NSEC 2020 Exam Date

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NSEC 2020-21 Exam Date and Time

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

NSEC 2020 had been announced and is supposed to be held in November 2020. Dates of examination for NSEC and other senior science examinations by IAPT (NSEP, NSEB, and NSEA) have been fixed for 22nd November 2020. However, due to Covid-19, the process of center registration and enrollment of students for NSE - 2020 is delayed. The examination will be conducted but may be delayed, as mentioned by the organizing authority. Thus, we will keep you updated with the latest events and important dates of the NSEC exam date 2020.

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NSEC 2020 – 21 Important Events


Date of Commencement

Date of Conclusion

Registration For Test Centers

01st August 2020

20th August 2020

Enrollment of Candidates

01st August 2020

14th September 2020

Enrollment By The Candidates Themselves

10th September 2020

16th September 2020

Dates of Examination

22nd November 2020






Display of Marks

22nd December 2020

Release of List of Candidates of MI & Above MAS

26th December 2020

Final List of Shortlisted Students For INO

30th December 2020


Last Date For Fee Payment By the Centre-In-Charge Via Centre Login

16th September 2020

Note: Applicants who are unable to find a registered center can also enroll directly with IAPT using the link "DIRECT ENROLLMENT" mentioned on the official site.

Important: The abovementioned important dates and events will be altered by the centre since the NSEC exam 2020 has been withdrawn by the authority until further notice. However, students shall continue preparing for their Senior and Junior Science Olympiad to outclass in the entrance exam as and when it’s held.

NSEC 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  • Students will have to assure that they fulfill each criterion of NSEC 2020 Eligibility Criteria in order to register themselves. At any stage if the applicant is found to be not eligible, he/she will be straight away disqualified from the NSEC Olympiad 2020. Thus, check below thoroughly for the eligibility criterion for NSEC 2020:

  • Applicants of NSEC Olympiad must be eligible to hold Indian passports.

  • OCI (overseas citizens of India) students are not eligible to enroll in the International Olympiad, though they are eligible for all selection at all prior stages.

  • Date of birth must fall between 1st July 2000 and June 30, 2005 (both days inclusive).

  • Must not have cleared (or scheduled to complete) class 12th board examination or equivalent earlier than November 30, 2019.

  • Must be acquiring education in an Indian school system since November 30, 2017 or earlier OR,

  • Must be studying and residing in India since November 30, 2017.

  • Must not be appearing for any junior level NSE 2019.

  •  Must not have started (or scheduled to start) studies in a university or equivalent university/institution by June 1, 2020.

Note: NSEC exam to be conducted in November 2020 has been cancelled/delayed by the centre. Although, the eligibility criteria to register for NSE in Chemistry remains the same, so re-assure you fulfill the given criterion. And keep visiting for more updates.

NSEC 2020 Students Application Process

The registration form of NSEC Olympiad is available throughout the month of September every year. In accordance, the NSEC 2020 Application Form will also be distributed through offline means only. The application form will be available at the respective Centers of NSE for the specified time period. Given that there is no confirmed schedule released by the authority against the new NSEC 2020 exam date, you will have to confirm with your respective centers regarding the availability to NSEC 2020 registration forms. However, you can also get your own copy of the NSEC Registration form.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. When was the NSEC 2019 Exam Held?

Ans: As of 2019, the National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC) took place on 24th November 2019 and scores obtained by the students were updated on the 18th December 2019.

Q2. Can we Get an NSEC Application Form on our Own?

Ans: To get your own copy of NSEC registration Form, follow the steps mentioned below:

Step I: Trace the nearest IAPT NSE Centre. IAPT has established more than 1000 centers across the country over the past few years. You will be able to locate your nearest centre along with the name, address and contact number of each centre at the IAPT official website.

Step II: Fill up the NSEC Application Form. After tracing an NSE Centre, you can collect the NSEC 2020 Registration Form from the Centre Coordinator and submit it back after duly filling the form.

Q3. Can I Appear for Both NSEC and NSEP in 11th Grade?

Ans: Yes Definitely. You can surely appear in NSE in Chemistry and NSE in Physics in class 11th. However, you must satisfy the common eligibility criterion and age criteria set up by IAPT to appear in NSEC and NSEP. For example, if your date of birth is Jan 1999, and due to some reasons is in class 11th or class 12th, would not qualify to sit for NSE exams which is to be held in Nov. 2020. More so, Syllabus of NSEC and NSEP includes topics of both classes 11 and 12, thus to score good enough, you need to be thorough with the syllabus of both classes.

Q4. Can I Write the NSEC, NSEB, NSEP, and NSEA in the Same Academic Year?

Ans: It is certainly not possible to write the entire four NSE Olympiad exams in one academic year. You have to select any one from NSEA or NSEB.

The schedule for the NSE 2020 Olympiad is as follows:-

NSEP: November 22th, 2020: Time 8:30 am to 10:30 am

NSEC: November 22th, 2020: Time 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

NSEA/NSEB: November 22th 2020: Time 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Thus, you have to choose any one out of NSEA/NSEB.

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