About NSO 2018

Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) conducts the National Science Olympiad (NSO) for class 1 to 12. NSO is an annual scholarship exam that tests students’ scientific reasoning and logical ability. The National Science Olympiad is conducted at two levels-Level 1 and level 2. Class 1 and 2 students have to appear only for the first round while for classes 3 to 12, top 5% candidates from each class and top 25 rank holders from each class and zone will have to sit for level 2 of NSO 2018. The NSO 2018 is scheduled to be held on November 1, 15 and 27. Candidates could register for NSO 2018 by filling the form and submitting it along with the registration fee of Rs.125. Students could collect the SOF NSO registration from their respective schools. They could register only through their respective schools as individual registrations are not accepted. The result will be declared in the last week of December, 2018. Around 10 lakh students register for NSO every year.

Exam level: Intermediate
Frequency: Once a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: Science Olympiad Foundation
Duration 1 Hours

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NSO 2018 Important Dates

24 Dec, 2018 - 31 Dec, 2018 (Tentative) Result | Mode: Offline
01 Nov, 2018 Exam | Mode: Offline
15 Nov, 2018 Exam | Mode: Offline
27 Nov, 2018 Exam | Mode: Offline

NSO 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Students enrolled in classes 1 to 12 are eligible to apply for level 1 of SOF NSO 2018 through their respective years. A student can apply for the exam once a year.

NSO 2018 Application Process

Mode of Application : Offline

Mode of Payment : Other

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
SC, General, OBC, ST Offline Male, Female ₹ 125

The organising body sends the prospectus of SOF NSO 2018 containing registration forms to all schools registered with SOF. The students' roll numbers will be generated by the coordinating teacher appointed in each school. The schools will then return the duly filled SOF NSO registration forms to SOF along with the application fees within dates specified. They will also send a copy of the roll numbers of students and the school registration form. It is mandatory that at least 10 students are registered from each school for the exam.

NSO 2018 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of NSO 2018 has been mentioned below:

SOF NSO exam pattern for level 1:                                                                                                                      




Details - Level 1


Details - Level 2


Type of Questions


Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)


Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)


Time Duration


60 minutes


60 minutes


Number of Questions and marks


Class 1 – 4: 35 (40 marks)


Class 5 – 12: 50 (60 marks)


Class 3 – 4: 35 (40 marks)


Class 5 – 12: 50 (60 marks)




Class 1 – 10:


Section-1: Logical Reasoning


Section-2: Science


Section-3: Achievers Section




Class 11 – 12:


Section-1: Physics/Chemistry


Section-2: Achievers Section


Section-3: Mathematics/Biology


Class 1 – 10:


Section-1: Science


Section-2: Achievers Section




Class 11 – 12:


Section-1: Physics/ Chemistry


Section-2: Achievers Section


Section-3: Mathematics/Biology


Medium of paper








CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabi             


CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabi             


Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit Card

NSO 2018 Result

The conducting body will announce SOF NSO 2018 result in the last week of December. Students will be able to check their result by visiting their respective schools or access it online in SOF’s official website. Candidates who are selected will be eligible to sit for level 2 of NSO which will be conducted in January or February 2019.

Qualifying Marks Trend

Year Category Cutoff
2018 General 50
OBC 50
SC 50
ST 50

General Information

Questions related to NSO

what is the expected cutoff for sof nso set A this year?

5 Days ago

hello aryan,you can check here sof nso cut offhttps://www.sofolympiadtrainer.com/imo-nso-ieo-cut-off-marks.jspHope this is helpful to you.Thank You.

Can anybody tell the class 12 nso answer key set c (expected answer key) before the official key is announced

6 Days ago

hello shiv shukla,i think there is no set c answer key for set c is available.you can check out the set a and set b answer key from this given link...

Will the Olympiad Exams be conducted online in near future?

17 Days ago

As per 2018 Olympiad Exam mode was Offline, There is no any such kind of Official Notification, I would suggest you to stay tuned with the official...

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