Olympiad Exam 2021 - International Olympiad (IMO, IEO, NSO, IGKO, NCO, ICO)

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What are Olympiads?

Olympiads, also known as Olympiad exams, are a collection of competitive exams held for students through Classes 1 to 12. Olympiads are conducted on a national as well as international level and encourage students from a similar academic genre or level to participate. Olympiads, be on a national or international level, are deemed as one of the toughest exams to crack. The prestigious exams pave paths for school students to form a competitive mindset and also allows them to assess their knowledge and understanding of the particular subject matter among their peers. Olympiad award holders often are offered a competitive edge in terms of applying to higher courses of study. Besides the academic assessment and advantages, Olympiads also offers lucrative awards and scholarships adding an even more interesting spin to the competition. So, if you are looking for complete information on Olympiad exams. Go through the article below.


Objective of Olympiads

A number of Olympiad exams are conducted in India. Although each Olympiad exam has a fixed set of objectives, the overall objective of Olympiads include the following:

  • To enhance the reasoning, skills and logical ability of the students participating in the same.

  • To enable students to have an acute knowledge of the subject(s) for which the Olympiad exam is being conducted.

  • To pique the interest of the participating students not only academically but on the events and happenings around the world.

  • To ensure that students have a wholesome and all-round development while in school.

  • To provide an opportunity for the students to have an insight into the higher studies curriculum and what the competitive exam scenario looks like on a national and international level.


Benefits of Olympiad Exams

Olympiad exams are very prestigious on their own and their benefits are numerous. To put it into words, the benefits of Olympiad exams can be summarised in the following manner:

  • Students who partake in Olympiads know the value of in-depth understanding of facts and concepts involved, especially but not limited to Science and Mathematics Olympiad exams.

  • Olympiad exams allow students to hone and refine their analytical and logical reasoning skills as the exam pattern is mostly focused on the same.

  • A detailed assessment of a particular student’s strength as well as weaknesses is provided by the Olympiad exams. Students can realise their potential and also work on the areas where there is room for improvement.

  • One of the important benefits of Olympiad exams is that they allow students to explore and apply the concepts that they have learnt in schools as a part of their academic curriculum. This allows students to be more confident when they approach higher courses of study.

  • Given that, Olympiad is conducted both nationally and internationally, students can have an insight into the curriculum that their peers are pursuing on both levels. This ensures that students are able to optimise their ability to comprehend the subject matter and also work on the skills required to participate in such competitions.

  • Olympiad exams offer a host of rewards and scholarships which can be of further aid to helping students to grow and nurture their abilities.


Olympiad - Eligibility

The eligibility for the Olympiads varies according to the type of exams students are applying for, the details of which are provided below.

  • Students from Classes 1 to 12 are eligible to participate in the National Science Olympiad, conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) and the International Science Olympiad conducted by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education.

  • For the International Mathematics Olympiad, National Cyber Olympiad and International English Olympiad conducted by the SOF, students from Classes 1 to 12 are eligible to apply.

  • The SOF also conducts the International Commerce Olympiad for which students of Class 11 and 12 are eligible to apply.

  • Students from Classes 1 to 10 are eligible to participate in the International General Knowledge Olympiad, also conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation.


Syllabus

The syllabus for the Olympiad exams caters to the subject applied for and also focuses on additional requirements. Some of the key highlights of the syllabus for the Olympiad exams are:

  • For a particular subject, a student appearing from a particular Class needs to be thorough with the academic syllabus for the same.

  • The Olympiad syllabus does not recommend sticking to the curriculum of one particular Board, instead, students are advised to follow the curriculum of other Board’s as well to broaden their knowledge base and spectrum.

  • Students must have a clear conceptual understanding of the subject matter included in the Olympiad syllabus to attempt a maximum number of questions in the exam.

  • Practising as many questions as possible will help students to have a better grasp of the syllabus for the Olympiad exams.

The Olympiad exam pattern helps the participating students to have an insight into the different sections and the number of questions from different sections that will be asked in the exam pattern. Aspirants can get a glimpse of the Olympiad exam pattern in detail here.


Exam Pattern

Olympiad Exam 

Class

Exam Pattern

Sections

Section-wise Marks

Total Marks

National Science Olympiad

1 to 4

Logical Reasoning

5

40

Science

25

Achievers Section

10

5 to 10

Logical Reasoning

10

60

Science

35

Achievers Section

15

11 &12

Physics/Chemistry

25

60

Achievers Section

5

Mathematics/Biology

20

International Mathematics Olympiad

1 to 4

Logical Reasoning

10

40

Mathematical Reasoning

10

Everyday Mathematics

10

Achievers Section

10

5 to 10

Logical Reasoning

15

60

Mathematical Reasoning

20

Everyday Mathematics

10

Achievers Section

15

11 &12

Logical Reasoning

15

60

Applied Mathematics/ Mathematical Reasoning

20

Everyday Mathematics

10

Achievers Section

15

National Cyber Olympiad

1 to 4

Logical Reasoning

5

40

Computers and Information Technology

25

Achievers Section

5

5 to 10

Logical Reasoning

10

60

Computers and Information Technology

35

Achievers Section

5

International English Olympiad

1 to 4

Word & Structure Knowledge

30

40

Reading

Spoken & Written Expression

Achievers Section

5

5 to 12

Word & Structure Knowledge

45

60

Reading

Spoken & Written Expression

Achievers Section

5

International Commerce Olympiad

11 &  12

Economics

15

60

Business Studies

15

Accountancy

15

Achievers Section

5

International General Knowledge Olympiad

1 to 4

General Awareness

20

40

Current Affairs

5

Life Skills

5

Achievers Section

5

5 to 10

General Awareness

30

60

Current Affairs

10

Life Skills

5

Achievers Section

5


The exam dates for the Olympiads are released by the conducting body. Students who are interested in participating in the different Olympiad exams must keep a tab on the exam dates so as to not miss out on any exam or deadlines. The usual exam calendar for the Olympiads is provided here. Students must note that the conducting body may change the exam dates catering to various situations. It is thus advisable for the candidates to keep visiting this page to stay updated on the Olympiad exam dates.


Exam Dates

Olympiad

Exam Dates

National Science Olympiad

October – November

National Cyber Olympiad

November – December

International Mathematics Olympiad

November – December

International English Olympiad

October – November

International Commerce Olympiad

December – January

International General Knowledge Olympiad

September – October


Olympiad - How to Apply

All the eligible candidates interested in appearing for Olympiads are required to complete the application process. Here’s how to apply for the Olympiad exams.

  • For the schools registered with the Science Olympiad Foundation, prospectus inclusive of the registration forms are sent to the respective schools. Students can then collect these forms from the schools.

  • Prospectus can also be requested by the schools not registered with SOF by contacting the foundation either via email at info@sofworld.org or through phone at 0124-4951200.

  • Interested students are required to duly fill in the application form and submit the same to their school.

  • Schools are then required to forward the duly filled in application forms to SOF within the prescribed date.

  • An application fee has also to be paid along with the application form by the students. The details of the application fee are as under:

  • For schools in India, the registration fee is INR 125 (inclusive of GST) per student.

  • For international schools, the registration fee to be paid is USD 9.

  • Additionally, schools may charge USD 1 (for international schools)/INR 25 (for schools in India) per student as a fee towards remuneration for teachers, an honorarium of incharge, usage of the study material provided by SOF as a guide and other miscellaneous expenses.


Olympiad - Awards

A host of Olympiad awards are given out in the different categories of the exams. Depending on the rank achieved by the students, the students, as well as the schools, are awarded. Get the details of the various Olympiad awards provided in the table below.


Awards at the International Level

Rank

Award

First

INR 50,000/- Each + Gold Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance

Second 

INR 25,000/- Each + Silver Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance

Third

INR 10,000/- Each + Bronze Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance


Awards at the Zonal Level

Rank

Awards

1

Gifts worth INR 1000/- each + Gold Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence

2

Gifts worth Rs 1000/- each + Silver Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence

3

Gifts worth Rs 1000/- each + Bronze Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence

4-10

Gifts worth Rs 500/- each + *Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Distinction

11-25

*Medal of Distinction + *Certificate of Distinction


For two or more students achieving the same rank, the cash award in the category applicable will be distributed in the given manner.

  • In case the same rank is obtained by up to 5 students, the amount of the award will be equally distributed.

  • In the case where 6 or more students have obtained the same rank, each winner will be awarded a gift worth INR 1000 in lieu of cash.

In addition to the awards, a number of scholarships are also available for students who qualify the Olympiad exams. These include:

Girl Child Scholarship Scheme (GCSS): A scholarship of INR 5000 each to 300 academically inclined girl students in India belonging to economically disadvantaged families.

Scholarship for Excellence in English (SEE): A certificate of merit awarded to 120 Indian students who exhibit excellence in the English language.

SOF – Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES): 208 students between Classes 3 to 10 are awarded a trophy. The AES is presented to the student who manages to score the highest marks in four Olympiad exams during the year. Such winners are selected for all the 26 states or zones.


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What is the Use of Olympiads Exams?

Ans. The Olympiad exams are very useful for the students in the sense that they help instil a sense of competitiveness among them. Students who partake in the Olympiads are exposed to a plethora of opportunities, which if utilised in the right manner, can prove to be very useful for the future. Students get to develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter as they prepare for the exam. In addition to this, students learn to approach a question analytically and apply concepts that they have previously learnt. Moreover, Olympiad exams are a great tool for a student’s assessment of his her strengths and weaknesses over a particular subject matter both at the national and international levels.

Q2. How is the Olympiad Exam Conducted?

Ans. The Olympiad exams for the different categories are conducted at different levels. The mode of conducting the Olympiad exam is online and students are also required to appear online as well. While the National Cyber Olympiad, International GK Olympiad and International Commerce Olympiad are conducted as angle level exams, the National Science Olympiad, International Mathematics Olympiad and the International English Olympiad are conducted in more than one level.

Q3. How to Participate in Olympiad Exams?

Ans. Students in schools registered with SOF can register and apply for the particular Olympiad exam and category they are eligible for. In case a particular school is not registered with the SOF, a request for the prospectus with an application form can also be made by the schools through email or phone. An application fee also has to be paid by each student in order to be able to participate in the Olympiad exam.

Q4. Can I Give the Olympiad Exam After Class 12th?

Ans. Olympiad exams, whether national or international, can only be attempted by students enrolled in Classes 1 to 12. So, if you have completed your 12th standard or equivalent exam, you will not be able to appear for the Olympiad exams.

Q5. How to Crack Olympiad Exams?

Ans. Olympiad exams are deemed as one of the toughest exams to qualify. One needs to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of all the topics as a part of their preparation for the olympiad exams. It is advised that students study books recommended by different boards at the national and international level to understand the scope of the exam. Thorough practice is crucial when appearing for the Olympiad exams. Practising more and more questions will allow students to sharpen their analytical abilities and also work on their time management as these skills can prove to be of aid to crack the Olympiad exams.