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IAPT is a grass-root organization working for the upgradation of Physics teaching and Physics teachers by conducting various academic programmes and activities, throughout the country.
National Standard Examination (NSE)
National Standard Examination (NSE) conducted by IAPT in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Junior Science is the first stage for the international Olympiad.

All further stage are conducted by Homi Bhabha Certer for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai.

After NSE examination, next step for the eligible students is the Indian National Olympiad (INO) examination in the respective subjects. (For eligibility refer to students brochure. Statewise quota is available here.)

In case of difficulty, students / parents can contact nearest person from this list.

List of NSE - 2019 center

National Standard Examination At 12th level -

National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP), conducted every year since 1987, has become the most 'visible' activity of IAPT. It is a voluntary examination. More than 2,00,000 students at about 1,500 centres appeared in this examination. A number of them are in towns and villages also. The participation, purely voluntary, offers an opportunity to measure one's standing against a national standard. NSEP is not linked to any entrance or scholarship award. Students are allowed to take away the question paper and the solutions are provided to them after a week. The NSEP is carried out in English, Hindi & a few other Indian languages.


Gold medalists in NSEP, after they complete their education, may join DAE directly through interview without appearing in their entrance test.


A number of scholarships (subject to a maximum of 10) have been instituted to encourage students to take-up physics as a career. Those who seek admission in B.Sc. (with physics) after NSEP are eligible for these scholarships.

National Standard Examination in Chemistry / Biology / Astronomy / Junior Science

We organize National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC) and National Standard examination in Biology (NSEB) in collaboration with ACT (Association of Chemistry Teachers) and ATBS (Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences). Both these exams are also at the Std. XII level.

National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA) is examination leading to International Astronomy & Astrophysics Olympiads.

National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) is examination leading to International Junior Science Olympiads.

Click here to know about NSEJS 2020

National Standard Examination At B.Sc. level -

National Graduate Physics Examination (NGPE), is conducted on similar lines as NSEP.


S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, allows direct admission to toppers in NGPE, after an interview, in their integrated Ph.D. programme.


A number of scholarships (subject to a maximum of 5) have been instituted to encourage students to take-up physics as a career. Those who seek admission in M.Sc. (physics) after NGPE, are eligible for these scholarships.

NGPE documents can be downloaded from here



Dr. B. P. Tyagi

0135 2787020, +91 9837123716

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NGPE Question Paper 2014

NGPE Solutions 2014

Due to Covid 19 The whole programme of centre registration and student enrolment has been delayed. Examination is most likely to be held somewhere after December 31, 2020. May be in January or February 21. For all informations be in touch with website.
Prof B P Tyagi
Chief Coordinator (Examination)

NOTE: The Answers / solutions given below correspond to the question papers displayed here. In Other versions, these questions / answers may have different positions.

Please click to download question papers for 2015 - 2016.

NSEP - Question paper

NSEP - Answer Key

NSEC - Question paper

NSEC - Answer Key

NSEB - Question paper

NSEB - Answer Key

NSEA - Question paper

NSEA - Answer Key

NSEJS - Question paper

NSEJS - Answer Key

We regret for some confusion in QP codes by which the code on some question papers could not be entered on OMR answer sheet by filling appropriate bubbles. In such cases students were instructed to write QP code on the OMR answer sheet.

During evaluation, we will take care of all such answer sheets.

  1. Poster
  2. Brochures
  3. Question papers
  4. Final Answer keys

  1. Poster
  2. Brochures
  3. Question papers
  4. Final Answer keys

  1. Question papers
  2. Final Answer keys
  3. List of students selected for INO

NSE - 2016-17
  1. The question and answer keys NSE 2016-17

NSE - 2014-15
  1. Students Brochure 2014