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National Science Olympiad (NSO)

National Science Olympiad (NSO) - 2017-18

The National Science Olympiad is organized every year to motivate students to strive for better and deeper understanding of scientific facts and data and to enhance their reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills.

National Science Olympiad (NSO) is conductd by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF). All school students from class 1st onwards are invited to participate in this unique contest that tests their understanding, level of knowledge, applications and power of reasoning.

The National Science Olympiad is Two Level Exam
  • Level 1: The first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during the school hours.
    • The level 1 competition is a written objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 2 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12.
    • The question paper consists of :
      • Logical Reasoning
      • Science
      • Achievers Section
    • There will be 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
  • The qualifiers to second round would include the following
    • Top 5% of students, class wise, who appeared for the 1st level Olympiad
    • Top 25 rank Holders, Zone wise & Class wise
    • Class topper, where
      • Rule 1: section topper with over 25 participants & scored 50% or more marks
      • Rule 2: 10 or more students from a class appeared for the NSO and scored 50% or more marks

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Prizes for Students

The following awards will be provided to the winners of Level - 1 National Science Olympiad (NSO) 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

Exam Date and Venue Detail for National Science Olympiad (NSO) Session 2017-18

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

  • Level - 1
    • NSO Level 1 Exam Date: 9th and 23rd November 2017
    • Venue: participating schools
  • Level - 2
    • NSO Level 2 Exam Date: 11th February 2018.
    • Venue: at over 500 centre in 25 countries
Exam Pattern and Syllabus of National Science Olympiad (NSO)

Inportant Point:

  • Questions of level-I Olympiad exams will be 60% from the current class syllabus and 40% from the previous class syllabus, e.g. Class-7 NSO exam will have 60% questions from class-7 syllabus and 40% questions from class 6 syllabus.
  • Questions of level-II Olympiad exams will be from current class syllabus only.
  • Questions in ACHIEVERS SECTION will be from current class syllabus only.
NSO Class 1 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 35
  • Total Marks: 40
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 5 questions in section I, 25 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Spatial Understanding, Grouping, Measuring Units, Analogy, Geometrical Shapes, Patterns, Odd One Out, Ranking Test.
    • Section –II (Science) : Living and Non-living things, Plants, Animals, Human Beings and Their Needs, Good Habits and Safety Rules, Air and Water, Weather and the Sky.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      Each question in Section III will carry two marks.
NSO Class 2 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 35
  • Total Marks: 40
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 5 questions in section I, 25 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Patterns, Measuring Units, Odd One Out, Series Completion, Geometrical Shapes, Analogy, Ranking Test, Grouping of Figures, Coding-Decoding, Embedded Figures.
    • Section –II (Science) : Plants, Animals, Human Body, Food, Housing and Clothing, Family and Festivals, Occupations, Good Habits and Safety Rules, Transport and Communication, Air, Water and Rocks, Earth and Universe.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      Each question in Section III will carry two marks.
NSO Class 3 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 35
  • Total Marks: 40
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 5 questions in section I, 25 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Patterns, Analogy and Classification, Coding-Decoding, Mirror Images, Embedded Figures, Alphabet Test, Ranking Test, Grouping of Figures, Figure Matrix, Geometrical Shapes, Days and Dates & Possible Combinations.
    • Section –II (Science) : Plants and Animals, Birds, Food, Housing and Clothing, Transport and Communication, Human Body, Earth and Universe, Matter and Materials, Light, Sound and Force, Our Environment.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      Each question in Section III will carry two marks.
NSO Class 4 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 35
  • Total Marks: 40
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 5 questions in section I, 25 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Patterns, Alphabet Test, Coding-Decoding, Mirror Images, Embedded Figures, Geometrical Shapes and Solids, Ranking Test, Direction Sense Test, Days and Dates & Possible Combinations, Analogy and Classification.
    • Section –II (Science) : Plants, Animals, Food and Digestion, Clothing, Matter and Materials, Force, Work and Energy, Our Environment, Earth and Universe.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      Each question in Section III will carry two marks.
NSO Class 5 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Patterns, Analogy and Classification, Coding-Decoding, Geometrical Shapes, Mirror Images, Water Images, Embedded Figures, Direction Sense Test, Ranking Test, Alphabet Test and Logical Sequence of Words, Puzzle Test.
    • Section –II (Science) : Animals, Human Body and Health, Plants, Natural Resources, Pollution and Calamities, Earth and Universe, Matter, Force, Work and Energy.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      Each question in Section III will carry three marks.
NSO Class 6 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
    • Section –II (Science) : Motion and Measurement of Distances, Light, Shadows and Reflections, Electricity and Circuits, Fun with Magnets, Our Environment, Sorting and Separation of Materials, Changes Around Us, The World of Living (Characteristics of Living Beings, Parts of Plants, Body Movements in Animals and Adaptation), Food and its Components, Fibre to Fabric.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      Each question in Section III will carry three marks.
NSO Class 7 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
    • Section –II (Science) : Heat, Motion and Time, Electric Current and its Effects, Winds, Storms and Cyclones, Light, Acids, Bases and Salts, Physical and Chemical Changes, Weather, Climate and Adaptations of Animals to Climate, Fibre to Fabric, Nutrition in Plants and Animals, Respiration in Organisms, Transportation in Plants and Animals, Reproduction in Plants, Natural Resources and Their Conservation.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      Each question in Section III will carry three marks.
NSO Class 8 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
    • Section –II (Science) : Crop Production and Management, Microorganisms, Synthetic Fibres and Plastics, Metals and Non-metals, Coal and Petroleum, Combustion and Flame, Conservation of Plants and Animals, Cell, Reproduction and Endocrine System, Force and Pressure, Friction, Sound, Chemical Effects of Electric Current, Some Natural Phenomena, Light, Stars and the Solar System, Pollution of Air and Water.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      Each question in Section III will carry three marks.
NSO Class 9 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
    • Section –II (Science) : Motion, Force and Laws of Motion, Gravitation, Work and Energy, Sound, Matter in Our Surroundings, Is Matter Around Us Pure, Atoms and Molecules, Structure of Atom, Cell-The Fundamental Unit of Life, Tissues, Diversity in Living Organisms, Why Do We Fall III, Natural Resources, Improvement in Food Resources.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      Each question in Section III will carry three marks.
NSO Class 10 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
    • Section –II (Science) : Chemical Reactions and Equations, Acids, Bases and Salts, Metals and Non-metals, Carbon and Its Compounds, Periodic Classification of Elements, Life Processes, Reproduction in Organisms, Heredity and Evolution, Light-Reflection and Refraction, Human Eye and Colourful World, Electricity, Magnetic Effects of Electric Current, Sources of Energy, Our Environment and Its Management.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      Each question in Section III will carry three marks.
NSO Class 11 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 25 questions in section I, 5 in section II and 20 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Physics & Chemistry):
      • Physics: Units and Measurements, Mechanics, Properties of Matter, Heat and Thermodynamics, Oscillations, Waves.
      • Chemistry: Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Structure of Atom, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, States of Matter, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Redox Reactions, Hydrogen, The s-Block Elements, The p-Block Elements (Groups 13 and 14), Organic Chemistry - Some Basic Principles and Techniques, Hydrocarbons, Environmental Chemistry.
    • Section – II (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – I.
      Each question in Section II will carry three marks.
    • Section –III (Mathematics/Biology)
      • Mathematics: Sets, Relations and Functions, Principle of Mathematical Induction, Logarithms, Complex Numbers & Quadratic Equations, Linear Inequations, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Straight Lines, Conic Sections, Permutations and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Statistics, Mathematical Reasoning, Limits and Derivatives, Probability, Introduction to 3-D Geometry.
      • Biology: Diversity in the Living World, Structural Organisation in Plants and Animals, Cell : Structure and Functions, Plant Physiology, Human Physiology.
NSO Class 12 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • No of questions: 50
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Time allowed: 60 minutes
  • There are 3 sections: 25 questions in section I, 5 in section II and 20 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Physics & Chemistry):
      • Physics: Electricity and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction, Alternating current, Electromagnetic waves, Optics, Modern Physics, Semiconductor Electronics, Communication Systems.
      • Chemistry: Solid State, Solutions, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Surface Chemistry, General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements, p-Block Elements (Group 15 to 18), d- & f-Block Elements, Coordination Compounds, Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers, Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids, Amines, Biomolecules, Polymers, Chemistry in Everyday Life.
    • Section – II (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – I.
      Each question in Section II will carry three marks.
    • Section –III (Mathematics/Biology)
      • Mathematics: Relations and Functions, Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Matrices and Determinants, Continuity and Differentiability, Application of Derivatives, Integrals, Application of Integrals, Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, Three Dimensional Geometry, Probability, Linear Programming.
      • Biology: Reproduction, Genetics and Evolution, Biology in Human Welfare, Biotechnology, Ecology.

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