NSEC 2020- National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC)

What is the NSEC Exam?

National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC) 2020 2021– of which the conducting body is the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). IAPT organizes NSEC each year in the month of November at multiple test centers across the country. IAPT organizes both National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC) and National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB) exam in association with ACT (Association of Chemistry Teachers) and ATBS (Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences). Both these entrance examinations are at the Std. XII level.


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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What is the NSEC Question Paper Format?

Ans: It is important to note that NSEC comprises only multiple-choice questions. Thus continue with your NSEC exam preparation accordingly. The questions in the NSEC exam include physical chemistry, organic chemistry, and inorganic chemistry. The focus on Biochemistry is more in the NSEC than in the standard school syllabi.

Q2. How Would my Children Benefit From Enrolling in the NSEC Exam?

Ans: IAPT organized NSEC opens excellent avenues for Std. XII students. NSEC does not consider the applicant’s academic performance but appreciates the talent among the students and aims to showcase it worldwide. The top 1% of students from the NSEC exam are selected to take up the Indian National Chemistry Olympiad. The theoretical part of the test is held in the last week of January. After that, the top 30 among all students are shortlisted for the Orientation-Cum-Selection-Camp (OCSC), Chemistry.

Q3. What is the InChO Exam? When it’s Held?

Ans: The INChO exam is the next step after NSEC. It is a great opportunity for students seeking higher education in core Chemistry or admissions in reputed universities. The exam duration of INChO is 3 hours. INChO 2020 dates will be announced after the conduct of the NSEC exam, which is officially delayed due to the country’s pandemic situation.


2017-2018 INChO happened on 31st January. The confirmed date and time information of the test are given out on the HBCSE site in the 1st week of January. The final date and schedule are hosted on the site, and the same is conveyed to the eligible shortlisted by post so that no one skips out this cardinal information. Also, for the reference, students who sit for INChO are eligible for Travel Allowance and Dearness Allowance by organizing authority as per the program’s norms.

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