National Olympiad Programme in Science Subjects 2020-21

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Notifications Regarding National Olympiad Programme in Science

The education system all around the world has been majorly affected due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the nearly-complete closure of universities, colleges, and schools.

The National Olympiad program in Science subject culminating in the International Olympiad (IMO) of 2021 has been disrupted by the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemics in the country. In a view of the prevailing situation, the following decisions are made.

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.


 Information About Stages

  • A three-hour examination known as the Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQ) organized in collaboration with the Indian Association of Physics Teacher (IAPT) and Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education- Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (HBCSE -TIFR).

  • An Orientation - Cum Selection - Camp (OCSC) organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).

  • The Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQ) in each subject will be a collaboration of two examinations, arranged in a single session for the aspirants.


Part 1: National Standard Examination (NSE) - This will substitute standalone NSE of prior years. The exam duration for NSE will be one hour and will include multiple-choice questions. The standard of the examination will be similar to the NSE of prior years. Part 1 will be a screening examination for the selective appraisal of Part 2. The performance of Part 1 will not play an important role in the selection for the next level (OCSC). The Part 1 of Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQ) in different subjects will be known as National Standard Examination (NSEs) in Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, Junior Science, and Physics: NSEA, NSEC, NSEB, NSEJS, and NSEP respectively.


Part 2: Indian National Olympiad (INO): This will substitute standalone INO of prior years. The exam duration for NSE will be two hours and will include detailed questions, similar in standard to the INO of prior years. This part will be evaluated only for the students selected in Part 1 i.e. National Standard Examination (NSE), and the selection for the next level i.e. OCSC will be determined individually by the performance of this part. This part of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQ) will be known as (INOs) in Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, Junior Science, and Physics: INAO, INCho, INBO, INJSO, and INPHO respectively.

The Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQ) will be organized in collaboration with the HBCSE and IAPT. The academic responsibility of Part 1 i.e. National Standard Examination (NSE) will be carried by IAPT, while the academic responsibility of Part 2 i.e. Indian National Olympiad (INO): will be carried by HBCSE. The further stages of the Olympiad program will be conducted by the HBCSE.

Online enrollment for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQ) is expected to start by 15 October., 2000 on the IAPT official website. Further information regarding the IOQ online enrollment, syllabus, and eligibility will be announced shortly by the authorities. These are expected to be similar to the prior years.


Tentative IOQ Exam Schedule

  • The tentative date for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Junior Science (IOQJS) is Sunday, January 17, 2021, from 14:30 - 17:30 hrs.

  • The tentative date for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Astronomy (IOQA) is Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 9: 00 - 12:00 hrs.

  • The tentative date for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Chemistry (IOQC) is Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 14:30 - 17:30 hrs.

  • The tentative date for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Physics (IOQP) is Sunday, January 7, 2021, from 9: 00 - 12:00 hrs.

  • The tentative date for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Biology (IOQB) is Sunday, January 17, 2021, from 14:30 - 17:30 hrs.

Please note that the exam dates mentioned above are tentative and can be changed at the short notice, depending on the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic in the country.


Selection Criteria

Indian National Olympiad (Part 2:): The screening criteria of Part 2 (INO) of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQ) to be reviewed will be similar to the qualification requirements for INO form NSE in prior years. Detailed Selection criteria will be disclosed soon. 

For OCSC: The qualification criteria for OCSC based on the performance in Part 2 (INO )of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQ) will be similar to the INO - to OCSC criteria applied in prior years. Detailed Selection criteria will be disclosed soon.  

The program for consecutive stages beyond IOQ will be announced at a later time.