NSEB 2020 Exam Pattern

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What is NSEB?

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 full form of IBO is International Chemistry Olympiad. IBO has been conducted since 1968 and is a competition for students at the secondary and higher secondary school levels.IBO aims to boost the level of chemistry education in the participating countries and help develop friendly relations between young people from different countries.

India started participating in this event from 1999 at the 31st IBO in Bangkok, Thailand. India hosted the 33rd International Chemistry Olympiad (IBO) in its third year of participation in 2001 with all countries’ whole-hearted support.

NSEB 2020: The full form of NSEB is National Standard Examination in Biology is an Olympiad program that is conducted by the Scientific Community of India since the year 2000. Every year students between 20000-60000 participate in the NSEB exam.

Preparing for NSEB as a student requires research, perseverance and intelligence. The completion is both theoretical and practical, having a weightage of approximately 50% each.  The NSEB exam pattern covers Molecular and cell biology, plant and animal physiology and anatomy, ethology, genetics, evolution, ecology and biosystematics.


The following are the 5 stages of the Biology Olympiad Program; they are as  follows :

Stage 1: National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB)

Stage 2: Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO) 

Stage 3: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC)

Stage 4: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) 

Stage 5: Participation in International Biology Olympiad (IBO)


The detailed information about eligibility and structure of the stages is given below:

Stage I: National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB)

NSEB is the first stage of selection of students in the Biology Olympiad Programme organized by the Indian Association of Biology Teachers (IAPT). Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the program must enroll for NSEB. NSEB is held at a large number of centres in the country.


Eligibility

All Indian students who are born on or after July 1, 1999, and, in addition, are in Class XII or lower are eligible to appear for NSEB 2020. A student can appear for more than one subject provided the schedule of the Examination allows it. Students can see information about the examination schedule under various subjects. Students who have passed Class 12 are not eligible to enroll for NSEB Exam.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the eligibility criteria are satisfied. In the case at any stage of the program, it is found that the student does not satisfy the eligibility criteria, he/she may be disqualified from the program.


Syllabus

The syllabus for NSEB Exam is broadly equivalent to the senior secondary level (Class 11 and for Class 12) of CBSE Biology. This is only a rough guideline, and there is no detailed syllabus given for the NSEB Exam pattern.


Question Paper

NSEB Exam emphasizes comprehension of the subject, not rote memory. The question paper will consist of 80 multiple-choice questions (MCQs), each with only one of the four options correct.


Details about the NSEB Exam:

  • Subject: Biology

  • Paper Duration: 2 hours

  • Number of Questions: 80

  • Language: English 

  • Marking Scheme: +3 for each correct response, -1 for wrong response & Zero for no attempt.

  • Maximum Marks: 240

NSEB Exam Pattern 2020 and Syllabus

The syllabus for the NSEB Exam pattern 2020 is equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including class 12) CBSE.


The NSEB Exam Pattern 2020 is as Follows:

Total Number of Questions

80

Types of Question

Multiple Choice Question (MCQs) with negative marking

Language/ Medium of Paper

English as well as Hindi (candidate need to choose while doing the registration).

Syllabus

Equivalent to the senior secondary level of CBSE (up to and including Class 12).


Note: 3 marks are provided for correct answer and (-1) marks for an incorrect answer.


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Tips for Better Preparation

  1. Try solving as many NSEB question pattern as possible.

  2. You need to practice for this exam exhaustively, so start at least 2 months before the exam day.

  3. Prepare notes so that you can access them for quick revision.

  4. Books to practice are as follows:

Biological Sciences -DJ Taylor,

Principles of Biochemistry -AL Lehninger

The Nature of Life - Janet Hopson and John Postlethwait

Molecular Biology of Cell -Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, and Julian Lewis

A-Level Biology ( Revised Edition) -TJ Chilton and  WD Philips

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Question 1) When will the NSEB Exam be Held this Year?

Answer)

Latest Update: The last date for registration of the center is 20th August 2020 (Expected).

Latest Update: NSEB student enrollment form available here from 1st August.

Latest Update: The date for examination for NSEB is 22nd November 2020 (Expected). 

The NSEB Olympiad is generally organized with the collaboration of the teacher association, Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT), the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT),and the Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences (ATBS).

Question 2) How can I Prepare for NSEB Class 12?

Answer) You should have a good hold over BIOLOGY of class 11th and 12th, but keep in mind that NSEB is more of Application and logic-oriented BIO, rather than factual. Avoid negatives in exams, -1 means a lot. Genetics also has a good weightage in NSEB and INBO. Go through the syllabus extensively. Try solving as many NSEB question pattern as possible. You need to practice for this exam exhaustively, so start at least 2 months prior to the exam day. Prepare notes so that you can access them for quick revision.

Question 3) How do I Participate in the International Biology Olympiad?

Answer)

Stage I: National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB)

NSEB is known to be the first stage of selection of students in the biology Olympiad Programme, which is organised by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the program must enroll for NSEB Exam.

Question 4) What is the Benefit of Solving the NSEB Question Pattern?

Answer)There are several benefits of solving the NSEB question pattern. A few benefits of NSEB sample papers 2020 are given below:

  • Students can get an idea about the NSEB question pattern and difficulty level of the NSEB.

  • These sample papers that cover almost all the essential topics. Hence, solving the last year's sample papers makes you aware of all the possible questions and fetches good scores.

  • With the practice of the NSEB question pattern, students will be able to identify their weak areas and work on the same.

  • Students can also learn time management while solving the question papers with the help of NSEB sample papers 2020.

  • The NSEB sample papers 2020 are available free to download.

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