Eligibility of Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad programme follows a five-stage procedure. To know more about this process click here or see the brochure.

National Standard Examinations in Astronomy (NSEA), Biology (NSEB), Chemistry (NSEC), Junior Science (NSEJS), and Physics (NSEP) constitute the first stage of selection of students in the National Olympiad Programme. Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the programme and participating in the international Olympiads in 2024 must enroll for the NSEs in the respective subjects to be held in 2023.


Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics:

1. Must be eligible to hold an Indian passport.*

  • As per the orders of the Madras High Court, OCI students will NOT be eligible for selection to the Indian team in the International Olympiads. However, such students are provisionally eligible for selection at all prior stages, up to and including the OCSC (stage III), provided they fulfill all other criteria. They are also provisionally eligible to write the selection tests at the OCSC. This policy is subject to revision without prior notice depending on any further orders issued by the courts, or by a competent government authority.

2. Date of birth between n 1 July 2004 and 30 June 2009, both days inclusive.

3. Must be residing and studying in India since 30 November 2021 or earlier. OR Must be studying in an Indian school system since 30 November 2021 or earlier.

4. Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 12 board examination earlier than 30 November 2023.

5. Must not have commenced (or planning to commence) studies in a university or equivalent institution by 1 June 2024.

6. Must not be appearing in NSEJS 2023.

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.

*[The criterion of holding a valid Indian passport is subject to revision in case of further court orders or orders by a competent Government authority with regard to eligibility of OCI cardholders.]

If you satisfy the criteria above, click here to know about the enrollment procedure for NSEs.