The IOQJS exam pattern has been released by the authorities of IAPT for this year. The Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Junior Science, or IOQJS, consists of two papers. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. The Indian Association of Physics Teachers in collaboration with the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education conducts the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Junior Science for the secondary school students. The paper format, types of questions asked, marking scheme, and other details of the IOQJS exam pattern are discussed below for the perusal of students.
IOQJS is the first level of the International Science Olympiad program. It is conducted as a combination of the National Standard Examination and the Indian National Olympiad. Previously, the selection process for the International Science Olympiad program was conducted in three stages. However, considering the prevailing pandemic situation, its pattern has been revised. As per the new pattern, there will be two stages in the selection process for the Olympiad program, IOQJS and Orientation-cum-Selection Camp, respectively.
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IOQJS is conducted in an offline mode, and the exam duration is 3 hours. There are two parts of the exam, IOQ Part I and IOQ Part II. Only objective questions will be asked in the first part and subjective questions will be asked in the next part. The IOQJS question paper will be available in two languages, namely, English and Hindi. Students will have to select their choice of language at the time of enrolment.
The important features of the IOQJS exam pattern are tabulated below.
IOQJS Exam Pattern
Exam Pattern of IOQJS
Medium of the exam
IOQJS Part I: 1 hour
IOQJS Part II: 2 hours
Mode of the exam
Number of questions asked
IOQJS Part I: 32
24 MCQs with only 1 correct answer choice
8 MCQs with more than 1 correct answer choice
IOQJS Part II: Not specified
Types of questions asked
IOQJS Part I: Multiple Choice Questions
IOQJS Part II: Subjective Questions
+3 marks for every correct response
-1 for every incorrect response
Both parts of the examination will be conducted in a single day. IOQJS Part I is the screening test, qualifying which candidates will be permitted to appear for IOQJS Part II.
IOQJS Part I: This part of the exam replaces the National Standard Examination in Junior Science. The duration of this part is 1 hour. The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) is the governing body for this part. The difficulty level of the IOQJS Part I question paper is at par with that of NSEJS. The paper comprises objective questions, with one or more correct answer choices. Students meeting the cut-off marks in IOQJS Part I will be eligible for evaluation in IOQJS Part II. This part of the examination does not determine their selection for the Orientation-cum-Selection Camp.
IOQJS Part II: This part of the exam replaces the Indian National Olympiad. It is governed by the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education. The question paper of IOQJS Part II consists of subjective questions only. Students will get a duration of 2 hours to answer all the questions in IOQJS Part II. Those who will meet the cut-off marks in IOQJS Part I will be evaluated for the second part of IOQJS. The scores of this part will determine if students qualify for the Orientation-cum-Selection Camp.
In general, the application process for IOQJS begins in November, and the exams are scheduled in January and February. The evaluation criteria for IOQJS are the same as those for NSEJS and INO. Students aspiring to appear for IOQJS should keep an eye on the official website of IAPT and HBCSE for further updates.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. Is There a Negative Marking in IOQJS?
Ans: Yes, there is a negative marking system in IOQJS. For every incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted and for every correct answer, 3 marks will be rewarded.
2. How Many Papers are There in IOQJS?
Ans: There are two papers in IOQJS, Part I and Part II.
IOQJS Part I: Objective questions are asked in this part of the exam. The duration of this exam is 1 hour.
IOQJS Part II: Subjective questions are asked in this part of the exam. The duration of this exam is 2 hours.
3. Is IOQJS Conducted in an Online Mode?
Ans: No, IOQJS is conducted in an offline mode. It is a pen-and-paper-based examination. Students can choose the medium of examination as per their preference, at the time of enrolment. The question paper will be available in English and Hindi.