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. Participating students compete at different levels including school, city, zonal and international level. SOF, which also organises a number of other such Olympiads like the NSO, NCO, IMO, ICSO and IGKO, tests students on the basis of their English language and grammar knowledge. The marks obtained in the Olympiad help students judge themselves by comparing it with other students from all across the country as well as abroad. Students participating in IEO also receive a Student Performance Report (SPR) that provides them a detailed analysis of their performance.
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Do you want to know more about the IEO? Are you interested in applying for the IEO? Do you want to know if you are eligible or not? Do you want to know about the key dates and awards related to IEO? If yes, then this is the right place to be. The article will talk in detail about all the above aspects of IEO.
IEO is focussed on the usage of English language and it tests the students on the same. Let’s discuss in brief the various aspects of IEO before we head on to a deeper discussion. The table below gives a brief overview of the IEO and throws light on the objectives, awards, key dates and application process.
|1||Objective||To help students test their English knowledge by competing with other students|
|2||Provider||Science Olympiad Foundation|
|3||Eligibility||Class 1 to 12 students|
|4||Application process||Through respective schools|
|5||Exam dates||Level 1 exam: October – November |
Level 2 exam: February – March
|6||Awards||Up to INR 50,000 + Gold medal + Performance certificate|
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 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).
The IEO is organised around the same time each year. Students interested in appearing for IEO must be aware of the key dates so as to avoid missing the deadlines. The table below throws light on various key dates relevant to the IEO.
|Sr. No.||Event||Key dates*|
|1.||Application deadline||At least 30 days before the exam date|
|2.||Level 1 exam||October – November|
|3.||Level 1 result||December – January|
|4.||Level 2 exam||February – March|
|5.||Level 2 result||March – April|
*The dates mentioned above are tentative and subject to change as per the discretion of the organiser (SOF).
Students of Class 1 to 12 who are interested in competing with other students in order 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 Level 2 exam.
For Level 1 exam, there is no specific criterion as students of Class 1 to 12 can participate. Also, there is no requirement of minimum marks which in turn makes Level 1 exam open to a large number of students. All the students from the country or abroad enrolled in Class 1 to 12 are eligible.
Students performing well in the Level 1 exam are then shortlisted to appear for Level 2. The following are the eligible students for Level 2 exam:
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 Level 2 exam.
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-
There is also a registration fee that applicants need to pay. The fee structure will be in the following manner-
Schools may collect an additional amount of INR 25 (USD 1 for International schools) per student towards honorarium of incharge, remuneration to teachers to teach, guide using study material supplied by SOF and other miscellaneous expenses.
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.
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 Level 1 exam are:
Students with excellent performance in Level 1 exam qualify for 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 Level 1 exam only and thus they need not appear for Level 2 exam. The following students are eligible to appear for Level 2 exam:
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.
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|
Number of awards
|1st||INR 5000 Each + Gold Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence||240|
|2nd||INR 2500 Each + Silver Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence||240|
|3rd||INR 1000 Each + Bronze Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence||240|
|4th to 10th||Gifts worth INR 1000 Each + Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Distinction + Certificate of Zonal Excellence||1680|
|11th to 20th||Certificate of Zonal Excellence + Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Distinction +||3600|
|26th and above||Merit certificate||All|
Number of awards
|1 to 25||Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Distinction||240|
|26 and above||Participation Certificate||All|
There are awards for various top performing schools too. The tables below discuss the various awards for schools participating in the Olympiad.
Number of awards
|Best Principal||INR 25000 Each + Citation + Trophy||10|
|Best Teacher||INR 10000 Each + Citation + Trophy||10|
Number of awards
|Best Principal||INR 10000 Each + Citation + Trophy||100|
|Best Teacher||INR 5000 Each + Citation + Trophy||60|
Number of awards
|Best Principal||INR 2500 Each + Citation + Trophy||500|
|Best Teacher||INR 1000 Each + Citation + Trophy||500|
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. Tentatively, the results of Level 1 are declared by December – January and Level 2 results by March – April. The year specific exact dates are decided on the discretion of SOF.
A major part of the IEO results is the Student Performance Report (SPR). An SPR is a detailed analysis of the student’s performance. The SPR received by each student helps them and their parents judge their performance. An SPR basically helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses. The SPR has six sections:
In case any queries still remain, students can get in touch directly with the SOF in any of the following ways:
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