What is NSEJS and How to apply for It and other answers NSEJS Official Notification 2018-2019

National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) is Organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teacher in association with Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), NSEJS is considered toughest Science exam on higher secondary level globally. NSEJS is carried out every year since 1987 in English, Hindi & a few other Indian languages. More than 80,000 students from over 1,500 centres take part in these Olympiads .NSEJS is the entry test for International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO). NSEJS is only for students studying in Class X or below.It is organized every year in the month of November. Top 300 students  will qualify for NSEJS Stage 2 (INJSO )Examination.


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NSEJS Exam is Conducted By Indian Association Of Physics Teachers Evey Year in the Month of November .NSEJS is the most prestigious Exam for Students studying in 9th and 10th Level .It is the Only Exam in India Giving You Entry into International Junior Science Olympiad. Top 300 students are selected From NSEJS or the First Stage Exam.

Step 1 NSEJS 18 Nov 2018 300 STUDENTS SELECTED
Step 2 INJSO (Indian National Junior Science Olympiad) JANUARY 2019 TOP 35 STUDENTS SELECTED
Step 3 OCSC(Orientation Cum Selection Camp) APRIL-JUNE 2019 6 STUDENTS WILL BE SELECTED
Step 4 IJSO(International Junior Science Olympiad) December 2019 GOLD SILVER AND BRONZE DEPENDS ON RELATIVE PERFORMANCE



Stages of Science Olympiad(as per IAPT and hbcse Policy)

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, the 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 specialised coaching outside the regular school system.

Stage 1:

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. The NSEs are tests with objective type questions and are offered in English and Hindi, with additional languages also available in Physics. The syllabus is broadly equivalent to up to Class XII (for Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Class X (for Junior Science) of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). However, the questions in all levels of Olympiads (including NSEs) may be expected to be of a higher difficulty level than the board examinations. These examinations are held close to the end of November every year at nearly 1400 centres across the nation. Students can register for this preliminary stage at their own schools. The registration fee is Rs 100, which is the only fee that the student has to pay in the entire process up to the International Olympiads.

Stage 2:

The best-performing students from the NSEs (approximately 300 in each subject) qualify for the second stage — the Indian National Olympiads (INOs). The responsibility of the programme from this stage onwards lies with HBCSE. The INOs are held in late January at around 18 centres across the country. The syllabus is same as that of the NSEs. The tests consist of an objective as well as long questions.

Stage 3:

The top students from the INOs (approximately 35 in each subject) are invited for the third stage, the Orientation-cum-Selection Camps (OCSCs) held at HBCSE during April to June. At these camps, orientation is provided to students for Olympiad level of theoretical, experimental and observational (for astronomy) tasks. Emphasis is laid on developing conceptual foundations and problem-solving skills. Students are exposed to innovative experiments with the focus on conceptual and procedural understanding in experimental science. In astronomy, students are trained in basic notions in astrophysics, astronomical data analysis and night sky observations. 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.

Stage 4:

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. Resource persons from different institutions across the country are invited to the training camps.

Stage 5:

The Olympiad programme culminates with the participation of the Indian students (4-6 in each subject) in the International Olympiads. The students are accompanied by 2-4 teachers or mentors. Almost every Indian student who has participated in the Science and Astronomy Olympiads has returned with a medal

Indian Association of Physics Teachers Official Websitehttp://www.iapt.org.in/

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education Official Websitehttp://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in/

Eligibility Criteria NSEJ

Student Must be eligible to hold an Indian passport.*

  • As per the orders of the Madras High Court, OCI students will NOT be eligible for selection to the Indian team in the International Olympiads. However, such students are provisionally eligible for selection at all prior stages, up to and including the OCSC (stage III), provided they fulfil all other criteria. They are also provisionally eligible to write the selection tests at the OCSC. This policy is subject to revision without prior notice depending on any further orders issued by the courts, or by a competent government authority.

Date of birth must be between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2005, both days inclusive.

Must be residing and studying in India since 30 November 2016 or earlier. OR Must be studying in an Indian school system since 30 November 2016 or earlier.

Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 10 board examination earlier than 30 November 2018.

Must not be appearing in any of NSEA, NSEB, NSEC or NSEP 2018.

It is the student’s responsibility to determine if he/she satisfies the eligibility norms. If at some later stage it is found that the student does not meet the eligibility norms, he/she may face disqualification from the programme. 

*[The criterion of holding a valid Indian passport is subject to revision in case of further court orders or orders by a competent Government authority with regard to eligibility of OCI card holders.]

Examination Fee:

Kendriya Vidyalaya and Others Rs.150/- per student per subject
Jawahar Navodyaya Vidyalaya Rs.110/- per student per subject.
Rs.150/- per student for others registered in Jawahar Navodyaya Vidyalaya.









NSEJS Exam Pattern:

there is no specific syllabus is prescribed for NSEJS.In NSEJS, Multiple Choice Questions of the Science subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. Exam is of Class 9th and 10th level But It has been Observed that Questions of Class 11th and 12th were also in Last Year Paper. 

Last Year paper had 80 single correct Objective questions each worth 3 marks. subject wise, then there were 20 questions from Mathematics and Biology, and 21 questions were from Physics and 19 questions were asked from Chemistry

Types of Questions: Multiple choices questions
Number of Questions: 80
Total Marks: 240
Negative Marking: There will be -1 marking for the wrong answers

Medium of Exam-English /Hindi


Registration of centres 1st to 31st August 2018
Enrollment of candidates 1st August to 15th September 2018
Last date of payment of fee by the centre in-charge through SBI collect only 19th September, 2018
Dates of examinations        NSEJS                             18th Novemebr, 2018

(10am to 12pm)

Announcement of list of candidates of students above Minimum Admissible Score (MAS) 25th December, 2018
Final list of selected candidates for INO 2nd January, 2019







User Guide to Fill NSEJS  Application For


Candidates cannot register online individually. They have to register through a registered centre (any school or college affiliated to state/centre boards can become a centre. students can request the principal of the school in to register as a centre (there is no fees for centre registration)

NSE centre registration: Any state recognised school/college is eligible to become a NSE centre with a minimum enrolment of 20 students, subject to approval by Chief Coordinator, IAPT Examinations. Online NSE centre registration on the IAPT website will start on 1 August 2018.


Enrollment at student’s own school/collegeA student can enrol for NSE at his/her own institution if it is a registered NSE centre (see below for registration of NSE centres). The principal would be the contact person for this purpose. Click here to Get the list of Registered Centres.

Enrollment at a different school/college: If a student’s own institution is not a registered NSE centre, it is still possible to participate in NSE by registering at a nearby centre. The list of registration centres will be available here. Visit the Centre Near Your Home and Submit the form after Paying the Required fee.


 Students registering from states other than the state in which they are studying will be considered under the quota of the state of study. Such students have to furnish Aadhar card and school ID card at the time of examination. Otherwise, they will be disqualified for appearing for INO (if selected).

All students registered from states other than the state of their School are required to send the scanned copy of the NSE admit card, and the school ID by email to iapt.nse@gmail.com on or before 15 December 2018; else they will be disqualified.



For Any Help Contact


Dr V. V. Soman (NSEJS Coordinator)

F11A, 1st floor, Old Physics Building, UG Programme, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012


Tel. No: 080-49087030 (Mon-Fri: 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00)




CRACKNTSE wishes you luck for the examination

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