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National Cyber Olympiad (SOF NCO) 2023: Exam Date, Eligibility Criteria

The National Cyber Olympiad authorities have scheduled a two-level competitive exam on Nov 28 and Dec 19, 2023. The NCO exam is based on cyber concepts for students from classes 1 to 12 to identify and empower their IT talents. The Olympiad aims to help the students measure and analyze themselves at four levels: school, city, state, and international levels.

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NCO 2023 Highlights

The NCO exam is one of the most competitive exams under the Science Olympiad Foundation. The Olympiad helps students identify their hidden scientists as well as showcase their IT talents. With a good rank in these exams, students can secure various scholarships under different levels. 

The NCO Highlights are tabulated below.

NCO 2023 Highlights
Name of the exam SOF NCO
NCO full form National Cyber Olympiad
Parent organization Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF)
Exam mode Online
Exam date

Date 1: Nov 28, 2023

Date 2: Dec 19, 2023



Question type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Duration 1 hour
NCO Registration fee INR 125
Language English

NCO 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The NCO Eligibility Criteria require the students to be studying in any recognized education board in India such as CBSE, ICSE and more. The students from classes 1 to 12 can participate in this exam, and there is no minimum marks bracket to be eligible for this Olympiad. The National Cyber Olympiad has only one level of examination, therefore, it is a single-level exam.

NCO 2023 Registration 

During the registration process, students can fill out the NCO registration form in two ways: through their respective schools or by filling out the registration form as individual participants at the official SOF website. Note that, a minimum of 10 students from a school should take part in the National Cyber Olympiad exam.

NCO 2023 Registration Fees

All students are required to pay SOF a NCO registration fee of INR 125* (including GST). However, students with any major physical disability or a student whose parent was martyred during defense operations will be excused from paying a NCO application fee. In addition, the school may take an extra INR 25 as an honor towards the teacher to guide students for the exam.

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NCO 2023 Exam Dates

The SOF Foundation officials have scheduled the ​​NCO Exam Dates for Nov 28 and Dec 19, 2023. It is important for the students appearing in the NCO exam to register themselves through school. Often, the registration deadline for the respective dates ends 15 days before the exam date.

Note: The board has declared the 2023 academic schedule for the National Cyber Olympiad Exam.

NCO 2023 Admit Card

NCO admit cards are made available for students at the official SOF website once the registration process is completed. Moreover, the school coordinator provides NCO admit cards to students in the school. However, the students can also download their NCO admit card from the official website.

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NCO 2023 Syllabus

NCO syllabus covers all the aspects of school education with basic and day-to-day science, IT, and concepts related to analyzing skills. The NCO syllabus is based on India's recognized educational boards, such as CBSE, ICSE, State Board and more.

The SOF Foundation provides NCO sample papers and study material to students for a better understanding of the exam. Furthermore, the NCO sample papers help students to hold a better grip on the exam by acquainting the students with NCO Exam Pattern.

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NCO 2023 Results

SOF NCO declares the result every year on its official website. Therefore students must check the official website to keep track of the availability of the scorecard.

Steps to Download NCO 2023 Results

Students must follow the procedure below to download the NCO results.

  • First, visit the official website of SOF. 
  • Once on the homepage, enter the roll number with the format' school code - class - section - roll number’ in the SOF Olympiad NCO result window.
  • After that, solve the math puzzle given in the captcha code.
  • Then, click on the ‘view result’ tab. 
  • Finally, the NCO result will be displayed on the candidate’s screen. 
  • Last, save and download the NCO result and take a printout for further reference.

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NCO 2023 Previous Year Cut Off

NCO is a single-level exam, therefore the result of this level is the final result. Students can find the NSO cut-off marks according to the respective sections given below in the table.

The table below shows the NCO level 1 cut-off according to overall marks.

Class NCO Total Marks
III 28
IV 26
V 35
VI 35
VII 37
IX 37
X 41
XI 33
XII 33

The table below shows NCO cut-off marks for the level 1 NCO exam.

Class Computer and IT (M2) Logical and Analytical Reasoning (M1)
III 17 5
IV 14 4
V 21 8
VI 21 8
VII 17 8
VIII 22 8
IX 19 9
X 23 9
XI 21 6
XII 17 7

The table below shows the cut-off mark for the NCO achiever's section. 

Class NCO Achievers Section (M3)
IV 8
V 6
VI 6
VII 12
IX 9
X 9
XI 6
XII 12

NCO 2023 Reference Books

Though the NCO exam paper is based on the school curriculum, the pattern is different from academic exams. The papers mostly focus on the practical insights of concepts rather than analytical aspects. Further, the NCO reference books are available for different sections of the NCO paper. Furthermore, the SOF officials have introduced workbooks for all the SOF National Cyber Olympiad exams to help students acquire practical insights into concepts. 

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NCO 2023 Preparation Tips

The students should go through the course books to kick-start the preparation at a basic level. They can also refer to NCO books that are available for NSO or join a coaching centre to attain a good rank.

NCO preparation tips are given below:

  • Students must practice with the NCO previous year's papers.
  • They must give special attention to two subjects, such as Math and Computer Science.
  • They must also go through the book and study material provided by SOF on its official website.
  • The NCO paper is conceptual, therefore, the student must focus on polishing their skills rather than going for rote learning.

NCO 2023 Awards

The NCO participants are awarded based on their international, state, and school ranking in the Olympiad. The SOF NCO 2023 international toppers from each class are awarded a grand prize at Delhi's event with a renowned special guest. Additionally, the SOF prizes include cash awards, medals, gifts, certificates and more.

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