The full form of INPhO is Indian National Physics Olympiad is the second stage of the five-stage Olympiad program for Physics in India. It ultimately leads to the selection of the International Physics Olympiad. The INPhO Exam is conducted on the last Sunday of January (or on the first Sunday of February), every year, by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education. Students in school(usually the students of standards 11 and 12l) first need to qualify the National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) held on the last (or second last) Sunday of November of the preceding year. Among over 40,000 students that appear for the INPhO examination at almost 1400 centres all across India, around 300 to 400 students are selected for INPhO based on their scores and also based on regional quotas for the states from which the students appear. Different state-wise cut-offs exist for selection to INPhO. INPhO Exam serves as a means to select the students for OCSC (Orientation Cum Selection Camp) in the subject Physics, as well as to represent India in the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO).
Most of the students qualifying the INPhO are those that are completing their twelfth standard. However, there have been some instances of students who have qualified INPhO at the end of the eleventh and very rarely, in the tenth standard itself.
Stages of INPhO
The Physics Olympiad program has the following fives stages-
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Stage I: NSEP- The full form of NSEP is National Standard Examination in Physics
Stage II: INPhO- The full form of INPhO is Indian National Physics Olympiad
Stage III: OCSC- The full form of OCSC is Orientation cum Selection Camp in physics
Stage IV: PDT- The full form of PDT is Pre-departure Training Camp for IPhO
Stage V: IPhO- The full form of IPhO is - Participation in International Physics Olympiad
Stage I, which is the National Standard Examination is entirely the responsibility of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers. All the remaining stages are organized by HBCSE. It is essential to qualify the NSEP Exam so as to participate in the INPhO.
InPhO 2021-22: Examination Pattern
The new examination structure will combine the first two stages of InPhO/IOQA into a single stage called the Indian National Olympiad (IOQA).
IAPT has stated that for each exam there will be a single examination comprising two parts that will be held in a single sitting.
Note: The students will be writing both parts IOQA Part-I (NSE) & Part-II (INO) but the answer booklet of Part-II will be evaluated only if you’ve qualified Part-I. Also, the detailed criteria for qualification will be updated soon.
Procedure of Selection
The procedure for the selection of students in Physics Stage II i.e., INPhO 2021 are:
The students are divided into two groups i.e. Group- A and Group- B. the students in Group A must be in class XII while the students in Group B must be in class XI or lower.
A separate Merit Index (MI) and Minimum Admissible Score (MAS) will be calculated for the two groups.
The question paper of NSEP 2020 and INPhO 2021 will remain the same for two groups.
A total number of 250 students from each group will be shortlisted for stage II of INPhO and therefore a total of 500 students will be selected.
Info About INPHO
Result of INPhO
The result of the INPHO will be available online on the official website of HBCSE. All the candidates are able to download their results by filling in the details like NSE Roll Number, DOB, and the verification code.
Details Mentioned in the Result
The following details can be checked from the result.
Candidate’s Roll Number
Details of MAS and MI
Those candidates who will apply for the exam must need to pay the fees for the amount of Rs. 150/-. The fee is charged per student with the per subject. The fee will be paid at the NSE registration center.
The admit card of the physics exam of INPhO will be available and can be checked through the online mode. All the eligible candidates are able to download the admit card of INPhO from the official site before a few dates of the exam.