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National Cyber Olympiad (SOF NCO) 2022: Exam Date, Eligibility Criteria

The National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) is a two-level competitive exam based on cyber concepts for students from classes 1 to 12 to identify and empower their IT talents and nurture the hidden scientist within them. NCO helps students measure and analyze themselves at four levels, including school, city, state, and international levels.

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What is the National Cyber Olympiad?

The National Cyber Olympiad is one of the most popular competitive exams under the Science Olympiad Foundation, which helps students identify their hidden scientists and showcase their IT talents. A good rank in these exams helps students boost their confidence and helps to secure various scholarships under different levels. The main focus of this exam is to encourage science students. 

Here are the highlights of the National Cyber Olympiad exam.

SOF NCO 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: 24th November 2022
  • Date 2: 20th December 2022
Frequency Yearly
Question type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Duration 1 hour
NCO Registration fee INR 125
Language English

NCO Eligibility Criteria

The basic criteria for students to give the National Cyber Olympiad exams are, that they must be studying in any recognized education board (i.e., CBSE, ICSE, etc.) in India. Students from 1 to 12 can participate in this exam, and there is no minimum marks bracket to be eligible for this exam. Many exams under SOF have 2 level examinations, but National Cyber Olympiad has only one level of examination, i.e., a single-level exam.

NCO Registration Process

National Cyber Olympiad registration dates will be released on SOF's official website. Students can fill out the NCO registration form through their respective schools or fill out the registration form as individual participants at the official SOF website.

Note: For schools to register, a minimum of 10 students from a school should take part in the National Cyber Olympiad exam.

National Cyber Olympiad Registration Fee

Students have to pay SOF a registration fee of INR 125* (including GST). No fee is payable for students with any major physical disability or a student whose parent was martyred during defense operations. School may take additional fees of 25 as an honor towards the teacher to guide students for the exam.

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NCO Exam Dates

SOF Foundation usually conducts its National Cyber Olympiad Exam in December and January. The students appearing for the NCO exam need to register themselves through school. The board has declared the 2022 academic schedule for the National Cyber Olympiad Exam.

The National Cyber Olympiad will be conducted on the two sets in January 2022. The registration deadline for the respective dates ends 15 days before the exam date.

NCO Admit Card

National Cyber Olympiad admit cards will be available for students at the official SOF site after the successful registration of a student. In most cases, the school coordinator provides admit cards to students in the school. Although students can also download their NCO admit card from the official site.

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NCO Syllabus

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

SOF also provides sample papers and study material to students for a better understanding of the exam. These NCO sample papers help students to hold a better grip on the exam.

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NCO Results

SOF declares its result every year on its official website. To keep track of the NCO result of 2022, candidates must be in touch with the official website.

Students need to enter the following details to view their results. 

  • School Code
  • Class
  • Section
  • Registration Number
  • Date of Birth

Students are awarded based on their international, state, and school ranking in SOF National Cyber Olympiad 2022. SOF prizes include cash awards, medals, gifts, certificates, etc. The international toppers from each class are awarded a grand prize at Delhi's event with a renowned special guest.

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NCO Previous Year Cut Off

There is only one level for the National Cyber Olympiad, and the result of this level is considered the final result. NSO cut-off marks for 2019 according to the respective section are given below in the table.

The table below shows the National Cyber Olympiad level 1 cut-off according to overall marks.

NCO Total Cut Off Marks
Class Total Marks
III 28
IV 26
V 35
VI 35
VII 37
VIII 39
IX 37
X 41
XI 33
XII 33

According to the respective sections, the table below shows 2019 cut-off marks for the level 1 NCO exam.

NCO Cut Off Marks (Logical and Computer Section)
Class Computer & IT (M2) Logical & 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 cut-off 2019 mark for the NCO achiever's section is given in the table below.

NCO Cut Off Marks (Achiever Section)
Class Achievers Section (M3)
III 6
IV 8
V 6
VI 6
VII 12
VIII 9
IX 9
X 9
XI 6
XII 12

NCO Reference Books

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

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NCO Preparation Tips

Students can go through the course books to kick start the preparation at a basic level. They can also refer to Cyber Olympiad books available for NSO or join a coaching center to attain a good rank in National Cyber Olympiad 2022.

Key preparation tips for NCOs are as follows.

  • Students must practice with the previous year's papers of the National Cyber Olympiad.
  • Students must give special attention to two subjects, i.e., Math and Computer Science.
  • Students must go through the book and study material provided by SOF on its official website.
  • The paper is completely conceptual. So, the student must focus on polishing his conceptual skills rather than going for rote learning.

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  3. Where to get SOF NCO books?

  4. How to apply for NCO?

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