National Olympiad Programme in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy & Junior Science 2017-2018

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Introduction

The international Olympiad movement is aimed at bringing the most talented secondary and higher secondary students of the world together in a friendly competition of the highest level. The Olympiads are not merely competitions, they are the meeting places of the brightest young minds of the world, and many friendships forged at the Olympiads form the seeds of scientific collaboration later in life. Much like the Olympics in sports, the Olympiads are a celebration of the very best in school level science and mathematics.

The nodal agency for all the science and mathematics Olympiads in the country is the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) – a national centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). The Olympiad programme is run in close collaboration with the teacher associations, the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT), Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT), and the Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences (ATBS). The first stage of the Olympiad examinations is conducted
by IAPT, while the later stages are the responsibility of HBCSE.

The science Olympiad programme is fully funded by the Government of India through the Board of Research in Nuclear Science, Department of Atomic Energy (BRNS, DAE), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Indian Space Research Organisation, Department of Space (ISRO, DoS). The national Olympiads are overseen by a National Steering Committee (NSC), constituted by DAE, and comprised of members of each funding agency as well as eminent experts in each subject.

The national Olympiad programme follows a five stage process, starting with an examination held at nearly 1400 schools across the country and culminating with the international Olympiads at different corners of the world. The national level examinations are designed to assess the conceptual understanding, logical reasoning, laboratory skills, and above all, ability to apply problem-solving skills to novel situations, both theoretical and experimental. Training is included from the third stage of the programme and the first two stages do not necessarily require any specialized coaching
outside the regular school system.

Olympiads are internationally recognized competitions in various fields of knowledge. They are the highest level examinations and are hosted by different countries every year. Participation in any of the Olympiads has worldwide recognition and is considered as a great achievement. International Olympiads are held every year in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and Junior Science.

Stages of Science Olympiad

The National Science Olympiad starts with an examination held at nearly 1400 schools across the country and culminates with the international Olympiads at different corners of the world. The national level examinations are designed to assess the conceptual understanding, logical reasoning, laboratory skills, and above all, ability to apply problem-solving skills to novel situations, both theoretical and experimental. Training is included from the third stage of the programme and the first two stages do not necessarily require any specialized coaching outside the regular school system.

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Stage I – National Standard Examinations (NSEs) 2017

The first stage examination, the National Standard Examination (NSE) is the organisational responsibility of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). The academic responsibility for Chemistry and Biology rests with the Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT) and the Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences (ATBS) respectively, while Physics, Astronomy and Junior Science are handled by IAPT itself. NSEP, NSEC, NSEB and NSEA are at CBSE class XII level while NSEJS is at CBSE class X level. These NSEs are the First and the only screening tests leading towards International Olympiads in the respective subjects.

ELIGIBILITY FOR NSE:
Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics:

  1. Must be an Indian citizen.
  2. Date of birth between 1 July 1998 and 30 June 2003, both days inclusive.
  3. Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 12 board examination earlier than 30 November 2017 i.e. for the students studying in class 11th & 12th.
  4. Must not have commenced (or planning to commence) studies in a university or equivalent institution by 1 June, 2018.
  5. Must not be appearing in NSEJS 2017.

Junior Science:

  1. Must be an Indian citizen.
  2. Date of birth between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2004, both days inclusive.
  3. Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 10 board examination earlier than 30 November 2017.
  4. Must not be appearing in any of NSEA, NSEB, NSEC or NSEP 2017.

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ENROLLMENT FOR NSE:
Students can enroll only through NSE centers and direct enrollment using online registration is not considered.

Enrollment of students registration, fees payment will be from September 01, 2017 to September 15, 2017.  Fee payment can be done till September 18th.
Downloading of Admit card – First week of November – 2017.

Registered NSE Centers:

Students have to visit above NSEs centers for enrolling their names and paying the required fee.

  • Registration Fee: Rs. 100/- per student per subject.
  • Fee is to be paid to the centre in-charge of the centre where Students have
    enrolled  the name. No direct remittance to IAPT is permissible.
  • No TA/ DA is admissible for NSE (Stage I Examination).
  • Please note that NSEs are the organizational responsibility of IAPT. In case of any queries about NSEA, NSEB, NSEC, NSEJS and NSEP or any difficulty in getting enrolled for these examinations, contact the following persons:

Prof. G. Venkatesh (Chief Coordinator, IAPT Examinations), Prof. M. K. Raghavendra (NSE Coordinator) , F11A, 1st floor, Old Physics Building, UG Programme, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012 E-mail:iapt.nse@gmail.com Tel. No: 080-49087030 (Mon-Fri : 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00)

DO NOT CONTACT HBCSE IN THIS CONNECTION. ALL QUERIES ADDRESSED TO HBCSE IN CONNECTION WITH NSEs MAY BE FORWARDED TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED PERSON FOR REPLY.

Stage II – Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs)

The second stage in the selection process, the Indian National Olympiads in Astronomy (INAO), Biology (INBO), Chemistry (INChO), Junior Science (INJSO) and Physics (INPhO) is organized by HBCSE.  These examinations will be held at about 18 centres in the country. The list of students selected for the INOs according to the criteria given below will be published by January 15, 2018 on the website: olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in.

All students appearing in INOs must register themselves on the above website after the publication of the list in order to obtain their INO admit cards. This registration is mandatory for appearing in INO. Unlike previous year, failure to register for INO will result in  disqualification of the candidate for INO.

ELIGIBILITY FOR INO

Selection for the Stage II examinations, i.e., Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs) is based on the following scheme.

  • Eligibility Clause:  A candidate must secure a score equal to or greater than a Minimum Admissible Score (MAS) in Stage I. The MAS for a given subject will be 50% of the average of the top ten scores in that subject rounded off to the nearest lower integer.
  • Merit Index Clause: There will be a high score called the Merit Index (MI) associated with each subject in Olympiads. The MI in a subject is defined as 80% of the average of the top ten scores in that subject rounded off to the nearest lower integer. All students with a score equal to or greater than merit index MI for the subject will automatically qualify for INO Stage II examination in that subject.
  • Proportional Representation Clause:  The quota for each State/UT used in National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2013-14, a nationwide competitive examination will be used as the baseline for calculating the number of students qualifying for Stage II INO in every subject from centres in that State or UT. The target total number of students to be selected in each subject (except Astronomy) is 300. Suppose the NTSE quota is S for a State, and the total for all States and UTs is T, then the total number of students to be selected to INO Stage II from that State would be S/T times 300, rounded off to the nearest higher integer. This number will include those selected on the basis of the Merit Index. In the event of tie at the last position in the list, all students with same marks at this position will qualify to appear for the INO Stage II examination. The selected students must nevertheless satisfy the eligibility clause. The number to be selected from all the centres in each State or UT will be displayed on the IAPT and HBCSE websites   (www.iapt.org.in; olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in).
  • Minimum Representation Clause: Notwithstanding the proportional representation clause the number of students selected for INO from each State and UT must be at least one, provided that the eligibility clause is satisfied.
  • Minimum Total Number Clause: In each subject, after all the above criteria have been applied, it is possible that the target number of 300 students to be selected for INO is not reached (due to nonavailability of enough number of students in some states who satisfy Eligibility Clause (a)). In such an event, additional students will be
    selected purely merit-wise, provided Eligibility Clause (a) is satisfied, till the target number of 300 is reached. Other clauses will not apply for these students. In case of a tie at the last position, all students with the same marks at this position will qualify to appear for the INO Stage II examination.
  • Previous International Representation Clause: Candidates who have represented India in the International Olympiad on a previous occasion (IOAA, IBO, IChO, IJSO and IPhO) need not appear for the first stage NSE examination in the respective subject. Candidates who have represented India in the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) and the International Astronomy Olympiad Junior (IAO-Jr) need not
    appear for the 1st stage NSEP and NSEA Examinations respectively. Those candidates who thus qualify to skip the first stage NSEs may be allowed, on written request, to the respective National Coordinator, to directly appear for the second stage Indian National Olympiad (INO) examination, provided they satisfy other eligibility criteria such as age, pre-college status, etc.

Eligibility for Astronomy (INAO) 2018

In order to encourage younger students to participate in astronomy Olympiad the rules of selection for Stage II (INAO) are modified as below:

  1. The student pool of NSEA will be divided into two groups:
    i. Group A: Students who are in Class XII as of November 30, 2017
    ii. Group B: Students who are in Class XI or lower as of November
    30, 2017
  2. For Stage II (INAO), a target number of 250 students will be selected from each group. Thus, a total of 500 students will be selected.
  3. The MI and MAS will be calculated separately for each of these groups.
  4. All the clauses ((a) to (f) above) of selection will be applied separately to each group.
  5. The question papers of NSEA 2017 and INAO 2018 will be identical for the two groups.

SCHEDULE AND SYLLABUS FOR INO

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Stage III – Orientation-Cum-Selection Camps (OCSCs)

On the basis of performance in the Indian National Olympiads students will be selected in each subject for the Orientation-Cum-Selection Camp (OCSC) in that subject. At these camps, orientation is provided to students for Olympiad level of theoretical, experimental and observational (for astronomy) tasks.

Several theoretical and experimental/observational tests are held during the camp. On the basis of performance in these tests, few students (numbers specified below) are selected to represent India at the international Olympiads. These students also receive merit awards in the form of books and cash.Science-Olympiad-Brochure-2017-18_pdf-page-014.jpg

The number of students to be selected for OCSC is 35 in Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science and Physics, and 50 in Astronomy, unless declared to be otherwise before the INO examinations. In the event there is a tie at the last position in the merit list of the respective INO, all students with the same marks at the last position will qualify to be selected for the OCSC.

SCHEDULE OF OCSC:

The OCSC dates will be announced on HBCSE website (olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in) by January 15, 2018.

Stage IV – Training of Indian teams for International Olympiads at HBCSE

The selected Indian teams undergo a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment and in case of astronomy, observational astronomy prior to their departure for the international Olympiads. Special laboratories have been developed in HBCSE for this purpose.

Stage V – Participation in International Olympiads

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Important Links

IAPT Offical Website: http://www.iapt.org.in/

HBCSE official Website: http://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in/

Information Brochure:  http://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in/olympiads/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Science-Olympiad-Brochure-2017-18_pdf.pdf

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