NCO Exam 2020 - National Cyber Olympiad

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

SOF organized NCO is now a global search competition that is increasingly inspiring the young generation. NCO meaning rests in its abbreviation that states determining and fostering cyber talent amongst the youngsters. NCO exam is more about encouraging the younger generation to supplement and strengthen their knowledge and comprehension of problems related to computers and IT. Since, the NCO exam paper questions are all about testing the aptitude of the applicants in the above streams.

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Latest Update on NCO Exam 2020-2021

As per the official update from SOF, the 2020 NCO exam is delayed due to a pandemic situation in the country. Keeping in consideration the unanticipated health issues that could occur due to the covid-19 outbreak the conformed NCO exam date will be released by the organizing body accordingly.

NCO 2020 Highlights



NCO full form

National Cyber Olympiad

Organizing Committee

Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF)

Frequency of Conduct

Once every year

Exam Level


Language Medium


NCO Exam Duration

60minutes ( for all classes i.e. I to XII)

Mode of Application


Mode of Examination


Fee Of Application


Mode Of Payment


NCO Exam 2020 Syllabus

The SOF NCO Olympiad exam comprises of three sections:

  1. Logical and analytical Reasoning

  2. Computers & Information Technology

  3. Achievers Section.

Note: Students are required to attempt questions from all the three sections in duration of 1hour.

NCO Exam Pattern 2020-21

NCO exam takes place in 2 levels i.e. Level1 and Level 2.  Below is all-inclusive information on the NCO exam 2020 paper Pattern.

Level-1 The 1st level of NCO entrance exam competition consists of a written objective-type test. It includes 35 multiple choice questions from class 2 to class 4 and 50 questions for class 5 to class 12. Students have to write the level 1 NCO Olympiad in 60 minutes duration. Each correct answer carries one mark. There is no negative marking in the NCO exam paper 2020.

Level-2 The 2nd level of NCO exam takes place Online at Reliance web stores. Top 500 Students from level 1 qualify for the level 2 from each class.

The SOF NCO exam pattern for the Class 1 to 12 NCO exams is provided below in tabular form. Refer to the table to check the number of questions, marks per questions, total marks for each section below.



No. Of Questions

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

Class 1 to 4

Computers & IT




Logical Reasoning




Achievers Section




Grand Total




Class 5 to 12

Computers & IT




Logical Reasoning




Achievers Section




Grand Total




NCO 2020 Result

SOF releases the official answer key of NCO 2020 (Set A & B) on the official website of Science Olympiad Foundation in the month of January. You can download the NCO answer key from the official website of SOF. The SOF NCO result 2020 will be declared online itself on the official website of SOF.

NCO Olympiad 2020 Best Preparation Tips

Students aspiring for SOF NCO 2020-2021 must practice questions from the huge question bank. It is also crucial to assess your weak areas through detailed reports and work upon to strengthen the weak areas. Take more mock tests in order to improvise your results and become exam ready.

Practice Books to Refer for NCO Exam 2020 Preparation

  • MTG SOF NCO Workbooks class wise (For Class 2 to 10)

  • Previous Years’ Papers and Sample Papers

  • Olympiad's Book of Reasoning (for the reasoning section of NCO)

  • SOF NCO Olympiad Trainer’ Mobile Apps

  • Olympiad Skill Development System (OSDS)

  • E-Quiz

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What Are the Criteria for Ranking in Level 1 in NCO Olympiad Exams?

For class I & II students appearing in NCO exam, ranks will be based on the following criterion:-

  • Total Marks scored in the exam NCO Olympiad

  •  In an event of two or more students scoring the same number of marks, ranks will be dictated on the basis of marks obtained in sections coincided more priority

  • In an event of a tie marks scored by a student in previous class may be considered to establish the rank

  •  In an event of two or more students score same marks under both the criteria aforementioned, they will be allotted the same rank

  • In case of any ambiguity decision of the Academic Committee will be final & binding

2. What are the Best NCO Exam Preparation Tips?

The key to crack the NCO Olympiad is sample papers and knowing the appropriate syllabus. The NCO Sample Papers 2020-21 are released by the SOF for class 1 to 12. Candidates can download the pdf of the sample papers from the official website and practice them. The sample papers hosted by NCO includes complete NCO syllabus 2020-21. By way of the sample papers, students can have a proper understanding of the important topics and marking scheme. Solving the sample papers in the stipulated time allows you to self-assess their performance.

3. I Am a Class 5 Student. What is Included in My Class Syllabus of NCO Exam?

As a class 5 student, you will have to study Analogy and Classification, Alphabet Test and Logical Sequence of Words Coding-Decoding, Direction Sense Test, Embedded Figures, Geometrical Shapes, Mirror Images, Patterns, Puzzle Test, Ranking Test and Water Images.

Computer Networks, Hardware, Software, Storage Devices, Memory –Primary & Secondary Memory, MS-Word, Introduction to MS-PowerPoint, MS-Paint, Internet, Introduction to Multimedia, Input and Output Devices, Latest Developments in the field of IT, Using Windows 7

Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus according to Section – 2.

Questions based on MS Windows 7 and MS-Office 2010.

4. What Is the 2020 NCO Exam Syllabus for Class 10?

Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Fundamentals of Computer, Database Management System(Functions, Types, MS-Access), Operating System, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint, MS-Word,  Networking, HTML, Internet, Using Windows 7, Python (2.7.0), Scratch, Latest Developments in the field of IT.

Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus according to Section – 2.