The International Junior Science Olympiad
The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is an annual individual and team competition in the natural sciences for fifteen -year-old students. It has been established in recognition of the significance of the natural sciences in the general education of young people and in all aspects of their lives. It is a purely educational event. No country may have its delegation excluded from participation on political grounds, lack of diplomatic relations, lack of recognition by the government of the organizing country, imposed embargoes or similar reasons. When difficulties preclude formal invitation of the delegation representing a country, student from such a country should be invited to participate as individual delegations. Religious or political propaganda against any person or country or disruption of any aspect of the IJSO is strictly forbidden. Participation in the IJSO either by a host country, a delegation or an observer signifies acceptance of the statutes and all other accepts of the IJSO.
The objectives of the IJSO
- To stimulate the active interest of students in the natural sciences.
- To promote their career as scientists.
- To enhance and develop international contacts in the natural sciences.
- To promote future scientific collaboration.
- To encourage the formation of friendships within the scientific community.
- To offer the opportunity to compare the syllabi and educational trends in science education within the participating countries.
The aims of the IJSO
- To promote and reward the pursuit of excellence in scientific endeavor.
- To challenge and stimulate gifted science students to develop their talents.
- To select the top young science student teams at the annual IJSO.
- To encourage continued participation in the study of the natural sciences.
- To create the friendship and relationship among students around the world from his/her early age.
The Junior Science Olympiad program will follow the following 5 stages:
- Stage I:National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS),
- Stage II:Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO),
- Stage III:Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in junior science,
- Stage IV:Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IJSO,
- Stage V:Participation in International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).
Stage I will be entirely the responsibility of IAPT. All the remaining stages will be organized by the HBCSE.
The detailed information about eligibility and structure of the stages is given below:
NSEJS is the first stage of selection of students in the Junior Science Olympiad Programme. NSEJS is organised by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the programme must enroll for NSEJS. NSEJS is held at a large number of centres in the country.
All Indian students who are born on or after January 1, 1996 and, in addition, are in Class X or lower as of November 30, 2010, are eligible to appear in NSEJS 2010 – 2011. If they qualify in the NSEJS, they will be eligible for subsequent stages leading to participation in International Junior Science Olympiad 2011.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the eligibility criteria are satisfied. In case at any stage of the program it is found that the student does not satisfy the eligibility criteria, he/she may be disqualified from the program.
The syllabus for NSEJS will be broadly equivalent to the secondary school level (upto Class X) of CBSE. The different basic subjects of science (physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics) will have roughly equal emphasis.
This is only a broad guideline, and there is no detailed syllabus given for NSEJS.
NSEJS will emphasize comprehension of the subject, not rote memory. Its format will be as follows:
The question paper will consist of 80 multiple choice questions, each with only one of the four options correct.
Language : English.
Based on performance in NSEJS, the top 300 students in order of merit qualify to appear for the Second Stage of the Olympiad programme INJSO. In case there is a tie at the last position, all students with the same marks at this last position qualify for INJSO.
All students who qualify to appear for INJSO get a certificate of merit from IAPT.
For any queries or clarifications and for any difficulties regarding enrollment for NSEJS, please contact:
Prof. M. L. Oglapurkar
IAPT Office, I.I.E. Campus,
128/2, J. P. Naik Marg, Kothrud, Pune - 411 038.
Tel : (Off.) 020 - 25420163.
(9:00 AM to 7:00 PM)
Chief Co-ordinator (IAPT Examinations)
INJSO will be organized by HBCSE at about 15 centres in the country.
Students selected from Stage I examination (NSEJS) are eligible to appear for INJSO. In addition those students who have been exempted as described in the Enrollment page are also eligible to appear for INJSO. Besides these two ways, there is no other way by which a student becomes eligible to appear for INJSO.
The syllabus for INJSO will be broadly similar to NSEJS. The syllabus is, however, only a broad guideline. Questions and problems in National Olympiads are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to International Olympiads.
On the basis of performance in INJSO, the top 35 students in the merit list will be selected for Stage III: Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Junior Science.In the event, there is a tie at the last position, all students with the same marks at this last position will qualify for OCSC in Junior Science.
There will be no other criterion or provision for selection to OCSC.
OCSC in Junior Science will be organized by HBCSE sometime in April to June for 2-3 weeks. The precise dates will be announced prior to or along with the announcement of the selection list for the OCSC.
Only the students selected from the merit list of Stage II (INJSO) will be eligible for OCSC in Junior Science. There will be no other criterion or provision.The camp will include several theoretical and experimental tests. Orientation will be provided to students especially in experiments. The camp will conclude with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists will be invited to speak to the students.The merit list of OCSC in Junior Science will be prepared on the basis of the combined theoretical and experimental score aggregated over all the tests in the camp, with 60% weightage for theory and 40% weightage for experiment. Performance in previous stages (NSEJS and INJSO) will not be a consideration for the merit list and awards of the OCSC.
The top 6 in the OCSC Junior Science merit list will be declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees will be given Rs. 5,000 each in the form of books and cash. In addition, there will be special prizes to recognize meritorious performance in theory and experiments.
The 6 special merit awardees in Junior Science selected at the end of the OCSC will constitute the 6 member student team for the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) , provided they satisfy required criteria such as age limit, holding valid Indian passport, medical fitness, parental consent, etc.
The selected 6 member student team will undergo a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment. Special laboratories are being developed at HBCSE for the purpose of experimental training. Resource persons from HBCSE and different institutions across the country will train the students.
The 6 member student team and 3 teacher leaders will constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) .
The 8th IJSO will be held in Durban, South Africa tentatively in December 2011.
- Science Skills and Safety :
- Pushes and Pulls :
- Survival in the Enveronment:
- Solid, Liquids & Gases:
- How Life Begins:
- Solving Problems in Science:
- Acids and Bases:
- Interdiciplinary "Space" Studying the Universe:
- Materials from the Earth:
- Science & Technology:
- Keeping Healthy:
- Batteries and Bulbs:
- Atoms and molecules:
- Cycles in Nature:
- What are Things made of:
- Global Consumer Science:
- Science and the Road:
- Interdiciplinary "The Body" Life Goes On:
- Light and Color:
- Forensic Science:
- Mathematics Ability:
Understanding scientific methods and working in the laboratory.
Identify and use basic laboratory equipment
Draw scientific diagrams of apparatus
Follow intructions inthe laboratory
Follow safety techniques when using equipment
Measure temperature and volume
Make observations using the five senses
Make inferences based on observations
Describe the scientific method
Record a science experiment using standard headings
Collect, represent and interpret data in tables and graphs
Use scientific language
Understanding of what forces are and what they can do
Describe what forces are and what they can do
Measure forces using a spring balance
Carry out experiments with friction, graity and density.
Calculate the density of an object
Explain the difference batween mass and weight
Explain things in terms of the pull of gravity
Say what friction is and explain how it can be helpful or a nuisance.
Understanding of how physical and behavioural adaptations help animals survive.
List characteristics that help an organism survive
Define the terms habitat and adaptation
Distinguish between an animal's living ang physical environment
Listthe physical conditions that affect aquatic animals
Classify adaptations as structural or behavioural
Make inferences from observations
Research, carry out and write up a study of a particular environment.
Understanding of the differences between solids, liquids and gases.
Describe the three states of matter
Recall the boiling point of water and the melting point of ice
Measure the temperature of melting ice
Draw simple graphs
Measure mass using a balance
Calculate the density of materials
Use a particle model
Understanding of how our bodies senses help us respond to our environment.
Describe the various senses in our body
Define the terms stimulus and respond and how they relate
Describe how nerves carry massages
Explain how muscles move arms and legs
Investigate the senses
Investigate how fast our muscles react
Understanding of the different types of energy and energy changes.
Describe what energy is and where it comes from
Indentify and describe the various forms of energy
Understand how sound is caused
Explain the difference between stored energy in action
Explain everyday happenings in terms in energy changes
Understand that fossil fuels are a non-renewable resource
Conduct an experiment involving energy changes
Use different forms of energy to make an object move
Understanding of how new life is created in humans.
Describe the diffrences between animal and plant cell
Describe the sex cell of humans
Describe the human reproductive organs
Understand the changes that take place in boy's and girl's bodies during puberty
Observe the development of a baby during pregnancy
Understanding the scientific method.
Describe the scientific method
Write up report of experiments
Design an experiment using the scientific method
Test a hypotesis by doing an experiment
Understanding what are acids and bases.
Describe the properties of acids and bases
Understand ph and its practical uses define neutralisation
Use and make indicators
Use ph paper to check acidity
Use acids and bases safely
Apply knowledge of acids and bases to everyday situations
To be aware of the formation and effect of acid rain
Understanding our solar system and space exploration.
Know the order of the planets
Describe key features of each planet
Distinguish between comet, asteroids and meteors
Describe spiral, elliptical and irregular galaxies
Explain the significance of star color
Indentify major constellations
Be aware of the impact of spsce exploration
Make scale model of planets
Design and make a space mobile or building from recycled materials
Plot posisitions of stars
Understanding natural resources, where they are found and what they are used for.
Name useful substances made from natural materials eg glass and concrete
Understand what natural resources are
Find out whether or not natural resources are renewable
Present information on renewable resources
Understand how fossil feuls, uranium and water are used to provide energy
Understand how materials and rocks are mined and how they are used
Map the locations ofe various mineral resources around the world
Understanding of how technology has been used to solve probem.
Explain the the difference between science and technology
Find out about some inventors and inventions
Be aware of inventions
Design a test to solve an everyday problem
Carry out a science fair experiment
Research to fined relevant information
Understanding the digestive and circulatory systems.
Explain what the part of the digestive system do during digestion
Use the model to explain how food passes from the small intestine to the bloodstream
Describe the importance of fibre in the diet
Describe how the blood carries food and oxygen to the body cells
Understand the effect of exercise on pulse and breathing rates
Investigate the structure and care of teeth
Describe the structure of the heart and how to take care of it
Understanding of batteries' concept and circuits.
Make simple circuits
Draw circuit diagrams
Know the difference between series and parallel circuits
Describe the properties of conductors and insulators
Understand about resistance and short circuits
Explain how electrical safety device work (fuses and earths)
Understand the rules for using electrical safely
Know the component of electrical plug
Understanding of atoms, molecules, elements and compounds.
Describe the practical theory to explain the properties of solids, liquids and gases
Explain that matter is made of atoms and molecules
Know the name of some commmon molecules
Understand the basic structure of the atom
Describe what elements and componds are
Explain the difference between elements and compounds in termof atoms and molecules
Know the first twenty elements and their symbol from the periodic table
Know about some of the people who discovered different elements
Know the formula of some common compounds
Write a simple word equation
Understanding of food chains and webs
Use food chains to show the link between animals and plants
Describe how bacteria and fungi recycle substances
Know the difference between scavengers and decomposers
Construct food webs
Understanding ofe the concept of the periodic table and the elements covered in Year 2 Atoms and Molecules
Review particle theory, atoms, molecules, elements and compounds
Understand basic patterns of the periodic table
Learn the first 20 elements by symbol and name
Learn to write simple equation
Know the basic structure of the atom, protons, neutrons, electrons
Look at where metals and other important materials come from and what they are used for
Know about alloy
Undestanding how infections disease is caused and transmitted
Describe the microorganisms that cause disease
Know which organism cause common diseases
Understand how our body fights disease
Understand the history of disease and vaccination
Understand about how antibiotics are used to fight disease
Understanding of scientific testing of consumer product and the impact of consumer products on our health and environment.
Use the steps of scentific testing
Understand the difference between objective and subjective testing
Calculate the waste from packaging
Understand how long different substances take to break down
Know about the argument surrounding geneticaly modified foods
Understand the impact of consumer products on our environment
Understanding of Newtons First Law (Inertia), friction, Reaction Time, Acceleration, Car safety.
Understand the main reasons for car accidents
Know about car safety features
Be aware of road safety
Calculate speed and acceleration
Measure raection time
List the factors affecting stopping time
Understanding of human reproduction and inheritance.
Describe the structure and function of the male and female reproductive system
Recognise variation in human characteristics
Describe the role of genes and chromosomes in human inheritance
Use family trees to determine the features of family members
Be able to calculate the chance of children being born male or female using model
Use grids to predict variation in offpring characteristics
Describe genetic enginering and social implications
Understanding of how light and colour are produced.
Explain why things are coloured
List the colours of spectrum
Describe how lomg and short sightedness can be corrected with lenses
Find out how we see colours and why colour blindness occurs
Observe how light travels in straight lines
Investigate how different colours are made
Predict the colour produced when filters are used
Investigate how lenses bend light to form images
Observe how images from when light reflect from when light reflect from mirror
Understanding of how science is used in crime detection.
Describe the job of a forensic scientist
Understand how scientists collect and interpret the physical evidence from a crime
Investigate hypothetical crimes
Use chromatography to examine ink samples
Use indicator to detect the presence of certain substances
Examine evidence using a microscope
Understand about ballistic and genetic evidence
Understand about the use of atomic absorbtion spectrophotometers to examine traces of chemical
Construct evidence table and detect patterns
Write hypothetical forensic reports
Understanding of the mathematics
Arithmetic and Geometric Array
Power and square roots
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