IBO 2020 Exam Date

IBO Exam Schedule 2020

What is the IBO?

For every budding biologist who nurtures a keen interest in the field of anatomy, plants, cells; an International Science Olympiad is organised annually. Known as International Biology Olympiad or IBO, it is the world’s premier biology competition for high school students under the age of 20.

Since its inception in 1990, the IBO is hosted by different countries each year. The 31st International Biology Olympiad has been scheduled to take place in Nagasaki, Japan. With approximately 80 countries participating in this science Olympiad, the IBO is conducted to strengthen the international network among young biologists and stimulate their passion further.

To know the IBO exam date, look at the information provided below

Important IBO Exam Date 2020

IBO Exam Schedule 2020 Includes The Following Dates

IBO 2020 Registration date

From January 8 to February 29 2020

IBO Exam date 2020

July 3 2020 (Fri) to July 11 2020 (Sat)


IBO Challenge 2020 (A substitute for the 31st IBO Nagasaki, Japan)

August to October 2020

IBO 2021 (Scheduled regularly)

July 18 - 25, 2021

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 31st International Biology Olympiad 2020 in Nagasaki has been cancelled with no further actions. Therefore, the IBO Exam date for 2020 holds no value. However, the organising committee has planned to conduct an alternative competition which will be remotely-conducted. The alternative competition for IBO 2020 is named as IBO Challenge 2020 (a substitute for the 31st IBO Nagasaki, Japan).

Since a fair competition is not possible considering this year, the organising committee has refrained from meriting the IBO Challenge 2020 as previous IBOs. Students will be awarded only medals and certificates. However, certificates will not carry ranking of the competitors. 

Important registration dates regarding the ‘IBO Challenge’ are as follows:

IBO Challenge 2020 Important Registration Dates

Registration Date

IBO Challenge 2020

Step 1 - Country/Personal Registration

June 24 - July 31

Step 1 (Deadline)

July 31 11.59 IST

Participation fees (Deadline)

July 31 

Step 2 - Exam Info Registration 

July 15  -5 August 

IBO Challenge 2020 Important Dates/ Timeline

  • August 11, 2020: This year practical exams of IBO Challenge 2020 have been remotely conducted on August 11. The date of theoretical exams was fixed on August 12, 2020.

  • Theoretical exams will stretch for three hours as they used to be whereas practical exams will be a bit shorter. For more exam related details, visit the ‘Exam Overview’ page of International Biology Olympiad Nagasaki 2020.

  • June 15, 2020: On this date, a demo website for practical bioinformatics exam would be opened on the International Biology Olympiad Nagasaki 2020. This website is helpful for participating countries to estimate what are the necessary arrangements to set a proper exam environment.

  • July 31, 2020: July 31 11.59 IST was the deadline for registering country or personal information. It was also the last date to deposit the participation fees.

  • August 7, 2020: Online jury meeting has begun from this date (Voting to be accepted through only online forms as there would be no video conferences).

  • August 8, 2020: Voting for jury meeting has ended by this date.

  • August 10, 2020: Translation period begins as the final version of exams will be sent to participating countries.

  • August 11, 2020: Practical exams of IBO Challenge 2020 have been held on this day in each participating country. 

  • August 12, 2020: On this date, theoretical exams have been held in each participatory country.

  • August 13, 2020: Question and answer sheets such as scanned photos or images have been submitted digitally by this date.

  • August 24, 2020: Finals results of IBO Challenge 2020 have been posted on the official website of International Biology Olympiad Nagasaki 2020.

As the International Biology Olympiad 2020 has been cancelled due to the on-going pandemic and an alternative exam is being conducted remotely, hence India has refrained from participating in this competition this year. The decision has been taken after careful consideration at various levels, including the National Steering Committee, regarding the conducting process and value associated with the competition.

As a result of this, students will be handed over a certificate based on their performance in the Indian National Biology Olympiad 2020. 

The Indian Team performed well in the 30th International Biology Olympiad, held in Szeged, Hungary. Among the 72 participatory countries, India secured three Silver medals and one Honourable Mention. Though the IBO Exam date for 2020 has been cancelled, India is looking forward to participating in the 32nd International Biology Olympiad 2021, which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.   

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the IBO Exam Date 2020?

Previously, the 31st International Biology Olympiad 2020 was scheduled on July 3 to July 11 in Nagasaki, Japan. The nine-day examination schedule has been cancelled considering the on-going pandemic affecting the whole world. 

However, the Organising Committee of International Biology Olympiad Nagasaki 2020 has decided to organise a remotely-conducted competition. IBO Challenge 2020, a substitute for the 31st International Biology Olympiad has been decided to take place in August to October 2020.

Two sets of exams have been scheduled in the IBO Challenge 2020. The practical exam took place on August 11, and the theoretical exam was scheduled on August 12. Both the exams have been conducted remotely. 

2. What Exams Are Needed to Qualify for IBO 2020?

The International Biology Olympiad follows five stages. 

Stage 1 is the National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB). It is the first phase of selection in the Olympiad and organised by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IPAT). 

Stage 2 is the Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO). Candidates who clear stage 1 are eligible to sit for INBO.

Stage 3 is the Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in biology. Candidates who cleared the INBO are only eligible for OCSC.

Stage 4 is the Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IBO. Only selected five Indian team members can join this program.

Stage 5 is the final exam which is Participation in the International Biology Olympiad.