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Olympiad Exams - National and International 

 

Have you ever participated in an olympiad? Olympiads are competitive tests conducted by various independent organisations in India and abroad. These tests are conducted for students of Class 1 to Class 12 at national and international levels. The registration for these olympiads is generally done separately through their website. However, some schools also provide registration facilities for these olympiads. This guide will give you complete information about different national and international olympiads in which you can participate. 

 

Test your Basics with Olympiads
 

Olympiads are competitive tests conducted for school students. They are based on the school syllabus/curriculum. Olympiads are conducted with the aim to give exposure to the students in the competitive world. Students have to appear in a number of noteworthy examinations throughout their careers. They need to develop analytical and critical thinking skills right from the beginning so that they can do well in their academic careers. This does not mean that you have to appear in Olympiads from Class 1. You can start at any time and participate whenever you feel like it. Olympiads are generally conducted for subjects like: 

  • Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), 
  • Mathematics, 
  • Junior Science, 
  • Astronomy, 
  • Computer,
  • General Knowledge, and 
  • Languages like English, etc. 

 

Benefits of Olympiads exams 
 

Olympiad exams help in enhancing various skills in students like: 

  • Problem-solving skills, 
  • Analytical thinking, 
  • Confidence, 
  • Critical thinking, 
  • Reasoning abilities, 
  • Logical thinking, 
  • Aptitude, etc. 

 

Olympiads bring the best out of every student. They motivate students to strive for excellence in every subject. Getting a rank in an Olympiad after competing with students all across India and even across the world is an achievement in itself and can motivate students to perform better. 

Another benefit of the Olympiad is that it enables students to study beyond textbooks. They gain a better understanding of the subjects thereby enabling them to score better marks in school as well. 

Students who are willing to prepare for JEE Main and Advanced or NEET-like examinations must appear in different olympiads to enhance their confidence for appearing in competitions. 

Students get a great boost in their confidence levels when they participate in Olympiads and win different rewards, prizes, and even scholarships in some cases. Olympiads are a great medium to showcase your talent. 

 

List of Olympiad Exams Conducted in India (National and International) 2021-2022
 

  • Science Olympiad Foundation Olympiads 

SOF or Science Olympiad Foundation conducts 6 different Olympiads for school students. It promotes healthy competition amongst students through its competitive exams. 

Olympiad Name 

Date 

Eligibility Criteria 

Registration Fee

National Science Olympiad [NSO]

Level 1 Exam Date: 

18th October 2022

3rd November 2022

1st December 2022

 

Level 2 Exam Date: 

January 2023 (Tentative) 

Level 1: Class 1 to Class 12 from a  recognized education board 

Level 2: 

  • Top 5% students class-wise from level 1, 
  • Top 25 rank holders zone-wise and class-wise are qualified, 
  • Class toppers of each participating school with a minimum of 10 participants

INR 125

National Cyber Olympiad [NCO]

Date 1: 24th November 2022

Date 2: 20th December 2022

Single Level Exam: Class 1 to Class 12 from a  recognized education board 

INR 125

International Mathematics Olympiad [IMO]

Level 1 Date (Set A): 

10th November 2022

22nd November 2022

13th December 2022

 

Level 2 Exam Date: 

January 2023 (Tentative)

Level 1: Class 1 to Class 12 from a  recognized education board 

Level 2: 

  • Top 5% students class-wise from level 1, 
  • Top 25 rank holders zone-wise and class-wise are qualified, 
  • Class toppers of each participating school with a minimum of 10 participants

INR 125 (For registration through School) &

INR 150 (For Individual registration)

International Commerce Olympiad [ICO]

Date 1: 22nd December 2022

Date 2: 24th January 2023

Class 11 and Class 12 students can participate in this exam

INR 125

International English Olympiad [IEO]

Level 1 Exam Date: 

22nd September 2022

14th October 2022

1st November 2022

Level 2 Exam Date: Level 2 will not be conducted for session 2021-22

Level 1: Class 1 to Class 12 from a  recognized education board 

Level 2: 

  • Top 5% students class-wise from level 1, 
  • Top 25 rank holders zone-wise and class-wise are qualified, 
  • Class toppers of each participating school with a minimum of 10 participants

INR 125

International General Knowledge Olympiad [IGKO]

Level 1 Exam Date: 

15th September 2022

11th October 2022

Single Level Exam: Class 1 to Class 12 from a  recognized education board 

INR 125

 

  • Unified Council Olympiads 

Unified Council is an independent organisation established in 1998. It conducts 4 different olympiads. 

Olympiad Name 

Date 

Eligibility Criteria 

Registration Fee

National Level Science Talent Search Examination [NSTSE]

2nd December 2022

12th December 2022

Students of Class 1 to Class 12 from a  recognized education board 

Class 11 and Class 12 students must have either PCB or PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) or (Physics, Chemistry, Maths)

Class 11 and Class 12 PCMB students cannot appear (Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology)

NSTSE Registration Through School: INR 150+25 (SPR Report)

NSTSE Individual Registration: INR 300

NSTSE Online (only individual registration): INR 354

Unified Cyber Olympiad [UCO]

Offline Exam:

20th January 2023

3rd February 2023

Online Exam:

29th January 2023

Students of Class 1 to Class 12 from a  recognized education board 

INR 150

Unified International English Olympiad [UIEO]

Offline Exam:

4th November 2022

18th November 2022

Online Exam:

20th November 2022

Students of Class 2 to Class 10 from a  recognized education board 

INR 150

Unified International Mathematics Olympiad [UIMO]

Offline Exam:

19th October 2022 

Online Exam:

23rd October 2022 

Students of Class 1 to Class 10 from a  recognized education board 

UCO: INR 150+80 (model test papers and previous exam papers)

UCO Online: INR 350 (examination fee, student's performance report, two previous question papers, e-book, and online payment service charges)

 

 

  • ASSET Olympiads

ASSET olympiad tests are scientifically designed and provide a complete analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the participants. It tests their ability to remember formulas and definitions. There are 3 such olympiads organised by ASSET. These olympiads are not only conducted in India but also in UAE, Singapore, Gulf, and Africa. 

Olympiad Name 

Date 

Eligibility Criteria 

Registration Fee

ASSET English Olympiad

India- 26th & 27th November 2022

Other Countries- 2nd & 3rd July 2022

Students of Class 3 to Class 10 from a  recognized education board 

INR 250/ USD 6

ASSET Maths Olympiad

India- 26th & 27th November 2022

Other Countries- 2nd & 3rd July 2022 

Students of Class 3 to Class 10 from a  recognized education board 

INR 250/ USD 6

ASSET Science Olympiad

India: 26th & 27th November 2022

Abroad: 2nd & 3rd July 2022

Students of Class 3 to Class 10 from a  recognized education board 

INR 250/ USD 6

 

 

  • TERI Olympiads 

TERI works for energy, environment, climate change, and sustainability space and conducts a Green Olympiad that tests environment and sustainable development skills in students. This exam is conducted on two themes: 

  1. Environment and Sustainable Development
  2. Green Skills + Environment and Sustainable Development

Students can participate in one or both the themes. 

Olympiad Name 

Date 

Eligibility Criteria 

Registration Fee

GREEN Olympiad

November/December 2022 (Tentative) 

Students of Class 4 to Class 12 from a  recognized education board 

Environment and Sustainable Development: INR 100/USD 4

Green Skills + Environment and Sustainable Development: INR 150/USD 4

 

  1. SilverZone Olympiads 

If you want to showcase your talent and win exciting prizes, medals, certificates and trophies, give a try to SilverZone Olympiads. These olympiads 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.

Olympiad Name

Date

Eligibility Criteria

Registration Fee

International Informatics Olympiad [IIO]

Offline Exam:

1st November 2022

1st December 2022

Online Exam:

6th November 2022

3rd December 2022

Level 1: Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

Level 2: Top 500 1st level Olympiad rank holders from each class

INR 120

International French Language Olympiad [IFLO]

January/February 2023 (Tentative)

Consult the official website

Consult the official website

Akhil Bhartiya Hindi Olympiad [ABHO]

Offline Exam:

9th November 2022

8th December 2022

Online Exam:

20th November 2022

17th December 2022

Through school registration, 

Students of Classes 1 to 10 from a  recognized education board 

Consult the official website

International Olympiad of Maths [IOM]

Offline Exam:

22nd November 2022

20th December 2022

Online Exam:

18th & 19th December 2022

22nd & 23rd January 2023

Level 1: Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

Level 2: 

  • Top 1000 1st level Olympiad rank holders from each class, 
  • All class 1st rank holders with a minimum of 75% of marks with a minimum of 100 students from a particular school 

INR 125

International Olympiad of Science [IOS]

Offline Exam:

17th November 2022

15th December 2022

Online Exam:

11th and 12th December 2022

14th and 15th January 2023

Level 1: Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

Level 2: 

  • Top 1000 1st level Olympiad rank holders from each class, 
  • All class 1st rank holders with a minimum of 75% of marks with a minimum of 100 students from a particular school 

Level 3: 1st Rank Holders of IOS under classes 6 to 12

INR 120/ USD 8 (for international schools)

International Olympiad of English Language [iOEL]

Offline Exam:

15th November 2022

13th December 2022

Online Exam:

4th and 5th December 2022

8th and 9th January 2023

Students of Classes 1 to 10 from a  recognized education board 


 

USD 8/ INR 120

International Talent Hunt Olympiad [iTHO]

December 2021

Students of Classes 1 to 10 from a  recognized education board 

USD 8/ INR 120

Smart Kid General Knowledge Olympiad [SKGKO]

Offline Exam:

3rd November 2022

6th December 2022

Online Exam:

13th November 2022

10th December 2022

Students of Classes 1 to 10 from a  recognized education board 

USD 8/ INR 120

International Reasoning & Mental Ability Olympiad [IRAO]

Offline Exam:

23rd November 2022

21st December 2022

Online Exam:

19th November 2022

21st January 2023

Students of Classes 3 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

INR 155/ USD 8

 

  1. Humming Bird Education Olympiads

Started in 2010, Humming Bird is another popular organisation in India that conducts national level competitions amongst school students. Some of its olympiads are quite popular amongst children like SpellBee! 

Olympiad Name

Date

Eligibility Criteria

Registration Fee

Humming Bird Talent Search Examination [HBTSE]

Level 1 (School Registration): 

25th November 2021

9th December 2021

Level 1 Exam Dates (Individual Registration):

1st November 2021

2nd December 2021

30th December 2021

Level 2 Exam Date: February 2022

Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

INR 150/ USD 8 (for international schools)

Humming Bird Commerce Competency Olympiad [HCC]

Level 1 (School Registration): 

25th November 2022

12th December 2022

Level 1 Exam Dates (Individual Registration):

25th November 2022

12th December 2022

Level 2 Exam Date:

February 2023

Students of Classes 11 and 12 from a  recognized education board 

INR 200

Humming Bird Cyber Olympiad [HCO]

Level 1 (School Registration): 

19th November 2022

6th December 2022

Level 1 Exam Dates (Individual Registration):

19th November 2022

6th December 2022

Level 2 Exam Date:

February 2023

Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

INR 200/ USD 8 

Humming Bird English Olympiad [HEO]

Level 1 Exam Dates: 

23th November 2022

9th December 2022

Level 2 Exam Dates: 

February 2023

Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

INR 200

Humming Bird General Knowledge Olympiad [HGO]

Level 1 Exam Dates (Individual Registration):

18th November 2022

5th December 2022

Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

INR 200

Humming Bird Hindi Olympiad [HHO]

Level 1 (School Registration): 

24th November 2022

10th December 2022

Level 1 Exam Dates (Individual Registration):

24th November 2022

10th December 2022

Level 1: Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

Level 2: 

  • 75% or above in the level one examination.
  • Top ten class-wise in the state.
  • First and second in the class in a particular school if at least ten students have taken part in the school.

INR 200

Humming Bird Spelling Competition [Spell Bee]

Level 1 Exam Date (School Registration): 

22nd November 2022

8th December 2022

Level 1 Exam Dates (Individual Registration):

22nd November 2022

8th December 2022

Level 2 Exam Dates:

January 2023

Level 1: Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

Level 2: 

  • 75% or above in the level one examination.
  • Top ten class-wise in the state.
  • First and second in the class in a particular school if at least ten students have taken part in the school.

INR 200

Humming Bird Entrepreneurship and Finance Olympiad [EFO]

Level 1: January 2022

Level 2: February 2022

Level 1: Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

Level 2: 

  • 75% or above in the level one examination.
  • Top ten class-wise in the state.
  • First and second in the class in a particular school if at least ten students have taken part in the school

INR 150

Humming Bird Multiple Intelligence Test [HMIT]

Exam Date (School Registration): 

21st November 202

7th December 2022

Exam Dates (Individual Registration):

21st November 202

7th December 2022

Level 1: Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

Level 2: 

  • 75% or above in the level one examination.
  • Top ten class-wise in the state.
  • First and second in the class in a particular school if at least ten students have taken part in the school

INR 150

Humming Bird Mathematics Olympiad [HMO]

15th November 2022

1st December 2022

Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

INR 150

Humming Bird Science Olympiad [HSO]

16th November 2022

2nd December 2022

Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

INR 200

Humming Bird Aptitude & Reasoning Olympiad [ARO]

Level 1 Exam Date (School Registration): 

17th November 2022

30th December 2022

Level 1 Exam Dates (Individual Registration):

17th November 2022

30th December 2022

Level 2 Exam Dates:

February 2023

Level 1: Students of Classes 1 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

Level 2: 

  • 75% or above in the level one examination.
  • Top ten class-wise in the state.
  • First and second in the class in a particular school if at least ten students have taken part in the school

INR 200

 

  1. HBSCE Olympiads 

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) conducts two important olympiads for students  improvement of science and mathematics education and to bring out quality education material.

Olympiad Name

Date

Eligibility Criteria

Registration Fee

International Science Olympiad [ISO]

Stage 1: Indian Olympiad Qualifier 

Stage 2: Orientation-Cum-Selection Camp (OCSC): July to December 

Stage 3: International Science Olympiad (ISO): December 2022

  • Students who are born between 1 July 1999, to 30 June 2004 (both days inclusive) are eligible for the exam.
  • The candidate must be eligible to hold an Indian passport.
  • The candidate must be studying and residing in India since 30 November 2016 or earlier.
  • The candidate must not have completed the class XII board before 30 November 2018.
  • The candidate must not have commenced or planning to commence studies in a University or equivalent studies before 1 June 2019.

Ranges between INR 110 to 150

International Mathematical Olympiad [IMO]

Level 1 Exam: November to December

Level 2 Exam: February to March

Students of Classes 8 to 12 from a  recognized education board 

 

 

  1. NTSE Olympiads 

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) conducts the NTSE olympiads in different states of India. 

Olympiad Name

Date

Eligibility Criteria

Registration Fee

NTSE Gujarat

NTSE Stage-I Exam Date: 16th January 2022

NTSE Stage-II Exam Date: 12th June 2022

Stage 1: 

  • Students of Class 10 from a recognized education board 
  • Students must secure a minimum of 55% marks in class 9 
  • Candidates must have studied in government or private schools in Gujarat.
  • Students studying in Open Learning Distance (Distance learning) on 1st April 2022, under 18 years of age are also eligible, provided their age is not above 18 years.
  • Indian students studying abroad in the 10th standard are eligible to apply directly for the second phase of the examination.
  • NMMS scholarship holders are also eligible.

Stage 2:

  • Candidates must be Indian nationals.
  • Candidates must be studying in class 10 in a recognized private or government school in India.
  • Unemployed candidates below the age of 18, studying in class 10 from distance learning, are also eligible to apply.

General category: INR 70

Other categories: INR 50

NTSE Karnataka

NTSE Stage-I Exam Date: 16th January 2022

NTSE Stage-II Exam Date: 12th June 2022

Stage 1:

  • Only candidates from Karnataka are eligible.
  • Students must be currently in class 10.
  • Students studying in Karnataka open schools may also be eligible for a scholarship if their age does not exceed 18 years.
  • Students working in the studies are not qualified for a graduation test.

Stage 2: 

  • Candidates must be Indian nationals.
  • Candidates must be currently studying in class 10 under a recognized government or private school in India.
  • Unemployed candidates below the age of 18, studying in class 10 from distance learning, can also apply.

Government Aided Schools –

General category: INR 75

SC/ST category: INR 20

Unaided Schools –

General category: INR 200

SC/ST category: INR 50

NTSE Madhya Pradesh

NTSE Stage-I Exam Date: 16th January 2022

NTSE Stage-II Exam Date: 12th June 2022

Stage 1:

  • All 10th standard students studying in any recognized school in Madhya Pradesh are eligible.
  • Open school students studying in class 10 may also submit the NTSE form provided that they are under 18 years of age.
  • Candidates must have obtained at least 40% in the 9th standard examination (32% for reserved categories).

Stage 2:

  • Candidates must be Indian nationals.
  • Candidates must be studying in class 10 in a recognized private or government school in India.
  • Unemployed candidates below the age of 18, studying in class 10 from distance learning, are also eligible to apply.

No application fee

 

NTSE is conducted in almost every state of India. Each state has its own eligibility requirements and fee requirements. Students must check the NTSE website and ensure that they are eligible for the exam. The above two examples will give you a brief idea of the exam. 

 

  1. INSPIRE-SHE

The inspire scholarship is quite popular amongst the students. Initiated by DST (Department of Science and Technology), this scholarship provides financial assistance for further studies to students. Recently, KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana) has also submerged into the inspire scholarship. 

Olympiad Name

Date

Eligibility Criteria

Registration Fee

INSPIRE-SHE

Result is declared for Inspire 2021 in June 2022 recently. 

  • The top 1% meritorious students of 12th Class of any state or central education board.
  • Students who have secured JEE or NEET rank within 10000 ranks can also apply for the Inspire scholarship 2022.
  • Students who fulfil any of the above eligibility conditions and are pursuing BSc, BS, and Int.MSc/MS in basic and natural science are eligible for the Inspire scholarship program 2022.
  • Students studying in ISERs, NISER and Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences are also eligible.
  • Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) scholars and International Olympiad medalists who are studying UG or PG course in Natural science can also apply for Inspire scholarship program.

No fee applicable 

 

Other noteworthy scholarships and olympiads in India 

 

  • NMMS

National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) awards 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. It is provided in different states of India:

  • NMMS Gujarat
  • NMMS Karnataka
  • NMMS Kerala
  • NMMS Maharashtra
  • NMMS Odisha 
  • NMMS Telangana
  • NMMS West Bengal
  • NMMS Rajasthan

 

  • Crest Olympiad

It is an international-level competition for students of Class 1-10. It includes 6 different olympiads: 

  • Crest Mathematics Olympiad [CMO]
  • Crest Science Olympiad [CSO]
  • Crest English Olympiad [CEO]
  • Crest Reasoning Olympiad [CRO]
  • Crest Cyber Olympiad [CCO] 
  • Crest International Spell Bee [CSB]

 

  • Indian Talent Olympiad (ITO)

Introduced in 2012, the Indian Talent Olympiad (ITO) identifies talented students traisx 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. It includes different olympiads like: 

  • National Mathematics Indian Talent Olympiad [NMITO]
  • National Science Indian Talent Olympiad [NSITO]
  • National English Indian Talent Olympiad [NEITO]
  • National Social Indian Talent Olympiad [NSOITO]
  • National Knowledge Indian Talent Olympiad [NKITO]
  • National Art Indian Talent Olympiad [NAITO]
  • National Interactive Science Olympiad [NISO]
  • National Essay Indian Talent Olympiad [NESITO]
  • National Computer Indian Talent Olympiad [NCITO]

 

  • International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)

Do you know that ICAS olympiads are conducted by Australia’s leading university UNSW? This competitive exam is held in more than 20 countries across the globe and includes tests like:

  • IAIS Science
  • IAIS Mathematics
  • IAIS Digital Technologies
  • IAIS English

 

  • EduHeal Foundation Olympiads

Another noteworthy name is EduHeal Foundation, which conducts various competitive exams for school students in India. HF 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. It organises different olympiads like:

  • International Cyber Olympiad [ICO]
  • International English Olympiad [IEO]
  • International General Knowledge Olympiad [IGO]
  • National Interactive Maths Olympiad [NIMO]
  • National Biotechnology Olympiad [NBTO]
  • National Space Science Olympiad [NSSO]
  • National Interactive Science Olympiad [NISO]
  • Art & Clinic Contest [ACC]
  • BSE International Finance Olympiad [BIFO]

 

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