Eligibility Criteria for NSEP 2020

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What are the Eligibility Criteria for IAPT NSEP for 2020?

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The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) conducts the National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP). The main objective of this examination is to recognize those deserving students who have a natural bent in Physics. 

Meeting all the NSEP eligibility criteria enables candidates from the length and breadth of this country to participate in this exam. This exam is helpful because it allows students to compete on a national scale. Once they take this exam, they can analyze their knowledge base thereby.

Participating in this exam is simple. However, before registering, candidates must ensure adherence to eligibility criteria for NSEP.

What is the Eligibility for NSEP 2020?

The NSEP eligibility is deliberately kept simple to encourage more involvement of students. This exam is conducted at approximately 1500 centers across the country, and every year about 2,00,000 candidates take part in it.

Here is a list of criteria that makes a candidate eligible for this examination.

  • A candidate willing to participate in this examination should be a citizen of India.

  • Applicants should be residing in India since 30 November 2017 or earlier.

  • Candidates should be studying in India since 30 November 2017 or earlier.

  • Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) are not eligible to participate in this examination.

  • Applicants who were born between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2006 (both days inclusive) are eligible to register for the exam of NSEP 2020.

  • Aspirants participating in this examination, should not qualify their higher secondary exams before November 30, 2020.

  • A candidate who has registered for NSEJS cannot apply for this exam at the same time.

  • Applicants should not enroll in any university or equivalent institution before 1 June 2021.

Before registering, candidates must ensure that they satisfy all these criteria. They can register for the National Standard Examination in Physics only if they meet all these requirements.

Steps to Register for NSEP 2020

After meeting the eligibility criteria of NSEP exams, applicants can proceed to the next step that is registration. However, this process has been postponed for 2020, and registration dates will be declared by 15 September 2020. Once the registration process starts, candidates can follow the below-given steps to complete their registration process.

  • They should download a registration form from the official website of IAPT.

  • The candidates should carefully fill in their details and information about their educational institutes also.

  • They should choose the subject for which they want to appear in this exam.

  • After filling all these details, they should hand it over to their respective centers along with the exam fees.

  • The exam fee for NSEP is 150 rupees. This amount is non-refundable, but it is a one-time payment. Even if applicants qualify to the next level, they do not have to pay this amount again.

The Pattern of National Standard Examination in Physics

Candidates satisfying the eligibility for NSEP can start preparing for this exam. Before starting with their preparation, the first thing that they should know is its pattern.

  • The total number of questions is 70.

  • The total mark for this exam is 240.

  • The questions for this exam are objective type.

  • Candidates will get four answer choices for every question.

  • The total duration to solve this paper is two hours.

  • Each paper has two parts which are explained as follows.


Total Number of Questions

Marks Allotted per Question

Negative Marking per Incorrect Question

Total Marks

Part 1





Part 2





Syllabus of NSEP

Candidates who are willing to appear for this exam should have a thorough knowledge of its syllabus. After developing a concept of it, they can prepare a suitable strategy to qualify this exam with good grades. The questions asked in NSEP are generally covered from the CBSE curriculum of Physics up to class XII.

An NSEP aspirant can expect questions from the following chapters.

  1. Geometry and Stereometry

  2. Measurement Techniques and Apparatus

  3. Electromagnetic Fields

  4. Oscillations and Waves

  5. Mechanics

  6. Dynamics

  7. Data Analysis

Tips to Rank in NSEP

To qualify and rank well in NSEP, a student should focus on developing their concepts. Unlike the school exams, NSEP checks the in-depth knowledge and understanding of examinees. Here are some tips which will help a candidate to secure a good rank in this examination.

  • Concentrate on achieving in-depth knowledge of every topic.

  • Take regular mock tests.

  • While choosing study materials, concentrate on quality rather than quantity.

  • Revise the topics on a regular interval.

NSEP is a prestigious exam. However, to take this exam, a candidate should meet specific eligibility criteria. A student who meets the required NSEP eligibility criteria can register, and start preparing for this exam.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Why Should I Appear for NSEP?

Ans. The National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) is a crucial exam for the students who want to pursue a career in Physics. Candidates securing a rank within the top 300 to 500 will be qualified to appear in the second stage of this exam.

The second stage of this exam is the Indian National Physics Olympiad, conducted by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). The toppers of the second stage will be qualified to appear for the International Olympiad representing India. Therefore, NSEP is the first step leading to the International Olympiad.

Moreover, applicants who are gold medallists in this exam can directly appear for the interview of DAE. They will not have to appear for their entrance examinations. Besides, a candidate scoring a good rank in this exam is also entitled to scholarships which will help them in their further studies.

2. What is the Next Stage After NSEP?

Ans. NSEP is the first step which finally leads to the International Olympiads. However, there are several intermediate stages that follow after a candidate qualifies in this exam. The several stages which follow after NSEP are as follows.

A candidate qualifying NSEP with a high rank (within the top 500) is eligible for the second stage that is the Indian National Physics Olympiad. The top 30 or 40 rank holders will be eligible for the next stage. The next stage includes orientation cum selection which is conducted by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).

The top 4 to 6 candidates will be allowed in the pre-departure camp conducted by the HBCSE. These candidates will finally represent India in the International Olympiads.

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