IGKO Exam 2020 - International General Knowledge Olympiad

IGKO Exam - Registration, Exam Date, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Result and Other Details

The International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO) is an exam conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) on a single level, which means students only from class 1 to 10 are eligible to take this exam. IGKO plates its attention towards the youth to make them aware of the current events happening nationally and internationally. The International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO) exams are judged on the basis of four different levels, i.e., school level, city level, zonal level, and international level. 


IGKO Exam 2020


Syllabus for IGKO Exams

The examination paper of IGKO is branched into two levels, i.e., from class 1 to 4 have a similar question pattern while from 5 to 10 have slight changes. The main areas covered in these examinations are the General Awareness of the student, Current Affairs, Life Skills, and Achievers Section. The official syllabus for the International General Knowledge Olympiad is available in the official website of the Science Olympiad Foundation.


Class 1 to Class 4

The paper which is set for the students of grade 1 to grade 4 contains 35 questions in all for which they get 60 minutes. The topics they need to study are: 

  1. Me and My Surroundings

  2. Plants and Animals

  3. India and the World

  4. Science and Technology

  5. Language and Literature

  6. Entertainment, Maths Fun, Sports, Life Skills

  7. Kindness, Soft Skills, Social Skills, Do’s & Don’ts

  8.  Current Affairs


Class 5 to Class 10

The paper that is set for the students of class 5 to class 10 contains 50 questions in all for which they get 60 minutes. The topics they need to study are: 

  1. Our Body and Health

  2. Plants and Animals

  3. India and the World

  4. Science and Technology

  5. Environment and its Conservation

  6. Language and Literature

  7. Entertainment, Sports, Maths Fun, Life Skills

  8. Moral Values, Flexibility, Emotional Intelligence, Managing Emotions, Self-awareness, Empathy

  9. Decision Making, Team Work, Leadership, Time Management, Economic Common Sense, Initiative, Critical and Creative Thinking

  10.  Coping with Stress, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Interpersonal Skills

  11.  Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning

  12.  Current Affairs


Pattern of The IGKO Examination

The International general knowledge Olympiad (IGKO) exams are conducted during the school hours in the respective school of the students. The participants of class 1 to class 4 have to answer 35 MCQs within 1 hour while the students of class 5 to class 10 have to answer 50 MCQs within 1 hour.  


Distribution of Marks is as Follows

Class 

Section 

No of Questions

Total Marks

Class 1 to class 4

General Awareness

20

20

Current Affairs

05

05


Life Skills

05

05


Achievers section

05

10



Total

35

40 

Class 5 to class 10

General Awareness

30

30

Current Affairs

10

10


Life Skills

05

05


Achievers section

05

15



Total 

50

60


IGKO Dates

SOF IGKO will be held on three days:

Day 1: 5th of November, 2020. (offline Mode)

Day 2: 19th of November, 2020 (offline Mode)

Day 3: 3rd of December, 2020. (offline Mode)


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Students only of class 1 to class 10 are eligible for the IGKO exams.

  2. There are no minimum marks criteria for the students who want to apply for the IGKO exams.


IGKO Results 

The International General Knowledge Olympiad publishes the exam results just after one week of the examination. The information about the results is sent to the respective schools from where it reaches the students. The students can also log in to the official website of the Science Olympiad Foundation to check their results. For viewing the results online, students require the school code and the role number. The format in which the students must input this information will be:

School code, class, section, and roll number.   

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How Are Students Benefited by Taking Olympiad Exams?

According to the marks obtained by the student in the IGKO examination, they are academically judged at four different levels i.e., the school level, at the city level, at the zonal level, and at International level. Student Performance Report (SPR) is given to every student who participated in the examination. The Student Performance Report (SPR) evaluates student’s strengths and weaknesses and compares them to other students of the school level, the zonal level, and at the International level. 

On the basis of these rankings, a student is awarded accordingly. Prizes include cash awards with medals and a certificate. From every class, International toppers are selected and awarded at a grand prize distribution ceremony, which is held in Delhi by eminent personalities. In contrast, the prizes for the zonal and the school winners are sent to their respective schools. 

2. What is the Best Way to Prepare for the International General Knowledge Olympiad?

Every examination requires a different amount of your energy and time, and therefore they have different methods to prepare. So to prepare for IGKO, if you follow these simple steps, it will help you to bring out the best in you. 


Step 1) Remember that the syllabus for IGKO is ubiquitous. All the topics you find in the plan for IGKO examinations are the topics you have learned in the school curriculum. Topics such as entertainment, sports, and current affairs can be covered if you go through newspapers, magazines, and audio-video sources on television.  


Step 2) Understand the exam pattern and the level of the examination first. 


Step 3) Get your hands at the most authentic sources to boost your chances. 


Step 4) Make keynotes, highlight important information, do a group study, and revise as much as possible. 

3. What is a Zonal Rank?

Zonal rank is the state level toppers. The student achieving the first rank gets awarded with INR 5000, a gold medal, and a certificate of zonal excellence. The student ranking 2nd gets INR 2500 along with a silver medal and a certificate of zonal excellence. A student achieving 3rd rank is offered INR 1000 along with a bronze medal and a certificate of zonal excellence. Student getting grades between 4th to 10th is provided a gift worth INR 1000 and a medal of distinction and a certificate of zonal excellence. The rank holders between 10th to 25th are given a medal of distinction and a certificate of zonal excellence. And all those who hold their rank after 26+ is given a certificate of participation. 

4. What is Achiever’s Section?

The Achievers section is an important section that will test a student’s ability to apply an amalgamation of concepts to solve questions. This section holds 5 questions of more weightage and advanced level. To solve this part, you need to develop higher-order thinking skills. Therefore, students must take this section seriously. This section offers you a chance to score high in IMO Olympiad. It is this section that will make all the difference in the rankings. To attempt this Section successfully, students must be well-versed with their Mathematical concepts and have a good practice on the previous year’s IMO Olympiad question paper.