ISKO – International Sports Knowledge Olympiad
The International Sports Knowledge Olympiad is conducted by the organization Science Olympiad Foundation, abbreviated as SOF. Sports Olympiad Foundation conducts Olympiads all through the year, for the promotion of scientific temperament amongst students. It is a Not for Profit foundation. Let us give you a brief overview of what ISKO is.
The Sports Olympiad Foundation organizes four Olympiads traditionally; two have been added from 2016 onwards. These are:
- International English Olympiad
- National Science Olympiad
- National Cyber Olympiad
- International Mathematics Olympiad.
- International Company Secretaries Olympiad
- International Sports Knowledge Olympiad
The International Sports Knowledge Olympiad will test the knowledge regarding sports for the students from Class 1 to Class 10. There will be two levels of results, State Level results and International Level Results.
- Students studying in Class 1 till Class 10 are eligible to apply for the test.
- A minimum of ten students needs to apply from each school. Else, applications will not be considered.
- Examination Pattern
- The Examination Pattern is as follows:
- The question paper is divided into four sections.
- There are 35 questions for students from Class 1 to Class 4. The first section, Sports Quest, has 15 questions and carries 15 marks. The next section is about Olympics and has 5 questions. The full marks is 5. This is followed by the section on General Awareness and has 10 questions with a total of 10 marks. The last section is the achiever’ s section. This has 10 questions. Thus, total marks are 40.
- There are 50 questions for students from Class 5 to Class 10. The first section, Sports Quest, has 25 questions and carries 25 marks. The next section is about Olympics and has 5 questions. The full marks is 5. This is followed by the section on General Awareness and has 15 questions with a total of 15 marks. The last section is the achiever’ s section. This has 15 questions. Hence, total marks are 60.
- Each correct response is awarded 1 mark. Achievers’ section questions are awarded 3 marks each.
- There is no negative marking.
- The questions are in the Multiple Choice Question Pattern.
- The language of the test has to be written in English.
- The total time is 1 hour.
- Every class will have a different question paper.
- All applicants are evaluated based on their performance in the exam. Selection is strictly merit-based.
The Award Scheme for ISKO varies for International Level and State Level.
For the International Level, the 3rd Rankholder gets awarded Rs. 10,000, a merit certificate and a Bronze Medal. The 2nd rank-holder gets awarded Rs. 25000, a merit certificate and a Silver medal. The 1st rank-holder gets awarded Rs. 50,000, a merit certificate and a Gold medal. 10 rank holders for 3rd place, 10 rank holders for 2nd place and 10 rank holders for 1st places are announced.
For the State level, the 3rd Rankholder gets awarded Rs. 1,000, a merit certificate and a Bronze Medal. The 2nd rank-holder gets awarded Rs. 2500, a merit certificate and a Silver medal. The 1st rank-holder gets awarded Rs. 5,000, a merit certificate and a Gold medal. The rank holders for ranks 4th to 10th get a merit certificate, medals of excellence and gifts worth 1000/- rupees. Those from 11th to 25th get medals of excellence and merit certificates. 200 rank holders of 1st rank, 200 rank holders of 2nd rank and 200 rank holders of 3rd rank are announced. 1400 rank holders holding the ranks from 4th to 11th are announced, whereas 3000 rank holders of 11th to 25th ranks are announced.
Each participating student gets a participation certificate and a performance report. The performance report helps students to analyze their performance in the Olympiad. The performance report contains the correct answers to each question and gives a detailed analysis of the student’s performance, topic by topic. The topic wise score, the overall performance of the student, the state score and the international percentile score is provided to the student as well.
If two or more students receive the same scores, ranks are determined by the relative weight of the sections and the students’ performance in each section according to the weight. If still not resolved, the decision of the Academic Council is final.
Each class has different syllabi according to the expected level of knowledge appropriate to the age of the student. Section 2 will have questions from the happenings of the Olympics. Section 3 will have various questions from general knowledge, plants, and animals, social sciences, earth and environment, abbreviations and quotes, literature and language, current and general affairs, maths, science and technology etc. Refer to the syllabus below for a detailed understanding.
The schools which are registered with the Science Olympiad Foundation are sent a prospectus which enables them to register their students for the Olympiad. Other schools which are not registered can seek the information via Email.
The registration fees for the 2016 ISKO examination was Rs. 120. The school retains Rs. 20 per student, for expenses incurred for conducting the examination.
The examination was conducted in September and October 2016. Results were published around December 2016.