Homi Bhabha Exam 2020-2021: Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik Competition is an annual recurring program conducted by the Mumbai Science Teacher’s Association (MSTA).
The objective of this competition is to bring out the science talent in students of 6th & 9th standards and encourage them towards basic sciences.
Every year, the students of the 6th & 9th classes from various regions participate in the Homi Bhabha Competition.
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Homi Bhabha Exam 2020-2021 for 6th & 9th Class
Homi Bhabha Exam 2020-2021: This exam is being conducted by MSTA since 1981. The Homi Bhabha Exam is carried out in 3 phases and the primary eligibility to apply for the competition is 6th or 9th class.
The applications are accepted from only a few regions of the country. Everything is discussed in detail below.
Homi Bhabha Exam Eligibility
The following are the eligibility criteria to participate in the Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik Competition 2020-2021.
- The student must be pursuing either 6th or 9th standard
- The accepted medium of languages are English, Semi-English, and Marathi
- All Boards are accepted (SSC, CBSE, ICSE, etc.,)
The students pursuing 6th & 9th classes from the following regions are eligible to apply for the Homi Bhabha Exam 2020-2021.
Sub Regions: Mumbai & Mumbai Suburban’s
Sub Regions: Thane, Raigad, Palghar
Sub Regions: Pune, Ahmadnagar, Solapur
Sub Regions: Aurangabad, Latur, Nanded, Beed, Jalna, Osmanabad, Hingoli, Parbhani
Sub Regions: Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar
Sub Regions: Kolhapur, Sangli, Ratnagiri, Satara, Sindhudurg
Sub Regions: Amravati, Buldhana, Akola, Yavatmal, Washim, Wardha, Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondia, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur
Homi Bhabha Exam Rewards
The merit list will be finalized based on the below formula
Final Marks = (30% of Phase-I Marks) + (Phase-II & Phase-III Marks)
|Top 10% Students from the Final List||1. Gold Medal|
3. Reward of Rs. 3000/-
|Next 60% Students from the Final List||1. Silver Medal|
3. Reward of Rs. 2000/-
|Remaining Students||1. Bronze Medal|
3. Reward of Rs. 1000/-
Rewards for School:
The following trophies are given to the school based on the performance and participation of their students
|Name of the Trophy||Reason|
|Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Trophy (Lakshvedhi Gunvatta Puraskar)||If the students of the particular school get maximum medals|
|Vidnyan Jattha Trophy (Kamal Sahbhag Puraskar)||For the participation of maximum students in the competition|
Exam Pattern 2020-2021
The Homi Bhabha Exam is carried out in 3 stages
- Phase I (Written Exam)
- Phase-II (Practical Exam)
- Phase III (Interview)
1. Homi Bhabha Written Exam (Phase-I)
The written examination is conducted for all applicants. This exam is of 100 multiple choice questions from science and GK background.
- The maximum marks for the written exam are 100
- The duration of the exam is 90 minutes (1 and 1/2 Hr.)
Selection Procedure to the Next Level:
The top 7.5% of students from the written test are promoted to the next level and awarded with the Merit Certificate.
The remaining passed students will get a Passing Certificate.
2. Homi Bhabha Practical Exam (Phase-II)
The second phase of the competition consists of a practical exam, which is for 30 marks.
Practical Test for 6th Class:
The total marks for the test are 30.
5 Experiments X 6 Marks Each = 30 Marks
- The experiments are based on the general science background.
- The duration of the exam is 30 minutes
Practical Test for 9th Class:
The practical exam for 9th standard is divided into three categories
- One Experiment on Physics (10 Marks)
- One Experiment on Chemistry (10 Marks)
- 10 Questions each consists of 1 mark from Biology (10×1=10 Marks)
The duration of the test is 10 minutes per segment i.e., a total of 30 minutes.
Selection Procedure to the Next Level:
The shortlisting process starts by considering the 30% marks from the Phase-I and the marks obtained in the Phase-II
The top 10% of the merit list will be promoted to the next level i.e., for Phase-III.
3. Homi Bhabha General Interview (Phase-III)
The Phase-III process starts with the General Interview and then the Evaluation of Action Research Project.
- General Interview: 30 Marks
- Evaluation of Action Research Project: 30 Marks
- General Interview: 5 to 10 minutes
- Evaluation of Action Research Project: 5 to 10 minutes
Final Selection Procedure:
The selection procedure is carried by considering 30% marks of the first two phases and the marks of Phase-III.
The following are the rewards and medals offered based on the merit list.
|The top 10% of students from the merit list||Gold Medal,|
Merit Certificate, and
Rs. 3000/- scholarship
|Next 60% of studenrts from the merit list||Silver Medal,|
Rs. 2000/- Scholarship
|Rest of the participants||Bronze Medal,|
Rs. 1000/- Scholarship
Homi Bhabha Exam Fee
The participants are needed to pay the application fee to participate in the Homi Bhabha Exam.
Below are the fee particulars.
|Fee for all Regions & Schools (Without Late Fee)||Rs. 250/-|
|With Late Fee||Rs. 300/-|
|Fee for Individual Application||Rs. 500/-|
Note: The candidates who want to apply for the Homi Bhabha Exam individually (not through any of the schools) come under Individual Application.
How to Pay the Fee:
The application fee should be paid through the school. The students have to pay the fee of Rs. 250/- to the school management.
Rs. 230/- per head will be paid to MSTA and Rs. 20/- is taken by the school’s management towards the processing fee.
The school management will pay the fee through the following methods
- Cash Deposit to the MSTA account
- Through Net Banking/ Credit Card / Debit Card
1. Cash Deposit
The school management can directly deposit the cash to the bank account of the Greater Bombay Science Teacher’s Association.
The account details are as follow
Name of the Beneficiary: ‘The Greater Bombay Science Teachers’ Association’
Account Number: 36494310194
State Bank Of India
Branch: Malad (W), Mumbai.
2. Payment through Online
The management can also pay the fee only by registering the school at www.msta.in.
The Registration process is carried out at the official website of MSTA. The school’s management will take care of the application process on behalf of the student.
The registrations done by the private institutes and academies are not considered as a valid registration.
Syllabus for 6th Class:
The questions are covered from the text books of classes 4th, 5th, 6th. The respective weightage is as follow.
|4th Class Text Books||10% Questions|
|5th Class Text Books||20% Questions|
|6th Class Text Books||60% Questions|
|General Knowledge||10% Questions|
Syllabus for 9th Class:
The questions for Homi Bhabha 9th class exam are taken from the text books of 7th, 8th, and 9th classes.
|7th Class Text Books||10% Questions|
|8th Class Text Books||20% Questions|
|9th Class Text Books||60% Questions|
|General Knowledge||10% Questions|
FAQ on Homi Bhabha Exam 2020-2021
Ans: To participate in the Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik Competition, the student must be studying the 6th & 9th classes from the above-mentioned regions.
Ans: The prize distribution schedule is postponed multiple times. Recently the management has released the final result at the official portal of MSTA. Get the Result Here.
Ans: The application fee to participate in the Homi Bhabha Competition is Rs. 250/- (without late fee).
Ans: The students can also apply for the competition individually by paying the fee of Rs. 500/- directly at the official website.
Ans: The competition is carried out in 3 stages.
1. Written Exam
2. Practical Exam
3. General Interview
Ans: All the updates, notifications, schedule, Answer Key, and the results are published on the official website only.
Check the Homi Bhabha Result Here
Ans: All the applications and the fee payments are accepted at the official website of MSTA i.e., www.msta.in
Ans: The schedule for this academic year is not yet released. As per the official statement from the authorities, this year the notification releases after the re-opening of schools. The first level examination is expected to be conducted in the month of December 2020.