IAPT Examinations: Indian Association of Physics Teachers

(Late) Dr D. P. Khandelwal founded the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) in 1984, intending to improve the quality of physics instruction and teachers at all levels. It has since developed into a large organisation with over 6,500 life members spread across India and the rest of the world. Schools, colleges, institutions, instructors, researchers, science administrators, and scientific lovers are all members. All IAPT work is done on a volunteer basis, and no compensation is offered to its members for participating in IAPT activities.

IAPT now administers National Standard Exams in physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and junior sciences. The National Standard Examination in Physics is the most well-known IAPT exam. NSEC is one of the National Standard Examinations conducted by the Indian Association of Chemistry Teachers. We will discuss the National Standard Examinations in detail in this article.

National Standard Examination in Biology

The National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB) is a well-known exam. It is a Biology exam for students in upper secondary school. The exam is coordinated by the Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences, which commits to the organising committee’s tasks. It is held in collaboration with the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) and the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education (HBCSE). The NSEB Exam is part of the NSE (National Standard Examination), which organises national scientific Olympiads to motivate students and provide them with a platform to compete in international competitions.

  • The exam is designed for students in the 12th grade since it allows them to explore more career alternatives in biology and assists them in gaining admission to the desired top colleges.
  • Students in grades 11 and below, on the other hand, are welcome to appear and take the exam. Students in the 12th grade are usually the ones who qualify for the next stages of the test.
  • The student must also meet the IAPT (Indian Association of Physics Teachers) eligibility requirements to take the National Standard Examination in Biology.

National Standard Examination in Chemistry

The Homi Bhabha Centre jointly conducts the NSEC Examination for Science Education and the Indian Association of Physics Teachers. This exam is held every year in November, and numerous examination centres are designated for its administration. The National Science Education Centre promotes and encourages interest in chemistry as a subject. This exam is designed for students who are interested in chemistry and want to gain some knowledge of the subject by completing a self-assessment while studying for the exam. Students who pass this exam will have the opportunity to compete in INCO (Indian National Chemistry Olympiad).

  • NSEC is significant since it is the first level that students must pass in order to compete in the International Chemistry Olympiad.
  • The IAPT holds this exam to evaluate students’ chemistry knowledge in order to select the best candidates to represent India at the international level.
  • Students must pay a one-time registration fee in order to receive their admission cards.

National Standard Examination in Physics

As the name implies, the National Standard Examination in Physics is a test that focuses on the subject of physics. This is not a required examination, and students who take it do so entirely of their own volition. Around 30,000 students or more volunteer to take this exam, and the organising body assigns around 15,000 examination centres. 

Every year, students from all parts of the country, whether rural or urban, take part in this examination with zeal. NSEP is not associated with any type of admission or scholarship, but it does prepare the road for students interested in participating in INO. Although English is the most commonly used language for this exam, students can also choose from Hindi and other languages.

  • Only students who qualify for this examination and are interested in pursuing a B.Sc. in physics are eligible for a scholarship. A total of ten scholarships are offered each year to the most deserving individuals.
  • After completing their studies, the gold medallist can immediately have an interview with the Department of Atomic Energy. 
  • The gold medallist is exempt from the interview stage’s written exam.
  • The top qualifying applicants at the national level will receive a special merit certificate, while the top 35 pupils will receive gold medals.


IAPT conducts National Standard Examinations for chemistry and biology in collaboration with the Chemistry Teachers Association and the Biology Teachers Association. Students who take these tests are eligible to compete in Indian National Olympiads, which are held to choose students to represent India at the International Science Olympiad. The most well-known IAPT exam is the National Standard Examination in Physics, which is used to qualify for both the Indian National Olympiad and the International Olympiad. National Standard Examinations in various topics are held at regional levels, and students who wish to participate must meet the exam conducting authority’s eligibility standards.