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Facts, Syllabus & Pattern
How to apply
How to Prepare for ICSO
ICSO Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here is the detailed exam pattern for the ICSO:
It’s for a total of 60 marks and this exam pattern is applicable for classes 11th and 12th.
SOF would be uploading the admit card for The International Company Secretaries Olympiad 2018 on its official site http://www.sofworld.org/icso soon. Please note that the server of the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOFWORLD), could be slow or there may be a problem due to overload. For that reason, it is advisable to not wait until the last date for downloading the admit card for ICSO exam 2018.
Solving sample papers and previous year papers is not only advisable, but also mandatory, if you want to stay ahead of the stiff competition in ICSO 2018. Solving sample papers will help you prepare for the expected paper and its pattern, while also assisting you in learning efficient time management. You can also assess your own performance by practicing sample papers and judge your level of preparations for ICSO 2018.
Practising previous years’ ICSO papers is important as it helps you simulate the real exam. Toppr provides you with a complete set of all question banks from previous years which you can practice to sharpen your skills.
Q: I want to take part in ICSO. How can I get more details about the exam?
Ans: All the information about the exam is always sent to the registered schools across countries, along with important documents like the prospectus, registration forms, posters and other details before the exam. You can also get the necessary details from your school teachers or through the official website or through the SOF Facebook page.
Q: How will I benefit from giving the ICSO exam?
Ans: Class 11th and 12th are one of the most important junctures of your education, where you are about to make big career decisions. The ICSO helps you realise your potential and aptitude. Apart from self-realisation, SOF also appreciates your potential, by granting awards on merit basis.
You get ranks as per the marks obtained. Therefore, after the exam is done, you can judge yourself academically at four different levels - within the school, at the city level, at zonal level and most importantly at the International level.
You are also given a Student Performance Report (SPR). This report has a detailed analysis of your strong and weak areas and also a performance comparison against other students at school, city, zonal and international level. You get an analysis report of your performance in the past 2 years.
You are given awards as per your international, zonal and school ranking. Prizes are given out annually and include cash awards, certificates, medals, gifts, etc. Even the International toppers get awards at a grand prize distribution ceremony held in Delhi, attended by eminent personalities. The prizes for zonal winners and school winners get sent over to their respective schools. For the year 2018-19, a total amount of Rs. 16 crores will be utilised towards awards, felicitations, scholarships, etc.
Q: What are the career prospects after I complete the Company Secretary Course?
Ans: Company Secretary is one of the key positions in the corporate pyramid. Having a career as a Company Secretary is prestigious, financially rewarding and also comes with a high level of job satisfaction. They can also get the chance to work as a Practicing Company Secretary.
Q: What are the best reference books for the ICSO preparations?
Ans: It is recommended to refer to NCERT books/course books that are prescribed by the CBSE/ICSE/State Boards for exam preparation.
Q: My school is not registered for the Olympiads, so can I give the exam on my own?
Ans: SOF does not allow individual participation and all students need to register strictly through their schools only.
Q: I had given the Olympiad exam when I was in a lower class. Can I give the exam again?
Ans: Definitely. It will also give you an opportunity to improve your previous rankings. And if you get good grades, you will be eligible for certificates and prizes.
Q: When exactly are the results announced for Olympiads?
A: Results of all Olympiads are announced within 8 weeks of the last date of examination. The results get sent to the registered schools and are also made available on the official website.
Q: I am keen on participating in multiple Olympiad exams conducted by SOF. Is it possible?
A: Although these exams like the NCO, NSO, IGKO, IMO, IEO and ICSO are conducted by the same foundation, they are drastically different competitions. But you can choose to register for all the Olympiads in a year as per your class eligibility.
Q: I have still not received my admit card/roll number, and my school authorities don’t have it either. What should I do?
A: You need to request your Principal / Commerce Teacher to inform the SOF about the non-receipt of the documents. The Foundation would then be sending duplicate copies to your school as soon as possible.
Q: Are Olympiads conducted in multiple languages?
A: No, the exams are conducted in English only.
Q: In our school, there are less than 5 students who want to take part in the SOF ICSO exam. Can we give the test?
A: For practical reasons, it is not possible for the foundation to conduct the SOF ICSO for less than 5 students in a school. Therefore, at least 5 students need to be enrolled so that a school becomes an exam center.