NSEP-2016 Detailed Analysis

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On 27th November 2016, NSEP (National Standard Examination in Physics) – 2016 was exam is conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) at many centers all over the country. NSEP is the stepping stage for selection of aspiring and talented students in the Physics Olympiad Program. The student can move forward to other stages only after clearing this stage.

Eligibility: Only Indian citizens with date of birth between 1 July 1997 and 30 June 2002, both days inclusive and studying in Class XII or lower as of November 30,2017, can apply and appear for NSEP 2016. The student has to himself re-assure his eligibility. At any stage if the student is found to be not eligible for the exam, he/she may be disqualified from the program.

Syllabus: The syllabus for National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) is almost similar as the curriculum of senior secondary level (Class XI and Class XII) of CBSE. However, only basic guideline for the course is mentioned. No detailed syllabus is given for NSEP.

Question Paper: The medium of test was English, although it was also available in Hindi, Bangla Gujarati. It comprised of Single and Multiple choice correct objective type questions. Single Choice objective question, each with only one of the four options correct with 3 marks each and -1 negative marking for incorrect answer while the multiple options correct questions were with 6 marks and no negative marking.

Qualifying for the Second Stage: The basic objective of conducting this test is not focusing on merit but to involve as many students from the country to participate in the exam and try to show and expose their talent. Hence the selection to the stage II examinations i.e.. Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs) is based on the following scheme.

Cutoff: To be eligible to the next level, i.e.. the second stage, it is necessary that a student scores at-least a minimum Admissible Score (MAS) which is 40 % of the maximum score.

Proportional Representation Clause: The maximum number of students that can get to Stage II (INO) in each subject is around 300. These many students are not selected only on the merit basis but also on proportionate basis. This proportion is decided on the base of the number of candidates who appeared for NSE in the previous year from that center in each State or Union Territory (UT) . In case there is a tie at the last position, than all the students competing for the last position will be eligible to move to stage II. However it՚s necessary that the selected students fulfill the eligibility clause laid out above. The total number to be selected from centers in each State for each subject will be displayed on the IAPT and HBCSE website.

Minimum Representation Clause: Notwithstanding the proportional representation clause, the number of students selected for INO from each State and UT must be at least one, provided that the eligibility clause is satisfied.

Merit Clause: As stated above, approximately 300 students are to be selected for second stage. If this does not happen according to MAS, then after selection as per merit, the shortfall from 300 students will be selected based purely on merit without further consideration to proportional representation and minimum representation clauses. In the event of a tie at the last position in the list all students with the same marks at this position will qualify to appear for the Stage II examination.

There will be no other criterion or provision for selection to the Indian National Olympiad Examination (INQs) . All students who qualify to appear for the INPhO get a certificate of merit from IAPT.

Overall Marks Distribution

The paper pattern was same as last year. It comprised of single and Multiple-choice correct objective type questions. It had 6o Single choice objective question, each with only one of the four options correct with 3 marks each and -1 negative marking for incorrect answer while 10 multiple options correct questions were with 6 marks and no negative marking.

Table of Overall Marks Distribution
SubjectClass 11Class 12Total
No of QuestionsTotal MarksNo of QuestionsTotal MarksNo of QuestionsTotal Marks

Overall Difficulty Level Analysis

In this analysis we have rated every question on a scale of 1 to 3. The individual ratings are averaged to calculate overall difficulty level.

Table of Overall Difficulty Level Analysis
Difficulty LevelNumber of QuestionTotal Marks
Grand Total70240
Aggregate Difficulty1.20

That paper was relatively on the simpler side from previous year. While 198 marks can be considered easy, 39 marks paper was moderate and only 3 marks paper was tough.

Overall, that paper was on simpler side compared last year.

Question Wise Difficulty Breakup

Question Wise Difficulty Breakup

Topic Wise Analysis

Physics Analysis

There are all Physics subject units as following: Chemistry 27 units. There is around total 100 % weightage for all units While high 15.00 % weightage can be considered for Fluid and 7.50 % to 1.25 % weightage for Current Electricity, Friction and other Physics units.

Table of Physics Units Wise Analysis
Unit & Topic NameNo of QuestionsTotal Marks% Weightage
Physics7070100.00 %
Alternating current3125.00 %
Calorimetry, Thermal Expansion293.75 %
Centre of Mass, Momentum & Collision262.50 %
Current Electricity6187.50 %
Electro Magnetic Field393.75 %
Electrostatics4187.50 %
Fluid103615.00 %
Friction131.25 %
Geometrical Optics393.75 %
Gravitation262.50 %
KTG & 1st Law of Thermodynamics393.75 %
Mathematical Tolls (Vectors)131.25 %
Modern Physics-2 (Nuclear Physics)262.50 %
Newton՚s laws of Motion131.25 %
Projectile Motion162.50 %
Rectilinear Motion262.50 %
Relative Motion131.25 %
Rotation (Rigid Body Dynamics)131.25 %
Semi Conductor3125.00 %
Simple Harmonic Motion5187.50 %
Sound Waves4125.00 %
String Waves131.25 %
Unit & Dimension293.75 %
Wave Optics131.25 %
Wave Optics (Light waves – Young՚s experiment)131.25 %
Wave Optics (Polarization)131.25 %
Work, Power & Energy131.25 %
Grand Total70240100.00 %

Expected Cutoff:

To be eligible to get to the next level, i.e.. the second stage, it is necessary that a student scores at- least a Minimum Admissible Score (MAS) which is 40 % of the maximum score.

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