NSEP Registration 2020


What is the Registration Process for NSEP 2020?

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The National Standard Examination in Physics, or NSEP, follows a convenient registration process so that candidates from all over the country can participate easily. Candidates can register through educational centers or individually. The primary objective of this examination is to identify students who have innate talent in Physics and encourage them for a sustainable and productive career.

The National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) is a yearly voluntary assessment. It is an effort of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) to make students interested in this subject. However, to participate, students must complete the NSEP registration process first.

How to Apply for NSEP?

Candidates willing to appear for NSEP can register either offline through examination centers, or online at the official website. Candidates who want to register through authorized centers should first download the NSEP application form from the IAPT website. Once they have got this registration form, they should fill in their details. 

Candidates should fill the following details in the registration form.

  • Personal details like the candidate’s name, class, age, gender, and parent’s name.

  • Educational details like the name, and address of the school from where a candidate is applying.

  • Address for correspondence.

  • Candidate should choose NSEP if they want to appear for this Physics examination.

  • They should mention their language preference.

  • They should give their declaration stating all the information as true.

Once they have completed filling all these details, they should hand it over to their respective center in-charge. Candidates should also hand over the registration fee along with this registration form. Moreover, a candidate can also register individually by visiting the official website of IAPT and filling NSEP online application form.

Registration Charges for NSEP

Along with their application form, an applicant should also pay registration fees to their respective centers. The NSEP registration fee is 150 rupees. Out of these 120 rupees is charged by IAPT and the rest 30 rupees are kept for the additional services. After collecting registration fees from candidates, the center-in charge will pay this amount to IAPT through their registered login-id.

However, before paying this amount, candidates should know the following two things about application fees.

  1. It is a one-time payment.

  2. This amount is non-refundable.

After paying this amount, candidates will not have to pay again for any other stage of this Olympiad.

Eligibility for NSEP 2020

Before filling the NSEP exam application form, candidates should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria required for this exam. The eligibility criteria for NSEP are as follows.

  • Candidates appearing in this examination should be a citizen of India.

  • They should be born between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2006 (including both the mentioned days).

  • They should be studying in India since November 2017 or before.

  • They must not take a higher secondary examination before November 2020.

  • If a candidate has already applied for NSEJS, then he is not allowed to participate in this examination.

When candidates satisfy these criteria, they can register for this examination.

The NSEP exam for the year 2020 is postponed. Candidates will get further updates regarding NSEP 2020 registration date and other details only after September 15, 2020.

IAPT, after consulting with the National Steering Committee and the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, will reschedule the dates. However, students should keep track of any updates on the official website of IAPT. Once IAPT releases the rescheduled dates of NSEP, aspirants can start the registration process. 

Candidates should regularly check the official website to know any changes in the events given below.

When Does NSEP 2020 Registration Begin?



Registration of centers

After September 15, 2020.

Enrollment of students

IAPT will announce dates after September 15, 2020.

Last day to pay fees by centers

Will be announced. 


Updates will be given on the official website after September 15, 2020.


January 2021(tentative)

Publication of minimum qualifying marks

January 2021 (tentative)

Issue of final merit list

February 2021 (tentative)

Students who take an interest in Physics should take this exam. This will help them in the process of self-evaluation. Moreover, the top rank holders of this exam are entitled to scholarships that help them economically. Therefore, candidates satisfying the eligibility criteria can proceed with the NSEP registration 2020 process and appear for this exam.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Why Should I Register for NSEP?

Ans. Appearing for NSEP is beneficial for students who want to pursue a career in Physics. This exam enables a candidate to compete on a national level and thereby helps them to evaluate themselves. Moreover, NSEP is the initial stage which leads to the Indian National Olympiad and finally to the International Olympiads.

The gold medallists of NSEP are eligible for a direct interview of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). They do not have to appear for any entrance tests. Besides, candidates who would study B.Sc. with Physics after qualifying NSEP will be eligible for scholarships as well. The main objective of this scheme is to encourage economically backward students to continue their education.

2. What is the Pattern of NSEP?

Ans. NSEP is an objective type examination which has a duration of two hours. There is a total of 70 questions, and each question has 4 answer choices. The total mark for this exam is 240. The paper has two parts.

The first part has a total of 60 questions, and each question carries 3 marks. Besides this, there is also a negative marking for every wrong answer. A single wrong answer can lead to the deduction of 1 mark.

The second part of this NSEP paper has 10 questions. Each question carries 6 marks. However, there is no negative marking in this section. Solving both these parts of the NSEP paper demands conceptual clarity. So students should concentrate on developing their in-depth knowledge about every topic.