Science Olympiad 2020-2021

Recent announcements

Announcement regarding next stages of Science Olympiads 2020-2021

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues in India, the Olympiad programme is significantly affected. The following announcements are made on the basis of current expectation of the situation prevailing in the country in the next few months. These plans and in particular, the tentative dates mentioned below, are subject to change at short notice. Students are requested to watch this space regularly.

1. IOQ results:
Marks of IOQ Part I examinations have been announced by IAPT already. The announcement of marks for IOQ Part II examinations (only for those selected for evaluation through IOQ Part I) is expected to be made around 12 April, 2021. 

2. Orientation-cum-Selection Camps:
The Orientation-cum-Selection Camps in all subjects except Junior Science (for which an announcement will be made later) will be held in a hybrid mode — online sessions followed by a brief onsite camp at HBCSE, Mumbai. Students must maintain 100% attendance in both online and onsite camps to be eligible for selection in the Indian team.

The schedule of the online and onsite camps will be such that a clash with major board examinations and competitive examinations will be avoided to the extent possible. However, it may not be possible to avoid clash of dates with all board and competitive examinations, given the severe logistical and international schedule constraints. Students are requested not to approach HBCSE for change of dates.

Tentative dates for OCSC camps are as follows. These are subject to change at short notice. Students should wait for confirmation of dates before making any travel plans.

Astronomy: 5-20 July (online); Early August (onsite)
Biology: 12-18 June (online); 25-30 June (onsite)
Chemistry: 8-20 June (online); 12-18 July (onsite)
Physics: 6-12 June (online); 5-12 July (onsite)
Junior Science: After 1 August (confirmation only after 15 June)

3. International Olympiads:
Indian participation in international Olympiads in Astronomy & Astrophysics (IOAA), Biology (IBO), Chemistry (IChO) and Physics (IPhO) in 2021 will be in the online mode.

Decision about International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) will be announced at a later date.

In this mode, all members of the selected Indian team will appear in the online examination from a single venue in India (likely to be HBCSE, Mumbai). IBO, IChO and IPhO are scheduled to be held in July, 2021, while IOAA (or its equivalent) will be held in November, 2021. Students selected for the Indian team will be required to stay at HBCSE for about a week for the Pre-Olympiad Training Camp prior to the international Olympiads (for Chemistry and Physics, this may be immediately after the respective onsite OCSCs).

IOQ Question papers and frozen Solutions

Subjects Question paper (English) Question paper (Hindi) Solution
Astronomy QP (E) QP (H) Solutions
Biology QP (E) QP (H) Solutions
Chemistry QP (E) QP (H) Solutions
Junior Science QP (E) QP (H) Solutions
Physics QP (E) QP (H) Solutions

Previous announcements

As announced earlier, the national Olympiad programme in science subjects culminating in the international Olympiads of 2021 will follow a two-stage selection procedure instead of three stages.

  • The first stage will be the Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQ) 2020-2021.
  • The second stage will be the Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) organized by HBCSE.

Eligibility criteria for enrollment in IOQ 2020-2021

The eligibility criteria for IOQ 2020-2021 are provided here.


Criteria for evaluation of IOQ Part II

Only the answer scripts of  IOQ Part II (INO) of students who qualify through the IOQ Part I (NSE) will be evaluated. The criteria for this qualification are given here.


Selection procedure for Orientation-cum-Selection Camps (OCSCs)

The procedure to be followed for the selection of students in OCSCs is explained here