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  1. NSO

About NSO

The National Science Olympiad (NSO) is a yearly competitive exam conducted for school students. Organized by the 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.

Eligibility

  1. Students in classes 1 to 12 are eligible to appear for the 1st level Olympiads.
  2. Students who qualify for the 2nd level exam include:
    1. Top 5% of all students, class wise, who appear for the 1st level exam.
    2. Top 25 zone-wise rank holders per class.
    3. Class toppers from each participating school, where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam and score at least 50% to qualify. In case registration is received section wise, the top rank holder – irrespective of section – will qualify for the 2nd level. For section wise registrations, winners of gold medals may not necessarily qualify for the second level.
    4. Students in classes 1 and 2 are not eligible to appear for the 2nd level exam and are ranked based on their performance in the 1st 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.

Registration

Here is how you can register for the NSO exam:

  1. The prospectus containing the Registration Forms is sent to all schools registered with the Science Olympiad Foundation.
  2. Unregistered schools may also submit a request for a prospectus by sending an e-mail to info@sofworld.org or making a phone call or sending a fax to 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.

Exam Dates

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

  1. The 1st level NSO exams will be held on 9th & 23rd Nov, 2017.
  2. The 2nd level NSO exams will be held on the second or third Sunday of Feb, 2018.

Syllabus

  1. Questions in the 1st level Olympiad exams will be 60% from the current class syllabus and 40% from the previous class syllabus. For example: For students in Class 7, the NSO exam will have 60% questions from the Class 7 syllabus and 40% questions from the Class 6 syllabus.
  2. Questions in the 2nd level Olympiad exams will be from the current class syllabus only.
  3. Questions in the ACHIEVERS SECTION will be from the current class syllabus only.

Class 10

Section 1: Logical Reasoning

Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning

Section 2: Science

  1. Chemical Reactions and Equations
  2. Acids
  3. Bases and Salts
  4. Metals and Nonmetals
  5. Carbon and its Compounds
  6. Periodic Classification of Elements
  7. Life Processes
  8. Reproduction in Organisms
  9. Heredity and Evolution
  10. Light: Reflection and Refraction
  11. Human Eye and Colourful World
  12. Electricity
  13. Magnetic Effects of Electric Current
  14. Sources of Energy
  15. Our Environment and its Management

Section 3: Achievers Section

Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 2).

Class 11

Section 1

Physics:

  1. Electricity and Magnetism
  2. Electromagnetic Induction
  3. Alternating Current
  4. Electromagnetic Waves
  5. Optics
  6. Modern Physics
  7. Semiconductor Electronics
  8. Communication Systems

Chemistry:

  1. Solid State
  2. Solutions
  3. Electrochemistry
  4. Chemical Kinetics
  5. Surface Chemistry
  6. General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
  7. P-Block Elements (Group 15 to 18)
  8. D- & F-Block Elements
  9. Coordination Compounds
  10. Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
  11. Alcohols
  12. Phenols and Ethers
  13. Aldehydes
  14. Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
  15. Amines
  16. Biomolecules
  17. Polymers
  18. Chemistry in Everyday Life

Section 2

Higher Order Thinking Questions

Section 3

Mathematics:

  1. Relations and Functions
  2. Inverse Trigonometric Functions
  3. Matrices and Determinants
  4. Continuity and Differentiability
  5. Application of Derivatives
  6. Integrals
  7. Application of Integrals
  8. Differential Equations
  9. Vector Algebra
  10. Three Dimensional Geometry
  11. Probability
  12. Linear Programming

OR

Section 3

Biology:

  1. Reproduction
  2. Genetics and Evolution
  3. Biology in Human Welfare
  4. Biotechnology
  5. Ecology

Class 12

Section 1

Physics:

  1. Electricity and Magnetism
  2. Electromagnetic Induction
  3. Alternating Current
  4. Electromagnetic Waves
  5. Optics
  6. Modern Physics
  7. Semiconductor Electronics
  8. Communication Systems

Chemistry:

  1. Solid State
  2. Solutions
  3. Electrochemistry
  4. Chemical Kinetics
  5. Surface Chemistry
  6. General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
  7. P-Block Elements (Group 15 to 18)
  8. D- & F-Block Elements
  9. Coordination Compounds
  10. Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
  11. Alcohols
  12. Phenols and Ethers
  13. Aldehydes
  14. Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
  15. Amines
  16. Biomolecules
  17. Polymers
  18. Chemistry in Everyday Life

Section 2

Higher Order Thinking Questions

Section 3

Mathematics:

  1. Relations and Functions
  2. Inverse Trigonometric Functions
  3. Matrices and Determinants
  4. Continuity and Differentiability
  5. Application of Derivatives
  6. Integrals
  7. Application of Integrals
  8. Differential Equations
  9. Vector Algebra
  10. Three-dimensional Geometry
  11. Probability
  12. Linear Programming

OR

Section 3

Biology:

  1. Reproduction
  2. Genetics and Evolution
  3. Biology in Human Welfare
  4. Biotechnology
  5. Ecology

Note: Find the syllabus for classes 1st to 12th here.

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 language medium of the test is English.
  • CBSE, ICSE, ISC and State Board syllabi are followed for setting test papers.

1st Level:

  • The 1st level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours.
  • The 1st level is an Objective-Type test with a duration of 60 minutes, comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for classes 1 to 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for classes 5 to 12.

Here is the marking scheme for the 1st Level NSO examination:

CLASSES TOPIC OR SECTION NO. OF QUESTIONS MARKS PER QUESTION TOTAL MARKS
1 to 4 Logical Reasoning 5 1 5
Science 25 1 25
Achievers Section 5 2 10
GRAND TOTAL 35   40
5 to 10 Logical Reasoning 10 1 10
Science 35 1 35
Achievers Section 5 3 15
GRAND TOTAL 50   60
11 and 12 Physics & Chemistry 25 1 25
Achievers Section 5 3 15
Mathematics or Biology 20 1 20
GRAND TOTAL 50   60

Here is the marking scheme for the 2nd Level NSO examination:

CLASSES TOPIC OR SECTION NO. OF QUESTIONS MARKS PER QUESTIONS TOTAL MARKS
3 and 4 Science 30 1 30
Achievers Section 5 2 10
GRAND TOTAL 35   40
5 to 10 Science 45 1 45
Achievers Section 5 3 15
GRAND TOTAL 50   60
11 and 12 Physics and Chemistry 25 1 25
Achievers Section 5 3 15
Mathematics or Biology 20 1 20
GRAND TOTAL 50   60

Preparation

  • Understand the standard of questions: If you are appearing for NSO, then expect questions of varying difficulty levels that test the logical and observational skills of the students. There will be no direct questions, but an application of a previously studied concept is more likely to form the base of a question.
  • Practice sample papers: Solving sample papers will give you a fair idea of the pattern of the questions asked. They are also good for improving the pace at which students attempt the paper in a limited amount of time. NSO sample papers can be obtained from the official website.
  • Know the relevant books: You must thoroughly study course books suggested by your school or board (ICSE, CBSE or State Board). In addition to this, you can refer the books available for Olympiad preparations 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, students in classes 10 and 12 can refer various publications like Chemistry Today, Biology Today, Mathematics Today, Physics for You and MTG books which contain useful information, including model test papers of various National and International Olympiads.

Qualification

Qualification for NSO exam for students in the 1st level is done on the basis of ranks obtained in the exam.

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

classes 1 to 10
PRIORITY SECTION
1 Achievers Section
2 Science
3 Logical Reasoning
classes 11 and 12
1 Achievers Section
2 Science
3 Chemistry
4 Mathematics/Biology

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

In the case of the 2nd level exam, ranks will be allotted on the following criteria:

  • Total marks scored in the 2nd level exam.

In case two or more students score same number of marks, ranks will be determined on following criteria:

  • Marks scored in sections in the 2nd level exam accorded higher priority.
  • Total marks scored in the 1st level exam.
  • Marks scored in sections, in the 1st level exam, accorded higher priority.

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

Awards and Scholarships

For the academic year 2017-18, the SOF will spend over Rs. 15.2 crores on awards, scholarships, gifts and felicitations.

The following awards will be provided to the winners of the National Science Olympiad, held during the academic year 2017-18.

Awards for 2nd Level Performance – Classes 1 And 2

AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
RANK SCHOLARSHIPS NO. OF AWARDS
1 Rs. 50,000 Each + Gold Medal* + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 12
2 Rs. 25,000 Each + Silver Medal* + Certificate of Outstanding Performance

12
3 Rs. 10,000 Each + Bronze Medal* + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 12
AT THE ZONAL LEVEL
RANK SCHOLARSHIPS NO. OF AWARDS
1 Rs. 5,000 Each + Gold Medal* + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 240
2 Rs.2500 Each + Silver Medal* + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 240
3 Rs. 1000 Each + Bronze Medal* + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 240
4 to 10 Gifts* Worth Rs. 1000 + Medal of Distinction** + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 1680
11 to 25 Certificate of Zonal Excellence + Medal of Distinction** 3600
26+ Merit Certificate All

AWARDS FOR 1st LEVEL EXAM

AT THE ZONAL LEVEL
RANK SCHOLARSHIPS NO. OF AWARDS
1 to 25 Medal of Excellence + Certificate of Distinction 240
26+ Participation Certificate All

Note: For more information regarding awards and scholarships, refer the official website.

Doubts

Asking doubts and clearing them are important while preparing for NSO. Toppr brings you a community who has survived the test of time and wants to help out NSO aspirants. You can refer the links given below to clear your doubts:

You can always visit our Discuss page and ask your doubts or check the doubts asked by other students.

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