HBBVS

The HBBVS exam is held to discover science talent in school students in classes 6 and 9 with the objective of getting more students interested in science.
Info About HBBVS
  • Field
    Science
  • Eligibility
    Class 6 and 9 Students
  • Subjects
    Science and GK in Science
  • Applicants
    10 lakh
  • Region
    Maharashtra
  • Questions Type
    Objective MCQs
  • Paper Pattern
    100 Questions in 90 Minutes.
  • Colleges
    None
  • Difficulty Level
    Moderate
  • Time to Prepare
    6 Months
  • When
    September to February
What you will learn

Class 5 Science

You will learn the basics of plants, animals and the human body. This class will be the foundation for your higher studies.
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Class 6 Science

You will start to understand how everyday life events are connected to certain fundamental principles in science.
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Class 7 Science

You will learn the physiology of living organisms and will master the application of various physical phenomenon.
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Class 8 Science

You will learn about energy conservation, new concepts in physics and the fundamentals of biology.
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Class 9 Science

You will learn agricultural practices, environmental issues, states of matter and the hierarchy of organisms.
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All you need to know about HBBVS

Sections

Facts, Syllabus & Pattern

  • What is HBBVS?
  • Syllabus for HBBVS
  • Exam Pattern for HBBVS

How to apply for HBBVS

  • Eligibility Criteria for HBBVS
  • Registration for HBBVS
  • Application Fee for HBBVS

Important Dates

  • Exam Dates for HBBVS

Results and Cut-off

  • Cut-off for HBBVS
  • Selection Process for HBBVS
  • Scholarships and Awards through HBBVS

How to Prepare for HBBVS

  • Study Material for HBBVS

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What is HBBVS?

HBBVS - incepted in 1981 - encourages students to take an interest in Science.

It also aims at inculcating a scientific attitude in students and uncovers a talent for science among the best.

Today, students all over from Maharashtra can take part in this exam.

This exam is conducted in three stages and contains the following:

  1. Written test
  2. Practical test
  3. Interview and evaluation of action research project

Here is a list of other science olympiads.

Syllabus for HBBVS

For the Class 6 exam

The syllabus is based SSC curricula for class 5 and 6. It is also related to content for ICSE and CBSE books of class 6.

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  1. Living Things
  2. Plant Life
  3. Animal Life
  4. Interdependence In Nature
  5. Bones and Muscles
  6. The Nervous System
  7. Food And Health
  8. Safety and First Aid
  1. Rocks and Minerals
  2. Soil Erosion and Conservation
  3. Air, Water And Weather
  4. The Moon
  5. Simple Machines
  6. The Environment
  7. Natural Calamities
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  1. Our Food
  2. Playing with Magnets
  3. Rain: Where Does It Come From
  4. What Do Animals Eat
  5. Materials and Things
  6. Habitat
  7. Separation of Substances
  8. Fibre to Fabric
  1. Plants: Parts and Functions
  2. Changes Around Us
  3. Water in Our Life
  4. Simple Electric Circuits
  5. Learning How to Measure
  6. Movements in Animals
  7. Lights, Shadows and Images
  8. Living and Nonliving
For the Class 9 exam

The syllabus is based SSC curricula for Class 7, Class 8 and Class 9. It is also related to content for ICSE and CBSE books of Class 9.

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  1. Food Components
  2. Acids and Bases
  3. Animal Fibre
  4. Motion and Time
  5. Temperature and Its Measurement
  6. Weather, Climate and Adaptation of Animals to Climate
  7. Electricity
  8. Air, Winds and Cyclones
  9. Reflection Of Light
  10. Nutrition in Plants
  1. Respiration In Organisms
  2. Reproductions in Plants
  3. Seed Dispersal
  4. Water
  5. Soil: Our Life
  6. Forest: Our Life
  7. Changes Around Us
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  1. Force
  2. Friction
  3. Sound
  4. Some Natural Phenomena
  5. Stars And The Solar System
  6. Synthetics Fibres And Plastics
  7. Metals And Nonmetals
  8. Coal And Petroleum
  9. Combustion, Fuels And Flame
  10. Electrical Conductivity Of Liquids
  11. What Is Science
  12. Cell - The Basic Unit Of Life
  1. Story Of Micro Organisms (Part I & Part II)
  2. Reproduction In Animals
  3. Reaching The Age Of Adolescence
  4. Biodiversity And Its Conservation
  5. Different Ecosystems
  6. Food Production From Plants Methods Of Management
  7. Production And Management Of Food From Animals
  8. Not For Drink Not For Health
  9. Why Do We Fall Ill?
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  1. Motion
  2. Laws of Motion
  3. Gravitation
  4. Work and Energy
  5. Sound
  6. Matter Around Us
  7. Is Matter Pure?
  8. Atoms and Molecules
  9. What is Inside the Atom?
  10. Floating Bodies
  11. Plant Tissues
  1. Animal Tissues
  2. Movement of Materials Across the Cell Membrane
  3. Diversity in Living Organisms
  4. Sense Organs
  5. Animal Behaviour
  6. Challenges in Improving Agriculture Products
  7. Adaptations
  8. Soil Protection
  9. Bio Geo Chemicals

Here is a snippet to help you understand the kind of questions you should expect.

Less emphasis is given to knowledge-based questions than conceptual understanding, reasoning, correlation etc. Questions related to general knowledge in Science are based on topics like ‘happenings of the last year’ and science around ‘day to day life’.

Exam Pattern for HBBVS

Here is the pattern for the exam.
Phase 1 - Written Test
Particulars Details
Subjects Class 5 and 6 syllabus (Class 6 students) Class 7, 8 and 9 syllabus (Class 9 students)
Type of Questions Objective (MCQs)
Mode of Examination Written Test
Exam Duration 1.5 hours
Number of Questions 100 questions
Languages English, Hindi and Marathi
Marking Scheme 1 mark awarded for each correct answer
Negative Marking No negative marking
Phase 2 - Practical Competition
Particulars Details
Subjects Class 5 and 6 syllabus (Class 6 students) Class 7, 8 and 9 syllabus (Class 9 students)
Type of Questions Objective (MCQs)
Mode of Examination Practicals
Exam Duration 30 minutes
Number of Experiments 5
Marking Scheme 6 marks for each correct experiment
Negative Marking No negative marking
For class 6 students, the distribution of marks is given below.
Stage 1 - Written Test
Questions Total Marks Time Duration
100 multiple choice questions 100 90 minutes
Stage 2 - Practical Competition
Experiments Total Marks Time Duration
6 30 30 minutes
Stage 3 - Interview
- 30 5 to 10 minutes
Stage 4 - Evaluation of Action Research Project
- 30 5 to 10 minutes
For Class 9 students, the distribution of marks is given below.
Stage 1 - Written Test
Questions Total Marks Time Duration
100 multiple choice questions 100 90 minutes
Stage 2 - Practical Competition
Experiments Total Marks Time Duration
1 in Physics 10 10 minutes
1 in Chemistry 10 10 minutes
1 in Biology 10 10 minutes
Stage 3 - Interview
- 30 5 to 10 minutes
Stage 4 - Evaluation of Action Research Project
- 30 5 to 10 minutes

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Eligibility Criteria for HBBVS

You need to be a student in class 6 or class 9 to participate in this exam.

Registration for HBBVS

The HBBVS registration contains two steps:
  1. School registration
  2. Student registration
To register as a school for the first time, you need to:
  1. Log on to www.msta.in.
  2. Click ‘Apply Online’.
  3. Click ‘New Register’.
  4. Fill in all the necessary details.
  5. Your ‘Login ID’ and ‘Password’ will now be sent to you via email and SMS.
To register as a school for the first time, you need to:
  1. Log on to www.msta.in
  2. Enter your login ID and password
  3. Click ‘My Profile’ to confirm your school details
  4. Click ‘Add Fees’ and fill up your personal details
  5. For individual registrations, click ‘Add student’ (one by one)
  6. For bulk registrations, click ‘Upload Student’ and then on ‘Download Template’
  7. Now open the saved template and enter all student details
  8. Log in once again and click ‘Upload Student’
  9. Now click ‘Browse’, select the template and then save it
  10. Now click ‘Export to Excel’ and take a printout
Read the rules for the HBBVS registration process here.
Here are the rules for the HBBVS registration process:
  • You can only register for HBBVS through your school
  • If you’re a semi-English medium student, you can select English or Marathi as your preferred language
  • One you’ve selected your language, you cannot change it
  • If a school has already registered before, the current login ID and password will be sent by MSTA via email and SMS. The school can then register new students
  • Login IDs and passwords are unique for each school, but common for its students
  • You can also edit student details by clicking on the action button in front of the student’s name

Application Fee for HBBVS

  1. Keep Rs. 10 per student aside as the processing fee
  2. Deposit the remaining amount - Rs. 180 per student - through any SBI branch
  3. This amount will be deposited in favour of:
    The Greater Bombay Science Teacher’s Association,
    State Bank of India,
    Current AC. No. 32322190475,
    Malad West
  4. Get the transaction ID or J-No. from SBI Bank and note it on the paying slip

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Exam Dates for HBBVS

Registration
Online entry forms released (without late fee) 1st to 16th July, 2017 12:01 AM
Online entry forms released (with late fee) 17th to 25th July, 2017 12:01 AM
Stage 1 - Written Test
Written test 1st October, 2017 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Written test result declared 2nd week of November, 2017 -
Stage 2 - Practical Competition
Practical competition - Class 6 11th December, 2017 -
Practical competition - Class 9 18th December, 2017 -
Practical competition result declared 5th January, 2018 -
Stage 3 - Interview
Interview for Class 6 and 9 19th January, 2018 -
Prize distribution 5th March, 2018 -

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Cut-off for HBBVS

Here are the cutoffs for the year 2015-16:
Practicals
Standard Mumbai Thane/Raigad Rest of Maharashtra
Class 6 - English 61 61 62
Class 6 - Marathi 54 63 63
Class 9 - English 52 52 52
Class 9 - Marathi 41 41 49
Vivas
Standard Mumbai Thane/Raigad Rest of Maharashtra
Class 6 - English 40.1 40.7 41.9
Class 6 - Marathi 33.4 35.3 40.1
Class 9 - English 36 36.7 32.9
Class 9 - Marathi 25.3 26 27.1

Selection Process for HBBVS

Here’s the selection process for class 6 and 9 students:
Stage 1
  • You get a Passing Certificate if you score more than 35 marks
  • If you’re in the top 7.5% of the candidate pool, you get a Certificate of Merit and advance to the practical competition
Stage 2
  • If you’re in the top 10% of the candidate pool, you qualify for the interview
  • You also need a minimum of 30% in Phase 1 and 2

Scholarships and Awards through HBBVS

At the end of all four stages, you will be given an award based on your performance. To be eligible for the awards listed below, you need a minimum score of 30% in all 4 stages.

  • If you’re in the top 10%, you get a gold medal, a certificate and a scholarship of Rs. 1500
  • If you’re in the next 60%, you get a silver medal, a certificate and a scholarship of Rs. 1000
  • If you fall in the last category, you get a bronze medal, a certificate and a scholarship of Rs. 500

Here are some details about the selection process.

  • Selection in each phase is done separately for each standard and medium or board
  • The above point is applicable for participants in Mumbai, Thane and the rest of Maharashtra
  • Reevaluation of the theory paper is not allowed
  • Passing certificates will be sent to your school where you can collect it from

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Study Material for HBBVS

Here are some of the books you should refer while preparing for HBBVS:
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  • Textbooks for Class 5 and 6 - SSC Board
  • Textbooks for Class 6 - CBSE Board
  • Textbooks for Class 6 - ICSE Board
  • Dr. Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik Competition - Menaka Prakash Pune
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  • Textbooks for Class 7, 8 and 9 - SSC Board
  • Textbooks for Class 7 - CBSE Board
  • Textbooks for Class 7 - ICSE Board
  • Dr. Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik Competition - Menaka Prakash Pune
Here are some important points to remember:
  • Most of the questions will be based on the SSC syllabus
  • Questions regarding general knowledge will be based on ‘latest news’ and ‘Science in our day-to-day life’
  • Experimental questions are given priority over other questions
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