Science Olympiad 2020-2021

(Updated on December 11, 2020)

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.

In continuation of the previous announcement, the following information is provided:

Minor revision in the schedule of Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQ) 2020-2021

In supersession of the previous announcement, a slightly revised schedule of IOQ 2020-2021 is given below.

Examination Date and Time
 Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Astronomy (IOQA)  February 6, 2021 (Saturday)  9:00 – 12:15 hrs
 Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Biology (IOQB) February 7, 2021 (Sunday) 14:30 – 17:45 hrs
 Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Chemistry (IOQC) February 6, 2021 (Saturday) 14:30 – 17:45 hrs
 Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Junior Science (IOQJS) January 17, 2021 (Sunday) 14:30 – 17:45 hrs
 Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Physics (IOQP) February 7, 2021 (Sunday) 9:00 – 12:15 hrs


  1. The actual examination time will be 3 hours for every examination. There will be an interval of 15 minutes between the two parts of the examination.
  2. Students will be allowed to leave the examination at the end of Part I of IOQ if they so wish. However, they will not be admitted to appear only in Part II.

Registration and Enrollment for IOQ 2020-2021:

Students are invited to directly register and enroll themselves online for the first stage (IOQ) on the IAPT website:

Please note that this is a two-step procedure: registration and enrollment. The enrollment includes that of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM), apart from all science subjects. Once you register, please make sure that you complete the enrollment by making the payment of fees. A student who has not completed the enrollment for the examination will NOT be able to appear for the exam.

Dates for registration and enrollment: NOVEMBER 1 TO DECEMBER 21*, 2020.
*Updated on Dec 11: It is decided to reopen the enrolment for IOQ in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics only from December 12 to December 21, 2020. Click here for more details. 

Syllabus for IOQ 2020-2021

The detailed syllabus for IOQ in all subjects is provided here.

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