Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) – National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)

The SOF International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) is a renowned competition that aims to nurture students’ mathematical aptitude and problem-solving skills. Organized by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF), the IMO provides a platform for students to showcase their mathematical prowess at an international level. In this article, we will delve into the details of the SOF IMO, including its official website, examination mode, application process, eligibility criteria, syllabus, examination dates, participation guidelines, prizes, various levels, test patterns, and the importance of participating in this prestigious competition.


To gather detailed information about the SOF NCO, participants can visit the official website of the Science Olympiad Foundation ( The website serves as a comprehensive resource, offering insights into the competition, important dates, registration procedures, sample papers, and other relevant information.


The NCO is a pen-and-paper test. It is conducted in three levels: school level, zonal level, and national level. The school level test is conducted in the school premises, while the zonal and national level tests are conducted in designated centers. During COVID-19 it was conducted online so you should check every year before applying for information regarding how it would be conducted in current year.

Application Process:

The application process for the NCO is online and school. Students can register for the competition via school. The registration fee starts from Rs. 150 and varies as per student class.


To be eligible to participate in the NCO, students must:

  • Be a citizen of India
  • Be enrolled in a school in India
  • Be in grades 1-10


The syllabus for the SOF NCO is designed to test students’ knowledge and understanding of various aspects of Cyber Science. It covers topics such as computer basics, internet and email, cybersecurity, programming concepts, and logical reasoning related to cyber activities. The syllabus is structured in a way that allows students to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios.

When it is conducted:

The NCO is conducted annually. The school level test is usually conducted in October, the zonal level test is usually conducted in December, and the national level test is usually conducted in February. Please keep an eye on school notification and websites as registration via school will generally start from the month of June.

How to participate:

To participate in the SOF NCO, students need to express their interest to their respective schools. Schools, in turn, register the interested students for the competition. The school authorities receive the necessary guidelines, question papers, and online exam access for the registered students. Students must follow the instructions provided by their schools to participate successfully.


The NSO offers a number of prizes, including:

  • Gold medals for the top 100 students at the national level
  • Silver medals for the next 100 students at the national level
  • Bronze medals for the next 100 students at the national level
  • Merit certificates for all students who clear the national level test

Various Levels & Test Pattern:

(i) The test paper comprises objective-type questions and has a duration of 60 minutes. For students in classes 1 to 4, there are 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions, while for students in classes 5 to 10, there are 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions.

(ii) The question paper is divided into three sections:

Section-1: Logical Reasoning Section-2: Computers and Information Technology Section-3: Achievers Section

(iii) Each examination date has its own unique set of question papers.

(iv) The test is conducted in English.

(v) The test papers are designed based on the syllabi followed by CBSE, ICSE/ISC, and State Boards.

(vi) The examination takes place during regular school hours.

Why should one participate:

There are many reasons why students should participate in the SOF NCO. Here are a few:

  • To test their computer science skills
  • To learn new concepts
  • To compete against other students from around the country
  • To gain recognition for their achievements
  • To improve their chances of getting into a good college

The SOF NCO is a great opportunity for students to learn, grow, and succeed.

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