Stage I: National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) 2014-15

Here I would focus on stage 1- NSEP (2014-15)

The physics Olympiad program follows the following 5 stages:

  •  Stage I: National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP),
  •  Stage II: Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO),
  •  Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in physics,
  •  Stage IV: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IPhO,
  •  Stage V: Participation in International Physics Olympiad (IPhO).

Stage I is entirely the responsibility of IAPT. All the remaining stages are organized by HBCSE.

The detailed information about eligibility and structure of the stages is given below:

Stage I: National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP)

NSEP is the first stage of selection of students in the physics Olympiad Programme which is organised by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the programme must enroll for NSEP.  NSEP is held at a large number of centres in the country.

Date of NSEP 2014:             23 November 2014 (Sunday)

Time of NSEP 2014:            09:30 am to 11:30 am

Last Date for Enrollment for NSEP:    15th September 2014


All Indian students who are born on or after July 1, 1995 and, in addition, are in Class XII or lower as of November 30, 2014, are eligible to appear for NSEP 2014 – 2015. A student may appear for more than one subject provided the examination schedule allows it. See information about the examination schedule under various subjects. Students who have passed Class XII are not eligible to enroll for NSEP.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the eligibility criteria are satisfied. In case at any stage of the programme it is found that the student does not satisfy the eligibility criteria, he/she may be disqualified from the programme.

The syllabus for NSEP is broadly  equivalent to the senior secondary level (Class XI and Class XII) of CBSE Physics. This is only a rough guideline, and there is no detailed syllabus given for NSEP.

Question Paper:

NSEP emphasizes comprehension of the subject, not rote memory.  Its format is as follows:

Part A (180 marks): 50 multiple choice questions consisting of:
 (A1) 40  questions, each with only one of the four options correct

10 questions, each with one or more than one options correct. To get credit, all correct option(s) and no incorrect option(s) should be marked.

Since HBCSE is the nodal centre for hosting IPhO 2015, the Second stage (INPhO) examination and the third stage (OCSC -Physics) will be organized by IAPT- APhO Cell in Delhi.


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