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Dr. Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik Competition

The Mumbai Science Teachers' Association conducts Dr. Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik Spardha since 1981 to encourage students to take interest in science, to inculcate scientific attitude and to search science talent in students. The competition is conducted for the students studying in VI and IX Std.

This competition is based on scientific knowledge acquired by the students up to std. VI and IX. This competition is conducted in English and Marathi Media.

Exam Pattern & Reward

This competition is conducted in three phases as described below.


Description of the phase

Max Marks

Duration of exam.


Selection Procedure

Phase I

Written test
100 multiple choice questions based on
science & G.K.in science



90 min.

a) Top 7.5% students are selected for phase II
b) Students obtaining marks above 35 will get Passing certificate

Phase II

Practical Test :
For VI std.:
There will be 10
experiments of 3 marks each based on general science.
For IX std. :







30 min.



10 min.
10 min.
10 min.

a) All candidates get
merit certificate.
b) Selection for phase III -30%
of the marks obtained in phase I and marks obtained in phase II  are considered.
c) Top 10 % students are
selected for phase III

Phase III

a) General
b) Evaluation of action  research report





5 to 10 min.
5 to 10 min.

a) Considering 30% marks of Phase I,  + Marks of Phase .II & Ph.III., top 10%  will get Gold Medal, certificate
and scholar ship of Rs. 700/-
b) Rest of the candidates will get  silver medal, certificates and  prize of Rs. 100/-

Selection in each phase for Mumbai, Thane and Rest of Maharashtra region is done separately and also selection for each standard and medium.


  • Textbooks of IV, V and VI std of SSC syllabus and Content related to the above from ICSE and CBSE books for 6th std.
  • Textbooks of VII, VIII and IX std of SSC syllabus and Content related to the above from ICSE and CBSE books for 9th std.
  • Marathi medium students should refer the English medium textbooks and the ICSE, CBSE books for examples.
  • Majority of the questions will be from SSS board text books.
  • Less emphasis will be given for knowledge based questions and more emphasis for understanding, reasoning, correlation, etc.
  • The questions related to general knowledge in science will be based on the topics like happenings of the last year and science around day to day life.


Stage 1 (Dr. Homi Bhabha Bal Vaidnyanik competition): Mid September, 100 Marks, 90 Minutes
Stage 2 (Practical Competition): Mid January
Stage 3 (Interviews): Mid February

Distriubution of Marks

Std IX: Physics - 30 marks, Chemistry - 30 marks, Maths - 30 marks, General knowledge in Science - 10 marks
Std VI: General science - 90 marks, General knowledge in Science - 10 marks

Source: http://msta.in

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