HBCSE Science Olympiad 2019-2020: The science olympiad is a 5-stage selection process for shortlisting Indian team for representation at the International Olympiads in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science and Physics. 1st stage i.e., NSE (National Standard Examination) has been completed and 2nd stage, i.e., INO (Indian National Olympiad) exam will take place on February 01-02, 2020. The students who qualify stage 1 have to register online for 2nd stage on hbcse.tifr.res.in. The selection procedure consists of following 5 stages: NSE, INO, Orientation-cum-Selection camp (OCSC), pre-departure camp and International Olympiad. Know more about HBCSE Science Olympiad 2019-2020 from this page.
Latest: The registrations for INO are going to open soon.
HBCSE Science Olympiad 2019-2020
Stage 1 (National Standard Examinations) is conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) while organization of successive stages is the responsibility of Homi bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). Check complete schedule for all stages of HBCSE Science Olympiad 2019-2020 from the table below.
|National Standard Examinations Schedule (Stage 1)|
|Registration for Centres||01 Aug – 20 Aug 2019|
|Enrollment of Candidates||21 Aug – 15 Sep 2019|
|Last date of Fee payment by Center In-charge||18 Sep 2019|
|Admit card for NSEJS releases||10 Nov 2019|
|Admit card for NSEP, NSEC, NSEB, NSEA releases||14 Nov 2019|
|Exam date for Junior Science (NSEJS)||17 Nov 2019|
|Exam date for Senior Science|
(NSEP, NSEC, NSEB, NSEA)
|24 Nov 2019|
|Display of Marks||18 Dec 2019|
|Final list of Selected Candidates for INO||25 Dec 2019|
|Indian National Olympiad Schedule (Stage 2)|
|Mandatory registration for students||06 Jan (From 10:00 AM)- 15 Jan (05:00 PM) 2020|
|Exam date (INAO, INJSO, INChO)||01 Feb 2020|
|Exam date (INPhO, INBO)||02 Feb 2020|
|Result date||To be announced|
|Orientation-cum-Selection camp (Stage 3)||Apr/May/Jun 2020|
|Pre-departure camp (Stage 4)||Jul/Nov 2020|
|International Olympiad (Stage 5)||Jul/Dec 2020|
Selection Procedure for HBCSE Science Olympiad 2019-2020
HBCSE Science Olympiad 2019-2020 consists of five stages as described below. The candidates need to qualify each stage in order to move to the successive one. The schedule for all the stages has already been mentioned in the schedule table on this page.
Stage – I: National Standard Examination (NSE) test with objective type questions and are offered in English and Hindi, with additional languages also available in Physics.
Stage – 2: The best-performing students from the NSEs (approximately 300 in each subject) qualify for the second stage — the Indian National Olympiads (INOs).
Stage – 3: The top students from the INOs (approximately 35 in each subject) are invited for the third stage, the Orientation-cum-Selection Camps (OCSCs) held at HBCSE.
Stage – 4: The selected Indian teams undergo a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment and in case of astronomy, observational astronomy prior to their departure in pre-departure camps.
Stage – 5: The Olympiad programme culminates with the participation of the Indian students (4-6 in each subject) in the International Olympiads.
Let us look at each stage in detail.
1st stage comprises of National Standard Examinations in Astronomy (NSEA), Biology (NSEB), Chemistry (NSEC), Junior Science (NSEJS), and Physics (NSEP). It takes place at the respective NSE registration centres of the applicants. The medium of the test is English and Hindi for NSEA, NSEB, NSEC and NSEJS while for NSEP, Gujarati and Bangla are also provided along with English and Hindi. The test for NSEA, NSEB, NSEC and NSEJS consists of 80 multiple-choice questions with negative marking. However, NSEP consists of 60 MCQs, each of 3 marks, with negative marking and 10 questions, each of 6-marks, where more than one option may be correct.
Common Eligibility for NSE: The candidates must satisfy the common eligibility criteria in addition to the specific eligibility criteria.
- The candidate must be eligible to hold an Indian passport. OCI students are not eligible for participation in International Olympiad, however, they are eligible for all selection at all prior stages.
- The applicant must be residing and studying in India (or studying in an Indian School) before November 30, 2017
Specific Criteria for NSEA, NSEB, NSEC, NSEP : The candidate must
- be born between July 01, 2000 and June 30, 2005
- not have completed class 12th before November 30, 2019
- not have started studies in a university by June 01, 2020
- not be appearing in NSEJS
Specific Criteria for NSEJS: The candidate must
- be born between January 01, 2005 and December 31, 2006
- not have completed Class 10th board before November 30, 2019
- not be appearing in any of NSEA, NSEb, NSEC or NSEP
The syllabus for NSE is equivalent to secondary school level, upto class 12, of CBSE (upto class 10 for NSEJS). The students can enroll for NSE at his/her institution (if it is a registered NSE centre) or at a nearby school/college. The enrollment fee this year was Rs 150 per student, to be paid to the centre in-charge of NSE registration centre.
Indian National Olympiad is the second stage in the process, the exam for which will be conducted in English and Hindi only. The syllabus is equivalent to that of NSE.
- Minimum Admissible Score (MAS): The candidate must score more than or equal to MAS. MAS for a given subject will be 50% of the average of top ten scores in that subject.
- Merit Index (MI): It is defined as 80% of the average of top ten scores in each subject. The candidates with score equal to or more than MI will automatically qualify for Stage-2.
- Proportional Representation: The quota for each State/UT used in National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2019-20 will be used as the baseline for calculating the number of students qualifying for INO in every subject from centres in that State or UT. The selected students must satisfy MAS clause.
- Minimum Representation: Notwithstanding the proportional representation clause the number of students selected for INO from each State and UT must be at least five, provided that the MAS clause is satisfied.
- Minimum Total number; If, after applying all the above criteria, target of 300 students for INO is not reached, additional students will be selected purely on basis of merit, provied MAS clause is satisfied.
- Previous International Representation: Candidates who have represented India in International Olympiad (IOAA, IBO, IChO, IJSO, IPhO) do not need to appear for NSE. Also, those who represented India in Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) and International Astronomy Olympiad Junior (IAO-Jr) do not need to take NSEP and NSEA respectively.
Eligibility Criteria for INAO:
The student pool will be divided into 2 groups: Group A for students of Class 12 and Group B for students of Class 11 and lower. 250 students from each group will be selected. All the above clauses are applied separately to both groups.
The students will be selected for Orientation-cum-Selection camps based on their performance in INO. Here, the students are provided orientation of theoretical, experimental and observational tasks. A number of tests are help at the camp, based on which students are selected for further stages. In a given year, a student can participate in OCSC of only 1 subject including mathematics. One who qualifies in INO (or INMO) of more than 1 subject will be invited to OCSC ranked highest in his/her priority list.
|Subject||Number of students selected for OCSC|
|Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science, Physics||35|
25 students each are selected from both Group A and Group B for OCSC-Astronomy.
Before the beginning of OCSC, the candidates must possess an Indian passport valid atleast 6 months beyond the dates of International Olympiad.
Stage 4 and Stage 5
Read about Stage 4 and Stage 5 of selection process below.
Training of Indian teams for International Olympiad (Stage-4): The teams selected post OCSC have to undergo rigorous training at HBCSE before their departure for International Olympiad.
International Olympiads: The teams, after pre-departure training camps, leave for international olympiads to represent India at the global stage. Check the number of members in each team and the venue of international olympiads from the table below.
|Physics||5 students, 2 teacher leaders||Lithuania|
|Chemistry||4 students, 2 teacher leaders||Konya, Turkey|
|Biology||4 students, 2 teacher leaders||Nagasaki, Japan|
|Astronomy||5 students, 2 teacher leaders||Bogota,Colombia|
|Junior Science||6 students, 3 teacher leaders||Frankfurt,Germany|
HBCSE Science Olympiad 2019-2020 Admit Card
Admit card for NSE and INO examinations are released online before the examination. The schedule for the same has been mentioned in the schedule table on this page. INO Admit card will also be sent by email to the address that candidates have provided during registration. Candidates must download their admit card to appear for the examination. Failing to carry the admit card to the exam venue will result in candidate being denied entry inside the exam hall.
HBCSE Science Olympiad 2019-2020 Exam Centers
NSE takes place at a nearby school of the applicants. Stage-2, i.e., INO 2020 will take place at following 18 centres across India.
HBCSE Science Olympiad 2019-2020 Result
The result is published online. The students can access their NSEP, NSEC, NSEB, NSEA and NSEJS result on the IAPT website, iaptexam.in. The candidates need to enter their roll number an username and date of birth as password in order to view the score. Candidates can also check average of top ten marks, MI and MAS for each subject online.
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education is a research institution and national centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). It was established in the year 1974 and is currently situated in the metropolitan city of Mumbai. The main objective of the centre is to promote scientific excellence in the fields of science and mathematics education from primary to college level. HBCSE is India’s nodal centre for olympiads in physics, chemistry, biology, maths and astronomy. It also runs a graduate school in mathematics and science education for the degree of Ph.D (Science Education).
INO Previous Year Question Papers with Solution
INO 2019 Question Paper with Solution
Question paper and Solution: Get the Question paper and Solution for HBCSE INO 2019.
|Subject||Question Paper (English)||Question Paper (Hindi)||Solutions|
|Astronomy||Click here||Click here||Click here|
|Biology||Click here||Click here||Click here|
|Chemistry||Click here||–||Click here|
|Junior Science||Click here||Click here||Click here|
|Physics||Click here||Click here||Click here|
INO 2017 Question Paper with Solution
- INAO 2017 Question Paper with Solutions
- INBO 2017 Question Paper | Solutions
- INCHO 2017 Question Paper | Solutions
- INJSO 2017 Question Paper | Solutions
- INPHO 2017 Question Paper with Solutions
INO 2016 Question Paper with Solution
- INAO 2016 Question Paper with Solutions
- INBO 2016 Question Paper | Solutions
- INCHO 2016 Question Paper | Solutions
- INJSO 2016 Question Paper | Solutions
- INPHO 2016 Question Paper with Solutions
INO 2015 Question Paper with Solution
- INAO 2015 Question Paper
- INBO 2015 Question Paper
- INCHO 2015 Question Paper
- INJSO 2015 Question Paper
- INPHO 2015 Question Paper
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