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What are some competitive exams for class 9th students?

Class 9th is a critical point in a student’s school learning journey. The student doesn’t yet have the class 10th board pressure and yet is mature enough to face national-level competitions. Many parents think that competitive exams are only for the smartest of the lot. Though society does create an aura of fear around competitive exams, it is unnecessary. Competitive exams are nothing but application-based exams that rely on a strong foundation built during school learning.

In this article, we describe the three most important examinations that a class 9th student can appear in:


Indian science olympiads are respected worldwide for the quality of students they send every year in the international stages of the competition. India wins multiple medals each year at the international stage of every olympiad. The Science Olympiad program in India follows a five-stage procedure, the last stage of which is an international competition. The five stages are:

Stage I: National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS)

Stage II: Indian National Olympiad in Junior Science (INJSO)

Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC)

Stage IV: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT)

Stage V: International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)

Here we will discuss only the first stage of this process which is abbreviated NSEJS, which is overseen and organized entirely by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). However, all the remaining four stages are conducted by HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education). This examination targets students who are roughly in the age group 14 – 15 years of age and have to appear for the class 10 examination. So even many 9th graders are eligible to take this examination.

The syllabus of NSEJS is broadly equivalent to the secondary school learning level (up to and including Class X) of CBSE. All the basic subjects of science, Physics, Chemistry and biology, and Mathematics have roughly equal weightage.

For more details, use the following links.

The Science Olympiad Process here

Eligibility criteria

Past papers

  • Pre-RMO

The Mathematical Olympiad Programme in India, which leads to the participation of Indian students in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India.

Its main purpose is to spot mathematical talent among pre-university students in the country.

The Mathematical Olympiad program consists of six stages:

  1. Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (Pre-RMO)
  2. Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)
  3. Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)
  4. IMO Training Camp
  5. Pre Departure Camp
  6. International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

This competition is open for students from class 8 to class 12. So class 9th students are definitely eligible. The major areas from which problems are given are algebra, combinatorics, geometry, and number theory.

For more information, use the following links:

The Mathematical Olympiad Process.

Eligibility criteria

Past papers


NSTSE stands for National Level Science Talent Search Exam. This diagnostic test identifies talented students from classes II to XII. They include interesting questions that require thinking, not simply recalling as per the conventional techniques. NSTSE provides detailed skill-wise feedback, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of students.

For more information, use the official website of NSTSE.

All these examinations are prestigious examinations and students require to prepare appropriately for them. Even if students don’t qualify for these examinations, just the process of preparation will enhance their academic abilities multifold.

To ensure your child is able to prepare for them it is important that their foundational schooling is right. At LEAD Powered Schools, through our integrated learning systems, we ensure that students don’t just rote learn concepts but learn through activities and experiments. This ensures that they build conceptual clarity for life, which further helps them be better prepared for any competitive exams in the future.

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About the author

Prajakta is a Content Marketing Manager at LEAD. She is an IIT Kanpur alumnus and has extensive experience in the ed-tech domain. She believes education is the premise of progress, for an individual, for a family, and for society.

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