Exam Date for National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP)

About NSEP

NSEP is considered to be very different from any traditional school examination, it focuses on conceptual clarity rather than the usual superficial knowledge. The NSEP is the first step for many students to be in the National Olympiad Program in Physics. The students who appear for this examination will get an opportunity to compete on a national level. To register and to start studying for the NSEP examination, the student should first know the correct exam dates for the NSEP examination 2022-23. The article given below has given the information about the NSEP registration dates and also few frequently asked questions have been answered. 

The National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) helps in testing the students based on their knowledge of physics. Every year the NSEP examination is conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). The main objective of the NSEP examination is to allow the students to gain an in-depth knowledge of the various concepts in Physics.

NSEP 2022-23 Examination Dates and Pattern

NSEP 2022-22: Examination Dates


Date (Tentative)

Starting date of Enrollment for NSEP-2022

September 15, 2021

NSEP exam date

Sundays in January 2022

Note: Detailed information about enrollment, eligibility criteria, timetable, and enrollment fee will be announced soon.

NSEP 2022-23: Examination Pattern

The new examination structure will combine the first two stages of NSEP/IOQA into a single stage called the Indian National Olympiad (IOQA).

IAPT has stated that for each exam there will be a single examination comprising two parts that will be held in a single sitting.


This part will be known as NSE (National Standard examination)

Duration: 75 minutes

Question Type: Objective-type questions to be answered on an OMR sheet


This part will be known as INO (Indian National Olympiad)

Duration: 120

Question Type: Students are asked to write a detailed answer on an answer booklet. 

Note: The students will be writing both parts IOQA Part-I (NSE) & Part-II (INO) but the answer booklet of Part-II will be evaluated only if you’ve qualified Part-I. Also, the detailed criteria for qualification will be updated soon.

Books to Refer for NSEP 

To prepare for any examination, it is very important to know the important books which you have to study. The NSEP examination is considered to be the first stage of the National Olympiad Program. Thousands of students participate in this examination, only so that they could qualify for the next round. As the competition is more, it is required that the students have the correct study material. Though the NSEP 2022 examination has not been finalized, the students who want to score well must start preparing from the moment. NSEP examination tests not only the logical and theoretical knowledge of the student but also demands that the students should have an in-depth knowledge of all the topics present in the syllabus. 

Therefore, to have an in-depth knowledge of all the topics, the students, while they are preparing for the exam, should make it their habit to refer to more books to get an in-depth idea of a particular topic. Below a list of important books for the NSEP examination is given, these books will help the students while preparing for their examination. 

  • Preparation of the NSEP examination should always start by completely studying the NCERT books of Physics from class XI and Class XII. The NCERT books are very helpful as it helps in creating a strong base for the subject. When the students study the NCERT  books, it helps them to understand all the topics completely. 

  • H.C.Verma’s Concept of Physics by H.C.Verma’s(Volume one and volume two)

  • Dhanpat Rai’s New Simplified Physics: A reference book for class 12.

Points to Remember while for NSEP 

NSEP examination is approaching and it is required that the students should start preparing for the examination from the beginning to avoid any last-minute worries. While starting to prepare for the NSEP exams, the students should be clear with all the concepts. In-depth knowledge is very important to qualify for the NSEP exam with a very good rank. Here are a few points that every student should keep in mind while preparing for the NSEP examination. 

  • Before the candidates start to prepare for the NSEP exam, they should first go through the entire syllabus. It is important to know the entire syllabus properly as it helps to prepare a strategic study plan for the examination. 

  • NSEP examination should always start by referring to the NCERT books. By referring to the NCERT books, it will allow the students to lay a strong foundation for the subject. Therefore before referring to other books, the NCERT books should be completely studied. 

  • Students after referring to the NCERT books should take the mock tests and solve the sample papers present on our website. This will help them to understand exam patterns and in turn, will help the students to avoid any mistakes in the NSEP exam.

FAQs on Exam Date for National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP)

1. What are the Other Stages After the NSEP Examination? 

Ans: There are four stages after the NSEP examination, the last stage being the International Olympiad examination for Physics. Around sixty thousand students participate in the first stage of the NSEP examination and around three hundred students move on to the second round. The selected students are then sent for the Indian National Olympiad(INO). In the second stage, 50 candidates with the highest score will be eligible for the orientation-cum-selection camp. In the third stage, out of the 50 students, only five students from the orientation and the selection camp go to the pre-departure camp. Last but not least, the students from the pre-departure camps get the opportunity to participate in the international olympiads. NSEP is considered to be the initial stage that will finally lead to the Indian National Olympiad followed by the International Olympiads.

2. What are the Eligibility Criteria for NSEP 2022?

Ans: The candidate should be a citizen of India and he or she should be residing in India since November 2017 or earlier. The candidates who want to appear for the NSEP examination should be born between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2006. The candidates should be studying in India from November 2017 or earlier. The candidate should also not be qualified for the higher secondary before November 2020.

3. How to Clear the NSEP Exam? 

Ans: NSEP is the exam that the candidates should qualify for so that they can move on and attend the other exam for the national olympiad program in Physics. NSEP examinations require that the candidates should be up to date with the concepts of physics. The first step in preparing for the NSEP examination is that the candidates should completely study the NCERT Class XI and Class XII books. After completely studying the NCERT books, the candidates can go and refer to other conceptual books on Physics. NSEP could be cleared by clearly understanding all the concepts of physics. 

4. What is the eligibility criteria to participate in NSEP?

Ans: In order to be able to participate in NSEP or the National Standard Examination in Physics, students need not have qualified for any other exams per se as it is by itself the first level to participate in the International Science Olympiad.

But nevertheless, in order to be able to participate in NSEP, students have to satisfy certain eligibility criteria as laid down by the IAPT which is the authority assigned with the role to conduct the exam. Students applying for the test must not have completed their 12th grade Board exam or any equivalent exam before the end of the month of November of the year they are taking the NSEP and they should be between 15 - 20 years of age. 

The applicants should be Indian citizens and should have lived and studied in India for at least two years before they participate in the NSEP exam. Additionally, the students looking to take part in the NSEP should not have applied and participated in the National Standard Examination in Junior Science or NSEJS.

5. What are the benefits of participating in NSEP?

Ans: NSEP or the National Standard Examination in Physics is the first of the many stages that are included to select students for the International Science Olympiad which is one of the prestigious exams in its field at the International Level. Students securing the required cut off marks in NSEP will be eligible for the next level which is the Indian National Science Olympiad. 

Students clearing the further stages will be eligible for the training and orientation programs and out of the entire country, 6 students will be selected to represent the country at an international level competition. NSEP is a prestigious exam by itself which tries to recognise and bring forth passionate students in Science and they will be provided with several perks such as certificates, medals, scholarships etc. 

Students who secure gold medals in NSEP will have the advantage of joining DAE directly with an interview without needing to attempt the written exam once they have completed their education. Apart from this, students who take up admission in a BSc course with Physics will be eligible for a certain scholarship. These are given to a maximum of the best performing ten students in NSEP.

6. Are calculators allowed for NSEP?

Ans: Calculators are not totally banned or restricted from being used in exams like NSEP or the National Standard Examination in Physics. Yet, a set of precise rules had been put forward by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers and Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education. 

Since the role of conducting and organising these exams are entrusted upon them, their decision on matters such as these are final and students should adhere to these regulations without fail. The calculators that the candidates bring inside the exam centres should be ordinary ones without any special features such as special graph mode or integration mode. 

Another condition is that the calculators should not be the kind that has an inbuilt unique equation-solver function or matrix mode. To make things easier for the candidates wishing to bring calculators to the exam, the official website of IAPT has published and uploaded separate lists concerning the calculators that the candidates are permitted to use for the test and those that are not allowed to be used.

7. How to download sample question papers for NSEC?

Ans: Students who are enthusiastic about the subject physics and who are interested to take part in the National Standard Examination in Physics or the NSEP are required to be equipped with a proper strategy and plan as part of the preparation for the exam since exams like NSEP are unlike the usual school exams and they require consistent practice and dedication. 

One of the foremost prerequisites is to have the relevant study materials. These materials include sample question papers, question papers from the previous years etc. Vedantu is a platform that dedicates itself to providing assistance to students preparing for such exams with these study materials. Students can easily download previous years’ question papers along with their answer key from the Vedantu Website and app. 

Students may also download the sample papers for NSEP from the official website of IAPT. These can be further downloaded and saved for any future reference. These sample papers are sure to help students to get an idea of the exam pattern, marking scheme etc along with the types of questions that can be expected.

8. What is the syllabus for NSEP?

Ans: NSEP or the National Standard Examination in Physics does not have a proper syllabus outlined by the IAPT which is the organisation that is entrusted with the role to conduct the exam. The questions that are usually included in the exam are asked from the topics included in class 11 and 12 Physics course books. So it can be somewhat said that the syllabus of NSEP is similar to the syllabus of class 11 and 12 Physics. 

But the questions and problems posed in the NSEP usually have a higher degree of difficulty. Therefore students might need to work more to understand concepts much more thoroughly and go beyond the prescribed Physics syllabus of the senior secondary level in order to be better prepared for NSEP. For more information on NSEP, you can visit Vedantu.

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