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Research Scholars admission test

The written test will be of three hours duration, and it will have two sections.


The first section will contain a total of 90 questions distributed among several subjects as follows:


(a) 40 questions on biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. The 10 questions in each subject will test the candidate's ability to apply concepts, and reason with concepts, in these subjects. The standard of the questions will be at the level of up to CBSE Std. XII.


(b) 20 questions on other areas including education, social sciences and cognitive sciences.


(c) 30 questions that test Scientific literacy, Technical comprehension, and Logical reasoning.


The candidate is expected to answer a maximum of 50 questions from any area in a time duration of two hours. In case more than 50 questions are attempted, the score obtained will be normalised to that corresponding to 50 questions.


The second section will have the following questions to be answered in one hour:


(a) Describe briefly (in 300 words or less) any research topic of your interest in science, mathematics or technology education. Provide arguments for why that research is important, and outline the possible educational outcomes of the research you have described.


(b) Describe your response (in 300 words or less) to any one of the given issues in education.


(c) List three questions that you would like to ask about the work done at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).


Candidates who pass the written test will be required to appear for interview. The final selection will be based *only* on the performance in the interviews.


Past question papers of the Research Scholar Entrance Test are given below. *NOTE that these are only indicative as the pattern of the question paper has been evolving in form, content or both.*


RS Question Set 2014 (click to download)

RS Question Set 2013 (click to download)

RS Question Set 2012 (click to download)

RS Question Set 2011 (click to download)

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