National Standard Examination in Physics

National Standard Examination in Physics

The National Standard Examination in Physics or NSEP is an examination in physics for higher secondary school students, usually conducted in the end of November. The examination is organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers. Over 30,000 students, sit for this examination.



The examination is intended for students in 11th and 12th standard.


The top 1% students from this examination are selected to sit for the Indian National Physics Olympiad. The theory part of the examination is held in the last week of January. The top 55 or so students are then called for a Practical Examination, and the top 30 among all students are selected for the International Physics Olympiad Training Camp.


The NSEP comprises both multiple choice questions and subjective questions. Due to the large volume of participating students, all questions are not checked for all candidates; subjective questions are checked for only those candidates scoring above a certain minimum in the multiple choice questions. Multiple choice questions carry about 60% of the total weightage and are the crucial determinant for selection to the next stage.


The fee for the NSEP is about Rs. 75. Application for this examination is typically handled through the school/college to which the student is affiliated.

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