Registration of Students: The SOF NSO is open to the students of classes 1 to 12. Students may register through their respective schools. In case school is unable to participate Individual registrations by students will be accepted.
During 2020-21, SOF exams will be conducted online at the residence of students.
Principals/teachers may please note that any school can be registered as a center for SOF NSO Level 1. No fee is required from the institution to become a registered examination centre.
Prospectus containing the Registration forms are sent to all schools registered with SOF. Schools not registered may also request for prospectus by sending an e-mail at email@example.com or by calling 0124-4951200. Schools must return the registration forms to SOF, duly filled in and complete in all respects by the due date.
Roll Numbers: The school's coordinating teacher should fill the School Registration Form (SRF) and Students' Registration Sheet (SRS) as per the guidelines given & should send to the SOF's office before the due date of submission of forms. SOF will register the applicant school and the students. As per the Students' Registration Sheet (SRS) received from the School, SOF will generate roll numbers for all students.
SOF NSO is conducted on three dates for Level 1. Each school may select a date for conducting the SOF NSO as per its convenience. Each date of exam has a separate set of question papers. Change of date for conducting the SOF NSO is not permitted.
During 2020-21, all SOF exams will be conducted online. Roll numbers, guidelines, link for exams will be sent to the students directly at their mobile numbers shared.
Registration Fee: Schools in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan & Nepal pay to SOF a registration fee of Rs 125* (including GST) per student / Olympiad towards cost of examination. Schools may charge an additional Rs 25** per student towards honorarium of incharge, remuneration to teachers to teach and guide, and for other expenses. No fee is payable for students suﬀering from any major physical disability, or an Indian student whose parent was martyred during defence operations.
*US$9 for other countries.
**US$1 for other countries.
The SOF National Science Olympiad is conducted at two levels:
Level 1: The first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours.
(i) The level 1 competition is a test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 1 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12.
(ii) The question paper consists of three sections:
Section-1: Logical Reasoning
Section-3: Achievers Section
(iii) There are separate question papers for each class.
(iv) The medium of the test is English.
(v) CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabi are followed for setting the test papers.
(vi) The exam is conducted during school hours.
Level 2: The level 2 is conducted for students of class 3 to class 12. The qualifiers to second round would include the following:
- At International Level: Top 5% of candidates, class wise, who appear in the 1st level exam internationally.
- At Zone/State Level: Top 25 rank holders from each Zone and each class.
- At School Level: Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores at least 50% qualifying marks.
Clarifications: Any clarification regarding rules, format/pattern of the paper, etc., may be sought from SOF through phone-call - 0124-4951200 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second level Exams - may be conducted based on the prevalent conditions due to Corona virus at that time leading to feasibility of conducting 2nd level exams in all states. In case 2nd level exams are not conducted, results of 1st level exams will be treated as final results.