National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) 2015: A Detailed analysis by Resonance

NSEP – 2015

A Detailed Analysis by Resonance

Introduction

On 22nd November 2015, NSEP (National Standard Examination in Physics) – 2015 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 born on or after July 1, 1996 and are students studying in Class XII or lower as of November 30, 2015, can apply and appear for NSEP 2015 − 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 and 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 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.
  • 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, then 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 Examinations (INOs). 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 60 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.

SUBJECT Class 11 Class 12 Total
No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks No of Questions Total Marks
Physics 32 102 38 138 70 240

Overall Difficulty Level Analysis

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

  • 1: Easy
  • 2: Moderate
  • 3: Difficult
Difficulty Level Number of Question Total Marks
Easy 25 90
Medium 38 120
Difficult 7 30
Grand Total 70 240
Aggregate Difficulty 1.74

Difficulty Level Analysis: No of Questions

Resonance Experts feel that paper was relatively on the simpler side from previous year. While 90 marks can be considered easy, 120 marks paper was moderate and only 30 marks paper was tough.

Overall, it is felt by Resonance Faculty Team that paper was on simpler side compared to last year.

Topic Wise Analysis

Unit & Topic Name No of Questions Total Marks % Weightage
Alternating Current 1 3 1.25%
LCR 1 3 1.25%
Capacitor 1 3 1.25%
RC circuit 1 3 1.25%
Centre of Mass 3 9 3.75%
Centre of Mass 1 3 1.25%
Collision 1 3 1.25%
Impulse 1 3 1.25%
Current  Electricity 3 15 6.25%
Chemical Effects of current 1 3 1.25%
Current  Electricity 1 6 2.50%
Resistance 1 6 2.50%
Electro Magnetic Force 3 12 5.00%
Electro Magnetic Force 2 6 2.50%
Unit and Dimensions 1 6 2.50%
Electro Magnetic Induction 3 12 5.00%
Electro Magnetic Induction 1 3 1.25%
Self Inductance 2 9 3.75%
Electrostatics 4 12 5.00%
Conductor 1 3 1.25%
Flux 1 3 1.25%
Self Energy 1 3 1.25%
Simple Harmonic Motion 1 3 1.25%
Errors and Experiments 2 9 3.75%
Experiment 1 6 2.50%
Significant Figure 1 3 1.25%
Fluids 1 3 1.25%
Thrust Force 1 3 1.25%
Heat & Thermodynamics 4 15 6.25%
Calorimetry 1 3 1.25%
First Law of Thermodynamics 1 6 2.50%
Kinetic Theory of Gases 1 3 1.25%
Thermal Expension 1 3 1.25%
Heat Transfer 10 30 12.50%
Heat Transfer 9 27 11.25%
Radiation 1 3 1.25%
Kinematics 2 6 2.50%
Motion in One Dimension 2 6 2.50%
Modern Physics 3 12 5.00%
Bohr Model 1 3 1.25%
Modern Physics 1 3 1.25%
Photo Electric Effect 1 6 2.50%
Newton’s Law of Motion 2 6 2.50%
Newton’s Law of Motion 2 6 2.50%
Nuclear Physics 1 3 1.25%
Radioactivity 1 3 1.25%
Optics 4 15 6.25%
Displacement Method 1 6 2.50%
Reflection 1 3 1.25%
Refraction 1 3 1.25%
Total Internal Reflection 1 3 1.25%
Rigid Body Dynamics 1 3 1.25%
Rotation 1 3 1.25%
Rotational Motion 2 6 2.50%
Angular Momentum 1 3 1.25%
Rolling 1 3 1.25%
Semi conductor 12 39 16.25%
Filters 8 24 10.00%
Logic Gate 1 3 1.25%
Semi conductor 2 6 2.50%
Transistor 1 6 2.50%
Simple Harmonic Motion 2 6 2.50%
Compound Pendulum 1 3 1.25%
Simple Harmonic Motion 1 3 1.25%
String Wave 1 3 1.25%
String Wave 1 3 1.25%
Surface Tension 2 9 3.75%
Surface Tension 1 3 1.25%
Viscosity 1 6 2.50%
Wave Optics 3 9 3.75%
Interference 2 6 2.50%
Polarisation 1 3 1.25%
Grand Total 70 240 100.00%

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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