National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) Exam by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF)
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.
During 2015-16, the first Round of NCO exam will held on 23rd September, 2015 and 8th October 2015 at participating schools. 2nd level NCO Olympiads will be held for all students (from class three to class twelve) who qualify for the 2nd level.
How to Apply
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.
Structure and pattern of the examination?
The level-1 competition is a written objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 Multiple Choice questions for class 2 to class 4 and 50 questions from class 5 to class 12.
Question paper will have three sections:
Section I – Mental Ability
Section II – Logical and Analytical Reasoning
Section III – Computer and Information Technology
Section IV – Achiever’s Section
Section 1 to 3 Each correct answer carries 1 mark.
Section 4 Class 1 to 4 each correct answer carries 2 mark.
Section 4 class 5 to 12 each correct answer carries 3 marks There is no negative marking.
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 the school hours.
- The level 1 competition is a written 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.
- The question paper consists of :
- Mental Ability
- Logical and Analytical Reasoning
- Computer and Information Technology
- 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 qualifiers to second round would include the following:
- Top 5% students who appear for the 1st level exam from each class
- State wise top 10 performing students from each class.
- Topper of each class where at least 10 students have appeared for the exam
Clarifications : Any clarification regarding rules, format/pattern of the paper, etc., may be sought from SOFs’ office through Phone, fax or e-mail at [email protected]
Registered Office: B-8 / 406, Taj Apts., Ring Road, New Delhi-110029
Admin Office: Plot No 99, Sector 44, Gurgaon – 122003
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a student benefit by appearing in the NCO?
Participants of NCO 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. Students are suitably awarded based on their international, State and School ranking. Prizes include cash awards, I-Pads, 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.
Who all are eligible to sit for the NCO?
Students of classes 2nd to 12th are eligible to appear for the 1st level NCO. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. Students who qualify for the 2nd level exam include top 5% of students class wise who appear for the 1st level exam, state wise top 10 rank holders class wise and class toppers from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 75% qualifying marks. Students from class 2 are not required to appear for the 2nd level exam and are ranked based on their performance in the first level exam.
I am interested to take part in the NCO. Tell me how will I come to know about the details of the exam?
All the relevant information is sent to the schools all over the country / Asian countries along with prospectus, registration forms, posters and other details before the first round 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 foundation’s face book page facebook.com/sofworld.
Myself and few of my friends are interested to take part in the NCO but our school has not yet received any information regarding the Olympiad. What do we do?
Please let us know the complete address of your school. We will send detailed information and registration forms to your School so that your Principal / Computer Teacher can register for the exam and you may take part in it.
My school does not want to register for the NCO, but I am very eager to write the exam. Can I do it on my own?
SOF does not accept individual participation. Students may register through their respective schools only.
I have already appeared for the NCO 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 NCO…
You can request your school authority to send your exam 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).