Exam Date for NSEP

NSEP Exam Date 2021-22

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 2021-22. 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 2021-22 Examination Dates and Pattern

NSEP 2021-22: 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 2021-22: 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 2021 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, he or she 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 (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: 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.

Q2: What are the Eligibility Criteria for NSEP 2021?

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.

Q3: 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. 

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