Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) has announced revised paper pattern and marking scheme for NCO, NSO, IMO, IEO to be held in upcoming months.
NSO, NCO and IMO will be conducted in two stages – Stage 1 and Stage 2, and IEO will be conducted in a single state, as per NCO, NSO, IMO, IEO marking scheme and paper pattern declared by SOF.
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The revised NCO, NSO, IMO, IEO paper pattern and marking scheme announced by SOF has been listed below:
SOF LEVEL 1
NCO Paper Pattern
No. of Questions
Marks per Question
2 to 4
Computers & IT
5 to 12
NSO Paper Pattern
Marks per question
1 to 4
5 to 10
11 and 12
Physics & Chemistry
IMO Paper Pattern
IEO Paper Pattern
Word and Structure Knowledge
Spoken and Written Expression
SOF LEVEL 2
3 to 4
Computers & IT
5 to 12
3 to 4
SOF, a non-profit organization, conducts NSO, NCO, IMO, IEO exams every year to popularize Computer, Science, Mathematics and English education among school children.
Recently, SOF announced to conduct NCO on Sep 18 and Oct 14, NSO on Nov 12 and Nov 25, IMO on Dec 4 and Dec 18, 2014, and IEO on Jan 20 and Jan 29, 2015.
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If your child gets rank below 25 ,they will be given medal of distinction. The international top 3 rank holders will be given award based on their international performance. The zonal rankers will be given zonal awards. School rankers will be given school awards.
Awards for level 2 performance :
Rank 1:Rs. 50,000 each + gold medal + certificate of outstanding performance.
Rank 2: Rs. 25,000 /- each + silver medal + certificate of outstanding performance.
Rank 3: Rs. 10,000/- each + bronze medal + certificate of outstanding performance.
For the students who ever appeared for exam will be given a certificate of participation. Hope this is useful.
Ayush, it has to be NSO. NEET is the entrance examination for admission to Medical, Dental, Ayush and Veterinary Courses across India. Now NSO is a competitive exam conducted for cultivating scientific reasoning and logical ability. This needs an indepth knowledge of science. But once someone prepares for NSO, appearing for NEET becomes easier because the preparation is extensive. You get a deep understanding of the basics and so at later stages, preparing for NEET becomes easier.
Kindly mention which class NSO and IMO you are talking about.
Practising NCERT and your school books question is advisable. Download previous year questions, and some preparatory books ussually MCQs of science. When talking about IMO, since most of the portion is mathematics, practising many books as well as other competitions papers can be an option. There are several other exams such as NTSE, NSTSE, RMO(for 10th), and many more. It is important to remember that the topics will be the same as that of the school syllabus however the level will be upgraded, therefore, try practising tricky and more logical questions of that topic.
For NSO, science is involved learning NCERT will be extremely beneficial especially for biology and chemistry related questions.
Try solving Mental ability questions from legit books, and forget to solve sample papers and previous year papers. Download from here:
hope this helps
You can download the SOF NSO answer keys from the official website i.e.,
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