12th SOF National Cyber Olympiad, 2012

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... ·         Before NCO Exam Registration of Students: The event is open to the students of classes 2 to 12 and registrations are received from the schools in the prescribed pro-forma. Registration sheets for the school / students and the information booklet (prospectus) are posted to schools . ·         After NCO Exam Certificate for all participating students, teachers and Head of the Institutions; Performance report for all students; School Cyber Whiz Kid medals; Award for 5533 topper students at International and State level; 70 Best NCO In-charge Awards; 110 Best Principal Awards
Last Date: Aug 20, 2012
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12th SOF National Cyber Olympiad, 2012 - Eligibility

Class 2 to class 12 students

12th SOF National Cyber Olympiad, 2012 - Important Details

  •   Eligibility

    Class 2 to 12 students

  •   Purpose/Awards

    Cash prizes, computers, I-Pads, medals, gifts

  •   Important Dates

    Offline Deadline: Aug 20, 2012

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How to Apply

Application can be done through school

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How does a student benefit by taking NCO ?

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, I-Pads, medals, Gifts, etc.. The prizes for the International and State toppers of each class are awarded at  grand prize distribution ceremonies held in most States, 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. 

Who all are eligible to sit for the NCO?

Students of classes 2nd to 12th are eligible to appear for the NCO. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. The top 5% international ranked students of the first round from each class, 10 state toppers class wise and class toppers from a school – where at least 10 students have appeared for the exam are eligible to appear in the 2nd level online / offline exam. 

I am interested to take part in the NCO. Tell me how will I come to know about the details of the exam?

All the relevant information is sent to the schools all over the country / Asian countries along with prospectus, registration forms and posters before the first round and then as the date and venue of the second level is decided, the information is sent to the relevant schools again. The students come to know about the necessary details from their school teachers or through the Foundation's official

Myself and few of my friends are interested to take part in the NCO but our school has not yet received any information regarding the Olympiad. What do we do?

Let us know the complete address of your school. We will send detailed information and registration forms to your School so that your Principal / Computer Teacher can register your names for the exam. 

What is the syllabus for the NCO?

The syllabus of the NCO is the Computers and Mathematics syllabus as is prescribed by the CBSE, ICSE or various state boards. If you sit for the second level and have moved onto the next class, the syllabus will remain the same (i.e. of the previous class).  The syllabus is also posted on the Foundation’s website.

Are there any special books which the participants should refer to for the NCO preparation?

There are no special books as such. In general, NCERT books/course books prescribed by the CBSE/ICSE/STATE BOARDS are sufficient for the preparation. Your computer curriculum book is good enough to prepare you for NCO. MTG NCO Class wise Workbooks contain useful matter including exercises and previous years paper of NCO. 

My school does not want to register for the NCO, but I am very eager to write the exam. Can I do it on my own?

SOF does not accept individual participation. Students have to register through their schools only. 

I have already appeared for the NCO while I was in a lower class? Can I appear again?

Definitely yes. This will give you an opportunity to improve your previous rankings, and if you are successful in doing so, you will again be eligible for certificates and prizes. 

My school has already despatched the registration form. I am left out and I want to register myself for the NCO...

You can request your school authority to send your exam relevant details and fee immediately to us. We accept it if it reaches us before the last date of registration (usually 30 days before the exam). 

I am going to write the NCO for the first time. Can I get sample papers?

Sample Papers are sent to all the registered schools. SOF website also contains these papers (link for NSO / NCO / IMO). Sample papers sent to the schools prior to the first level test are helpful and can be used for both levels of NCO

What is the structure and pattern of the examination?

The level-1 competition is a written objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 2 to class 4 and 50 questions from class 5 to class 12..

Question paper will have three sections:

Section I – Mental Ability (5/15 questions)

Section II – Logical and Analytical Reasoning (10/15 questions)

Section III – Computer and Information Technology (20/20 questions)

Each correct answer carries one mark. There is no negative marking. 

When are the results of NCO declared?

Results of both the levels of NCO are declared within 7-8 weeks of the examination. The results are sent to the schools concerned. The results are also made available on our website. 

I have taken part in the NCO. Can I also take part in the National Science Olympiad (NSO) and International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) and International English Olympiad (IEO)?

Although conducted by the same Foundation, NCO, NSO, IMO and IEO are four completely different competitions. Students can register for all the 4 Olympiads in a year. 

Do I have to regularly visit your website for the latest update of SOF activities?

All the important information regarding Olympiads, Seminars, etc., like date, time and venue is available on our website. So it is beneficial for you to surf our site. 

I've cleared 2nd level of the NCO and I've come to know that I'm eligible for an award. I'm studying in a different school/passed out from school and pursuing further studies. Will I come to know about the date and venue of prize ceremony?

As soon as we finalize the dates and venues of the presentation ceremonies, we send out the information to the schools concerned and also to the winners’ residence addresses as available with us. So preferably please be in touch with your previous school. The information will also be put on the website. 

I have still not received my Roll No. / Admit Card / Participation Certificate. I have checked from my school authorities and they are also not in receipt of the same. Kindly advise what to do?

Please request your Principal / Computer Teacher to inform us about the non-receipt of the above. We will send duplicate copies to your school as soon as we hear from them. 

We have come to know about your Foundation and we are interested. How do we enroll our school with you?

Send us the complete address of your school in the following format and we will send relevant information and registration forms to you at the appropriate time. 

School Name: Address: City: State: Pin code Phone No. with STD Code: E-mail: Principal 

Is the NCO conducted in English only?


We have less than 50 students in our school who are interested to take part in the NCO. Can we still enroll for the test?

Less than 50 students a school is not viable for the Foundation to hold the exam. Hence at least 50 students should be enrolled from a school so that a school becomes a center. 

Give criteria for ranking.

In case of level one exam, the following criteria will apply:

1.         Marks obtained in relevant level

2.         Marks obtained in sections of the relevant level. Each section is accorded separate weightage

 More than one student may get same rank..

In case of level 2, the following criteria will apply:

- Marks obtained in the 2nd level exam

- Marks obtained in sections of the relevant level. Each section is accorded separate weightage

- Marks obtained in first level.

- Marks obtained in sections of the relevant level. Each section is accorded separate weightage

In case of tie in all four parameters above, past year’s school performance and/or interviews may be conducted to determine ranks.

In level two, no two students will be given same rank.