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About Biology Olympiad

The international Olympiad movement is aimed at bringing the most gifted secondary and higher secondary students of the world together in a friendly competition of the highest level. The Olympiads do not lead directly to any career benefits; rather, they provide a stimulus to begin a career in science or mathematics, to undertake a lifelong journey into the realms of exciting intellectual challenges.

The Olympiads are not merely competitions, they are the meeting places of the brightest young minds of the world, and many friendships forged at the Olympiads form the seeds of scientific collaboration later in life. Much like the Olympics in sports, the Olympiads are a celebration of the very best in school level science and mathematics.


The scientific community of India recognises the need for a national Olympiad programme in mathematics and basic sciences, which would lead to participation in the international Olympiads. India has been participating in the international Olympiads in Mathematics since 1989, and later started participation in Physics (1998), Chemistry (1999), Biology (2000), Astronomy (2004) and Junior Science (2007) as well.

Enrollment of students in each subject has grown steadily over time, and currently stands at between 15000 and 50000 in different subjects. The science Olympiad programme involves a large number of teachers and scientists from across the nation. The nodal agency for all the science and mathematics Olympiads in the country is the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), a national centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).

The Olympiad programme is run in close collaboration with the teacher associations, the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT), Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT), and the Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences (ATBS). The first stage of the Olympiad examinations is conducted by IAPT, while the later stages are the responsibility of HBCSE. This is an enternal exam. For the preparation of these exams solving Olympiad Online Tests are sufficient.

The science Olympiad programme is fully funded by the Government of India through the Board of Research in Nuclear Science, Department of Atomic Energy (BRNS, DAE), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Indian Space Research Organisation, Department of Space (ISRO, DoS). The national Olympiads are overseen by a National Steering Committee (NSC), constituted by DAE, and comprised of members of each funding agency as well as eminent experts in each subject.

There are 5 stages that are being followed by the Biology Olympiad program:

Stage I: National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB)

Stage II: Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO)

Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in biology

 Stage IV: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IBO

Stage V: Participation in International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

Stage I: National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB)

NSEB is the first stage of the selection of students in the Biology Olympiad Programme. The examination is being organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). It is compulsory for every student to enroll for the NSEB examination in order to appear in the examination.

Stage II: Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO)

The second stage is the Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO), which is organized by HBCSE at about 15 centres in the country.

Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Biology

HBCSE organizes OCSC in biology sometime in the month of April to June 2018 for 2-3 weeks. Those candidates who have successfully qualified the merit list of Stage II (INBO) are eligible for OCSC. Prior to this, there is no other criterion or provision for entrance into OCSC.

Stage IV: Pre-departure Training (PDT) Camp for IBO

The selected 4 members undergo a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment. Special laboratories have been developed at HBCSE for this purpose and resource persons from HBCSE and different institutions across the country train the students.

Stage V: International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is a science Olympiad for secondary school students (Class 12) under the age of 20. Every participating country sends four students, who are the winners of the National Biology Olympiad. These four students are accompanied by two team leaders who stand for the country.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

Q1. Is there any olympiad for biology?

Ans. Yes. There is an olympiad solely for Biology. Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO). There are four rounds of selection: Round 1: National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB), held in November. Round 2: Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO) held in January/February. Round 3: Orientation and Selection Camp (OCSC) had in June.

Q2. What is National Biology Olympiad?

Ans. The INBO (Indian National Biology Olympiad) is an exam organized for students in classes 11 and 12. It is a national-level test and the second stage of the Homi Bhabha Centre For Science Education's Biology Olympiad Program (HBCSE).

Q3. How can I participate in Internation Biology Olympiad?

Ans. Students who want to compete in International Biology Olympiad must first become one of the top four students in their National Biology Olympiad (NBO). NBOs select the contestants for IBO in typically 3-5 consecutively more difficult national competition rounds. You should solve Olympiad Previous Year Question Paper.

Also Check:

  1. IGKO (International General Knowledge Olympiad)
  2. IJSO (International Junior Science Olympiad)
  3. IMO (International Mathematics Olympiad)

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