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Olympiads are school-level competitive exams conducted by various independent government and private organizations. The exams are conducted nationally and internationally for students of classes 1 to 12. These Olympiad exams are privately organized, so, the registration is generally done through schools. Some of the Olympiad Exams permit individual participation.

Get updates on top Olympiad exams conducted in India.

SEAMO Olympiad

26th September 2021

[Level 1 Exam Date]

Conducted By: SEAMO

SOF IGKO

16th & 17th October 2021

[Level 1 Set 2 Exam Dates]

Conducted By: Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF)

SOF IEO

23rd & 24th October 2021

[Level 1 Set 1 Exam Date]

Conducted By: Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF)

List of Olympiad 2021 Exams Conducted in India

The main aim of the competitive Olympiad Exams is to improve intellectual skills, logical skills, and reasoning capabilities. Besides, Olympiad Exams are a combination of subject knowledge along with the aptitude test. The list of different Olympiad exams which is conducted in India are mentioned below:

  1. SOF Olympiad Exams
  2. Unified Council Olympiad Exams
  3. ASSET Olympiad Exams
  4. TERIIN Olympiad Exams
  5. Silver Zone Olympiad Exams
  6. EduHeal Olympiad Exams
  7. HummingBird Olympiad Exams
  8. IAIS Olympiad Exams
  9. HBCSE
  10. UNICUS Olympiads
  11. Indian Talent Olympiad
  12. Crest Olympiad
  13. NMMS
  14. NTSE 
  15. KVPY
  16. NOF
  17. SEAMO
  18. Technothlon 
  19. Indian Computing Olympiad
  20. Indian School Talent Search Examination
  21. International Life Skill Olympiad
  22. National Economics Olympiad
  23. CSC Olympiad
  24. RPS Olympiad
  25. National Engineering Olympiad

1. Science Olympiad Foundation

SOF is a non-profit private organization that popularizes healthy academic competition and assists in the development of competitive spirit among school students. SOF organization was established by leading academicians, scientists, and media personalities to promote Science, Mathematics, Computer Education, Language, General Knowledge, and Professional courses. 

Find out the SOF Olympiad Exams 2021 in the tabular format below.

2. Unified Council

The Unified Council board consists of a group of experienced teachers and professionals who have had intense involvement in the field of education. The hands-on and real-life experience helps the team create and implement legit solutions based on the needs of schools and teachers. The question papers and solutions are framed by the foundation concerning the school curriculum and educational research. 

The Council was established in 1998 by eminent personalities from various fields, including many academicians of international repute. Since the council's starting years, Unified Council had tried to put together a team of individuals from the field of education in an endeavour to make the younger generation fundamentally stronger, sharper, and to nourish the student's brains for a challenging future.

3. ASSET

ASSET Olympiad Exams is a scientifically designed test which benchmarks a student's performance and gives students a report analyzing their strengths and weaknesses. Rather than testing the memory or the ability to remember formulas and definitions, ASSET tries to get students to apply the concepts in various hypothetical situations where a student's higher-order thinking skills are tested. 

ASSET also provides two other reports for the teacher (of the particular subject) and the management with instructions on where all the students lack and how to work on the weaknesses and make them understand concepts better. 

It helps in benchmarking the school's performance, misconceptions that students carry behind every concept, and teacher effectiveness while teaching the students. The report not only measures the student's performance but also measures the teacher's performance along with the school benchmarking. ASSET conducts three Olympiads under English, Maths, and Science.

4. TERI

TERIIN is an independent, multi-dimensional Foundation, with capabilities in research, policy, consultancy, and implementation. TERI act as innovators and agents of change in the energy, environment, climate change, and sustainability space. It has pioneered conversations for making it a better place to live in and action in these areas for over four decades.

TERIIN Olympiad

GREEN Olympiad is an associate annual written examination on setting initiated by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in 1999. The examination is conducted by setting the Education & Awareness space (EEA) of TERI and attracting faculty students across India and abroad.

The examination is open just for colleges related to recognized education boards and academic trusts. Students registered in such colleges from grades IV to X are eligible for the examination.

5. SilverZone Olympiads

The SilverZone Foundation conducts SilverZone Olympiad Exams. The SilverZone Foundation is an NGO that is purely dedicated to improve and promote competitive spirit awareness of academics among school students in India and abroad. The organization achieves its goal by organizing and conducting International Olympiad Exams. Outstanding performance in the Olympiad Exams by students are identified based on merit and are given recognition in the form of certificates, medals, trophies, and prizes.

The SilverZone Foundation believes that the examination should be challenging and motivating so that students continuously improve the academic performance and pursue academic excellence relentlessly. The student participation and conduct of the examination should be in a hassle-free environment. 

The Olympiad Exams are conducted to enhance the reasoning, logical, analytical, and problem-solving skills of students in a highly competitive and global environment to help in building a solid foundation for national/international competitive examinations.

6. EduHeal Foundation

EduHeal Foundation helps identify the most talented students across the country. It does so by using three levels of exams to filter the elite. The three levels measure the student's intellect and select them for the next round. The final level is a sponsored program by world-class institutions and organizations worldwide, which exposes students to research in each domain. 

The paper-based Olympiad Exams are limited for the first round (some exams are undertaken only online). The level-2 exam will be conducted exclusively online at more than 200+ computer centres/1000+ school computer centres around the world. EduHeal Foundation provides students who have crossed specific criteria to visit ISRO and Bombay Stock Exchange (BCE) to meet with eminent personalities and be a part of national workshops. 

EduHeal Foundation (EHF) is a registered NGO that conducts different Olympiad Exams for different subjects and is encouraged by main educationists, corporate heads, and media doyens. EHF is actively engaged in searching for talented school students by reaching out to 4000 schools. EHF is the official partner of google from India and spearheads the google science fair initiative into Indian schools. Also, it has partnered with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Institute for promoting financial literacy.

7. Humming Bird Education

HummingBird is one of India’s top brands in education. With a highly experienced board of directors and a team of advisors consisting of leading academicians & educators all over the globe, Hummingbird Education’s goal is to transform school level education by developing the competitive spirit among individuals. 

By making students develop the right attitude while enhancing their logical, analytical, and problem-solving skills, Humming Bird Education is doing its best to create future leaders. Humming Bird has increased its franchise and spread to the district level as well. Hummingbird is now conducting the Exams in Hindi and Tamil along with English and has received a positive response leading it to announce that it will try to hold the Olympiad Exam in most regional languages possible from the 2020 session. 

Humming Bird was started in 2010 and offered three Olympiads for students to choose from. Over the years, it has added eight more exams to provide a total of twelve Olympiad Exams with the most recent addition being the SpellB Olympiad.

8. International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)

IAIS is an internationally conducted examination customized for students of primary and secondary school. Olympiad Exams are overseen by Educational Assessments Australia (EEA), a part of UNSW Global. Australia’s leading research and teaching universities which own UNSW Global and are responsible for the development of ICAS are the University of New South Wales. ICAS administers these exams in over 20 countries across the world.

9. HBCSE

The idea of the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) started in the late 1960s when some scientists at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) decided to improve the quality of science taught in India. The program started with the scientists teaching students in Mumbai and a few places in rural Madhya Pradesh. 

The idea grew to become HBCSE in 1974, supported by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). HBCSE works on the improvement of science and mathematics education and to bring out quality education material. At present, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) is a National Centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. To reach its goal, HBCSE does several interrelated activities. They are research and development, teacher education and science popularisation, and other students' nurture programs. 

10. UNICUS Olympiads

Unicus Olympiad is India's first summer Olympiad Exam introduced to encourage students to adopt the concept-driven method of studying. The method enhances students' questioning curiosity, which assists them in answering all why, what, how, when, and where questions. 

Unicus Olympiads encourages students by offering them certificates. Besides, they also provide medals and scholar trophies for deserving students who stand ahead in this stiff competition.

11. Indian Talent Olympiad (ITO)

Indian Talent Olympiad was introduced in 2012 to identify talented students and train them to improve their academic performance to enhance conceptual learning. The individual Olympiad exams conducted under the Indian Talent Olympiad focus on the knowledge, level of understanding, and reasoning abilities of students all across India under different subjects of their academics.

Considering records, it is notable that 31,573 schools across India have registered for the Indian Talent Olympiad examinations, and over the past year, ITO has won the trust of over one crore parents.

Indian Talent Olympiad conducts 8 individual exams under Maths, Science, English, Social Sciences, General Knowledge, Arts (Dance), Essay Writing, and Computer Science. Indian Talent Olympiad exam dates for all the eight individual exams as been listed in the table.

12. Crest Olympiad

The CREST Olympiad is an international competitive exam held online for students in classes 1-10, which is divided into various levels. The exam is an objective-type test that the students need to complete in 60 minutes. Follow the link to know more about Crest Olympiad.

13. NMMS

NMMS is the scholarship exam that is conducted in every state. The government-sponsored scheme "National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS)" was first launched in May 2008. The objective of the NMMS scheme is to award scholarships to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out of class VIII and encourage them to continue studying at the secondary stage. 

14. NTSE

The Government of India established the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in the year 1961 to bring about qualitative improvement in school education in the country. The council started several programs towards its vision, and one such program was the identifications and nurturing of talented students and was called the National Talent Search Exam (NTSE).

15. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)

  • KVPY is an ongoing National Fellowship Program in basic sciences, which is initiated and funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, to attract highly motivated students to pursue basic science degree courses and research careers in science mathematics subjects. 
  • The KVPY program's objective is to identify talented students with an aptitude for research and help them realize their academic potential and encourage them to take up research careers in the science field and ensure the growth of the best scientific minds for research and development in the country.

16. National Olympiad Foundation (NOF)

National Olympiad Foundation constitutes docking of academic talent and social entrepreneurship, helping the ability to come out from the classroom walls. National Olympiad Foundation conducts one of its global talent search exams where the resources are utilized for students in need who are ignorant about education.

NOF has extensive features that are not undermined by any other organization in India, e.g., NOF is the first to introduce Olympiad Exams in Commerce, GK, and Biology. NOF acts as a bookmark to benchmark. NOF is an organization of academic examinations conducted across the country. An exclusive body of academicians of national and international fame prepares all the questions for the exam.

17. Southeast Asian Mathematics Olympiad (SEAMO)

SEAMO was introduced in 2016, serving both primary and secondary schools in Southeast Asian countries. Olympiad Exam provides a realistic & neutral perspective to each student on their ability & skills; aims at promoting excellence in every sphere of school learning. 

It presents a common platform that assesses students' problem-solving ability by compelling them to think deeply. Besides, it encourages students to develop logical & analytical thinking abilities.

18. Technothlon

Technothlon is a competition conducted for school students internationally by the student body of IIT Guwahati. Starting with a group of students in a small room in 2004 to “Inspire Young Minds.” The competition started with students in the city of Guwahati and has expanded to more than 400 cities in the past 14 years with various centres abroad.

The championship is conducted in two rounds:

  1. Prelims: Prelim is a written exam that is done all over India in multiple schools in July.

  2. Mains: Mains is a competition where teams participate in different events conducted in Technique, the Techno-Management festival of IIT Guwahati.

19. Indian Computing Olympiad (ICO)

Indian Computing Olympiad is a nationwide Olympiad organized annually by IARCS. The goal of the exam is to identify school students with outstanding skills in algorithms and computer programming. The four students representing India at the IOI World finals are selected through the Indian Computing Olympiad (ICO). The first ICO was organized way back in 2002; however, it got its name in 2006. The Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) organizes the ICO every year.

20. Indian School Talent Search Exam (ISTSE)

Indian School Talent Search Exam (ISTSE) is an international level talent search examination for Indian school students. ISTSE is a scientifically designed, skill-based assessment test to get the strengths and weaknesses of individual students across India.

ISTSE is designed to assess the overall intellectual potential of the students from classes 1 to 10. It uses conceptual, multiple-choice questions to focus on measuring how well the student has understood the skills and concepts underlying the school syllabus. ISTSE exam is conducted separately for students who applied online, i.e., individually and for students who applied through respected schools.

21. International Life Skill Olympiad (ILSO)

ILSO is the world's first online Olympiad to test young students' critical life skills quotient and compare them with the most skilled children's across the globe. Students of class III-XII from all over the world can test their life skills aptitude using real-world scenario-based questions.

While preparing for the ILSO exam, students will also get exposed and acquire new life skills. With students participating from 100+countries, they all get to learn and evolve as truly global citizens.

22. National Economics Olympiad (NEO)

National Economics Olympiad conducted by the Shri Ram College of Commerce is a nationwide school Olympiad for students of classes 11 and 12. To be eligible for the Olympiad students should be pursuing their higher education in any recognized education board of India.

NEO Exam aims at assessing students knowledge of fundamental concepts in Economics. The exam has two rounds of the preliminary and final rounds. Both the rounds are conducted online as multiple-choice questions. The preliminary exam has four sections, including Economics, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and Case Studies. Top-performing participants NEO Exam are awarded cash prizes and scholarships.

23. CSC Olympiad

Common Service Center Olympiad conducted by the CSC Academy under the CSC e-Governance service was established in 2009. The Olympiad was overseen by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and regulated by CSC Academy. It is a nationwide Olympiad conducted for students of classes 3 and 12.

CSC Olympiad exams are conducted for Hindi, Mathematics, English, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, General Knowledge, Cyber, and Logical Reasoning subjects0. The exams are conducted in October on three dates. Top scores of CSC Olympiad Exams are awarded cash prizes, performance analysis reports, and scholarships.

24. RPS Olympiad

The RPS Olympiad is organized and regulated by the Rao Pahlad Singh Education Society (RPS) in January 2021 as an objective, offline, and online Olympiad exam. This national level exam is conducted for students of classes 3 to 10 based on their school subjects like mathematics, science, EVS, and general knowledge questions.

RPS Olympiad exams are divided into two phases/levels where the students clearing phase 1 are qualified for the RPS phase 2 exams. The RPS phase 1 and phase 2 exams are conducted online and offline, respectively.

25. National Engineering Olympiad

The National Engineering Olympiad (NEO) is conducted by NEO Educational Foundation and regulated by Star Skillcare Education Private Ltd. It is open to all engineering students to showcase their knowledge and talent at the national level. Students clearing the NEO Olympiad are offered internship opportunities.

Any student studying in accredited engineering colleges across India can appear for the NEO Olympiad exam. Besides, students from an engineering background can appear for the exam, but they are not entitled to receive any rewards.

Olympiads are competitive exams conducted at school levels based on the school curriculum/syllabus. The exams are conducted by many independent organizations (private and governmental organizations) on the national level, international level, and zonal level, which give exposure to the school kids in the competitive world. Olympiads are one of the best school competitive exams conducted at both the national and international levels.

What is Olympiad Exam?

Olympiad Exams are conducted for various subjects like Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), Mathematics, Junior Science, Astronomy, Computer, General Knowledge, and Language Exams. Students get scholarships, cash prizes, medals, certificates, and recognition & even exposure on the zonal, national, and international levels. It also gives the students space to do research and train themselves for the area of interest for a brighter future.

India does not perform very well in the International Olympiad Exams. The reason behind it is that students do not have much exposure when it comes to competitive exams in schools. Indian students are talented but are not aware of the skills required to take the Olympiad Exams. Hence, taking Olympiad Exams since the earlier stage inculcates the habit of taking the challenge.

Olympiad Exams not only tests the basic subjects taught in school; it also enhances the analytical reasoning ability in a child. It increases the thinking capacity, problem-solving skills, confidence, and hence helps in an all over the development of a child at an early stage.

Importance of Olympiad Exams

Olympiad Exams aims to provide a unique competitive platform, identify young geniuses, and create a future talent pool.

  • Olympiad Exams are not just an exam; it does a lot more to bring out students' best. Giving at least one Olympiad Exam motivates students to strive for better.
  • A rank in any Olympiad Exams will develop confidence and motivate the students & their parents. Most importantly, Olympiad Exams help parents in identifying the real talent and interests of their children.
  • Olympiad Exam problems are being tricky and more conceptual, so it helps students understand the topic well. It ultimately improves routine class results.
  • Olympiad Exams help cultivate a kind of analytical thinking that is very helpful in an entrance examination such as IIT-JEE or any other high-level competitive entrance exam.

Benefits of Olympiad Exams

Olympiads Exam not only improves logical thinking but also gives a career path to young minds. Given below are the significant benefits of giving Olympiad Exams.

  • It will always help you to learn, assess, and improve.
  • It helps school students to test the conceptual understanding, logical thinking, and potential of reasoning.
  • It also enhances logical thinking, analytical skills, and speed working and gives a career-oriented path to young students.
  • Olympiad Exams, as conducted by various government and private foundations for students from primary to senior secondary levels, can show their talent at the international, national, or state level.

Olympiad Exams Preparation 2021

Every parent asks a question when the Olympiad Exams season begins. How should our child prepare for Olympiad exams? To help those parents with the season's biggest question, we have made Ultimate Olympiad exam preparation tips for the students.

It is crucial to recognize why one should prepare for Olympiad Exams. Olympiad exams act as a bridge to success. These Olympiad Exams build the foundation of a competitive career, other than the academic curriculum. Olympiad exams help students in the following exam:

  • The Olympiad Exams tests conceptual understanding, analytical thinking, and a logical approach towards the problem.
  • It helps in improving the performance at the school level and stay ahead in the competitive world.
  • The Olympiad exams assess students within the class or school and at different levels (zonal, national, and international).
  • Olympiad Exams give early exposure to the student in a competitive world.
  • It helps students to improve problem-solving skills, logical skills, and motivation & confidence.

These Olympiad Exams are commonly based on the Indian curriculum, and the syllabus is the same for that. You need to begin with NCERT books as they provide the foundation of your advanced knowledge, and students can refer to the NCERT solutions if there is something that requires help for clearing any subject doubts. Many Olympiad Exams offer scholarships on different levels. While going through the NCERT books of the other class will help in the following ways:

  • It will help students to cover the school curriculum in advance.
  • Prepare notes/underline key concepts.
  • Students are suggested to read the NCERT or similar book of one higher grade to understand advanced concepts.
  • Practice is always the key to enhance performance and score a good rank in Olympiad Exams.

Olympiad Reference Books

One of the most asked questions is which Olympiad book to refer to for the preparation? Here we have listed Olympiad wise books that you can consider for the preparation of the Olympiad exams. 

Students can also refer to the below mentioned additional reference books for sample paper download and Olympiad preparation.

  • Olympiad Champs Science book with Past Olympiad Questions - 2nd Edition (English, Paperback, Disha Experts)
  • Olympiad Champs Cyber book with Past Olympiad Questions - 4th Edition (English, Paperback, Disha Experts)
  • Olympiad Champs Science book with Past Olympiad Questions - 3rd Edition (English, Paperback, Disha Experts)
  • Olympiad Champs English book with Past Olympiad Questions - 3rd Edition (English, Paperback, Disha Experts)
  • Foundation Science book for IIT-JEE, NEET, NTSE - 3rd Edition (English, Paperback, Disha Experts)
  • Foundation Mathematics book for IIT-JEE, NTSE Class 7 - 3rd Edition (English, Paperback, Disha Experts)
  • Olympiad Champs English book for Class 9 with 5 Online Mock Tests

Olympiad Exam FAQ's

Here are the frequently asked questions on Olympiad Exams.

1. How to apply to Olympiad Exams? 

Students can apply for the Olympiad Exams in two ways, i.e., individually or through school.

A prospectus containing the registration forms and Olympiad exam dates for all exams will be sent to all the registered schools by the respective foundation. Schools that are not registered may also request a prospectus by sending an e-mail to the Olympiad conducting foundation.

Whereas for foundation allowing individual participation, students can find the registration details and application forms on their official websites.

2. How do you prepare for the Olympiad exams?

Almost all Olympiad Exams are conducted on a similar syllabus that is taught at school. No reference books are required for the preparation of these exams. Students have to be clear with all the subject basics and concepts. The problems asked in these exams are very different from what students learn in school. Questions are trickier and conceptual based, which requires the students to have a broad thought process to solve a variety of problems based on logic and concepts.

Here are the steps involved in preparing for the Olympiad exams.

  • Understand the pattern of the Olympiad exam.
  • Understand the standard and difficulty level of questions asked in the Olympiad exam.
  • Choose the relevant reference books for the respective Olympiad exam.
  • Consider your syllabus books as the primary source for preparation.

3. Who conducts Olympiad Exams? 

There are many Olympiad Exams that are conducted every year across the globe. Below mentioned are the organization which conducted the Various Olympiad Exams:

  • SOF 
  • Unified Council 
  • Silver Zone
  • Humming Bird Foundation 
  • HBCSE
  • ASSET
  • TERIIN Olympiad 
  • EduHeal Foundation 
  • IAIS Foundation 
  • Technothlon
  • SEAMO 
  • NOF 

Besides these popular Olympiad Exams, few other Olympiad Exams conducts at national and regional level exams.

4. What are the Topics in which Olympiad Exams are conducted? 

  • Computer science, cyber, or digital technology
  • Language (English, Hindi, French, or regional language)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • General Knowledge

5. Can I take part in more than one Olympiad exam in the same organization?

Yes, Students can take part in more than one Olympiad Exams. Although conducted by the same Foundation, the subjects organized are entirely different. Students can register for all the Olympiad Exams in a year as per class eligibility.

6. When are the results of the Olympiad Exams declared?

Results of the Olympiad Exams are declared within eight weeks of each examination. The results will also be sent to the concerned schools. The Olympiad results are also made available on the individual organization website. 

7. Is the Olympiad exam beneficial?

Yes, taking the Olympiad exam provides exposure to the national as well as international platforms. It helps students enhance their conceptual understanding. Other benefits are listed below.

  • Test the understanding of the concept.
  • It develops analytics and problem-solving skills.
  • It also improves academic performance.
  • Stepping stone for future competitive exams.

8. What is the use of Olympiad exams?

The uses of Olympiad exams are listed below.

  • It improves reasoning ability.
  • It gains additional knowledge.
  • It builds confidence in the student.
  • It acts as a stepping stone to future competitive exams.