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.
NSEA Syllabus varies across the subjects and the students are expected to be thorough with the following concepts from the subject â€˜Elementary Astronomyâ€™.
Astronomy
Gravitation
Escape Velocity
Keplerâ€™s Law
Miscellaneous
The important concepts to be learnt by the students in Mathematics are the basics of Mathematics, Number theory, circles, orthogonality, parametric equations, concept of complex numbers, lines, triangles, solid shapes and conic sections under geometry, ellipse, parabola and hyperbola, limits, integration and differentiation under calculus, L'Hospital's rule, permutations and combinations, Statistics and Probability (coin, dice and cards problems), quadratic equations and nature of roots, sequences and series, Sine and cosine rules, Napierâ€™s analogy, straight lines, equations of lines, trigonometric identities and ratios, heights and distances. These are the most commonly appearing concepts in the question paper. However, the questions may also appear from other miscellaneous concepts in Mathematics.Â
The most commonly covered concepts in NSEA Exam Syllabus are:
Capacitance, energy stored in a capacitor, parallel plate capacitors.
Circular motion and kinematics of circular motion.
Current electricity and its temperature dependance, use of Kirchoffâ€™s current law and voltage law.
Electromagnetic waves, electrostatic field, electric field and electric potential.
Measurement errors and maximum permissible error.
Fluid mechanics and Archimedes Principle.
Geometrical optics, mirrors: plane and spherical, optical instruments, eye defects.
Transfer of heat: conduction, convection and radiation, Steffenâ€™s and weinâ€™s law.
Kinematics, projectile from a tower, rectilinear motion, trajectory.
Thermodynamics, adiabatic process, kinetic theory of gases.
Heating, magnetic and chemical effect of electric current.
Force and Newtonâ€™s laws of motion, action reaction pairs.
Projectile motion, relative motion in one and two dimension.
Rigid body dynamics and torque.
Sound, doppler effect, organ pipe and resonance.
Surface energy and surface tension.
Units and dimensions of physical quantities.
Though the NSEA exams follow the syllabus as prescribed by the CBSE Board for Class 11 and 12, the level of questions and the marking scheme are not the same as that of CBSE paper pattern. Students are exposed to a variety of higher order thinking questions and application level questions which demand a deeper understanding of the concepts in each section. The medium of instructions in the question paper is both in Hindi and in English. However, the student has to choose the medium of instruction at the time of enrollment. Students should be well aware of the negative marking scheme to score better in the exam. There are 80 multiple choice questions in total out of which 9 questions are from astronomy and 31 questions are from Mathematics. 40 questions are dedicated to the Physics section. With a thorough preparation and continuous practice of the sample papers, the students can definitely get a maximum confidence to take up the exams. The NSEA Mock tests will be an added advantage for the students to prepare themselves for the exam.
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 calculatorâ€™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.
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