What are the Different Olympiad Exams Students can Take and How to Prepare Accordingly?

by Archana Rao D, July 25, 2020

The olympiads are a series of competitive exams conducted at the school, state, national and international level to test the competitive spirit of students of various classes. Cracking an olympiad exam and representing your school or country is a matter of immense pride and prestige to every student. Apart from this comes the wide recognition, cash awards, certification and an immense boost to a student’s confidence that adds huge value to their academic profile. The olympiads act like a stepping stone towards encouraging the students to take up more competitive exams in the near future.

The Olympiad Exams are conducted by various independent private organizations. Some of the significant Olympiad Exam conducting organizations are as mentioned below:


No. of Olympiads Conducted

SOF (Science Olympiad Foundation)


CREST Olympiads (Online Olympiad Exams)


Unicus Olympiads (Summer Olympiad Exams)


Educational Initiatives (ASSET)


Indian Talent Olympiad


Humming Bird Education


Eduheal Foundation


Silver Zone Foundation


Unified Council


  • SOF (Science Olympiad Foundation)

The Science Olympiad Foundation is a non-profit organization that conducts the Olympiad exams in Mathematics, Science, Computer and General Knowledge. The main objective of the SOF exams is to promote scientific attitude and temperament amongst the students of all classes. The test here is conducted in English medium and a student can participate only if the school is participating in the olympiads. The questions in the exam will be covered from the NCERT syllabus, however, the paper will have multiple choice question types. Students can study from their school curriculum and practise for the olympiads with various online tests to help them think objectively and answer likewise.  

The SOF organization is one of the most popular platforms for the students and conduct the olympiads examination for the following :

  • National Science Olympiad (NSO)

  • National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)

  • International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)

  • International English Olympiad (IEO)

  • International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO)

  • CREST Olympiads (Online Olympiad Exams)

The CREST is an online olympiad exam. The main aim of these exams is to test the conceptual comprehension capabilities of the students. The area of interest of the CREST olympiads is pretty wide. They conduct the Olympiad exams in Mathematics, Science, English, Computer, Reasoning and Spell Bee. The CREST olympiads are most commonly famous for conducting online olympiads. Also, it is one of the few olympiads exams where an interested candidate can participate individually even if his school is not taking part in the olympiad exam.

The CREST olympiads are conducted for the following areas of expertise: 

  • CREST Mathematics Olympiad (CMO)

  • CREST English Olympiad (CEO)

  • CREST Science Olympiad (CSO)

  • CREST Reasoning Olympiad (CRO)

  • CREST Cyber Olympiad (CCO)

  • CREST International Spell Bee (CSB)

  • Unicus Olympiads (Summer Olympiad Exams)

The Unicus Olympiads are one of its kinds where a student is tested in his knowledge from previous years. The olympiads are conducted for Mathematics, Science, English, Computer, Critical Thinking and General Knowledge. The online exam is monitored using a webcam where the students have an option to view and challenge any answer. The offline exam is available only for students registering through their schools. The exam is conducted only at one level with no negative marking. Taking up these exams is very beneficial for students looking forward to JEE and NEET as these exams also question the students from the syllabus of Class 10 and Class 11.

The different olympiads conducted by Unicus are as follows:

Unicus Mathematics Olympiad (UMO)

  • Unicus English Olympiad (UEO)

  • Unicus Science Olympiad (USO)

  • Unicus Critical Thinking Olympiad (UCTO)

  • Unicus Cyber Olympiad (UCO)

  • Unicus General Knowledge Olympiad (UGKO)

  • Educational Initiatives (ASSET)

The term ASSET stands for ‘Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing’. These exams are designed scientifically to test the students conceptual understanding of the curriculum through multiple choice based question papers. This exam is created to test the skills of the students along with accessing his strength and weakness. These exams provide a deep insight to the teachers as well regarding the comprehension capabilities of their students when compared to other students beyond their school. It will help them to pinpoint the area that needs improvements and allow teachers to help their students accordingly. 

The following are the olympiads conducted by the ASSET for the students: 

  • Asset Mathematics

  • Asset Science

  • Asset English

  • Indian Talent Olympiad

Established in the year 2012, the Indian Talent Olympiad was a conscious effort made by various leading academicians & scientists of the country with a single objective in mind - to identify and nurture talented students and help them improve their academic performance. It helps to access a student’s skill beyond his memorizing abilities. These olympiads test a students capability to understand the concepts, apply them along with their logical and reasoning capabilities. These olympiads can be taken by students from CLass 1 to Class 10 across the country. Also, these last few years they have struggled to help students appreciate all the subjects equally by conducting exams in Science, Mathematics, English, General Knowledge, Computer, Art (Drawing), Essay and Social alike.

Being extremely competitive, these exams aim at preparing students for further competitive exams which will form the basis of their career. The different Olympiad exams conducted by the Indian Talent Olympiad are as mentioned below:

  • International Science Olympiad (ISO)

  • International Maths Olympiad (IMO)

  • English International Olympiad (EIO)

  • General Knowledge International Olympiad (GKIO)

  • International Computer Olympiad (ICO)

  • International Drawing Olympiad (IDO)

  • National Essay Olympiad (NESO)

  • National Social Studies Olympiad (NSSO)

  • Humming Bird Education

The Humming Bird education Olympiads is an excellent platform for students to improve their capabilities along with testing themselves with their peers both in India as well as abroad. The paper here is based on the curriculum of CBSE and ICSE along with a few other state boards. This provides an excellent opportunity for students from a wide variety of backgrounds to take up the exam and excel in the same to receive appreciation and recognition. They will help students to get exposure to international standards of examination. These exams help students to view their syllabus from a completely different perspective unlike the regular memorizing.

The Humming Bird Education conducts the following olympiads in the students best interest : 

  • Humming Bird General Knowledge Olympiad(HGO)

  • Humming Bird Science Olympiad (HSO)

  • Humming Bird Mathematics Olympiads (HMO)

  • Humming Bird English Olympiad (HEO)

  • Humming Bird Cyber Olympiad (HCO)

  • Eduheal Foundation

A registered non-government organization, the Eduheal Foundation(EHF) is headed by leading educationists and corporates. They are extremely active in engaging and identifying talented school students. They proactively reach out to lakhs of students through thousands of schools across the country. The Eduheal Foundation is unique for being an active partner of Google Science Fair (GSF). They are the primary driving force behind spreading awareness regarding the GSF initiative in Indian schools. They have also taken huge stamps towards spreading financial literacy amongst students by partnering with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Institute. 

The Different olympiads that are conducted by the Eduheal Foundation are as mentioned below: 

  • Eduheal International Cyber Olympiad (ICO)

  • Eduheal International English Olympiad (IEO)

  • National Interactive Maths Olympiad (NIMO)

  • National Interactive Science Olympiad (NISO)

  • International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGO)

  • Silver Zone Foundation

The Silver Zone Foundation has a much broader spectrum of accessing a student’s capabilities and areas of interest. These exams are mainly aimed at educating and enhancing the literacy standards of students in school. However, this does not change the fact that these exams are extremely competitive and need immense dedication and preparation by the students. These exams are conducted to motivate and encourage students to be a part of various competitive platforms to get real-time experience regarding the competition outside. All the participants here will receive a participation certificate along with the winners obtaining wide recognition and cash awards based on the rankings.

The olympiads that are a part of the Silver Zone Foundation are mentioned below: 

  • International Informatics Olympiad (IIO)

  • International Olympiad of Mathematics (IOM)

  • International Olympiad of Science (IOS)

  • International Olympiad of English Language (IOEL)

  • SmartKid General Knowledge Olympiad (SKGKO)

  • International French Language Olympiad (IFLO)

  • International Talent Hunt Olympiad (ITHO)

  • Unified Council

The unifies council focuses on schools educators alike in the power of conceptual educating and learning for the students. These olympiad exams are quite analytical in nature assisting the students and teachers in identifying different aspects of the syllabus and deal with them in a much more conceptual perspective. The Unified Council conducts Olympiad exams for the students from Class 1 to Class 12. These exams are curated in a scientific manner so as to test a student’s sense of logical reasoning, mental ability to understand the concepts at its most basic level, the standard of vocabulary, Information Technology and Computing abbreviations, Cyber Crosswords and lateral thinking puzzles. The following are the different olympiads conducted by the Unified Council for school students : 

  • Unified Cyber Olympiad (UCO)

  • Unified International English Olympiad (UIEO)

  • Unified International Mathematics Olympiad (UIMO)

  • National Level Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE)

There are numerous online education platforms today who exceed in guiding the students in the correct path to perform tremendously in the olympiad exams. There are various different preparation guides, chapter and topic-wise sample papers, mock tests and a series of guiding materials provided to help students in their preparation for the olympiad exams. As cracking the Olympiad exams is a matter of personal achievement and pride along with a fantastic boost to the academic profile, every student is encouraged to take up at least one olympiad exam in his lifetime.

What are the Different Olympiad Exams Students can Take and How to Prepare Accordingly?