National Science Olympiad

Participants of NSO 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 city and state level, and above all at International level


Students of classes 1st to 12th are eligible to appear for the NSO. For level 1, the first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during the school hours. There are separate question papers for each class. The medium of the test is English. CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabus is followed for setting the test papers.   For level 2, the qualifiers to second round would include the Top 500 students from each class.

Exam date:                         November

Exam pattern:

The participant has to answer 50 objective questions in 60 minutes.

Section I :                         Mental Ability (15 questions)

Section II :                        Science (35 questions)

There will be separate question paper for each class.   For class 11 and 12, students can opt for Mathematics or Biology. There will be separate papers for each group.

Exam syllabus:

The syllabus of the NSO is the Science and Mathematics syllabus as is prescribed by the CBSE, ICSE or 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).


Participation Certificate will be given to every student. Merit Certificate for students appearing in second level. School Topper Medal to the class topper  in each participating school.

Cash prizes:


1st prize

Rs 1 lakh

2nd prize

Rs 50,000/-

3rd prize

Rs 25,000/-

Rank 4 to 10

Rs 5,000/-

Rank 11 to 20

Rs 2,500/-

Rank 21 to 50

Rs 1,000/-

Rank 51 to 500

T - shirt


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