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HBCSE Science Olympiad 2020: NSEP, NSEC, NSEA, NSEB NSEJS, Results; INChO, INJSO, INAO, INPhO, INBO Exam Dates

HBCSE Science Olympiad 2020 is a national Olympiad program in Biology, Chemistry, Physics Junior Science and Astronomy. This science Olympiad is conducted in 5 stages wherein the shortlisted candidates get a chance to represent India at the International level in various fields of science mentioned above. The official body responsible for conducting this Olympiad is Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) and its official site is

Latest News: HBCSE has released New schedule for OCSC for all the fields. Check the Revised schedule from below.

HBCSE Science Olympiad 2020

Let us understand each stage of selection one by one. Candidate has to clear each stage in order to appear for the next one.

HBCSE Science Olympiad

Stage 1: National Standard Examination aka NSE

Stage 2: Indian National Olympiad aka INO

Stage 3: Orientation-cum-Selection camp aka OCSC

Stage 4: Pre-departure camp

Stage 5: International Olympiad

National Standard Examination (NSE) is conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers while rest of the successive stages is conducted by HBCSE. Lets check out the details schedule of each stage.

National Standard Examinations
Candidates enrollment21 August – 15 September 2019
Last date of Fee payment by Center In-charge18 September 2019
Hall Ticket for NSEJS 10 November 2019
Hall Ticket for NSEP, NSEC, NSEB, NSEA 14 November 2019
Exam date for NSEJS17 November 2019
Exam date for
24 November 2019
Marks announcement18 December 2019
INO Selected Candidates25 December 2019
Indian National Olympiad
Registration for students06 – 15 January 2020
Exam date INAO, INJSO, INChO01 February 2020
Exam date INPhO, INBO02 February 2020
Result dateannounced
Orientation-cum-Selection campAstronomy : 9 to 15 July, 2020
Chemistry: 25 to 31 May, 2020
Physics: 2 to 8 June, 2020
Junior Science: 16 to 26 August, 2020
Biology: to be announced
Pre-departure camp Jul/Nov 2020
International OlympiadJul/Dec 2020

NSE Complete details

This stage consists of examinations at national level which are Chemistry (NSEC), Astronomy (NSEA), Biology (NSEB), and Physics (NSEP).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The candidate must be an Indian citizen with valid passport and studying in India before before November 30, 2017
  • The age criteria varies with each exam, please check that in brochure attached below.

Paper Language: English and Hindi for NSEA, NSEB, NSEC and NSEJS and for NSEP, Gujarati and Bangla are provided additionally.

Test Pattern:

NSEP 60 Questions
NSEA80 Questions
NSEC 80 Questions
NSEJS 80 Questions
NSEB80 Questions

Syllabus: Equivalent to class 12th CBSE and class 10 for NSEJS

Examination Center: Registration centres of the applicants

INO Complete details

This is the second stage of examination which is allowed to be given by qualified students of stage 1.


  • Score should be equal to or more than Minimum Admissible Score (MAS).
  • Should have score equal to or more than Merit Index (MI)

OCSC Complete details

Based on the performance of Indian national Olympiad students will be shortlisted for OCSC. Here Orientation of Experimental, theoretical and observational tasks are provided. Multiple tests is also conducted here to select students for further stage.

The number of students to be selected for OCSC (Astronomy) in 2020 will be 15 from Group A (Class 12) and 35 from Group B (Class 11 and lower). The number of students selected for OCSC in all other subjects will be 35,

Pre-departure camp Complete details

In this stage students will be given intense training and learning at HBCSE, so that they can prepare well in inter nation Olympiad

International Olympiad Complete details.

At this stage the teams are divided with a group of students and techer to their respective countries. Details mentioned below.

SubjectTeam CompositionVenue
Physics5 students, 2 teacher leadersLithuania
Chemistry4 students, 2 teacher leadersKonya, Turkey
Biology4 students, 2 teacher leadersNagasaki, Japan
Astronomy5 students, 2 teacher leadersBogota,Colombia
Junior Science6 students, 3 teacher leadersFrankfurt,Germany

HBCSE Science Olympiad 2019-2020 Results

The result of each stage will be published by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education. Once the test is conducted the authorities release the list of students selected for the next stage. Here you will find the result of NSEP, NSEC, NSEA, NSEB NSEJS, NChO, INJSO, INAO, INPhO, INBO.

Information Brochure

Official site:

Scholarship Exams

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