NSEA 2020 Eligibility Criteria

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What is NSEA?

Due to Covid 19 - The usual three-stage procedure for the selection of the teams to represent India at the International Olympiad that has been followed in prior years is now being shortened to a two-stage procedure as a one-time exception only for the academic year 2020 - 21. Read more about IOQ 2020-21.

National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA) 2020 – NSEA is organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). NSEA olympiad exam date 2020 will be conducted in November 2020. NSEA Exam aims at the selection of aspiring and talented students for the Astronomy Olympiad Program.

The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) has announced the NSEA exam date as well as the events for National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP), National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC), National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA), National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB), and National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS).

The NSEA olympiad exam date 2020 has been released and the exam will be conducted in November 2020 (from 2:00-4:00 PM). The students who have a knack for Astronomy and are interested in appearing for NSEA 2020 can get complete information on NSEA Exam Eligibility 2020, exam pattern as well as syllabus in the article given below.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Question 1) What Topics Should I Focus on as I Prepare for NSEA?

Answer) Focus on the points given below :

  • Thorough knowledge of mathematics is necessary, and expect one purely mathematical question in the NSEA Exam.

  • All topics of physics mentioned for NSEA 2019 eligibility are important with thorough and complete knowledge. Just because NSEA is an astronomy Olympiad doesn't mean it will ask questions only related to astronomy. 

  • The questions in NSEA eligibility 2019 are highly calculation based. Almost 10 questions will involve just mathematical calculations. 

  • Probability is important. 

  • The next most important topic: Gravitation. Expect all kinds of questions from here. 

  • Optics can also be expected since telescopes and optical instruments are important to astronomy. Mechanics (Newton's laws, kinematics, the centre of mass, work energy power, collisions, rigid body dynamics, relativity in order of the importance), Thermodynamics, Heat transfer (especially the topic radiation), Waves and Electromagnetism.

  • Rigid body dynamics, it seems, does not have that much weightage. 

  • The questions are not difficult but are time-consuming with lengthy calculations. Be prepared. 

  • Calculations are what make NSEA different from NSEP. Hardly any question from pure astronomy is asked.

Question 2) What is the Question Paper Pattern for the NSEA Exam?

Answer) NSEA question exam paper will contain a total of 80 questions. Each correct answer will award 3 marks and an incorrect answer will result in a deduction of one mark, there is negative marking in the NSEA Exam. The NSEA exam pattern based on last year’s NSEA Olympiad is listed in the table below:


Number of Questions

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Question 3) What are the Details Mentioned in the Result?

Answer)The following details can be checked from the result.

  • Candidate’s Roll Number.

  • Marks obtained.

  • Details of MAS and MI.

Question 4) What is HBCSE?

Answer) Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education was established in the year 1974. HBCSE is known to be a research institution and national centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). The main objective of the  HB centre is to promote scientific excellence in the fields of science and mathematics education from primary to college level. HBCSE is known to be India’s nodal centre for Olympiads in physics, chemistry, biology, maths, and astronomy. It also runs a graduate school in mathematics and science education for the degree of Ph.D. (Science Education).

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