Indian National Physic Olympiad (INPhO) is the second of India's five-stage Olympiad programs in Physics. It eventually leads to the International Physics Olympiad's selection. The Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education conducts the Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO) Exam on the final Sunday of January (or the first Sunday of February). Students in school (often in grades 11 and 12) must first pass the National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP), which is held on the last (or second last) Sunday of November each year. Around 300 to 400 students are chosen for INPhO from over 40,000 students who take the test at around 1400 locations across India, depending on their results and regional quotas for the states from where the students take the exam. Different state-by-state cut-offs exist for INPhO selection. The INPhO Exam is used to choose candidates for OCSC (Orientation Cum Selection Camp) and to represent India in the Asian Physics Olympiad in the discipline of Physics (APhO). The majority of pupils that pass the INPhO are in their final year of high school. However, pupils have qualified for INPhO as early as the eleventh grade and, in exceptional cases, as early as the ninth grade.
Exam Stages NSEP
The test is designed for students in grades 9 through 10, with a focus on grades 11 and 12. Students who have completed Class 12 are ineligible to participate in the NSEP. Furthermore, students must meet IPhO's age requirements (less than 20 years of age on June 30th of the year of the respective IPhO). If a student is proven to be ineligible for the exam at any point throughout the programme, he or she may be dismissed. A one-time charge must be paid upon registration. There is no TA/DA offered. The NSEP is not required for applicants who have already participated in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) or the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO). Such applicants must, however, obtain authorization from the national coordinator to write the INPhO directly.
Eligibility: The examination is for students in 9th,10th, 11th and 12th standard.
Syllabus: The syllabus is equivalent to CBSE class 11 and 12 physics syllabus.
To participate in the NSEP, students must meet the necessary qualifying requirements. They must get a score that is greater than 50% of the top 10 scores. This is the lowest score that can be accepted (MAS in short). They are chosen for INPhO if they get a score of more than 80% of the above-mentioned average. This is the Merit Index score (MI). Following the selection of these students, additional are picked from below the MI but above the MAS, until the state's quota of seats is filled, either entirely or to the greatest degree practicable.
Students who score in the top 35 on the INPhO are invited to attend the Orientation and campus selection camp (OCSC).
Many students obtain their marks by adding 40% of their NSEP score (as a percentage of the maximum marks possible in the test (usually 240)) to 60% of their INPhO score (as a percentage of the maximum marks possible in the test (usually 240). As a result, a list of the top 50 students is compiled, and the top eight students who are willing to take the APhO exam are chosen. It should be noted, however, that in 2017 and 2018, just 5 students were registered for APhO.
The student must pass OCSC Physics, i.e., be among the top 5 students with the highest overall OCSC score.
InPhO Exam Date