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National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)

National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) - 2017-18

National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) is conductd by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF).

The first of its kind in the country, the National Cyber Olympiad is now a global search competition that aims at identifying and nurturing cyber talent amongst the youngsters. It is as much about inspiring the younger generation to enhance their knowledge and comprehension of issues related to computers and IT as about testing their aptitude in these streams.

It is an international level competition focusing on Mental Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning in computers and IT.

A 1994 analysis of computer technology in schools showed that those who learned with computers showed above-average results on standardized achievement tests. Students often respond positively to computers, which can conform to the needs of the student. The study also found that computers streamline the education process. Students learning on a computer take less time to learn material than students with teacher instruction only.

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Participants of NCO 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. Finally students are suitably awarded based on their international ranking. Prizes include cash prizes, computers, medals, CD’s, etc.. The prizes for the first 3 toppers of each class are awarded at a grand prize distribution ceremony presided over by an eminent personality. Rest of the prizes are either sent to the schools or can be collected from the Foundation’s office after announcement. State level prizes are also being initiated to award state toppers.

From Session 2017-18, National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) will be single level exam
  • The test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during the school hours.
  • Competition is a written objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising for
    • Class 1 to class 4: 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions
    • Class 5 to class 12: 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions
  • The question paper consists of :
    • Logical Reasoning
    • Computers & IT
    • 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 exam is conducted during school hours.

The following awards will be provided to the winners of National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) 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 Cyber Olympiad (NCO) - Session 2017-18
  • NCO Exam Date: 23rd and 30th January 2018
  • Venue: participating schools

Exam Pattern and Syllabus of National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)
NCO Class 1 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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, Completion of Figure Pattern, Measuring Units (Length, Weight, Time and Money), Geometrical Shapes, Odd One Out, Spatial Understanding, Grouping of Figures, Analogy, Ranking test.
    • Section – II (Computers & IT): Introduction to Computers, Parts of Computer, Uses of Computer, Keys and Keyboard, Computer Mouse, Starting and Shutting down the Computer, Introduction to MS-Paint, Latest Developments in the field of IT.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      In Section III, each question carries two marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7
NCO Class 2 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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 (Computers & IT): Computers-a Smart Machine, General Information about Computers, Parts of Computer, Uses of Computer, Learning to use Keyboard and Mouse, MS-Paint, Latest Developments in the field of IT
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      In Section III, each question carries two marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7.
NCO Class 3 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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 (Computers & IT): Fundamentals of Computer, General Information about Computers, Storage Devices, Parts of Computer, Uses of Computer, Input and Output Devices, Introduction to Internet, MS-Paint, Introduction to MS-Word (Opening, Closing, Saving and Printing a Word document, Components of MS-Word window, Editing commands like Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo and Redo, Moving in a document using Home and End Keys), Latest Developments in the field of IT.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – 2.
      In Section III, each question carries two marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7 and MS-Office 2010.
NCO Class 4 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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 (Computers & IT): About Computers (General Information), Evolution of Computers, Parts of Computer, Input and Output Devices, Hardware, Software, MS-Word(Formatting a Word document, Font group, Format Painter, Search using Find and Replace option, Checking Spelling and Grammar using Thesaurus), Using Windows, Introduction to Internet and Its Uses, Computer Networks, MS-Paint, Latest Developments in the field of IT.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      In Section III, each question carries two marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7 and MS-Office 2010.
NCO Class 5 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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 (Computers & IT): Input and Output Devices, Hardware, Software, Storage Devices, Memory – Primary & Secondary Memory, MS-Paint, Introduction to Multimedia, MS-Word (Paragraph formatting Using Paragraph group, Drop Cap, Document views, Inserting Graphics-Pictures and Shapes, Clip Arts, Symbols, SmartArt, Multimedia Objects, Text Box, Inserting Header and Footer in a document and exploring its features), Introduction to MS-PowerPoint(Component of MS-PowerPoint window and its features, Inserting Graphics-Pictures and Shapes, Clip Arts, Symbols, SmartArt, Multimedia Objects, Text Box, Inserting Header & Footer and exploring its features, Running slide shows, Presentation Views), Internet, Computer Networks, Using Windows, Latest Developments in the field of IT.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      In Section III, each question carries three marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7 and MS-Office 2010.
NCO Class 6 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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 (Computers & IT): History and Generation of Computers, Types of Computers, MS-Windows, MS-Word(Working with Charts and Tables, Using Page Layout tab, Arranging multiple windows of a document), MS-PowerPoint(Creating presentation using Animation, Custom Animation and Transitions, Creating new slides using Slides pane, Outline pane and Slides from Outline, Working with Handouts and Notes Master, Arranging multiple windows of a presentations, Working with Charts and Tables), Internet & E-mail, Introduction to QBasic, Hardware, Software, Input & Output Devices, Memory & Storage Devices, Latest Developments in the field of IT.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      In Section III, each question carries three marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7 and MS-Office 2010.
NCO Class 7 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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 (Computers & IT): Fundamentals of Computer, Evolution of Computers, Memory & Storage Devices, Using Windows, MS-Word(Links, Mail Merge, Macros, Exploring Styles group), MS-PowerPoint(Working with Slides Master and Themes, Advancing slides using Hyperlink and Actions, Customizing and Broadcasting Slide Shows), MS-Excel (Components of MS-Excel window, Editing and formatting cells in a worksheet, Introduction to Formulas, Sorting and filtering data, Macros, Features of Insert and Page layout tabs), Programming in QBasic, Internet & Viruses, Networking, Latest Developments in the field of IT.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      In Section III, each question carries three marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7 and MS-Office 2010.
NCO Class 8 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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 (Computers & IT): Fundamentals of Computers, Internet & Viruses, HTML-[Html, Head, Title, Body (Attributes: Background, Bgcolor, Text, Link, Alink, Vlink), Font (Attributes: Color, Size, Face), Center, BR, HR (Attributes: Size, Width, Align, Noshade, Color), Comment tag(!-- -->), H1..H6, P, B, I, U, IMG, Html Elements: A, Ul and Ol (Attributes: Type, Start), Li], Flash CS6, MS-Access, Networking, MS-Word (Exploring File tab, Language and Translate options, Tracking features -Comments, Reviewing Pane, Tracking Changes, Comparing, Combining and Protecting documents, Working with References), MS-PowerPoint (Exploring File tab and Slide Show tab, Comparing, Combining and Protecting presentations), MS-Excel(Exploring File tab, Useful Formulas and Functions - IF,Even, Odd, LCM, GCD, Power, Product, Round, Sqrt, Sum, Min, Max, Average, Count, Upper, Lower And Replace, Cell referencing, Using Defined Names group ), Memory & Storage Devices, Basics of Cyber Crimes, Cyber Laws, Operating Systems(Introduction, Features, Types-single user and multiuser), Latest Developments in the field of IT.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      In Section III, each question carries three marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7 and MS-Office 2010.
NCO Class 9 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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 (Computers & IT): Algorithms and Flowcharts in Programming, Visual Basic, Animations, HTML(Links, Anchors and Table tags), MS-Word, MS-Excel(Formula Auditing, Data Tools, Protecting and Sharing workbooks/worksheets, Working with cell range), MS-PowerPoint, Hardware, Software, Input & Output Devices, Memory & Storage Devices, Flash CS6, Communication Technology (Networking, Internet and Multimedia),Operating Systems(Types-Interactive (GUI based), Real Time and Distributed, Commonly used OS), Windows, Latest Developments in the field of IT.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      In Section III, each question carries three marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7 and MS-Office 2010.
NCO Class 10 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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 (Computers & IT): Fundamentals of Computer, Operating System, Word Processing Tool, Networking, MS-PowerPoint, MS-Excel, HTML, Internet, Database Management System(Functions, Types, MS-Access) , Latest Developments in the field of IT.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      In Section III, each question carries three marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7 and MS-Office 2010.
NCO Class 11 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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 (Computers & IT): History, Generation and Types of Computers, Working with OS, Input, Output & Memory Devices, Data Representation, Basics of IT, Internet Services and Protocols, HTML, MS-Word, MS-Excel, Networking, Viruses and Antiviruses, Introduction to C++ till Data Structures.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      In Section III, each question carries three marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7 and MS-Office 2010.
NCO Class 12 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • 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 (Computers & IT): Programming in C++, Database Concepts, SQL, Boolean Algebra, MS-Word, MS-Excel, HTML, Networking & Topologies, Network Security Concepts, Cyber ethics, Viruses and Antiviruses, Open Source Terminologies.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
      In Section III, each question carries three marks.
All Computer Questions will be based on Windows 7 and MS-Office 2010.

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