Various stages lead up to the final competition of the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics. It is an international level competition concerning the areas of Astronomy and Astrophysics. You need to qualify for the first stage in order to participate in the IOAA. For IOAA 2020 registration, you have to register for the national-level stage that is the National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA).
The National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA) is the first stage for IOAA participation. It is organized by the Association of Physics Teachers of the participating countries. In India, it is organized by The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). NSEA exam is generally conducted in November. The main agenda of the NSEA is to select the talented aspiring students for the Astronomy Olympiad Program. If you are wondering about how to participate in IOAA, the NSEA is your base.
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As said earlier, you have to register for the National Standard Examination in Astronomy first for IOAA participation. The first step towards participation is to fill the application form for the IOAA 2020 registration. The application form is generally available from September. You can get hold of the form at the NSE centres spread across the participating countries.
The first step needed for IOAA 2020 registration is to find the nearest NSE Centre.
After you find the centre, you take up the step of filling the form.
Once you carefully fill in the form for IOAA 2020 registration, submit it to the NSE Centre's office.
You must be well aware that the centre you have chosen to submit your form will be your examination centre.
Considering the situation of the worldwide pandemic of COVID 19, the IOAA authorities have decided to postpone the dates for the events. Originally, the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics was set to begin on 13th September and was to end on 21st September. However, due to the present trying times, the dates are put on a halt. Owing to the same condition, the NSE authorities have decided to push forward the process of enrollment and centre registration to 15th September 2020.
In the NSEA exam for IOAA participation, the participants will face 80 questions carrying 3 marks each. For every wrong answer, they will deduct 1 mark.
The practical solutions you write in the IOAA must consist of theoretical analysis, practical execution and complete justification. For your response
Through the popular vote, the international board reserves the right to adjust the position of cut-off to two positions in each category mentioned. This means they can include or exclude two students at the boundary of any category.
The final number of points scored by the three best contestants is considered 100%.
The first prize is awarded to the contestants who score at least 90% of points. They are awarded diplomas and gold medals.
Contestants with 78% or more, but less than 90%, will be awarded the second prize- diplomas and silver medals.
The contestants with 50% or more but less than 65% of marks will receive an honourable mention and diplomas.
The contestants who will score less than 50% of marks will receive certificates of participation.
The participant with the highest score will be awarded a special prize and diploma.
1. When will the NSE Begin?
In this uncertain time of the COVID pandemic, the dates are being put on hold. The last date of the registration of NSE is shifted to 15th September 2020. The original date for the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics was set to begin on 13th September and was to end on 21st September. Due to the present trying times, the dates are put on a halt. The students are advised to keep an eye on both the examinations' official website to know the final dates. Make sure not to miss the last date for the registration.
2. What are the Eligibility Criteria for the Stages of the IOAA?
Here are the Eligibility Criteria for Stage I - NSE
The students must not be born before 1st July 1999.
Students in class 12 or below are only allowed to take part.
A student can appear for more than one subject if the schedule permits.
Here are the Eligibility Criteria for Stage II
Successful participants from stage I and the exempted students from NSEA are eligible for the 2nd stage.
The students are required to score equal or more than the Minimum Admissible Score, i.e., 40% of the given subject's maximum marks.
For the subsequent stages from III to V, there is no specific criterion for the remainder of the stages for the International Olympiad on Astrophysics and Astronomy.