Why are Olympiad Exams Important? Here you may know everything about the exam

Here will know why students must take Olympiad tests. You will also know the process of registration, preparation strategy and other related things.

Created On: Jul 2, 2018 19:13 IST
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Importance of Olympiad Exams
Importance of Olympiad Exams

What are Olympiad Exams?

Olympiad Exams are conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation (a non-profit organisation based in New Delhi, India) to promote science, mathematics, general knowledge, introductory computer education and English language skills among school children. Olympiad exams are conducted at a very large scale for students from class 1 to 12.

SOF organizes 6 Olympiad tests each year:

(i) National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)

(ii) National Science Olympiad (NSO)

(iii) International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)

(iv) International English Olympiad (IEO)

(v) International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO)

(vi) International Company Secretaries Olympiad Olympiad (ICSO)

Importance of Olympiad Exams:

Olympiad Examinations help to identify a child’s capability and real potential that may help him survive better in today’s modern competitive world. They motivate students to endeavor for better and deeper understanding of scientific facts so as to enhance their reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills. They also bring out the areas lacking proficiency so that so that a proper orientation can be given to improve in that area.


Some prominent benefits of Olympiad Exams for a student are:

  • They are perfect to test a students’ conceptual understanding of the subject.
  • Improves the students’ problem solving ability and challenges them to think analytically.
  • Prepares them for future competitive exams by testing a student’s aptitude as well as the knowledge of a particular subject. 
  • Provides exposure to students at the national as well as international platforms.
  • Instills the quality of hard work in the students by pushing them to prepare hard for the exam and improve their result.
  • Students’ performance in school is also improved as Olympiads sharpen their thinking and learning process which helps them to grasp the concepts taught in schools better.

How to Participate in Olympiad Exams?

Prospectus containing the registration forms of all exams conducted by SOF are sent to all schools registered with SOF Olympiad. Schools which are not registered may also request for prospectus by sending an e-mail at info@sofworld.org.

The school's coordinating teacher generates the students' roll numbers as per the guidelines stated in the prospectus. A copy of these roll numbers along with the Students' Registration Sheet (SRS) and School Registration Form (SRF) is then sent to the Foundation's office before the due date of submission of forms.

The foundation then dispatches the question papers after the the applicant school and the students get registered.

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How to Prepare for the Olympiad Exams?

Most of the Olympiad exams are conducted on the similar syllabus that taught at school. No additional reference books are required for the preparation of these exams. Students are only required to be clear with all the concepts and basics. The questions asked in the Olympiad exams are quite different than what kids learn in the school. Questions are trickier and conceptual which require the students to have a wide thought process to solve the variety of problems based on logics and concepts.

About the Olympiad Exams:

Students from class I to XII can participate in the Olympiads conducted by the SOF.  

Each exam is conducted at two levels:

Level 1:

  • The level 1 exam is an objective-type test
  • There is a different exam paper for each class.
  • The question paper consists of 35 multiple choice questions of 40 marks, for classes I to IV, and 50 multiple choice questions, for classes V to XII of 60 marks, to be answered in one hour.
  • Students are required to mark their answers on an OMR sheet.

Level 2:

  • From among 200000 students that participate in each of these Olympiads every year, the top 500 students, top 10 students in each state, as well as school toppers from schools having a participation of more than 10 students in the exam, are selected for the second level.
  • Three school toppers who got more than 50% means 30 out of 60 or more than 30 marks get medals {gold, silver, bronze} and are selected for the second level of the examination.

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