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NSEC Sample Paper 1 with Solutions 2023-24

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NSEC Sample Paper 1 for 2023-24 with Solutions

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 2023-24. 

Solving NSEC sample papers can nudge your preparation in the right direction. It not only helps you get a better understanding of the difficulty level of the NSEC exam but also aids in gauging your level of preparation. The experts at Vedantu recommend solving as many sample papers as possible to crack the exam. In this article, we have rounded up the NSEC Sample Paper 1 with solutions, exam format, and preparation tips. The sample paper is solved by our Chemistry wizards who are dedicated to training students for the Olympiad.

NSEC Exam Format

The National Standard Examination in Chemistry is dedicated to foster the interests of students in the field of chemistry. It also acts as a pathway to global exposure which can be excellent for young minds.

  • The examination for NSEC is conducted in the offline mode.

  • The exam is conducted in both English and Hindi languages (the option for the same must be selected at the time of enrollment).

  • The detailed NSEC exam pattern is as follows:-

Set A

Set B

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions 

Multiple Choice Questions 

No of Questions



Marks for Correct Answer



Marks for Incorrect Answer



  • The NSEC question paper covers topics of Class 11 and 12. However, there is no specified NSEC syllabus provided by IAPT but it covers all topics from the CBSE board 11th and 12th standards syllabus.

  • The question paper comprises objective-type questions. For each correct answer,  3 marks are given while for each wrong attempt, 1 mark will be deducted.

Advantages of Practising Sample Question Papers:

The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) conducts the National Standard Examination in Chemistry among other NSE exams. Established in 1984, it helps in conducting the National Standard Examinations such as NSEP in Physics, NSEB in Biology, NSEA in Astronomy, and NSEJS in Junior Science.

  • The question paper available on the IAPT website will assist the students in becoming acquainted with the examination pattern, marking scheme, and difficulty level of the question paper.

  • Solving the NSEC sample papers will help students prepare better for the examination and assess their level of preparation.

  • This will assist the students to examine important and frequently asked questions from the NSEC previous year’s papers and help them in developing a better study plan to prepare for the exam.

  • Students get to better access their strengths and weaknesses which can be used to frame the preparation strategy.

  • Practising previous year’s papers will benefit the students on how to manage time in the actual examination.

NSEC Preparation Tips 2023-24

To crack the NSEC exam 2023-24, the below-mentioned tips can prove to be helpful:

  • Start by getting yourself familiar with the NSEC paper pattern.

  • Conceptual clarity plays an important role in the preparation for the National Standard Examination in Chemistry. Keep all the basic concepts as it will assist in getting a better grasp of the multiple-choice questions.

  • Set a proper study plan so as to cover the entire NSEC syllabus. Students can schedule the date and time for each unit in the study plan. Make sure to set realistic goals which can be attained with discipline.

  • Revise everything you cover, on a daily and weekly basis

  • Solve time-bound exercises using NCERT or other books for NSEC. It will help you on the speed front.


We have provided NSEC sample papers that are free to download in a PDF format, making it easier for students to practise. Make the most of the time in hand and solve the sample papers to test your knowledge and level of preparedness. This is an essential exam that will help you prepare for your future aspiration to pursue a career in Chemistry, hence diligent study and rigorous practice will help you ace the exam successfully.

FAQs on NSEC Sample Paper 1 with Solutions 2023-24

1. How to download the NSEC Sample Paper 1?

Ans. The NSEC original question paper is available on the official website of IAPT. For obtaining the NSEC sample question papers, students can download the sample papers by following the below-mentioned steps:

Step 1: Visit the IAPT's official website.

Step 2: From the home page, students will find the National Standard Examination section.

Step 3: In the NSE section, the IAPT question papers 2020 and answers keys are available. Students can click on the links, to download the papers.

Step 4: The IAPT question papers can be downloaded by the students in PDF format for future reference.

Step 5: Alternatively, the students can also use the direct links provided to download IAPT question papers.

2. What are the National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC) Eligibility Criteria?

Ans. The eligibility criteria for the NSEC are decided by the IAPT as follows:

1. Age Criteria: To be eligible for the exam the candidate must be between the age of 15 years to 20 years.

2. Educational Criteria: Candidates appearing for the NSEC test must not have passed/qualified for the class 12th Board exam or any other equivalent exam earlier than November 30 of the same year in which they will appear for the exam. Candidates applying for the test are required not to apply for studying in a university or equivalent by June of the same year, appearing for NSEJS of the same year.

3. Other Criteria: Candidates must possess or be eligible to possess an Indian passport issued by the Government of India.Applicants must be residing & studying in India for at least 2 years or earlier before applying or must be studying in an Indian school for at least 2 years or earlier before applying.

3. What are the stages in the National Standard Examination Chemistry Olympiad (NSEC)?

Ans. The chemistry Olympiad consists of various stages to test the candidate’s ability for the exam. It has the following stages:

Stage 1: National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC).

Stage 2: Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (INChO).

Stage 3: Orientation cum Selection camp of Chemistry (OSC).

Stage 4: Pre-departure Training Camp for INChO (PDT).

Stage 5: Participation in the International Chemistry Olympiad.

Except for stage one which is led by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers- IAPT, all the other stages are administered and conducted by the HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education ).

4. What are the prizes for the NSE Chemistry Olympiad?

Ans. The main aim of the National Standard Examination in Chemistry is to involve the student’s interest with the highest participation possible from the country and showcase their talent worldwide.

  • The top 300 students in NSEC are eligible for INOC, which is the Indian National Olympiad in Chemistry or the second stage.

  • Certificates are awarded to the top 10% of students in each centre (the list of centres can be found in the ‘Application Mode & Process Section').

  • The top 1% of students in each subject receive merit certificates.

  • The top 1% of students in the country receive a special Merit Certificate and a novel for their performance.

  • Gold medals will be awarded to the top 35 students for their exemplary performance.

5. How can a candidate apply for the NSEC?

Ans. A candidate can apply for the exam offline from the nearest NSE centre. The centre where the candidate will submit the application form will also be considered a venue for the examination. The registration process is compulsory for the national-level test i.e. INO.

The following are the in filling out the NSEC registration form:

Step 1: The Students must first visit the NSEC centres. Students can also pick up their application forms at any of their local NSEC centres.

Step 2: After visiting the nearest NSEC centre, students should collect their NSEC 2021 2022 registration form from the centre coordinator and then submit it after filling out the necessary information carefully.

Alternatively, students can also apply online by clicking on the application form link available on the IAPT official website.

6. What is the difficulty level of the NSEC exam?

Ans. The NSEC question paper comprises questions from the syllabus of class 11th and 12th. It is crucial to highlight that the NSEC syllabus is not clearly defined by the conducting body. However, the analysis of the previous year's papers indicates the questions to be from the higher secondary syllabus. The difficulty of the NSEC paper can be considered to be moderate.