitute the 6-member student team to

represent India at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).

 

Tentative dates of OCSC

 

The OCSC dates will be announced on HBCSE website by January 15, 2016. To the extent possible, care is taken that the camp dates do not overlap with the national level competitive exams, (e.g. IIT-JEE or AIIMS). Students are advised to look at the OCSC dates and select Mumbai as their examination centre of any national level entrance examination that might be scheduled during the OCSC period. The selection of the members of the Indian teams (IOAA, IBO, IChO, IJSO and IPhO) holds provided they satisfy required criteria such as age limit, pre-university status, medical fitness, parental/ guardian consent, etc. In addition they must hold a valid Indian passport as per the visa regulations of the host country by the beginning of the respective OCSC. The recommendations of the examination committees of the INOs and OCSCs in the various subjects regarding special merit awardees and other awardees will be treated as final.

 

Stage IV: Training of Indian teams for International Olympiads at HBCSE

 

The selected Indian teams undergo a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment and in case of astronomy, observational astronomy. Special laboratories have been developed in HBCSE for this purpose. Resource persons from different institutions across the country are invited to the training camps. As per International Olympiad statutes, the training in Chemistry and Biology is limited to two weeks duration. In Physics the training may be longer. For Astronomy and Junior Science the training camp will be of one week duration.

Stage V: Participation in International Olympiads

Subject
Team Composition Venue Month
(tentative)
Physics
(47 th IPhO)
5 Students
2 Teacher Leaders
Zurich,
Switzerland
July 2016
Chemistry
(48 th IChO)
4 Students
2 Teacher Leaders
Karachi,
Pakistan
July 2016
Biology
(27 th IBO)
4 Students
2 Teacher Leaders
Hanoi,
Vietnam
July 2016
Astronomy &
Astrophysics
(10 th IOAA)* 5 Students
5 Students
2 Teacher Leaders
Bhubaneswar,
India
December 2016
Junior Science
(13 th IJSO)
6 Students
3 Teacher Leaders
Kazakhstan December 2016

 

[Each team may be accompanied by a number of Scientific Observers.]

*A guest team of five additional students may be selected for IOAA 2016.

 

Note on other Olympiads:

HBCSE is also a nodal centre for the Mathematics Olympiad. The details of selection to this Olympiad maybe found in a separate brochure and also on the HBCSE website. We mention below a few other recognized International Olympiads but participation in them is not directly organized by HBCSE.

 

  1. Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO): Participation is organized by IAPT. Students aspiring for this Olympiad must    normally appear in the first stage NSEP exam followed by the second stage INPhO exam. The details of further selection and training are decided by IAPT and you may consult their website (http://www.iapt.org.in).
  2. International Astronomy Olympiad - Junior (IAO - Jr): Participation is organized by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM). Students aspiring for this Olympiad must normally appear in the first stage NSEJS exam followed by the second stage INAO exam. The details of further selection and training are decided by NCSM and you may consult their website (www.nehrusciencecentre.gov.in).
  3. International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO): Participation is organized by the Geological Society of India and you may consult their website for more information (www.geosocindia.org). 
  4. International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI): Participation is organized by the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science and you may consult their website for more information (http://www.iarcs.org.in/inoi).
We caution the students and teachers about numerous private examinations titled 'Olympiads', which may charge high fees, are not officially recognized by the Government of India and which do not lead to participation in the International Olympiads.

The courts at Mumbai alone shall have the jurisdiction to settle and decide all matters and disputes related to the Olympiads organised by HBCSE and Examinations from Indian National Olympiad (INO) and
onwards as HBCSE is the Nodal Organising Institute for this

Information on this website is subject to revision in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

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