National Science Olympiad

National Science Olympiad

Mode of ExamOffline
Level of ExamNational Level

The National Science Olympiad is organized every year to motivate students to strive for better and deeper understanding of scientific facts and data and to enhance their reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills All school students from class 1st onwards are invited to participate in this NSO,  a unique contest that tests their understanding, level of knowledge, applications and power of reasoning.

Important Dates

 Level 1   Exam09 Nov and 23 Nov 2017

 Level 2    Exam11 Feb 2018

How to Apply?

Registration of Students : The NSO is open to the students of classes 1 to 12. Prospectus containing the Registration forms are sent to all schools registered with SOF. Schools not registered may also request for prospectus by sending an e-mail at info@sofworld.org/phone call. Schools must return the registration forms to SOF, duly filled in and complete in all respects by the due date.

Examination Pattern and Scheme

Class Section No. of Questions Marks/question Total Marks
1 to 4 Logical Reasoning 5 1 5
  Science 25 1 25
  Achievers Section 5 2 10
  Grand Total 35   40
5 to 10 Logical Reasoning 10 1 10
  Science 35 1 35
  Achievers Section 5 3 15
  Grand Total 50   60
11 and 12 Physics & Chemistry 25 1 25
  Achievers Section 5 3 15
  Mathematics/Biology 20 1 20
  Grand Total 50   60

The National Science Olympiad is conducted at two levels

Level 1: The first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours.

The level 1 competition is an objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 1 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12.

The question paper consists of three sections –For Class 1 to Class 10

Section-1: Logical Reasoning

Section-2: Science

Section-3: Achievers Section

For Class 11 and Class 12

Section-1: Physics/Chemistry

Section-2: Achievers Section

Section-3 : Mathematics/Biology

There are separate question papers for each class.

The medium of the test is English.

CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabus is followed for setting the test papers.

The exam is conducted during school hours.

Level 2: The level 2 is conducted for students of class 3 to class 12. The qualifiers to second round would include the following:

Top 5% of candidates class wise who appear for the 1st  level exam. Due weightage to marks scored in different sections will be given. Each section is accorded separate weightage.

Zonewise top 25 rank holders class wise.

Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks.

Clarifications: Any clarification regarding rules, format/pattern of the paper, etc., may be sought from SOF through phone-call/fax – 0124-4951200 or email at info@sofworld.org.



Students of classes 1 to 12th are eligible to appear for the 1st level NSO. For National Cyber Olympiad, students from class 2 onwards are eligible to appear for the 1st level. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. Students who qualify for the 2nd level exam include.

(a)Top 5% of students’ class wise, who appear for the 1st level exam,
(b) State wise top 25 rank holders class wise, and
(c) Class toppers from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks. Students from classes 1 and 2 are not required to appear for the 2nd level exam and are ranked based on their performance in the first level exam. IEO is a single level exam.


Application Start Date :
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Exam Date :

11th February 2018

Result Date :
Conducted By :

Science Olympiad Foundation

Official Website : http://www.sofworld.org/nso