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  1. HBBVS

What is HBBVS?

The Mumbai Science Teachers' Association conducts Dr. Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik Spardha - HBBVS - since 1981 to encourage students to take an interest in science, to inculcate scientific attitude and to search for science talent in students.

Only students studying in class 6 & class 9 can participate in this exam. This competition is based on scientific knowledge acquired by the students up to std. VI and IX. It is conducted in English, Hindi and Marathi medium only.

Can I appear for HBBVS 2017?

Only students studying in class 6 & 9 can participate in this exam.

How do I register for HBBVS 2017?

  1. The interested students have to register only online through their School only.
  2. Semi-English medium students can select English or Marathi as medium of instructions for the competition.
  3. Once the medium is selected by student, it remains same throughout the competition. It can not be changed at any circumstances.
  4. There are two steps involved in the registration process. They are as follows :
    1. School Registration
    2. Student Registration
  5. First, the school needs to register, then students can register through the school. No one can go for a personal registration without affiliation to any school.

What is the syllabus for HBBVS?

For Class 6 exam: the syllabus is based on textbooks of Class 5 & 6 of SSC syllabus and related content from ICSE and CBSE books of class 6.

  • Class 5
  • Class 6
  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
  9. Rocks And Minerals
  10. Soil erosion and conservation
  11. Air, Water And Weather
  12. The Moon
  13. Simple Machines
  14. The Environment
  15. Natural Calamities
  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
  9. Plants: Parts and Functions
  10. Changes around Us
  11. Water in our Life
  12. Simple Electric Circuits
  13. Learning how to Measure
  14. Movements in Animals
  15. Lights, Shadows and Images
  16. Living and Non-Living

For Class 9 exam: the syllabus is based on textbooks of Class 7,8 & 9 of SSC science syllabus and related content from ICSE and CBSE books of class 9.

  • Class 7
  • Class 8
  • Class 9
  1. Food Components
  2. Acids And Bases
  3. Animal Fibre
  4. Motion And Time
  5. Temperature And Its Measurement
  6. Weather And Climate
  7. Electricity
  8. Air, Winds And Cyclones
  9. Reflection Of Light
  10. Nutrition In Plants
  11. Respiration In Organisms
  12. Reproductions In Plants
  13. Seed Dispersal
  14. Water
  15. Soil : Our Life
  16. Forest : Our Life
  17. Changes Around Us
  1. Force
  2. Friction
  3. Sound
  4. Some Natural Phenomena
  5. Stars And The Solar System
  6. Synthetics Fibres And Plastics
  7. Metals And Non Metals
  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
  13. Story Of Micro Organisms (Part I & Part II)
  14. Reproduction In Animals
  15. Reaching The Age Of Adolescence
  16. Biodiversity And Its Conservation
  17. Different Ecosystems
  18. Food Production From Plants Methods Of Management
  19. Production And Management Of Food From Animals
  20. Not for drink not for health
  21. Why Do We Fall Ill ?
  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
  12. Animal Tissues
  13. Movement Of Materials Across The Cell Membrane
  14. Diversity In Living Organisms
  15. Sense Organs
  16. Animal Behaviour
  17. Challenges In Improving Agriculture Products
  18. Adaptations
  19. Soil Protection
  20. Bio Geo Chemicals

Less emphasis is given for knowledge based questions and more emphasis for understanding, reasoning, correlation, etc.

The questions related to general knowledge in science are based on topics like happenings of the last year and science around day to day life.

What is the exam pattern and selection procedure of HBBVS?

Written Test, Practical Test and Interview are three phases of competition. Distribution of the marks is given below :

  1. Class 6 :
    Phase 1: Written Test
    Questions Total Marks Duration
    100 Multiple Choice Questions 100 90 minutes
    Selection Procedure
    • Students obtaining marks above 35 will get Passing Certificate.
    • Top 7.5% students from total students will eligible for Phase 2 and will get Merit Certificate.
    Phase 2: Practical Test
    Experiments Total Marks Duration
    6 30 90 minutes
    Selection for Phase 3
    • Top 10% students will be considered for Phase 3.
    • Students must have secured minimum 30% in Phase 1 and Phase 2.
    Phase 3: Interview
    Marks Total Duration
    30 5-10 minutes
  2. Class 9 :
    Phase 1: Written Test
    Questions Total Marks Duration
    100 Multiple Choice Questions 100 90 minutes
    Selection Procedure
    • Students obtaining marks above 35 will get Passing Certificate.
    • Top 7.5% students from total students will eligible for Phase 2 and will get Merit Certificate.
    Phase 2: Practical Test
    Experiments Total Marks Duration
    1 in Physics 10 10 minutes
    1 in Chemistry 10 10 minutes
    1 in Biology 10 10 minutes
    Selection for Phase 3
    • Top 10% students will be considered for Phase 3.
    • Students must have secured minimum 30% in Phase 1 and Phase 2.
    Phase 3: Interview
    Marks Total Duration
    30 5-10 minutes

The selection of students in each phase for Mumbai, Thane and rest of Maharashtra is done separately for each standard and medium.

Please Note:

  • Re-evaluation of the theory paper is not done
  • The passing certificates will be sent to the respective schools. Students can collect it from their respective schools.

From where should I study?

Some of the books which can be followed are:

  • Text books of SSC, ICSE, CBSE Boards
  • Dr.Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik Competition, Publisher : Menaka Prakashan Pune
  • Solve sample questions from official book of MTSA which has question banks for class 6 and class 9 in both English and Marathi medium

Some important points to remember while studying for HBBVS exam are:

  • Majority of the questions will be from SSC board text books so studying from these textbooks is mandatory.
  • The questions related to general knowledge in science will be based on the topics like latest news and science around day to day life.
  • The question banks only give the general information about the examination and the sample questions
  • Experimental questions are given priority over other questions. Hence, make sure you read all the experiments given in your textbooks.

What Scholarships and Awards do I get through HBBVS?

Scholarship awarded to students across their education:

  • Top 10% students will get Gold Medal, Certificate and Scholarship of Rs. 1000/-.
  • Next top 60% students will get Silver Medal, Certificate and Scholarship of Rs. 500/-.
  • Remaining all students will get Bronze Medal, Certificate and Scholarship of Rs. 300/-.

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