National Science Talent Search Examination is conducted by Unified Council, which stresses on improvement through exams by checking the understanding rather than the facts. NSTSE measures the concept understanding of a student and help them improve. The examination is open for all students in classes 2nd to 12th and students who perform well at school, city and national level are awarded cash prizes along with medals, mementoes, gifts and certificates. The syllabus for the examination is again picked up from the curriculum of CBSE/ICSE and State boards and provides detailed skill-wise feedback highlighting strengths and weaknesses of the student.
The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is a scholarship program examination started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The exam aims to identify and encourage students who are studying basic sciences to take up research career in science. Class 11th and 12th students are eligible to apply for this scholarship exam, which is held in two stages. The first stage includes an aptitude test and the selected candidates are required to appear for an interview to clear the final stage, based on the marks of each stage the fellowship is awarded to the successful students. The fellowships are offered up to the pre-Ph.D. level studies or 5 years whichever is earlier in basic science subjects.
International Olympiad of Science (iOS) is conducted by Society of Science Education with supported by SilverZone, New Delhi. Through this examination, the organization help students to judge themselves at international levels. Syllabus for the iOS exam, like other Olympiads, is based on the syllabus prescribed by ICSE, CBSE and State boards. Students of classes 1st to 12thare eligible to take the examination. Based on the merit, students are suitably rewarded and are eligible for participation at next levels. It is one of the prestigious examinations that promote science education nationally and internationally.
National Cyber Olympiad is conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF), New Delhi. The organization conducts this examination to encourage cyber readiness and enhance the reasoning and computing skills of students throughout India. The examination is open to the students of classes 2nd to 12th studying in CBSE, ICSE or any other state board. The exam is conducted at two level with first level comprising of 35 multiple choice questions for students in classes 1st to 5th and 50 MCQs for students in 6-12th. There is no negative marking and the question paper is divided into three sections – Mental Ability, Logical and Analytical Reasoning and Computers and IT. Based on the performance in level 1 and the cyber quotient students are awarded suitable recognition and certificate of participation.
National Standard Examination in Astronomy is a 2-stage examination conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). The exam act as the screening examination for selection of students for Astronomy Olympiad Program. Any student born in India after January 1996 and is in standard XII or below it is eligible to take part in it. The exam aim is to judge the knowledge and skills in physics, mathematics and elementary astronomy. It is conducted in English medium and comprises of 80 multiple choice questions and the successful students get eligibility to participate in Indian National Astronomy Olympiad and International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
We hope this list will motivate you to recognize your inclination towards one of the academic subjects and explore the opportunities lying ahead of you. We are sure, with these competitive examinations you can take a leap ahead of your peers.
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