NSEJS - National Standard Examination in Junior Science

About NSEJS Exam

In many Asian countries, including India, education is given a high priority and students are also encouraged to participate in various competitive examinations. When one scores well in such exams, they are eligible for better opportunities. The Indian Talent Olympiad offers these examinations and they can be either on a national level or international level. NSEJS is the National Standard Examination In Junior Science and as the name suggests, it is a science olympiad. It was conducted for the first time in the year 1987. The exam is one of the toughest national science examinations organized by the IAPT (Indian Association of Physics Teacher). The examination is conducted in association with HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education).

NSEJS Exam 2021-22 Stages, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Exam Dates, Syllabus and Registration

Stage 1- Annually, around 80000 people from the country appear for the examination, of which they need to qualify for the merit list and around 300 students are selected among them according to the merit clause. And the last rank, if tied, then all students with the same marks at this position are qualified to appear for the second level examination or stage 2. 

Stage 2 - This stage of the examination is tougher and among the qualified candidates who appear for the second stage, have to clear the cutoff of 50% of the maximum score which is also called the MAS (Minimum Admissible Score). Among the 300 members that appear for the Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO), the top 35 attend a two-week camp. A team of six members are then selected to represent our country India in the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO). 

Eligibility of NSEJS 

The students eligible for this examination are the high school students who are in the 10th grade or below and are not scheduled to complete their 10th board examination earlier than November 2021. They can appear through their school or even separately. The students reassure and verify their eligibility and at any stage if found of any unethical nature that proves them guilty of not being of eligible age or grade they are immediately disqualified from the examination. The disqualification will take place even if you have passed stage one of the examination. Since this exam takes place in November of every year for the NSEJS 2021 exam students born on and between January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2008. The most important thing to keep in mind here is that only Indian citizens are eligible to appear for the National Standard Examination In Junior Science. The student must not be appearing for other exams like NSEA (National Standard Examination In Astronomy), NSEB (National Standard Examination In Biology), NSEC (National Standard Examination In Chemistry), NSEP (National Standard Examination In Physics) in the same year as NSEJS.

Importance of National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS)

The students are selected state wise in India based on the state quota and the top 1 per cent in each subject in every state are awarded a merit certificate, and the top 10 per cent from each examination centre are also awarded a certificate. The national toppers who are in the 1 per cent in each subject are awarded a prize and a special merit certificate. 

Apart from certificates, the other important factor is that you get exposure. It is a preparation stage for later if you intend to appear for the NSEA examination. If you have joined an institute for college or coaching, you will receive a 75 per cent scholarship.

Exam Pattern of NSEJS

The Question paper is of a total of 80 multiple choice questions that has one correct alternative option. The markings credited are 3 for the right answer and a negative marking of 1 mark if the answer is incorrect. The subjects hold equal importance as 20 questions from each subject is Physics, Biology, Mathematics and Chemistry. The total marks for the NSEJS are 240. 

NSEJS Syllabus

The subjects included in the NSEJS exams are Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology and one must go through all the subjects about the 10th grade and all the classes below it. The languages NSEJS paper appears in are English and Hindi. 

Syllabus Subjects

Subject Topics

  1. Physics

  • Light- Concave Mirror, Deviation Through Two Plane Mirror, T.I.R, Shadow

  • Sound- Echo, Node & Anti Node 

  • Electricity

  • Work, Power, Energy- Efficiency & Power

  • Magnetism, Gravitation

  • Simple Harmonic Motion- Simple Pendulum

  • Fluid- Floatation

  • Force

  • Heat- Radiation, Anomalous Behaviour of Water, Thermal Expansion

  • Rectilinear Motion-  VelocityMotion, Newton’s Laws Of Motion

  • Unit Dimension

  • Electrostatics- Ohm’s Law, Coulomb’s Law, Combination Of Resistance, potential

  1. Mathematics

  • Permutation & Combination

  • Arithmetic Progression

  • Area Of Parallelogram & Triangles, Similar Triangles

  • Circle

  • Geometric Progression

  • Linear Equation In Two Variable

  • Number System

  • Quadratic Equation

  • Quadrilaterals

  • Ratio & Proportion

  • Trigonometry

  1. Chemistry

  • Acids, Bases, And Salts

  • Analytical Chemistry

  • Metals And Non-Metals

  • Mole Concept

  • Carbon

  • Study Of Gas Laws

  • Equivalent Concept

  • Periodic Table And Periodicity In Properties

  1. Biology 

  • Biodiversity- Chordates, Monera, Non-Chordates

  • Biotech- GMC (Genetically Modified Crops)

  • Control and Coordination- Endocrine System, Nerve conductor, Sympathetic Nervous System

  • Cell Biology- Cell Organelles, Types of Cell

  • Human Health & Diseases- Immunity

  • Reproduction- Asexual Reproductions

  • Heredity and Evolution- DNA Fingerprinting, DNA

  • Microbes in Human Welfare

All the topics are very important and of equal importance while studying must be invested only through thorough reading and practice via sample papers and previous papers one can score above the cutoff marks. 

NSEJS-2022: Examination Dates


Date (Tentative)

Starting Date of Enrollment For NSEJS-2022

October 31,2021

NSEJS Exam Date

March 06, 2022

Note: Detailed information about enrollment, eligibility criteria, timetable, and enrollment fee will be announced soon.

Registration for NSEJS

The registration for the centres for the NSEJS 2021 exam should be done between the 1st to the 20th of August 2021. The enrolments for the exam must be done between 21st August 2021 to 15th September 2021. And during the enrolment, the students can also choose the language they are comfortable with and can attempt the paper in either English or Hindi. The last date for fee payment by the centre in charge through centre login is 18th September 2021.

FAQs on NSEJS - National Standard Examination in Junior Science

1. What is the NSEJS Exam Registration Process?

To register for the NSEJS Exam candidates have to go to the official website of NSEJS. The registration fee is Rs.150 and it is a one-time registration only. Successive rounds of exams do not require fresh registration. Visit the IAPT website for more information regarding the registration process. The student and teachers’ brochure, and all the other information that you need is available on the website.

Over there, you will find all the details of registration and application. In 2020-21, the registration process has been delayed because of the pandemic. The registration has been postponed to 15th September 2020.

2. How to Fill the NSEJS Exam Application?

To fill the NSEJS exam application form, you have to visit the official website. Over there, you will get all the required information. The eligibility criteria for NSEJS is simple enough that anyone from any part of India can participate. The eligibility requirements are as follows: 

  • Students should be born on or after 1.1.2006 and before or on 31.12.2007, that is, students of 13 and 14 years of age. 

Filling up the application form is not difficult. The details asked in the form are straightforward. Nevertheless, one should carefully fill up the same to avoid any mistake and chances of application rejection.

3. Where to get the NSEJS Exam Admit Card?

The NSEJS Exam admit card is available for the students on the official IAPT website after they successfully complete their registration process. Students have to look no further than the IAPT official website to download their admit cards. All the relevant exam details are available on this website. The cutoff marks of NSEJS exam will also be there on the website along with the details of dates for other successive exams. Students are recommended to visit the website to know the latest information.

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