NSEA 2021-22- National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA)

NSEA Exam - Registration, Exam Date, Syllabus, Eligibility and Other Details

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. 

NSEA Exam Details

NSEA 2021-22: Examination Dates

Event

Date (Tentative)

Starting date of Enrollment for NSEA-2022

September 15,2021

NSEA exam date

Sundays in January 2022


Note: Detailed information about enrollment, eligibility criteria, timetable, and enrollment fee will be announced soon.


Eligibility Criteria for NSEA

Students aspiring to take part in the National Standard Examination in Astronomy are suggested to go through the eligibility criteria for the same before they get themselves registered. The following are the NSEA eligibility criteria.

  • Age Requirements: Aspirants must be born between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2007, and all days inclusive. 

  • Citizenship Requirements: They must hold or be eligible to hold Indian passports. They must be residents of India from 30 November 2019 or earlier. They must be studying in India or in an Indian school system since 30 November 2019 or earlier. Also, students who are Overseas Citizens of India will not be eligible to represent our country at the International Olympiad programs. They can participate in the subsequent stages of selection.

  • Academic Requirements: Aspirants must not have passed or scheduled to pass the 12th Board exams before 30 November 2021. They must not start pursuing studies in a university-level institution before June 1, 2022. 

  • They must not take NSEJS in 2021.        


NSEA Question Paper Pattern

Students must go become familiar with the NSEA question paper format and prepare themselves accordingly before the exam. There are a total of 80 questions in the question paper of the National Standard Examination in Astronomy. The medium of this exam is English and objective/multiple-choice type questions are asked in NSEA. There are multiple-choice questions, having single-correct answer choices, as well as more than one correct answer choice.         


Qualifying For the Second Stage

The National Standard Examination in Astronomy is the first stage of the International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Students who meet the cut-off marks criteria in the NSEA exam get qualified for the second stage of the Olympiad program. Also, students are selected for the next stage of Orientation-cum Selection camp based on the proportional representation clause.    


Cutoff

The cut-off marks for the National Standard Examination in Astronomy are relative to the scores of the top 10 candidates. Students are required to score at least the minimum admissible scores or MAS, in NSEA so as to qualify for the next stage of the Olympiad program. The MAS is determined as 50 percent of the average marks scored by the top 10 students in NSEA.   


Proportional Representation Clause

Selection for the second stage of the International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics is also based on the proportional representation clause. It depends on the number of students who participated in NSEA from an exam centre in the previous year. This selection is done for each state and union territory. If there is a tie at the final position, all students contending for the tie are moved to the next stage. In general, the total number of students selected for the second stage of the Olympiad program is about 300.   


Application Fee For NSEA

The NSEA application fee is available at any of the NSE centres across the country. Students are required to pay a nominal fee of 150 rupees to fill the application form of the National Standard Examination in Astronomy. The application fee is partly sent to the IAPT and partly kept by the school as their maintenance charges. The application fee is 5 USD for the students who are overseas citizens of India. It is to be hereby noted that the application fee is to be paid one time for all the stages of the selection process.


NSEA Exam Format 

The medium of examination of the National Standard Examination in Astronomy is English. Students are required to have a sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics when appearing in this examination. The questions asked in NSEA are provided with multiple answer choices and there is a negative marking system for incorrect answers. The NSEA exam pattern is tabulated below for the reference of students.


Features of NSEA Exam Pattern

Feature of NSEA Exam Pattern

Details

Mode of the exam

Offline (this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, IAPT and HBCSE are yet to announce the mode of exam for NSEA.)

Medium of the exam

English

Total number of questions asked

80

  • Physics: 33

  • Mathematics: 32

  • Astronomy: 15

Number of subjects

3

  • Physics

  • Mathematics

  • Astronomy

Total marks 

240

  • Physics: 99

  • Mathematics: 96

  • Astronomy: 45

Marking Scheme

  • For every correct response: +3

  • For every incorrect response: -1 


Selection Process From NSEA

Students are selected based on merit as well as on proportionate and minimum representation clauses. The Minimum Admissible Scores are calculated taking into account the average marks scored by the top 10 students. In order to be eligible for the second stage of IOAA, students must meet the MAS. Also, if seats are available then students are selected on the basis of merit. Students meeting the cut-off marks criteria in NSEA are trained at the Orientation-cum-Selection camp in data analysis, concepts of theory, and observation in Astronomy, as well.    


NSEA Syllabus

The NSEA syllabus is not specifically laid out by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers and Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education. However, the topics that are to be revised in Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy for NSEA coincide with the topics covered in the syllabus of these subjects in the 11th and 12th grades. Students can go through the NCERT textbooks for Physics and Mathematics to understand the fundamentals. Among the books commonly consulted for NSEA preparation are Universe, written by William J. Kaufmann, Roger Freedman, and Robert Geller. Also, you can refer to the book, Astronomy- Principles and Practice, written by Roy and Clarke. 


NSEA Previous Year Papers

Solving and practising the NSEA previous year papers is very important before the exam. When students solve these papers, they get a thorough idea of the exam pattern. These question papers are available on Vedantu and students can download them for their practice purposes. While solving the previous year question papers of NSEA, students get to know the level of difficulty, marking scheme, and types of questions asked in the exam.   

The students who will be able to clear the state-wise cut-off marks in the National Standard Examination in Astronomy will be selected for the next stage of the International Olympiad program. This year, the second stage is supposed to be an orientation cum selection camp for the National Standard Examinations. The third stage will be the training camp as a pre-departure preparation time for the students, and the final stage will be the International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics. The final stage is likely to be conducted online. 

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the Full Form of NSEA?

Ans: The full form of NSEA is the National Standard Examination in Astronomy.

2. How Do I Apply For NSEA?

Ans: Every year the application process for NSEA is conducted in an offline mode. You have to collect the application form from their nearest NSE centres and fill in all the required details. You will have to duly submit the NSEA application form along with the application fee at the NSE Center. The NSE center-in-charge will collect the application form. The NSE centre at which you submit your application form will be your venue for the examination.

3. What is the Application Fee For NSEA?

Ans: The application fee for NSEA is 150 rupees for Indian applicants and 5 USD for all OCI applicants. 

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