SOF Olympiad 2020

SOF Olympiad - Exam Date, Syllabus, and Other Details

What is Meant by SOF?

The SOF or Science Olympiad Foundation organises a series of workshops and academic competitions every year for students of various age groups and classes. This organisation aims to provide a platform to the students of India to test their knowledge, skills and memory.


SOF Conducts the Following Olympiads Every Year:

  • National Cyber Olympiad or NCO

  • National Science Olympiad or NSO

  • International Mathematics Olympiad or IMO

  • International English Olympiad or IEO

  • International Commerce Olympiad or ICO

  • International General Knowledge Olympiad or IGKO

Students from class 1 to 12 can apply for these competitions. However, students of class 11 and 12 cannot apply for every exam; some of them are limited to class 10. Refer to the following table to know more:


What is the Eligibility Criteria of SOF Exams?

Exam

Grade

NCO

Only for students of class 1-10

IGKO

NSO

Every student of class 1-12

IMO

IEO

ICO

Only for students of class 11 and 12


Apart from this, there are no further eligibility criteria associated with this SOF exam.


What is the Syllabus of SOF Exams?

There is no particular syllabus for these exams. The SOF Olympiad follows the curriculum of CBSE, ICSE and different state boards to frame their question papers. For instance, if a student wants to take part in NSO (National Science Olympiad), they can follow the course of their respective grade to prepare for this exam.

The exam pattern of the SOF International Olympiad varies from one particular competition to another. For instance, in the National Cyber Olympiad, a student gets 60 minutes to finish their paper. It includes 35 MCQ type questions for students of class 1 to 4 and 50 questions for participants of class 5 to 12.


What is the Pattern of SOF Exams?

Exam Name

Pattern

Time

Level

NCO

35 MCQs for class 1-4, and 50 for Class 5-10/12

60

Single Level

NSO

Two levels

IMO

Two Levels

IEO

Two Levels

IGKO

Single Level

ICO

50 MCQs for Class 11-12

Single Level


Aspirants must remember that all the SOF exams will be conducted during their school hours.


How to Register for SOF Exams?

Students can only register via their schools to take part in this competition. The SOF authorities do not accept any individual registration applications. The SOF Olympiad details of the registration are as follows:

  • A minimum number of students must register for a school to take part here. It varies from one exam to another.

  • SOF authorities will then send a prospectus comprising the registration form to every registered school.

  • After that, schools must duly fill this application form and submit it before the due date.


SOF Exams Registration

Exam

Minimum no. of Students

NCO

5

NSO

10

IMO

10

IEO

10

ICO

10

IGKO

5


Furthermore, students need to pay Rs.125 (including GST) as the registration fees. This fee is uniform and does not alter with different exams.

The preliminary dates of the SOF Olympiad 2020 have been rescheduled due to the current situation of a global pandemic. Read the following table to learn the exam dates:


What are the Exam Dates of SOF 2020?

Exams

Dates

NCO

Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. Scheduled to take place in 2021

ICO

IGKO

Set A: 7th and 8th November

Set B: 21st and 22nd November

Set C: 5th and 5th December

NSO

Set A: 19th and 20th December

Set B: 9th and 10th January

Set C: 30th and 31st January

IEO

Set A: 14th and 15th November

Set B: 28th and 29th November

Set C: 12th and 13th December

IMO

Set A: 26th and 27th December

Set B: 2nd and 3rd January

Set C: 23rd and 24th January


Did you know, next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Science Olympiad Foundation, and that it is a non-profit organisation?

SOF exam is a gateway to the international competition; students from all over the world participate in its International Olympiads. It also presents an excellent opportunity for Indian students to compete at a global level. However, students should remember that they cannot participate solely in these competitions. They must get in touch with their school authorities.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What are the Essential Books for the SOF Exam?

Ans. The syllabus for SOF exam suggests that they follow the curriculum of ICSE, CBSE and various state boards. Therefore, students who aspire to participate in this exam can read their textbooks as their primary material for exam preparations. Along with it, they can refer to other specialised SOF Olympiad books to learn reasoning and other topics. Also, candidates can follow the previous year questions and online test packages to improve their preparation. Along with these, there are various foundation course materials available for the classes of 6,7,8,9 and 10 that can also assist aspirants.

Q2. Which SOF Exams have two Levels?

Ans. As you already know, there are three SOF exams, but not all of them have two levels. Only NSO, IMO and IEO have two levels. The qualification criteria are stringent in this exam. At the school level, students who score a minimum of 50% marks in level one (provided at least 10 students appeared for the test) will be eligible for the second level. At the zonal level, the top 25 rank holder from level one will proceed to level 2. Lastly, at an international level, the top 5% of the students who have appeared in the first level will then move to the second level.

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