National Olympiad in Physics Chemistry Biology Astronomy and Junior Science 2009

A major Olympiad programme in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and Junior Science is operational in the country.  The programme aims at promoting excellence in Science among pre-University students and selecting teams of students to represent India at the International Olympiads in these subjects.  The Olympiad in Junior Science has been added from the year 2008.

What are these Olympiads ?

Olympiads are internationally recognised competitions in various fields of knowledge. These are the highest level examinations and are hosted by different countries every year. Participation in any of these Olympiads has worldwide recognition and is considered as a great achievement.

Who conducts these Olympiads?

These Olympiads are conducted by Indian Association of Physics teachers every year as per the following five stages:

Stage I    National Standard Examination in the subject (NSEP, NSEC,NSEB,NSEA and NSEJS)
Stage II    Indian National Olympiad in the subject (INPhO,INCh0,INBO, NAO,INJSO)
Stage III    Orientation cum selection camp
Stage IV    Pre-departure training camp
Stage V    Participation in International Olympiad

Stage I competition is conducted by Indian Association of Physics teachers in different parts of the country generally in the month of November every year. This competition has CBSE Class XII syllabus standard level. All the .remaining stages are organized by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai .

Who is eligible ?

Science students studying in class XI or class XII  and born after 31.12.1990 are eligible to take part in these competitions.  Those who have already passed class XII examination are not eligible.  For National Standard Examination in Junior Science, students of class X or lower classes satisfying specified age conditions are eligible. The exact information is available on

How to apply  ?

Any student can apply through his/ her school for participation in any one of these Olympiads.  The Principal/ Senior Faculty Coordinator in the subject will contact IAPT office at Pune and get the institution registered  for the conduct of examination after  completing necessary formalities. The exact information about these Olympiads is generally issued by IAPT in the month of July/August every year in leading national dailies and its own website The Registration form for applying to IAPT, Pune office is also available on this website.

Examination Fee

Examination fee of Rs. 60/- per student per subject is to be paid by an Indian student and a fee of US dollar 12 per student per subject is to be paid by an overseas student.  This fee is to be paid only to the Coordinator in the school desiring to enroll itself as a centre. In no case, the fee is to be sent to CBSE or IAPT.  Any further information with regard to the Olympiad can be had from

Prof. M.L Ogalapurkar
NSE Co-ordinator
I.A.P.T Office, I.I.E Campus
128/2, J.P Naik Marg, Kothrud
Pune – 411 038
Tel (Off.) 020-25420163;    email
Website :

Format of Examination

The Question papers for National Standard Examination in different subjects for the year 2007-08 and 2008-09 are available on IAPT website.  Since National Standard Examination in Junior Science was conducted for the first time in the year 2008, the previous years papers are not available.

New Members:

If your school/ college is not a registered centre, visit the IAPT website This website displays details of the centres which were registered last year.  This may be of help to you in locating the centre nearest to you and in enrolling your name at the centre by paying the required fee.  If any school/ College wants to get itself registered for the first time, the form for the Registration can be downloaded from IAPT site and sent to IAPT office, Pune at the above address. Any further information can also be had from IAPT Examination office by sending a self addressed envelope (25cmX10cm) with Rs.5/- stamp  affixed  to it.

Further Clarification

For any further clarification in this regard, you may contact at the following address:

R.P Sharma
Central Board of Secondary Education
17 Rouse Avenue
New Delhi-110 002.
Ph – 011-23211200 or email –

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