SOF National Science Olympiad (NSO) - 2024-25 exam guide

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The National Science Olympiad (NSO) is a premier Science competition that is organized annually by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF). The event is designed to assess the Science abilities of students from around the world and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their skills. The NSO is considered one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of Science, with top performers receiving awards and scholarships.

By participating in the NSO, students can test their knowledge and problem-solving skills and compete with their peers at various levels. The competition is conducted in two levels, with different patterns for each level. NSO Level 1 is for students of Classes 1 through 12, while NSO Level 2 is for students from Classes 3 to 12 who meet the eligibility criteria.

To help you learn more about the National Science Olympiad, we have compiled all the essential information about NSO exam dates, patterns, eligibility criteria, and more. For your convenience, we have organized all you want to know about NSO in the topics below.

NSO Exam dates

The dates for the upcoming SOF NSO are as follows. Students are advised to check with their school authorities on their exam schedule.

  • 1st date - 17th October

  • 2nd date - 21st November

  • 3rd date - 5th December

NSO Registration

To participate in the National Science Olympiad, students need to register for the same. The registration process includes filling out the application form and paying the required application fee.

Students can register for the NSO exam through their respective schools. Schools across India are registered as NSO exam centres and can choose the date of the exam according to their comfort. Different question papers are presented each time, regardless of the exam date.

To register, students must be studying in an Indian government-approved school and should not have cleared grade 12 exams. Students of classes 1 to 12 are eligible for the respective Olympiad exams.

To complete the registration process, students need to fill a simple form providing important basic information and pay a nominal fee of INR 125. After submitting the fee and form at their school, the admit card is issued, and the practice workbook is received from SOF.

The admit cards are provided to the teachers in charge a few days before the exam. Once students receive the admit card, they are all set to appear for the olympiad exam. It is advised to register in advance for NSO in order to avoid any last-minute hassles.

NSO Syllabus & Exam pattern

The National Science Olympiad (NSO) is a hugely popular Olympiad exam in India, organized by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF). The primary objective of NSO is to cultivate scientific thinking among school children while identifying and nurturing talent in the field of science.

The NSO syllabus is structured into three sections for each class.

  • Section 1 - , the focus is on Logical Reasoning, incorporating questions related to both Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

  • Section 2 - is dedicated to the Science section which tests the understanding of scientific concepts and their application.

  • Section 3 - , known as the Achiever's section, is designed to challenge students with Higher Order Thinking Questions. It is advisable to approach this section only after completing the first two sections.

To access the latest syllabus and exam pattern as prescribed by the Science Olympiad Foundation - CLICK HERE

NSO Preparation

Once the registration process is done, the student should refer to our NSO Science study materials. Preparing with these materials will help you prepare better for the exam and increase your chances of gettinng a top rank.

NSO Results

To check your NSO results, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the official SOF website

  2. Click on the tab for NSO results

  3. Enter your NSO exam roll number in the format 'SchoolCode-Class-RollNo'

  4. Solve the equation and enter the captcha

  5. Click on 'View Results'

  6. Your NSO result will appear on the screen

  7. Download and save it for future reference

NSO Awards / Recognition

In the previous academic year, SOF spent Rs. 20+ Crores on awards and recognition.

To know the complete details of the awards/scholarships that would be provided to the winners of the upcoming SOF National Science Olympiad - CLICK HERE


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