International Physics Olympiad IPhO
International Physics Olympiad or IPhO is a global olympiad held across different countries yearly. IPhO aims to evaluate the knowledge of higher secondary students in Physics through complex problem-solving and experimental evaluation. Students have a fantastic opportunity to participate and test their knowledge on an international level.
To participate in IPhO, students must first qualify the national-level physics olympiad. Each national team comprises five students, and each student has to compete individually. Aimed at motivating students to pursue higher studies in science, IPhO addresses the growing need for education in Physics
The 54th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 2024 will be held in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is scheduled from 21st July 2024 to 29th July 2024.
The IPhO syllabus is specifically designed for students pursuing higher secondary education, i.e. for Class 11-12 students. The detailed syllabus of IPhO is as follows:
Oscillations and waves
Relativity Quantum Physics
Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
The physics olympiad program is conducted in 5 stages.
Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) organises the NSE exams. The National Standard Examination is composed of objective types of questions. The exam covers the class 12 level physics curriculum.
The students securing the top positions participate in the INO in physics. Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) organises the INOs for all the subjects. Students who score in top positions become eligible to participate in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO).
Approximately the top 35 students from the Indian National Olympiad in Physics are selected for the orientation cum selection camp. HBCSE organises the camp for students to work on their concepts, experimental knowledge and problem-solving skills.
The pre-departure training camp trains students on the concepts of physics and covers all the aspects of the international physics olympiad (IPhO).
The final stage is the IPhO or International Physics Olympiad, where students from all the participating countries enter the competition. The IPhO exam has two stages: the practical and theoretical exams.
Here are the important dates for IPhO 2024 to be held in the Islamic Republic of Iran from 21st July 2024 to 29th July 2024.
To get selected for the IPhO exam, students must compete in the national level examination and qualify for the subsequent stages of the exam. Therefore, only the top 4-5 students get to participate in the IPhO exam.
The participation fee for IPhO 2024 is €500 per person.
The eligibility criteria for participation are:
The exam pattern of IPhO incorporates both the theoretical and the practical parts of Physics. Firstly students will have to write the theoretical exam, which will consist of objective questions. Then, in the second stage, students will compete in the practical part of the exam.
To award the top performing students IPhO organising committee awards students with gold, silver, and bronze medals. There are also honourable mentions for students who appeared in the exam.