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All the facts, dates and information you need, about the prestigious National Science Olympiad.

What is NSO?

National Science Olympiad (NSO) is a yearly competitive exam conducted for school students. Organized by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF), this exam aims at cultivating scientific reasoning and logical ability among the students through a rigorous test. The Science olympiad Foundation primarily envisions the scientific curiosity and vigour in young students through competitive exams. Read on to find out more about NSO exam.

Can I appear for NSO?

  1. Students of classes 1 to 12th are eligible to appear for the 1st level Olympiads.
  2. Students who qualify for the 2nd level exam include:
    1. Top 5% of students’ class, who appear for the 1st level exam
    2. State wise top 25 rank holders per class
    3. Class toppers from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks
    4. 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
  3. There is no other restriction as long as the student is enrolled in a school programme
  4. In a particular academic year, a student is allowed only one attempt.

How do I register for NSO 2017?

Here is how you can register for NSO exam:

  1. Prospectus containing the Registration forms are sent to all schools registered with Science Olympiad Foundation.
  2. Schools not registered may also request for prospectus by sending an e-mail at info@sofworld.org / phone - call / fax at 0124-4951200
  3. The school's coordinating teacher will generate the students' Roll Numbers as per the guidelines given
  4. A nominal participation fee is charged from each student.

What are the NSO Exam Dates?

The Science Olympiad Foundation only releases dates for the current academic year.

  1. NSO 2016 exam dates are 15th & 24th Nov, 2016.
  2. Tentatively second round to be held in the month of January-February 2017.

What is the syllabus for NSO?

  1. Questions of level-I Olympiad exams will be 60% from the current class syllabus and 40% from the previous class syllabus, e.g. Class-7 NSO exam will have 60% questions from class-7 syllabus and 40% questions from class 6 syllabus.
  2. Questions of level-II Olympiad exams will be from current class syllabus only.
  3. Questions in ACHIEVERS SECTION will be from current class syllabus only.

What is the NSO Exam Pattern?

The National Science Olympiad is conducted at two levels. Here are some pointers for you to remember:

  • 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.
Level 1
Class Section No. of Q's Time
1 to 4 Logical Reasoning 35 60 mins
Achievers Section
5 to 10 Logical Reasoning 50 60 mins
Achievers Section
11 and 12 Physics and Chemistry 50 60 mins
Achievers Section
Maths or Biology
Level 2: For Class 3 to Class 12
Class Section No. of Q's Total Marks
1 to 4 Logical Reasoning 5 5
Science 25 25
Achievers Section 5 10
Grand Total 35 40
5 to 10 Logical Reasoning 10 10
Science 35 35
Achievers Section 5 15
Grand Total 50 60
11 and 12 Physics and Chemistry 25 25
Achievers Section 5 15
Maths or Biology 20 20
Grand Total 50 60

How should I prepare for NSO?

  • Understand the standard of questions: If you are appearing for NSO, then expect questions of varying difficulty level. The questions test logical and observational skills of the students. There will be no direct questions but rather an application of a previously studied concept is more likely to form the base of a question.
  • Practice sample papers: Solving the sample paper will give you a fair idea of the pattern of questions asked. They are also good for improving your pace of attempting paper in the limited time. The sample papers can be obtained from the official website.
  • Know the relevant books: You must thoroughly study course books suggested by your school board (ICSE/ CBSE/ State Board). In addition to this, you can refer to books available for Olympiad preparation to get a good rank in NSO.

The books prescribed for NSO are as follows:

  • MTG NSO class wise Workbooks (For Class 1 to 10)
  • SOF Olympiad Trainer’ Mobile Apps
  • OSDS (Olympiad Skill Development System)
  • Previous Years Papers
  • Olympiad’s Book of Reasoning (for preparation for the reasoning section of NSO)
  • E-Quiz

Additionally, class XI and XII students can refer to the various publications like Chemistry Today, Biology Today, Mathematics Today and Physics For You and MTG books which contain useful information including model test papers of various National and International Olympiads.

When do I qualify?

Qualification for NSO exam for students for Level 1 are done on the basis of ranks obtained in the exam.

In case two or more students score same total marks, ranks will be awarded to student scoring higher marks in sections accorded higher priority, as under:

For class 1st to 10th
1Achiever's section
3Logical Reasoning
For class 11th and 12th
1Achiever's section
3Logical Reasoning

In case two or more students score equally in all sections, they will be accorded same rank.

Criterion for ranking in 2nd Level Olympiad Exams:

In case of level 2 exams, ranks will be accorded on the following criteria:

Total Marks scored in level 2 exam. In case two or more students score same number of marks, ranks will be determined on following criteria:

  1. Marks scored in sections in level two exam accorded higher priority.
  2. Total marks scored in Level one exam.
  3. Marks scored in sections, in level one exam, accorded higher priority.

In case two or more students score same marks under all the categories above, they will be awarded the same rank.

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