NSO 2020 Eligibility Criteria

NSO Exam Eligibility 2020

Science Olympiad Foundation has started the registration process of the National Science Olympiad exam 2020-21. The registration window is open for all the school students studying in CBSE, ICSE or State boards. 

SOF treats all the students at par irrespective of the student class, gender, age, etc. There are no such criteria of minimum percentage marks required by the students in their academics in order to apply for NSO exam 2020-21. All the students whether studying in class 1 or class 12 can apply for the exam conducted each year by SOF. Read the article below to obtain further information about the NSO Olympiad eligibility .


What is the NSO Exam?

NSO is a competitive exam organized every year by the Science Olympiad Foundation for the students studying in school. NSO exam full form stands for National Science Olympiad Exams. The Olympiad is being arranged to give students a stage to publicize their talent and awareness of Science at the national level. The selected students get an opportunity to win up to INR 50,000 and other benefits. The NSO aims at nurturing scientific reasoning and logical ability in the young students through a diligent test. The Science Olympiad Foundation visualizes the scientific interest and enthusiasm in young talents through competitive exams. 

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Eligibility for Olympiad Exams

NSO is mainly conducted for the students who want to judge their scientific and academic aptitude. The Olympiad is conducted in two 2 levels i.e. in Level 1 and Level 2.


NSO Exam Eligibility for Level 1

There are no specific NSO exam eligibility criteria for Level 1. Students of classes 1 to 12  can appear for the level 1 Olympiad exam. There are no criteria for the minimum marks obtained by students in their academics. The NOS exam is open for the school students studying in class 1 to 12.


NSO Exam Eligibility for Level 2

Only the students who scored well in level 1 are eligible for the Olympiad exam level 2. The following students are eligible for Olympiad exams.

  • Top 5% of students from each class who attempted Level 1 are eligible for the level 2 exam.

  • Top 25 rank-holders from each zone who attempted Level 1 are eligible for the level 2 exam.

  • Rank-holders from each participating school where minimum of 10 students attempted exams and scored 50% qualifying marks.

  • If the registration is received section-wise, students with the maximum regardless of the section will be eligible for the NSO Level 2 exam. For the section-wise registration, students who receive gold medals may not necessarily be eligible for second Level Olympiad exams.

There is no mandatory requirement for students of class 1 and class 2 to appear for NSO olympiad exam level 2. 


What Are Some Basic NSO Exam Eligibility Criteria?

Some basic NSO exam eligibility criteria are discussed below.

  1. Schools - Only the schools that have resisted themself with SOF can apply for NSO. Schools have to choose any convenient date for the exam and register for it 30 days prior to the date of the exams. Students can register for the SOF NSO exam from their respective schools. A minimum of 10 students need to register from each school is compulsory for the SOF NSO exam.

  2. Class - Only students for classes 1 to 12 are eligible for NSO exams.

  3. Subject - Science is the mandatory subject in which the applicant has a keen interest.

  4. Boards - Only students studying in CBSE, ICSE , and state board are eligible for the NSO exam.

  5. Year of Attempt - As long as the child is studying in any of the classes from 1 to 12 can apply for the NSO exam.

  6. Number of Attempts - Students can apply for the NSO exam only once in each academic year.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Should the Participants Refer to Any Specific Book for the Preparation of the NSO Exam?

NCERT books/Course books issued by the CBSE, ICSE /state boards can be used to prepare for NSO exams. Along with the NCERT and other course books, the following books can also be referred.

  • MTG class wise workbooks( for all classes from 1 to 12)

  • ‘SOF Olympiad Trainer’ mobile app designed by SOF for guiding the students looking to attempt the exam.

  • The previous year sample paper is the optimum mode to prepare for the exam.

  • Electronic-quiz

  • 100% real test papers.

  • Different magazines can be used which discuss subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics for you etc.

  • Olympiad books of reasoning ( for preparing the reasoning section of the NSO olympiad exam).

2. What Are the Important Benefits of Olympiad Exams for a Student?

Some important benefits of Olympiad exam for students are:

  1. They are feasible to judge a student’s conceptual understanding of the particular subject,

  2. Enhance the problem - solving skills of the students and challenge them to think logically.

  3. Prepare the students for competitive exams by assessing students' aptitude along with the subject knowledge.

  4. Proves exposition to the students at a wide level.

  5. To improve the student’s performance at school as the Olypalmid exam sharpens the thinking and learning process of the students which helps them to grasp the concepts easily which has been taught at school.

  6. Induce the quality of hard work among the students by encouraging them to prepare hard for the exam and improve their academic as well as olympiad performance.

3. How to Participate in the NSO Olympiad Exam?

Prospectus including the registration form of the NSO exam is sent to schools registered with SOF Olympiad. Schools who have not registered with SOF Olympiad can also request a registration form by sending an email to the foundation.

The school coordinating teachers can also generate student’s roll numbers as per the guidelines mentioned in the prospectus issued by SOF. A copy of the student's roll number, student's registration form, and school registration form are sent to the Science Olympiad Foundation's office before the last date of submission of forms.

The foundation then further sends the question paper to the school after the applicant school and student get registered.

4. What is the Student Performance Report?

Every student who attempts the SOF NSO exam is offered with a student performance report. The student's performance report shows a detailed analysis of how the particular student attempted in the NSO level 1 exam.

The aim of sharing SPR to students is to make them understand their strengths and areas requiring improvement in absolute terms and also on a competitive level comprising lakhs of students of his/her class who attempted the NSO exam.