INBO 2020 Sample Paper

INBO Sample Paper

What is INBO?

The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) has been conducted since 1968 and is a competition for students at the secondary and higher secondary school levels. The IBO boosts the level of Biology education in the participating countries. The Biology Olympiad program follows 5 stages. Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO 2020) the second stage examination of IBO is conducted for those students who clear the stage I of the National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB). It is organized by HBCSE at about 15 centers in the country. It is conducted at the end of November. Students selected from Stage I examination (NSEB) are eligible to appear for stage II INBO.


Date of INBO

Due to the COVID pandemic, it is expected that the exam of INBO for the year 2020 will be conducted in the month of Feb. We will provide the INBO Exam Date 2020 after it is released officially by the HBCSE.


Stages of INBO Exam 

The following are the 5 stages of Biology Olympiad program they are as  follows :

Stage 1: National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB)

Stage 2: Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO) 

Stage 3: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC)

Stage 4: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) 

Stage 5: Participation in International Biology Olympiad (IBO)


Why Students Should Solve Sample Papers of the INBO Exam?

There are several benefits to solving INBO sample papers. A few benefits of INBO sample papers 2020 are given below:

  • Students can get an idea about the paper pattern and difficulty level of the INBO.

  • These sample papers that cover almost all the important topics. Hence, solving the last year's sample papers makes you aware of all the possible questions and helps you fetch good scores.

  • With the practice of INBO sample papers, students will be able to identify their weak areas and work on the same.

  • Students can also learn time management while solving the question papers with the help of INBO sample papers 2020.

  • The INBO sample papers 2020 are available free to download.


Eligibility Criteria for INBO

  • All Indian students who are born between 1st July 2001 and June 30, 2006, both days inclusive and in addition, are in Class XII or lower are eligible to appear for INBO 2020 – 2021 examination. Those students who are Class XII pass out are not eligible to enroll for INBO.

  • He or she must be residing and studying in the Indian school system since November 30, 2018, or earlier.

  • The candidate must not have any plan to commence studies in universities or equivalent institution by June 1, 2021

  • Must not have passed class XII  board examination or equivalent earlier than November 30, 2020

  • Must not appear in NSEJS 2020.

  • Candidates must be eligible to hold an Indian passport. As per the High Court order of Madras, the OCI candidates will not be eligible for the selection to the Indian team in the International Olympiads. But such candidates are eligible for selection to all the prior stages up to and including OCSC (stage III) providing that they fulfill all the other eligibility criteria.


Reference Books 

Here are a few important books for the INBO Exam :

  • Biology by Campbell.

  • Human physiology by Vanders.

  • Plant biology by Raven.

  • Color atlas of biochemistry by Koolman or Biochemistry by Harvey

  • Genetics by Brooker.

  • How to prepare for the Biology Olympiad.

  • Molecular biology of the cell by Alberts

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How to Prepare for INBO 2020?

Some of the important tips are listed below along with subject wise preparation tips listed below:

  • Students should complete the entire syllabus without skipping any topic before the INBO exams, to be held in November.

  • Make a study schedule and keep a sufficient time slot for each topic. Focus on each topic with equal seriousness so that you get good overall marks.

  • Make short notes or flashcards of important topics. This makes the revision easier and faster.

  • Seek expert guidance wherever required.

2. What is the Syllabus of the INBO Exam?

The syllabus for INBO is broadly similar to NSEB. The syllabus for the Exam, however, is only a broad guideline and no detailed syllabus is given for INBO. The questions that are asked in National Olympiads are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to International Olympiads.

On the basis of performance in the INBO Exam, the top 35 students in the merit list are selected for Stage III Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in biology.

There is no other criterion or provision for selection to OCSC apart from the stated above.

3. How Do I Participate in the International Biology Olympiad?

To participate in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) you need to qualify all the stages that are given below:

Stage I: National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB)

NSEB is the first stage of selection of students in the biology Olympiad Programme which is organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). Every candidate aspiring to go through successive stages of the programme must enroll for NSEB.

Stage 2: Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO) 

Stage 3: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC)

Stage 4: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) 

Stage 5: Participation in International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

4. What Are the Tips for Performing Good in INBO Exam?

Here are a few tips that would be beneficial :

  1. You need to study your environment: Biology is the science of life, and you are surrounded by life.  When you start thinking about the application of Biology to our daily life, you get an entirely different perspective.  Study the sites of mega-companies such as DuPont, Religare, and IBM, who are working in the application of biology and green techniques. 

  2. Use online resources: There are a number of online resources and YouTube videos that can be very useful for your Olympiad preparation.  Sites such as National Geographic and Discovery Channel can also make your Olympiad preparation interesting.

  3. Solve previous year’s papers: You can easily get previous year’s papers with solutions online.

  4. Join forums: There are a number of participants who are preparing for the Indian Biology Olympiad (IBO) or the International Biology Olympiad like you. A lot of their views are available on forums for you to understand and implement.

  5. Practice, practice, practice: Finally it is your diligence that is going to work for you.  You will be competing against the best in the Olympiads, so make sure you are better than them.