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National Standard Examination in Junior Science Syllabus - 2023-24

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NSEJS 2022 Syllabus - Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry

The topics for National Standard Examination in Junior Science are mostly based on the syllabus of classes 9 and 10. The Central Board of Secondary Education that is the CBSE curriculum is followed in this olympiad exam. And students appearing can be from the state board, CBSE board and even ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) board. The topics are mainly from the NCERT textbook and based on the previous year papers.


NSEJS 2023-24 Syllabus and NSEJS exam pattern is given below for students to prepare, leaving no topic left behind.

NSEJS Syllabus 2023-24

S. No.




Matter-Nature and Behaviour

  • Definition of matter; solid, liquid and gas; characteristics - shape, volume, density; change of state-melting (absorption of heat), freezing, evaporation (cooling by evaporation), condensation, sublimation.

  • Nature of matter: Elements, compounds and mixtures; heterogeneous and homogeneous mixtures, colloids and suspensions; solutions, concentration of solutions; separation of components of a mixture.

  • Particle nature, basic units: Atoms and molecules, law of constant proportions, atomic and molecular masses; mole concept: relationship of mole to mass of the particles and numbers.

  • Structure of atoms: Electrons, protons and neutrons; valency, chemical formula of common compounds; isotopes and Isobars.


Chemical Substances - Nature and Behaviour

  • Chemical reactions: Chemical equation, balanced chemical equation, implications of a balanced chemical equation; types of chemical reactions: combination, decomposition, displacement, double displacement, precipitation, neutralization, oxidation and reduction.

  • Acids, bases and salts: Their definitions in terms of furnishing of H + and OH ions; general properties, examples and uses, concept of pH scale, importance of pH in everyday life; preparation and uses of sodium hydroxide, bleaching powder, baking soda, washing soda and Plaster of Paris.

  • Metals and nonmetals: Properties of metals and non-metals; reactivity series; formation and properties of ionic compounds; basic metallurgical processes; corrosion and its prevention.

  • Carbon compounds: Covalent bonding in carbon compounds; versatile nature of carbon; homologous series; nomenclature of carbon compounds containing functional groups (halogens, alcohol, ketones, aldehydes, alkanes and alkynes), difference between saturated hydrocarbons and unsaturated hydrocarbons; chemical properties of carbon compounds (combustion, oxidation, addition and substitution reaction), ethanol and ethanoic acid (only properties and uses), soaps and detergents.

  • Periodic classification of elements: Need for classification, early attempts at classification of elements (Dobereiner’s Triads, Newland’s Law of Octaves, Mendeleev’s Periodic Table), modern periodic table, gradation in properties, valency, atomic number, metallic and non-metallic properties.


Organization in the Living World

  • Cell - Basic Unit of life: Cell as a basic unit of life; prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, multicellular organisms; cell membrane and cell wall, cell organelles and cell inclusions; chloroplast mitochondria, vacuoles, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus; nucleus, chromosomes - basic structure, number.

  • Tissues, Organs, Organ System, Organism: Structure and functions of animal and plant tissues.

  • Biological Diversity: Diversity of plants and animals-basic issues in scientific naming, basis of classification. Hierarchy of categories / groups, Major groups of plants (salient features) (Bacteria, Thallophyta, Bryophyta, Pteridophyta, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms). Major groups of animals (salient features) (Non-chordates upto phyla and chordates upto classes).

  • Health and Diseases: Health and its failure; infectious and non-infectious diseases, their causes and manifestation; diseases caused by microbes (virus, bacteria and protozoans) and their prevention; principles of treatment and prevention; Pulse Polio programmes.


Life Processes

  • Basic concept of nutrition, respiration, transport and excretion in plants and animals.

  • Control and coordination in animals and plants: Tropic movements in plants; introduction of plant hormones; control and coordination in animals: nervous system; voluntary, involuntary and reflex action; chemical coordination: animal hormones.

  • Reproduction: Reproduction in animals and plants (asexual and sexual) reproductive health-need and methods of family planning; safe sex vs HIV/AIDS; child bearing and women’s health.

  • Heredity and Evolution: Heredity; Mendel’s contribution: Laws for inheritance of traits: sex determination: brief introduction; basic concepts of evolution.


Motion, Force and Work

  • Motion: Distance and displacement, velocity; uniform and non-uniform motion along a straight line; acceleration, distance-time and velocity-time graphs for uniform motion and uniformly accelerated motion, derivation of equations of motion by graphical method; elementary idea of uniform circular motion.

  • Force and Newton’s laws : Force and motion, Newton’s laws of motion, action and reaction forces, inertia of a body, inertia and mass, momentum, force and acceleration. elementary idea of conservation of momentum.

  • Gravitation: Gravitation; Universal law of gravitation, force of gravitation of the earth (gravity), acceleration due to gGravity; mass and Weight; free fall.

  • Floatation: Thrust and pressure. Archimedes’ principle; buoyancy; elementary idea of relative density


Effects of Current

  • Electric current, potential difference and electric current. Ohm’s law; resistance, resistivity, factors on which the resistance of a conductor depends. Series combination of resistors, parallel combination of resistors and its applications in daily life. Heating effect of electric current and its applications in daily life. Electric power, interrelation between P, V, I and R.

  • Magnetic effects of current : Magnetic field, field lines, field due to a current carrying conductor, field due to current carrying coil or solenoid; force on current carrying conductor, Fleming’s left hand rule, electric motor, Electromagnetic induction. induced potential difference, induced current. Fleming’s right hand rule, electric generator; direct current; alternating current: frequency of AC. Advantage of AC over DC. Domestic electric circuits.



  • Reflection of light by curved surfaces; images formed by spherical mirrors, centre of curvature, principal axis, principal focus, focal length, mirror formula (derivation not required), magnification.

  • Refraction; laws of refraction, refractive index; Refraction of light by spherical lens; image formed by spherical lenses; lens formula (derivation not required); magnification. power of a lens.

  • Functioning of a lens in the human eye, defects of vision and their corrections, applications of spherical mirrors and lenses.

  • Refraction of light through a prism, dispersion of light, scattering of light, applications in daily life.


Our Environment

  • Physical resources: Air, water, soil. Air for respiration, for combustion, for moderating temperatures; movements of air and its role in bringing rains across India. Air, water and soil pollution (brief introduction). Holes in the ozone layer and the probable damages.

  • Biogeochemical cycles in nature: Water, Oxygen, Carbon and Nitrogen.


Natural Resources

  • Sources of energy: Different forms of energy, conventional and non-conventional sources of energy: fossil fuels, solar energy; biogas; wind, water and tidal energy; nuclear energy. Renewable versus non-renewable sources of Energy.

  • Our environment: Eco-system, environmental problems, ozone depletion, waste production and their solutions. Biodegradable and non-biodegradable substances.

  • Management of natural resources: Conservation and judicious use of natural resources. Forest and wildlife; Coal and Petroleum conservation. Examples of people’s participation for conservation of natural resources. Big dams: advantages and limitations; alternatives, if any; water harvesting; sustainability of natural resources,


Food Production

Plant and animal breeding and selection for quality improvement and management, use of fertilizers and manures; protection from pests and diseases, organic farming.



Polynomials; Linear equations; Quadratic equations; Number systems; Triangles; Trigonometry; Circles; Surface areas and volumes; Statistics.

NSEJS Syllabus - Dates 2023-24

Most important step is to stay updated with the key dates of your exam. This surely must be on your mind already so check out the important dates mentioned below of NSEJS Exam 2023-24.



Registration Begins

August 1,  2022

Registration Ends

August 21,  2022

Exam Date

November 27, 2022

Result Date

December 29, 2022

NSEJS Syllabus - Exam Pattern 2023-24

Students must have a thorough idea of the exam pattern before they sit to prepare for the same. Find below an overview of the NSEJS 2023  exam pattern.


Exam Duration

Total Marks

  • Physics

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

  • Mathematics

2 hours 



How to Crack NSEJS 2023-24?

You can implement a 3-step method for your preparation, such as follows:

  • Acquiring conceptual knowledge from NCERT books and gathering reliable textbooks for full preparation; the suggested books are given further below.

  • Learning and practising ‘multiple-revision’ of all the learned topics.

  • Downloading sample papers and previous year’s question papers to solve.

Students are advised to prepare using the reliable study material available. NCERT textbooks are the best choice to acquire conceptual knowledge. You can check out the suggested book table given below for preparing according to your choice.



Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

OP Tandon

Physics Book

H.C Verma and S.L Arora

Mathematics Book

R.D Sharma

NSEJS Result 2022-23 Declaration

Students must keep a track of the tentative dates for NSEJS results; you can expect the result to be declared around the last week of December or the first week of January 2024, tentatively. Know more about how to check NSEJS 2024 results by reading the following steps:


NSEJS Exam Result 2023-24 - How to Check

  • Visit the official website of IAPT- Indian Association of Physics Teacher.

  • Tap on the result tab visible on the homepage.

  • Enter your roll number and name in the given blank.

  • Your result will be displayed on the screen.

  • Download your result and print for future reference.


The National Standard Examination in Junior Science will help students in a number of ways. It will identify and strengthen students' scientific prowess. They will be able to develop creative and original problem solving skills. And with Vedantu’s help, students will clear the tests easily. 

FAQs on National Standard Examination in Junior Science Syllabus - 2023-24

1. What are the Ways to Crack the NSEJS 2023 Exam?

The important thing to do is to start the preparation for the NSEJS examination as early as possible. Make a studying schedule and allow sufficient time for topics according to your strengths and weaknesses in subject knowledge. Refer to the right textbooks and make notes. Once you have covered all the topics, keep revising and solving sample papers, mock tests and even the previous years’ NSEJS papers.

2. Is the NCERT Textbook Enough to Prepare for NSEJS?

The syllabus of the Nation Standard Examination in Junior Science is primarily based on the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) textbook that is designed for the CBSE curriculum. Even with that in mind, it is important to understand that since students from all backgrounds are appearing to have a competitive advantage you have to also refer to other textbooks once you are thorough with the NCERT textbook topics. 

3. Which Textbooks Cover the Topics of the NSEJS Syllabus 2023?

There are other textbooks apart from the NCERT book that you might be familiar with. You must grab them immediately as they will expand your knowledge and give you a different perspective through their styles of explanation of the same topics. Some of the important ones are books by H.C Verma and S.L Arora for Physics, R.D.Sharma book for Mathematics, book by OP Tandon for physical and inorganic chemistry and NCERT for science is very effective.  

4. Is there any negative marking in NSEJS?

Yes, the set A of  the NSEJS exam has negative marking.

5. Can Class 9  students give the NSEJS exam?

Yes, the eligibility criteria of NSEJS states that students in high school who are in the 10th or lower classes and have not yet completed their 10th board examination with passing marks before November 2023 can apply for NSEJS 2023 exam.