Olympiad Exams – Top 5 Competitive Exams to Take in 2021

Various organisations across the country conduct Olympiads, a category of competitive exams in India that are conducted on the basis of school curriculum of CBSE, ICSE, and other state boards. These exams are a way for students to compete with their peers on a similar educational level. Focused on concept-based learning and logical thinking, these exams promote the learning of skills in subjects like mathematics, science, computer technology, English language, general knowledge, coding, etc. Through Olympiads, children learn to face competition early-on in their lives. They also get a chance to assess their knowledge on a national-level, motivating them towards academic improvement. 

The pandemic period has also given a lot of extra time to students to focus on giving competitive exams. In this article, we have provided the details of 5 prominent Olympiad exams conducted in India which can prove to be stepping stones for students for future competitive exams. 

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Olympiad Exams – List of Top 5 Conducting Bodies (India)

1. INDIAN TALENT OLYMPIAD – If you’re looking forward to testing your knowledge in a variety of subjects, the Indian Talent Olympiad is an extremely popular platform that conducts Olympiad exams like Science Olympiad, Maths Olympiad, English Olympiad, General Knowledge Olympiad (GK), Drawing Olympiad and Essay Olympiad. It also offers scholarships of Rs 1 lakh and opportunity for students to win a tablet every week! You can get more information on the weekly at-home online test series and final Olympiads here: https://www.buddy4study.com/olympiad


Types of Olympiad Exams Conducted 
  1. International Science Olympiad (ISO)
  2. International Maths Olympiad (IMO)
  3. English International Olympiad (EIO)
  4. General Knowledge International Olympiad (GKIO)
  5. International Computer Olympiad (ICO)
  6. International Drawing Olympiad (IDO)
  7. National Essay Olympiad (NESO)
  8. National Social Studies Olympiad (NSSO)
Mode of RegistrationOnline

Important Points:

  • Students may register for Annual Olympiad or Monthly Olympiad. 
  • There is a single registration form for annual and monthly Olympiads.
  • Students can easily register themselves online by clicking on this link (in case their schools are not a part of these exams). They may even register their schools by clicking on this link.
Registration fees
  • The registration fee for the monthly Olympiad test series is Rs. 250 per subject
  • The registration fee for the yearly Olympiad test series is Rs. 150 per subject
Awards and Prizes 
  • Rs 1 lakh allotted to first 8 students achieving 1st rank at national level
  • Rs. 40,000 allotted to 10 students obtaining 2nd rank at national level
  • Laptops (to 10 students) and Tablets (to 200 students) for obtaining 3rd and 4th ranks
  • State-level scholarships and Excellence medals for students fit in the criteria of their respective awards
Eligibility For students in Classes 1 to 10
Olympiad Registration Schedule 2021-22Last date for registration by students – 15 November 2021

Last date for registration by schools – 30 September 2021

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2. SCIENCE OLYMPIAD FOUNDATION OR SOF OLYMPIADS – Olympiad exams are also conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF), a non-profit organisation that works to promote scientific temperament among students. 


Types of Olympiad Exams ConductedSOF organises a number of Olympiads including:

  • National Science Olympiad (NSO)
  • National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)
  • International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)
  • International English Olympiad (IEO)
  • International Commerce Olympiad (ICO)
  • International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO)
  • International Social Studies Olympiad (ISSO)
Mode of RegistrationOnline

Students who want to appear for exams but whose schools are unable to register for exams during 2020-21, may directly register and pay registration fee by clicking following link:


Olympiad Schedule
  1. IGKO

Date 1 – 21 Oct

Date 2 – 11 Nov


  1. IEO

Date 1 – 28 Oct

Date 2 – 09 Nov

Date 3 – 18 Nov

  1. NSO

Date 1 – 25 Nov

Date 2 – 07 Dec

Date 3 – 14 Dec

  1. IMO

Date 1 – 25 Nov

Date 2 – 07 Dec

Date 3 – 14 Dec

  1. NCO

Date 1 – 21 Dec

Date 2 – 18 Jan

  1. ICO

Date 1 – 20 Jan

Date 2 – 03 Feb

  1. ISSO

Date 1 – 20 Jan

Date 2 – 03 Feb

  • Dates for 2nd level exam will be announced by January 2022.
  • 2nd level exams will be held for students from classes 3rd to 12th for SOF IEO, SOF NSO & SOF IMO.
  • SOF ISSO, SOF IGKO, SOF ICO & SOF NCO will be single level exams.
  • This year, all exams will be conducted online. Questions will be posed in such a way that all students will get different question papers.
Exam Pattern for all Classes and Marking SchemeLINK
Registration FeesRs 125* (including GST) per student 
Last Date for Registration 
  • SOF IGKO – 31 Dec 2021
  • SOF IEO – 31 Dec 2021
  • SOF IMO – 31 Dec 2021
  • SOF NSO – 31 Dec 2021
  • SOF NCO – 31 Dec 2021
  • SOF ISSO – 31 Dec 2021
Awards and RecognitionsLINK

3. SILVER ZONE FOUNDATION – Silver Zone Foundation, a veteran of international education Olympiads, with experience of more than a decade, is headquartered in New Delhi. The foundation conducts Olympiads on international and national level for students of Classes 1 to 12 in science, mathematics, computer education, general knowledge, and English language skills. The ranking of Silver Zone Olympiads is divided into zonal, national, and international. Students who qualify Level 1 of the Silver Zone Olympiad exam are eligible to apply for Level 2, and subsequently for Level 3 of the exam. 


Types of Olympiad Exams Conducted
  • International Informatics Olympiad
  • International Olympiad of Mathematics [IOM]
  • International Olympiad of Science [IOS]
  • International Olympiad of English Language [IOEL]
  • Akhil Bhartiya Hindi Olympiad [ABHO]
  • Smart Kid GK Olympiad [SKGKO]
  • International Social Studies Olympiad [ISSO]
  • International Reasoning and Aptitude Olympiad [IRAO]
Mode of Exam and RegistrationOnline and offline

Students must click on this link to register

Note: Online examination may be conducted in the computer lab or from home using PC/Laptop/Tab/Mobile with an Internet Connection and a Web-cam.

Mode of LanguageEnglish, Hindi, and French
Tentative Olympiad Schedule (for online exams)Exam nameFirst date* Second date*
International Informatics Olympiad30 Oct 202128 Nov 2021
International Olympiad of Mathematics18 and 19 Dec 202122 and 23 Jan 2021
International Olympiad of Science11 and 12 Dec 202115 Jan and 16 Jan 2021
International Olympiad of English Language4 and 5 Dec 20218 and 9 Jan 2021
Smart Kid GK Olympiad31 Oct 202127 Nov 2021
International Social Studies Olympiad14 Dec 20212 Jan 2022
Akhil Bhartiya Hindi Olympiad13 Dec 202126 Dec 2021
International Reasoning & Mental Ability Olympiad20 Nov 202130 Jan 2022
Last Date to RegisterInternational Informatics Olympiad31 August 2021
International Olympiad of Mathematics31 August 2021
International Olympiad of Science31 August 2021
International Olympiad of English Language31 August 2021
Smart Kid GK Olympiad31 August 2021
International Social Studies Olympiad31 August 2021
Akhil Bhartiya Hindi Olympiad31 August 2021
International Reasoning & Mental Ability Olympiad31 August 2021
Awards and RecognitionsCash Prizes, Medals and Excellence, Topper Achievement Certificates, depending upon the position obtained and exam. 

Note: All the participants will be awarded with the participation certificate reflecting their class/zonal/Olympiad ranks and marks.

*Note: Exams will be conducted class-wise, in different time slots. Exact date & time of exams will be shared separately.

4. EDUHEAL FOUNDATION – EHF is a registered international NGO promoted by leading educationists, corporate heads and media doyens. The exams conducted by EduHeal are both online and offline wherein the first level is paper-based and the second and third levels are held online. EduHeal reaches out to 6000 schools and 9 lakh students annually. 


Types of Olympiad Exams Conducted

Note: Online Test will be conducted on fixed date(s) selected by the school from July to January. The dates will be based on schools I.T. infrastructure. Each student will get unique Q.P. Classes 1-3 students can opt for paper-based exam.

NIMO – 14th National Interactive Maths Olympiad (Math)Online and Paper Based
NISO – 13th National Interactive Science Olympiad (Science)Online and Paper Based
IEO – 11th International English Olympiad (English)Online and Paper Based
IGO – 10th International G.K Olympiad (General Knowledge)Online and Paper Based
ACC – 9th Art Clinic Contest (Art)Online and Paper Based
NSSO – 3rd National Space Science Olympiad (Space)Online and Paper Based
ICO – 12th International Cyber Olympiad (Cyber/Informatics)Online and Paper Based
NBTO – 14th National Biotechnology Olympiad (Biotech/EVS)Online and Paper Based
SCC – 9th Sports Clinic Contest(eSports)Online and Paper Based
BIFO – 7th BSE International Finance Olympiad (Commerce/Finance)Online and Paper Based
NINO – 8th National IIT-NEET Olympiad (IIT/NEET)Online and Paper Based
Classes1 to 12 classes

Exceptions: BIFO: 9-12, NIPO: 6-12 classes, Art: 1-6: 7-12, eSports: 1-6: 7-12 classes

Duration of Olympiad 60 minutes – Level 1

30 minutes – Level 2

Eligibility For all students of CBSE/ICSE/State Boards
Awards and RecognitionsLink
Olympiad fee Rs. 125 per student for Level 1

5. CREST OLYMPIADS – Crest Olympiads focuses on making students well-rounded individuals who think critically. It gives special emphasis to conceptual knowledge. 


Types of Olympiad Exams Conducted
  • Mathematics (CMO) – For classes Prep/KG and 1-10
  • Science (CSO) – For classes Prep/KG and 1-10
  • English (CEO) – For classes Prep/KG and 1-10
  • Computer (CCO) – For classes 1-10
  • Reasoning (CRO) – For classes 1-10
  • Spell Bee (CSB) – For classes 1-8
  • Spell Bee (CSBW) – For classes 1-8
Mode of ExamOnline
Olympiad ScheduleLink
EligibilityLevel 1: For students of classes Prep/KG and 1-10 

Level 2: For students of classes 3-10 only for English, Maths and Science

Exam VenueAt home. 

The students must have a working laptop, desktop or tablet with good Internet connection. The Internet connection speed should be 2 mbps and the desktop/laptop should have latest version of the browser (preferably Google Chrome). 

Note: The exam cannot be taken using a mobile device.

Mode of RegistrationOnline

Visit https://www.crestolympiads.com/ to register directly

Olympiad FeeFor classes Prep/KG and 1-10, the exam fee for each subject is Rs. 225 
Awards and RecognitionLINK

Some notable other Olympiads that students must consider if they are interested in taking Olympiad exams are – 

  • Finance Olympiad – 
  • Green Olympiad – 
  • ASSET Olympiads
  • International Competitions and Assessments of Schools –  
  • National Olympiad Foundation – 
  • Crest Olympiad
  • Humming Bird Olympiads – 
  • Unified Council –

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