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SOF NSO Syllabus 2022

National Science Olympiad is conducted for students of classes 1 to 12 pursuing their studies under India's recognized education boards. NSO exam, organized by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF), focuses on enhancing students' logical and scientific reasoning through the national level exam. However, NSO syllabus is framed concerning students respective class syllabus.

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SOF NSO Syllabus Highlights

The Science Olympiad Foundation NSO syllabus 2022 is framed under the prescription and reference from recognized education boards in India, i.e., CBSE, ICSE, State Board, etc.

Here are the highlights of the National Science Olympiad conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation.

SOF NSO Syllabus 2022 Details
Exam NSO Exam
Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s)
Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
  • Logical Reasoning
Exam Duration 1 Hour
Mode of Examination Written
No. of Questions
  • Class 1-4: 35 Questions
  • Class 5-10:50 Questions
  • Class 11-12: 50 Questions
Marking Scheme (Science and Logical Section) One mark for each correct answer
Marking Scheme (Achiever Section)
  • Class 1-4: 2 marks for each correct answer
  • Class 5-12: 3 marks for each correct answer
Negative Marking No

NSO Syllabus For Class 1 to 12

The SOF NSO level 1 syllabus comprises 60% of concepts from the current class syllabus and 40% from the previous class syllabus, e.g., class-9 NSO will have 60% questions from the class 7 syllabus and 40% questions from the class 8 syllabus. The syllabus for the NSO achievers sections will be the same as the science section with high-level difficulty. NSO Level 2 syllabus and question pattern will also be the same as the level 1 exam, i.e., the current class syllabus.

Here are the National Science Olympiad syllabus for classes I to XII.

NSO Syllabus for Classes 1 to 12
SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 1 SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 7
SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 2 SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 8
SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 3 SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 9
SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 4 SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 10
SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 5 SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 11
SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 6 SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 12

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 1

Science Olympiad syllabus for class 1 covers basic topics that include science in daily life. The list of syllabus covered in all the three sections are,

Section 1 Syllabus

  • Spatial Understanding
  • Grouping
  • Measuring Units
  • Analogy
  • Geometrical Shapes
  • Patterns
  • Odd One Out
  • Ranking Test

Section 2 Syllabus

  • Living & Non-living things, Plants, Animals, Human Beings, and their needs
  • Good Habits and Safety Rules
  • Air, Water, Weather, and the Sky

Section 3 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per class 1 section 2)

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 2

NSO class 2 syllabus includes topics that reflect science in their daily life. The list of topics covered in each section are,

Section 1 Syllabus

  • Patterns, Measuring Units, Odd One Out, and Series Completion
  • Geometrical Shapes, Ranking Test, and Grouping of Figures
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Embedded Figures

Section 2 Syllabus

  • Plants, Animals, Human Body, Food, Housing, and Clothing
  • Family and Festivals
  • Good Habits and Safety Rules
  • Transport and Communication
  • Air, Water, Rocks, Earth, and Universe

Section 3 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 2)

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 3

SOF National Science Olympiad exam for class 3 covers three sections logical, core, and achiever covering mathematics and science subjects.

List of topics that need more preparation for NSO class 3 are,

Section 1 Syllabus

  • Patterns, Analogy, and Classification
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Mirror Images, Embedded Figures, Alphabet Test, Ranking Test, Grouping of Figures, Figure Matrix, and Geometrical Shapes
  • Days and Dates
  • Possible Combinations

Section 2 Syllabus

  • Plants and Animals
  • Birds, Food, Housing, Clothing, and Occupation
  • Transport, Communication, and Safety Rules
  • Human Body, Earth, and Universe
  • Matter and Materials
  • Light, Sound, and Force
  • Our Environment

Section 3 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 2)

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 4

SOF National Science Olympiad exam for class 4 covers two subjects reflecting the logical ability and everyday science topics.

List of topics that should be given more importance in NSO class 4 syllabus are,

Section 1 Syllabus

  • Patterns, Alphabet Test, and Coding-Decoding
  • Mirror Images
  • Embedded Figures
  • Geometrical Shapes and Solids
  • Ranking Test and Direction Sense Test
  • Days and Dates
  • Possible Combinations, Analogy, and Classification

Section 2 Syllabus

  • Plants, Animals, Food, and Digestion
  • Human Needs, Matter, and Materials
  • Force, Work, and Energy
  • Our Environment, Earth, and Universe

Section 3 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 2)

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 5

The SOF NSO syllabus for class 5 covers the topics of the human body and natural resources.

A list of topics for NSO preparation is given below.

Section 1 Syllabus

  • Patterns and Alphabet Test
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Mirror Images
  • Embedded Figures
  • Geometrical Shapes and Solids
  • Ranking Test and Direction Sense Test
  • Days and Dates
  • Possible Combinations, Analogy, and Classification

Section 2 Syllabus

  • Animals, Human Body, and Health
  • Plants, Natural Resources, Pollution, and Calamities
  • Earth and Universe
  • Matter, Force, Work, and Energy

Section 3 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 2)

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 6

SOF National Science Olympiad exam for class 6 covers topics from basic physics and chemistry subjects.

List of important topics for class 6 NSO preparation are,

Section 1 Syllabus: Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Section 2 Syllabus

  • Motion and Measurement of Distances
  • Light, Shadows, and Reflections
  • Electricity and Circuits
  • Fun with Magnets
  • Our Environment (Water, Air Around us, and Garbage in Garbage out)
  • Sorting and Separation of Materials
  • Changes Around Us
  • Characteristics of Living Beings and Plants
  • Body Movements in Animals, and Adaptation
  • Food and its Components
  • Fibre to Fabric

Section 3 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 2)

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 7

NSO class 7 exam also covers topics from environmental issues, including fundamental physics and chemistry subjects.

List of important topics for class 7 NSO preparation are,

Section 1 Syllabus: Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Section 2 Syllabus

  • Motion and Measurement of Distances
  • Light, Shadows, and Reflections
  • Electricity and Circuits
  • Fun with Magnets
  • Our Environment (Water, Air Around us, and Garbage in Garbage out)
  • Sorting and Separation of Materials
  • Changes Around Us
  • Characteristics of Living Being
  • Body Movements in Animals
  • Food and its Components
  • Fibre to Fabric

Section 3 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 2)

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 8

The National Science Olympiad exam for class 8 covers plant reproduction, physical movements, different metals, and chemical effects.

List of important topics that should be covered in the SOF NSO syllabus for class 8 is,

Section 1 Syllabus: Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Section 2 Syllabus

  • Crop Production and Management
  • Microorganisms, Synthetic Fibres, and Plastics
  • Metals and Non-metals
  • Coal and Petroleum
  • Combustion and Flame
  • Conservation of Plants and Animals
  • Cell, Reproduction, and Endocrine System
  • Force and Pressure
  • Chemical Effects of Electric Current
  • Some Natural Phenomena, Light, and Stars
  • Solar System
  • Pollution of Air and Water

Section 3 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 2)

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 9

The NSO exam syllabus for class 9 is framed from the plant and animal organisms, sound effects, and food resources.

Topics that need more concentration are,

Section 1 Syllabus: Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Section 2 Syllabus

  • Motion, Force, and Laws of Motion
  • Gravitation, Work, and Energy
  • Sound, Matter in Our Surroundings, and Is Matter Around Us Pure
  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Structure of Atom
  • Cell-The Fundamental Unit of Life
  • Tissues, Diversity in Living Organisms, Why Do We Fall III, Natural Resources, and Improvement in Food Resources

Section 3 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 2)

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 10

SOF National Science Olympiad exam for class 10 covers topics from chemical equations & properties, periodic elements, the human body, and evolution.

List of important topics for class 10 NSO preparation are,

Section 1 Syllabus: Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Section 2 Syllabus

  • Chemical Reactions and Equations
  • Acids, Bases, and Salts
  • Metals and Non-metals
  • Carbon and Its Compounds
  • Periodic Classification of Elements
  • Life Processes; Control and Coordination
  • Reproduction in Organisms
  • Heredity and Evolution
  • Light-Reflection and Refraction
  • Human Eye and Colorful World
  • Electricity and Magnetic Effects of Electric Current
  • Sources of Energy, Our Environment, and Its Management

Section 3 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 2)

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 11

For class 11 Science Olympiad, students must be thorough in their Organic chemistry and Human & Plant Physiology.

List of important topics to be covered in the NSO class 11 syllabus are,

Section 1 Syllabus

  • Physics
    • Units and Measurements
    • Mechanics and Properties of Matter
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
    • Oscillations and Waves
  • Chemistry
    • Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry
    • Structure of Atom
    • Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
    • Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
    • States of Matter, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Redox Reactions, and Hydrogen
    • The s-Block Elements and The p-Block Elements (Groups 13 and 14)
  • Organic Chemistry
    • Some Basic Principles and Techniques
    • Hydrocarbons
    • Environmental Chemistry

Section 2 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 1)

Section 3 Syllabus

  • Mathematics
    • Sets, Relations, and Functions
    • Principle of Mathematical Induction, Logarithms, and Complex Numbers
    • Quadratic Equations and Linear Inequations
    • Sequences and Series
    • Trigonometry
    • Straight Lines
    • Conic Sections
    • Permutations and Combinations
    • Binomial Theorem, Statistics, and Mathematical Reasoning
    • Limits and Derivatives
    • Probability
    • Introduction to 3D Geometry
  • Biology
    • Diversity in the Living World
    • Structural Organization in Plants and Animals
    • Cell: Structure and Functions
    • Plant Physiology
    • Human Physiology

SOF NSO Syllabus for Class 12

For class 12 National Science Olympiad, students must cover all topics from Organic & Inorganic chemistry, Electricity & Magnetism, Modern Physics, and Human & Plant Physiology.

List of important topics for class 12 NSO preparation are,

Section 1 Syllabus

  • Physics
    • Electricity and Magnetism
    • Electromagnetic Induction
    • Alternating Current
    • Electromagnetic Waves
    • Optics
    • Modern Physics
    • Semiconductor Electronics
    • Communication Systems
  • Chemistry
    • Solid-State and Solutions
    • Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, and Surface Chemistry
    • General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
    • p-Block Elements (Group 15 to 18) and d- & f-Block Elements
    • Coordination Compounds
    • Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
    • Alcohols
    • Phenols and Ethers
    • Aldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acids
    • Amines, Biomolecules, and Polymers
    • Chemistry in Everyday Life

Section 2 Syllabus: Higher Order Thinking Questions (Syllabus as per Section 1)

Section 3 Syllabus

  • Mathematics
    • Relations and Functions
    • Inverse Trigonometric Functions
    • Matrices and Determinants
    • Continuity and Differentiability
    • Application of Derivatives, Integrals, Application of Integrals, and Differential Equations
    • Vector Algebra, Three Dimensional Geometry, Probability, and Linear Programming
  • Biology
    • Reproduction
    • Genetics and Evolution
    • Biology in Human Welfare
    • Biotechnology
    • Ecology

SOF NSO Exam Pattern

The National Science Olympiad exam includes three sections; logical, science, and achievers section. Three sections cover topics from mathematics and science subjects for a total of 50 questions for 60 marks.

The exam pattern and marking schemes for higher and lower classes vary and are listed below.

SOF NSO Exam Pattern (Class 1-4)

National Science Olympiad exam patterns for classes 1 to 4 are given in the table below.

SOF NSO Exam Pattern (Class 1-4)
Section Total Marks
Logical Reasoning 5
Science 25
Achievers Section 10
Grand Total 40

SOF NSO Exam Pattern (Class 5 to 10)

National Science Olympiad exam patterns for classes 5 to 10 are given in the table below.

SOF NSO Exam Pattern (Class 5-10)
Sections Total Marks
Logical Reasoning 10
Science 35
Achievers Section 15
Grand Total 60

SOF NSO Exam Pattern (Class 11 and 12)

National Science Olympiad exam patterns for classes 11 and 12 are given in the table below.

SOF NSO Exam Pattern (Class 11-12)
Sections Total Marks
Physics & Chemistry 25
Achievers Section 15
Mathematics/Biology 20
Grand Total 60

Note: The student can refer to the NSO sample paper for effective and directional preparation for the exam. The students can also check the olympiad exam conducted in India on a different level (International, National, and Zonal Level).

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