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About 17th National Cyber Olympiad

17th National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) 2017 will be conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) this year. SOF is a non-profit organisation which conducts various Olympiads throughout the year. The main objective of SOF is having a large, exclusive scientific and IT talent pool for the future is seeking out, identifying young geniuses and providing them with a unique competitive platform where they can prove themselves. This page gives the complete information about the 17th NCO Cyber Olympiad (NCO) 2017.

Four Olympiads are organised every year by Science Olympiad Foundation, and the names of the Olympiads are as follow:

Latest Update -  NCO Result is declared on 28 Feb 2018. Check NCO Result 2017- 18 Here.

NCO Answer Key 2017-18- Released for SET A

Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF): A Non-profit educational foundation which promotes the study of Science, Computer, Mathematics and English not only in India but also in Singapore, Oman, Qatar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Durban and UAE.

  • From the last year SOF has introduced two more Olympiad as follows:
    • International Company Secretaries Olympiad (ICSO)
    • international Sports Knowledge Olympiad (ISKO)
  • In 2014-15, students from 31,500 schools from 14000 cities participated in various Olympiads organised by SOF.

16th NCO Cut off marks has released on the website of Science Olympiad Foundation. This page also provides the cut-off marks. The candidates can scroll down for the cut-off marks. NCO Answer Key of Set C from class 1 to class 12 has been released by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF). Click Here to Check the Answer keys.

National Cyber Olympiad- NCO 2017

  • National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) is a unique and most prestigious Cyber Olympiad in Asia.
  • Students from class 2 to12 appear in the Olympiad examination, initially conducted at their school and based on the result of the examination they are ranked at various levels.
  • Cyber Quotient (CQ): It gives the Score, School Rank, City Rank, State Rank, International Rank and Percentile of the participating candidates, along with a Participation Certificate.
  • School Cyber Quotient (SSQ): Science Olympiad Foundation generates a performance report for all participating schools, in which they are ranked according to the performance of their students.
  • NCO 2017 Exam Date: National Cyber Olympiad will be conducted on two dates that are 23 and 30 January 2018 as per the school convenience.

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17th National Cyber Olympiad Eligibility Criteria

Gender  Both
Region  All India
Class/ Age Class 2 - 12 
  • Educational Qualification: NCO is open for students from class 2 to class 12.
  • Minimum Registrations: Minimum 10 students are required to register for each school.
  • No Individual Application: SOF does not offer individual applications. The applications of the participating students need to be forwarded to their respective schools. 

17th National Cyber Olympiad Reward

Student Award for NCO 2nd Level

International Award for Students-To the NCO 2nd Level Winners


No. of Awards




Rs.50,000 each + Gold Medal+ Certificate of Outstanding Performance



Rs.25,000 each + Silver Medal+ Certificate of Outstanding Performance



Rs.10,000 each + Bronze Medal+ Certificate of Outstanding Performance 


State  Award for Students (20 Zones & States)- To the NCO 2nd Level Winners


 No. of Awards




Rs.5,000 each + Gold Medal+ Certificate of Zonal Excellence



Rs.2,500 each + Silver Medal+ Certificate of Zonal Excellence



Rs.1,000 each + Bronze Medal+ Certificate of Zonal Excellence 

4th to 10th


Gift Worth Rs.1000+ Medal of Distinction+ Certificate of Zonal Excellence

11th to 25th


Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Zonal Excellence


For each participants

Participation Certificate


Consolation Prize: Special awards consisting gifts worth Rs.1000/ and Merit Certificates will be given to all the students scoring 100% marks in the 2nd level exams of National Cyber Olympiad.

17th NCO 1st Level Exam Awards

  • Gold Medal: Gold medal and Merit Certificates will be given to top ten rank holders from each class.
  • These awards will be given to the winners from 20 Zones/States for their performance in the 1st level Olympiads.

Important note related to the 17th NCO 1st level Awards:

  • Only one award will be given to each winner.
  • Therefore, top 3 rank holders will get the awards based on their International ranks.
  • The award for them in the state ranks will be offered to the next rank holder.

Other Benefits to the Students participating in 17th National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)

  • Participation Certificate: Certificate of Participation to all students.
  • Student Performance Report (SPR) for each participating student.
  • Medals to Class Toppers.

17th National Cyber Olympiad Application form and Process

The Candidates willing to participate in National Cyber Olympiad need to forward their application in the prescribed format through their School.

No Individual Participation will be accepted. 

The Details regarding the application process is as follow:

  • Registration of the School: For being associated with SOF and to nominate students for Olympiad Exam, the details of the school need to be forwarded to SOF in the following manner “School Name: Postal Address, E-mail: Principal’s name, phone number & e-mail ID”
  • Documents related to Examination: Document related to the Examination such as Registration sheet for the school/students and the information booklet for the Olympiad will be posted to the schools all over India and abroad.
  • The responsibility of coordinating Teacher: It will be the responsibility of the school's coordinating teacher to follow the guidelines and generate the Roll Number of the students.
  • Last date of Submission of Documents: A copy of school’s registration sheet, student’s registration sheet along with a copy of the roll numbers of the students need to be sent to the Foundation’s office before the last date of submission.

17th National Cyber Olympiad Fee

Participation Fee: A participation fee of Rs.120 need to be paid by the student, out of which Rs.20 per student will be retained by the school for its exam related Expenses.

17th National Cyber Olympiad Selection Process

The selection for National Cyber Olympiad is done on the basis of the examination i.e. Level 1 & Level 2.

  • Top 500 international rank holders and top 10 state rank holders in NCO Level 1 will be eligible for level 2 examination.

17th NCO Level 1 Examination

The level 1 of National Cyber Olympiad will be conducted in the respective schools of the participants in the school timings.

  • Duration: The duration of Level 1 written objective type test will be of 60 minutes.
  • Number of Questions: The students of class 2-4 need to answer 35 objective type multiple choice questions and the students of class 5-12 will have to answer 50 objective type multiple choice questions.
  • Types of questions: The question paper will consist of three sections:
    • Computer and Information Technology
    • Logical and Analytical Reasoning
    • Achievers’ Section.
  • There are separate question papers for each class.
  • The medium of Question papers: The Question paper will be available only in English. 
  • Syllabus: The question paper of NCO level 1 Exam will be based on CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabus for the respective classes.

17th NCO Level 2 Examination

The qualifiers for the second round will be selected on the following criterions:

The qualifiers for the second round will be selected on the following criterions:

  • Class wise top 5% candidates who appeared for the Level 1 of the National Cyber Olympiad.
  • Each section of the question paper will have separate weightage and due weightage will be given to marks scored in different sections.
  • Zonal wise top 25 rank holders.
  • Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & score 50% qualifying marks.

NCO 2017 Exam Date:  23 and 30 January 2018

16th NCO 1st level Cut-off marks

The Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) has released the 17th NCO Cut-off marks on its official website. The cutoff marks given is of top 5% of the 1st level. Candidates are advised to see the table below to check the 17th NCO 1st level cut off marks.










































NCO 1st level Cutoff - Section wise weightage

The section wise cutoff for 17th NCO 1st level is given in the table below. Candidates are advised to see the section wise weightage decided for each category in the below-given table




M3 - Achievers Section


M2 - Computer & Information Technology


M1 - Logical & Analytical Reasoning


NCO 1st level Cutoff - Important points to be remember

  • Candidates scoring total cut off marks or more will qualify for the 2nd level NCO.
  • In a case of two or more candidates achieve same total marks, then the  M3, M2 and M1 sections will be given higher weightage to determine ranks and 2nd level qualifications.
  •  In addition to above, the following students will also qualify for the 2nd level:
    • Top 25 rank holders from each Zone and each class
    • Class toppers, they need to fulfil following conditions:
      • The class must have 10 or more participants.
      • Class topper has scored 50% or more marks

17th National Cyber Olympiad Contact Details

Admin Office:
IIIrd Floor, Plot 99,
Sec - 44 Institutional Area,
Gurgaon - 122003 (Haryana)

Regd. Office:
B-8, Taj Apartment,
Ring Road, Adjacent Safdarjung Hospital,
New Delhi - 110029

Mobile: 09312680857
Fax: 0124-4951200 

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