NSEA Registration 2020


What is NSEA?

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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.

The National Standard Examination for Astronomy shortly referred to as the NSEA is a competitive exam held under the able governance of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). The NSEA 2020 examination will be conducted in the month of November. The main objective of the NSEA 2020 exam is to streamline the aspiring and talented young minds and provide them the best stands in the International Astronomy Olympiad. The registrations for centers of NSEA are starting from the 1st of August 2020.

The NSEA exam 2020 dates are already released and the exam will be conducted at the respective centers from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. It is highly important for the students, who are interested in showcasing their ability in the field of astronomy, to know the complete detail of the registration and application procedure for the NSEA exam. In the subsequent sections, a detailed description of the application process is explained.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What are the Clauses for Selection of Students for the Next Stage After the NSEA?

Ans: The selection procedure for the next level of Astronomy Olympiad after the NSEA is based on various factors just to ensure that the students are encouraged to participate in more numbers in the subsequent years. The 4 important clauses under which the students are selected for the next level are:

  1. Eligibility Clause: Minimum 40% of the maximum marks

  2. Proportional Representation Clause

  3. Minimum Representation Clause: At least 1 student from each state or union territory

  4. Merit Clause

Q2. How are Students Rewarded for Their Performance in the NSEA Exam?

Ans: Students who qualify their NSEA exam are eligible to appear for the second stage of International Astronomy Olympiad i.e. the Indian National Astronomy Olympiad (INAO). In addition to this, the students are also offered a number of consolation prizes which include the following. 

  • Top 10% of the students in every examination center are provided with certificates of appreciation. 

  • The top 1% of the students from each state will receive a certificate of merit in the subject of Astronomy.

  • Special merit certificates and a valuable book will be given as a token of appreciation to the top 1% of the students at National level. 

  • 35 top scores in the NSEA exam will be awarded gold medals.

Q3. How do we Prepare for the NSEA Exam?

Ans: The NSEA exam is not so difficult if the students have dedicated their time effectively to prepare for the same. Students should always have a timetable of their own for the exam preparation. They should revise all the concepts thoroughly at a greater depth of understanding as many times as possible. The students are recommended to take up a series of mock tests before they appear for the actual exam. This will help them understand their strengths and weaknesses. Through sample tests, students will also learn to manage time.

Q4. What is the NSEA Exam Syllabus?

Ans: The syllabus for the NSEA exam is the same as that of the syllabus prescribed by the CBSE boards in the NCERT textbooks. The syllabus embraces the most important concepts in Elementary Astronomy, Physics, and Mathematics. Students can also refer to the sample question papers and the question papers of previous year’s NSEA exams to get a stronghold on the syllabus. Though the NSEA syllabus is same as that of the CBSE board, the level of questions asked in the NSEA exams is higher. Students should have a deeper understanding of the concepts to perform well in the NSEA exams.