The Junior Science Olympiad program follows the following 5 stages:
|Stage I: NSEA||Last/second Last Sunday of November.|
|Stage II: INAO||Last week of January|
|Stage III: OCSC||April – June|
|Stage IV: PDT||July - November|
|Stage V: INAA||July – December|
Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the Olympiad programme must enroll for NSE. NSEs are held at a large number of centres in the country usually in the last week of November. All students of Class XII or below (science stream) are eligible to appear for NSEs. A student may appear for more than one Olympiad as per the examination schedule. Students who have passed Class XII are not eligible.
Astronomy: For the Junior level, students should be in Class IX. For the Senior level, students should be in Class X or Class XI. NSE emphasizes comprehension of the subject, not rote memory.
Qualifying for the Second Stage & cutoff:
Indian National Junior Science Olympiad is organized every year by HBCSE at about 15 centres in the country. Indian National Junior Science Olympiad is the second step that offers an opportunity for Indian students to represent India in world-wide championships. It is organized jointly by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) and Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).