IOQJS Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for IOQJS

The IOQJS eligibility criteria are determined by the authorities of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers and Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education. Nationality, age, academics, etc. are a few of the parameters listed in the eligibility criteria of IOQJS. The IAPT and HBCSE conduct IOQJS (the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Junior Science) as a 2-staged examination. It is being conducted as a combination of NSE and INO. The eligibility criteria for IOQJS are discussed below in detail.

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An Overview of IOQJS Eligibility Criteria?

All students who aspire to take part in the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in the Junior Science exam are advised to go through the eligibility criteria for the same before registering for the exam. The eligibility criteria for IOQJS are listed below.

  • Age: Aspiring students must be born between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2007, all days inclusive.

  • Academic Requirements: Students in the 10th grade or lower are eligible for IOQJS. They must have been studying in India since 30 November 2019, or earlier. Students must not have passed the 10th board exams, or any equivalent exam before November 30, 2020. Also, those studying in an Indian schooling system since November 2019 or before are eligible to appear for IOQJS.

  • Citizenship: Students aspiring to take part in IOQJS must hold or be eligible to hold Indian passports. They must be residents of India since November 2019 or earlier. As per the verdict of the Madras High Court, the Overseas Citizens of India will not be eligible to be a part of the team representing our country at the International Olympiads.

  • Students aspiring to appear for IOQJS must not register for IOQP, IOQA, IOQC, or IOQB in the same year.


It is highly advised that all students who are planning to take the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Junior Science, must be thorough with the above-mentioned eligibility criteria. Otherwise, any kind of discrepancy will lead to the cancellation of their candidature. 


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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the age criterion for IOQJS?

Students who are 14 or 15 years of age are eligible for appearing in the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Junior Science. In other words, they must be born between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2007 (all days inclusive).

2. Are overseas citizens of India eligible for IOQJS?

No, the students who are overseas citizens of India are not eligible to represent the national team at the International Olympiad of Junior Science. This is in conformance with the latest orders from the Madras High Court.

3. Can I take IOQJS and IOQP in the same year?

No, you cannot take IOQJS and IOQP or any IOQA, IOQC, or IOQB in the same year.

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