INO 2014 Exam Pattern: The Indian National Olympiad is conducted for five core subjects- Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Junior Science and Astronomy. Each exam follows a five stage test procedure as mentioned under the pattern, these stages are:
1. National Standard Examination (NSE): This first stage is conducted solely by Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) for all the five subjects- Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Junior Science and Astronomy. It is a preliminary stage for every aspiring student to be eligible for INO and its further stages. As per the INO 2014 Eligibility Criteria, students of class XII are eligible for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Astronomy, and class X students for Junior Science. A student who scores the Minimum Admissible Score (MAS) required by NSE is eligible for the next stage of the test.
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2. Indian National Olympiad (INO): The INO for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and Junior Science is organized by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) at 15 centers in the country. The only eligibility criterion at this stage is getting short listed by appearing in the NSE and achieving the minimum score in the preferred subject.
3. Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC): After the two tests, the third stage is OCSC which is held in the month of April-June for 2-3 weeks. Only the short listed candidates from the INO stage are eligible for OCSC, no other criterion is preferred. In this stage students have to give theoretical and experimental tests regarding which orientation is conducted. There are 60% marks for theoretical test and 40% for experiments, which in total are calculated to generate the overall short listing score of a candidate. On the basis of the score in OCSC Top 5 students in Physics, 4 in Chemistry and 4 in Biology are declared to be special awarded and are given Rs5000 each in the form of books and cash. Astronomy and junior science also have special prizes based on the performance.
4. Training for Indian Teams for International Olympiad at HBCSE: Students selected from OCSC at this stage have to go through rigorous training both in practical and theories. Training for Chemistry and Biology is a two-week programme, whereas Physics training is a bit long. For Astronomy and Junior Science the training is of one week.
5. International Olympiad: After the four stages of competition, selected students are now eligible to participate at International level Olympiads. Every year a team of 5 students, two teacher leaders and one observer represents India at international Physics, Astronomy and Junior Science Olympiad.
For Biology and Chemistry a team of 4 students along with teacher and observer are selected to represent India at International Olympiad level.
The NSE syllabus is mostly similar to the senior secondary level (Class XI and Class XII) of CBSE. Below is a rough guideline for NSE/INO 2014 Exam pattern.
Part- A(180 marks)
50 multiple choice questions
English, Hindi or other regional language (depend upon the IAPT)
(A1)- 40 questions, with one of the four options correct
(A2)- 10 questions, with one or more than one correct option. No incorrect options should be marked
Part-B (60 marks)
5 (or 6) questions which are problems or short-answer type. All questions carry equal marks.
Part- A and B
80 multiple choice questions
80 multiple choice questions (emphasis on Physics and Mathematics)
The National level Olympiad- INO is held each year to identify talented science students across India. Also these are the most important and basic criteria to qualify for International Olympiads. Students must also refer to INO 2014 Selection Procedure and INO 2014 Eligibility Criteria for all the relevant information about the procedure and their eligibility.
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