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SOF Olympiad 2018 -  SOF is a National Level Education Organization which endeavours to promote science, mathematics, computer education, English, General Knowledge and professional courses through its various Olympiad exams. Currently, SOF is conducting six Olympiads which are NCO, IMO, NSO, IEO, ICSO, and IGKO. The students from class 1 to 12 are eligible to participate in them. The participation is only possible through school; no candidates are eligible to apply individually for SOF Olympiad.  There are different exam patterns and question papers for each class. The rewards will be given to the top rank holders as per SOF norms. For the academic year 2018-19, SOF will spend over Rs. 16 Crores on awards, Scholarships, gifts & felicitations. The Delhi Based Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) is founded and led by a group of leading academicians, scientists, and media personalities. This article gives information on SOF Olympiad Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Dates, Admit Card, Result, Answer Key, Scholarship etc. on this page. 

List of Olympiads conducted by SOF

  • National Science Olympiad (NSO)
  • International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)
  • International English Olympiad (IEO)
  • National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)
  • International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO)
  • International Company Secretaries Olympiad (ICSO)

IGKO, ICSO, and NCO are a single level exam and NSO, IMO and IEO are two-stage exams. The second stage is conducted for class 3-12 onwards.

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Latest Update:  Science Olympiads Foundation dates are released for 2018-19 sessions.

SOF Olympiad 2018 Dates – Level 1

SOF Olympiads

Date 1

Date 2

Date 3

IGKO 2018 Exam Date

11 September 2018

25 September 2018


IEO 2018 Exam Date

4 October 2018

11 October 2018

23 October 2018

NSO 2018 Exam Date

1 November 2018

15 November 2018

27 November 2018

IMO 2018 Exam Date

4 December 2018

13 December 2018

18 December 2018

NCO 2018 Exam Date

20 December 2018

31 January 2019


ICSO 2018 Exam Date

20 December 2018

31 January 2019



SOF Olympiads 2018

Following are the Olympiad exams which are conducted by SOF on various subjects

SOF Olympiad

SOF National Cyber Olympiad

National Cyber Olympiad is one of the prestigious cyber Olympiads in Asia. NCO has been conducted successfully for past 17 years by SOF. The Olympiad is conducted in partnership with TCS. It is a single level test that is conducted for class 1 to 12 students. A minimum of 5 students is required to register from an individual school. SOF NCO has questions on Logical Reasoning, Computers and Information Technology and Achievers Section.

SOF National Science Olympiad

National Science Olympiad is utmost science Olympiad exam amidst all Olympiads and conducted in two levels. It has been successfully conducted for past two decades. SOF NSO conducts on three dates for level 1 for the convenience of the students. The exam has questions on Science, Logical reasoning and achievers section. For Class 11 and 12 students, the questions are on Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Biology and Achievers section. No logical reasoning for class 11 and 12 students.

SOF International Mathematics Olympiad

International Mathematics Olympiad is one of the SOF Olympiad which is conducted in two levels. Level one is conducted for class 1 to 12 students in December, whereas level two is conducted for class 3 to 12 students in February. At each level, prizes are awarded to the meritorious students.

SOF International English Olympiad

International English Olympiad is English Olympiad conducted by SOF and first of its kind in India. The English Olympiad is conducted in partnership with British Council of India. So far 8 yearly sessions have been conducted by SOF in association with British Council. IEO is a two-level SOF Olympiad. SOF IEO Level 1 is conducted for class 1 to 12 students, whereas IEO Level 2 is conducted for class 3 to 12 students.

SOF International Company Secretaries Olympiad

International Company Secretaries Olympiad (ICSO) is one of the newbies introduced in 2016 by SOF for the students in class 11 and 12 for all streams i.e. Science, commerce, and humanities. The Olympiad is conducted in association with  The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), a statutory body under an Act of Parliament, under the administrative control of The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi.

As per the eligibility conditions of the Olympiad students from all streams are eligible for Olympiad but 30 out of 50 questions are on Economics, Business studies, and accountancy which are more of commerce stream subjects.

ICSO contains questions from Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning, Economics, Business Studies, Accountancy, Achievers Section. The purpose of conducting ICSO is to aid students in self-realizing their potential and aptitude. It is a single level SOF Olympiad. 

SOF International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO)

International General Knowledge Olympiad is a single level general knowledge Olympiad which was introduced in 2017 for the first time by SOF. It is open for students studying from class 1 to 10. IGKO Olympiad has questions on General Awareness, Current Affairs, Life Skills, and Achievers Section.

SOF Olympiad 2018 Application Form, Fee

SOF Olympiad 2018 application forms are only submitted to their respective schools. No candidates are allowed to submit the individual application form to SOF. A minimum of 10 students required to participate in SOF except for NCO which requires a minimum of 5 candidates to participate. The candidates need to submit the duly filled application form along with Rs 125 to their respective school. The school may also collect Rs 25 from the students for the various processes to conduct SOF Olympiad. SOF Olympiad Level 1 is conducted by the registered school as per the guidelines provided by SOF on the scheduled date.

SOF Olympiad Admit Card

SOF Admit Card is released for SOF Level 2 exam for IEO, NSO & IMO. The qualified candidates from SOF Stage 1 have necessarily to download Admit card for stage 2 examination. The eligible candidates can download SOF Admit Card Stage 2 through this page. The candidates are also advised to read and follow the instructions before appearing in SOF Stage 2 exam.

SOF Olympiad Answer Key

SOF also releases Set-wise Answer Key for IEO, NSO, IMO and NCO for level one and the link to check answer key is available on this page. The purpose of SOF Answer Key is to self-evaluate the performance in the examination before the announcement of the result. The answer key will be released for all classes from 1 to 12.

SOF Olympiad 2018 Result

SOF Result will be declared for IEO, ICO, NSO, IMO, ICSO, and IGKO for the first level, whereas for the second level, IEO, NSO, IMO Result will be declared. SOF Level 1 result is usually declared within 45 days after the exam is conducted.

Scholarships offered by SOF 

SOF distributes Scholarship to the students who achieve Academic Excellence in different Olympiad. Following are the scholarships under SOF:

  • SOF Girl Child Scholarship Scheme - Under SOF GCSS, 300 needy girls who belong to economically weaker section will be rewarded with the scholarship amount of Rs. 5000 each for a year to continue their school study.
  • SOF Scholarship for Excellence in English - The candidates who achieve academic excellence in the English Language are rewarded under this section. A total of 120 candidates will be selected and awarded with the merit certificate and scholarship amount of Rs. 5000 each.
  • SOF Academic Excellence Scholarship - The winners are selected who obtain highest cumulative marks in any 4 Olympiad exams. If candidates appear in more than 4 Olympiads, then the best of 4 Olympiads marks are considered. One winner will be selected from each state/zone from each class i.e. from class 3 to 10. The winners will get Rs. 5000, a trophy and a citation.

SOF Olympiad 2018– Things to Remember

  • Science Olympiad Foundation currently has 6 Olympiads.
  • NCO, ICSO, and IGKO are single level SOF Olympiad.
  • IEO, NSO, and IMO are multilevel SOF Olympiad.
  • The applications are only accepted through schools
  • Every school must have at least 10 students to participate in any Olympiad except for NCO Olympiads where a minimum of 5 students is required.
  • SOF is also conducted in countries like Singapore, Oman, Qatar, Nepal, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, U.A.E., and Durban.
  • On each level, the qualified students as per SOF norms will be rewarded.
  • Each class has separate question paper and syllabus.

SOF Level 2 Exams

 SOF Level 2 Exam is only conducted for the IEO, NCO, and IMO Olympiads. The qualified candidates from class 3 to 12 who fall under the following categories orderly are eligible to participate in SOF Level 2 Exams:

  • Top 5% candidates, class-wise who qualified in SOF Level 1 Exam
  • Top 25 rank holder from class-wise and zone-wise
  • Topper of the class where a minimum of 10 students appeared in the exam and scored more than 50%

SOF Level 2 Exam Dates

SOF Olympiads

SOF Level 2 Exam Dates


2nd/3rd Sunday in February 2019


SOF Olympiad - Statistics

In 2017-18 - 45000 schools from 1300 cities and 30 countries participated in various Olympiads conducted by SOF. 2,03,072 students participated from Mumbai Region.

About 55000 students from 5850 schools have been awarded for achieving top level state ranks.

City wise participation in SOF olympiads

City Students Participated in SOF Olympiad
Mumbai 2,03,072
Lucknow 38,364
Patna 51,351
Vishakhapatnam 71,034
 Kota 28,865 
Bhubaneswar 66039 
Cuttack 21047

In 2016-17 sessions, 171 candidates from India were rewarded at the International Olympiad where as many as 45 lakhs students from 25 countries were participating. The first spot achiever was awarded Rs 25,000 and a gold plate to achieve academic excellence in SOF whereas the second and third winners were awarded Rs. 25,000 and Rs 10,000 & a silver and bronze plate respectively. 

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