NSEP 2020 Exam Result


What are the Tentative Dates of the NSEP 2020 Result?

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National Standard Examination in Physics or NSEP is a voluntary examination that is conducted every year on the last or second last Sunday of November. The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) is in charge of conducting this examination, and it essentially constitutes the first stage of the International Olympiad. Based on the NSEP result, candidates become entitled to the scholarship in certain undergraduate courses should they decide to pursue Physics.

This national level examination comprises both multiple-choice questions and conceptual questions. While MCQs carry 60% marks weightage, conceptual ones bear 40%. However, the students who secure the cut-off marks in MCQs, only their subjective papers are checked. Finally, after several other average marks, IAPT declares a cut-off of a year for each state.

The following are tentative dates of the NSEP result 2020.

What are the Results Dates of NSEP 2020?


NSEP Tentative Dates

NSEP registration

After 15th September 2020

NSEP 2020 Examination date

After 31st December 2020

NSEP Result 2020 date

January 2021

These are the tentative dates of NSEP 2020. However, candidates should check the official website of NSEP regularly for the latest exam-related updates.

How to Check the NSEP 2020 Result?

NSEP result contains some necessary information, for example, name, date of birth, roll number, school name, and address. However, candidates should know how to check the result of the examination. A step-by-step procedure is given for the same. 

  1. Visit the official website of NSEP. 

  2. Open the tab “NSEP Exam 2020 Result.”

  3. Enter your name, roll number, and date of birth. 

  4. The result will appear on the screen. 

You must remember that this tab will be active only on the result declaration date at the notified time and not prior to that. 

Also, check the below-mentioned process to check the merit list of NSEP. 

  • Enter the home page of IAPT and open the tab “List of Candidates Selected for INO 2020.” 

  • Open the page and check for your name and roll number. 

  • If you see your name on this list, you are selected for the next segment, the Indian National Olympiad (INO).

By following these steps, you can check your NSEP result as well as your selection for INO.

How is NSEP Result Prepared?

Candidates who seek to sit for NSEP should know about how NSEP results and merit lists are prepared. NSEP question paper contains a total of 70 multiple-choice questions of which the first 60 questions carry 3 marks for every correct answer, and 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. Rest 10 questions carry 6 marks each, and no mark is deducted for a wrong answer. 

The examiners calculate the marks of MCQs, and if that satisfies cut-off marks, then they proceed to check the answers of broad questions. Finally, based on the total marks obtained, a merit list is prepared. 

Furthermore, based on this score and other eligibility criteria, for example, a clause of proportional representation or a clause of minimum representation, IAPT declares the final merit list. Thus you should start preparing early and take several mock tests to secure excellent scores in the NSEP results.

Candidates need to acquire specific cut-off scores to qualify in this examination. The list of NSEP cut-off marks for previous years is given below, to help you to get an idea of the same.

What are the Cut-off Marks of NSEP 2020?

Exam Year

Average of 10 Scores

MI (80% of Top 10 Score Average)

MAS (50% of Top 10 Average)

NSEP 2019




NSEP 2016-17




However, the cut-off marks vary for different states. For example, while the cut-off for Andhra Pradesh was 147, and was 101 for Assam. Nonetheless, knowing about this cut-off score allows you to fix your target marks.

Did You Know?

Nearly 40,000 students appeared for NSEP last year among which only 300 to 400 candidates were selected for INPhO. 

Thus NSEP result plays a crucial role in determining the career prospects of hundreds of students each year. On top of that, it is the step that allows you to progress further in the study and fulfill one of the eligibility requirements to appear in the International Physics Olympiad.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What are the Benefits of Qualifying NSEP?

Ans. NSEP provides various benefits to the students who attain excellent NSEP results. Firstly, after qualifying in this examination, they can enjoy a scholarship for the undergraduate course, only if they decide to pursue a career in Physics. However, the maximum number of scholarships granted each academic year is 10.

Apart from that, the gold medallists of NSEP get the opportunity to directly appear for the interview to join the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). In this case, they need not appear for any entrance test.

Along with these, appearing in such a national level competition allows students to evaluate their academic prowess and their in-depth knowledge about the subject. Thereby, it gives a chance to rectify their mistakes and other shortcomings.

2. What are the Eligibility Criteria for NSEP?

Ans. National Standard Examination in Physics is conducted once in a year and to apply for this examination, candidates need to fulfill specific eligibility criteria. First and foremost, a candidate must be born between 1st July 2000 and 30th June 2005.

Furthermore, appearing students must be residents of India since 30th November 2017 or before that. Another criterion requires the students to be eligible to apply for an Indian passport. As a matter of fact, after qualifying NSEP, they may have to participate in the International Olympiad for Physics. In that case, they will need to travel to the host country and apply for a visa.