InCho 2022: Learn about Indian National Chemistry Olympiad Exam Pattern

Introduction of InCho

Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (InChO), being an international level exam, has a definite exam pattern. The students who are appearing for this exam are required to understand this pattern in order to hold a grasp over the exams. Attempting the exam without knowing the pattern is similar to wandering in the dark. Students are advised to study the exam pattern thoroughly before making up their minds to give the exams. The students will know the pattern of the question paper from the model or the sample question papers that are being provided by us. We provide the solved papers which are designed as per the standards of the exam. These papers will give a student an idea of the pattern of the question paper. 

The recent trend of the question paper as of 2022 consisted of 80 Multiple Choice Questions. The MCQ questions are equally the same. It has four answers, among which the student needs to choose the correct one. There is negative marking applicable in this type of exam as well. The pattern of questioning is too of a standard form, and they focus mainly on the student’s conceptual knowledge rather than on their memorising capability. The students are thus suggested to prepare with clarity, focusing conceptually.

InChO is a three-hour competitive exam. It is being held in January or February. The exam is competitive in its approach.

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INCho Olympiad Exam Pattern and Structure 2022

Five Stages and Pattern of InChO

The Chemistry Olympiad in India has five distinct levels or stages, which are as follows: -

  • Stage I: National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSCE)

  • Stage II: Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (InChO)

  • Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp in the subject of Chemistry (OCSC)

  • Stage IV: Pre-departure Training Camp for IChO (PDT)

  • Stage V: Participation in International Chemistry Olympiad (ICHO)

Talking about the second stage, the pattern of InChO:

  • Generally, it starts from the end of January or the beginning of February. 

  • The exam is being conducted by the HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education).

  • It is a subjective type of question paper.

  • The syllabus for InChO is fairly similar to that of the NSEC exam. While the difficulty level of this exam is levelled up. 

  • Students qualifying for the InChO get a certificate of merit from IAPT.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Why are students advised to solve the Previous Year’s Question Papers?

Ans: In order to know the trend or to know the exam pattern, the students are advised to study the previous year’s question papers. By studying these, the students are also suggested to practise as many samples and model test papers, all these will make them confident as they will know the pattern of the exam. When they appear for the exam, they will seem like they have previously practised the exam paper. Thus, this will instil enough confidence and keep them pepped up for such opportunities in the future.

2. Where Can the Students Avail the Previous Year’s Question Papers?

Ans: Students can log in to our site to avail all the previous year’s question papers. We also provide solved papers for the better guidance of the students. 

2. What study material can students refer to while preparing for InChO?


Ans: Students can refer to a host of study material while preparing for InChO. This includes:

  1. Previous years’ question papers: these are real question papers containing the questions asked actually in previous exams. Therefore, these are the best to get the students aware of the exam pattern and the kind of questions asked in the exam.

  2. Sample Questions: these are sample papers that introduce the students to the type of questions asked in the exam.

  3. Important Questions: these are carefully selected important questions from varied resources for the exam.

  4. Online videos: these provide guided practice and clarify doubts for the students.

  5. Books: these provide conceptual clarity and knowledge for the topics asked in the exam.

4. What will the students benefit from this exam?

Ans: Students interested in the field of Chemistry can harness great benefits from this Olympiad. This Olympiad is a golden chance to exchange ideas and knowledge in the field of Chemistry, and they can prove their knowledge as well in this platform. Rankers are ranked and internationally recognised via this exam. Students gain confidence to attempt for ICHO by giving the exam of InChO.  Such Olympiads are also a great way for the students to prepare for any future competitive exams and national level entrance tests.


5. How should students prepare for InCho?

Ans: Students appearing for InCho need to have a great grasp of Chemistry. They must only be proficient in secondary level chemistry but should have their basics in a chemistry firm. That is why it is recommended that students revise the topics of Class 7 to Class 10 Chemistry before going over class 11 and Class 12 Chemistry. Following that, students can practice from previous years’ question papers, sample papers, and important questions. The more students practice the InChO syllabus, the better they will score in the exam.

6. What is the syllabus of InChO?

Ans: The InChO Syllabus for 2022 is based on four main topics. These include:

  1. Organic Chemistry

  2. Inorganic chemistry

  3. Biochemistry

  4. Experimental Chemistry

The syllabus is based on the topics taught in Class 11 and Class 12 Chemistry. Therefore students must refer to the NCERT textbooks while preparing for the exam. Also, students must keep the exam pattern in mind and prepare accordingly. Vedantu provides a detailed InChO Syllabus for 2022 for students to refer to and prepare accordingly. 

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