InChO 2020 Exam Date


InChO Exam Date

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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.

The Indian National Chemistry Olympiad referred to as INChO is an examination conducted by the Homi Bhabha Center For Science Education. The exam is usually conducted in the week last January or the first week of February each year. It is the gateway for the International Chemistry Olympiad. Students of class 11 and 12 first need to qualify the National Standard Examination in Chemistry conducted in November in order to be eligible for the INChO exam. Among 30,000 + more candidates who attempt for the NSEC, only the top 1% of the candidates are eligible for the INChO exam. About 35 candidates are selected from the written examination and a total of 30 students from these are selected for the Orientation Cum Selection-Camp (OCSC)in Chemistry held in Mumbai.

The exact Indian National Chemistry Olympiad exam date for 2021 is not released yet but as per the previous record, the exam will be conducted in the first week of February. We will provide you with the exact Indian National Chemistry Olympiad exam date 2021 soon once it is officially declared by the HBCSE. Read the article below to know the INCho Olympiad exam date (tentative).

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INCho Olympiad Exam Date 2021(Tentative)

Beginning of the registration of the candidates

January 2021, 1st week

Last date for the candidates to register

January 2021, 3rd  week

Release for admit card for the Incho exam

January 2021, 4th week

INChO Examination date

February 2021, 1st  week

Declaration of Result

March 2021, 1st week

What is the InChO Exam?

The International Chemistry Olympiad Examination popularly known as INCho has been conducted since 1968 and is a competition for the students of higher secondary levels. The INCho aims to enhance the student’s interest in Chemistry through independent and productive answers to Chemistry problems. It also aims to enhance the international connections in Chemistry, understanding between young scientific employees of different nationalities, cooperation among students, and exchange of education and scientific experience in Chemistry.

The Chemistry Olympiad Programs Include the Following Stages:

Stage 1: National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC).

Stage 2: Indian National Chemistry Olympiad Exam (INChO).

Stage 3: Orientation Cum Selection-Camp (OCSC) in Chemistry.

Stage 4: Pre-departure training camp for Chemistry.

Stage 5: Participation in International Chemistry Olympiad exam (IChO).

INChO Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The INChO exam patterns and syllabus is given below:

Total Number of Questions - 80

Negative Marking - Applicable

The Medium of Paper -  Both English and Hindi (candidates can choose any medium as per their convenience).

Exam Duration - 3 hours

Number of Applicants - 10 Lakhs

Number of Applicants Qualified - 2000

Syllabus - The INChO exam syllabus is quite similar to the NSEC. Based on the performance of the INChO exam, the top 35 students from the merit list will be selected for stage 3: Orientation Cum Camp in Chemistry.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. How can the Candidates Enroll in INChO?

Ans: The following are the steps that candidates can follow to enroll in the INCho exam.

  1. Visit the HBCSE official website.

  2. Look for the option Olympiad

  3. Click on the upcoming events

  4. Complete the details asked in the form such as Candida DOB, NSE center code, and roll number.

  5. Select the exam center during the registration process.

Q2. What are the Eligibility Criteria for an INChO Exam 2021?


  • The candidate applying for the INCho must hold a valid Indian passport.

  • As per the order announced by the Madras High Court, OCI students will not be permitted for selection to the Indian team in an international Olympiad. Although, such students are professionally permitted for all the prior stages, up to and including the OCSC( stage 2), provided they fulfill all other criteria. These students are also professionally permitted to attempt the selection tests at OCSC. These policies are likely to change without prior notice depending on any further order delivered by the courts, or by a professional government authority.

  • The date of birth of the candidate should fall between July 1, 2002, and June 30, 2007 (Both the dates are inclusive).

  • The candidate must not have completed or planned to complete the class XII board examination prior to November 30, 2021.

  • The candidate must not have started or planned to start his/her studies in a university or similar institution by June 1, 2022.

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

Q3.  What are Some Reference Books That can be Used to Clear the INChO Exam?

Ans: Some of the reference books that can be used to clear the INChO exams are :

  • CBSE practical books.

  • Techniques and Experiments for Organic Chemistry written by Addison Ault.

  • Schaum series books on Chemistry in various disciplines of Chemistry.

  • Biochemistry an introduction by Mckee & Mckee, 2nd edition published by McGraw-Hill.

  • Basic Inorganic chemistry written by Cotton Wilkins and Gaus (3rd edition).

  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry by Lee 5th edition.

Q4. What is the Selection Procedure for INChO?


  1. The candidates applied for the INCho exams are divided into two groups i.e. Group A, and Group B.

Group A - It includes the candidates of class XII as of November 30, 2019.

Group B - It includes the candidates of class XII or lower as of November 30, 2019.

  1. The question paper of both NSEC 2019 and INCho will be similar for both the groups.

  2. Merit Index (MI), and Minimum Admissible Scores will be calculated individually for each group.

  3. A total of 250 students will be selected from each group for stage II of INCho and therefore a total of 500 candidates will be selected.