The International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) was founded in 1996 by the Eurasian Astronomical Society. It is an intellectual competition based on scientific events between students aged between 14 to 18, belonging to high school. Recognized internationally, it is one of the International Science Olympiads and an annual astronomy scientific-educational event.
Carried out in the true spirit based on friendship and tolerance, the International Astronomy Olympiad primarily focuses on how contacts are made and ideas are exchanged between organizers and participants from the various participating countries. The competition is a mere stimulus. The Astronomy Olympiad syllabus has been discussed below.
What is The Paradigm of The IAO Syllabus?
It is vital to know the paradigm of the Astronomy Olympiad syllabus, which generally enlists the following points:
Basic knowledge and concept of Mathematics and Physics at the high school level will be quintessential for solving the problems.
You’ll not require integral calculus, complex numbers or spherical trigonometry to solve the standard solutions.
You’ll be provided with supplementary data to solve your problems.
You are expected to use appropriate units in your answers (and not only the SI system).
You are required to use correct rounding off. You must also express the final results with the right number of significant digits.
Specific terms or designations have more than one international definition (e.g., zero points for azimuths, limit degrees for civil twilight, a sign of equation of time dot or comma digit separators, etc.). These will be considered correct for all definitions (if the actual designation was not postulated in the problem’s situation).
The same is applied to problems with disputed parameters (like Hubble constant, etc.). You will be expected to know about the possible differences in the formal definitions. You must also know how to use given data correctly e.g., knowing numerical expressing forms. You’re required to know dot and comma separators of integer and fractional digits.
You will have to know how to use the sign of values from the graph of the equation of time correctly). This will ensure that the nature of the effects would not be corrupted.
A Few Important Features About The Eligibility For in Appearing For NSEA
You must keep in mind that NSEA is the first stage of selection of students in the physics Olympiad Programme in India. This is organized by the Indian Association of Astronomy Teachers (IAPT) in our country, at various centres. Enrolment in the NSEA is mandatory if you aspire to go through the successive stages of the program.
It is, therefore, essential to know the syllabus prescribed by the NSEA. Here is a chart that might be helpful to give you an overview of the program.
While you’re looking up the NSEA syllabus, it is also important to remember the eligibility criteria for the NSEA:
Candidates have to be a citizen of India.
He/she must be born on or after July 1, 1999.
You are eligible to appear for NSEA 2018 – 2019. You have to be in Class XII or lower till November 30, 2018.
You may appear for more than one subject provided the examination schedule allows you.
Failing to maintain the eligibility criteria may result in the student’s disqualification from the exam. Hence students must ensure that the eligibility criteria are satisfied.
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An Important Announcement for the IAO 2021 Dates
As the National Olympiad program of 2021 in Science subjects including Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science and Physics has been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the program has been postponed for a few months. However, it will soon be carried out when the situation allows the organizing bodies. They may take some time to finalize the exact schedule of enrolment and examinations. However, it has been decided by the authorities that no examination for the Olympiad 201 will be held in November 2021.
Check the IAPT official website frequently.