National Astronomy Olympiad

National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO) is an early stage talent hunt program for the school students in Nepal. It’s an annual program for junior (class 8-10) and senior (class 11-12) students in Nepal providing an opportunity to test their skills. The program has three stages namely first round (entrance exam), second round (pre-closed camp) and third round (closed camp) respectively which will be held between January -July of each year.

Each year this competition creates a national merit list for the regional and international astronomy Olympiads. Between July-December, selected students will get an opportunity to participate at International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA), International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) and Asian-Pacific Astronomy Olympiad.

Following students have received awards for Nepal at the different international Olympiads during 2014-2019.

  • 2016: Mr. Bijaya Chandra Luitel, Honorable Mentions at International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics held in India
  • 2017: Mr. Bijaya Chandra Luitel, Honorable Mention at International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics held in Thailand
  • 2018: Mr. Bishal Baral, Special Award at International Astronomy Olympiad held in Sri-Lanka
  • 2019: Mr. Rahul Ranjan Sah, Bronze Medal under at International Astronomy Olympiad held in Romania under junior category

***Notice***

The result of the second round round has been published on Friday, February 7, 2020. 

Click here to view the result of Senior Category

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Registered students of the 7th National Astronomy Olympiad 2020 from Bagmati Pradesh are requested to collect their Admit Card and T-shirt from NASO office from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, January 15-16, 2020!

Registration students at other Pradesh are requested to contact our focal contact for the information regarding Admit Card and T-Shirt distribution! Thank you!

First Round Examination will be held during 12:00 -14:00 Hrs on Saturday, January 18, 2020! Students are requested to be at the venue at 11:00 am.

Details on the exam center for all seven provinces:

#Pradesh-1
Itahari International College, Sundar Haraicha-04, Itahari (map)
Focal Contact: Dev Raj Sapkota (9841521281).


#Pradesh-2
Janaki Boarding School, Parokramaa Sadak, Janakpur (map)
Focal Contact: Nashir Mulla (9807637322)

#Bagmati Pradesh
Inslington College, Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu (map)
Focal Contact: Sagar Dahal (9851006686)

#Gandaki Pradesh
Gandaki Boarding School, Lamachaur, Pokhara (map)
Focal Contact: Raj Kumar Dhakal (9856025604)

#Pradesh-5
New Horizon English Boarding School (Senior Block), Kalikanagar, Butwal (map)
Focal Contact: Mukti Nath Paudel (9841026434)

#Karnali Pradesh
Central Campus of Science and Technology, Birendranagar, Surkhet (map)
Focal Contact: Pushpa Raj Acharya (9860211202)

#Sudurpashchim Pradesh
Sudur Pashchimanchal Academy, Santoshi Tole, Dhangadi (map)
Focal Contact: Prem Raj Joshi (9821630233)

Application Form

Click here to download the application form

Syllabus

Click here to download the syllabus for Junior Category

Click here to download the syllabus for Senior Category

Past Papers

Click here to download the past paper for Junior Category

Click here to download the past paper for senior category

How to apply for NAO2020?

  • Download NAO2020 Application Form and fill in carefully with your motivation to participate in the competition (this section carries 5 marks!).
  • Pay the registration fee: NRs 1,000/- (One Thousand Rupees only) [Regular Fee] or 1,250/- (One Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Rupees Only) [Late Fee]. You can pay the registration fee online via Khalti or Esewa (ID: 9818734326) or cash at our office or province focal contacts of your respective provinces.
  • Collect your Admit Card and NAO/NASO T-shirt (free) before the first round exam! (Details about the collection will be posted in our website).
  • Submit the duly filled application form, photocopies of SEE mark-sheet (For Senior Category) or BLE mark-sheet or mar-ksheet  of the last final examination (For Junior Category), character certificate and payment slip to one of our representative near you.
  • In case of there is no representative, you can send the application via email (info.naso@gmail.com).

For any queries or application submission for NAO2020, please feel free to contact us:

  • Mr. Suresh Bhattarai (9818734326), Chair
  • Ms. Manisha Dwa (9843583341), Vice-Chair
  • Ms. Janaki Chhantyal (9803474704), Coordinator
  • Mr. Dev Raj Sapkota (9841521281), Focal contact for Pradesh-1 
  • Mr. Nashir Mulla (9807637322), Focal contact for Pradesh-2
  • Mr. Sagar Dahal (9851006686), Focal contact for Pradesh-3
  • Mr. Raj Kumar Dhakal (9856025604), Focal contact for Gandaki Pradesh
  • Mr. Mukti Nath Paudel (9841026434), Focal contact for Pradesh-5
  • Dr. Pushpa Raj Acharya (9860211202), Focal contact for Karnali Pradesh
  • Mr. Prem Raj Joshi (9821630233), Focal contact for Sudurpashchim Pradesh

Students must submit their application to one of them and appear for the first stage exam at their respective province. For special case, student can submit in one province and attend exam in another province only if his/her request is approved from NASO office. 

Who can apply for NAO2020?

  • Students who are currently studying at class 8-10 or equivalent and less than 15 years by January 1, 2020  for IAO and by December 31, 2020  for IOAA Jr years are eligible for the Junior Category.
  • Students who are currently studying at High School or equivalent and between of age less than 18 years by January 1, 2020  for  IAO and less than 20 years by June 30, 2020 for IOAA  are eligible for the Senior Category
  • Gap year students who are below 20 years by June 30, 2020 for IOAA only are eligible for the Senior Category 

***Regular Application deadline: December 31, 2019***

***Late Application deadline: January 7, 2020***

How to prepare for NAO2020?

  • Students first need to identify eligibility for either junior or senior category.
  • There will be three rounds in the National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO): First Round (Entrance), Second Round (Pre-closed Camp) and Third Round (Closed Camp)
  • Students must be a part of National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO) to be eligible for the further round or any other opportunities in 2020.
  • Students who show good performance at the entrance will be selected for the second round.
  • Students selected for the second round (pre-closed camp) will go through several hands-on tasks and only good performing students will be selected for the third round (closed camp).
  • Students will have classes on theoretical astrophysics, observational astronomy, and data analysis. A merit list is created based on the performance of the students in the final exam as well as overall performance during the closed camp.
  • The highest scorer in both junior and senior categories will be announced as the absolute winners of the NAO2020 and will receive trophy, certificates and medals.
  • All the participants from the closed camp will be provided certificates as per their merit and opportunity to participate at IOAA, IAO, IOAA Jr, APAO, etc as per their merits.*
  • Information of the opportunity to participate in the international and regional olympiads will be circular to the closed camp participants at first.

What after NAO2020?

  • Students will get exposure as per their merits. Featured in media and provide an opportunity for their strong community engagement through our outreach programs.
  • Students will get an opportunity to attend international olympiads as per their merits.
  • Students will be facilitated for the scholarship opportunities for their higher studies in Nepal and abroad based on their merits.

If you have any queries regarding your eligibility or for the nearest entrance exam location, please do not hesitate to call us at 9843708248. Our team will be happy to guide you to complete your application and be a part of this national competition.

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Latest Updates:

  • The result of the Second round of the 7th National Astronomy Olympiad 2020 senior category has been published now!
  • The Second round of the 7th National Astronomy Olympiad 2020 (senior category) will be held during February 15-March 15, 2020!
  • The result of the First round of the 7th National Astronomy Olympiad 2020 (both senior and junior categories) has been published!
  • The 7th National Astronomy Olympiad 2020 conducted successfully in Nepal. Result will be published during the first week of February 2020!
  • Exam centers for all seven provinces has been announced!
  • Late Application deadline announced as January 7, 2020. Those students who missed the regular application deadline i.e. December 31, 2019 can now submit their application with a late registration fee (NRs 1,250/-) until January 7, 2020!
  • First Round Examination will be held during 12:00 -14:00 Hrs on Saturday, January 18, 2020! Details on the exam center for all seven provinces will be provided soon!
  • NAO2020 Application Form is now available for download. Students are requested to start preparing their application before the deadline.
  • Mr. Shuneel Khadgi from Lalitpur won the 7th National Astronomy Olympiad Logo Competition 2019! Check out this news: www.revoscience.com/np/2019/12/03/21836
  • Submission for the 7th National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO2020) is now open. For submission: http://bit.ly/2pEzrHo! Submission is open until November 20, 2019.
  • Five teachers selected for the ‘Astronomy Olympiad Exposure Camp’ in India during November 5-8, 2019.
  • Nepal received Bronze Medal at the 24th International Astronomy Olympiad 2019 held in Piatra Neamt, Romania during October 18-27, 2019.
  • Nepal participated at the 13th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2019 (IOAA2019) held in Hungary during August 1-10, 2019.
  • The result of the third round of the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO2019) is now available!
  • The result of the second round of the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad 2019 (NAO2019) for the junior and senior categories are published today! Click here for the result of the junior category. Click here for the result of the senior category.
  • The results of the first round of the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad 2019 (NAO2019) for the junior and the senior categories are published today! Click here for the result of the junior category. Click here for the result of the senior category.
  • We are currently evaluating the answer-sheet of the students and the result of the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad 2019 (NAO2019) will be available by February 20, 2019.
  • Total of 111 students participated in the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad held at all seven provinces of Nepal.
  • NAO2019 will be held in all seven provinces from 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 26, 2019. Click here for more details.
  • Following several requests from students and schools, the NAO2019 application deadline has been extended until Wednesday, January 23, 2019! The first round of selection will be held during 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM on  Saturday, January 26, 2019! Don’t miss the opportunity!
  • An updated syllabus is now available for the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad 2019. Click here to download the syllabus for Junior Category. Click here to download the syllabus for Senior Category.
  • There will be separate question papers for each category! Updated Syllabus will be available soon. Stay tuned!
  • Application opens for the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad 2019! The first selection round will be held on Saturday, 12:00-14:o0 Hrs, January 26, 2019! Click here to download the application form! Submission deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019!
  • Er. Reman Bala bags the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad 2019 Logo Competition! For more info, click here.
  • Total of 13 logos has been selected for further evaluation! Shortlisted logos have been contacted for further information.
  • Thank you all for your valuable inputs for our logo competition! We received a total of 83 logos! Our team will evaluate the submitted logos and contact shortlisted logos for further information.
  • Application open for the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad 2019: Logo Competition! The application deadline is November 30, 2018! Click here to submit your logo. For more info, click here to read our latest blog.
  • Mr. Shronim Tiwari, Mr. Bedant Lohani, Mr. Shubham Sharma, Mr. Rubek Poudel & Mr. Pratik Bhandari will represent Nepal at the 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, Beijing, China, November 3-11, 2018.
  • Mr. Hem Shrestha and Ms. Sumi Gurung from province 1 participated at the Astronomy Olympiad Exposure Camp, Mumbai, India, October 22-25, 2018.
  • Mr. Bishal Baral received a special award for the best result among the new participating countries at the 23rd International Astronomy Olympiad, Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 6-14, 2018.
  • Mr. Bishal Baral (NAO2018 Rank: 6th) and Mr. Hardik Shrestha (NAO2018 Rank: 8th) will be participating in the 23rd International Astronomy Olympiad, Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 6-14, 2018.
  • Nepal will participate in the 23rd International Astronomy Olympiad, Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 6-14, 2018.
  • Nepal will participate in the 13th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics  (IOAA2018), Beijing, China, November 3-11, 2018.
  • The 5th National Astronomy Olympiad Closed Camp result is out now. Click here for the result.
  • The closed Camp will be held at Southwestern State College (SWSC)-Basundhara, Kathmandu during August 3-10, 2018.
  • Mr. Bijaya Chandra Luitel & Mr. Tarun Timalsina, NAO and IOAA alumni, will join the academic team of the 5th National Astronomy Olympiad.
  • The pre-closed camp result is out now! Click here for the result.
  • The pre-closed camp assignment submission deadline has been extended till June 30, 2018.
  • The pre-closed camp (Second round) is ready to welcome selected students from the first round during May 25-June 15, 2018.
  • The pre-selection (First round) examination result has been published this morning. Click here for press release and the merit list.
  • The pre-selection (First round) examination result will be available on March 31,2 018!
  • The pre-selection (First round) examination will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018, during 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM at Biratnagar, Chitwan, Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Dhangadi only. Please note that reporting time at the exam center is 11:00 AM.
  • The application deadline has been extended till February 15, 2018! The late application fee is NRs. 1,100/- only. Feel free to visit one of our application centers located at Biratnagar, Chitwan, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Butwal, and Dhangadi (please refer to the Handbook for more details) to submit your application.
  • Application deadline closes on February 9, 2018! Feel free to visit one of our application centers located at Biratnagar, Chitwan, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Butwal, and Dhangadi (please refer to the Handbook for more details) to submit your application.
  • National Astronomy Olympiad Orientation will take place in Pokhara on December 31, 2017. (Contact Teju Ram Sunar for more details)
  • National Astronomy Olympiad Orientation will take place in Chitwan on December 30, 2017. (Contact Niraj Lamichhane for more details)
  • NAO2018 Application Form and Handbook is now available!
  • The NAO2018 application is now open! The last date to submit the application is Friday, February 9, 2018!
  • The NAO2018 logo has been selected!
  • Five teachers participated in Astronomy Olympiad Exposure Camp in India!