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National Standard Examinations 2011-12

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What is National Standard Examination?

National Standard Examinations (NSEP in Physics, NSEC in Chemistry and NSEB in Biology, NSEA in Astronomy) are conducted at about 1000 centres all over India; more than 25,000 students appear for each subject at these examinations.

National TOP 1% (i.e.) nearly 200-250 students from these NSEs are called for Indian National Olympiads (viz. InPhO, InChO, INBO or INAO) respectively. Individual letters are sent to these students informing that they have to appear for Indian National Olympiads (INOs).

 TOP 25 to 35 students are chosen on the basis of their performance at these INOs. These 35 students in each subject attend Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in respective discipline for about 2 weeks at HOMI BHABHA CENTRE for SCIENCE EDUCATION, Mumbai.

Five best students in Physics (4 in Chemistry and Biology each and 4 in Astronomy) among these 35 are selected to represent India at the respective Olympiads.


Date of National Standard Examinations (NSE)

Sunday 27nd November 2011


NSE in Physics NSEP 09.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
NSE in Chemistry NSEC 12.30 p.m. to 02.30 p.m.
NSE in Biology NSEB 03.00 p.m. to 05.00 p.m.
NSE in Astronomy NSEA 03.00 p.m. to 05.00 p.m.
NSE Junior Science NSEJS 03.00 p.m. to 05.00 p.m.

Last Date for Enrolment

15th September 2011(for all the five exams)




Students who are studying in std. XII (OR Equivalent) or lower examination as on 30th November 2011, and born on or after 01-07-1992.

Level of Question Paper: CBSE Std. XII

Language of Question Paper:
Q.P. may be available in English, Hindi, Bangla & Gujarati provided there are atleast 300 students opting for the language.

Question Paper will be in English Only

Details of Question Paper:
Part A: Multiple Choice Questions; Part A2: 40 Questions with only single correct option (negative marks for incorrect answers) +Pquestion with any number (1,2,3,4) of options may be correct. All the correct options must be marked to get the credit; Part B: 5 or 6 Problems or Short Answer Questions.

Total Marks 240
80 Multiple Choice Questions. Negative marks for incorrect answers
Total Marks 240


For NSE in Junior Science

Students of class X or lower as on 30th november 2011 , and born on or after 01-01-199

Level Of Question Paper:
Question Paper will be in English Only

Details of Question  of Question Paper:
80 Multiple Choice Questions. Negative marks for incorrect answers
Lanuage of Question paper:
Question paper will be in English Only

Total Marks 240

Examination Fees: 

Rs 75/- per candidate per subject
US $ 15/- foroverseas candidate per subject

Fee is to be remitted by centres to Prof. M.L Ogalapurkar by a demand draft from a nationalised bank in favour of "Indian Association of Physics Teachers" payable at Pune and to be sent to pune office at the following address:

IAPT office
IIE Campus
128/2 J.P. Naik Marg
Kothrud, Pune 411038
Telphone No. 020-25420163

Evaluation procedure for Physics

Part A is evaluated of ALL the students. On the basis of marks obtained in Part A top 10% students are taken from each center and Part B of these top 10% students of each center is assessed. Part B is also assessed of students securing more than certain “cut off” marks in part A. note part B is NOT evaluated of those students who do not come in top 10% of their own center or above “cut off” category. The National top 1% are decided on the basis of marks obtained in parts A and B taken together.

The complete marksheet of a center is sent to Prof i/c of that center in about 8 weeks or so together with top 10% certificates.

Old Question Papers

Set of last five years’ question papers (in Physics, Chemistry and Biology only) are available. You have to send a DD of Rs. 100/- to our office and set will be dispatched to you. Write your name and address on the back of DD.