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International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)

IJSO is a competitive examination open to students of all countries in the world, primarily studying in secondary schools. All basic subjects of Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics) are given roughly equal representation in the IJSO examination.

The Junior Science Olympiad program follows the following 5 stages :

1. Stage I : National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS)
2. Stage II : Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO)
3. Stage III : Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Junior Science
4. Stage IV : Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IJSO
5. Stage V : Participation in International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)

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

Date of NSEJS 2018 : 18th November 2018 (Sunday)

Time of NSEJS 2018 : 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Eligibility (NSEJS) : All Indian students Should born between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2005, are in Class X or lower as of November 30, 2016, are eligible to appear in NSEJS 2018. If they qualify in the NSEJS, they will be eligible for subsequent stages leading to participation in International Junior Science Olympiad 2018. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the eligibility criteria are satisfied. In case at any stage of the program it is found that the student does not satisfy the eligibility criteria, he/she may be disqualified from the program.

Syllabus : The syllabus for NSEJS will be broadly equivalent to the secondary school level (upto Class X) of CBSE. The different basic subjects of science (physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics) will have roughly equal emphasis. This is only a broad guideline, and there is no detailed syllabus given for NSEJS.

Question Paper Pattern :
80 multiple choice questions with negative marking.
Total Marks: 240

Language : Question paper will be in English & Hindi (option during registration)

Eligibility : Students selected from Stage I examination (NSEJS) are eligible to appear for INJSO. In addition those students who have been exempted as described in the Enrollment page are also eligible to appear for INJSO. Besides these two ways, there is no other way by which a student becomes eligible to appear for INJSO.
The tentative date and time of INJSO examination is as follows :
The Exam date and schedule will be announced in the first week of January on the website and communicated by post to the eligible students. Students appearing for INJSO will be eligible for TA/DA as per norms of the programme.

Syllabus : The syllabus for INJSO will be broadly similar to NSEJS with emphasis on conceptual understanding and quantitative reasoning. The syllabus is, however, only a broad guideline. Questions and problems in National Olympiads are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to International Olympiads.

INJSO Paper Pattern :

Type Of Question No. of Ques Maximum Marks
Multiple Choice Question 60 1 X 60 = 60
Subjective 8 5 X 8 = 40
Total 68 100

On the basis of performance in INJSO, the top 35 students in the merit list will be selected for Stage III: Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Junior Science.
In the event, there is a tie at the last position, all students with the same marks at this last position will qualify for OCSC in Junior Science.
There will be no other criterion or provision for selection to OCSC.

OCSC in Junior Science will be organized by HBCSE for 2-3 weeks. The precise dates will be announced prior to or along with the announcement of the selection list for the OCSC.

Eligibility for OCSC :
Only the students selected from the merit list of Stage II (INJSO) are eligible. There will be no other criteria or provision.
The camps include several theoretical and experimental tests. Orientation is provided to students especially in experiments. The camps conclude with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students.
The merit list of OCSC in Junior Science will be prepared on the basis of the combined theoretical and experimental score aggregated over all the tests in the camp, with 60% weightage for theory and 40% weightage for experiment. Performance in previous stages (NSEJS and INJSO) will not be a consideration for the merit list and awards of the OCSC.
The top 6 in the OCSC Junior Science merit list will be declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees will be given Rs. 5,000 each in the form of books and cash. In addition, there will be special prizes to recognize meritorious performance in theory and experiments.
The 12 special merit awardees in Junior Science selected at the end of the OCSC will constitute two 6 member student teams for the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO), provided they satisfy required criteria such as age limit, holding valid Indian passport, medical fitness, parental consent, etc.

The selected 6 member student team will undergo a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment. Special laboratories are being developed at HBCSE for the purpose of experimental training. Resource persons from HBCSE and different institutions across the country will train the students.

The 12 student member team (two six member teams) and 3 teacher leaders will constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).

For general queries regarding INJSO & subsequent stages :

Dr. P. K. Joshi
Academic Coordinator Junior Science Olympiad
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd. Mumbai - 400 088.
Tel: 022 - 2507 2214
Fax: 022 - 2558 5660, 2556 6803
Email: pkjoshi .AT. hbcse.tifr.res.in

For grievances / complaints regarding Junior Science Olympiad :

Prof. H. C. Pradhan
Chair, National Steering Committee
Science and Astronomy Olympiads,
Centre Director
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd. Mumbai - 400 088.
Tel: 022 - 2556 2132, 2507 2204
Fax: 022 - 2558 5660, 2556 6803
Email: hcp .AT. hbcse.tifr.res.in

Prof. Mayank Vahia
National Coordinator
Junior Science Olympaid
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 005.
Tel: 022 - 2278 2350, Fax: 022 - 2280 4610
Email: vahia .AT. tifr.res.in