NSEP (National Standard Examination in Physics)

Since 1987, the National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) has been held throughout India. It is a voluntary test administered by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) that aids in the selection of candidates for the International Olympiad of Science. All the states that have participated in NSEP, as well as the UTs, conduct it on a regional level. Students are permitted to take the question paper home after the examination is over, and they will get the whole examination solution a week later.

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We’ve covered all you need to know about the National Standard Examination for Physics (NSEP), including NSEP dates, syllabus, eligibility, NSEP cutoff, and format, as well as how to register for the exam and check your results.

Key Features of NSEP

Many brilliant and aspiring students in the Physics Olympiad Program regard the National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) to be a stepping stone. The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) organises the NSEP on a national basis, with the support of various centres all around the country. The primary goal of this exam is to be chosen for the International Science Olympiad and, in turn, to identify students who desire to pursue a career in physics. Students in grades below Class 12 are eligible to take this test, which will be conducted in pen-paper or offline style. Only after passing this level will the students be able to advance to the next.

Important Dates for NSEP

Events Dates(Tentative)
Applications for NSEP begins September 25 to October 15, 2021
IAPT Exam for NSEP  27th November 2022
Result for shortlisted students March 2023

NSEP Eligibility Criteria 2021-2022

Check the details of NSEP Eligibility criteria below.

  • The learner must first and foremost be an Indian citizen.
  • The NSEP test is designed for students in grades nine and 10.
  • Students who have passed the twelfth-grade examination are ineligible to take this one.
  • The students must be between the ages of fifteen and twenty. The student will be dropped from the programme if he or she is deemed to be ineligible for the examination.
  • The student must pay a one-time cost of Rs 150 during the NSEP registration procedure.
  • The student must not have finished 12th grade prior to November 30th of the examination year.
  • Any applicant who has previously represented India in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) or the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) is ineligible to compete in the NSEP.
  • The student must not have applied to or be preparing to apply to any university in the year after the Olympiad.

How to Take the NSEP

  1. Students who want to take the National Standard Examination in Physics must register through their schools and only at IAPT-registered regional centres in their state.
  2. For registration at the regional centres, students must pay a Rs. 100 application fee (in cash).

NSEP 2021-2022 Exam Pattern

Check the details of the NSEP Exam pattern below with complete data.

Exam Timings 8:30 am to 10:30 am (tentative)
Duration of Exam Two hours
Test Paper Level/ Syllabus CBSE Class 12th syllabus
Test Medium/ Language English and language as requested by student from Hindi, Bangla and Gujarati (during registration only)

Type of questions – Objective type with multiple choices

Sections Two parts
Total Number of Questions 70 MCQs
Total Marks 240 Marks

First Stage

The NSEP examination paper is divided into two sections for the First Stage:

  • Part A is worth 180 points and consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. Part A is broken into two parts: A1 and A2. A1 is made up of 40 multiple-choice questions, each with just one right answer. A2 is made up of ten questions, with one or more right answers for each question. All of the right option(s) should be marked, and no erroneous option(s) should be marked, in order to receive the required credits.
  • Part B is worth 60 points and has six questions that are either problems or short answer questions. All of the questions are worth the same amount of points.
  • The NSEP question can be written in English, Hindi, or any other language, as long as there are more than 300 students who desire to take the test in that language.

Second Stage

The major goal of the first stage of the NSEP test was to offer a wide variety of options that would aid in gradually expanding the reach and achieving countrywide representation for stage two, without sacrificing quality or merit.

NSEP Syllabus 2021-22

Listed below is the NSEP Syllabus and important topics for reference.

Chapters Important Topics Total Marks as per  last year’s analysis by Resonance
Geometrical Optics Lens, Refraction by spherical surface, Refraction by Prism, Spherical mirror, Refraction in general, Refraction at the plane surface and TIR 39
Alternating Current Power consumed in an AC circuit, Resonance 12
Capacitor A capacitor with a dielectric, Combination of Capacitors 6
Centre of mass, momentum & collision Head-on collision, Motion of com 12
Circular Motion Kinematics of circular motion, Circular motion in a vertical plane 9
Current Electricity Instruments, Power, energy, battery, EMF, terminal voltage & Kirchhoff’s law 21
Electro Magnetic Field Magnetic field due to a magnet and earth, magnetic field due to a straight wire, Magnetic field due to ring, Magnetic Force and torque on a current-carrying loop, dipole moment, Magnetic force on a charge 21
Electro-Magnetic Induction Self-inductance EMF & magnetic energy density 3
Electrostatics Coulomb’s law, Electric potential and potential difference, Flux calculation and gauss’s law, Conductor and it’s properties, Electric pressure 12
Semi-Conductor Diode, Logic Gates, Transistors 12
Work, power, Energy Work done by a variable force, work-energy theorem 12
Simple Harmonic Motion Equation of SHM, Spring mass system 9
Thermodynamics First law of thermodynamics, Root mean square velocity, kinetic energy 9
Heat Transfer Thermal conduction in linear conductors 9
Modern Physics-1 Electronic transition in the h/h-like atom/species, Photoelectric effect, X-ray 9
Miscellaneous Miscellaneous 9
Newton’s Law of Motion Calculation of force and acceleration 6
Fluid Archimedes principle and force of buoyancy 6
Rectilinear Motion Equation of motion and motion under gravity 6
Sound Wave Doppler effect, Organ pipes and resonance 6
Gravitation Universal law of gravitation 3
Rotation Moment of inertia 3
Surface Tension Excess pressure in drops and bubble 3
Wave Optics YDSE with monochromatic light 3

NSEP Registration 2021-2022

The National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) has a simple registration process that allows applicants from all around the country to take part in the test. Candidates can either register on their own or through education centres. Important details of registration and NSEP application form are given in detail here.

Events Dates
Enrollment start date August 21, 2022
Last date of payment of the fee September 18, 2022
IOQP admit card Last week of December 2022
IAPT Exam date of IOQP January 2023

Fees for NSEP Registration in 2021

  • After enrolling for the NSEP 2021-22 examination, the student is asked to pay the registration money to complete the NSEP examination registration process.
  • Students must pay the registration money to the school administration in order to finish the NSEP registration 2021-22.
  • After receiving cash from all candidates, schools can pay the application cost to IAPT.
  • This is a one-time cost, and students who apply and proceed to the next stage, the International Physics Olympiad, will not be charged again.
  • The charge will not be reimbursed unless and until it is paid in full.
  • The registration price for the NSEP is Rs. 200, and students must pay it online.

NSEP Result

Check out the complete details of the NSEP result here.

Events Related to NSEP 2021-22 Start Date


End Date


Registration for the centres 1st August 2022 20th August 2022
Enrollment of the candidates 21st August 2022 24th September 2022
Due date for paying the fee 18th September 2022
Date of the examination for the senior science 27 November 2022

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NSEC – National Standard Examination in Chemistry

Frequently Asked Questions on NSEP 2021-2022


Is NCERT sufficient for NSEP?

The NSEP test is for students in the CBSE 12th grade. To study for this test, applicants can use the NCERT books for both grades 11 and 12. To summarise, it is fine to use the NCERT books as a starting point for studying for the NSEP test.

What is the NSEP Level?

The National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) is regarded as a preliminary step in the selection of ambitious and bright students for the physics Olympiad programme. The NSEP test has a very high degree of difficulty because it is a national-level exam that is used to select applicants who are interested in the discipline of physics. After passing the NSEP level, students can go to the next phases of the Olympiad programme for physics. As of November 30, 2019, students in Class 12 or any lower class are eligible to take the NSEP test.

How to pass the NSEP Exam?

Even the country’s most difficult examination might be readily cracked or scored. NSEP is in the same boat. The National Science Education Program (NSEP) is the initial step of the physics Olympiad programme. It is critical to have the proper study materials in order to pass any exam. The NCERT books for classes 11 and 12 are regarded to be the first texts that every student should thoroughly study. NSEP might be easily cracked with adequate preparation and time management.

Which is more difficult, NSEP or KVPY?

NSEP is tougher than KVPY.

How to prepare for the NSEP?

It is critical to have a solid study strategy when preparing for any examination. The way a candidate divides his time during the day, and how he manages to cover the relevant topics for the examination is a crucial step in passing any exam.