Physics Olympiad in India

The Physics Olympiad programme in India began in an earnest fashion in 1997. It was an immediate success. The first participation in Rejyavik , Iceland in July 1998 fetched the participants one silver , one bronze medal , three honourable mentions, and three special prizes. The second participation in Padua , Italy in July 1999 fetched the participants four silver medals and one bronze medal in addition to one of the five special prizes. The third participation in Leicester , England in July 2000 fetched the partiicipants two gold medals, two bronze medals, and one honorurable mention. This shining record is by far the best for participating nations.

The programme is overseen by a National Steering Committee (NSC) set up by the Board of Research in Nuclear Science of the Department of Atomic Energy. The concerned government departments, the Indian Physics Association and the Indian Association of Physics Teachers are represented in the NSC. The implementation of the Physics Olympiad programme is carried out by the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education (HBCSE) , a National Center of the Tata Institute of Fndamental Research, Mumbai and the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). The National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) conducted by IAPT in November/December identifies about 200 meritorious students across the nation. These students appear for the Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO) exams at about a dozen centres in different parts of the the country. Approximately 35 students are selected to receive NSEP-INPhO gold medals and they undergo a three week long training at the HBCSE, Mumbai in May/June. The top five students among them are identified to receive merit awards at the end of the training camp and to represent India in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). The programme strives to maintain international standards and the selection process is rigorous in the extreme.

Department of physics
Every year the Department of Physics organizes a Physics Olympiad. Students from various colleges participate in the olympiad and test their knowledge of physics. It is a place where the best minds come together and compete in a friendly manner.
In addition various lectures are organized in which experienced Professors of the Department give lectures on topics of various interests.
It is held for three categories
Under 12th category : Elimination round based on a multiple choice examination. A quiz round will be held between the top five teams.
BSc category: Elimination examination based on Multiple choice questions followed by an interview by an interview panel.
IITians + MSc category : Examination involving multiple choice questions and a section on problem solving.
Exciting Prizes for the top three people in all categories. Certificates to top 10 students in all categories.
Reference books for Physics Olympiad



Robert Resnick, David Halliday.

Wiley Eastern Private Limited ( New Delhi ).


University Physics

Hugh Young, Mark Zemansky, Fransis Sears.

Narosa Publishing House ( New Delhi , Madras ).


The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Richard Feynman, Robert Leighton, Mathew Sands.

Addison-Wesley Publishing Company Inc.

B. I. Publications ( Bombay , Delhi , Calcutta , Madras ).


Introduction to Special Relativity

Robert Resnick.

Wiley Eastern Limited ( New Delhi , Mumbai, Banglore, Calcutta ).


International Physics Olympiad- Problems and Solutions from 1967-1995

C. Manilerd.

Rangsit University Press.


Physics- A Textbook for Senior Secondary Class (Class XI)

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi .



Physics- A Textbook for Senior Secondary Class (Class XII)

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi .



Laboratory Experiments in College Physics C. H. Bernard, C. D. Epp. John Wiley & sons Inc., New York .


Cioffari’s Experiments in College Physics

Dean S. Edmonds, Jr.

D. C. Heath & Company, Lexington , Massachusetts , Toronto .


Physics, Guide to Experiments(Vol. I, II, III, IV, V)

Nuttfield Foundation.

Longmans/Penguin Books.


Laboratory Investgations in Physics

Irwin Genzer, Philip Youngner.

Silver-Burdett General Corporation, New Jersy.


Experiments in Physics- A laboratory manual

D. W. Preston, M. M. Stemhein, J. W. Kane.

John Wiley & sons.


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