INAO 2020 Result

INAO Result

Indian National Astronomy Olympiad is also known as INAO is an examination conducted by the Homi Bhabha Center for Physical Education. The exam is designed to motivate students with excellent fundamentals in Physics and Mathematics and interest in Astronomy to pursue their future careers in this field. This exam is the most popular exam in India and is conducted by HBCSE in February each year. The participants in this exam are divided into two groups i.e. in Group A and Group B. Group A includes the students of class 12 whereas Group B includes the students of class 11. The top 15 candidates from Group A and the top 35 candidates from Group B are selected for stage 3.

The HBCSE announced the Indian National Astronomy Olympiad result on its official website. So, the students who want to check their Indian National Astronomy Olympiad Results 2020 and download performance cards can visit the HBCSe official website. To check the Indian National Astronomy Olympiad Results, candidates need to fill some basic details such as the NSE roll number, username, and date of birth as password.


INAO Olympiad Result 2020

  • The Indian National Astronomy Olympiad Examination Result or the INAO olympiad  Result will be uploaded on the HBCSE official website.

  • A list of the candidates who qualified for the INAO exam and are eligible for the next stage will also be uploaded on the HBCSE official website.

  • Final scores and performance cards of the candidates who qualified the INAO exam will be available on the HBCSE official website. Candidates can download their performance card from the HBCSE official website.

  • The candidates will be eligible for the Indian National Astronomy Olympiad Examination after qualifying the National Standard Examination in Astronomy.

  • The candidates can also check the top ten students’ marks, MI, and MAS, for each subject online.

How to Qualify For the INAO Exam

Minimum Admissible Score - To be eligible for the second stage i.e. INAO, candidates must score at least Minimum Admissible Scores i.e. 50% of the average mark scored by top 10 candidates.


Proportional Representation Clause - The number of candidates selected for the INAO exam is around 300. The candidates are selected not on the basis of merit but on the proportionate basis. The proportionate basis means that the number of candidates selected for the NSEA exam from that center in each state of Union territory. If there will be a tie at the last stage, then the students that are competing for the last position will be eligible for stage 2.


Minimum Representation Clause - Among the total number of candidates who attempted the exam, at least 1 candidate should be eligible for the INAO exam from each State and Union Territory, provided that the eligibility clause is satisfied.


Merit Clause - Given the eligibility clause, it may be possible that 300 students may not qualify for the INAO exam. In this situation, the shortfall from 300 will be selected based on merit without considering any proportional representation or minimum representation clauses. And if there's a tie at the last stage, then the students  with the similar marks at this position will be qualified for the INAO exam.


INAO Important Dates 2021(Tentative)

Beginning of the registration of the candidates for the INAO exam.

January 2021, 1st week

Last date for the candidates to register for the INAO exam.

January 2021, 3rd  week

Release for admit card for the INAO exam

January 2021, 4th week

INAO Examination date

February 2021, 1st  week

INAO Olympiad Result declaration  date

March 2021, 1st week


INAO Exam Question Paper Pattern

The question paper pattern for the Indian National Astronomy Olympiad is quite simple. The question paper includes two sections. A total of 30 questions are included in the first section. Each question carries three marks. Four options are given for each question in which one option is correct. The candidates need to be very attentive while choosing the correct option because each wrong answer has negative marking. A total of 10 tricky questions are included in the second section. The questions asked in section 2 might have more than one alternative answer. Each question carries a total of six marks. Candidates need to be attentive to this part. If the candidate has marked on correct alternatives then only they will be eligible to score six marks for each question, else they will get zero.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What are the Different Stages for the Astronomy Olympiad Programme?

Ans: The different stages of the Astronomy Olympiad Programmes are:

Stage 1: National Standard Examination in Astronomy.

Stage 2: Indian National Astronomy Olympiad.

Stage 3: Orientation cum Selection Camp.

Stage 4: Pre-Departure Training camp for IOAA.

Stage 5: International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA).

Q2. How can the Students Enroll for the INAO Exam?

Ans: Students can enroll in the INAO exams in the following ways:

  • The students can enroll from their respective schools if it is a registered NSE  center. The students can contact their school principal for the INAO enrollment purpose.

  • The students can enroll from nearby registered centers if their school is not a registered NSE center.

  • The students who enrolled from the state other than the state of their own school have to send the scanned copy of the NSE to admit card and school id through email to the HBCSE or else they will be disqualified.

Q3. What will be the Syllabus for the INAO Exam?

Ans: The syllabus for the INAO exam is quite similar to the NSEA exam. Candidates can go through the NSEA syllabus to prepare for the INAO exam. The NSEA syllabus is similar to the senior secondary level ( up to class XII CBSE). There will be more stress on Mathematics, Physics and Elementary Astronomy. This is only a rough guideline, and there is no detailed syllabus announced by the IAPT for the NSEA examination.


Questions asked in the INAO exam are a bit complex and standard in comparison to the International Olympiads exam.

Q4. What are the Eligibility Criteria Announced by the HBCSE for the INAO Exam?

Ans: The eligibility criteria given by the HBCSE for attempting the Indian National Astronomy Olympiad is discussed below:

  1. The candidate must be eligible to hold a valid Indian passport.

  2. The date of birth of the candidate should fall between July 1, 2002, and June 30, 2007 (both the days are inclusive).

  3. The student must be residing or studying in an Indian School system since November 30, 2019.

  4. The candidate must be residing or studying in an Indian school since November 30, 2019.

  5. The candidate should not have attempted in the Olympiad exam 2020. 

  6. The candidate must not have initiated his/her studies in a university or similar institution by June 1, 2022.

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