NSEP Eligibility Criteria

The National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) has been held in India since 1987. It is a voluntary test, organised by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT), and contributes to the selection of students for the International Olympiad of Science. A total of two lakh students throughout are expected to take the exam, which will be held in around 1500 locations around the world. Cities and towns also host a range of them.

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Every year, the NSEP qualifying conditions are kept easy in order to encourage a large number of students to take the test. The NSEP test is held in around 1600 locations across the country, with over two lakh students taking part. The following are the NSEP eligibility criteria for 2021-2022.

Important Dates for NSEP

Events Dates (Tentative)
Applications for NSEP begins September to October
IAPT Exam for IOQP(Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Physics) 13th March, 2022
Result for shortlisted students March

Eligibility Requirements for NSEP

  • A candidate who wishes to take the NSEP test must be an Indian citizen.
  • The candidate’s birthday must fall between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2006, both days included.
  • The candidate must have lived and studied in India since November 30, 2017 or before.
  • Students must not have taken the Class 12 board exam before November 30, 2021.
  • The candidate must not have started or be planning to start studies at a university or comparable institution by June 1, 2021.
  • The nominee is ineligible to run for NSEJS 2021.
  • A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded in order to encourage students to pursue physics as a career. Candidates seeking admission to a B.Sc. (with physics) programme can apply for NSEP scholarships.

Frequently Asked Questions on NSEP Eligibility Criteria 2021-22


What is NSEP?

NSEP stands for National Standard Examination in Physics, conducted by IAPT.

What information should be included in the application for the NSEP 2021-22 Examination?

Students must accurately complete the IOQP form with the following information.
Name of the student
Father’s Name/ Mother’s Name
Date of Birth Subject School Name & Address
Student’s mailing address

What is next after the NSEP?

The NSEP test is the first step in the process of qualifying for the international olympiad. Following the NSEP, the applicant must complete many intermediary steps in order to achieve the aim of competing in the national olympiad in physics.
Candidates who qualify with a high rank in the range of 500 will be able to compete in the Indian National Science Olympiad, the second stage. Candidates that score in the 30-40 range will advance to the next round, which involves an orientation and a final selection performed by the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education (HBCSE). Finally, the top four candidates will be chosen in a pre-departure camp hosted by the HBCSE. The contestants who were chosen here will now compete in the International Olympiad on behalf of India.

Is there any negative marking in NSEP 2021-22?

Yes, 1 mark is deducted from total scores for each wrong answer.

How to download the NSEP admission card?

The admit card will be released on iapt.org.in.


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