Announcement regarding next stages of Science Olympiads in 2020-2021
The following announcements are made with regard to the next stages of Physics, Chemistry and Biology Olympiads. Announcements regarding Astronomy and Junior Science Olympiads are expected to be made after July 31, 2021.
It is to be noted that the pandemic situation in the country is evolving and all decisions and dates in the following may need to be revised at short notice. These decisions are taken after due deliberations at various levels and approved by the National Steering Committee on Science Olympiads, the government-appointed supervisory body for the Olympiads.
Students and parents are requested not to approach HBCSE with alternative proposals or requests to alter these decisions.
A. Online Orientation Camps:
The Orientation cum Selection Camps (OCSCs) in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology for the year 2021 stand canceled in view of the severe pandemic situation in the country.
Online Orientation Camps (OCs) in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology will be held according to the following schedule.
Physics: May 16–20
Biology: May 22–25
Chemistry: May 27–31
No selection tests will be held during or after these camps.
All students between the ranks of 1 to 60 (both inclusive) in IOQ Part II will be invited to participate in these camps. They will also receive the INO Certificate of Merit. The lists of these students in each subject are given below.
All students maintaining a minimum of 80% attendance in the online OCs will receive a Certificate of Participation. They will also be technically eligible for selection in the Indian team (see procedure below).
B. Participation in International Olympiads:
As of now, it is expected that Indian teams will participate in the online International Physics Olympiad (IPhO; July 17–25), International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO; July 25 – August 2), and the International Biology Olympia Challenge (IBO Challenge; July 24–28). However, the pandemic situation will be reviewed again around 15 June, and a final decision will be taken regarding participation in these events.
Participation in online IPhO, IChO and IBO Challenge will only be possible from HBCSE, Mumbai. Selected Indian team members must travel to and stay in HBCSE, Mumbai for a minimum period (specified below) for this.
C. Selection of Indian teams:
The selection of the Indian teams for IPhO, IChO and IBO Challenge will be made on the basis of the merit lists of IOQP Part II, IOQC Part II and IOQB Part II, respectively, as per the following procedure:
(a) The top students (five for Physics, and four each for Chemistry and Biology) in the IOQ Part II merit list will be selected provisionally for the Indian team.
(b) Any student not satisfying any of the following clauses cannot be a part of the Indian team. The vacant position will be offered to the next eligible student in the merit list, provided the rank of the student is between 1 to 60 (both inclusive).
(c) In case the number of students holding the same rank in IOQ Part II merit list is greater than the remaining number of seats available in the team, their IOQ Part I score in the respective subject will be used to break the tie. In case, this fails to break the tie, HBCSE will announce a suitable tie-breaker criterion.
(d) In case a student becomes eligible for selection in the Indian team in more than one subject (including Mathematics), the preference of OCSC/IMOTC declared by the student during IOQ registration will be used to decide the selection. If the student goes on to participate in the IO, he/she would automatically become ineligible for selection in any other IO (including Astronomy) of 2021.
(f) HBCSE will announce provisional teams for IPhO, IChO and IBO Challenge 2021 on June 10, 2021.
(e) A student must maintain a minimum attendance of 80% in the online OC of the respective subject. Failure to do so will automatically disqualify the student from consideration in the team selection.
(g) A selected student must submit a written undertaking to confirm agreement to the following, by June 15, 2021. In case this is not received, the next student in the merit list will be offered a seat in the team.
(i) There would be a Minimum Stay Period (MSP) at HBCSE, Mumbai for every selected student. This period will include mandatory quarantine period required under local Covid protocols. Currently these are specified as follows:
- IPhO: July 12, 2021 to July 22, 2021
- IChO: July 21, 2021 to July 29, 2021
- IBO Challenge: July 12, 2021 to July 22, 2021.
These periods may be extended or shifted by HBCSE, depending on the requirements of the individual IOs, or the pandemic situation.
(ii) The student must reside 24 hours inside the HBCSE campus during the entire MSP. During this period, he/she will not be permitted to go out of the campus or meet his/her parents or any external person. For a part of this period between the inauguration of the IO and the last exam, the student will need to surrender all his/her electronic and communication devices (phones, laptops, tablets, etc.), and shall be without any electronic connectivity, as per the usual regulations of the IOs. No exception to these conditions will be made, except in a medical emergency.
(iii) No accommodation will be provided by HBCSE to any accompanying person.
(iv) The date of the first board examination of the student must not be earlier than 1 day after the end date of the MSP. The date of the last board examination of the student must not be later than 1 day prior to the start date of the MSP. The student must provide documentary proof of this (copy of his/her admit card for board examination and an authentic copy of the board examination schedule).
(v) The student must not be appearing in any competitive or other examination during the period of MSP. Information about any examination that the student is appearing in between July 1 and July 31 must be voluntarily disclosed by the student.
(vi) The student must satisfy all Covid-related requirements stipulated by the central and local government and the international Olympiad body. These may include but is not limited to, recent negative Covid tests, mandatory quarantine periods, vaccination, etc.
(vii) HBCSE shall reserve the right to remove a student from the team due to concerns of health and possible clash of examination schedules of the IO and other examinations that the student is participating in.
(h) Medical assistance:
(i) Non-Covid cases: HBCSE expects to arrange adequate medical care; this will be confirmed closer to the date.
(ii) Covid cases: Prevailing norms of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be followed and medical help will be sought through the war rooms set up by BMC for this purpose. Covid norms of BMC will be adhered to.
(i) The Indian teams will be finalised at least 7 days prior to the start of the respective IOs, or the registration deadline of the IOs, whichever is earlier
List of students invited to participate in online Orientation Camps
These lists are arranged according to rank in IOQ Part II in each subject. If there are n (n>1) students occupying the same rank, the next (n-1) rank is skipped. These students will receive further details about the online OCs by May 12, 2021. There is no need to contact HBCSE before that. No rank will be published below 60 in each subject.
|IOQ Roll Number||Rank in IOQB Part II||IOQ Roll Number||Rank in IOQC Part II||IOQ Roll Number||Rank in IOQP Part II|
Final marks of IOQ Part II examinations (only for those selected for evaluation through IOQ Part I) are now available. Students may check their marks and download the performance card from here.
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 (updated on April 13, 2021)|
|Junior Science||QP (E)||QP (H)||Solutions|
|Physics||QP (E)||QP (H)||Solutions|