NATIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD – NSO


NSO is a national level science exam conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF). NSO rankings will be allotted based on the marks obtained.

ELIGIBLITY

Students of class-I to class-XII are eligible to participate.

SYLLABUS

Science and math syllabus as prescribed by CBSE, ICSE or various state boards.

SELECTION PROCESS

There will be four levels of exams. First will be within the school, at the city state level and above all will be the international level.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Registration of Students: The SOF NSO is open to the students of classes 1 to 12. Prospectus containing the Registration forms are sent to all schools registered with SOF. Schools not registered may also request for prospectus by sending an e-mail at info@sofworld.org/ phone call. Schools must return the registration forms to SOF, duly filled in and complete in all respects by the due date.

 

Roll Numbers: The school’s coordinating teacher will generate the students’ Roll Numbers as per the guidelines given. A copy of these roll numbers along with the Students’ Registration Sheet (SRS) and School Registration Form (SRF) should be sent to the Foundation’s office before the due date of submission of forms.

Foundation will register the applicant school and the students and dispatch question papers and guidelines for conducting the examination. Principals / teachers may please note that any school can be registered as a center for SOF NSO. No fee is required from the institution to become a registered examination centre. A minimum of 10 students need to be registered from each school for SOF NSO.

The SOF NSO is conducted on three dates for Level 1. Each school may select a date for conducting the SOF NSO as per its convenience. Each date of exam has a separate question paper. Change of date for conducting the SOF NSO is not permitted.

Students should register through their respective schools only. Individual registrations by students are not accepted.

 

REGISTRATION FEE

 

A charge of Rs 125* (including GST) towards cost of examination is payable by each participating student for Schools in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and  Nepal, except a student suffering from any major physical disability or an Indian student whose parent was martyred during defence operations. Further the school may collect an amount upto Rs 25** per student towards honorarium of incharge, remuneration to teachers to teach, guide using study material supplied by SOF and other miscellaneous expenses.

 

*US$9 per student for International schools
**US$1 per student for International schools.

 

Exam Pattern

 

The SOF National Science Olympiad is conducted at two levels:

 

Level 1: The first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours.

(i) The level 1 competition is an objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 1 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12.

(ii) 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

(iii) There are separate question papers for each class.

(iv) The medium of the test is English.

(v) CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabi are followed for setting the test papers.

(vi) The exam is conducted during school hours.

 

Level 2: The level 2 is conducted for students of class 3 to class 12. The qualifiers to second round would include the following:

  • Top 5% of candidates, class wise, who appear in the 1st  level exam. In case of a tie of marks, due weightage to marks scored in different sections will be given. Each section is accorded separate weightage.
  • Top 25 rank holders class wise & Zone wise.
  • Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks. In case registration is received section wise, top rank holder, irrespective of section will qualify for the 2nd level. For section wise registrations, winner(s) of gold medal may not necessarily qualify for the second level.

 

EXAM DATE:

11TH & 21ST NOV 2019

 

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS/RECOGNITION

For the academic year 2018-19, SOF will spend over Rs. 16 Crores on awards, Scholarships, gifts & felicitations etc.

The following awards will be provided to the winners of SOF National Science Olympiad being held during the academic year 2018-19.

 

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS – STUDENTS

International & Zonal topper awards will be provided to 2nd level winners. For classes 1 & 2, awards will be provided to 1st level winners.

Each winner will be entitled to one award for an exam. The winners will be entitled to the higher level award only. For eg,. the international top 3 rank holders will be entitled to awards based on their International ranks. Awards accruing to them for Zonal ranks will be given to the next rank holder. Similarly, class award accruing to a Zonal award winner will be given to the next rank holder.

 

AWARDS FOR LEVEL TWO PERFORMANCE & FOR CLASSES ONE & TWO

AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
RANK SCHOLARSHIPS NO. OF AWARDS
1st Rs.50,000/- Each + Gold Medal*+ Certificate of Outstanding Performance 12
2nd Rs.25,000/- Each + Silver Medal*+ Certificate of Outstanding Performance 12
3rd Rs.10,000/- Each + Bronze Medal*+ Certificate of Outstanding Performance 12
AT ZONAL LEVEL
RANK SCHOLARSHIPS NO. OF AWARDS
1st Rs.5,000/ – Each + Gold Medal*+ Certificate of Zonal Excellence 240
2nd Rs.2,500/ – Each + Silver Medal*+ Certificate of Zonal Excellence 240
3rd Rs.1,000/ – Each + Bronze Medal*+ Certificate of Zonal Excellence 240
4th to 10th Gifts Worth Rs.1000/- Each + *Medal of Distinction + *Certificate of Distinction + **Certificate of Zonal Excellence 1680
11th to 25th **Certificate of Zonal Excellence + *Medal of Distinction + *Certificate of Distinction 3600
Rank 26+ Merit Certificate All

*Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Distinction will be awarded for 1st level Ranks.
**Certificate of Zonal Excellence will be awarded for final Ranks.

*Medals are Gold / Silver / Bronze color plated as applicable
**For classes one & two only

 

AWARDS FOR LEVEL ONE PERFORMANCE

AT ZONAL LEVEL

RANK

SCHOLARSHIPS

NO. OF AWARDS

1 to 25  Medal of Distinction** + Certificate of Distinction 240
Rank 26+ Participation Certificate All

**For classes three to twelve.

In case two or more students achieve the same rank, cash award in the applicable category will be distributed as under:

International Winners – 

  • For up to 9 students getting same rank, award amount will be distributed equally. In addition, each winner will be awarded a medal (in the applicable category) and a Certificate.
  • In case 10 & more students get same rank, in lieu of cash award, each winner will be awarded gifts worth Rs.1,000/- each + a medal ( in the applicable category) and a Certificate.

Zonal Winners –  

  • For up to 4 students getting same rank, award amount will be distributed equally. In addition, each winner will be awarded a medal (in the applicable category) and a Certificate.
  • ​In case 5 & more students get same rank, in lieu of cash award, each winner will be awarded gifts worth Rs.1,000/- each + a medal (in the applicable category) and a Certificate.

 

AT SCHOOL LEVEL

1. Medals to Class Toppers.

  • Where 10 or more students from a class (including all sections) write an exam – the top three rank holders will be awarded a gold, silver and bronze medal respectively.
  • Where between 5 to 9 students from a class (including all sections) write an exam – the topper awarded a gold medal.
  • In addition to above, for each section from a class, from where 25 or more students write an exam – the top three rank holders will be awarded a gold, silver and bronze medal respectively.
  • All students whose sections are not indicated will be allocated section “X” by default

2. Student Performance Report (SPR) for each participating student.

  • Every student who appears in SOF NSO  is provided with a Student Performance Report (SPR). An SPR is a detailed analysis of how the student attempted the 1st level Olympiad exam.
  • The objective of SPR is to share with the student and her / his parents, analysis of student’s answers. This is expected to enable the student understand her/his strengths and areas requiring improvement in absolute terms and also on a competitive scale consisting of lacs of students of her/his class who appeared for the Olympiad.

The SPR consists of six sections:

  • Section A – provides the student’s marks and rank achieved in School / City / Zone / at international level.
  • Section B – provides a section wise performance score of the student.
  • Section C – provides correct answers to questions asked in the Olympiad exam, the answers given by the student and performance comparison of the student’s answers vs other students in the Zone and at the international level.
  • Section D – provides a percentage score analysis of the student with a comparison with the Class, City, Zone and international level.
  • Section E – provides a comparison of average marks analysis at the School, City, Zone and international level.
  • Section F – provides a comparison of the student’s performance in the Olympiad exams during the past 8 years.

3. Participation Certification to each student.

4. Merit Certificate to 2nd level participants

5. Top 25 rank holders from each class & each Olympiad exam will be awarded Medals of Distinction. This will be applicable for winners from 20 Zones for performance in the 1st level Olympiads/ single level Olympiads.


 

AWARDS- SCHOOLS

AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
CATEGORY AWARDS NO. OF AWARDS.
Best Principal* Rs.25,000/- Each + Citation + Trophy 10
Best Teacher Rs.10,000/- Each + Citation + Trophy 10
AT ZONAL LEVEL
CATEGORY AWARDS NO. OF AWARDS.
Best Principal* Rs.10,000/- Each + Citation + Trophy 100
Best Teacher Rs.5,000/- Each+ Citation + Trophy 60
AT DISTRICT LEVEL
CATEGORY AWARDS NO. OF AWARDS.
Best Principal* Rs.2,500/- Each + Citation + Trophy 500
Best Teacher Rs.1,000/- Each + Citation + Trophy 500

*Awards to Principals are based on cumulative performance of schools, whereas awards to teachers are based on performance of school in SOF NSO.


 

AT SCHOOL LEVEL

Appreciation Mementos to school Principals & Teacher In-Charge

 

Syllabus: National Science Olympiad