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The International English Olympiad commonly known as IEO is conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation in collaboration with the British Council. The test is designed to focus on the usage of English language.
  • Field
  • Eligibility
    1st to 12th
  • Subjects
  • Questions Type
    Objective MCQs
  • Difficulty Level
    Medium to Hard
  • Time to Prepare
    1 year
  • When
    March to April

All you need to know about IEO


Facts, Syllabus & Pattern

  • What is IEO?
  • Syllabus for IEO
  • Exam Pattern for IEO
  • Selection Process for IEO

How to apply

  • Eligibility Criteria for IEO
  • Registration for IEO
  • Application Fee for IEO
  • Admit Card for IEO

Important Dates

  • Exam Dates for IEO 2018

Results and cut-off

  • Results of IEO 2018

How to Prepare for IEO

  • Preparation Tips for IEO
  • Sample Papers for IEO
  • Previous Years’ Papers for IEO

FAQs on International English Olympiad

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What is IEO?

  • The International English Olympiad is commonly known as the IEO. It is a one-of-a-kind exam that is first in the history of testing English language in India.
  • The 1st level International English Olympiad exam will be held on 4th October, 11th October and 23rd October 2018-2019.
  • Each of the 3 exam dates has been allotted a different question paper.
  • Only the participating schools hold and conduct the IEO exam.
  • These schools should be affiliated to the ICSE, CBSE or State Boards in order to be eligible to conduct the exam.
  • Out of the 3 dates mentioned above, the schools can choose any one date for conducting the IEO exam.
  • International English Olympiad has now become a two-level exam.
  • A nominal participation fee is charged.
  • A part of the fees will be retained by the school for its expenses as an IEO exam centre.
  • This exam is conducted for students studying in classes 1st to 12th.
  • Students who have qualified the level 1 exam will move ahead to take the level 2 IEO exam.
  • The IEO question paper will be prepared by the British Council.
  • The IEO exam will be conducted/evaluated by SOF.
  • The students will get participation/winning certification jointly from SOF and the British Council.

Syllabus for IEO

  • The International English Olympiad only tests you on topics related to the English language.
  • The questions vary for students in junior school and students in middle and high school.
  • There are a total of 6 topics that the students are tested on.
  • The topics remain the same for both sets of students.
  • However, the only difference in the question paper is the number of questions, the maximum marks allotted and most importantly, the level of difficulty of the questions.

For Classes 1st to 4th

  1. Word Knowledge
  2. Structure Knowledge
  3. Reading
  1. Spoken Expressions
  2. Written Expressions
  3. Achievers Section

For Classes 5th to 12th

  1. Word Knowledge
  2. Structure Knowledge
  3. Reading
  1. Spoken Expressions
  2. Written Expressions
  3. Achievers Section

Exam Pattern for IEO

As stated earlier, the International English Olympiad only focuses on the English language and hence tests students on these topics:

Word Knowledge, Structure Knowledge, Reading, Spoken Expressions, Written Expressions and Achievers Section.

Class Question Type Area of Assessment
1st to 4th
  • Word Knowledge
  • Structure Knowledge
  • Reading
  • Spoken Expressions
  • Written Expressions
  • Achievers Section
  • Tests your aptitude in English language as a whole.
  • Evaluates your understanding of the English language
5th to 12th
  • Word Knowledge
  • Structure Knowledge
  • Reading
  • Spoken Expressions
  • Written Expressions
  • Achievers Section
  • Tests your aptitude in English language as a whole.
  • Evaluates your understanding of the English language

International English Olympiad an English testing examination that comprises of different questions and markings for each class.

For classes 1 to 4

Sections Tested Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Word and Structure Knowledge 30 30
Spoken and Written Expressions
Achievers Section 5 10




For classes 5 to 12

Sections Tested Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Word and Structure Knowledge 45 45
Spoken and Written Expressions
Achievers Section 5 15
Total 50 60

Selection Process for IEO

  • IEO is a multiple level exam and you would be selected on the basis of merit.
  • The ranks for the IEO exam will be given on the basis of marks obtained in the exam.
  • Students of classes 1 and 2 are not required to appear for the 2nd level exam and are hence ranked on the basis of their performance in the level 1 exam.

If 2 or more students score the same marks, then the rank determination is on the following basis:

  • Marks obtained in different sections of the exam. Each section will be accorded separately.
  • Age of the students with preference given to the younger student.
  • Sometimes, telephonic or personal interviews will be conducted.
  • Performance in school during the previous year (as mentioned in the OMR sheet). This will then be verified at the discretion of the SOF.
  • In case 2 or more students are scored equally on all the parameters discussed above, then the award may be distributed equally among all winners.

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Eligibility Criteria for IEO

The eligibility criteria for International English Olympiad is as given:

  • Only students who belong to participating schools can take part in the IEO exam.
  • You must be from a participating school that is affiliated to either/both/all ICSE, CBSE, State Board.
  • You should be in any class from 1 to 12.
  • You should have basic English language knowledge., there is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks, gender, etc.

Registration for IEO

  • Since SOF does not encourage and permit individual participation, a minimum of 10 students from every school should participate.
  • The registration sheet for the school(s) and the information booklet are posted to schools all over India.
  • The coordinating teachers of the schools will generate roll numbers for students as per the given guidelines and instructions.
  • Finally, a copy of the roll numbers with every student’s registration and school registration sheet should be sent to the foundation office within 30 days before the IEO exam date.

Application Fee for IEO

  • A charge of Rs 125(US$9 per student for International schools), including 18% GST, towards cost of examination is payable, if you belong to a school in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan or Nepal
  • You are exempted from this fee, if you are suffering from any major physical disability or if your parent was martyred during defence operations.
  • Further, the school may collect an amount upto Rs 25 (US$1 per student for International schools) per student, towards honorarium of incharge, remuneration to teachers to teach, guide using study material supplied by SOF and other miscellaneous expenses.

Admit Card for IEO

  • The International English Olympiad 2018 admit card will be released a few days before the exam dates.
  • To be able to download the admit cards, you will have to visit the official IEO 2018 link and get the hall ticket from there.
  • After downloading the admit card, it is important for you to print a hard copy of this admit card because this document is your entry to the exam centre.

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Exam Dates for IEO 2018

Event Dates
Availability of International English Olympiad 2018 admit card Few days before the exam date
International English Olympiad exam date 2018 4th October 2018
11th October 2018
23rd October 2018

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Results of IEO 2018

  • The 9th IEO Results 2018 - 2019 will be announced only after the successful registration and conduction of the examination by the respective schools.
  • In order to check the results, you will have to follow the given instructions:
  • Visit the official International English Olympiad website.
  • Enter in the roll number in the format: your school code-class number-roll number. For example, if your school code is AN0001, your class number is 04 and your roll number is 1, your IEO roll number will be AN0001-04-001.

Students from class 1 and class 2 are not required to participate in level 2 of this exam and hence, you can check your finalized results after the first level. On the other hand, students not belonging to class 1 and 2 can check their results to find out if they have qualified for level 2.

The cut off marks for this exam are class-wise. In case 1 or more students score the same total marks, the section-wise marks obtained are considered to determine who qualifies for level 2. Weightage for each section is as follows:

  • M4 - Achievers Section
  • M3 - Spoken and Written Expression
  • M2 - Reading
  • M1 - Word and Structure Knowledge

Total mark cut-off and section-wise cut off

Class Cut-Off M4 M3 M2 M1
III 33 8 3 8 14
IV 35 8 4 7 16
V 48 9 4 12 23
VI 50 10 4 11 23
VII 47 9 5 9 24
VIII 53 12 4 12 25
IX 52 15 5 12 20
X 50 12 5 12 21
XI 52 12 5 12 23
XII 48 15 3 10 20

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Preparation Tips for IEO

  • Practice is the key: Practice as much as you can. 70% of your IEO preparation comprises of practice. Toppr offers over 3.5 lakh questions in our question bank to help you learn and strengthen concepts in each chapter.
  • Take All-India Level mock tests: Give time-bound mock tests in a completely exam-like environment to improve your efficiency at attempting questions. Toppr offers an All-India Test Series that lets you compete with other students from all over India.
  • Clear all your doubts: Don't get stuck with doubts. Discuss and clarify them with Subject Experts at Toppr to get an instant reply.
  • Study from the best sources: NCERT and several recommended books for IEO are the minimum resources you need. Toppr offers the best study material from all over the web to help you prepare better.
  • Revision is important: When you go through a formula or concept, maintain revision notes in the form of bullet points. Revision will be useful when the exam is close and a good revision pattern will take less time. Normally, without these notes, you would have to go through the entire chapter to understand important points once again.

Sample Papers for IEO

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 IEO 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 preparation for IEO 2018.

Previous Years’ Papers for IEO

Practising previous years’ IEO 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.

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Q: When is International English Olympiad exam conducted?

Ans. The International English Olympiad is held during the month of October. It can be conducted on any one of the 3 provided dates.

Q: What is the age wise eligibility to appear for International English Olympiad Exam?

Ans: You should belong to a participating school that is affiliated to either/both/all ICSE, CBSE, State Board to take part in this exam. You should be in any class from 1 to 12. You should have basic English language knowledge.

Q: My school does not want to register for the olympiad but I am eager to write the exam. Can I do it on my own?

Ans: No, unfortunately, the SOF does not encourage individual participation. You have to register and pay for the olympiad through your own participating school, if applicable.

Q: I have already appeared for the olympiads while I was in a lower class. Can I appear again?

Ans: You most certainly can. This will give you an opportunity to improve your previous rankings and if you are successful in doing so, you will be eligible to move onto the level 2 and possibly win prizes and certificates.

Q: My school has already dispatched the registration form and I am left out and want to register myself for the olympiad exam. What should I do?

Ans: You can request your school authorities to send your relevant details and fee immediately to us. We will accept it if it reaches us before the last date of registration (usually 30 days before the exam).

Q: Can I take part in more than 1 olympiad exam?

Ans: Although it is conducted by the same foundation, NCO, NSO, IMO, IEO, ICSO and IGKO are completely different competitions. You can register for all the 6 olympiads in a year.

Q: Are there any special books which the participants can refer to for the IEO preparation?

Ans: In general, NCERT books and other course books prescribed by the CBSE/ICSE/State Boards may be referred to for the preparation. Some of the other books that you can refer to are as follows:

  • MTG class wise workbooks (for class 1 to 10)
  • SOF olympiad trainer mobile apps
  • OSDS - Olympiad Skill Development System
  • E-quiz
  • Previous years papers

In addition, class 11 and 12 students can refer to various publications like Chemistry Today, Biology Today, Mathematics Today and Physics For You and MTG books contain useful matter for your preparation.

Q: How does a student benefit by taking the olympiad exams?

Ans: You are ranked on the basis of marks obtained by you. Hence, after taking the first level of the test, you can judge yourself academically at 4 different levels - within the school, at the city level, at the state level and at an international level.

Q: What is an SPR?

Ans: SPR is the short form of Student Performance Report. This Student Performance Report (SPR) analyses the strong and weak areas of the student and also gives a detailed performance comparison of the student. Analysis of the student’s past 6 years performance is also provided.

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