International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO) 2019 – 2020

Registration of Students: The IGKO is open to the students of classes 1 to 10. A prospectus containing the Registration forms are sent to all schools registered with SOF. Schools not registered may also request for prospectus by sending an e-mail at [email protected]/phone call. Schools must return the registration forms to SOF, duly filled in and complete in all respects by the due date.

Latest: Exam dates for IGKO 2019-2020 have been announced, Scroll down to check the same.

Important Dates

Event Dates – 1st Level Exams
IGKO Exam 6 Sept 2019 (Friday) – Date 1 26 Sept 2019 (Thursday) – Date 2

Roll Numbers

The school’s coordinating teacher will generate the students’ Roll Numbers as per the guidelines are given. A copy of these roll numbers along with the Students’ Registration Sheet (SRS) and School Registration Form (SRF) should be sent to the Foundation’s office before the due date of submission of forms.

Foundation will register the applicant school and the students and dispatch question papers and guidelines for conducting the examination. Principals/teachers may please note that any school can be registered as a centre for SOF IGKO. No fee is required from the institution to become a registered examination centre. A minimum of 10 students needs to be registered from each school for feasibility reasons.

The SOF IGKO is conducted on two dates. Each school may select a date for conducting the SOF IGKO as per its convenience. Each date of exam has a separate question paper. SOF IGKO is a single level exam.

Students should register through their respective schools only. Individual registrations by students are not accepted.


Schools in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan & Nepal pay to SOF a registration fee of Rs 125* (including GST) per student / Olympiad towards cost of examination. Schools may charge an additional Rs 25** per student towards honorarium of incharge, remuneration to teachers to teach and guide, and for other expenses. No fee is payable for students suffering from any major physical disability, or an Indian student whose parent was martyred during defence operations.

*US$9 for other countries.
**US$1 for other countries.

Clarifications: Any clarification regarding rules, format/pattern of the paper, etc., may be sought from SOF through phone-call/fax – 0124-4951200 or email at [email protected]

Examination Pattern and Scheme

The International general knowledge Olympiad is a single level exam. The test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours. The Olympiad is a written objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 1 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 10.

Class Section No. of Questions Marks
01st to 04th Class General Awareness 20 20
Current Affairs 05 05
Life Skills 05 05
Achievers Section 05 10
Total 35 40
05th to 10th Class General Awareness 30 30
Current Affairs 10 10
Life Skills 05 05
Achievers Section 05 15
Total 50 60

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 test, students can judge themselves academically at four different levels – within the school, at city level, at zonal 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, City, Zonal and International level. Analysis of the student’s past 2 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. Selective International toppers from each class are awarded at a grand prize distribution ceremony held in Delhi, presided over by eminent personalities. Prizes for zonal winners and school winners are sent to their respective schools. For the year 2018-19, a sum of Rs. 16 Crores will be incurred towards awards, felicitations, scholarships etc.

Who all are eligible to sit for the Olympiads?

Students of classes 1 to 10th are eligible to appear for the SOF IGKO. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. SOF IGKO 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 exam. The students come to know about the necessary details from their school teachers or through the SOF official website or through the SOF facebook 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.

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.

When are the results of olympiad declared?

Results of Olympiads are declared within 8 weeks of each examination. The results are sent to the schools concerned. The results are also made available on our website.

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).

We are less than 10 students in our school who are interested to take part in an olympiad. Can we still enroll for the test?

For less than 10 students in a school, it is not viable for the Foundation to hold the SOF IGKO. Hence at least 10 students should be enrolled from a school so that a school becomes a centre.

Give criteria for ranking?

Click here, to know the criteria for ranking.

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