NSEC 2020 Exam Sample Paper

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What is NSEC?

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 stands for National Standard Examination in Chemistry which is organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) for the students of classes 11 and 12. It is conducted in the month of November. It is the first step that leads to the prestigious examination of the International Chemistry Olympiad. IAPT releases the question paper online through the official website a week after the commencement of the examination. Students can also get the question paper unofficially through the coaching institutes on the day of examination.

NSEC 2020 Exam Sample Papers

NSEC Syllabus

The syllabus for NSEC matches with the curriculum of class 12 level of CBSE, ICSE, State Board, or any other equivalent board affiliated schools. No specific NSEC syllabus has been released by the authority till the date except the basic guidelines regarding the course.

Examination Pattern for NSEC

The IAPT question papers 2020 will be 240 marks. The duration of the examination will be 2 hours. For every wrong answer, there will be a negative marking of -1 mark. The questions in the examination paper will be Objective in nature i.e., multiple-choice questions. Students will have to answer 70 questions in the question paper. Apart from these basic guidelines, there will be is no fixed exam pattern defined for NSEC 2020. The NSEC Question Paper will cover topics from the Class XI and XII.

The NSEC Exam Pattern is as Follows:


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NSEC Sample Paper

The question paper of NSEC will be made available online on the official website. Students can also get their hands on the unofficial question papers that will be released by the coaching institutes a week after the commencement of the examination. The question paper will help the students to familiarize themselves with the examination pattern, marking scheme, and the difficulty level of questions asked previously. Solving the sample papers will help the students in preparing for the examination and to check their preparation level. Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) will conduct the National Standard Examination(NSE) on November 29, 2020, for Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Astronomy.

How to Download The Sample Question Papers For NSEC 2020?

Students can download their sample papers for NSEC online. The steps are given below:

Step 1) Visit the official website of IAPT.

Step 2) On the home page, students will find the section for National Standard Examination.

Step 3) In the National Standard Examination section, the IAPT question papers 2020 and the answer keys are provided. Click on the links followed by the download button.

Step 4) students can save the IAPT question papers in PDF format for future use.

Step 5) Alternatively, students can have access to the direct links to download IAPT question papers.

Benefits of Practicing from IAPT Question Papers 2020?

  1. IAPT previous year question papers can help students to know and understand about the examination pattern, marking scheme, and can study accordingly for the examination.

  2. Practicing the NSEP question papers and other IAPT exam question papers, students will know the difficulty level of questions asked previously.

  3. Students can also analyze important and most asked topics from previous year papers. This will help them to improve a better study plan while preparing for the exam. In this way, students will also know which topics they need to emphasize.

  4. It is always beneficial to practice from previous year papers, as it teaches students to manage time in the actual examination.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Question 1) How to Get the Admit Card for NSEC?

Answer 1)  IAPT releases the admit card for exams online in the first week of November 2020, tentatively. Students can also collect the admit cards offline from the examination center or from their respective schools. The IAPT admit cards will hold all the details of the student along with other necessary details like the name of the examination, date, and the timing for the exam, the exam center, etc. Students will have to attest admit cards from the School principal.

Question 2) What are the Stages in the Chemistry Olympiad?

Answer 2) The Chemistry Olympiad examination consists of the following stages:

Stage 1) NSEC - National Standard Examination in Chemistry,

Stage 2) INChO - Indian National Chemistry Olympiad,

Stage 3) OSC - Orientation cum Selection Camp in the subject of chemistry,

Stage 4) PDT - Pre-departure Training Camp for IChO, and

Stage 5) IChO - Participation in International Chemistry Olympiad.

Only the first stage is excluded from the organization of HBCSE because it is looked after by IAPT. The rest of the stages are planned and organized by HBCSE.

Question 3) What is the Eligibility Criteria for NSEC?

Answer 3) The eligibility criteria that every student appearing for NSEC have to follow are:

  1. All the Indian students with a date of birth on or after July 1, 1998, are eligible.

  2. Students who are in  Class XII or lower can also sit for the examination. 

  3. Students who have qualified Class XII examinations are not eligible to enroll for the NSEC.

  4. A student can sit for multiple Olympiad exams provided the examination schedule allows it, i.e. there is no overlap.

  5. Students must satisfy all the eligibility criteria or will be disqualified.

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