International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)

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The International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) has been conducted since 1968, and is a competition for students at the secondary and higher secondary school levels. The IChO boosts the level of chemistry education in the participating countries. It helps develop friendly relations between the young people from different countries. Students of Std.9th onwards can take part

The Chemistry Olympiad program follows the following 5 stages

Stage I: National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC)

NSEC is the stepping stage for selection of aspiring and talented students in the chemistry Olympiad Programme. This exam is conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) at many centers all over the country. The student can move forward to other stages only after clearing this stage. Its format will be as follows: The medium of test is English and comprises of 80 objective type questions, each with only one, out of the four options correct.

ALLEN’s NSEC Workshop

In this workshop we give in-depth knowledge of syllabus and major topics physics of class 11th and 12th (NCERT). Experts Faculties for International Olympiads provide training to students as per syllabus of NSEC. We conduct Mock test and provide solutions to last year question paper for better practice.

Stage II: Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (INChO)

NSEC is the stepping stone for all the INChO. NSEC is conducted in order to reach out the maximum number of deserving students in Chemistry from across the country. The Questions and problems to be attempted in National Olympiads are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to International Olympiads. Only 35 students will be chosen for OCSC Chemistry. If there is tie at the last position, all students with the same marks at the last position will qualify for OCSC at the respective level.

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

COCSC in Chemistry is organized by HBCSE every year tentatively in April to June every year. The camps involve thorough understanding of topics through theoretical as well as practical i.e... Experimental tests and lectures. At the beginning of the function, orientation is provided to students while the programme ends with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students. The students are ranked on the basis of the total scores achieved in all the tests in the camp. For this ranking, 60% weightage is given to theoretical tests and 40% weightage is given to experiments. Performances in previous stages (NSEC and INChO) are not considered for the preparation of the merit list and awards of the OCSC. The top 4 in the OCSC merit list will be special merit awardees and will be members of the Indian team for IChO.

Allen's BOOT Camp (ABC) :

We conduct residential workshop (ABC) at Kota and our Subject Experts provide rigorous training to students qualified in INChO for OCSC Chemistry and prepare them for theoretical and Practical tasks. We have well designed Laboratories to prepare students for the practical training.

Stage IV

 Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IChO

The selected 4 member Indian students’ team undergoes a really rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiments so as to prepare for the IChO. Special laboratories have been set up at HBCSE for the purpose of experimental training for these students. Learned resource persons from HBCSE and many other renowned institutions across the country come and impart training to the students. There is no set duration of this training; it is totally subject to IChO regulations.

Stage V

Participation in International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). The trained 4-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and 1 scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO).