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SOF National Science Olympiad (NSO) 2022: Exam Date, Schedule

National Science Olympiad (NSO) is a school-level competitive exam conducted annually by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF), where students from classes 1 to 12 can participate. Based on the respective class syllabus, separate question papers are framed for each class. Though the SOF follows the school curriculum, the questions prepared will be challenging enough to cultivate scientific reasoning and logical ability.

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  • SOF NSO 2022 exam dates are announced.
  • Exams dates may change depending on the impact of COVID-19 on the functioning of the schools.

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What is National Science Olympiad (NSO) 2022?

The National Science Olympiad is among many exams that SOF conducts, but it is so popular and found useful by many educational organizations. NSO 2021 is the 24th National Science Olympiad Exam conducted by SOF, where about 5 lakh students from different states take part.

Since its main focus is only on science subjects, NSO is a better platform for all the students who have a higher interest in science and are excited about learning new terms and innovations in science and technology. Science Olympiad is conducted under two levels where the students who successfully clear the NSO level 1 will be eligible to participate in the NSO level 2 exam.

Here are the highlights of the NSO Exam 2022.

NSO Exam Highlights
Name of the exam SOF NSO
Full-Form National Science Olympiad
Parent organization Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF)
Mode of exam Online
Frequency Yearly
Question type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Duration 1 hour
Last date of registration Up to 15 days before the last date of the NSO exam
NSO Registration fee INR 125

NSO 2022 Exam Date

SOF Science Olympiad is a two-level exam, in which level 1 is conducted on three sets of 2 dates each. Each school can select a date for conducting the SOF NSO as per its convenience. Each date of the exam has a separate set of question papers.

Here are the important dates of the National Science Olympiad Exam conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation.

NSO 2022 Exam Dates
NSO Exam Events Dates
NSO Level 1 (Set A) Dates
  • 18th October 2022
  • 3rd November 2022
  • 1st December 2022
Answer Key Release Date December 2022 (Tentative)
NSO Level 1 Result December 2022 (Tentative)
NSO Level 2 Notification January 2023 (Tentative)
NSO Level 2 Admit Card Release Date January 2023 (Tentative)
NSO Level 2 Exam Date January 2023 (Tentative)
NSO Level 2 Results February 2023 (Tentative)

Please Note: Dates of exams may change depending on the impact of Corona on the functioning of schools.

NSO 2022 Eligibility Criteria

The NSO level 1 exam's basic eligibility criteria are; that the participant should be studying in India's recognized education board. Students of classes 1 to 12 are eligible for the Olympiad, and there are no minimum marks required.

The eligibility and qualification for students to take the 2nd level NSO exam include the following. Students satisfying any of the following criteria are qualified for the level 2 exam.

  • The top 5% of students class-wise who appear for the 1st level exams are qualified.
  • The top 25 rank holders zone-wise and class-wise are qualified.
  • Class toppers of each participating school with a minimum of 10 participants are also qualified.

Students from classes 1 and 2 are not required to appear for the 2nd level NSO exam, and they are ranked and awarded based on their performance on the first level.

NSO 2022 Registration Process

SOF National Science Olympiad 2022 exam dates have been released on the Science Olympiad Foundation's official website. Most importantly, candidates can download the date sheet and plan their studies accordingly.

Students are required to fill out the NSO 2022 registration form and registration fee of INR 125 to appear for examinations. Students can register through their respective schools and also as individual participants. For school registration, a minimum of 10 students need to be registered from each participating school. Whereas for individual participation, students must do registration under the guidance of parents.

Read More: NSO Registration Form

NSO 2022 Exam Centres

For school registration, NSO level 1 exam centers will be at their respective schools within the school hours, whereas for individual participation, exam centers will be available on the admit card.

From 2020, SOF has also announced an online mode where students can take all the SOF exams from their residents with a proper internet connection under the secured exam portal.

NSO 2022 Admit Card

NSO 2022 admit card for level 1 exams is will be sent to the student's registered mail id or mobile number. Students can view their SOF Science Olympiad 2022 admit card number and verify their personal details; if there are any doubts, students can raise a query through their school coordinator or contact the SOF office at least a week before the selected exam date. NSO admit card is mandatory during the examination, and no student will be allowed to write the NSO exam without an admit card.

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NSO 2022 Level 1 Admit Card

NSO Level 1 admit card will be available online at the SOF official website, or students can get their NSO hall ticket from their school coordinator. Level 1 admit cards will be released a week after the successful registration. The students must satisfy the basic eligibility criteria to apply for the NSO exam. Students who don't satisfy the basic eligibility criteria won't be able to download the level 1 admit card.

NSO 2022 Level 2 Admit Card

NSO Level 2 admit card will be available only for the students who qualify for the level 1 exam. The top 25 zone-wise rank holders and class toppers from each participating school are eligible for the NSO level 2 exam. Students with 50% qualifying marks in NSO level 1 are also eligible for NSO level 2.

NSO 2022 Syllabus

SOF NSO syllabus 2022 covers all the aspects of school education requirements. NSO syllabus is available to download in pdf format. The syllabus covers the basic and day-to-day science concepts, followed by the syllabus prescribed by India's recognized educational boards, like CBSE, ICSE, State Board, etc.

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NSO Sample Papers

Students will get the SOF science olympiad 2022 answer key by following the link. Solving the SOF NSO sample test papers will give you a fair idea of the questions asked. They also help in improving the pace of attempting the paper in time.

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NSO 2022 Answer Key

The Science Olympiad Foundation is expected to release the NSO level 1 answer keys by December 2021 for all the exam dates conducted in three sets. Students can calculate their expected NSO scores with answer keys and the marking scheme.

Students with minimum qualifying marks are eligible for NSO level 2, and the answer keys for level 2 will be released within two weeks after the exam.

NSO 2022 Results

Referring to the previous year's result dates, the SOF will declare the SOF NSO level 1 results on its official website by February 2022. To keep track of the SOF NSO result 2021, candidates must be in touch with the official website.

To view the results, students need to enter the following details,

  • School code
  • Class
  • Section
  • Registration number
  • Date of Birth

Students are awarded based on their international, state, and school ranking in SOF NSO 2021. SOF prizes are announced annually, and it includes cash awards, medals, gifts, certificates, etc. The international toppers from each class are awarded a grand prize at an event held in Delhi, preceded by an eminent personality.

Read More: NSO Results

NSO 2022 Cut Off Marks

The Science Olympiad Foundation will release the level 1 NSO cutoff in the first week of February 2022 for all three sets of NSO exams. To be eligible for the NSO level 2 exam, students must satisfy the cutoff marks released by the Science Olympiad Foundation.

Here are the few important factors that determine the NSO cutoff marks,

  • Number of students who applied for NSO
  • The number of students who appeared for the exam
  • The difficulty level of the NSO question paper
  • Highest mark in the NSO level 1 exam

Check the level one expected cutoff marks for NSO 2021.

NSO 2021 Cut off
Class NSO 2022 Expected Cutoff
3 33
4 28
5 43
6 41
7 40
8 38
9 35
10 40
11 32
12 33

NSO 2022 Preparation Tips

Students can go through the course books or NSO reference books suggested by the school board (ICSE, CBSE, or state board) to kickstart the preparation. Besides, they can also refer to books available for Olympiad to get a good rank in SOF NSO 2022.

Understand the NSO syllabus, exam pattern, and the following points for preparation.

  • Visit the organization's official website to learn about the exam pattern for the corresponding class.
  • The exam comprises 50 questions divided into three sections: verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, science, and high-order thinking questions.
  • Understand the standard of questions asked in the SOF NSO 2022 exam.
  • Students appearing for SOF NSO 2022 can expect questions of varying difficulty levels.
  • The questions test the logical and observational skills of the students instead of conceptual knowledge. There will be no direct questions.
  • SOF provides practice books to all registered students that contain a syllabus and model test papers. Students must solve questions from the booklet and identify the areas that demand extra attention.
  • Many students with consistent effort and practice managed to have a good rank in SOF-NSO every year.

Note: Get the complete list of Olympiads Exams conducted in India.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many levels are there in NSO?

  2. When was NSO first started?

  3. What is the NSO Achiever section?

  4. Is there any age limit for NSO?

  5. Is there a negative marking in NSO?

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