NSO 2020 Exam Pattern

NSO Exam Pattern and Selection Process

National Science Olympiad (NSO) is a school level competitive exam conducted annually by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) in which students from class 1 to 12 can participate. National Science Olympiad (NSO) is organized to enhance reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills in students in the field of science. NSO is the best platform for students to enhance their knowledge and can showcase their talent in the science stream. Since it is assessed based on science subjects SOF-NSO is a better platform for all the students who have a higher interest in science and are excited about learning new terms and innovations in science and technology.

NSO is conducted at Level 1 and 2. Level 1 is conducted for all students studying in classes 1 to 12 whereas those students who qualify level 1 exam (from class 3 -12), can qualify for the level 2 exam. 


NSO Exams Details

SOF NSO 2020 Science Olympiad Foundation SOF will most probably conduct the National Science Olympiad 2020 on December 17, 2020,  January 7 & 28, 2021. Last date for SOF NSO 2020 registration will be 30 days before the exam date. SOF National Science Olympiad 2020 will be conducted at two levels i.e Level 1 and Level 2. Students could register only through their respective schools as individual registrations are not accepted.


NSO Exam Paper Pattern

Students must go through the entire NSO exam paper pattern.They must divide enough time for each section for effective studying. For classes 1 to 4, a total of 35 questions are asked and the time duration is one hour. While for classes 5 to 12, a total of 50 questions are asked and the total time duration remains the same, that is one hour. These questions are divided into three sections Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Science, and High order thinking questions

The medium of the NSO exam is English. NSO is conducted during school hours only.

According to the NSO exam paper pattern 2020 level 1, the question paper consists of three sections.

For Class 1 to Class 10

  • Section 1: Logical Reasoning

  • Section 2: Science

  • Section 3: Achievers Section


For Class 11 and Class 12

  • Section 1: Physics/Chemistry

  • Section 2: Achievers Section

  • Section 3 : Mathematics/Biology

National Science Olympiad exam pattern paper and marking schemes are different for different classes.


SOF NSO Exam Paper Pattern (Class 1 to 4)

NSO Exam Pattern for Classes 1 to 4

Particulars

Details

Subjects

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Reasoning

Question Type

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s)

Exam Duration

1 Hour

Mode of Examination

Written

No. of Questions

35 Questions

Marking Scheme

  • Science & Logical Section- 1 Mark for each Correct Answer

  • Achiever Section- 2 Marks for each Correct Answer

  • No Negative Marking


Subject Wise Marking Scheme

Section

No. of Question

Marks per Question

Total Marks

Logical Reasoning

5

1

5

Science

25

1

25

Achievers Section

5

2

10

Grand Total

35

-

40


SOF NSO Exam Pattern (Class 5 to 10)

NSO Exam Pattern for Classes 5 to 10

Particulars

Details

Subjects

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Reasoning

Question Type

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s)

Exam Duration

1 Hour

Mode of Examination

Written

No. of Questions

50 Questions

Marking Scheme

  • Science & Logical Section- 1 Mark for each Correct Answer

  • Achiever Section- 3 Marks for each Correct Answer

  • No Negative Marking


Subject Wise Marking Scheme

Sections

No. of Questions

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

Logical Reasoning

10

1

10

Science

35

1

35

Achievers Section

5

3

15

Grand Total

50

-

60


SOF NSO Exam Paper Pattern (Class 11 and 12)

NSO Exam Pattern for Classes 11 and 12

Particulars

Details

Subjects

  • Mathematics

  • Physics

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

Question Type

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s)

Exam Duration

1 Hour

Mode of Examination

Written

No. of Questions

50 Questions

Marking Scheme

  • Science & Logical Section- 1 Mark for each Correct Answer

  • Achiever Section- 3 Marks for each Correct Answer

  • No Negative Marking


Subject Wise Marking Scheme

Sections

No. of Questions

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

Physics & Chemistry

25

1

25

Achievers Section

5

3

15

Mathematics/Biology

20

1

20

Grand Total

50

-

60

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the Application Process for the NSO 2020 Exam?

NSO 2020 Application Process are as follows:

  • The organising body SOF sends the prospectus of SOF NSO 2020 containing registration forms to all schools registered with SOF. 

  • Students should fill the NSO application form from their respective schools.

  • The schools will then return the duly filled registration forms to SOF along with the application fees within specified dates.

  • The students' roll numbers will be generated and sent to the appointed teacher.

  • They will also send a copy of the roll numbers of students.

  • At least 10 students must be registered from each school for the NSO exam 2020.

2. What is the Benefit of Olympiad Exams?

Students participating in Olympiad exams are ranked on the basis of marks obtained. After appearing for the first level of the test, students can judge themselves academically at four different levels - within the school, at the city level, at the zonal level and above all at the International level. 

A Student Performance Report (SPR) is provided to each student which analyses the strong and weak areas of the student. Analysis of the student’s past years’ performance are also provided. Students are also awarded based on their International, Zonal and School ranking. Prizes are announced annually including cash awards, medals, gifts, certificates, etc. For the year 2020-21, a sum of Rs 20 crores will be incurred towards awards, felicitations, scholarships, etc.

3. What is the Eligibility Criteria for NSO

Following are the criteria for NSO exams


Eligibility Criteria for Level 1

  • You need to be a student in Classes 1 to 12 to be eligible for this exam.

  • You must be a student of SSC, ICSE or CBSE boards.

  • Students from class 1 to 12, can apply for NSO.

  • NSO can be attempted once in every academic year.

Eligibility Criteria for Level 2

  • Top 5% of the students in every class , who had appeared in the NSO Olympiad Level 1 are qualified for level 2nd. 

  • The top 25 rank holders state-wise.

  • The topper of the class from which a minimum of 10 students have applied if he/she has scored 50% of the qualifying scores. 

4. What is NSO Answer Key 2020

NSO releases the NSO answer keys for all three sets on the official website. The NSO answer keys are generally released 3-4 weeks after the SOF NSO exam is conducted. Students can check the NSO answer keys 2020 and arrive at a probable score. This score can then be compared with the cutoff to check whether the student will qualify for the Level 2 exam or not.