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The orbital diagram shows the electronic configuration of the nitrogen atom. Which rule does not support this?

                                     $1s^2$ $2s^2$ $2p^3$

A. Aufbau Principle
B. Hund’s rule
C. Pauli’s exclusion principle
D. None of these

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Hint: The orbitals are filled by electrons in the order of their increasing energy. Also, electron pairing cannot occur until each orbital of a given subshell is singly occupied or contains one electron each.

Complete step by step solution:
We know that the filling of electrons into the orbitals of different atoms take place according to the following three rules:
Aufbau principle: ‘Aufbau’ is a German word which means ‘building up’. The building up of orbitals means the filling up of orbitals with electrons. Basically, this principle dictates the manner in which electrons are filled in the atomic orbitals of an atom in ground state. It states that electrons are filled into atomic orbitals in the increasing order of orbital energy. In the above given diagram, we can clearly see that orbitals are filled in order of their increasing energy or we can say that the Aufbau principle is being followed.
Hund’s rule of maximum multiplicity: This rule deals with filling of electrons into degenerate (equal) orbitals of the same subshell. This rule states that the lowest energy electronic configuration, the ground state, in any subshell is the one with the greatest number of parallel electron spins or in simple language we can say that no pairing of electrons will occur in any orbital, unless each of them are singly filled. In the above given diagram, we can clearly see that all 2p orbitals are not singly filled first. So, the above electronic configuration does not follow Hund’s rule.
Pauli’s exclusion principle-This rule states that “an orbital can have maximum two electrons and these must have opposite spin”. In the above diagram, we can clearly see that each orbital has either 1 or 2 electrons and in case of 2 electrons both have opposite spins. So, the above electronic configuration follows Pauli’s exclusion principle.
Therefore, from above points, we can clearly say that option B is the correct option.

Note: It should be remembered that orbitals should be singly filled and in an orbital both electrons cannot have same spins.