NSEP 2021 - National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP)

NSEP Exam - Registration, Exam Date, Syllabus, Eligibility

The legacy of this prestigious examination started in the year 1987, since then this examination is conducted successfully by the IAPT every year without any breaks. The National Standard Examination in Science, NSEP is an examination that focuses on the subject Physics as suggested by the name itself. This is not a mandatory examination and scholars sitting for this examination do this completely out of their will. Voluntarily around 30,000 students or more participate in this examination and around 15,000 examination centers are allotted by the organizing committee. Students from every sector of this country, ruler or urban, participate in this examination with enthusiasm every year. NSEP is not at all linked with any kind of entrance or scholarship as such but paves the way for students who want to participate in INO. The major language in which this examination is conducted is English but students can choose from Hindi and various other languages as well. 

A student who performs extremely well in the examination and acquires a phenomenal grade is awarded a gold medal. These students also get the opportunity to get direct admission in DATE in future after completion of their basic academic studies. Scholars who are in 12th standard or below can participate in this examination.

Examination Pattern for NSEP 2021-2022

Students who qualify NSEP get the chance to represent India in the International Olympiad of Science. Many students participate in this competitive examination and that is why students need to have a clear idea about the pattern of the examination. Participants must remember that they should stand out of the crowd and do so, rigorous practice, learning and understanding are much needed. NSEP Examination needs very in-depth learning and it is a must to know the books, that is practical knowledge of the subject will be equally important. 

Understanding the pattern will help students in developing their problem-solving skills and will be able to concentrate on the main aspects of the examination. To prepare well for the examination, students can also use the materials provided by the Vedantu to help students in clearing one of the most interesting yet tough exams of India. The pattern of the examination is listed down here: 

  • NSEP Examination will last only for 2 hours

  • Students will have to solve the question paper within 2 hours 

  • For the sedition 2021-2022, NSEP paper will be split into two parts- Part A and Part B 

  • Part A will have 60 questions with 180 marks 

  • Part B will have 10 questions of 60 marks 

Students are advised to witness the table given below for having detailed knowledge about the Marking pattern or system that is followed in the examination:


Number of Questions 

Type of Questions 


Negative Marking 

Part A1

60 questions

Multiple choice questions with only one correct answer 

3 marks for each right answer 

1 mark deducted as a penalty for every wrong answer 

Part A2

10 questions 

Multiple choice questions with the more than one correct answer 

6 marks for every right answer 

No negative marking 

Total marks 

70 questions 


Syllabus for 2021-2022 Session of NSEP 

Important topics are to be covered by the students interested in taking part in the NSEP competitive exam held every year by IAPT. This examination needs special attention to some topics that are considered to be more important than others. Students are expected to learn everything and have a greeted knowledge about the topics that are to be covered. Candidates will have to follow the syllabus of class 10th to class 12th. The basics of Physics should be cleared by reading NCERT books of Physics from grade 10th to 12th. Students then can notate for other higher books but the basic knowledge provided by the CONCERT will be important, students can also download the NCERT book, chapter and solutions for free by visiting Vedantu’s website.

The Important Topics Along With the Chapters are Mentioned Below in the Table:

Chapters in the NCERT  

List of All the Important Topics as Per the Chapter

Geometrical Optics

Refraction in general, Refraction at the plane surface, TIR, Lens, Refraction by spherical surface, Refraction by Prisms and Spherical mirror

Alternating current

AC circuit and Resonance 


Center of mass, momentum & collision

Combination of Capacitors and a capacitor with a dielectric

Head-on collision and Motion of com

Circular Motion

Circular motion in a vertical plane and Kinematics of circular motion.

Current Electricity

Power, energy, battery, EMF, terminal voltage, instruments, and Kirchhoff's law

Electromagnetic Field

Magnetic field due to ring, Magnetic Force and torque on a current-carrying loop, dipole moment, Magnetic force on a charge, magnetic field due to a magnet and earth, magnetic field due to a straight wire, 

Electro-Magnetic Induction

Self-inductance EMF & magnetic energy density.


Coulomb's law, Electric potential and potential difference, Flux calculation and gauss's law, Electric pressure and Conductor and its properties.


Diode, Logic Gates, and  Transistors

Work, power, Energy

Work-energy theorem and  work are done by a variable force

Simple harmonic Motion

Spring mass system and the equation of SHM.


Root mean square velocity, kinetic energy, and the first law of thermodynamics

Heat Transfer

Thermal conduction in linear conductors

Modern Physics-1

Photoelectric effect, X-ray, and electronic transition in the h/h-like atom/species.

Newton's law of Motion

Calculation of force and the acceleration


Force of buoyancy and Archimedes principle

Rectilinear Motion

The motion under gravity and Equation of motion

Sound Wave

Doppler effect, resonance, and Organ pipes


The universal law of gravitation


Moment of inertia

Wave optics

YDSE with monochromatic light

Surface Tension

Excess pressure in drops and bubble

Eligibility Criteria for the Examination 

The eligibility criteria for the NSEP Examination every year are kept simple so that many students participate in it. The NSEP Examination is conducted in approximately 1600 centers across the country and more than two lakh students participate in it. The eligibility criteria for NSEP 2021 are given below. 

  • The candidate who wants to participate in the NSEP Examination should be a citizen of India 

  • The candidate date of birth should be  between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2006, both days inclusive

  • Since November 30, 2017, or earlier, the applicant must have lived and studied in India.

  • Before November 30, 2020, students must not have passed the Class 12 board exam.

  • By June 1, 2021, the applicant must not have begun or been preparing to begin studies at a university or similar institution.

  • The nominee cannot also be a candidate for NSEJS 2020.

  • A total of ten scholarships will be given out to inspire students to consider Physics as a profession. NSEP scholarships are available to candidates seeking admission to a B.Sc. (with Physics) program.

Eligibility criteria for NSEP will be followed seriously and that is why students should check if they pass all the criteria. If a student does not pass any single of the criteria, they will be suspended from giving the examination.

How to Get the NSEP 2021 Admit Card

Online admit cards for the IAPT are secure. Students will get their IAPT 2021 admit cards by taking the steps outlined below.

  • Visit the official website for the test.

  • Click on the link that says NSEP Admit card

  • In the appropriate areas, enter the student's identification number and date of birth.

  • Select 'Login' from the drop-down menu.

  • On the phone, NSEP hall tickets 2021 will appear.

  • To use later, take a printout or a screenshot of the page.

FAQs on NSEP 2021 - National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP)

1. What is the Exam Pattern of the NSEP 2021 Examination?

The NSEP 2021 examination pattern is given below 

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

  • Section A1 will have 60 questions worth 180 points, and part A2 will have 10 questions worth 60 points.

  • NSEP 2021 will have a cumulative ranking of 240 points.

  • Students will also lose one rating for each incorrect answer, and three points will be credited to their scores for each correct answer.

  • The query paper will be available in a variety of languages, including English, Hindi, Gujarati, and Bangla. During the NSEP enrollment process, students must choose one.

2. When will the NSEP 2021 Examination Results be Declared?

NSEP 2021 examination is expected to be conducted on 24th November 2021 at various centers across the country and the result of the examination is expected to be released by 18th December 2021. The students have to note that the dates could change due to the ongoing pandemic crisis in our country. Students who pass the NSEP will be entitled to compete in the Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO), which serves as a preliminary to the Orientation-cum-selection round and the 50th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO).

3. What is the Benefit of the NSEP 2021 Scholarship For the Students?

The candidates who participate in the NSEP 2021 scholarship examination have multiple benefits and one of the benefits is that the student who participates in this examination is entitled to a scholarship only if he or she qualifies for this examination and is interested in taking a B.Sc in Physics. Every year a maximum of ten scholarships is awarded for the most deserving candidates.

The gold medalist has the option of directly attending an interview in the Department of Atomic energy directly after they are done with their education. The gold medalist can skip the written examination that takes place before the interview stage. The top qualifying candidates at the national level will be given a special merit certificate and the students who are in the top 35 will be awarded gold medals.

4. Is NCERT Enough for NSEP?

The examination of NSEP is of the 12th standard CBSE level. The candidates can refer to the NCERT books of both classes 11 and 12 to prepare for this examination. In short, it is fine to refer to the NCERT books initially to prepare for the NSEP Examination.  NCERT Books will give you a proper idea of the topics. These books are known for their easy language and simpler methods that help students in understanding even a heavy topic very easily.

5. How to Crack NSEP?

Even the toughest examination of the country could be easily cracked or scored. The same is with NSEP. NSEP is considered to be the first stage of the Olympiad program for Physics. To crack any examination it is important to have the correct study material. NCERT of the class 11th and 12th is considered to be the initial books that every student should study completely. Students can also refer to the study material provided by Vedantu. Vedantu also provided high-level mock tests and sample papers with all the previous year question papers to help students in cracking the examination. With proper planning and management of the time, NSEP could be easily cracked.

6. What is the Level of NSEP?

The National Standard Examination in Physics(NSEP) is considered to be the stepping stage in selecting the aspiring and talented students in the physics olympiad program. The level of the NSEP examination is very high as it is a national-level examination that is useful in selecting candidates who are interested in the field of physics. The students can move forward into the other stages of the olympiad program for physics only after clearing the NSEP stage. Students who are studying in class twelfth or any lower class as of November 30, 2019, can appear for the NSEP examination.

7. How to Prepare for NSEP?

To prepare for any examination, it is very important to have a proper study plan. The way a candidate divides his time throughout the day and how he manages to cover the topics which are important for the examination is a very important step in clearing any examination. The same case is with the NSEP examination. NSEP is the first stage in the olympiad program for physics and there are many stages after NSEP that are considered to be even tougher than NSEP. The students who are planning to appear for the NSEP examination are required to study the NCERT of class 11th and 12th first and then move on and refer to other books such as HC Verma which is considered to be very important in preparing for the olympiad program for physics.

8. How to Apply for NSEP?

The candidates who are willing to participate in the NCEP examination are required to follow a few steps. The candidates are expected to download a registration form from the official website of the IAPT first. After downloading the form, they have to fill in all their details. These details should include the candidate’s name, address, parents’ name, and the preferred language in which he or she wants to write the examination. After filling in all the accurate information, the candidate is expected to sign in a declaration stating that all the information is true. The registration and the declaration form should be submitted along with a fee of rupees 150 and also the name of the center in which the candidate wants to give the examination. The amount that is paid is a one-time payment and a nonrefundable one and even if the candidate qualifies for the next round, he or she should not worry about the paying fee.

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