INBO Exam - Indian Biology Olympiad (INBO)

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INBO Exam - Registration, Exam Date, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Result and Other Details

What is INBO Olympiad Exam

Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO) is the second stage exam of the Indian national level science Olympiad. It is organized by HBCSE at about 15 centers across the country. By successfully qualifying for INBO olympiad exam 2020, you will qualify for the international level science Olympiad i.e. International Biology Olympiad (IBO).

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.

INBO Exam 2020

INBO Olympiad School Registration

Any state-certified school is entitled to become an NSE registered center with a minimum enrolment of 20 students, subject to approval by Chief Coordinator, IAPT Examinations. Online NSE centre registration on the IAPT website usually takes place between the start of august till the 20th of august.

INBO Olympiad Registration

The INBO 2020 registration process will take place through the participating student’s own school. A student can enroll for NSE in Biology at his/her own school provided it is a registered NSE centre. The in-charge coordinator or principal would be the point of contact for this purpose.

Good thing is that a student can enroll for NSE in Biology at a different school/institution, in case the student’s own school is not a registered NSE centre. You can participate in NSE by registering at a nearby centre. You can find the list of registration centers on the IAPT website.

INBO Olympiad Enrolment Details

Indian National Biology Olympiad exam enrollment fees is Rs. 150/- per student per subject payable at the centre in-charge of the NSE registration centre. All applicants registered from states other than the state of their School are needed to submit the scanned copy of the NSE admit card, and the school ID by email to the conducting body official website on or before the last date of INBO application; else they will be disqualified.

INBO Olympiad Eligibility Criteria

Only those students who have successfully qualified 1st stage examination (NSEB) are eligible to take up INBO. Apart from this, there is no other way to appear for the Indian National Biology Olympiad exam 2020. Besides the qualifying criteria, the candidate:-

  • Must be eligible to hold an Indian national passport

  • Must be staying and studying in India or an Indian school system

  • Must not have passed (or scheduled to pass) class 12 board examination earlier than 30 November 2019.

  • Must not have started (or planning to start) studies in a university or equivalent institution by June 1st, 2020.

  • Must not be appearing in NSEJS in the same year

  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) students will NOT be eligible for selection in NSE to the Indian team in the International Olympiads according to the Madras High Court.

Note: OCI students are provisionally eligible for selection at all earlier stages, up to and including the OCSC (stage III), given that they fulfill all other criteria. They are also provisionally entitled to write the selection tests at the OCSC. This policy can undergo revision without prior notice based on any further orders issued by the courts, or by an endowed government authority.

INBO Exam Best Preparation Tips

If you are worrying about Which is the best-recommended book for the NSEB and INBO olympiad exam, then here is the complete detail. 

Campbell's Biology is like a holy book recommended preparing for Biology Olympiads.

You Can Also Refer to Various Other Books That Can Be of Good Help Like

  1. Raven's Plant Biology

  2. Pratt's Biochemistry(The biochemistry in IBO paper is not that deep, but its slightly deeper in USABO)

  3. Klug's Genetics, part of Albert's Molecular Biology

  4. Molecular Biology of the Cell by Bruce Alberts et (too elaborated for IBO)

  5. BRS Physiology

Besides, having strong skills in solving INBO 2019 papers would do the needful and be incredibly helpful, particularly past USABO exam papers. You can review past papers, read key textbooks, and excel test-taking techniques and memorization through Vedantu creative solutions.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the Benefit of Taking the Biology Olympiad? How to Ensure Success in the INBO 2020 Exam?

Having a preparation for the INBO, in particular, is somewhat profane. INBO olympiad exam is aimed to test the understanding of the students in the field of biology inside out too with only a few classifications based questions that need data. That said, your success largely depends on what you have gained from the standard entrance exam (NSEB exam) and also studies and knack for the subject.

2. How to Prepare for the INBO (Indian National Biology Olympiad)?

Firstly go thoroughly through the INBO previous year question papers. In addition, study sincerely from books like Campbell, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, etc along with NCERT. These books will prove to be highly beneficial essential for your INBO preparation as well as other standard biology Olympiad. These are mostly theory books.

3. Which is the Best Reference Book from the Class 11 & 12 Bio CBSE?

For the INBO olympiad exam, these books are very essential for theory. They are possibly the best reference Biology theory books you would encounter while preparing for the Biology Olympiad.

  1. Count On Me Biology books ( separate for class 11 and 12)

  2. Winners Biology (separate for class 11 and 12)

  3. Complete NEET Guide Biology ( combined for class 11 and 12)

For INBO, “Count On Me Biology” book is a crucial one for theory. It clearly explains and deeply demonstrates Biological theory in lucid language.

The other type of book i.e. Winners Biology does not have a theory as detailed as in ‘Count On Me Biology’ book, but the questions in Winners Biology are much more superlative in terms of quality and quantity than those in Count On Me Biology.

You can skip the third type of book as it contains a really concise theory and that too of basic NEET level. Though, you can refer to it for NEET if you want.