NSO 2020 Exam Date

NSO Exam Date 2020 - 2021

The National Science Olympiad exam organized by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) is conducted each year to motivate students and to aspire for a better and deeper understanding of scientific facts and data to strengthen their logical reasoning, analytical, and problem -solving skills. All the students from  classes 1 to 12 are invited to participate in the NSO exam. 

The Science Olympiad Foundation has announced the revised date sheet for NSO exam Level 1 and NSO exam level 2. Earlier the SOF had announced that the NSO exam 2020 level 1 will be conducted in the month of November but the prevailing conditions of COVID-19 pandemic made the foundation postpone the dates to December.

The reschedule dates for the NSO Exam Level 1 are 17 December 2020, 7 January 2021, and 28 January 2021. The reschedule date for the NSO exam Level 2 are 2nd February 2021 and 3 February 2021.


NSO Exam Date 2020-21

The first round of NSO will be conducted on Thursday, 17 December 2020.The second and third round will be conducted on 7 January 2021, and Thursday, 28 January  2021 respectively. Schools can choose any one date for conducting the exams as per their convenience.There will be different questions papers for the dates. The entire school needs to conduct the NSO exam on one selected date only as mentioned in the  School registration form sent by the school itself.

The registration forms have been sent to schools for the NSO exam level 1. In case of non-receipt of registration forms, please inform SOF by contacting through phone or email. Registration forms for the NSO exam level 2 will be dispatched after the completion of NSO exam level 1.


NSO Exam Date 2020-21 Highlight

Events

Dates

SOF NSO Level 1 Exam Dates 

Date 1 : 17 December 2020

Date 2 : 7 January 2021

Date 3 :  28 January  2021

Release of NSO answer keys for sets A, B, and C

February 2021

Issuance of Admit card for SOF NSO Level 1

To be announced

SOF NSO Level 1 Exam Result 

February 2021

SOF NSO Level 2 Exam Date

02 - 03 February 2020

Allocation of centres for the Level 2 exam

Last week of January 2021

Admit Card for Level 2

To be announced


If you find any queries, you can contact SOF directly and resolve your issues. The participants can contact SOF through phone or can even send them mail.


NSO Exam Levels and Exam Patterns

NSO exams are conducted at two levels. 

  1. Level 1

  2. Level 2


Details for NSO Level 1 Exam

  • The NSO first level of the test is organized at the respective school of the participants during the school hours.

  • NSO Level 1 exam comprises 35 (Multiple Choice) questions for class 1 to class 4 and 50 (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12. The NSO exam duration for Level 1 is 60 minutes.

  • Separate question papers are arranged for each class

  • The medium of the test is English

  • CBSE, ICSE/ISC, and State board syllabus is followed for designing the question papers.


NSO Level 1 Exam Pattern

The question paper comprises of three sections :

For Class 1 to Class 10

  • Section 1 - Logical Reasoning (5 Questions)

  • Section 2 - Science (25 Questions)

  • Section 3 - Achievers Section ( 5 Questions)


For Class 11 and  Class 12

  • Section 1 - Physics/Chemistry (25 Questions)

  • Section 2 - Achievers Section (5 Questions)

  • Section 3 - Mathematics/ Biology (20 Questions)


Details for NSE Level 2 Exam

  • The NSO second  level of the test is also organized at the respective school of the participants during the school hours

  • NSO Level 2 is conducted for classes 3 to 12. NSO Level 1 exam comprises 35 (Multiple Choice) questions for class 3 and class 4, and 50 (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12. The NSO exam duration for level 2 for all the classes is 60 minutes.

  • Separate question papers are arranged for each class

  • The medium of the test is English

  • CBSE, ICSE/ISC,and State board syllabus is followed for designing the question papers.


NSO Level 2 Exam Pattern

The question paper comprises of three sections :

For Class 3 and Class 4

  • Section 1 - Science (30 Questions)

  • Section 2 - Achievers Section ( 5 Questions)


For Class 5 to Class 10th

  • Section 1 - Science (45 Questions)

  • Section 2 - Achievers Section (5 Questions)


For Class 11 and  Class 12

  • Section 1 - Physics/Chemistry (25 Questions)

  • Section 2 - Achievers Section (5 Questions)

  • Section 3 - Mathematics/ Biology (20 Questions)

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the Application Process and Application Fees for the NSO Exam 2020-21?

The SOF NSO registration for 2020-21 has been started. Students can register through their respective schools only. Individual registrations are not accepted by the Foundations.

Interested students of class 1 to 12 can apply for SOF NSO 2020. The prospectus with registration forms is sent to registered/participating schools. Schools that are not registered can also request for registration forms by sending mail to the SOF. The duly filled registered form needs to be sent by the schools to SOF before the due date.

Each participant student of registered schools of India, Bangladesh, and Nepal except students suffering from any major physical disability are required to pay a charge of Rs. 125 (including GST) towards the cost of the examination. However, the school may change additional Rs.25 for the expenses made by them such as remuneration to teachers and other expenses.

2. When Will the Answer Key Be Released for the NSO Exam 2020-21?

The SOF issues the NSO answer key for all the three sets on their official website. The NSO answer keys are usually released within 3-4 weeks after the SOF NSO exam is conducted. The NSO answer key includes the correct answers to all the questions asked in the exam. Students can compare the answers marked in the answer key with those marked in the exam to calculate the probable score. This score can further be compared with the cut-off marks to check whether the candidate is qualified for the Level 2 exam or not. The link to check the NSO answer key 2020 will be updated in the SOF official website. Students who get the minimum qualifying marks will be eligible to appear for NSO 2021 exam level 2. NSO answer key  2021 for level 2 will be released within 2 weeks of the exams.

3. How to Download the Admit Card for NSO Exam?

Steps to download the admit card for the NSO exam are given below.

  1. Visit SOF official website.

  2. Click on the "First Level Admit Card" button in the sidebar.

  3. Select NSO.

  4. Enter the roll number. Roll number should be mentioned as School code - Class code - Roll number.

  5. Select " Download and Print Admit Card".

  6. Admit Card and important Guidelines will be generated and displayed on your screen.

4. What Are the Instructions Mentioned for the Students in the Admit Card?

The students have to follow certain rules and regulations while attempting the test. Read about the instructions given below to be followed for SOF NSO.

  1. Students have to report at the allocated exam center a minimum of 30 minutes before the commencement of exams.

  2. No students will be allowed to enter the exam room after 10 minutes of exam commencement.

  3. No extra time will be given to the participants who report late to the exam center.

  4. Students can only leave the exam, halls only after the completion of exam duration. Candidates cannot leave the exam room without due permission of the invigilator.

  5. The students are not supposed to carry any paper bits with them.

  6. Students will be permitted in the exam rooms 15 minutes before the commencement of exam. The students must fill the OMR sheet with their details during this time.