NSEA 2021-22: Examination Dates
The National Standard Examination in Astronomy is conducted jointly by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers and Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education. It is one of the very few prestigious competitive exams for students interested in Astronomy. NSEA is the very first stage of the International Olympiad in Astronomy and AstroPhysics IOAA. Students can register in NSEA through their respective schools. Here’s all the information on the NSEA important dates, eligibility criteria, examination pattern, application fee, selection process, etc.
There are five stages of the International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics Program. However, this year due to the prevailing pandemic situation, the authorities of IAPT and HBCSE are yet to declare the process and mode of exam for NSEA and IOAA. The other National Standard Examinations are to follow a three-staged selection process this year.
The important dates of the National Standard Examination in Astronomy are listed below for the reference of students.
FAQs on NSEA-National Standard Examination in Astronomy 2021-22
1. What is NSEA?
Ans: NSEA is expanded as The National Standard Exam in Astronomy and it is an exam that is jointly administered by the Association of Physics Teachers of India and the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education. It is one of the few reputable competitions for students interested in astronomy. The NSEA is the first step of the IOAA International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Students can enrol in the NSEA through their respective schools. The international Olympic program in astronomy and astrophysics has five phases. However, this year due to the outbreak of the pandemic, the relevant IAPT and HBCSE authorities have yet to announce the procedure and method of organizing the exam for the NSEA and IOAA.
2. Are calculators allowed for NSEA?
Ans: Calculators are not confined from being used in NSEA or the National Standard Examination in Astronomy. Yet, a bunch of specific rules had been advanced by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers and Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education that needs to be followed while using calculators for the test. The calculators that the candidates bring inside the exam centres are not supposed to have any special graph mode or integration mode. Another condition is that the calculators should not be outfitted with any unique equation-solver function or matrix mode. The official website of IAPT has published and uploaded a list of calculators that the candidates are permitted to use for the test alongside a list of those that are not allowed to be used for the NSEA.
3. How to download previous years question papers of NSEA?
Ans: Students are encouraged to go through and work out questions from the previous years' question papers along with other sample papers to find out about the pattern of the NSEA and what sort of questions to expect, in advance. Working out the various types of problems presented by these question papers can guarantee reliable practice which will assist candidates with creating speed and different abilities expected to crack the NSEA. Vedantu is perhaps the most confided-in platform that resorts to being of help to students who are hoping to acquire relevant resources to plan for tests like NSEA. Students can get hold of the study materials easily from Vedantu for free. By solving these papers students hoping to score well for the test will have an extra benefit compared to their competitors. Students will have a better idea of the structure of the paper and thereby will be able to move forward with the questions in a much easier manner.
4. Are the OCI Students Eligible For NSEA?
Ans: Students belonging to the OCI (overseas citizens of India) category are not entirely restricted from taking part in the National Standard Examination in Astronomy or the NSEA. This means that they are allowed to participate in the initial stage of the International Astronomy Olympiad Program followed by the subsequent stages of the exam as well. But there has been a recent ruling by the Madras High Court which produced a verdict under which it was stated that even though the students belonging to the OCI category can participate in NSEA, they cannot go on to represent the country in the Internation olympiad program.
5. How to apply for NSEA?
Ans: In contrast to most other competitive tests, the enrollment or application for the NSEA or the National Standard Examination in Astronomy is to be done in an offline manner. When the dates for enrollment are declared by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers, a list of NSE exam centres is uploaded on the IAPT official website. Students are required to check this list and find the nearest centre that is open and most easily accessible to the students. They would then have to go to the exam centres personally to get the application form and fill in every one of the necessary that is asked for. The students would then be able to submit the form with a nominal fee of Rs 150 and get a receipt affirming the enrollment of the candidate for the NSEA test.