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About Indian National Olympiad (INO)

Indian National Olympiad (INO) 2020 Programme refers to a systematic activity supported by the Government of India to select and train Indian teams for various International Olympiads. Candidates who willing to participate in the Indian National Olympiad (INO) 2020 are required to clear the first stage i.e. NSE (National Standard Examination). The National Standard Examination is conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). Candidates who cleared the first stage will be eligible to participate in the second stage i.e. Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC).

In the Orientation Cum Selection Camp which is conducted by HBCSE, students are trained by subject experts and marked on their performance in both theory and practical experiments. The duration of the camp is generally somewhere between 1 and 2 weeks. The schedule of OCSC is given below, scroll the page to view the schedule.

  • Last Date of Registration: 15 January 2020

Indian National Olympiad (INO)

INO (Indian National Olympiad) Schedule 2020


Date of Exam

Indian National Astronomy Olympiad (INAO) (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)

1 February 2020

India National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO) (1:30 pm to 4:30 pm)

1 February 2020

Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (INChO) (1:30 pm to 4:30 pm)

1 February 2020

Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO) (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)

2 February 2020

Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO) (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)

2 February 2020

INO 2020 Provisional Answer Key Release

4 February 2020

Last Date of Challenging the Answer Key

10 February 2020

Final Answer key for INO 2020

20 February 2020

INO 2020 Result Announcement, Certificates and OCSC list

3 March 2020


OCSC (Orientation Cum Selection Camp) Schedule 2020

The number of students to be selected for OCSC (Astronomy) in 2020 will be 15 from Group A (Class 12) and 35 from Group B (Class 11 and lower). The number of students selected for OCSC in all other subjects will be 35

Subjects Dates
Astronomy Sr. 21 April to 08 May 2020
Biology 2 June to 11 June 2020
Chemistry 20 May to 31 May 2020
Junior Science 30 April to 15 May 2020
Physics 19 May to 31 May 2020
Mathematics 15 April to 13 May 2020

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Indian National Olympiad (INO) Eligibility Criteria

Gender Any
Region Across India 
Class/ Age  INO Qualified Candidates

Eligibility for INO Astronomy / Biology / Chemistry / Physics Olympiad

  • Candidate must be an Indian citizen.
  • Candidate’s Date of Birth has to be between 1 July 2000 and 30 June 2005, both days inclusive.
  • The candidate must not have completed Class 12 examination earlier than 30 November 2019.
  • The candidates must not have pursued (or planning to commence) studies in a university or equivalent institution by 1 June 2020.
  • Candidates must not be appearing in NSEJS 2019.

Eligibility for INJSO

  • Candidate must be an Indian citizen
  • Candidate's Date of birth between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2006, both days inclusive
  • Candidate must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) Class 10 examination before 30 November 2019.
  • Candidate must not be appearing in any of NSEA, NSEB, NSEC or NSEP 2019

Indian National Olympiad (INO) Reward

Travel Allowance

  • Candidates whose residence is at a distance of less than 100 km from INO centre will be deemed local. Students residing beyond 100 km from the INO centre will be deemed outstation.
  • Local candidates will get a fixed amount of Rs. 150 per day and outstation candidates will get a fixed amount of Rs. 600 as travel allowance.
  • Candidates from north-eastern states are encouraged to select Guwahati as the examination centre. In case Kolkata is the allotted/chosen centre, such students are entitled to Air Travel (Economy Class) by Air India from the nearest airport to Kolkata.
  • Overseas students are not entitled to any traveling allowance.

Accommodation and Boarding

  • No accommodation and boarding will be provided by the local Centre Coordinator for the outstation candidates. However, the Centre Coordinator will try to assist with information about accommodation.
  • Outstation candidates will get a fixed lodging and boarding allowance of Rs.450 per day. No expenses for lodging and boarding for local candidates will be provided.

Indian National Olympiad (INO) Application form and Process

Candidates have to fill the online application form to participate in the INO 2020. The application process of INO 2020 is open. If the candidate has qualified for INO 2020 in one or more subjects, please login using your NSE Roll No. and date of birth. (If you face problems in entering your NSE Roll no., please clear your browser cache and try again.)

Click here to Apply Online

INO 2020 Hall Ticket

Candidates are required to affix their recent passport size photograph in the space provided on the INO 2020 Hall Ticket and bring it at the time of every examination session as applicable in your case. Candidates should also carry a photo ID such as Passport, Adhar Card, etc. as proof of their identity and date of birth. This hall ticket must be preserved and must be presented at the time of OCSC.

INO Exam will be conducted in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Kota, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna and  Ranchi.

INO Hall tickets will be dispatched by email and available on INO website for download from 18 January to 31 January 2020.

INO 2020 Roll Number

Candidate's INO 2020 Roll Number is specified on their Hall Ticket. The roll no. in INO 2020 Hall Ticket is different from the NSE Roll Number. This new Roll Number must be written correctly on all the pages of your INO Question Paper, Answer sheet and performance card and all further correspondence.

Click here to Download INO Brochure 2019-20

Indian National Olympiad (INO) Selection Process

Candidates who willing to represent India in the International Olympiad in the field of Junior Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, and Math are required to clear all national level stages. Such candidates have to clear the NSE examination which is conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). Successful candidates will move to the second stage i.e. INO (Indian National Olympiad). Those candidates who will perform well in the INO will be moved to the next stage i.e. Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) which is conducted by HBCSE. In OCSC, candidates will be trained by subject experts and marked on their performance in both theory and practical experiments. And few candidates from OCSC will be selected for representing India in International Olympiad.

Indian National Olympiad (INO)

All candidates selected to appear for INOs must register themselves on HBCSE’s INO registration portal. Only the registered candidate will be issued a letter of selection and admit card for INO.

In the case of Maths subject, the steps included will be Pre RMO, RMO, INMO, IMOTC, and lastly IMO. 


First Stage

Second Stage

Third Stage

Fourth Stage

Fifth stage

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Number of Candidates Selected for OCSC

International Olympiad No. of Candidates
International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) 5
International Biology Olympiad (IBO) 4
International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) 4
International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) 6
International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 5


INO Syllabus

  • Biology / Chemistry / Physics: The syllabus for INO is broadly equivalent to the senior secondary level (up to Class XII) of CBSE in the respective subject.
  • Astronomy: The syllabus for INAO is broadly equivalent to the senior secondary level (up to Class XII) of CBSE in Physics and Mathematics (calculus not included), elementary popular astronomy and basic knowledge of night sky observation.
  • Junior Science: The syllabus for INJSO is broadly equivalent to the secondary level (up to Class X) of CBSE.
  • For all the INOs, questions and problems are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to International Olympiads.

INO 2020 Examination Centre


Examination Centre


St. Xavier's College, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat - 380 051


V.V.S. First Grade College, Mangaladhama, II Block, III Stage, Near Canara Bank, Basaveshwaranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka - 560 079


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal, Indore Bypass Road, Bhauri, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh - 462 023


B.J.B. Junior College, District Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (Orissa) - 751 014


Dept. of Physics, Panjab University, Sector 14, Chandigarh, Chandigarh - 160 014


Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), Plot H 1, Sipcot IT Park, Siruseri, Kelambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 603 103


Indian Statistical Institute, 7 SJS Sansanwal Marg, Opposite Katwaria Sarai (near Indian Bank), New Delhi, Delhi - 110016


Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam - 781039


Atomic Energy Central School 2, D. A. E. Colony, E. C. I. L. Post, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500 062


India International School, Kshipra Path, Opposite V.T. Road, Mansarovar, Jaipur, Rajasthan - 302 020


National Gems Higher Secondary School, 4/5 Dr A. K. Pal Road, Behala, Kolkata, West Bengal - 700 034


Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala - 682 022


Bhuvnesh Bal Vidyalaya, Kota-Baran National Highway, Kota, Rajasthan - 324 001


Montfort Inter College, Mahanagar, Opp Tender Hearts School, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh - 226 006


Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400 088


Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), South Ambazari Road, NAGPUR, Maharashtra - 440022


Gyanodaya Gurukul, Rajdhani Nagar, Gola Road, Off-West Bailey Road, Patna, Bihar - 800 001


Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali Colony, Doranda, Ranchi, Jharkhand - 834 002


Other Important Details related to INO 2020

  • Candidates who considered for selection to the Indian team for international Olympiad must have a valid Indian Passport before the beginning of the respective Orientation-cum-Selection Camp (OCSC). The expiry date of the passport should be no sooner than six months after the conclusion of the relevant International Olympiad.
  • Also, the selection of the members to the Indian team is subject to satisfying requirements such as age limit, parental and institutional consent, etc.
  • It is the student's responsibility to determine that he/she satisfies eligibility norms. If at some later stage it is found that the student does not meet eligibility norms, he/she may face disqualification from the programme. The student will be required to provide a copy of her/his valid Indian passport at the beginning of OCSC, should the student be selected for OCSC.
  • In Astronomy/ Biology/ Chemistry/ Physics INO exams candidates can carry Non-programmable scientific calculators.
  • In Junior Science INO exam, No calculator of any kind will be allowed.
  • No other computational aid or electronic equipment such as Graphing Calculators, Mobile phones, Smart-watches, Pagers, log tables, slide rules etc. are allowed.

Indian National Olympiad (INO) Contact Details

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education(TIFR)
V. N. Purav Marg,
Next to Anushakti Nagar bus depot,
Mankhurd, Mumbai - 400 088

Phone & Email:

  • 2507 2322 (Science Olympiads), scioly@hbcse.tifr.res.in
  • 2507 2207 (Mathematical Olympiad), matholy@hbcse.tifr.res.in

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