International English Olympiad (IEO) 2023 – All you need to know about the SOF Olympiad

IEO or the International English Olympiad is a yearly exam conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) for school students. It is an English language and grammar competition that helps students judge themselves in terms of their English knowledge.

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The participating students compete at different levels including school, city, zonal and international level. SOF, which also organises several other such Olympiads like the NSO, NCO, IMO, ICSO, and IGKO, tests students based on their English language and grammar knowledge. The marks obtained in the Olympiad help students to self-assess with other students from all over the country as well as abroad.

The article consists of important details on IEO, eligibility, key dates, awards, how to apply, and more.

IEO 2023 – General Overview

Particulars International English Olympiad
Provider Science Olympiad Foundation
Academic Year 2023
Eligibility Students of Class 1 to 12
Application process Through respective schools
Exam dates Level 1 exam: September 26, 2023

Level 2 exam: October 12, 2023

Level 3 Exam – November 02, 2023

Awards Up to ₹50,000 + Gold medal + Performance certificate

IEO 2023 – About SOF

The Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) that organises IEO each year aims to help students test their English language knowledge. SOF is an educational organisation that assists the academic development of students through various competitions and Olympiads. The Olympiads organised by SOF see a huge response from all around the country with a large number of students participating in various competitions. For over two decades, SOF has been organising the following:

  • National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)
  • National Science Olympiad (NSO)
  • International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)
  • International English Olympiad (IEO)
  • International Company Secretaries Olympiad (ICSO)
  • International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO)

IEO 2023 – Eligibility Criteria

Students of Class 1 to 12 who are interested in competing with other students to assess their knowledge of English can participate in IEO. The Olympiad is a two-level competition where only the top-performing students in Level 1 proceed to participate in the Level 2 exam.

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Eligibility for Level 1 exam

For the Level 1 exam, there is no specific criterion. There is no minimum marks requirement which in turn makes the Level 1 exam open to a large number of students who are enrolled in Class 1 to 12.

Eligibility for Level 2 exam

Students performing well in the Level 1 exam are then shortlisted to appear for Level 2. The following are the eligible students for the Level 2 exam:

  • The top 5% of the students from each class who appeared for the Level 1 exam are eligible to apply.
  • Also, the top 25 zone-wise and class-wise rank holders can appear for the olympiad.
  • Class toppers from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam and score 50% qualifying marks.
  • Top-rank holders, in case of section-wise registration, can also apply.

However, it must be noted that students from Class 1 and 2 will be ranked based on their performance in Level 1. Hence, they do not need to appear for the Level 2 exam.

IEO 2023 – Key dates

The IEO is organised around the same time each year. Students interested in appearing for IEO must be aware of the key dates to avoid missing the deadlines. The table below throws light on various key dates relevant to the IEO.

Exam Date 1  September 26, 2023
Last Date to Apply  At least 30 days before the exam date
Exam Date 2  October 12, 2023
Last Date to Apply  At least 30 days before the exam date
Exam Date 3  November 02, 2023
Last Date to Apply  At least 30 days before the exam date

IEO 2023 – Results

The results of IEO are sent directly to the registered schools. IEO results are declared within 8 weeks of the examination. Applicants whose schools do not receive the results can also check their results on the website of SOF.

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IEO 2023 – Awards

Awards will be given to top-performing students as well as schools. The IEO award winners are felicitated at the international and zonal level. Below is a detailed description of IEO awards based on different criteria.

Based on their ranks, participating students will receive various awards. The number of awards, criteria for awards, and specific award details are mentioned in the tables below.

Awards for Level 2 and for Classes 1 and 2

International level

Rank Awards

Number of awards

1st INR 50,000 Each + Gold Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 12
2nd INR 25,000 Each + Silver Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 12
3rd INR 10,000 Each + Bronze Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 12

 Awards for Level 2 and for Classes 1 and 2

Zonal level

Rank Awards

Number of awards

1st INR 5000 Each + Gold Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 312
2nd INR 2500 Each + Silver Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 312
3rd INR 1000 Each + Bronze Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 312
4th to 10th Gifts worth INR 500 Each + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 2184
11th to 25th Certificate of Zonal Excellence 4680
26th and above Merit certificate All

 Awards for Level 1 performance

Zonal level

Rank Awards

Number of awards

1 to 25 Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Distinction + Student Performance Report 7,800
26 and above Participation Certificate + Student Performance Report All

 Awards for schools

There are awards for various top-performing schools too. The tables below discuss the various awards for schools participating in the Olympiad.

Awards at international level

International level

Category Awards

Number of awards

Best Principal INR 25000 Each + Citation + Trophy 20
Best Teacher INR 10000 Each + Citation + Trophy 10

 Awards at zonal level

Zonal level

Category Awards

Number of awards

Best Principal INR 10000 Each + Citation + Trophy 130
Best Teacher INR 5000 Each + Citation + Trophy 78

 Awards at district level

District level

Category Awards

Number of awards

Best Principal INR 2500 Each + Citation + Trophy 500
Best Teacher INR 1000 Each + Citation + Trophy 400

IEO 2023 – Exam structure

IEO is conducted in two levels with top performing students in Level 1 then qualifying for Level 2. Here is how the exam is structured.

Level 1

The Level 1 exam has a relaxed eligibility criterion to promote a higher participation of students. Since there are no minimum marks, all the school students enrolled in Class 1 to 12 can enter the Olympiad. The major highlights of the Level 1 exam are:

  • Level 1 is organised in the respective schools of the students. The exam is conducted during the school hours.
  • The duration of the exam is 60 minutes.
  • The exam is in the form of multiple-choice questions (objective-type). There are 35 questions for students of Class 1 to 4 and 50 questions for Class 5 to 12 students.
  • There are 4 sections in the question paper:
    • Word and Structure knowledge (Section 1)
    • Reading (Section 2)
    • Spoken & Written Expression (Section 3)
    • Achievers Section (Section 4)
  • There are separate question papers for each class and the medium of the exam is English.
  • The exam papers are designed from CBSE, ICSE/ISC, and State Board syllabi.

Level 2

Students with excellent performance in the Level 1 exam qualify for the Level 2 exam. Those studying in Class 3 to 12 appear for the Level 2 exam. Students of Class 1 and 2 are judged based on their performance in the Level 1 exam only and thus they need not appear for the Level 2 exam. The following students are eligible to appear for the Level 2 exam:

  • Class top 5% of candidates in the Level 1 exam
  • Class-wise and zone-wise top 25 rank holders in the Level 1
  • Class topper is eligible where at least 10 students appear in the exam and score 50% qualifying marks

IEO 2023 – Application process

Students interested in applying for IEO can do so through their respective schools. Class 1 to 12 students can follow the below steps to apply for the Olympiad-

  1. First, the schools need to register themselves with the SOF. The registered schools will receive the prospectus containing the registration forms. Students can then get these registration forms from their respective schools.
  2. Schools not registered with SOF can contact SOF to request the prospectus. Schools can contact SOF through phone (0124-4951200) or email (
  3. Interested students must then fill the registration forms with all the relevant details. Submit the duly filled forms to the respective schools.
  4. The schools must then return the duly filled registration forms to SOF before the due date.

There is also a registration fee that applicants need to pay. The fee structure will be in the following manner-

  • For schools in India, a registration fee of ₹125 (including GST) per student
  • For international schools, a registration fee of USD 9 per student

Schools may collect an additional amount of ₹25 (USD 1 for International schools) per student towards the honorarium of incharge, remuneration to teachers to teach, guide using study material supplied by SOF, and other miscellaneous expenses. 

IEO – Contact information

In case any queries, students can get in touch directly with the SOF in any of the following ways:

  • Address: 1st Floor, Plot no. 99, Sector – 44, Gurgaon (Haryana) India. Pin- 122003
  • Phone: (0124)-4951200, 9312680855, 9312680857
  • Office: 406, Taj Apartment, Ring Road, Adjacent Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India. Pin – 110029
  • Registration queries: (0124)-4951200,
  • Exam queries: (0124)-4951200,
  • Result/Awards: (0124)-4951200,
  • Roll no/Admit Cards: (0124)-4951200,
  • General queries: (0124)-4951200,


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