Ignite Your Ingenuity & Qualify for the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics!

Ignite Your Ingenuity & Qualify for the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics!

Are you passionate about Astronomy & Astrophysics? Then the International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) and International Olympiad on Astronomy & Astrophysics (IOAA) might awaken your astronomic interests and intrigue your competitive academic spirit! IAO and IOAA are international annual competitions for gifted High School students in the age group of 14 -20, having budding interests in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, and related subject areas. IAO is the junior division (age 14-18), and the IOAA is for seniors (below 20). The competition is conducted in a friendly atmosphere designed to promote future collaborations and encourage friendships in the scientific community. The competitions are a gateway to competing and communicating with a like-minded international community, sharing similar interests.

The Olympiads are an enriching opportunity to test your passion for astronomy & astrophysics and necessitate a strong foundation in Physics & Mathematics. The route to success in these Olympiads is a fusion between keen subject interest in astronomy and an effectively paced preparation strategy.

The Olympiads have a rigorous multi-stage selection process and require a planned preparation strategy to get selected. However, once students qualify the stages of the competition, they will be allowed to compete with a brilliantly diverse group of participants from various countries and previous international Olympiad winners.

The Qualifying Stages for IAO (junior division) are

Stage 1: The Junior Olympiad on Astronomy starts with the National Standard Examination (NSE), which is a theoretical round, testing basic aptitude and subject interests in math and physics.

Stage 2: Top performing students from NSE sit for the 2nd stage- the Indian National Olympiad (INO) Junior Science test.

Stage 3: The third stage invites approximately top 20 students for the Orientation-Cum Selection Camp (OCSC).

Stage 4: Finally, the selected Indian Team undergoes a rigorous transformation program for their departure to the International Astronomy Olympiad.

Stage 5: The Actual International Competition!

The Qualifying Stages for IOAA (senior division) are

Stage 1: National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA)

Stage 2: Indian National Astronomy Olympiad (INAO)

Stage 3: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Astronomy

Stage 4: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IOAA

Stage 5: The Actual International competition!

IOAA gives you the platform to advance your scientific creativity and independent thinking abilities while being evaluated by way of the solutions you arrive at and not at the solutions themselves! It opens various corridors of opportunity in the growing field of astronomical education and knowledge.

FIITJEEians have performed exceptionally well in the Astronomy Olympiads and 3 out of the 4 Gold Medalists from India in the International Olympiad on Astronomy & Astrophysics (IOAA) 2021 were FIITJEE Classroom Program Students.

Our 3 IOAA Gold Medalists are

  • Suren, a student of FIITJEE’s Four Year Classroom Program secured ALL INDIA RANK 19 in JEE Advanced
  • Arhaan Ahmad, a student of FIITJEE’s Three Year Classroom Program secured ALL INDIA RANK 62 in JEE Advanced
  • Anilesh Bansal is a student of FIITJEE’s Two Year Classroom Program and will appear for JEE 2022

The Astronomy Olympiads give students the unique opportunity to boost their knowledge and astronomy skills. So, unleash your creativity and prove your mettle in Astronomy and Astrophysics with FIITJEE’s knowledge-oriented approach to learning and receive medals, honourable mentions & global recognition! To help students emerge triumphant in the Olympiads, FIITJEE has various programs available depending on which class the student is studying in. FIITJEE is here to accelerate your passion and propensity for astronomy & astrophysics, bringing out the Astrophysicist in you!