NSEP Syllabus 2020- Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) has provided the details of NSEP 2020 syllabus. Students are advised to cover CBSE Physics Class XI and Class XII syllabus to prepare for National Standard Examination in Physics. The syllabus of NSEP 2020 contains the important topics that students should cover for the exam. NSEP syllabus includes chapters of CBSE Class 11th & 12th physics such as Current Electricity, Electro-Magnetic Field, Geometrical Optics and more. Besides, students can refer to NCERT syllabus of 11th & 12th for more details information on topics and sub-topics. National Standard Examination 2020 in Physics will be conducted on November 22, 2020, to analyze the candidate's theoretical and experimental skills. Based on the last year's paper analysis by various coaching institutes, we have provided the syllabus of NSEP exam below. Read the entire content to know about the NSEP 2020 syllabus in detail-

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NSEP Syllabus 2020

ChaptersImportant TopicsTotal Marks as per the last year's analysis by Resonance
Geometrical OpticsLens, Refraction by spherical surface, Refraction by Prism, Spherical mirror, Refraction in general, Refraction at the plane surface and TIR39
Alternating currentPower consumed in an AC circuit, Resonance12
CapacitorA capacitor with dielectric, Combination of Capacitors6
Centre of mass, momentum & collisionHead-on collision, Motion of com12
Circular MotionKinematics of circular motion, Circular motion in a vertical plane9
Current ElectricityInstruments, Power, energy, battery, EMF, terminal voltage & Kirchhoff's law21
Electro Magnetic Fieldmagnetic 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 charge21
Electro-Magnetic InductionSelf-inductance EMF & magnetic energy density3
ElectrostaticsCoulomb's law, Electric potential and potential difference, Flux calculation and gauss's law, Conductor and it's properties, Electric pressure12
Semi-ConductorDiode, Logic Gates, Transistors12
Work, power, EnergyWork done by a variable force, work energy theorem12
Simple harmonic MotionEquation of SHM, Spring mass system9
ThermodynamicsFirst law of thermodynamics, Root mean square velocity, kinetic energy9
Heat TransferThermal conduction in linear conductors9
Modern physics-1Electronic transition in the h/h-like atom/species, Photoelectric effect, X-ray9
Newton's law of MotionCalculation of force and acceleration6
FluidArchimedes principle and force of buoyancy6
Rectilinear MotionEquation of motion and motion under gravity6
Sound WaveDoppler effect, Organ pipes and resonance6
GravitationUniversal law of gravitation3
RotationMoment of inertia3
Surface TensionExcess pressure in drops and bubble3
Wave opticsYDSE with monochromatic light3

NSEP Exam Pattern 2020

  • NSEP Exam pattern provides an insight of the marking scheme, type of questions asked., negative marking and much more.
  • The test duration is 02 hours.
  • NSEP 2020 question paper is divided into two parts, part A1 and A2.
  • Part A1 has 60 questions weighing 180 marks and part A2 has 10 questions weighing 60 marks.
  • There will be a negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer.


No. of questions

Total Marks



180 marks (3 marks each question)



60 marks (6 marks per question)



240 marks

How to use NSEP Syllabus 2020 for Better Preparation?

Here are a few steps you can take to prepare yourself for the exam by using the NSEP 2020 syllabus:

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  1. Analyse the NSEP 2020 syllabus: Students need to take a complete look at the syllabus of NSEP exam and important topics. They need to segregate the topics they know and don’t know and then make a study plan accordingly. It is also advised not to leave anything. Besides, cover the high-weightage topics prior to less important topics.
  2. Strategize the study plan: After segregating the topics, it is important to strategise how students will go about the preparation. It is advised to start early and prepare all topics of NSEP Syllabus at least a month before the exam.
  3. Use NCERT Books: Candidates should follow the NCERT books and prepare for the topics of NSEP 2020 syllabus. Test takers should also use reference books and go for more advanced topics once they are done with the syllabus.
  4. Solve Last year's question papers- IPAT releases the previous year NSEP question papers and answer key. Candidates can download them and practice with various kind of questions asked in the exam. These question papers are available on the official website of IAPT.
  5. Follow Right Refrence Books: Students should also follow the Reference books for CBSE Class 12th Physics to know the different types of questions and detailed NSEP syllabus 2020. These books cover all sub-topics.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NSEP Syllabus 2020 - Check IAPT NSEP Syllabus Here

Question: Is there any negative marking in NSEP 2020?


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

Question: What is NSEP?


NSEP stands for National Standard Examination in Physics. NSEP Exam will be held by IAPT

Question: Which is tougher, KVPY or NSEP?


NSEP is tougher than KVPY. 

Question: When can I apply for NSEP 2020?


NSEP Registration 2020 will start in August 2020 online on iapt.org.in.

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harsh Student Expert 23rd May, 2020

Hello dear

I am providing you a link from which you access to the all syllabus and you can download it for every subjects like physics , chemistry ,maths, language ,business and other subjects.


So look for the post for which you want the syllabus .

Good luck


I just want to ask that if a student of cbse class 12th 2020 predicted the score of chemistry -70/100 biology 79/100 and in physics ge predicted 21/70 so CBSE can give him gracing by seeing others subject marks???

Rehan Alam Student Expert 5th Apr, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

No, your marks from other subjects will not have any impact on the marks in other subject. However, it is being noticed that the physics paper of 2020 was a bit on the tougher side and whenever such things happens, CBSE do lenient marking so if you are sure of 21 marks, you might as well expect passing marks.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


I can get below 75% in 12th 2019, then i go for improvement exams for all 5 subjects in 2020, but i give only 1 subject exam due to some personal reasons and absent in other 4,, then I eligible to give improvement exams in 2021.

Megha 3rd Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant !

As per the CBSE , improvement exam. can be taken only in the successive year of passing Class XII exams

So , you cannot appear for the exam in 2021.

For more information you can visit :

Hope it helps !


may i know the exam date of history 315 sr.secondary

Manish Singh 25th Mar, 2020

After the cancellation of the open board 12th class examination till 31st March, a new date sheet has been announced by the National institute for Open Schooling on its official website. According to it the  exam date for History 315 for class 12 is 9th April


12 compartment student take admission in any college of b.tech. after complete compartment exam.

Soham sengupta 19th Mar, 2020


actually it is not possible to take admission in any college of BTech after just completing your 10 + 2 compartment exam. You have to  give the exam of of any joint entrance examination for  engineering or similar like this. You have to pass on this examination and if you have a good rank you can take admission in good colleges. Don't worry if you have not a good rank you can take admission in private colleges also with low ranks also.

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