NSEA 2020 Syllabus


NSEA Astronomy Syllabus

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The National Standard Examination in Astronomy is one of the national level competitive exams conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) to test the students up to their fullest potential. This exam aims to polish the skills of the basic education level of the students. The NSEA Exam is usually conducted in the month of November. Students of class 11 and 12 in any of the Indian Schools are eligible to take up this exam.

The NSEA 2020 Syllabus is completely based on the CBSE Board syllabus. The students are recommended to be thorough with the concepts in the NCERT books in order to prepare themselves for NSEA Examination. Though a small percentage of questions will be asked from elementary astronomy, majority of the questions are from the sciences i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. How can I Prepare for the NSEA Exam?

Ans: The NSEA exam is a competitive examination that gives a greater weightage to the Physics and Mathematics subjects. Though the exam is named after astronomy, the question paper consists of least number of questions from the Astronomy section. Students are therefore recommended to revise, recall and repeat the concepts of Physics and Mathematics as many times as possible. It is always good to take up a number of mock tests which will help students in self assessment and tracking their records with respect to the exam preparation.

Q2. Is Calculator Allowed in the NSEA Exam?

Ans: The answer to this question is Yes. Calculators of specific kind are allowed in the NSEA exams. The calculators carried by the students should not have the graphing mode. For any functions such as matrices, the calculator’s display must not have more than 3 rows. Also, the calculators should not have an extra button for integration. They should not be able to solve simple and complex algebraic equations. In other words, the calculators should be in such a way that it assists the students in simple calculations only.

Q3. Is NSEA Difficult?

Ans: The NSEA Exam is not that easy because there is a negative marking scheme. However, through constant efforts and continued practice, the students can master the skill of performing excellent in the NSEA exams. There are numerous resources and study materials available out in the market and on the digital platform which helps the students with hundreds of tips and techniques to master the concepts of the NSEA exam syllabus. Students can also take the help of online mock tests to train themselves to the NSEA exam.

Q4. How do I Qualify for NSEA?

Ans: The National Standard Examination in Astronomy shortly written as NSEA is a national level competitive exam conducted by the IAPT (Indian Association of Physics Teachers) to test the skills of class 11 and 12 students. The students must be studying their 11th or 12th standard in any of the Indian Schools or Colleges to qualify in the exam. If the student is found to be not eligible for this examination, he / she will be disqualified and no score will be given to such students.