NSEP 2020 Exam Date


What is the Probable NSEP Exam Date for 2020 – 2021?

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National Standard Examination in Physics, tests students based on their knowledge of physics. The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) conducts this exam. The main objective of it is to encourage students to gain an in-depth knowledge of various concepts of this subject. 

NSEP is different from any traditional school exams because it focuses more on conceptual clarity rather than superficial knowledge. Moreover, a student appearing for this exam gets an opportunity to compete on a national level.

However, to register for this exam and start preparing a student must first know the NSEP 2020 exam date. After that, they should register for this without any further delay.

When students decide to appear for this exam, they should first go through the NSEP calendar. This will help them to find out the registration date as well as the NSEP exam date. Moreover, knowing exam dates from beforehand will allow them to design a strategy for this exam. 

However, the NSEP 2020 date, is yet to be decided by IAPT. All decisions regarding registration and exams have been postponed till September 15, 2020.

What is the NSEP 2020 Exam Date?



Centre registration

Updates after September 15, 2020

Students Enrollment


Last day of fee payment by centers.

Soon to be decided

Release of Admit cards

Few days before the exam 

Date of exam

After December 2020 (Tentative)

Announcement of results

January 2021 (Tentative)

Cut-off marks declaration

January 2021 (Tentative)

Final merit list for INO

February 2021 (Tentative)

According to the official site, IAPT is in a process to update its registration and exam schedule. They will announce all these changes after consultation with the National Steering Committee, and the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). However, to keep track of any changes in the NSEP calendar, students should regularly keep checking its official website.

After learning the NSEP exam date 2020, they should start preparing for this exam. However, before starting with the preparation, candidates should get a thorough idea of its pattern.

The total mark for this exam is 240, whereas the paper, is divided into two parts. The chart given below will help the NSEP aspirants to get a better idea of the exam pattern.

What is the Exam Pattern of NSEP?


Total Number of Questions

Mark per Question

Negative Marks for a Wrong Question

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Both parts of the paper demand a different approach. The second part is more conceptual than the first pat. In the first part, a question has only one correct answer. However, in the second part, a single question may have one to four correct answers.

What Books to Refer for NSEP?

NSEP 2020-21 exam date is not yet finalized, but students who want to score well should start their preparation. NSEP demands in-depth knowledge of every topic. Therefore, students while preparing for this exam should make it habit to refer to more than one book for all topics. The following list of books will help students in their preparation for this exam.

  • Preparation for this exam should start by studying NCERT books of Physics for class XI and XII. NCERT books are helpful to create a strong base for the subject. While studying these books, candidates will get a better understanding of every topic. 

  • H.C. Verma’s Concepts of Physics (Volume 1 and 2).

  • Dhanpat Rai’s New Simplified Physics: A Reference Book for Class 12.

Preparing for NSEP – Important Insights

NSEP exam date is approaching, and students should start preparing for this exam from beforehand to avoid last-minute worries. While beginning to prepare, students should emphasize on conceptual clarity. In-depth knowledge is crucial to qualify this exam with a good rank. Here are a few things to keep in mind while preparing for NSEP:

  1. Before starting their preparation, candidates should first go through the syllabus. When they know the syllabus properly, they will be able to design a suitable strategy for this exam.

  2. Students should always start their preparation with the NCERT books. These books will help to lay a strong foundation for the subject. Therefore, before moving to more detailed textbooks, students should at first go through the NCERT books thoroughly.

  3. While preparing a topic, aspirants should always refer to two or more books. This will help them to get a better understanding of this subject. Therefore, students should concentrate more on the quality of preparation rather than the quantity of practice.

  4. Students should take regular mock tests. This will help them to understand their shortcomings, and they will be able to rectify it.

While preparing for this exam, students should not forget to check any updates regarding the NSEP exam date.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What are the Eligibility Criteria for NSEP 2020?

Ans. Applicants should be a citizen of India. They should be residing in India since November 2017 or earlier.

Students who want to appear for this exam should be born between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2006 (including both these days). A candidate should be studying in India since November 2017 or earlier. They should not have qualified their higher secondary before November 2020.

Moreover, A candidate appearing for NSEJS 2020 cannot appear for this exam this year. NSEP eligibility is simple. There are no complicated requirements for this exam to ensure broad participation in it. Candidates all over the country can take part in this exam.

2. What are the Stages After NSEP?

Ans. There are four stages after NSEP, the last being the International Olympiad examination for Physics. 

In the first stage, around 20,000 to 60,000 students participate in NSEP. From here top 300-500 students are sent for Indian National Olympiad (INO). In its second stage, 30-50 candidates with the highest score are eligible for orientation cum selection camp.

In the third stage, 4-5 students from orientation and selection camp go to the pre-departure camp. Finally, students from pre-departure camps get an opportunity to participate in the International Olympiads.

NSEP is an initial stage that finally leads to Indian National Olympiad followed by International Olympiads. Students securing a top rank in each of the stages are eligible for scholarships.