Olympiads

The international Olympiad movement is aimed at bringing the most gifted secondary and higher secondary students of the world together in a friendly competition of the highest level. The Olympiads do not lead directly to any career benefits; rather, they provide a stimulus to begin a career in science or mathematics, to undertake a lifelong journey into the realms of exciting intellectual challenges.

A major national Olympiad programme in basic sciences and mathematics which connects to the international Olympiads is in operation in India. The Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education is the nodal centre of the country for this programme. The programme aims at promoting excellence in science and mathematics among pre-university students.

Syllabus

Science Olympiad:-

Mathematics Olympiad:-

The syllabus for Mathematical Olympiad (regional, national and international) is pre-degree college mathematics. The areas covered are arithmetic of integers, geometry, quadratic equations and expressions, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, system of linear equations, permutations and combination, factorization of polynomial, inequalities, elementary combinatorics, probability theory and number theory, finite series and complex numbers and elementary graph theory. The syllabus does not include calculus and statistics. The major areas from which problems are given are algebra, combinatorics, geometry and number theory . The syllabus is in a sense spread over Class XI to Class XII levels, but the problems under each topic involve high level of difficulty and sophistication. The difficulty level increases from RMO to INMO to IMO.

Eligibility of Science Olympiad

The national Olympiad programme of 2020-21 in Science subjects (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science and Physics) has been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The information on this page relates to the usual procedure of the Science Olympiads, and may not hold for the programme in 2020-21 due to the special circumstances prevailing in the country. Please check here for procedures to be adopted for the 2020-21 cycle.

The Science Olympiad programme follows a five-stage procedure. To know more about this process click here or see the brochure.

National Standard Examinations in Astronomy (NSEA), Biology (NSEB), Chemistry (NSEC), Junior Science (NSEJS), and Physics (NSEP) constitute the first stage of selection of students in the National Olympiad Programme. Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the programme and participating in the international Olympiads in 2020 must enroll for the NSEs in the respective subjects to be held in 2019.

ELIGIBILITY FOR NSE/AND SUBSEQUENT STAGES:

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics:

1. Must be eligible to hold an Indian passport.*

  • As per the orders of the Madras High Court, OCI students will NOT be eligible for selection to the Indian team in the International Olympiads. However, such students are provisionally eligible for selection at all prior stages, up to and including the OCSC (stage III), provided they fulfill all other criteria. They are also provisionally eligible to write the selection tests at the OCSC. This policy is subject to revision without prior notice depending on any further orders issued by the courts, or by a competent government authority.

2. Date of birth between 1 July 2000 and 30 June 2005, both days inclusive.

3. Must be residing and studying in India since 30 November 2017 or earlier. OR Must be studying in an Indian school system since 30 November 2017 or earlier.

4. Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 12 board examination earlier than 30 November 2019.

5. Must not have commenced (or planning to commence) studies in a university or equivalent institution by 1 June 2020.

6. Must not be appearing in NSEJS 2019.

Junior Science:

  1. Must be eligible to hold an Indian passport.*
  • As per the orders of the Madras High Court, OCI students will NOT be eligible for selection to the Indian team in the International Olympiads. However, such students are provisionally eligible for selection at all prior stages, up to and including the OCSC (stage III), provided they fulfill all other criteria. They are also provisionally eligible to write the selection tests at the OCSC. This policy is subject to revision without prior notice depending on any further orders issued by the courts, or by a competent government authority.

2. Date of birth between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2006, both days inclusive.

3. Must be residing and studying in India since 30 November 2017 or earlier. OR Must be studying in an Indian school system since 30 November 2017 or earlier.

4. Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 10 board examination earlier than 30 November 2019.

5. Must not be appearing in any of NSEA, NSEB, NSEC or NSEP 2019.

It is the student’s responsibility to determine if he/she satisfies the eligibility norms. If at some later stage it is found that the student does not meet the eligibility norms, he/she may face disqualification from the programme.

Eligibility of Mathematical Olympiad

Eligibility: Candidates born on or after August 1, 2000 and studying in Class 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 are eligible to write PRMO 2019. Further, the candidates must be Indian citizens. Provisionally, students with OCI cards are eligible to write the PRMO, subject to conditions as explained below:

As per the orders of the Madras High Court, students with OCI status will not be eligible for selection to the Indian team in the International Mathematical Olympiad. However, such students are provisionally eligible for selection at ALL prior stages, up to and including the IMOTC provided they fulfill all other criteria. This policy is subject to revision without prior notice depending on any further orders issued by the courts, or by a competent Government authority.

It is each student’s responsibility to determine if she/he satisfies the eligibility norms for each stage of the Mathematical Olympiads. If, at any stage, it is found that the student does not meet the eligibility norms, she/he may face immediate disqualification from the programme.

Check out the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) in case, any doubts still remain.

Q. How are the students ranked in the Olympiad exams?
A.
The ranking of all the participants in done on the basis of marks obtained by them in the exam and their respective performances. On the declaration of results, students are given a Student Performance Report (SPR) which provides a detailed analysis of the student’s performance.

Q. If a college student is pursuing graduation, is he/she eligible for Olympiad exams?
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No. The SOF Olympiad exams are only for school students. Only those students enrolled in Class 1 to 12 can enter the Olympiad. Moreover, it must be noted that there is no requirement for minimum marks or any other such criterion.

Q. How will a student come to know about the Olympiad details or important dates?
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Students can gather the relevant information from their respective schools which are registered with SOF. Additionally, students can visit the official website of SOF or the Facebook page of SOF.

Q. What is the syllabus for Olympiads?
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Olympiads are designed on the basis of the syllabus prescribed by the CBSE, ICSE and various state boards. Download Detailed Syllabus from here.

Q. Should the participants refer to any particular books for NSO preparation?
A.
NCERT books/course books prescribed by the CBSE/ICSE/state boards can be referred for preparation. Also, the following can be consulted:

  • MTG class wise workbooks (For Class 1 to 12)
  • ‘SOF Olympiad Trainer’ mobile apps
  • Olympiad Skill Development System (OSDS)
  • Previous years’ papers
  • Olympiads’ books of reasoning (for preparation for the reasoning section of Olympiads)
  • The 100 percent real test papers
  • E-Quiz
  • Various magazines like Chemistry Today, Biology Today, Mathematics Today and Physics For You

Q. If a student has already appeared for the Olympiads while he/she was in a lower class? Can he/she appear again?
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Yes. Students can re-appear for the Olympiad to improve their previous rankings.

Q. If a student is going to write the Olympiads for the first time, can he/she get sample papers?
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SOF sends sample papers to all the registered schools. In case, the school couldn’t provide the papers to students, they can also access the same on the website of SOF.

Q. When are the results of Olympiads declared?
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The results are usually declared within 8 weeks of the examination. The same can be found on the SOF website or can be accessed through the respective schools.

Q. Is the NSO conducted in English only?
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Yes. English is the only medium of NSO.