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16th SOF National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) 2016-17

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open13-Sep-2016
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AwardCertificate, cash prize, medals
EligibilityClass 2 to 12
RegionAll India
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Plot no 99, Sec - 44,
Gurgaon (Haryana) India.
Pin - 122003
Landline No: 0124-4951200
Mobile: 09312680855, 09312680857
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What is 16th SOF National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) 2016-17?

SOF is a Registered Not-For-Profit Organization Popularising Computer, Science, Mathematics and English Education among school children.

A non-profit organization established by leading academicians, scientists and media personalities with the aim of promoting science, mathematics and computer education, the Science Olympiad Foundation has been striving for over a decade to promote scientific attitude through innovative activities and use of IT in learning process that involve school students across the country.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

The NCO is open to the students of classes 2 to 12.

How can you apply ?

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 call. Schools must return the registration forms to SOF, duly filled in and complete in all respects by the due date.


How does a student benefit by taking Olympiad exams? 
Participants of Olympiads 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 level, at state level and above all at International level.
Each student is provided a Student Performance Report (SPR). The SPR analyses the strong and weak areas of the student and also gives a detailed performance comparison of the student vis-à-vis other students at school, state and international level. Analysis of the student’s past 7 years’ performance is also provided.
Students are suitably awarded based on their international, State and School ranking. Prizes are announced annually and include cash awards, medals, gifts, certificates etc. The International toppers from each class are awarded at a grand prize distribution ceremony held in Delhi, presided over by an eminent personality. Prizes for state winners and school winners are sent to their respective schools. For the year 2015-16, a sum of Rs. Ten Crores will be incurred towards awards, felicitations, scholarships etc.
Who all are eligible to sit for the Olympiads?
Students of classes 1 to 12th are eligible to appear for the 1st level Olympiads. For National Cyber Olympiad, students from class 2 onwards are eligible to appear for the 1st level. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. Students who qualify for the 2nd level exam include.
(a) Top 5% of students’ class wise, who appear for the 1st level exam,
(b) Zone wise top 25 rank holders class wise, and
(c) Class toppers from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks. Students from classes 1 and 2 are not required to appear for the 2nd level exam and are ranked based on their performance in the first level exam. IEO is a single level exam.
I am interested to take part in the Olympiads. Tell me how will I come to know about the details of the exam?
All the relevant information is sent to the schools registered with us across countries, along with prospectus, registration forms, posters and other details before the first round of exams 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 website or through the foundations face book page
Myself and few of my friends are interested to take part in the Olympiads but our school has not yet received any information regarding the Olympiad. What can we do?
Please let us know the name, e-mail ID, complete address of your school along with name and contact details of the principal. We will send detailed information and registration forms to your School so that your Principal / Olympiad Teacher-in-charge can register your names for the exam. 
What is the syllabus for the Olympiads?
The syllabus of the Olympiads is the syllabus as prescribed by the CBSE, ICSE and 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 details of syllabus are also posted on the Foundation’s website.
Are there any special books which the participants should refer to for the NSO preparation?
In general, NCERT books/course books prescribed by the CBSE/ICSE/STATE BOARDS may be referred to for the preparation. We also have following books/materials for Olympiad preparation:
1)MTG Class wise Workbooks (For Class 1 to 10)
2)‘SOF Olympiad Trainer’ Mobile Apps
3)OSDS (Olympiad Skill Development System)
4)Previous Years’ Papers 
5)Olympiads’ Books of Reasoning (for preparation for the reasoning section of Olympiads)
Additionally, class XI and XII students can refer to the various publications like Chemistry Today, Biology Today, Mathematics Today and Physics For You and MTG books which contain useful matter including solved and model test papers of various National and International Olympiads.
The above books/materials related to Olympiad are published by MTG (website: 
My school does not want to register for the Olympiads, but I am very eager to write the exam. Can I do it on my own?
SOF does not encourage individual participation. Students have to register through their schools only.
I have already appeared for the Olympiads while I was in a lower class? Can I appear again?
Certainly. 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 dispatched the registration form. I am left out and I want to register myself for the Olympiad exam. What should I do?
You can request your school authority to send your relevant details and fee immediately to us. We will accept it if it reaches us before the last date of registration (usually 30 days before the exam). 
I am going to write the Olympiads for the first time. Can I get sample papers?
Sample Papers are sent to all schools registered for Olympiad exams. SOF website also contains these papers Sample papers sent to the schools prior to the first level test are helpful and can be used for both levels of Olympiad exams.
In addition to the sample papers, students may also benefit by subscribing to OSDS – Olympiad Skill Development System (please refer to our site for details)
What is the structure and pattern of the examination?
For details please click following link.
When are the results of Olympiads declared?
Results of both the levels of Olympiads are declared within 8 weeks of the examination. The results are sent to the schools concerned. The results are also made available on our website. 
Can I take part in more than one Olympiad exam?
Although conducted by the same Foundation, NCO, NSO, IMO, IEO, ICSO & ISKO are four completely different competitions. Students can register for all the 6 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   or
I have cleared second level of the Olympiad and I have come to know that I am eligible for an award. I am studying in a different school / passed out from school and pursuing further studies. Will I come to know about the date?
As soon as we finalize the date and venue of the presentation ceremony, we send out the information to the schools concerned and also share the dates on our website and on our Facebook page. So please be in touch with your previous school or/and access of website regularly. 
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 / Science 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: Postal Address, E-mail: Principal’s name, phone number & e-mail ID.
Are the Olympiads conducted in English only?
We have less than 10 students in our school who are interested to take part in an Olympiad. Can we still enroll for the test?
For less than 10 students a school, it is not viable for the Foundation to hold the NCO. Hence at least 10 students should be enrolled from a school so that a school becomes a center. 

Terms and Conditions

The NCO will be conducted on 2 dates i.e., 13th Oct & 20th Oct 2016.

Registration of Students: The NCO is open to the students of classes 2 to 12. 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 call. 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 will generate the students' Roll Numbers as per the guidelines given. A copy of these roll numbers along with the Students' Registration Sheet (SRS) and School Registration Form (SRF) should be sent to the Foundation's office before the due date of submission of forms.

Foundation will register the applicant school and the students and dispatch question papers and guidelines for conducting the examination. Principals / teachers may please note that any school can be registered as a center for NCO. No fee is required from the institution to become a registered examination centre. A minimum of 10 students need to be registered from each school for feasibility reasons.

The NCO is conducted on two dates for Level 1. Each school may select a date for conducting the NCO as per its convenience. Each date of exam has a separate question paper.

Students should register through their respective schools only. Individual registrations by students are not accepted.

Fees: A nominal participation fee is charged from each student. Part of it is retained by the school for its expenses as exam center. Details about the fee / mode of payment etc. are given in the School Registration Forms sent to schools.

The National Cyber 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 an objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 2 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-2: Computers and Information Technology

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 syllabus is 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:

Top 5% of candidates class wise who appear for the 1st level exam. Due weightage to marks scored in different sections will be given. Each section is accorded separate weightage.
Zonewise top 25 rank holders class wise.
Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks. ·         
Clarifications: Any clarification regarding rules, format/pattern of the paper, etc., may be sought from SOF through phone-call/fax - 0124-4951200 or email at

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