RYSI FAQs

  1. What age group can participate?
  2. Age shall not be less than 8 and not more than 16 years as on 1st January 2019 (only those born between 1st January, 2002 and 31st December 2010 can participate).

  3. What are the Award Categories
    • Children studying in Standard 3rd and 4th (Junior)
    • Studying in Standard 5th to 7th (Middle)
    • Studying in Standard 8th to 10th (High)
  4. Should I provide any proof for the class/age I am studying?
  5. Yes. Finalists will have to provide a bona fide certificate from their school or birth certificate in case a child is home schooled. Please refer to RYSI Rules for details.

  6. Can student studying in non-English medium apply?
  7. Yes. This is a language neutral competition. However, keep in mind that all our instructions and communication will be in English. Our website may not support your language of choice, in which case you will have to send in your entry in languages other than English by post.

  8. Can individuals and teams (a group of students) participate?
  9. Only individuals can participate. Teams CANNOT participate.

  10. Is registering for the competition mandatory?
  11. Yes

  12. How should I register?
  13. Refer to www.ramanaward.org for online registration. You will get an acknowledgement to your registered email ID.

  14. I am in an area where Internet is not accessible. Can I register?
  15. Yes. In case you are in an area where internet is inaccessible, you can send the registration via post to
    Innovation & Science Promotion Foundation
    Ref: RYSI Award
    c/o Raman Research Institute Trust
    Panchavati, 15th Cross, 8th Main,
    Malleswaram, Bangalore 560003

    However, we cannot send any acknowledgement if you send via post.

  16. When is the last date for registering?
  17. December 31st, 2018

  18. What is the process for the award?
  19. Please refer to RYSI Process and the RYSI Award video on the said website.

  20. What should I do after registering?
  21. Participants are expected to create – on their own – hands-on science activities that demonstrate a principle on any chosen school science topic. Working models, toys or experiments that help demonstrate a scientific principle may be submitted. Up to three (3) active submissions (entries that will be considered for evaluation) may be entered for the preliminary stage per participant for consideration.

  22. Can I choose whatever theme or topic I like to build my model/toy or experiment?
  23. Yes. For the preliminary stage, any science topic – typically taught in the national science curriculum – can be considered by the contestant. A comprehensive list can be found on Topic List

  24. Should I submit an actual working model by courier
  25. No. There is NO need to courier anything. You are only required to send photos and details of your innovation.

  26. When is the last date for submission of my entry?
  27. December 31st, 2018

  28. Should I do anything after submission of my science model/toy or experiment?
  29. No. We will intimate you by email (mobile in case you have submitted by post), in case you are selected to participate in Phase II – the Regional Finals, by 25th January 2019. If you do not hear back from us by this date, you have not progressed to the next Phase.

  30. If I am selected for the Regional Finals, what should I do?
  31. Based on the number of candidates from each “Region”, we will decide whether to conduct certain regional finals on-location or online. You will be notified about your Regional Finals by the 25th of January 2019.

  32. How are you determining the “Regions”?
  33. This will depend on the number of worthy contestants from each geographical region. For example, if we receive 100+ worthy submissions from Bangalore, then Bangalore will become a “Region”. Similarly, if from all of the Northeast, we receive only a 100 worthy entries, then the entire Northeast becomes a “Region”. You will be intimated on this by the 25th of January 2019 so that you have sufficient time to make any travel plans, if necessary.

  34. When are the Regional Finals?
  35. They will be held on-location or online on the 3rd of February 2019

  36. What happens in the Regional Finals?
  37. Please go to our website for details of the process on RYSI Process

  38. If I am selected for Phase III – The Finals, should I come to Bengaluru?
  39. Yes.

  40. Will I be given sufficient time to make travel arrangements?
  41. Yes. The finals will be held on 24th February, and the results of Phase II will be out on 10th February, which provides you about 2 weeks to make travel arrangements.

  42. Will I be reimbursed travel and stay expenses?
  43. For private schools, travel and stay arrangements have to be made by the student. However, those from Government schools will be reimbursed return Sleeper Class train fare from anywhere in India for two people and accommodation organised in Bangalore. The travel planning/booking will remain the responsibility of the contestant. Travel Agent fees etc. for bookings will not be reimbursed.

  44. What support do I get to prepare?
  45. The Resources section of the web site has a wealth of information on Experiential Science and samples of learning tools / innovations that we expect to see. Please review Resources for more details.

  46. Can I get a sample to understand more?
  47. The RYSI Award cannot provide you samples. However, our partner organisation, ThinkTac, provides sample(s). Please note that this is optional and has to be purchased at a nominal cost from the ThinkTac website.

  48. How can I communicate with the RYSI organisers?
  49. With several thousand participants, we will be unable to individually address your queries. The best way to communicate with us is through the RYSI Award forums where we will do our best to respond to all queries. Visit Forums to participate in our forums and get your queries answered.

  50. Do schools get an award if their students win or reach the finals?
  51. Yes. Schools that ensure participation of more than 10 students will be recognised and schools with award-winning children will get a shield. Please refer to Schools for the details.

  52. I am interested in volunteeri How do I go about this?
  53. Volunteers are most welcome. Please refer to Volunteers site for details.

  54. What about home-schooled children?
  55. Home-schooled children can also participate. The category should be chosen based on the normal age group for the standards included in the categories.

  56. What are the Contest Rules?
  57. A complete set of rules for the RYSI award can be found at . Please register for the Award only after you have read and understood the rules and are in complete agreement with them.

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