NSEP Syllabus 2020
Updated on Dec 31, 2019 - 8:35 a.m. IST by Maniprabha.singh
#CBSE Class 12th

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 in November 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

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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Ive passed class 11th commerce CBSE but now I want a science stream, can I change my stream in 12th class by changing board or anything? I dont want to repeat class 11th.

lubhan cherwoo 21st Feb, 2020
The only possible way you can make the transition is if you change your board ie you can shift from CBSE to State Board,but I do not recommend such a change as to study science you need to have a strong background of which class 11 science is a base to class 12 either you have to work very hard or you shouldn't take the risk ,if you do take the change make sure to work on that with full mind.

The other thing that you can do is further you career in commerce and make the variation to courses like Bcom,BBA LLB,BBA/BMS,BCA(IT and Software), diploma,etc

You can also opt for a course primary diploma outside India in some other field of interest.

i am not able to study my class 12 accountancy subject... on march 5, i have my exam.... please anyone suggest some tips to coverup everything

Shivangini Bhatt 20th Feb, 2020
You can try studying all entries first and try solving maximum sample papers , because sample papers will cover your most syllabus in a very less time.

i completed my schooling from mp , but i dont have domicile....my parents are from bihar....what would be my home state then? and what should i do?

AnkiT KunwaR 11th Feb, 2020

If you have completed you schooling and have done your 10th and 12th from a school in Madhyapradesh then you can easily get a domicile of MP.Simoly apply online with affidavit at loksevadatia@gmail.com or visit the Lokseva Kendra.

I hope this helps.

CBSE 11th available in Avadi Chinmaya School

AYAN MULLA 3rd Feb, 2020


If im not wrong you are talking about VGN Chinmaya Vidyalaya School, Avadi which is situated in tamil nadu> this is a private unaided school affiated to cbse and co-ed.

The classes are from LKG(LOWER KINDERGARTEN) to class 10th.

you can refer this link https://school.careers360.com/schools/vgn-chinmaya-vidyalaya-avadi



which is the best reference book for class 12 cbse students as objective and boards.

Aman Raj Student Expert 28th Jan, 2020


HC Verma and Xam Idea. H C Verma is a must-have and the go-to book for Class 12 Physics. Apart from it, S L Arora, Pradeep’s and Xam Idea are other great options. W

Pradeep’s Chemistry. Pradeep’s Chemistry is really helpful. You can also use OP Tandon as a good and dependable reference. However, do not neglect your NCERT book. Refer to these other books only when you have finished revising the NCERT book thoroughly.

RS Aggarwal & M L Khanna. For commerce students, Part 1 and 2 by R D Sharma has a great collection of problems. You could also refer to U-Like papers as Mathematics is one of the most scoring subjects and you certainly don’t want to miss that opportunity.

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