International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is an annual event  open to students of all countries in the world.The physics olympiad programme in India aim to promote excellence in physics at the pre-university stage and to select and train participants for the IPhO. In India it is jointly organised by two very prestigious bodies namely IAPT ( Indian Association of Physics Teachers)  and HBCSE ( Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education). It’s a five stage process leading to International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), Stage I will be entirely the responsibility of IAPT. All the remaining stages will be organized by the HBCSE. The physics olympiad programme in India follows  the following 5 stages:
  • Stage I: National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP)
  • Stage II: Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO)
  • Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in physics,
  • Stage IV: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IPhO,
  • Stage V: Participation in International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)


  • Open to students of all countries in the world.
  • All Indian students who are born on or after July 1, 1995 and, in addition, are in Class XII or lower as of November 30, 2014, are eligible to appear for NSEP 2014 – 2015
  • Students who have passed Class XII are not eligible to enroll for NSEP.
  • If they qualify in the NSEP, they will be eligible for subsequent stages leading to participation in International Physics Olympiad.


  • All students who qualify NSEP ( Stage I)  to appear for the INPhO (Stage II) will get a certificate of merit from IAPT (around 300 students)
  • On the basis of performance in INPhO, the top 35 students in the merit list will be selected for Stage III: Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in physics.. The camp will include several theoretical and experimental tests.
  • The top 5 students in the OCSC physics merit list are declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees are given Rs. 5,000/- each in the form of books and cash. In addition there are special prizes to recognize meritorious performance in theory and experiments
  • The selected 5 member  Indian team undergoes a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiments.
  • The 5 member student team, 2 teacher leaders and 1 scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO).


Comprises of Part A  & Part Bo PartA- 50 MCQ type questions for 180 marks o Part B - 5 (or 6) questions which are problems or short-answer type for 60 marks.


The syllabus for NSEP is broadly  equivalent to the senior secondary level (Class XI and Class XII) of CBSE Physics.


  • Date of NSEP (Stage I)       :    November 2014
  • Date of  INPhO (Stage II) :    February 2015
  • Orientation cum Selection Camp (Stage III) : May 2015
  • International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) : July  2015