18th National Science Olympiad (NSO) 2015 – 2016

18th National Science Olympiad (NSO) 2015 – 2016

The National Science Olympiad is organized every year to motivate students to strive for better and deeper understanding of scientific facts and data and to enhance their reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills All school students from class 1st onwards are invited to participate in this NSO,  a unique contest that tests their understanding, level of knowledge, applications and power of reasoning.


Important Dates

During 2015-16 the first Round of NSO exam will be held on 20th October, 2015 and 5th November, 2015 at participating schools. 2nd level NSO 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 1st to 12th and registrations are received from the schools in the prescribed pro-forma. Registration sheet for the school / students and the information booklet are posted to the schools all over India and abroad.

Roll Numbers :

The school’s coordinating teacher will be generating 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 last date.

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 accepted.

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.

Benefits from NSO:

  • Every participant of Level I is awarded a Certificate of Participation.
  • Students get a chance to be assessed at International level and are awarded performance-based Rankings.
  • Students gain confidence to contest at national / international level in a world where from admission to elite courses to selection for choice jobs is becoming more and more competitive.
  • The spirit of competition and sense of recognition inspire students to excel in the chosen field of study and set higher goals.
  • Top three students of the final round from each class and each state are awarded attractive prize.
  • The 6036 winners (class-wise) are also endowed with cash prizes/I-Pads.
  • All participants selected for Level II are awarded Certificates of Merit indicating their performance in the Level II.
  • The comprehensive SQ (Science Quotient) report highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the participant.
  • A comprehensive SSQ (School Science Quotient) report highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the school vis-à-vis national / international performance to enable the schools to improve the quality and level of science education at their end.

Examination Pattern and Scheme

The competition is a written test of 60 minutes duration comprising of objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions. Each correct answer carries one mark. There will be a separate question paper for each class. The question paper will consists of two sections.

For class 1 to 4 :

The participant has to answer 35 questions in 60 minutes.

  • Section I : Mental Ability
  • Section II : Science
  • Section III : Achiever’s Section

For class 5 to 10 :

The participant has to answer 50 questions in 60 minutes.

  • Section I : Mental Ability
  • Section II : Science
  • Section III : Achiever’s Section

For class 11 to 12 :

For class 11 and 12, students can opt for Mathematics or Biology. There will be separate papers for each group.

  • Section I : Mathematics or Biology
  • Section II : Physics & Chemistry
  • Section III : Achiever’s Section

The National Science Olympiad invites students from classes 1st to 12th to participate and excel at International level. The competition 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 35/50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 1st to 12th.
  • The question paper consists of Science and Mental Ability section.
  • 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 the National Coordinator through Phone, fax or e-mail at [email protected]

Telefax: 0124-4591200, 09312680857
Address : 3rd floor, Plot No 99, Sector 44, Gurgaon – 122003

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a student benefit by taking NSO? 

Participants of NSO 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 NSO?

Students of classes 1st to 12th are eligible to appear for the 1st level NSO. 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 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.

I am interested to take part in the NSO. 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 NSO but our school has not yet received any information regarding the Olympiad. What can we do?

Let us know the complete address of your school. We will send detailed information and registration forms to your School so that your Principal / Science Teacher can register your names for the exam.

My school does not want to register for the NSO, 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 NSO 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 NSO. What should I do?

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).

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