The Human Resource Development Ministry, Government of India is all set to go ahead with its plan to conduct a common engineering entrance examination from 2013, but the first nation-wide test may only cover technical institutions funded by the Centre.
ISEET and ISEETE - for long the gateways to India's top engineering colleges including the IITs and NITs - is all set to be replaced by a brand new test to be called as ISEET - Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test. As reported by The Indian Express on January 31, the new exam modeled on lines of the international test - 'SAT' comes into force starting 2013. The introduction of this test is expected to help do away with multiple entrance examinations and thereby reduce the stress levels of students.
The ISEET is going to be effective for admissions into the IITs and NITs for Admission year 2013 and therefore is expected to be conducted in either March or April 2013.
ISEET will have two papers on the same day:
Duration of ISEET Main - 3 hours
Paper - Test Pattern of ISEET Main - Areas Tested at ISEET:
Reading Comprehension & Critical Thinking and Logical Reasoning
Weightage to ISEET Main: 30% minimum
Duration of ISEET Advance3 hours.
Paper-Test Pattern of ISEET Main - Areas Tested at ISEET
Problem Solving Ability in Basic Science Subjects
Weightage for ISEET Advance: 30% minimum
The two tests ISEET Main and ISEET Advance together will indicate a candidate's scholastic level and aptitude for science and engineering.
A student's performance in the Class 12 Board exam will be considered, with the weightage not less than 40 per cent of the total score. The combined weight for ISEET Main and ISEET Advance will not be more than 60 per cent; however, the weightage given to Board scores can go up to 100 per cent.
Each state government or institute will be able to decide the specific weightage it gives to Board, ISEET Main and ISEET Advance exam/test scores. A committee headed by Dr T Ramasami, secretary in the Department of Science & Technology, has demonstrated with the help of the Indian Statistical Institute that school scores across various Boards can be normalized through a statistical process.
|Parameters for Selection thru ISEET||Percentage weight at ISEET|
|Weigthage of Board Examination minimum||40%|
|Weightage of ISEET Main||30%|
|Weightage of ISEET Advance||30%|
The ISEET is expected to be managed and conducted by the CBSE board of examinations at a central level. It is also proposed by the government that the setting of the ISEET papers both ISEET main and ISEET advance be handed over to IITs.
All national level institutions - IITs, NITs, IISER and IIITs to begin with are slated to accept the ISEET scores for admissions along with the School Board Examination Marks.
The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship for the entire academic career.
Students studying in Class VIII are eligible to appear for the selection process. As the examination is organized by an autonomous body (National Council of Educational Research and Training), it is widely regarded as the most prestigious examination at high school in India. For more details of NTSE, students can visit www.ncert.nic.in
There is a two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage-I, selection will be done by States/UTs through the written examination. Each State/Union Territory has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage II examination, the details of which are available on NCERT website (www.ncert.nic.in). Students who qualify Stage I will be eligible to appear for Stage II examination conducted by NCERT.
NTSE is one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarship exams in India. An NTSE scholar commands tremendous respect in the society. Around 1000 scholarships are awarded to students appearing for Class VIII examination. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D. level. For professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation.
Examination at the State/UT level will comprise two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics.
Examination at the National level will comprise (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT), (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics.
|Test||Duration||No.of Items||Max Marks||Qualifying Marks|
|Mental Ability Test (MAT)||90 minute||100||100||40% i.e 40 marks|
|Scholastic Ability Test (MAT)||90 minute||100||100||40% i.e 40 marks|
Area Last Date for submission of Application form: 31 August, 2010 Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands: 20th November, 2010 (Saturday) Examination in All other States and Union Territories: 21st November, 2010 (Sunday).
Area: Examination in All states and Union Territories: 8th May, 2011 (Sunday)
As per the announcement made by NCERT the NTSE is held in Class VIII only. Hence, it is essential that students start preparing from the beginning of Class VII or VIII. Students should focus on clearing their fundamentals and attempting a lot of practice tests.
International Olympiads in Science and Mathematics are the world championships for school students held every year in a different country.
The most famous Olympiads are The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), The International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), The International Biology Olympiad (IBO), The International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) and The International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO).
Countries send a delegation of students and leaders to participate at the International level. India conducts National Olympiads to identify the best students who can represent India at the international level.
For the purpose of the Olympiad contests, the country has been divided in about 25 regions.
The selection process for participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) consists of the following stages:
Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO):
RMO is currently held on the first Sunday of October each year in each of the regions in the country. All school students from Class XI are eligible to appear in RMO. Students from Class XII may also appear in RMO, but the number of students selected from Class XII is at most 6.
Exceptionally brilliant students from lower standards may also appear for RMO subject to the approval of the Regional Coordinator. RMO is a 3-hour written test containing 6 or 7 problems. On the basis of the performance in RMO, students are selected for the second stage. The Regional Coordinators may charge a nominal fee to meet the expenses of organizing the contest.
Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO):
INMO is currently held on the third Sunday of January each year at the regional centres in all regions. Only those students who are selected in RMO are eligible to appear in INMO. This contest is a 4-hour written test. The evaluation of these papers is centralised. The top 75 contestants in INMO receive Merit Certificates.
International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC):
The top 30-35 INMO certificate awardees are invited to a month long training camp in May/June each year. The number of students from Class XII who are selected for IMOTC is at most 6. In addition to these 35 students, a certain number of INMO awardees of previous year(s) who have satisfactorily undergone postal tuition over the year are also invited to a second round of training.
A team of six students is selected from the combined pool of junior and senior batch participants, based on a number of selection tests conducted during the camp, to represent India in the International Mathematical Olympiad.
International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO):
The six member team selected at the end of IMOTC, accompanied by a leader and a deputy leader represent India at IMO that is normally held in July each year in a chosen country. IMO consists of two 4- and-a-half hour tests held on two consecutive days. The students of the Indian team who win gold, silver and bronze medals at IMO receive cash prizes of ' 5000/-, '4000/- and '3000/- respectively (prizes for 2008). The six students representing India at IMO automatically qualify for Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Fellowship.
Syllabus for Mathematical Olympiad (Regional, National and International): Pre-degree collegeMathematics. The difficulty level increases from RMO to INMO to IMO.
The INMO awardees who choose Mathematics as one of the subjects in their undergraduate studies are eligible for a scholarship by NBHM (which is at present ' 1500/- per month) throughout their undergraduate studies. If they further pursue their studies to Masters, they continue to get scholarship (enhanced).
Even the students who do not pursue Mathematics in their undergraduate studies are eligible for certain benefits under a novel programme instituted by NBHM, called Nurture Programme. Under this programme, each batch of students (selected from among the INMO awardees through their responses to a few sets of postal problems) is assigned to an institution.
The coordinator in that institution gives out some reading material that the students can go through during their leisure time while pursuing their undergraduate studies. At the end of each year, during summer, they are invited to that institution for a contact programme with working Mathematicians. Based on their performance, they may be recommended to a scholarship given by NBHM. Thisprogramme continues for four years. Thus, even those who pursue under-graduate studies in some other discipline can still get training in Mathematics and use it in their further pursuit of knowledge.
Physics and Chemistry:
Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the Olympiad programme must enrol for NSE. NSEs are held at a large number of centres in the country usually in the last week of November. All students of Class XII or below (science stream) are eligible to appear for NSEs. A student may appear for more than one Olympiad as per the examination schedule. Students who have passed Class XII are not eligible.
The short-listed groups of about 25 students each for junior and senior levels are invited together to the Orientation cum Selection camp.
At the end of the camp, 20 meritorious students from camp participants get a Certificate of Merit and complimentary books. The best 2 students from seniors and 3 students from juniors are selected for special merit awards of ` 5000/- each in the form of books and gifts. These five students represent India at the International Astronomy Olympiad.
For Indian National Olympiad Examinations, the national top 200-250 students selected from NSEP, NSEC and NSEA each are eligible to appear for Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO), Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (INChO) and Indian National Astronomy Olympiad (INAO) respectively.
Indian National Olympiads are held sometime in the last week of January or early February. These examinations are held at about 15 Centres in the country.
Questions and problems in National Olympiads are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to the International Olympiads. On the basis of performance in the National Olympiads (theory) about 50 students are short-listed in each subject.
Physics and Chemistry
The short-listed groups of about 35 students in each subject are invited to the Orientation cum Selection camps at HBCSE. On the basis of their performance in OCSC, the best 20 students in each subject qualify for merit awards, consisting of a merit certificate and a set of complimentary books.
The top 5 students in Physics and top 4 in Chemistry are declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees are given a prize of '5000/- each in the form of books and cash. In addition there are special prizes in each subject to recognize meritorious performance in theory and experiments.
The special merit awardees in Physics constitute the 5-member student team to represent India at the International Physics Olympiad. The special merit awardees in Chemistry constitute the 4-member student team to represent India at the International Chemistry Olympiad.
The short-listed groups of about 25 students each for junior and senior levels are invited together to the Orientation cum Selection camp.
At the end of the camp, 20 meritorious students from camp participants get a Certificate of Merit and complimentary books. The best 2 students from seniors and 3 students from juniors are selected for special merit awards of ' 5000/- each in the form of books and gifts. These five students represent India at the International Astronomy Olympiad.
The selected Indian teams undergo a rigorous training program at HBCSE in theory and experiment.
The 5-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
The 4-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)
The 5-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to representIndia at the International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO).
The Indian Computing Olympiad is used to select the team of four students to represent India at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI). The competition is held in three stages: the Zonal Informatics Olympiad, the Indian National Olympiad in Informatics, and the International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp.
The Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) is a written round. Most of the questions can be solved with the use of algorithmic techniques, although logic is usually enough.
The Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) - In this students have to write programs on a computer. The INOI is a programming competition round. Students are expected to solve two algorithmic problems in 3 hours in either C, C++ or Pascal. Questions in this round are similar to those in the IOI and other national computing Olympiads.
About thirty top-performing students in the INOI are selected for the International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp (IOITC).
The International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp (IOITC) is a one fortnight long annual training camp held in India to select and train students to represent India at the International Olympiad in Informatics.
At the completion of the camp, 4 students are selected to represent India at the International Olympiad in Informatics.
The Olympiads are the most prestigious school competitions in the world. Students have to go through a rigorous process to be selected for the Indian team. Students selected to represent the country get an opportunity to compete and win prizes at an International level.
Students who represent India in the International Olympiads in Physics / Chemistry /Mathematics / Informatics and Astronomy automatically qualify for KVPY Fellowship. Organisations like Infoysys,Sasken, NASSCOM etc. also give prizes to the participants and winners of the International Olympaids.
Usually students appear for the Olympiads in Class XI but brilliant students can appear for the stage I exam even in lower classes and increase their number of attempts and even their medal tally as they can participate in the International Olympiads till they reach Class XII.
To help students excel in Olympiads, GetIItians has various programs available depending on which class the student is studying in.
The KVPY or "Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana" is an ongoing program started by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to encourage students of Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to take up research careers in these areas.
The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented students with aptitude for research. This programme strives to assist the students to realize their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is tapped for research and development in the country. Generous scholarships are provided (up to the pre-Ph.D. level) to the selected students
Students joining in the XI Standard (Science Subjects) and having secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science in the X Standard Board Examination.
Students pursuing First Year B.Sc. degree / M.Sc. Integrated (UG Programme) in Basic Sciences and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in the XII Standard Board Examination.
Students of Class 12 (+2) who are aspiring to join IISER for Integrated M.S. programme may also take the KVPY Aptitude Test for the SB Stream provided they secure a minimum of 75% marks (65% for SC/ST) aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in XII Standard Board Examination.
Students pursuing XI, XII standard, First or Second year of any UG programme in Basic Sciences and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks aggregate in X Standard and XII Standard Board examination may apply by completing a science based research project. The report of the project, chosen and executed by the applicant and supervised by a teacher/professional in the relevant field, to be submitted along with the application.
Based on the project submitted and scrutiny of application forms, short listed candidates are called for an interview, which is the final stage of the selection procedure. The interview will be conducted at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during the month of December or first week of January. Application without the project report is not considered.
Note : for Students applying for Science Stream (SP)
This has been started in order to recognize and encourage creative and innovative talent of youngsters pursuing Science. The project carried out as part of this application should be based on novel and innovative ideas. The project can be experimental or theoretical in nature.
However, the project must show that the applicant is creative and adventurous, and ready to explore. The project should not merely reflect use of certain techniques or reporting of routine experimentation improvement of an existing product or a technique may be accepted provided such improvement involves original ideas and creativity. One may try to incorporate some addition to the design or practical implementation that improves an existing technique. The main criteria that would be followed for selection for the interview would be originality and innovation. Only after these criteria are met, the level of sophistication and the nature of the project would be taken into consideration.
Students who represent India in the International Olympiads Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Mathematics / Informatics and Astronomy will automatically qualify for KVPY Fellowship.
KVPY Fellows will automatically be eligible for direct admission to the five-year Integrated M.S.Programme conducted by Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER). Interested Students may visit the IISER Websites: www.iiserkol.ac.in or www.iiserpune.ac.in
Basic Sciences (SA and SB)
After scrutiny of application forms and based on the performance in the Board Examination, about 10,000 - 12,000 candidates from Streams SA and SB will be called for a written aptitude test (multiple choice). The test will be conducted at different centres across the country on the First Sunday of November. The details of the venue of the aptitude tests will be mailed to the shortlisted candidates in October. Based on the performance in the aptitude test up to 600-800 candidates in Streams SA and SB will be called for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure