The first of its kind in the country, the National Cyber Olympiad is now a global search competition that aims at identifying and nurturing cyber talent amongst the youngsters. It is as much about inspiring the younger generation to enhance their knowledge and comprehension of issues related to computers and IT as about testing their aptitude in these streams.
It is an international level competition focusing on Mental Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning in computers and IT.
National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) Exam by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF)
Registration of Students : The event is open to the students of classes 2 to 12 and registrations are received from the schools in the prescribed pro-forma. Registration sheets for the school / students and the information booklet are posted to the schools all over India.
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 and school registration sheet should be sent to the Foundation’s office before the due date of submission of forms. Minimum of 50 students need to be registered from each school for feasibility reasons.
Students should be registered through the schools only. Individual registration by the student is not encouraged.
Fees : A nominal participation fee is charged from each student. Part of it is retained by the school for its expenses as exam centre. Details about the fee / mode of payment etc. are given in the School Registration Forms sent to schools.
|Level 1 Exam||13 Oct and 20 Oct 2016|
Structure and pattern of the examination?
|Class||Section||No. of Questions||Marks/Question||Total Marks|
|2 to 4||Logical Reasoning||5||1||5|
|Computers & IT||25||1||25|
|5 to 12||Logical Reasoning||10||1||10|
|Computers & IT||35||1||35|
The National Cyber Olympiad is in Two Levels:
Level 1: The first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours.
- The Level 1 competition is an objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 2 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12.
- Question paper will have three sections:
- Section-1: Logical Reasoning
Section-2: Computers and Information Technology
Section-3: Achievers Section
- Section-1: Logical Reasoning
- There are separate question papers for each class.
- The medium of the test is English.
- CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabus is followed for setting the test papers.
- 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 for the 1st level exam. Due weightage to marks scored in different sections will be given. Each section is accorded separate weightage.
- Zonewise top 25 rank holders class wise.
- Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks.
Clarifications : Any clarification regarding rules, format/pattern of the paper, etc., may be sought from SOF through phone-call/fax – 0124-4951200 or email [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a student benefit by taking Olympiad exams?
Participants of Olympiads are ranked on the basis of marks obtained. Hence, after taking the first level of the test, students can judge themselves academically at four different levels – within the school, at city level, at state level and above all at International level.
Each student is provided a Student Performance Report (SPR). The SPR analyses the strong and weak areas of the student and also gives a detailed performance comparison of the student vis-à-vis other students at school, state and international level. Analysis of the student’s past 7 years’ performance is also provided.
Students are suitably awarded based on their international, State and School ranking. Prizes are announced annually and include cash awards, medals, gifts, certificates etc. The International toppers from each class are awarded at a grand prize distribution ceremony held in Delhi, presided over by an eminent personality. Prizes for state winners and school winners are sent to their respective schools. For the year 2015-16, a sum of Rs. Ten Crores will be incurred towards awards, felicitations, scholarships etc.
Who all are eligible to sit for the Olympiads?
Students of classes 1 to 12th are eligible to appear for the 1st level Olympiads. For National Cyber Olympiad, students from class 2 onwards are eligible to appear for the 1st level. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. Students who qualify for the 2nd level exam include.
(a) Top 5% of students’ class wise, who appear for the 1st level exam,
(b) Zone wise top 25 rank holders class wise, and
(c) Class toppers from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks. Students from classes 1 and 2 are not required to appear for the 2nd level exam and are ranked based on their performance in the first level exam. IEO is a single level exam.
I am interested to take part in the Olympiads. Tell me how will I come to know about the details of the exam?
All the relevant information is sent to the schools registered with us across countries, along with prospectus, registration forms, posters and other details before the first round of exams and then as the date and venue of the second level is decided, the information is sent to the relevant schools again. The students come to know about the necessary details from their school teachers or through the Foundation’s official website www.sofworld.org or through the foundations face book page www.facebook.com/sofworld.
Myself and few of my friends are interested to take part in the Olympiads but our school has not yet received any information regarding the Olympiad. What can we do?
Please let us know the name, e-mail ID, complete address of your school along with name and contact details of the principal. We will send detailed information and registration forms to your School so that your Principal / Olympiad Teacher-in-charge can register your names for the exam.
My school does not want to register for the Olympiads, but I am very eager to write the exam. Can I do it on my own?
SOF does not encourage individual participation. Students have to register through their schools only.
I have already appeared for the Olympiads while I was in a lower class? Can I appear again?
Certainly. This will give you an opportunity to improve your previous rankings, and if you are successful in doing so, you will again be eligible for certificates and prizes.
My school has already dispatched the registration form. I am left out and I want to register myself for the Olympiad exam. What should I do?
You can request your school authority to send your relevant details and fee immediately to us. We will accept it if it reaches us before the last date of registration (usually 30 days before the exam).