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 for level 1 was held on November 1, 15 and 27, 2018. Result for level 1 was declared on December 26, 2018. Exam for level 2 was held on February 9 and 10, 2019. Result for level 2 has been released on March 15, 2019. Admit card for level 2 was released on February 1, 2019. 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. Around 10 lakh students register for NSO every year.
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.
Mode of Application : Offline
Mode of Payment : Other
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.
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)
Number of Questions and marks
Class 1 – 4: 35 (40 marks)
Class 5 – 12: 50 (60 marks)
Class 3 – 4: 35 (40 marks)
Class 1 – 10:
Section-1: Logical Reasoning
Section-3: Achievers Section
Class 11 – 12:
Section-2: Achievers Section
Section-1: Physics/ Chemistry
Medium of paper
CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabi
The conducting body has declared SOF NSO 2018 result for level 1 on December 26, 2018, in online mode. Result for level 2 has been released on March 15, 2019. 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 in level 1 are only eligible to sit for level 2 of NSO which was conducted on February 9 and 10 2019.
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