NSEJS 2020 Exam Counselling

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NSEJS Counselling 2020

Due to Covid 19 - The usual three-stage procedure for the selection of the teams to represent India at the International Olympiad that has been followed in prior years is now being shortened to a two-stage procedure as a one-time exception only for the academic year 2020 - 21. Read more about IOQ 2020-21.

The National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) is the first exam of the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO). Candidates who aspire to go through the different stages of IJSO need to enrol for NSEJS. This test is held at various centres throughout India. Interested candidates who want to register for this exam can download the list of centres from the official site of IAPT and visit there to get the application form.

Candidates must note that there is no NSEJS counselling process for this exam as it is an entirely educational event. The IJSO general competition related to science is dedicated to students below sixteen years of age. Following are some of the primary objectives of IJSO:

  • To enhance a candidate’s interest in the field of Natural Sciences.

  • To encourage students to pursue their career as scientists.

  • To develop contacts internationally in Natural Sciences.

  • To get accustomed to the various science education curriculum and trends of other countries.

NSEJS 2020 Exam Counselling: Different Stages of IJSO

In total, there are five stages of IJSO, and they are:

  1. Stage 1 – National Standard Examination for Junior Science.

  2. Stage 2 – Indian National Junior Science Olympiad.

  3. Stage 3 – Orientation Cum Selection Camp.

  4. Stage 4 – Pre Departure Training.

  5. Stage 5 – International Junior Science Olympiad.

NSEJS Counselling 2020: Eligibility Criteria for the Exam

As mentioned earlier in this article, NSEJS is an initial test for the IJSO program. Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) conducts NSEJS every year in November. Homi Bhabha Centre completes other stages for Science Education (HBCSE) in India. To appear for NSEJS, students are required to follow these criteria:

  1. Date of birth of candidates: It should be within 1st January 2006 to 31st December 2007, inclusive of both the dates.

  2. All interested candidates must be in 10th standard or less.

  3. Candidates must not register for NSEA, NSEC, NSEP, NSEB exams in the same year as NSEJS appearance.

Exam Pattern and Marking

When it comes to exam pattern, NSEJS consists of 70 questions. Out of these, 60 of them will have one correct answer carrying 3 marks each, and the rest 10 questions will have more than one right answer, carrying 6 marks each. Subjects included are Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics, and all the questions are of objective or multiple-choice type.

Note that negative marking of -1 applies for every incorrect answer for the 60 single correct answer questions.


NSEJS Counselling 2020: How Many Students Qualify and What are the Next Steps?

Depending on student’s performance, only 300 of them will qualify for the next stage exam, which is the Indian National Junior Science Olympiad. Again, based on merit, the top 35 candidates of INJSO will be selected to appear for stage 3 exam: Orientation Cum Selection Camp.

Furthermore, the OCSC merit list is prepared according to the combined experimental and theoretical marks obtained by the students. Weightage of 60% will be given to the theory portion and 40% for the experiment. Remember that the scores of previous tests (NSEJS and INJSO) will not be taken into consideration while preparing the merit list for OCSC.

Only 6 candidates will get qualified for the Pre Departure Training (PDT), and they will undergo a strict training session at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education.

Finally, in the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO), those 6 students, along with 3 leaders (teachers) from all the participating countries will represent their nation.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What is the Application Process of NSEJS 2020?

Ans. The application procedure of the National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) 2020 is entirely offline. First, students are required to find the nearest NSE centre in their respective city or district. They can simply visit the official website of Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) and download the list of NSE centres with their location address, and contact information. Next, after contacting the centre coordinator, students will get the application form of NSEJS. After that, candidates will have to fill all the necessary particulars and submit the application form before the registration is closed. Applications submitted after the last date will not be entertained.

Q2. What are the Eligibility Criteria for IJSO?

Ans. The first and foremost criterion is that aspiring candidates must not be over 15 years of age, and he/she must hold a valid passport of that nation. Secondly, students need to agree with all the conditions stated by the IJSO. Third, participating nations need to comply with the decided fee and obey all the statutes and requirements mandated by the host country.


Besides these criteria, some other rules must be followed. A regular IJSO team contains three leaders and six candidates. However, if that cannot be fulfilled, at least three candidates with one leader are eligible to take part in IJSO. Also, a group or team having less than three candidates are not qualified to achieve team awards. Also, students are not permitted to use their own set of formulae from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Q3. How to Check the Result of NSEJS, and What is the Next Step After that?

Ans. NSEJS results are declared online on their official website of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers. Candidates need to visit the website and click on the link of NSEJS Result. After that, they will have to provide their roll number and date of birth and submit to check their NSEJS scores.


After the NSEJS results are out, the second stage INJSO registration process will begin on the website of HBCSE Olympiad. Qualifying students will again have to register for INJSO on the official website with their date of birth and NSE roll number. Completing this process within the stipulated time is mandatory, failing which the candidate will stand forfeit in the next round.

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