NSEB 2020 - National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB)

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NSEB Exam- Registration, Exam Date, Syllabus, Eligibility and other details

NSEB Olympiad is a Biology exam usually conducted in the last week of November for the higher secondary school students in India. The examination is organized by the National Association of Biology Teachers in association with the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT), and Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). The NSEB full form stands for National Standard Examination in Biology. Almost 30000 students of class 12th attempt this exam each year.

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.

NSEB Olympiad  exam is the first stage for the selection of ambitious and talented students in the Biology Olympiad Programme. The interested students can move forward to further stages only after qualifying for this examination.

Read the article below to get the further NSEB details.

NSEB Exam 2020

NSEB Selection Process

The NSEB Selection process is first made at the school level. The qualified students can further appear for the National round.

Eligibility Criteria for the NSEB Olympiad

The NSEB Olympiad exam is basically planned for 12th class students. But the students of 11th standard are also permitted to appear for the examination. Generally, the qualifying students of NSEB are from the 12th standard. Apart from this, some other eligibility criteria for the NSEB exam 2020 is discussed below:

  • The candidate should be eligible to hold a valid Indian passport.

  • The Candidate date of birth should fall between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2006. Both the given dates are inclusive.

  • The candidate must be staying in India from November 30, 2018 or earlier or must be studying in the Indian School system from November 30, 2018.

  • The candidate must not have started (or planning to start) his/her studies in Universities of similar institutions by June 1, 2021.

  • The candidate must not have qualified( or planned to complete) class 12th board examination or similar to that earlier than November 30, 2020.

  • The candidate must not have appeared in NSJES 2020.

Note: It is the responsibility of the candidate planning to attempt the NSEB exam to fulfill the NSEB eligibility criteria given above. The candidate will be disqualified from the program if it is found that he/she has not completed the required NSEB eligibility criteria.

The NSEB exam 2020 tentative dates are given below:

NSEB Olympiad Exam Dates 2020 (Tentative)


Starting Date

Ending Date

Registration For Centers for the NSEB Biology Olympiad

August 1,  2020

August 20, 2020

Enrollment of Candidates for the NSEB Biology Olympiad

August 21,2020

September 15, 2020

The last date for the Payment of Fees by Center -in -charge through center login

18 September 2020

NSEB Exam date

22 November 2020

Display of NSEB exam marks

18 December 2020

Announcement of list of candidates for merit Index and above Minimum Admissible Course

22 December 2020

Final List of Selected Candidate for the Indian National Olympiad

25 December 2020

How to Download NSEB Exam Admit Cards?

Candidates can download the NSEB exam admit by visiting IAPT official site. They can easily download the NSEB admit card by clicking on the link displaying as NSEB admit card 2020. Candidates are supposed to bring the admit at the exam center during the exam and so it is advised to keep the card safely until the results get declared.

NSEB 2020 Registration Process

According to the latest revised norm, candidates can register for the NSEB exam through their respective schools or registered centers. In case if the school /college in which the candidate is studying is not registered with the NSE center then also interested candidate can attempt the NSEB exam by registering his/her name at a nearby NSEB registered center.

Candidates who have registered themselves from a state other than the state of their school are required to send their copy of the NSEB admit card and the school id to the IAPT through the IAPT email given on their official website before the due date.

NSEB 2020 Exam Fees

The NSEB 2020 exam is Rs.150. Application for the NSEB exam is generally managed by the school /college to which the student is affiliated.

NSEB Exam 2020 Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The NSEB exam syllabus is almost similar to the senior secondary level ( up to and including 12th) CBSE. The multiple-choice questions asked in the exam are selected from the topic such as plant physiology, genetics, and human physiology. The more stress is given on Biochemistry in the NSEB exam than in the general school syllabus.

The NSEB 2020 Exam Pattern is Given Below:

Total Number of Questions asked in the form.


Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions


English (candidate has to choose the language while doing NSEB registration).

3 marks are allotted for the correct answers and (-1) for an incorrect answer.

NSEB Results 2020

Candidates who attempt the NSEB exam can download their results from the IAPT official website. The steps to download NSEB Results 2020 from the IAPT official website are given below:

  1. Visit the IAPT official website.

  2. After visiting the website, the candidate has to click on the NSEB Result 2020 from the dashboard.

  3. Now, the candidate will be redirected to another page where the candidate has to mention the details such as roll number and date of birth.

  4. After entering the details the candidate has to click on the apply button which will display the NSEB result on the screen.

Biology Olympiad 2020 Stages

There are 5 stages of the Biology Olympiad Programme. These are:

  1. National Standard Examination in Biology.

  2. Indian National Biology Olympiad.

  3. Orientation cum Selection camp in Biology.

  4. Pre-departure training camp for IBO.

  5. Participation in International Biology Olympiad.

Let us Discuss These Stages in Detail:

  1. National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB) - It is an initial stage for the selection of apiriting and talented students in the Olympiad Programme. The examination is organized by the IAPT. It is mandatory for all the candidates to enroll themself for the NSEB examination in order to attempt the exam.

  2. Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO) - It is the second stage for the selection of students in the Olympiad Programme. The examination is organized by the HBCSE. The examination is conducted in almost 15 centers throughout the country. Only those students who qualify stage 1 are permitted to attempt the INBO exam. Other than this, there is no other option to attempt for the INBO exam.

  3. Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Biology - It is the third stage for the selection of students in the Olympiad Programme. It is also organized by the HBCSE. Only those students who qualify stage 1 and stage 2 are eligible for OCSC.

Key Features of Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Biology:

  • Candidates experience the theoretical and experiments in the camp.

  • Orientation is provided to students during experiments.

  • The OCSC merit list is prepared on the basis of the theoretical and experimental scores.

  • The total weightage given to the theoretical part is 60% and the total weightage given to the experiment part is 40%.

  • The top 4 students out of a whole lot of OCSC biology merit lists are declared as the special merit awardees.

  • The qualifiers winners are awarded Rs. 5000 in the form of cash and book.

  • Special prizes are awarded to the candidates who have given excellent performance in theory and experiments.

  • The top 4 OCSC qualified winners are selected for the International Biology Olympiad.

Note: Performance of NSEC and INBO stages are not considered for the merit list and awards of the OCSC.

  1. Pre - Departure Training Camp for IBO - It is the fourth stage for the selection of students in the Olympiad Programme. It is also organized by the HBCSE. The 4 candidates who have qualified the third stage experience challenging training programs at HBCSE in theory and experiment. Special laboratories are set up by HBCSE for this training and professionals of HBCSE are authorized to train the candidate at the different institution across the country.

  2. Participation in International Biology Olympiad - The International Biology Olympiad is a Science olympiad Program organized for the senior secondary students under the age of 20. Each participating country sends 4 students, who are the winners of the National Biology Olympiad . These 4 students are escorted by the team leaders who represent their country.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. How to Prepare for the NSEB Exam?


  • Read the complete NSEB syllabus thoroughly before starting the preparation.

  • Refer to the NCERT books to first clear the concept and then turn to other reference books.

  • Solve the NSEB previous year question papers on a regular basis to increase your speed and accuracy.

  • Make short handwritten notes for the important topics. This will be helped in revision before the exam.

Q2. What are the Reference Books Used for Preparing NSEB Exams?

Ans: Biology is a subject that asks for a practical approach. Apart from the theoretical concept, students have to be well aware of the diagrams related to the topic. To clear the NSBE exam. The students have to be clear with the basic concepts of Biology.  The best reference books which can be used to prepare for the NSEB exams are:

  • NCERT Biology books for class 11 and 12.

  • S. Chand’s Biology books for class 12 by B.P. Pandey.

  • Together with Biology by S. Chand

  • Pradeep’s A Text Book of Biology class 12 by P.S. Dhami.

  • Trueman’s Elementary Biology for class 12.

Q3. Where are the Rewards Issued to the NSEB Candidates?

Ans: After qualifying the NSEB exam, eligible candidates can attempt Indian National Biology Olympiad, an approach to the International olympiad exam. Some of the required issue to the qualified NSEB candidates are:

  1. Top 10% of the students of each center will be given certificates.

  2. The top 1% of the students will be awarded merit certificates in each state in each subject.

  3. Top 35 students will receive gold medals.

  4. National top 1% of the students will be rewarded merit certificates along with the book.

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