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Today, youngsters have many doubts about where their future lies. I recently heard a parent saying in a seminar, “there is a problem of plenty.” Indeed! Too many career choices, too many advisors, and too much at stake. The discerning and intelligent students know very well that if they make a wrong move, they can be pushed off the fast track. They are aware of the fact that if they fail in competitive exams, they will have to wallow in the shallow waters of mediocrity and stagnation all their life.

The topic of discussion today is (you guessed it right…) the competitive exams for Standard X students. In introspection, just until about 10 years ago, NTSE or National Talent Search Examination, was the only prestigious talent exam for school students in India. Isn’t that surprising? However, things are different now. There are 20+ talent search exams across subjects, classes, and boards including NTSE, SSTSE, KVPY, NCO, NSO, RMO and more.

Before we begin, we need to understand that the focus of training for board exams is different from that of competitive exams. While in the board exams, replicating what one learns from the textbook is sufficient, cracking competitive exams requires understanding concepts and applying them. The aptitude areas are different for both. Often, many students, who are good at rote learning, do not make it through competitive exams as they are not able to apply the concepts they learned while tackling questions.

Toppr presents to you a list of competitive exams for 10th standard students to help you select the best as per your inclination.

Competitive Exams in 10th Standard

  1. National Talent Search Examination or NTSE

NTSE is by far the most prestigious of all the talent search examinations conducted in India for school students. The main objective of this test is to identify the intelligent and brilliant students. It follows the NCERT prescribed syllabus covering Science, Maths, Social Science and Mental Ability. General awareness becomes an important factor during interview stages

Medium of examination: English and Hindi

Exam date: November

  1. NSEA or National Standard Examination in Astronomy

NSEA is the first of the five stages of Astronomy Olympiad program. It is jointly conducted by two very prestigious bodies namely IAPT or Indian Association of Physics Teachers and HBCSE or Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education.

Medium of examination: English

Exam date: November

  1. NLSTSE or National Level Science Talent Search Examination

NSTSE is a diagnostic test that actually helps students improve their science knowledge. Conducted by Unified Council, the exam duration is about 90 minutes. It gives detailed feedback and thus helps remove the phobia of the subject from students’ minds.

Medium of examination: English

Exam date: December

  1.  ZIO or Zonal Informatics Olympiad

Organized by the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science Chennai, this test has a goal to identify school students with outstanding skills in algorithms and computing. The finalists represent India at International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI). IOI is one of the 6 science Olympiads held annually at the international level.

Medium of examination: English

Exam date: November-December

  1.  IOM or International Olympiad in Mathematics

IOM is conducted every year to test competence and proficiency in the field of Maths. Held annually at the national and international level, it is organized by the Mathematic Olympiad Foundation. Students from grade II to XII can appear for this exam.

Medium of examination: English

Exam date: November or December

  1. IOS or International Olympiad of Science

This is the test for students of CBSE/ICSE of class 1 to 10th. IOS is conducted every year to gauge students’ potential in the field of science. It is held annually at the national and international level. Its forms are available in schools and must be filled in the prescribed format and submitted back through schools. You can also download the form from their website.

Medium of examination: English

Exam date: December

  1.  IESO or International Earth Science Olympiad

Conducted for CBSE/ICSE/State Board students in classes X to XI, this exam can be given by children born during 15 September 1995 to 15 September. The competition for each participant consists of theoretical and practical examinations as well as field-work test. All the main areas of earth sciences, including geology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy, and environmental sciences, are considered in selecting the topics for the competition.

Medium of examination: English

Exam date: January

  1. NCO or National Cyber Olympiad

It is an international level competition focussing on mental ability, logical and analytical reasoning in computers and IT. NCO is a newly started and hugely popular examination conducted by SOF on a national level. Students of Class-2 to Class-12 in recognized schools are eligible to apply.

Medium of examination: English

Exam date: September

  1. Unified Cyber Olympiad

It helps students improve their mental ability, logical reasoning, and computer skills. The subject or exam content is more generic in nature and is suitable for CBSE, ICSE, IB boards. It is conducted by Unified Council, Hyderabad. And students from class 3 to class 10 can appear for this exam.

Medium of examination: English

Exam date: September

  1. Technothlon

Technothlon is an international school championship organized by the student fraternity of IIT Guwahati. It began in 2004 in a small room with an aim to inspire young minds. Starting with a participation of 200 students, over the past 10 years, it has expanded to over 300 cities all over India and various centres abroad.

Medium of examination: English

Exam date: July

  1. IEO or International English Olympiad

This international level competition focuses on enhancing creative thinking in English. The subject followed is common to CBSE, ICSE and IB boards of education. It is meant for students from grade 2nd to grade 10th. IEO is a one-of-a-kind testing exam in India and is conducted by SFO on a pan India basis.

Medium of examination: English

Exam date: January

  1. Geo Genius

Geo-Genius was established by leading academicians with the aim of popularizing the understanding of Geography among the school children. Conducted at the national level, students of grade 2 to 10th can appear for this exam. The Olympiad is conducted every year in two phases. In Phase I, children participate in their respective schools throughout the country. In Phase II, participants with high scores, based on the cut-off, are invited to the National Finals in April.

Medium of examination: English

Exam date: December & April

  1. KVPY or Kishore Vigyan Protsahan Yojana

This is the National level competitive exam held by the Department of Science and Technology. The subject or exam content is focused on science. CBSE, ICSE board students, will find the course content similar to their curriculum. Its objective is to encourage students of science, engineering, and medicine to take up careers in research in these areas.

Medium of examination: English and Hindi

Exam date: October

  1. Silverzone Olympiads

This competitive exam at the school level is meant for students of Class 1 to 13th. It is conducted in various subjects like Maths, English, French, Hindi, Social Studies, General Knowledge and Informatics. The test is designed to ensure students’ success not only on professional or career counts but also on social parameters.

Exam date: Level 1: November-December & Level 2: January-February

  1. NIMO or National Interactive Math’s Olympiad

This is a national level exam conducted by the Eduheal Foundation. CBSE/ICSE/ State Boards and NIMO students studying in class 1 to12 are eligible to appear for it. NIMO promises to make math more fun by introducing activities like interactive Olympiad, workshops and seminars.

Exam date: August & December

  1. KO or Knowledge Olympiad

This exam is conducted by the Knowledge Society of India. It encompasses two exams: Mathematical Olympiad Foundation (MOF), and National Knowledge Olympiad (NKO). Students from Class I – XII can appear in this exam.

Exam date: December

  1. ASSET or Assessment of Scholastic Skills Through Educational Testing

Conducted by Education Initiative, students from CBSE/ICSE can appear for this exam. Students from class 1 to 2nd year are eligible to give this test. The core subjects include English, Maths and Science & optional subjects include social studies and Hindi. It gives a detailed, skill-wise feedback with a customized letter to every student.

Exam date: Summer (July- August) or Winter (December)

  1. CPYLS or Scholarship CSIR Program for Youth on Leadership

This exam is designed for the top 50 ranks students from CBSC/ICSE. It is conducted by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Human Resource Development. Students of class 10th to 12th can appear for this exam.

  1. NBO or National Biotechnology Olympiad

This is a national level test, which is conducted by the Eduheal Foundation. CBSE/ICSE/ State Boards and NIOS students studying in class 1 to 12 are eligible to appear. The aim of this Olympiad is to create awareness about Biotechnology and test the students’ aptitude for taking up a career in this field.

Exam date: September

This list may not be exhaustive, but it does cover most standard exams and only focuses on academics. All in all, it might seem overwhelming for a parent. The obvious question that arises is: “Should you burden your children with these competitive exams”? Certainly not. But it’s crucial to be aware of all options and then judiciously choose the right one. If you need any guidance, stay tuned to Toppr for more updates.

You could also read about how parental pressure can cause damage to children here.

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