IJSO 2020 – The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is an annual individual and team competition in the Natural Sciences for students who are less than 15 years old. Germany has been confirmed as the venue for IJSO 2020. IJSO tests the basic concepts of students in the subject of science and is not limited to just Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The events of the exam consist of MCQ test, theory test and lab test, which are conducted on separate days, with a gap of atleast 1 day among each test. There is an opening ceremony as well as closing ceremony. The final results of the test are declared at the closing ceremony. Get more information about IJSO 2020 from this page.
Latest: IJSO 2020 will take place in Germany. The list of participating countries will be updated soon on the official website of IJSO.
IJSO 2020 is the 17th edition of the olympiad. Last year, there were 70 participating nations in the IJSO, which lasted for a total duration of 10 days. Each nation has a standard team of 6 students and 3 leaders for the event. However, if standard team cannot be constituted, a minimum team of 3 students and 1 leader can be allowed to participate in IJSO. Individual participation is not allowed. The schedule for IJSO 2020 will be updated here once available.
|Registrations start||to be announced|
|Exam dates||1st week of Dec, 2020|
|Result date||to be announced|
IJSO 2020 Syllabus
The syllabus of the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) lists the skills and areas of knowledge the participants should be familiar with for this competition. The content of the syllabus is based on the former syllabus of the IJSO, the syllabi for students up to 15 years of age in the participating countries and the problems given at the IJSO until the previous edition. Check the syllabus for IJSO 2020 below.
The syllabus covers the following 3 sections:
- General Science skills
- Content knowledge in Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Laboratory skills
Topics covered under Content knowledge in Natural Sciences and Mathematics
|Particles, Waves and Matter||What things are made of, Periodic table, |
States of matter, waves, sound, light
|Energy||Energy conservation, forms of energy, transfer of energy,|
Sources of energy, Power
|Interactions||Forces, Electric, magnetic and gravitational fields, types of|
chemical bonding, Chemical reactions, diffusion, osmosis,
surface tension, principle of thin layer, effects of radiation
on organisms, forms of communication
|Structure, properties and|
|Cells, parts of body, homogeneous and heterogeneous |
catalysts, acids and bases
|Systems||Continuity principles in closed systems/cycles, Equilibrium,|
Scales of nature, Basic concepts about cycles in nature,
Ecology, Organisms as systems, Plant physiology, Electric Circuits,
Thermodynamic systems, Astrophysical systems
|Development and Evolution||Strategies of environmental adaptation, Theory of evolution, |
Cell cycle and cell division, Reproduction in humans, animals
and plants, Genes, chromosomes and genetics, Diseases
|Mathematical Skills||Equations, transformations of equations to obtain linear relations,|
plots of functions, simple geometry, basic vector algebra, simple
statistics, error estimation, rounding of numbers and representing
data with the proper number of digits / significant figures
Click here to check the complete syllabus for IJSO 2020.
IJSO 2020 Exam Pattern
The candidates can check the pattern of IJSO 2020 from below. However, note that this is as per last year information.
Number of papers: The competition is divided into 3 exam papers : MCQ, theory and practical, conducted over 3 different days.
Duration: The time allotted to each exam is normally 3-4 hours.
Medium: The language of exams is English and each leader will make translation to their own languages. Thus, each country can choose either English or their own language.
Number of questions: There are a total of 30 questions in the MCQ test with 10 questions from each of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Points for right answer: 1 point is awarded for each correct answer in MCQ test.
Negative marking: 0.25 points are deducted for each wrong answer in MCQ test.
Unattempted questions: There are 0 points for questions not attempted in the MCQ test.
Test-wise distribution of points
|Type of test||Maximum points|
IJSO 2020 Eligibility Criteria
The candidates can check the eligibility conditions that need to be fulfilled from below. Failing these eligibility restrictions, the students would be deemed ineligible for IJSO 2020.
- Age: Competitors must not be more than 15 years old.
- Citizenship: The candidate must hold a valid passport of the respective country or must be in the education system of that country for at least one academic year.
- A normal team consists of six students and three leaders. If a normal team cannot be fulfilled, a minimum team of three students and one leader is allowed to participate in IJSO. Teams consisting of less than three members do not qualify for team awards.
- Participants are not allowed to use their own collection of formulae from mathematics, chemistry, physics, etc. during the competition.
- Each participating country that has either participated with a team or sent an observer to the IJSO in one of the previous two years, is invited to send a delegation of six students and three team leaders.
IJSO 2020 Registration
The eligible and willing teams have to register for participation in IJSO on their official website, ijsoweb.org. The registration has to done within the specified window. The first-time participants are required to submit their request and obtain password for pre-registration by sending an application to their country specific website. olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in is the contact website for Indian participants.
After receiving the password, the pre-registration is to be done using the pre-registration login portal on the official website of IJSO. For any queries, the students can contact the officials at the website designed specifically for IJSO 2020.
Registration Fee: Last year, the fee for registration was $800 for each team.
IJSO 2020 Result
The results of IJSO 2020 will be released only at the closing ceremony of the event. Medals will be awarded on the basis of individual total points. Since MCQ test and theoretical test are individual events and practical test is a team event, the points allocated to the individual for MCQ and theoretical test are added to the team points for practical test. All the participating students will get certification of participation, irrespective of whether they have won any medals or not.
Best theoretical winner: The student with highest score in MCQ+theoretical test.
Best team: The team with highest score in practical test.
Country Winner: All 6 individuals’ scores are added. In case of a tie, gold medals are allocated 3 points, silver medals 2 points and bronze medal 1 point. If tie still persists, only gold and silver medals are taken into consideration. In case of further tie, only gold medals are considered.
International Junior Science Olympiad is organized every year in a different country in recognition of the significance of the Natural Sciences in the general education of young people and in all aspects of their lives. The competition comprises two individual theoretical tests followed by a practical test. The aim of this science competition is to introduce the students, at a young age, to an international network of beta enthusiasts. In addition it promotes and rewards the pursuit of excellence in scientific endeavor and stimulates gifted students to further develop their talents in Natural Sciences.
Official Website: ijsoweb.org
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