Physics Olympiad Preparation: An Important Note

If you want to compete at the national or upper level physics olympiad, you should at least complete the book “Physics, Volume 1 & 2 by David Halliday, Robert Resnick and Kenneth S. Krane
This is an undergraduate level textbook, and you need to have a decent knowledge of univariate calculus to sink your teeth into it. If you can solve 80% of the problems of Halliday, Resnick and Krane – you can start with the Past IPhO Question Papers. Note: As the scope of the syllabus has changed, it is a waste to try to handle question papers from pre-1998 era.
Suggested By: Professor Arshad Momen, Coach, Bangladesh Physics Olympiad Team.

National Olympiad program 2015-16

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Enrollment for Science and Astronomy Olympiads
The Science Olympiad program follows the following 5 stages:
Stage I: National Standard Examinations (NSE)
Stage II: Indian National Olympiad (INO)
Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC)
Stage IV: Predeparture
Training Camp (PDT)
Stage V: Participation in International Olympiad (IO).
Stage I: National Standard Examinations (NSE)
in physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and junior science: NSEP, NSEC, NSEB, NSEA and NSEJS respectively.
NSEP, NSEC, NSEB, NSEA and NSEJS is the first stage of the Olympiad Program in the respective subject.
Note: From the year 201011,
HBCSE will not be responsible for organizing and sending the team to International Astronomy OlympiadJunior
(IAO Jr)
and hence, there is no separate NSEA (Jr.) examination. Indian participation in IAO (Jr) may be organized by National Council of Science Museums.
Students interested in participating in IAO (Jr.) are advised to appear for NSEJS.
Eligibility
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
All Indian students who are born on or after July 1, 1996 and, in addition, are in Class XII or lower as of November 30, 2015, are eligible to appear for
NSEA, NSEB, NSEC and NSEP 20152016.
If they qualify in NSEA/NSE /NSEC/NSEP they will be eligible for the next stage leading to participation in
International Olympiads for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in 2016, respectively.
Junior Science (NSEJS)
All Indian students who are born on or after January 1, 2001 and, in addition, are in Class X or Class IX as of November 30, 2015, are eligible to appear in
NSEJS 2015–2016. If they qualify in the NSEJS, they will be eligible for the next stage leading to participation in International Junior Science Olympiad
in 2016. Students in lower or higher classes are not eligible to appear in NSEJS 20152016.
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.
Syllabus
The syllabus for NSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics is broadly equivalent to the senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE.
The syllabus for NSEA is broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE. There will be greater emphasis on physics,
mathematics and elementary astronomy.
The syllabus for NSEJS is broadly equivalent to secondary school level (up to and including Class X) of CBSE. All the basic subjects of science (Biology,
Chemistry and Physics) and Mathematics may have roughly equal
emphasis.
Schedule
Date of National Standard Examinations : 22 November 2015 (Sunday)
Time:
Examination Time Question Paper Language
NSEP 09:30 am to
11:30 am
Multiple choice questions of the following types:
1. 3mark
questions, each with only one of the four options correct, and
2. 6mark
questions, each with one or more than one option correct. To get credit, all correct option(s)
and no incorrect option(s) should be marked.
English,
Hindi,
Gujarati,
Bangla
NSEC 12:30 pm to
02:30 pm 80 multiple choice questions, each with only one of the four options correct. English
NSEB 03:00 pm to
05:00 pm 80 multiple choice questions, each with only one of the four options correct. English
NSEA 03:00 pm to
05:00 pm 80 multiple choice questions, each with only one of the four options correct. English
NSEJS 03:00 pm to
05:00 pm 80 multiple choice questions, each with only one of the four options correct. English
Enrol for NSEs
To enroll for NSEs, find out whether your school/college is a registered centre from the principal and/or the head of department. (Each registered centre
may be an examination centre for all the five subjects). If so, enroll your name by paying the required fees by the due date. Your school/college will give
you all the necessary instructions pertaining to NSEs.
If your school/college is not a Registered NSE Centre, look for a nearby Registered NSE Centre for enrollment. It may help if you visit IAPT website. This
website displays the list of centres registered last year. There may be a few additions/deletions in the list of centres in the current year. If you have any
queries about NSEs or if you have any difficulty in getting enrolled for these examinations, you should contact the following persons:
Prof. M. L. Oglapurkar
Chief Coordinator (IAPT Examinations)
IAPT Office, Sheela Vihar Colony,
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7, Heramb Coop HSG Society,
Near Kimaya Hotel, Karve Road,
Kothrud, Pune 411 038
Tel: 0202542 0163; 0202025 2754(O)
Email: iaptpune@gmail.com
Please do not contact HBCSE in connection with Stage I enrollment, since this is entirely supervised by IAPT. All queries addressed
to HBCSE in connection with NSEs will be forwarded to the above mentioned persons for reply. However, if you have any general
queries, you may contact the following:
Prof. Anwesh Mazumdar
National Coordinator, Science Olympiads
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR),
V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai 400 088
Tel: 0222548
2104; 0222558
0036; 0222507
2322
Fax: 02225566635,
2556 6803
Email: nc_olympiad@hbcse.tifr.res.in
For general queries regarding the Astronomy olympiad programmes you may contact:
Prof. M. N. Vahia
National Coordinator, Astronomy Olympiad.
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400 005.
Tel: 0222278
4545; 2278 2350
Email: astronomy@hbcse.tifr.res.in
Students should give the following details in their letter or email :
Name:/ age: /sex:
Address with pin code:
Telephone/fax number:
Name of the school/college:
Class in which studying:
Examination Fees to be paid to the Centres
Examination Fee
NSEP Rs.100/per
candidate
NSEC Rs.100/per
candidate
NSEB Rs.100/per
candidate
NSEA Rs.100/per
candidate
NSEJS Rs.100/per
candidate
Last Date for Enrollment for NSE: 15th September 2015
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT HBCSE IN THIS CONNECTION. ALL QUERIES ADDRESSED TO HBCSE IN CONNECTION WITH NSEs
WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED PERSON FOR REPLY.
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Please visit http://www.iapt.org.in/index.php/exams/nse.html for detailed information about NSEs.
Stage II: Indian National Olympiad Examinations
Indian National Olympiads will be held in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science and Physics (INAO/INBO/INChO/INJSO/INPhO). They will
be organized by HBCSE*. These examinations will be held at about 16 centres in the country. The list of students selected for the INOs according to the
criteria given below will be published by January 15, 2016 on the website: http://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in. The tentative schedule of these examinations
is given here (Dates of IInd Stage Exams). Confirmation of the schedule and all necessary instructions pertaining to the INOs will be available on the
same website. As far as possible the National Olympiads in different subjects are held on separate days/times so that a student who is eligible to appear for
more than one subject can do so. Students appearing for INAO/INBO/INChO/INJSO/INPhO are eligible for TA/DA as per the norms of the programme.
*Since HBCSE is academically involved in the hosting of the 10th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in
Bhubaneswar in 2016, the second stage (INAO) examination, the third stage (OCSCAstronomy)
and the fourth stage (training of
the Indian team for IOAA 2016) will be conducted by a different organisation (to be announced later).
Eligibility for Stage II:
The aim of the first stage examination is to have a wide reach, to progressively increase this reach and to attain nationwide representation for Stage II
without overly compromising on merit. Hence the selection for the Stage II examinations, i.e., Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs) is based
on the following scheme.
(a) Eligibility Clause: To be eligible for the Stage II INO exam leading to the International Olympiad, a candidate must secure a score equal to or
greater than a Minimum Admissible Score (MAS). 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.
(b) 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. For example, if the average of top ten scores in
a certain subject is 92, then 80% of this is 73.6. Then the MI in that subject will be 73. All candidates with a score equal to or above 73 in that subject will
automatically qualify for INO stage II.
(c) Proportional Representation Clause: Students from all States and UTs need to be encouraged to appear for the first stage examination and a
nationwide representation for INO Stage II is desirable. The quota for each State/UT used in National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 201314,
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. 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; http://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in)
(d) 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.
The above criteria are illustrated with the following examples:
(i). Let the quota on the basis of the Proportional Representation Clause (c) for a State S1 be 20. Suppose the number of students satisfying the Merit
Index Clause (b) in a subject is 10. These 10 students will qualify for the second stage INO exam in the given subject and an additional 10 students from
the State S1 in the given subject will be selected meritwise,
provided they satisfy the Eligibility Clause (a).
(ii). Let the quota on the basis of the Proportional Representation Clause (c) for a State S1 be 20. Suppose the number of students 7satisfying the Merit
Index Clause (b) in a subject is 30. In this case, all 30 students will qualify for the second stage INO exam in the given subject, and there will be no further
selection from the State S1.
(e) 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 (IAOJr)
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, precollege
status, etc.
(f) 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 meritwise,
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.
There will be no other criterion or provision for selection to the Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs).
Eligibility for INAO and OCSCAstronomy
in 2016:
Since India will be hosting the 10 th International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Bhubaneswar in 2016, it might be possible to
select two teams (one official team and the other guest team) for the competition. To encourage younger students to participate in IOAA 2016,the rules of
selection for Stage II (INAO) and Stage III (OCSCAstronomy)
are modified as below:
1. There will be no change in the eligibility for Stage I (NSEA).
2. The student pool of NSEA will be divided into two groups:
(i). Group A: Students who are in Class XII as of November 30, 2015.
(ii). Group B: Students who are in Class XI or lower as of November 30, 2015
3. 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.
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4. The MI and MAS will be calculated separately for each of these groups.
5. All the clauses ((a) to (f) above) of selection will be applied separately to each group.
6. The question papers of NSEA 2015 and INAO 2016 will be identical for the two groups.
7. For Stage III (OCSCAstronomy),
a target number of 25 students will be selected from each group, according to respective order of merit in INAO.
Thus a total of 50 students will be selected.
8. Selection of official and guest teams to represent India in IOAA will NOT be based on the above groups, but will be done purely on the basis of a
combined merit list of all students attending OCSCAstronomy.
Syllabus
The syllabus for INO is broadly equivalent to the NSEs exam in respective subjects.Questions and problems in National Olympiads while circumscribed by
the above mentioned CBSE syllabus are usually nonconventional
and of high difficulty level, and comparable to the International Olympiads.
Dates of IInd Stage Exams:
Examination Date and Time
INAO January 30, 2016 (Saturday), 09:00 am to 12:00 noon
INJSO January 30, 2016 (Saturday) 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
INChO January 30, 2016 (Saturday) 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
INPhO January 31, 2016 (Sunday) 09:00 am to 12:00 noon
INBO January 31, 2016 (Sunday) 01:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Stage III: Orientation Cum Selection Camps (OCSC)
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. The number of students to be selected in each subject will be announced before the INO Examinations. In all the above cases, 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. There will be no other
criterion or provision for selection to Orientation Cum
Selection Camps (OCSC).
Biology, Chemistry and Physics
The selected group of students in different subjects will be invited to the Orientation Cum Selection Camps at HBCSE. These camps are typically of two to
three weeks duration in each subject. The camps include several theoretical and experimental tests. Orientation is provided to students especially for the
experimental tests. A camp concludes with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students. On the basis of their
performance in OCSC the top 5 students in Physics, top 4 in Chemistry and top 4 in Biology will be declared to be special merit awardees. These special
merit awardees are given a prize each in the form of books and cash. In addition there will be special prizes in each subject to recognize meritorious
performance in theory and experiments. The 5 special merit awardees in Physics constitute the 5member
student team to represent India at the
International Physics Olympiad. The 4 special merit awardees in Chemistry constitute the 4member
student team to represent India at the International
Chemistry Olympiad. The 4 special merit awardees in Biology constitute the 4member
student team to represent India at the International Biology
Olympiad (IBO).
Astronomy
Since HBCSE is academically involved in the hosting of the 10th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Bhubaneswar in
2016, the second stage (INAO) examination, the third stage (OCSCAstronomy)
and the fourth stage (Training of the Indian team for IOAA 2016) will be
organized by a different organisation (to be announced later).
The selected group of students in Astronomy will be invited to the Orientation Cum Selection Camp. The camp is of about three weeks duration. The
camp includes several theoretical, data analysis and observation tests. Students are trained in basic concepts in astronomy and astrophysics during the
camp. Orientation is provided to students especially for problemsolving
in astronomy, astrophysics and for observational astronomy tests. The camp
concludes with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students. On the basis of the performance in OCSC, the
top 5 students will be declared special merit awardees. These special merit awardees will be given a prize each in the form of books and cash. In addition
there will be special certificates to recognize meritorious performance in theory, data analysis and observation.
Please see above for the procedure to select the team(s) to represent at the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2016.
Junior Science
The selected group of students from INJSO will be invited to the Orientation Cum Selection Camp at HBCSE. The camp is of two to three weeks duration.
The camp includes several theoretical and experimental tests. Orientation is provided to students especially for the experimental tests. The camp
concludes with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students. On the basis of their performance in OCSC the
top 6 students will be declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees will be given a prize each in the form of books and cash. The 6
special merit awardees will constitute the 6member
student team to
represent India at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).
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Tentative dates of OCSC
The OCSC dates will be announced on HBCSE website by January 15, 2016. To the extent possible, care is taken that the camp dates do not overlap with
the national level competitive exams, (e.g. IITJEE
or AIIMS). Students are advised to look at the OCSC dates and select Mumbai as their examination
centre of any national level entrance examination that might be scheduled during the OCSC period. The selection of the members of the Indian teams
(IOAA, IBO, IChO, IJSO and IPhO) holds provided they satisfy required criteria such as age limit, preuniversity
status, medical fitness, parental/
guardian consent, etc. In addition they must hold a valid Indian passport as per the visa regulations of the host country by the beginning of the respective
OCSC. The recommendations of the examination committees of the INOs and OCSCs in the various subjects regarding special merit awardees and other
awardees will be treated as final.
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. Special laboratories have been developed in HBCSE for this purpose. Resource persons from different institutions across the country are
invited to the training camps. As per International Olympiad statutes, the training in Chemistry and Biology is limited to two weeks duration. In Physics
the training may be longer. For Astronomy and Junior Science the training camp will be of one week duration.
Stage V: Participation in International Olympiads
Subject Team Composition Venue Month
(tentative)
Physics
(47 th IPhO)
5 Students
2 Teacher Leaders
Zurich,
Switzerland July 2016
Chemistry
(48 th IChO)
4 Students
2 Teacher Leaders
Karachi,
Pakistan July 2016
Biology
(27 th IBO)
4 Students
2 Teacher Leaders
Hanoi,
Vietnam July 2016
Astronomy &
Astrophysics
(10 th IOAA)* 5 Students
5 Students
2 Teacher Leaders
Bhubaneswar,
India December 2016
Junior Science
(13 th IJSO)
6 Students
3 Teacher Leaders Kazakhstan December 2016
[Each team may be accompanied by a number of Scientific Observers.]
*A guest team of five additional students may be selected for IOAA 2016.
Note on other Olympiads:
HBCSE is also a nodal centre for the Mathematics Olympiad. The details of selection to this Olympiad maybe found in a separate brochure and also on
the HBCSE website. We mention below a few other recognized International Olympiads but participation in them is not directly organized by HBCSE.
1. Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO): Participation is organized by IAPT. Students aspiring for this Olympiad must normally appear in the first stage
NSEP exam followed by the second stage INPhO exam. The details of further selection and training are decided by IAPT and you may consult
their website (http://www.iapt.org.in).
2. International Astronomy Olympiad Junior
(IAO Jr):
Participation is organized by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM). Students
aspiring for this Olympiad must normally appear in the first stage NSEJS exam followed by the second stage INAO exam. The details of further
selection and training are decided by NCSM and you may consult their website (www.nehrusciencecentre.gov.in).
3. International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO): Participation is organized by the Geological Society of India and you may consult their website for
more information (www.geosocindia.org).
4. International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI): Participation is organized by the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science and you may
consult their website for more information (http://www.iarcs.org.in/inoi).
We caution the students and teachers about numerous private examinations titled ‘Olympiads’, which may charge high fees, are
not officially recognized by the Government of India and which do not lead to participation in the International Olympiads.
The courts at Mumbai alone shall have the jurisdiction to settle and decide all matters and disputes related to the Olympiads organised by HBCSE and
Examinations from Indian National Olympiad (INO) and
onwards as HBCSE is the Nodal Organising Institute for this
Information on this website is subject to revision in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Physics Books for IIT JEE – — RESNICK & HALLIDAY

I would like to review some popular books for JEE Physics

Resnick & Halliday  is a renowned book for Physics. It has been studied by students in India for decades. earlier students used one version that is Physics part 1 &2 still my favorite with a red and black cover.

  1. There are a variety of different versions of Resnick & Halliday including Fundamentals of Physics, Principles of physics and editions co-authored with Jearl Walker, Krane etc.
  2. There is an adapted version of RHW for IIT JEE by Bansal authors Amit Gupta and Manish Singhal.