IEO 2020 Eligibility Criteria

IEO Eligibility 2020

Let’s know the IEO Eligibility 2020 Criteria (eligibility for Olympiad Exam). Students of class 1 to class 12 are eligible to appear for the 1st level Olympiads. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks that need to be scored for the IEO Exam eligibility.

The exam eligibility criteria for International English Olympiad(IEO Exam Eligibility) is as given:

1) Only students who belong to the participating schools can take part in the International English Olympiad exam.

2) You must be from a participating school that is affiliated to either/both/all ICSE, CBSE, State Board.

3) You should be in any class from 1 to 12.

4) You need to have basic English language knowledge., there is no other IEO exam eligibility criterion like gender, minimum marks, etc

IEO Eligibility 2020 Criteria for Level 1

For the Level 1 exam, there is no specific criterion as students of Class 1 to 12 can participate. Also, there is no requirement of minimum marks which in turn makes the Level 1 exam open to a large number of students. All the students from the country as well as from abroad enrolled in Class 1 to 12 are eligible for the Exam.

IEO Eligibility 2020 Criteria for Level 2

1)Top 5% of students’, class-wise, who appear for the 1st level exam.

2)Zone wise top 25 rank holders, class wise.

3)Class toppers from each of the participating schools, where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam and score 50% qualifying marks.

4)In case registration is received section wise, students with the highest marks, irrespective of the section will qualify for the 2nd level.

5)For section wise registrations, winners of the gold medal may not necessarily qualify for the second level.

6)Students from classes 1 and 2 are not required to appear for the 2nd level exam and are ranked based on their performance in the first level exam.

What is IEO?

English is the only language that you can speak all over the world and therefore, it is an extremely important language that anyone and everyone must know. It is not just a language but a medium that can change people’s life. It has been changing people’s life. It doesn’t matter if you’re just beginning to learn or understand the language. What is most important is if you understand its importance which is the real game-changer of life. This is the reason why uncountable people are enrolling themselves in Olympiads, to be more specific, International English Olympiad, which is the full form of IEO. The International English Olympiad is like a mirror that allows you to reveal the true you and see where you stand and how you can improve. IEO is an English language and grammar examination that only runs for school students from class 1 to class 12.  

Overview of IEO

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To help students test their English Knowledge by competing with other students.


Eligibility for Olympiad Exam (IEO Exam Eligibility)

Class 1 to 12 students 



Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF)


Application Process

Can be Applied through various schools.


Exam Dates

Level 1 exam: October - November

Level 2 exam: February - March

Registration for IEO

  1. Since SOF does not encourage and permit individual participation, a minimum of 10 students from every school are required to participate.

  2. The registration sheet for the school(s) and the information booklet are posted to schools all over India.

  3. The coordinating teachers of the various schools will generate roll numbers for students as per the given instructions and guidelines.

  4. In the end, a copy of all the roll numbers with every student’s registration as well as the school registration sheet should be sent to the foundation office within 30 days before the International English Olympiad exam date.

Syllabus for IEO

  1. The International English Olympiad only tests you on topics related to the English language.

  2. The questions vary for students in junior school and students in middle and high school.

  3. There are a total of 6 topics that the students are tested on.

  4. The topics that the students are tested remain the same for both sets. However, the only difference in the question paper is the number of questions, the maximum marks allotted, and most importantly, the level of difficulty of the questions.

For Classes 1st to 4th

  • Word Knowledge

  • Structure Knowledge

  • Reading

  • Spoken Expressions

  • Written Expressions

  • Achievers Section

For Classes 5th to 12th

  • Word Knowledge

  • Structure Knowledge

  • Reading

  • Spoken Expressions

  • Written Expressions

  • Achievers Section

What is the IEO Exam Duration?

The IEO Exam Duration is 60 minutes. The exam is in the form of multiple-choice questions (objective-type). There are 35 questions for students of class 1 to 4 and there are 50 questions for class 5 to 12 students.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How is the IEO Exam Conducted?

The exam is conducted for only the school going students from class 1 to class 12. The exam is conducted on two levels. In the first level, objective type of questions is asked. Different levels of questions are set for different classes. Classes 1 to 4 have to answer 35 multiple choice questions consisting of 40 marks whereas classes 5 to 12 have to answer 50 multiple choice questions consisting of 60 marks. Students will be given OMR sheets to mark their answers. In the second level, out of all the students who participated in the examination, only 500 students are shortlisted and get the chance to perform for the second level. Students who get more than 50 i.e., 30 or more out of 60 get the medal (gold, silver, and bronze).

2. Why Should Students Give IEO Olympiad Exams?

Students preparing for Olympiad Exams are benefitted to a great extent, here is how:

  1. They are perfectly designed to test a students’ conceptual understanding of the subject.

  2. It improves the students’ problem-solving skills and challenges them to think analytically.

  3. Students get prepared for the coming future and its competitive nature by testing a student’s aptitude along with the knowledge of a particular subject. 

  4. Provides exposure to the students at the national as well as international levels.

  5. The quality of hard work is instilled in the students by pushing them to improve their results.

  6. The performance of the students also improves in school as Olympiads sharpen their thinking and learning process. This helps them to grasp the concepts taught in schools better.

3. How Does a Student Benefit by Taking the Olympiad Exams?

You are ranked on the basis of marks obtained by you. Hence, after taking the first level of the test, you can judge yourself academically at 4 different levels - within the school, at the city level, at the state level, and at an international level.

4. What is an SPR?

The full form of SPR is the short form of the Student Performance Report. This Student Performance Report (SPR) helps in analysing the strong as well as the weak areas of the student and also gives a detailed performance comparison of the student. Analysis of the student’s past 6 years performance is also provided.