NSEP 2020 Exam Scholarship


What is NSEP Scholarship?

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The National Standard Examination in Physics itself does not endow any scholarship. The NSEP scholarship comes into effect when the qualified candidates take up Physics as their chosen discipline for undergraduate study. This scholarship has been instituted with the sole objective of encouraging students to take up a career in Physics. 

The NSEP is not directly linked to any award or entrance to any institution. Only candidates seeking to pursue B.Sc. in Physics after qualifying in NSEP are entitled to such scholarships. There are a maximum of 10 scholarships to be awarded in that respect.

Read on to know more about the broad scheme of these examinations.

NSEP – In a Nutshell

The NSEP scholarship examination is conducted under the guidance of National Standard Examinations (NSE). The latter has been instituted with certain objectives:

  • These examinations will act as a metric for students to assess themselves against the prevailing national standard.

  • It aims to present correct perspectives of the subject.

  • The examinations also seek to further enhance teacher-student interaction and deliberation on specific subjects.

The NSE for the subjects is held at two different levels – 1) Class X (Junior Science) and 2) Class XII. However, it is to be noted in this regard these examinations are independent of grade evaluation basis.

The NSEP scholarship examination, in particular, takes place with the purpose of selecting candidates for the International Level Science Olympiad. The examination is conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT).

This national level examination includes an initial stage for selection of qualified students. It is followed by a regional level round that has the participation of States and Union Territories. The exam is taken in pen and paper mode.

Here are eligibility criteria for students seeking to appear in the NSEP scholarship exam:

Eligibility for NSEP


Date of birth of the candidate should be between July 1, 2000, and June 30, 2005, (both days are included).


Candidates should be eligible to hold an Indian passport.


Candidates must be studying or residing in India since November 30, 2017, or earlier than that.


Candidates must not be scheduled to complete or have completed Class XII board exam or any such equivalent exam earlier than November 30, 2019.

Note: These are few main eligibility criteria for a student to appear in NSEP scholarship exam. For further details, check the official notification.

Best Way to Prepare

While these examinations are designed in a manner to test aptitude or flair of candidates in a particular subject, there is also a need for proper and effective preparation. Here are a few pointers that will get you started for the NSEP scholarship exam:

  • Be Thorough with the Syllabus: It is important to identify the topics that you already know, portions that need revision, and the topics that need to do from scratch.

  • Prepare a Study Plan: Random choice of topics for preparation will not help.

  • First, go through the NCERT books and then read from the advanced reference books. The reference books should be for CBSE Class XII Physics.

Last but not least, consistent practice of sample question papers is extremely important. Try solving the past years' questions papers, which will not only give you a fair idea about the exam but also enhance question-solving skills.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the Method of Applying for the NSEP Scholarship Exam?

Ans. Registration or the enrolment of the exam can be done by first contacting the relevant centre for each student. Students will be asked to fill out the NSEP registration form.

First, download the application form from the website and fill in with accurate details. Make sure to use capital letters wherever instructed. Full information should be provided in the NSEP enrolment form. Lastly, the registration form is to be submitted in the concerned centre along with the exam fee.

Total fees to be paid for the Physics exam is Rs.150. Submit the registration form along with the exam fee before the last date.

2. How does NSEP Scholarship Benefit a Student?

Ans. There are multiple benefits for students in attaining NSEP scholarship with the immediate one being entitlement of a scholarship when a qualified candidate takes up B.Sc. in Physics. A maximum of 10 scholarships is awarded every year.

Gold medallists enjoy the option of appearing directly at an interview in the Department of Atomic Energy after they are done with their education. Such candidates will not have to appear for the written examination that takes place prior to the interview.

The top 1% of the qualifying candidates at the National Level will also be given a special merit certificate, and students in top 35 ranks will have gold medals awarded to them.

3. What is the Syllabus of the NSEP Scholarship Exam?

Ans. Some of the important areas of the syllabus include – 1) Geometrical optics, 2) Current Electricity, 3) Electromagnetic Field, 4) Alternating current, 5) Centre of mass, momentum and collision, 6) Electrostatics, 7) Work, power, energy, 8) Semiconductor.

The others topics that will also have to be prepared well by candidates include – 1) Capacitor, 2) Circular motion, 3) Electro-magnetic induction, 4) Simple harmonic motion, 5) Thermodynamics, 6) Heat transfer, 7) Wave optics, 8) Rotation, 9) Surface tension, 10) Rectilinear motion, 11) Gravitation, 12) Sound wave, 13) Fluid etc.

Given the considerable size of the syllabus, candidates need to frame a proper study plan beforehand. To start, NCERT books should be studied thoroughly before moving on to advanced reference books. Solving previous years’ question papers is also crucial to ace this exam.