IJSO Support Program

Resonance PCCP Division introduces IJSO Support Program with aiming to ensure success by providing  academic support to the aspirants of IJSO 2019-20.

The program provides the practical approach, sharpen the skills, gives exact idea of the paper and also helps in focusing on weaken areas.

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Image result for ijso logo(International Junior Science Olympiad)

1. IJSO aims to promote interest in science among school students, exposing them to problem solving, critical thinking and experimentation. Over the years IJSO aims to positively impact science and mathematics education at school level.

2. An important aim of the Olympiads is for young people to experience different cultures and to bring about interactions between students from across the world. The Olympiads thus have a potential to promote global peace and understanding.

3. To offer the opportunity to compare the syllabi and educational trends in science education within the  participating countries.

4. Examination is conducted in 5 Stages every year.

Stage : 1 - NSEJS (National Standard Examination in Junior Science)
Organized by IAPT


  1. The first stage examination, the National Standard Examination (NSE) is the organisational responsibility of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT).
  2. These examinations are held close to the end of November every year at nearly 1400 centres across the nation. Students can register for this preliminary stage at their own schools.
  3. Syllabus: The syllabus for NSEJS will be broadly  equivalent to the secondary school level (upto Class X) of CBSE.
  4. Eligibility: Students of classes 8th, 9th & 10th can appear as per the age criteria announced in the notification every year. 
  5. Must not be appearing in any of NSEA, NSEB, NSEC or NSEP.

Exam Pattern 
 No. of Questions      :    80 (Objective)
 Subjects Covered     :    Physics , Chemistry, Biology & Maths
 Total Marks               :    240
 Negative Marking     :   -1 
 Duration                    :   2 Hours

Exam Date:  17th November 2019


Stage : 2 - INJSO (Indian National Junior Science Olympiad)
Organized by HBCSE

  1. The best-performing students from the NSEs (approximately 300 in each subject) qualify for the second stage the Indian National Olympiads (INOs).
  2. The INOs are held in late January at around 18 centres across the country. 
  3. The tests consist of objective as well as long questions.
  4. Eligibility : Students selected from Stage I examination (NSEJS) are eligible to  appear  for  INJSO
  5. Syllabus  : The syllabus for INJSO will be broadly similar to NSEJS. 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.

Exam Pattern 
 No. of Questions      :    42  [30 (Objective); 12 (Subjective)]
 Subjects Covered     :    Physics , Chemistry & Biology
 Total Marks               :    90
 Negative Marking     :   -0.25 (For Objective Questions)
 Duration                    :   3 Hours

Selection Criteria for Stage - 2 (INOs)
The aim of the first stage examination is to have a wide reach, to progressively increase this reach and to attain nationwide representation for Stage II without overly compromising on merit. Hence the selection for the Stage II examinations, i.e., Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs) is based on the following scheme.

(a) Eligibility Clause: To be eligible for the Stage II INO exam leading to the International Olympiad, a candidate must secure a score equal to or greater than a Minimum Admissible Score (MAS). The MAS for a given subject will be 50% of the average of the top ten scores in that subject rounded off to the nearest lower integer.

(b) Merit Index Clause: There will be a high score called the Merit Index (MI) associated with each subject in Olympiads. The MI in a 10 subject is defined as 80% of the average of the top ten scores in that subject rounded off to the nearest lower integer. All students with ascore equal to or greater than merit index MI for the subject will automatically qualify for INO Stage II examination in that subject. For example, if the average of top ten scores in a certain subject is 92, then 80% of this is 73.6. Then the MI in that subject will be 73. All candidates with a score equal to or above 73 in that subject will automatically qualify for INO stage II.

(c) Proportional Representation Clause: Students from all States and UTs need to be encouraged to appear for the first stage examination and a nationwide representation for INO Stage II is desirable. The quota for each State/UT used in National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2018-19 , a nationwide competitive examination will be used as the baseline for calculating the number of students qualifying for Stage II INO in every subject from centres in that State or UT. The target total number of students to be selected in each subject (except Astronomy, see below) is 300. Suppose the NTSE quota is S for a State, and the total for all States and UTs is T, then the total number of students to be selected to INO Stage II from that State would be S/T times 300, rounded off to the nearest higher integer. This number will include those selected on the basis of the Merit Index. In the event of tie at the last position in the list, all students with same marks at this position will qualify to appear for the INO Stage II examination. The selected students must nevertheless satisfy the eligibility clause. The number to be selected from all the centres in each State or UT will be displayed on the IAPT and HBCSE websites (www.iapt.org.in; olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in).

(d) Minimum Representation Clause : Notwithstanding the proportional representation clause the number of students selected for INO from each State and UT must be at least one, provided that the eligibility clause is satisfied.

(e) Minimum Total Number Clause : In each subject, after all the mabove criteria have been applied, it is possible that the target number of 300 students to be selected for INO is not reached (due to non - availability of enough number of students in some states who satisfy Eligibility Clause (a)). In such an event, additional students will be selected purely merit - wise, provided Eligibility Clause (a) is satisfied, till the target number of 300 is reached. Other clauses will not apply for these students. In case of a tie at the last position, all students with the same marks at this position will qualify to appear for the INO Stage II  examination.

(f) Previous International Representation Clause: Candidates who have represented India in the International Olympiad on a previous occasion (IOAA, IBO, IChO, IJSO and IPhO) need not appear for the first stage NSE examination in the respective subject.
Such candidates who thus qualify to skip the first stage NSEs may be allowed, on written request, to the respective National Coordinator, to directly appear for the second stage Indian National Olympiad (INO) examination, provided they satisfy other eligibility criteria such as age, pre - college stat us, etc.

Note : There will be no other criterion or provision for selection to the Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs)
Stage : 3 - OCSC (Orientation Cum Selection Camp)
Organized by HBCSE

  1. The top students from the INOs (approximately 35 in each subject) are invited for the third stage, the Orientation-cum-Selection Camps (OCSCs) held at HBCSE during April to June.
  2. At these camps orientation is provided to students for Olympiad level of theoretical, experimental and observational (for astronomy) tasks.  
  3. The camp will include several theoretical and experimental tests. 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. 
  4. Emphasis is laid on developing conceptual foundations and problem-solving skills. Students are exposed to innovative experiments with focus on conceptual and procedural understanding in experimental science. In astronomy, students are trained in basic notions in astrophysics, astronomical data analysis and night sky observations.
  5. Several theoretical and experimental/observational tests are held during the camp.
  6. The 6 special merit awardees in Junior Science selected at the end of the OCSC.
Stage : 4 - PDT (Pre-Departure Training)
Organized by HBCSE

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.
Stage : 5 - IJSO (International Junior Science Olympiad)

The 6 student member team and 1 teacher leader will constitute the delegation to represent India at the:
International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)
International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is a competition in science for students who are fifteen years or younger on 31 st December of the competition year. IJSO aims to promote interest in science among school students, exposing them to problem solving, critical thinking and experimentation.
Over the years IJSO aims to positively impact science and mathematics education at school level.

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