The International English Olympiad (IEO) is a one-of-a-kind examination, and first in the history of English language testing in India. For the academic year 2019-20 the IEO (1st Level) exam is going to be held on schedule date at participating schools. Admit card for Level 1 & 2 10th IEO exam will be released online at the official website. There will be separate question papers on different dates. The entire school have to conduct the exam on one chosen date only –as mentioned in the School Registration Form by the school.

Latest: Exam dates for IEO 2019-20 has been announced. Scroll down to check the same.

What’s New in 10th IEO 2019-2020

  • IEO becomes a two-level exam.

10th International English Olympiad (IEO) 2019 – 2020

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 proforma. Registration sheet for the school/students and the information booklet are posted to the schools all over India and abroad. Students should be registered through the schools only. Individual registration by the student is not available.

Foundation will register school and the students as per the SRF (School Registration Form), SRS (Student Registration Sheets) and the registration fees received and dispatch question papers and guidelines for conducting the examination. Minimum of 10 students need to be registered from each school for feasibility reasons.

Fees: A nominal participation fee is charged by each student. Part of it is retained by the school for its expenses as exam center. Details about the fee/mode of payment etc. are given in the School Registration Forms sent to schools. Students studying in classes 1st to 12th  in schools affiliated to CBSE / ICSE / and State Boards can take the IEO test.

Important dates

Event Date
Date of Exam (1st Level) 15 Oct & 05 Nov 2019
Date of Exam (2nd Level) 2nd / 3rd Sunday of Feb 2020
Result of 2nd Level Exam To be announced

Admit Card

Admit cards, in duplicate, are made available to students as under

  • These are couriered to respective schools and
  • These are uploaded on our site and
  • These are e-mailed to respective schools and
  • Students may also use the admit cards issued to them for 1st level exams.
  • Students may collect their admit cards (in duplicate) by either of the above modes, paste their color passport size photographs on both copies and get them attested (signed and stamped) by school authorities.
  • The admit cards carry details of venue address and time of the exam. Students must carry both copies of admit cards to the test center, where one copy will be retained by the center. Separate set of admit cards must be carried for each 2nd level Olympiad for which students have qualified

Structure and Pattern of the Examination

Class Topic/ Section No. of Questions Marks per Questions Total Marks
1st to 4th Word and Structure Knowledge 30 1 30
Spoken and Written Expression
Achievers Section 5 2 10
5th to 12th Word and Structure Knowledge 45 1 45
Spoken and Written Expression
Achievers Section 5 3 15

The pattern of questions/Marking Scheme would be as under.



No. of Questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks

3 & 4

Word and Structure Knowledge




Achievers Section




Grand Total



5 to 12

Word and Structure Knowledge





Achievers Section




Grand Total



9th IEO 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 the city level, at the 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 the school, state and international level. Analysis of the student’s past 6 years’ performance is also provided.

Who all are eligible to sit for the Olympiads?

Students of classes 1 to 12th are eligible to appear for the 1st level Olympiads. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. Students who qualify for the 2nd level exam include

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 or through the foundations face book page

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.

What is the syllabus for the Olympiads?

The syllabus of the Olympiads is the syllabus as prescribed by the CBSE, ICSE and various state boards. If you sit for the second level and have moved onto the next class, the syllabus will remain the same (i.e. of the previous class).  The details of the syllabus are also posted on the Foundation’s website. Please click the following link to access the syllabus IEO Syllabus.

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).

Can I take part in more than one Olympiad exam?

Although conducted by the same Foundation, NCO, NSO, IMO, IEO, ICSO & IGKO are completely different competitions. Students can register for all the 6 Olympiads in a year.

Are there any special books which the participants should refer to for the IEO preparation?

In general, NCERT books/course books prescribed by the CBSE/ICSE/STATE BOARDS may be referred to for the preparation. We also have the following books/materials for Olympiad preparation:

  • MTG Class wise Workbooks (For Class 1 to 10)
  • SOF Olympiad Trainer’ Mobile Apps
  • OSDS (Olympiad Skill Development System)
  • Previous Years’ Papers
  • E-Quiz

Additionally, class XI and XII students can refer to the various publications like Chemistry Today, Biology Today, Mathematics Today and Physics For You and MTG books which contain useful matter including solved and model test papers of various National and International Olympiads.

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.

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