NSEC 2022-23 Sample Papers with Solutions

NSEC 2022–23: How To Download the Sample Paper With Answer Keys?

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 2022 -23. 

Solving sample paper 2 plays a vital role while preparing for the National Standard Examinations in Chemistry (NSEC). The experts at Vedantu recommend solving as many sample papers as possible to crack the exam. One can avail of the NSEC sample paper 2 on Vedantu’s site. Provided by our experts, it is the best way to understand the exam pattern and solve relevant questions. This NSEC sample paper 2 is solved by our Maths wizards who are dedicated to training students for such contests. 

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About NSEC

The NSEC or the National Standard Examination in Chemistry is an examination in chemistry for the students of higher secondary in India conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) in November. 

The top 1% of all the students who pass the exam will be eligible to compete in the Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (INCE), the second stage in the series. Then the theory paper is conducted in the last week of January. The top 30 students from all classes qualify for the Orientation-Cum-Selection-Camp (OCSC), Chemistry, the third stage in the exam series.

Exam Format

The detailed exam pattern is as follows:


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The examination for (NSEC) National Standard Examination in Chemistry 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) for the convenience of the students. The questions are in multiple-choice format, and negative marking is due to the competitive nature of the exam. The time duration for the exam varies as per the applied test. Also, the NSEC question paper covers all topics of Class 11 and 12. However, there is no specified NSEC syllabus provided by IAPT from the CBSE board 11th and 12th standards syllabus. 

Advantages of Practicing NSEC Sample Question Papers

The IAPT is an Indian Association of Physics Teachers that conducts the National Standard Examination in Chemistry, among other NSE exams. It holds the National Standard Examinations such as NSEB in Biology, NSEP in Physics, NSEA in Astronomy, and NSEJS in Junior Science.

  • The NSEC sample papers will help the students in preparing better for the examination and assess their level of preparation for the exam. 

  • The students will be better able to manage time in the actual examination.

  • It will also assist the students to prepare the strategies for exams as they are able to examine important and frequently asked questions from the previous year’s papers.

  • The IAPT question paper available on the website will help the students to understand the examination pattern, marking scheme, and difficulty level of the question paper. 

  • The students will also assess their strengths and weaknesses and can improve their weak sections by developing them.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the exam pattern of the NSEP 2021 question paper in detail?

Ans: The NSEC 2021 examination is held offline in two languages, i.e., English and Hindi. The pattern for NSEC is as follows: 

  • Part A1 and Part A2 are the two components of the NSEC 2021 test.

  • Section A1 has 60 questions of 180 marks, and part A2 has 10 questions of 60 marks.

  • NSEC 2021 will have a cumulative ranking of 240 marks.

  • Students will get a negative marking of one for each incorrect answer, and three marks for each correct answer.

2. What are the eligibility criteria for the National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC)?

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

  1. The Age Criteria involves being eligible for the exam. The candidate must be between the age of 15 years to 20 years.

  2. For the 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.

  • Students applying for the test must not apply for studying in a university or equivalent by June of the same year, appearing for NSEJS of the same year.

  1. The Other Criteria involves:

  • Applicants should 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.

  • Candidates must possess or be eligible to possess an Indian passport issued by the Government of India.

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 in the exam along with maximum participation. 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.

Stage 1 is the only stage led by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers- IAPT. All the other stages are administered and conducted by the HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education).

4. What is the application process for the NSEC?

Ans: An aspirant can apply offline for the exam 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 following are the in filling the NSEC registration form:

  • Step 1: The Students should 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 registration form from the centre coordinator and then submit it after carefully filling out the necessary information.

However, From 2021 Students can also apply online by clicking on the application form link available on the IAPT official website.

5. What are the rewards and encouragements for NSE Chemistry Olympiad?

Ans: The main aim of the National Standard Examination in Chemistry is to involve the students with the highest participation possible from the country and showcase their talent Internationally.

  • The top 300 students in NSEC clear for the INOC that is the Indian National Olympiad in Chemistry or the second stage.

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

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

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

  • Gold medals will be awarded to the top 35 students for their exemplary performance. For more information, visit Vedantu.

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