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IOQJS Exam Pattern

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Exam Pattern for IOQJS
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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.

FAQ (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.