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NSEP Sample Papers (Paper-wise) 2023-24: Paper 1

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IAPT Sample Question Papers for NSEP 2023-24

As each one of you must be aware, the National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) is conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) in three stages to select the students for the International Level Science Olympiad. NSEP conducted at the regional level is the first stage or level of the exam, clearing the Indian National Physics Olympiad is the second stage, and then comes selection for the International Olympiad via Orientation cum selection camp, where students are chosen to represent the country. 


This year, the NSEP 2023-24 examination will be conducted on 26th November, 2023. The NSEB, NSEC, and NSEJS exams will be conducted on November 26, 2023, and NSEA on November 25, 2022. The selected candidates will directly proceed to attend the orientation cum selection camp at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science and Research. The students will be tested for theoretical concepts and practical clarity on the subject at this stage. After that, a total number of 35-50 students will proceed to the international olympiad. 

Download Free Sample Question Papers for NSEP 2023-24

Why Should One Practise IAPT Sample Papers as Much as Possible?

Now that the examination dates are around the corner, you should be focusing on practising more questions and sample papers. Why? 


Solving NSEP sample papers plays a vital role while preparing for the National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP). It gives you a hang of the exam, and you get an idea of how the concepts can be twisted into different questions. Practising the sample papers will help you manage your time effectively on the final day of the exam and will also enable you to know your strong and weak areas. 


Practising worksheets and sample papers before an exam is just like a dress rehearsal; you get to improve on the weak points and strengthen your strong points so that on the final day, your performance is flawless. Solving a well-crafted sample paper can double up your chances to clear the exam. 


The experts at Vedantu recommend solving as many sample papers as possible to crack the exam. One can avail of the NSEP sample paper 1 on Vedantu’s site. Provided by our experts, it is the best way to understand the NSEP exam pattern and solve relevant questions. These NSEP sample papers are solved by our subject experts, who are dedicated to training students for such contests.


NSEP 2022-23 Syllabus 

Chapters in NCERT for NSEP 2022-23 Syllabus

  • Geometrical Optics

  • Alternating Current

  • Capacitor

  • Centre of Mass, Momentum and Collision

  • Circular Motion

  • Current Electricity

  • Electromagnetic Field

  • Electro-magnetic Induction

  • Electrostatics

  • Semiconductor

  • Work, Power, Energy

  • Simple Harmonic Motion

  • Thermodynamics

  • Heat Transfer

  • Modern Physics-1

  • Newton's Law of Motion

  • Fluid

  • Rectilinear Motion

  • Sound Wave

  • Gravitation

  • Rotation

  • Wave Optics

  • Surface Tension


NSEP 2023-24 - Important Dates 

The following table includes the important dates for NSEP 2023-24:



Date for centre registration

1st August, 2023

Centre registration last date

20th August, 2023

Starting date for student enrolment 

21st August, 2023

Last date for student enrolment

14th September, 2023

NSEP Exam 2023-24 date

26th November, 2023

Exam Pattern for NSEP 2023-24

  • The exam will be divided into two sections.

  • Section 1 will have 48 MCQs with one correct option, and Section 2 will have 12 MCQs with one correct option or more than one correct option.

  • The total marks for NSEP 2023-24 will be 216.

  • Students will lose 1 mark for each incorrect answer and will be awarded 3 marks for each correct answer.

  • The medium can be English, Hindi, Gujarati, or Bengali. Students will have the option of selecting any one language during their NSEP enrolment.


NSEP 2023-24 Registration Process

There are two major steps in the registration process for NSEP 2023-24, which are registration and enrollment. Students need to follow the steps given below in order to fill out the IAPT registration forms:

  • Visit the official website:

  • Click on the registration tab.

  • Fill in the required details on the student registration page and then click on ‘Generate OTP’. 

  • After successfully registering, you can log in using your credentials and then you may fill in the required details.

  • Submit all necessary documents.

  • Finally, you can submit the registration form.


NSEP 2023-24 Eligibility Criteria

The aspirants applying for NSEP need to check if they are eligible for the exam or not. Here are the complete eligibility criteria for NSEP 2023-24:

  • The candidate must be eligible to hold an Indian passport.

  • The OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) applicants will not be eligible for selection to the Indian team for the International Physics Olympiad.

  • Candidates must be born between July 1, 2004, and June 30, 2009, including both days to be eligible for appearing in the exam.

  • The applicant must have been living and studying in India since November 30, 2021, or earlier for appearing in the exam.

  • As per the guidelines students must not have qualified for the Class 12 board exam before November 30, 2023.

  • The applicant must not have started or planning to start studies in a university or equivalent institution by June 1, 2023.

  • The candidate must not be appearing in IOQJS 2022-2023 for being eligible.

  • A maximum of 10 scholarships will be awarded to encourage students to pursue their careers in physics by NSE. Also, Candidates seeking admission in B.Sc. (with physics) are eligible for NSEP scholarships.


NSEP 2023-24 Result

The NSEP 2023-24 results will be declared one month after the NSEP 2023-24 exam (tentatively) by IAPT. Students qualifying for NSEP 2023-24 exam will be considered eligible to appear for the INPhO (Indian National Physics Olympiad). This is basically a qualifying round for the Orientation-cum-selection round and will move on to the 50th IPhO (International Physics Olympiad).


Other Exams Important Links

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This was all about NSEP Sample Papers (Paper-wise) Paper 1 for 2023-24. For further details regarding the examination, keep following Vedantu’s official website. Here’s wishing all the very best to all participating students!

FAQs on NSEP Sample Papers (Paper-wise) 2023-24: Paper 1

1. What are the levels of NSEP Exam 2023-24?

There is a slight change in the level pattern of the NSEP exam this year. A candidate will have to go through the following stages to reach the final level:

  • Stage 1- NSEP exams will be held on various dates in January 2023 at registered schools across the country. About 300-500 students may be selected for the next stage. 

  • Stage 2- Selected students will proceed for the Orientation-cum- Selection camp at the Bhabha Centre for Science and Research. Here, the candidates will be tested on both theoretical and practical knowledge. About 35-50 meritorious candidates may be chosen for the next stage. 

  • Stage 3- The selected candidates will further proceed to the ‘Pre-Departure Camp’ which is likely to take place between July- November 2023. Here, again after various rounds of selection exercises, about 5-7 students will proceed to the last stage, i.e. International Physics Olympiad. 

  • Stage 4- Last level of the exam, the International Physics Olympiad. Students who win gold medals here can have a chance to work directly under the Prime Minister by securing themselves a position at the Department of Atomic Energy. 

2. Is it possible for me to change the examination centre once I have submitted the form?

No, once you submit the form online, it is not possible for you to change the preference of the examination centre. It is advisable that you check and cross-check everything, from your personal details, i.e. your name, date of birth, father’s name, mother’s name etc., to your preference of examination centre, because the authorities entertain no requests of any kind of change in the registration form. Also, make sure that your contact details, such as email id and phone numbers, are correctly filled in. Otherwise, you can miss out on important information.

3. How can I download the admit card for the exam?

The admit cards are expected to be out by November 2023. You can download your admit card by logging in to the official website of IAPT.

It is advisable that you check the admit card thoroughly for any errors in the spellings of your name or any other detail. Your registration id, exam roll no and the name of your centre, your photograph, and your signature should be clearly visible on the admit card. Also, read the guidelines provided on the admit card so that you don’t miss out on anything that can cause trouble on the day of the exam.

4. In what languages can I attempt the NSEP exam?

The question paper will be available in English, Hindi, Bangla, Gujarati, and many other languages listed in the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India. You will get to choose your preferred language while filling up the registration form, and please choose carefully. You will not be allowed to make any changes later.

5. Do I have to pay a registration fee while filling up the registration form? What is the last date?

Yes, you have to pay a non-refundable registration fee of a sum of 200 INR while filling up the registration form.