Indian National Olympiad or HBCSE Science Olympiad is conducted by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education. The students from classes lower than 12th standard can participate in the HBCSE INO to be eligible for International Olympiads conducted for Science stream students all around the world. More than 1400 schools participate in HBCSE Indian National Science Olympiad. Students can know all about HBCSE INO including key dates, the application process, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, selection and syllabus for each level of INO as mentioned on this page below.
Key Features of HBCSE INO –
Conducted by – Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education and Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT)
Exam level – National Level
Stages – 5 stages of International Olympiad selection
Exam mode – Pen-Paper mode
Classes – For student below class 12 i.e. up to class 11 students
Subjects – Astronomy, Junior Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology
Important Dates of HBCSE INO-
The third week of September
National Standard Examination
Indian National Olympiad for all subjects
Last week of January
Result announcement for INO
By last week of January or First week of February
April – June
July - November
July – December
*Dates are tentative as per the last year HBCSE INO exam calendar
HBCSE INO Eligibility –
The eligibility criteria for NSE is as mentioned below –
For Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics:
- Students must be Indian National only
- Students should be between 15-20 years of age
- They should not have completed or studying in class 12th board examination before 30 November as in the year of examination
- They must not have taken or been planning to take admission in any University in the following year of the Olympiad (for example is the exam is in the year 2017, then they should be joining university at least before June 1, 2018)
- The students must not be appearing in NSE Junior Science in the same year of examination
For Junior Science:
- Only Indian Students who are residing and studying in India only
- They must be between 14-15 years of age in the examination year
- They should not have completed or studying in class 10th board examination before 30 November as in the year of examination
- The students must not be appearing in any of NSEA, NSEB, NSEC or NSEP in the same year of examination
The eligibility criteria for INO is as provided below –
The eligibility criteria for Stage II exam Indian National Olympiads (INOs) is as under –
For second stage exam of HBCSE i.e. INO, a student must have obtained more than Minimum Admissible Score (MAS) which is 50% of the average of the top ten scores in the respective subject and rounded off to the nearest lower marks.
Merit Index Clause for HBCSE INO:
- A high score called Merit Index (MI) is set for each subject of Olympiads.
- MI score is 80% of the average of the top ten scores in the respective subject and rounded off to the nearest lower marks.
- Students who have a score equal to or more than MI score will be considered qualified for next stage of HBCSE INO.
How to apply for HBCSE Indian National Olympiad?
- The students first have to appear for National Standard Examination by registering themselves with the regional centres of their state as mentioned by HBCSE.
- Students can centre coordinator of the registered centre for INO and get the application form of NSE
- The application fee for NSE registration for one subject is Rs. 100 and students registering themselves can pay the application fee to centre In-charge only
- The registration for NSE is completed
Note: The students fulfilling the NSE Eligibility Criteria will be allowed to appear for NSE and they will be issued admit card to appear for the national standard olympiad of the respective subject.
Stages of HBCSE INO –
There are five stage for Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education as mentioned below –
Stage 1: National Standard Examination – Students who wish to be a part of INO, first have to take NSE level exam for any of the given subjects i.e., Astronomy, Junior Science, Chemistry, Physics, and, Biology. The NSE for the subjects is based on assessing students for conceptual understanding of the subject, logical reasoning, laboratory skills, as well as problem-solving skills including both theoretical and practical.
Exam Pattern of NSE –
NSEJS (Junior Science) – The question paper is in Hindi and English Language and there are 80 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The exam duration is of two hours. There is negative marking in case of wrong attempts.
NSEP (Physics) – There would be 3 marks and 6 marks MCQs and the languages for the questions are English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bangla. The test duration is of two hours only.
NSEA (Astronomy) – The question paper is in Hindi and English Language (optional) and there are 80 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The exam duration is of two hours. There is negative marking in case of wrong attempts
NSEB (Biology) – The question paper is in Hindi and English Language and there are 80 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The exam duration is of two hours. There is negative marking in case of wrong attempts
NSEC (Chemistry) – The question paper is in Hindi and English Language and there are 80 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The exam duration is of two hours. There is negative marking in case of wrong attempts
Stage 2: Indian National Olympiad – The second stage of INO includes Indian National Olympiads in Astronomy (INAO), Biology (INBO), Chemistry (INChO), Junior Science (INJSO) and Physics (INPhO). The INO by HBCSE is conducted in January every year across 18 exam centres in India
Stage 3: Orientation-Cum-Selection Camp – After the results for each subject of INO is announced, at least 35 students from each subject are shortlisted as per the minimum marks clause are selected for OCSC. This is a training camp organised by HBCSE for providing an orientation of International Olympiad as well as training them for theoretical, experimental and observational (for Astronomy subject) skills-based tasks. Moreover, these students are awarded merit awards including books, cash prize etc.
After the OCSC, the students are selected for each subject as under –
- 5 students each for International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) and International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) respectively
- 4 students each for International Biology Olympiad (IBO) and Internation Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) respectively
- 6 students for International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)
Stage 4: Training of Indian Teams for International Olympiad – Before sending the shortlisted candidates for International Olympiads, they are provided rigorous training by HBCSE.
Stage 5: International Olympiads – The shortlisted students along with 2 or 4 teachers are formed into teams and are sent to International Olympiad as per their chosen subject.
HBCSE INO syllabus
- Biology / Chemistry / Physics: The syllabus for HBCSE INO is based on the syllabus of up to class 12th or below as per CBSE board pattern for the subjects.
- Astronomy: The syllabus for HBCSE INAO is based on up to CBSE Class 12th level for Physics and Mathematics (excluding calculus), and also elementary popular astronomy and basics of night sky observation.
- Junior Science: The syllabus for INJSO is based on syllabus prescribed by CBSE for upto Class 10th Science subject.