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International English Olympiad (IEO)

International English Olympiad (IEO) - 2017-18

The International English Olympiad (IEO) is a one-of-a-kind examination, and first in the history of English language testing in India. IEO conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) in partnership with British Council.

The International English Olympiad is conducted at two levels:

The International English Olympiad is conducted in two levels
  • Level 1: The first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours.
    • The level 1 competition is an 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 12.
    • The question paper consists of four sections:
      • Section-1:Word & Structure Knowledge
      • Section-2: Reading
      • Section-3: Spoken & Written Expression
      • Section-4: Achievers Section
    • There are separate question papers for each class.
    • The medium of the test is English.
    • CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabi are followed for setting the test papers.
  • Level 2: The level 2 is conducted for students of class 3 to class 12. The qualifiers to second round would include the following:
    • Top 5% of candidates class wise who appear for the 1st level exam. In case of a tie of marks, due weightage to marks scored in different sections will be given. Each section is accorded separate weightage.
    • Top 25 rank holders class wise & Zone wise.
    • Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks. In case registration is received section wise, top rank holder, irrespective of section will qualify for the 2nd level. For section wise registrations, winner(s) of gold medal may not necessarily qualify for the second level.

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The following awards will be provided to the winners of Level - 1 International English Olympiad (IEO) being held during the academic year 2017-18.

  • At International Level
    • 1st Rank - Rs.50,000/- Each + Gold Medal*+ Certificate of Outstanding Performance
    • 2nd Rank - Rs.25,000/- Each + Silver Medal*+ Certificate of Outstanding Performance
    • 3rd Rank - Rs.10,000/- Each + Bronze Medal*+ Certificate of Outstanding Performance
  • At Zonal Level
    • 1st Rank - Rs.5,000/- Each + Gold Medal* + Certificate of Zonal Excellence.
    • 2nd Rank - Rs.2,500/ - Each + Silver Medal* + Certificate of Zonal Excellence.
    • 3rd Rank - Rs.1,000/ - Each + Bronze Medal* + Certificate of Zonal Excellence.
    • 4th to 10th Rank - *Gifts Worth Rs.1000/- Each + Certificates of Zonal Excellence + Medal of Distinction**
    • 11th to 25th Rank - *Gifts Worth Rs.1,000/- Each + Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Zonal Excellence.
    • 1st Rank - *Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Zonal Excellence
    • Rank 26+ - Participation Certificate
  • At School Level
    • 1st Rank - Gold Medal*
    • 2nd Rank - Silver Medal*
    • 3rd Rank - Bronze Medal*

*Medals are Gold / Silver / Bronze color plated as applicable
**For classes one & two only

Each winner will be entitled to one award for an exam. The winners will be entitled to the higher level award only. For eg, the international top 3 rank holders will be entitled to awards based on their International ranks. Awards accruing to them for their Zonal ranks will be given to the next rank holder. Similarly, class award accruing to a Zonal award winner will be given to the next rank holder.


Exam Date and Venue Detail for International English Olympiad (IEO) - Session 2017-18

The IEO is conducted on two dates for Level 1. Each school may select a date for conducting the IEO as per its convenience. Each date of exam has a separate question paper. Change of date for conducting the IEO is not permitted.

  • Level - 1
    • IEO Level - 1 Exam Date: 6th and 12th October 2017
    • Venue: participating schools
  • Level - 2
    • IEO Level - 2 Exam Date: To be decided
    • Venue: at over 500 centre in 25 countries
Exam Pattern and Syllabus of International English Olympiad (IEO)

The tests for each level, although take into consideration the syllabus for each school year, are not directly related to them. The content of the tests is designed to focus on communication and use of English language, rather than rote learning and correct grammar only.

In the example, the response to the question ‘What time will you meet me tonight?’ could be:
  • I’ll meet you at 7.00 (will is for a future plan or promise)
  • I can meet you at 7.00 (possibility)
  • I would meet you at 7.00 (implies there might be conditions which make it difficult)

Therefore, depending on the other information provided, only one of these responses is likely to be correct.

IEO Class 1 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 35
  • Total Marks: 40
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • Syllabus:
    • Jumbled Letters
    • Words : Their Meanings and Opposites, Identify the Word From the Picture, Making a Word, Feminine and Masculine, One and Many, Word Pairs, Odd One Out
    • Animals : Their Babies, Sounds and Groups
    • Nouns, Verbs, Articles, Comprehension (Prose and Poetry).
    • Spoken and Written Expression
  • Question paper will be devided into four sections:
    • Section I: Word and Structure Knowledge. Each question will be of one marks.
    • Section II: Reading. Each question will be of one marks.
    • Section III: Spoken and Written Expression. Each question will be of one marks.
    • Section IV: Achievers Section. Each question will be of two marks.
      Achievers Section will contain higher order thinking questions from the above given Syllabus.
      In Section IV, each question carries two marks.
    30 questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
IEO Class 2 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 35
  • Total Marks: 40
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 4 sections: 30 questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section-I: Word and Structure Knowledge: Collocations, Spellings, Words related to animals and their sounds, Clothes, Body parts, Basic emotions, Food, etc. Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, Articles, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Contractions, Word order, Punctuation, Simple tenses.
    • Section-II: Reading : Search for and retrieve information from various text types like stories, short dialogues, etc. Acquire broad understanding of and look for specific information in short texts like messages, invitations, etc.
    • Section-III: Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like thanking, greeting, asking for permission, introducing (oneself), etc.
    • Section-IV: Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Sections I, II and III.
      In Section IV, each question carries two marks.
IEO Class 3 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 35
  • Total Marks: 40
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 4 sections: 30 questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section-I: Word and Structure Knowledge: Word Power : Homophones, Collocations, Spellings, Words related to animals, Household things, Clothes, Basic emotions, Food, Animals and Pets, etc. Synonyms and Antonyms, Gender, Number, Proverbs, Idioms, One Word, Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, Articles, Prepositions, Simple Tenses, Conjunctions and Punctuation, Basic Questions, Question tags, Jumbled words, etc.
    • Section-II: Reading: Search for and retrieve information from various text types like stories, Anecdotes, etc. Understand information through pictures, Time-table format, etc., Acquire broad understanding of and look for specific information in short texts like messages, Invitations, etc.
    • Section-III: Spoken and Written Expression : Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like apology, greeting, introduction, request, etc.
    • Section-IV:Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Sections I, II and III.
      In Section IV, each question carries two marks.
IEO Class 4 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 35
  • Total Marks: 40
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 4 sections: 30 questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section-I: Word and Structure Knowledge: Collocations, Spellings, Words related to animals, Household things, Clothes, Basic emotions, Food and Animals, etc. Synonyms, Antonyms, Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, Contractions, Articles, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Tenses, Punctuations and Jumbled words, Basic Questions, Proverbs, Idioms, etc.
    • Section-II: Reading : Search for and retrieve information from various text types like stories, Anecdotes, etc., Understand information through pictures, Time-table format, etc., Acquire broad understanding of and look for specific information in short texts like messages, Invitations, etc.
    • Section-III: Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like apology, greeting, introduction, request, etc.
    • Section-IV:Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Sections I, II and III.
      In Section IV, each question carries two marks.
IEO Class 5 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 4 sections: 45 Questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section-I : Word and Structure Knowledge: Spellings, Collocations, Idioms, Homonyms and homophones, Words related to feelings, Travel, Food, Health, Appearance, Character, etc. Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs and Phrasal Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, Articles, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Punctuation, Tenses, Active-Passive Voice and Reported Speech, etc
    • Section-II : Reading: Search for and retrieve information from various text types like news headlines, Messages, Letters, etc., Understand information given in News reports, Time-tables, Messages, etc., Acquire broad understanding of and look for specific information in short texts like messages, menu card dialogues, etc.
    • Section-III : Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like requests, Refusals, Apologies, etc. and the use of conjunctions.
    • Section-IV: Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Sections I, II and III.
      In Section IV, each question carries three marks.
IEO Class 6 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 4 sections: 45 Questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section-I : Word and Structure Knowledge: Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, Articles, Prepositions, Punctuation and Jumbled Words, Tenses, Voices, Narration, etc. Spellings, Collocations, Phrasal verbs, Idioms, Words related to everyday problems, Relationships, Health and Medicine, Travel, etc.
    • Section-II: Reading: Search for and retrieve information from various text types like News headlines, Brochures, Formal and Informal letters, Itinerary, etc., Acquire broad understanding of and look for specific information in Short narratives, Time-tables, News stories, Diary entry, Poster Making, Messages etc.
    • Section-III: Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like agreement and disagreement, Requests, Refusals, Apologies, etc. and also distinguish differences in the use of conjunctions.
    • Section-IV:Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Sections I, II and III.
      In Section IV, each question carries three marks.
IEO Class 7 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 4 sections: 45 Questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section-I : Word and Structure Knowledge: Spellings, Collocations and Words related to Travel, Locations, Activities, Homonyms and Homophones, etc. Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies and Spellings, One word, Phrasal Verbs and Idioms, Modals, Word order, Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, Articles, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Punctuation, Tenses, Voices and Narration, etc.
    • Section-II: Reading: Search for and retrieve information from various text types like News stories, Brochures, Formal and informal letters and advertisements. Understand information given in news reports, Brochures, Itinerary, etc., Acquire broad understanding of and look for specific information in short narratives, Biographies, Notices and Messages etc.
    • Section-III: Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like requesting and refusing, Apologies and stating of preferences and expression of intent, etc.
    • Section-IV:Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Sections I, II and III.
      In Section IV, each question carries three marks.
IEO Class 8 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 4 sections: 45 Questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section-I: Word and Structure Knowledge: Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies and Spellings, Collocations, Phrasal Verbs, Idioms or Proverbs, Homonyms and Homophones, One word, Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, Articles, Prepositions, Prepositional Phrases, Participle Phrases, Conjunctions, Determiners, Jumbled Words and Punctuations, Tenses, Voices and Narrations, Question Tags, etc. Words related to leisure, Household items/issues, Social causes, Outdoor locations and activities, etc.
    • Section-II: Reading : Search for and retrieve information from various text types like News reports, Blurb, Dictionaries, etc., Understand information presented in instruction manual format, Message format and others. Acquire broad understanding of and look for specific information in longer texts like Editorials, Essays, etc.
    • Section-III: Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like requesting, Giving information, Expressing surprise, Pronunciation etc.
    • Section-IV: Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Sections I, II and III.
      In Section IV, each question carries three marks.
IEO Class 9 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 4 sections: 45 Questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section-I: Word and Structure Knowledge: Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies and Spellings, One word, Word order, Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, Articles, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Punctuations, Jumbled words, Voices, Concord, Question forms, Tenses, Conditionals, Modals, Reported speech. Collocations, Phrasal verbs, Idioms, Homonyms and homophones, Words related to social cause, Travel, Workplace, etc.
    • Section-II: Reading: Search for and retrieve information from various text types like flyers, Classifieds, Dictionaries, etc., Understand information presented in instruction manual format, Message format and others. Acquire broad understanding of and look for specific information in longer texts like editorials, Essays, etc.
    • Section-III: Spoken and Written Expression : Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like Giving advice, Stating preferences, Discussing probability, Making an offer, etc.
    • Section-IV: Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Sections I, II and III.
      In Section IV, each question carries three marks.
IEO Class 10 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 4 sections: 45 Questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section-I: Word and Structure Knowledge: Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies and Spellings, One Word, Word order, Nouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, Articles, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Punctuations, Voices, Narration. Concord, Question forms, Tenses, Conditionals, Modals, Collocations, Phrasal verbs, Idioms, Homonyms and homophones, Words related to weather, Countries, Language and people, Global problems, etc.
    • Section-II: Reading : Search for and retrieve information from various text types like Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc., Understand information presented in instruction manual format, Message format and others, Acquire broad understanding of and look for specific information in longer texts like editorials, Essays, etc., Make inferences from advanced texts.
    • Section-III: Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like Giving/accepting compliments, Agreeing, Disagreeing, Requesting, Seeking information, Pronunciation, etc.
    • Section-IV: Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Sections I, II and III.
      In Section IV, each question carries three marks.
IEO Class 11 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 4 sections: 45 Questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section-I: Word and Structure Knowledge
    • Section-II: Reading
    • Section-III: Spoken and Written Expression
    • Section-IV: Higher Order Thinking Questions.
      In Section IV, each question carries three marks.
IEO Class 12 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 4 sections: 45 Questions will be in section I, II and III. 5 Questions will be in Section IV.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section-I: Word and Structure Knowledge
    • Section-II: Reading
    • Section-III: Spoken and Written Expression
    • Section-IV: Higher Order Thinking Questions.
      In Section IV, each question carries three marks.

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