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SOF IGKO 2022 Exam: Date, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus and Preparation Tips

By Satabdi MazumdarAugust 18, 2022
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Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) conducts IGKO (International General Knowledge Olympiad) for students in grades 1 to 10 yearly. The primary purpose of this test is to develop a keen interest in general knowledge and current events in the students.

IGKO is a single-level competitive exam that enables students to hone their general awareness at several levels. The exam is for Classes 1 to 10 and any student can participate in this Olympiad and win amazing prizes and awards. Participants are ranked based on their scores in the exam at School, Zonal, State, National and International levels.
All You Need to Know about IGKO Olympiad 2022 - Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Preparation Tips and more

SOF IGKO 2022: A Brief Overview

SOF has released the IGKO exam 2022-2023 dates on its official website: The IGKO exam 2022 will be conducted on September 15 and October 11, 2022

  • Schools must select a particular exam date as per their convenience. Each date has a separate question paper. 

  • It is an objective-type test that will be conducted during school hours in offline mode.

  • There will be 35 Multiple Choice Questions for Class 1 to 4 and 50 Multiple-Choice Questions for Class 5 to 10 in the exam paper. The test is of 60 minutes duration.

  • Exam results are expected to be declared in January 2023 on the official website,

  • Schools in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal must pay a registration fee of Rs. 125 per student.

IGKO 2022 Exam Highlights

Full Exam Name

International General Knowledge Olympiad

Short Exam Name


Conducting Body

Science Olympiad Foundation

Frequency of Conduct

Once a year

Exam Level


Mode of Application


Application Fee (General)

125 Rs [Online]

Exam Duration

1 Hour

SOF IGKO 2022 level 1 exam date

  • 15th September 2022

  • 11th October 2022

SOF IGKO result

January 2023 (Tentative)

Question type

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

SOF IGKO 2022 Exam Dates

  • 15 September 2022 - Exam - Level 1 | Mode: Offline

  • 11 October 2022 - Exam - Level 1 | Mode: Offline

IGKO Olympiad Exam 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Any student studying in an accredited school in India that follows a recognised and reputable board such as CBSE, ICSE, ISC, and other state boards is eligible to compete in the exam. Below are the eligibility criteria to take the IGKO exam 2022:

  • Students from these schools must be in Classes 1 to 10.

  • There are no minimum marks criteria.

IGKO Olympiad Exam Syllabus 2022

The syllabus of the IGKO Olympiad exam 2022 is published on the official website. To help students, here we have given the class-wise syllabus below so that students can take an idea and prepare their study plan accordingly.


Topics for Class 1 to 4

Topics for Class 5 to 10

General Awareness

  • Me and My Surroundings,

  • Our Body and Health

  • Plants and Animals,

  • India and the World

  • Environment and Its Conservation,

  • Science and Technology

  • Language and Literature

  • Transport and Communication

  • Entertainment, Sports

  • Maths Fun

  • Plants and Animals

  • India and the world

  • Science and Technology

  • Earth and its environment school

  • Universe

  • Language and Literature

  • Media and Entertainment

  • Social studies

  • Sports

  • Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning

Current Affairs

  • News

  • Research and Development

  • Updates of New Happenings From Around The world

  • News

  • Research and Development

  • Updates of New Happenings From Around The world

Life Skills

  • Kindness, Soft skills

  • Social Skills

  • Dos and Don’ts

  • Moral Values

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Flexibility

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Decision Making

  • Leadership

  • Time Management

  • Empathy

  • Effective Communication

  • Critical Thinking

  • Creative Thinking

  • Coping With Stress

  • Decision-Making

  • Problem-Solving

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Managing Emotions

  • Self Awareness

Achievers’ Section

From the above syllabus, high-order thinking questions.

From the above syllabus, high-order thinking questions.

SOF IGKO 2022 Exam Pattern

The below section explains the exam pattern for SOF IGKO 2022:

  • Students should have command in General Knowledge and Current Affairs to appear for IGKO 2022.

  • There is no provision for negative marking.

  • The exam is based on the syllabus of the respective classes.

  • The exam will be held in English medium only.



Number of Questions

Marks/ Question

Total Marks

Classes 1 to 4

General Awareness




Current Affairs




Life Skills




Achievers Section








Classes 5 to 10

General Awareness




Current Affairs




Life Skills




Achievers’ Section








How to Apply for the IGKO Exam 2022?

  • IGKO exam 2022 is open for students from Classes 1 to 10. 

  • The application process will be held at schools only. All the vital data related to the exam is sent to the registered schools. 

  • Students can contact their teachers and fill out the IGKO 2022 Registration form on the official website to appear in the exam. 

  • Participating schools should have at least 10 students for the exam.

IGKO 2022 Result

Students can access the IGKO exam result 2022 on the official website. SOF will declare the results, probably, in January 2023.

Preparation Tips to Crack IGKO Exam 2022

The International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO) is a written objective-type test with a duration of 60 minutes. Students for Classes 1 to 4 will be asked 35 MCQ-type questions while from Classes 5 to 10, it is a 50 MCQ-based question test. 

The question paper for all classes is divided into 4 sections:

  • General Awareness

  • Current Affairs

  • Life Skills

  • Achievers Section

Here are a few tips on how you can prepare well for these four sections

General Awareness

This is the most important category that contains a maximum weightage of 50-55%. Students can score in this section as it covers vast topics from the school curriculum, especially subjects like Social Studies, Universe and the World, Science, technology, language, etc. 

  • Practise previous year's question papers

  • Read respective subjects thoroughly like Science, Social Studies, Maths, etc.

  • Stay focused on sports, discoveries, awards, etc.

  • Opt for IGKO Daily Online Practice Sets where you will be solving mock tests.

Current Affairs

It has a weightage of around 15% and covers topics like entertainment, sports, current affairs, etc. 

  • Applicants should read newspapers, watch news channels, or any other news medium to get all the updates.

  • Solve IGKO DOPS (Daily Online Practice Sets).

  • Read GK books keenly and practice tests.

  • Read news articles online and offline.

Life Skills

This section contains a weightage of 10-15% and evaluates the life skills of applicants including social skills, empathy, etc. Students can practise previous year's question papers or take help from parents in making the right decision concerning a life situation.

Achievers Section

This section comprises 5 Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) Questions on the topics. This section contains more weightage than other sections; 2 marks for Classes 1 to 4 and 3 marks for Classes 5 to 10.

  • Solve IGKO workbook.

  • Take the help of IGKO DOPS which contains questions from all 4 sections.

  • Practice previous year's questions.


This was all about the SOF IGKO 2022 exam. We hope to have answered your queries and provided sufficient guidance. To prepare better, first understand the syllabus and cover the topics along with your school syllabus so that you don’t feel burdened in the last phase of preparation. Check out the tips mentioned and pick the suitable ones. You can also download the sample question papers from our website and solve them to ensure better preparation.

FAQs on SOF IGKO 2022 Exam: Date, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus and Preparation Tips

1. How can schools enrol for IGKO?

Schools must submit the necessary information to the official website of SOF IGKO such as their name, postal address, school email, principal’s name, phone number, and e-mail ID.

2. Is the SOF GK Olympiad conducted in English only?

Yes. The SOF IGKO exam 2022 will be conducted in English only.

3. What are the criteria to enrol for SOF IGKO 2022-23?

Students must be studying in Classes 1 to 10 and the school should be affiliated with a recognised board to take the exam.