International English Olympiad (IEO)

The International English Olympiad (IEO) is an exam to search for young linguistics,youngsters who have become maestros in the English language.
Olympiad exams help the children to gain confidence for competing with the best around them inthe country and internationally and contribute to personality development. Also, recognition ofmerit at an early age is bound to infuse a certain sense of achievement that encourages them todo even better as they advance in age.
These Olympiad exams are designed in such a way that the students are exposed to a variety ofcomplex problems which require a high level of analytical ability and proficiency in variousconcepts, thereby invoking ingenuity in dealing with them. Since admissions to variousprofessional institutions like IITs and Medical colleges are given on the basis of performance incompetitive exams, such Olympiads also pave the way for a true understanding of the conceptsthat is so essential for doing well in these highly competitive exams.

EXAM SCHEDULE 2021-22

All SOF exams will be conducted online this year. Students will appear for the chosen examsfrom their homes. All exams will be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays so that no student willmiss out online school classes and younger children have parent's support to log in for exams.

  Set A Set B Set C
IGKO Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th Oct 2021 Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th Nov 2021  
IEO Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th Oct 2021 Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st Oct 2021 Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st Nov 2021
NSO Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th Nov 2021 Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th Dec 2021 Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th Dec 2021
IMO Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th Dec 2021 Friday 24th & Sunday 26th Dec 2021 Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th Jan 2022
NCO Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd Jan 2022 Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th Jan 2022  
ICO Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd Jan 2022 Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th Feb 2022  
ISSO Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd Jan 2022 Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th Feb 2022  

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS/RECOGNITIONS

The following awards will be provided to the winners of Olympiads being held during the academic year 2021-22:
For NSO, IEO & IMO - International & Zonal toppers (in 26 zones) of classes three to twelve, awards will be provided to 2nd level winners.
For IGKO, NCO, ICO, ISSO and class 1 & 2 winners of IEO, NSO & IMO - International & Zonal topper awards will be provided to 1st level winners as these are single level exams.
Second level Exams - may be conducted based on the prevalent conditions due to Coronavirus at that time leading to feasibility of conducting 2 nd level exams in all states. In case2 nd level exams are not conducted, results of 1 st level exams will be treated as finalresults.
Each winner will be entitled to one award for an exam. The winners will be entitled to the higher-level award accruing only. For e.g., the international top 3 rank holders will be entitled to awards based on their International ranks. Awards accruing to them for Zonal ranks will be given to the next rank holder. Similarly, school award accruing to a Zonal award winner will be given to the next rank holder.

At International Level
Rank Scholarships No.
1st Rs. 50,000/- Each + Gold Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 66
2nd Rs. 25,000/- Each + Silver Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 66
3rd Rs. 10,000/- Each + Bronze Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 66
At Zonal Level
Rank Scholarships No.
1st Gift worth Rs. 1000/- Each + Gold Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 1716
2nd Gift worth Rs. 1000/- Each + Silver Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 1716
3rd Gift worth Rs. 1000/- Each + Bronze Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 1716
4th to 10th Gift worth Rs. 500/- Each + Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Distinction 12012
11th to 25th Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Distinction 25740

1. Gold Medal of Excellence to Class Toppers: Medals will be awarded on following criteria:

  • School "Gold Medal of Excellence" will be awarded as under:
  • For 5 to 9 registrations/class - Gold Medal of Excellence to top rank holder in class
  • For 10 to 25 registrations/class - Gold Medal of Excellence to top 3 rank holders
  • For registrations exceeding 25/class - Gold Medal of Excellence to top 10% rank holders in class

2. Participation Certification to each student.
3. Merit Certificate to 2nd level participants
4. Top 25 rank holders from each class & each Olympiad exam will be awarded Medals of Distinction. This will be applicable for winners from 26 Zones for performance in the 1st level Olympiads/ single level Olympiads.

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS:

Girl Child Scholarship Scheme (GCSS): - 300 Nos.

  • Rs.5000/- Each scholarship to 300 girls in India who are academically inclined but come from economically modest families.

Scholarship for Excellence in English (SEE): - 120 Nos.

  • Merit certificate to 120 students exhibiting excellence in English Language.

SOF - Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES): - 208 Nos.

  • Trophy plus merit certificate to 208 students from class 3 to 10. Student scoring highest number of marks in 4 Olympiad exams during the year wins the AES. Winners to be selected for all 26 zones / states.
  • In case of a tie between two or more students, winners are decided on the following priority:
  • Students scoring higher cumulative marks in 1st level exams.
  • Students scoring higher marks in 1st level exam in the order of Mathematics, Science, English and General Knowledge.
  • Student scoring higher International / Zonal rank in the order of Mathematics, Science, English and GK.
  • Winners of the AES will be declared by end-March'22.

PATTERN OF QUESTIONS AND MARKING SCHEME

IEO Level - 1
Class Topic/Section No. of Ques. Marks per Ques. Total Marks

1st to 4th

Word & Structure Knowledge

30

1

30

Reading

Spoken & Written Expression

Achievers Section

5

2

10

 

GRAND TOTAL

35

 

40

5th to 12th

Word & Structure Knowledge

45

1

45

Reading

Spoken & Written Expression

Achievers Section

5

3

15

GRAND TOTAL

50

 

60

IEO Level - 2
Class Topic/Section No. of Ques. Marks per Ques. Total Marks

3rd & 4th

Word & Structure Knowledge

20

1

20

Reading

10

1

10

Achievers Section

5

2

10

 

GRAND TOTAL

35

 

40

5th to 12th

Word & Structure Knowledge

35

1

35

Reading

10

1

10

Achievers Section

5

3

15

GRAND TOTAL

50

 

60

SOF International English Olympiad is conducted at two levels:


Level 1: The first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours.
(i) The level 1 competition is a test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 1 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12.
(ii) The question paper consists of four sections:
Section-1: Word & Structure Knowledge
Section-2: Reading
Section-3: Spoken & Written Expression
Section-4: Achievers Section
Level 2: The level 2 is conducted for students of class 3 to class 12. The qualifiers to second round would include the following:
  • At International Level: Top 5% of candidates, class wise, who appear in the 1st level exam internationally.
  • At Zone/State Level: Top 25 rank holders from each Zone and each class.
  • At School Level: Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores at least 50% qualifying marks.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR OLYMPIAD EXAMINATIONS

Hard work is the key of success. To achieve target one must always be ready to work for it. Nowadays, competition after school getting tougher and thus it becomes necessary for the school students to be prepared emotionally and mentally to tackle the challenges coming their way. Olympiad exams are a great help in this preparation. Olympiad exams are school level competitive exams which provide a platform to students to judge their skills on bigger forums and are tougher as compared to regular school exams. Olympiads help students in improving their understanding of concepts and help in achieving overall academic excellence. Olympiads also help students to develop reasoning and logical thinking at an early stage. Some of the tips to prepare for GATE exam are as follows:

  • First of all, set your goal and target the desired exam from the beginning. Now, the first step in Olympiad exam preparation is to understand the syllabus, pattern and level of difficulty. For this, go through the syllabus and previous year’s question paper.

  • It is necessary to have a study plan for Olympiad preparation to maintain discipline and time management. Plan and freeze daily study hours. Daily scheduling and subject wise scheduling is very important for a systematic preparation. Keep yourself away from social media, mobile phone, Whatsapp and any activity which destruct your concentration.

  • Start from NCERT books as they lay the foundation of advance knowledge. Then students can refer books by MTG etc. to understand level of Olympiad questions. NCERT or similar books of one higher grade can be referred to understand advanced concepts.

  • Prepare notes with the important information and formulae as these notes can be used for revision. This cuts down on the revision time as the notes contain important information from all subjects in a single place.

  • Highlight the points of high importance in book and mark those questions in which you face difficulty. During the time of revision, you have to focus specially on these points and questions.

  • Before going to sleep every day, make a plan of activities and topic of studies for next day. It will help you to reduce unproductive time and improve your performance. In the morning, try to revise topic of last day which will improve your retention capability.

  • Evaluate yourself by attempting as many MCQ type questions as possible for understanding of a topic after studying it. This will help you in knowing weak areas of your preparation. Then go through other books or study material for clarification of the same. Don't allow to accumulate the doubts which may result in mental stress.

  • Make a revision plan parallel to regular studies. Revise each topic at a suitable interval of time using short notes or flash cards otherwise there is a chance of forgetting it.

  • Avoiding silly mistakes in mathematics. Tricky questions require quick and accurate calculation.

  • Do sufficient practice of logical reasoning questions also.

  • When full syllabus is completed, then go through the mock tests of Olympiad exams for which you can join any online test series which give you similar question and environment as Olympiad exams. Koncepts Solutions provide online test series containing topic wise mock test, logical reasoning mock test and full syllabus mock test.

  • During exam, keep patience and be cool. Read the questions carefully before answering them. Mark answers to easy questions and try attempt “Achievers Section” early on. Then mark correct answers on OMR sheet carefully. Check all the questions before leaving the exam hall.

How to prepare for IEO

The International English Olympiad (IEO) is conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) in collaboration with the British Council. The test is designed to focus on the usage of English language. It is conducted for students of classes 1 to 12 in India. This exam is conducted for the students to help them judge their English proficiency with that of international standards. The exam is conducted at two levels. First level is conducted at the school level. Only top 5% of candidates, class wise, who appear in 1st level exam, are qualified for second level. Some of the tips to prepare for IEO exams are as follows:

  • Knowing the syllabus and pattern of IEO: IEO requires excellent knowledge of English grammar with a focus on words especially usage of English language in daily communication. Questions are based on practical applications of grammar concepts e.g. no question is asked to identify noun, pronoun, verb, adjective etc or their type from a sentence. Questions are framed in such a manner that student has to choose suitable option to complete the sentence and these options are based on practical application of above grammatical concepts.
  • Preparation should be started from the beginning of the school session to understand the concepts thoroughly and to cover the complete syllabus within stipulated time.
  • Get your study material ready well in advance at the start of preparation and don’t waste your crucial time in searching for study material at the last moment.
  • Just like NSO and IMO, IEO does not require high speed but it required clear concepts of grammar to give accurate answer. Rigorous practice using online test series can help you to prepare for IEO exam with accuracy and fast pace.
  • It is necessary to have a study plan to maintain discipline and time management. Plan and freeze daily study hours. Practice all kinds of questions and cover entire syllabus. Find out your weak areas and focus on them to improve every concept.
  • Keep patience while preparing for IEO and other Olympiad exams. Many students start preparation with full energy but due to poor result at early stage, they become hopeless and leave the preparation. Preparation of these exams don’t give results in short term but it takes time to show complete improvement therefore students should be calm and continue their preparation with patience.
  • When full syllabus is completed, then go through the mock tests of Olympiad exams for which you can join any online test series which give you similar question and environment as Olympiad exams. Koncepts Solutions provide online test series containing topic wise mock test, logical reasoning mock test and full syllabus mock test.
  • In the first level, 70% questions are asked from the syllabus of previous class so keep the focus on last year syllabus also in addition to the current class.
  • For second level, student cannot leave any topic. Go through entire syllabus and identify resources to study the different topics of IEO.
  • Result of first level Olympiad exams is announced by January and second level exams are conducted in second week of February. Thus only few days are between first level result declaration and second level exam which are not sufficient to start preparation for second level after result declaration of first level. Therefore if you have done well in level 1 and hope to clear it then you should continue preparation of second level also.
  • Keep yourself away from social media, mobile phone, Whatsapp and any activity which destruct your concentration.
  • During exam, keep patience and be cool. Read the questions carefully before answering them. Mark answers to easy questions and try attempt “Achievers Section” early on. Then mark correct answers on OMR sheet carefully. Check all the questions before leaving the exam hall.

Dos and Don’ts for Olympiad Exams

Dos:

1. Know the syllabus properly understand the level of questions.

2. Start the preparation as early as possible and stick to the time schedule.

3. Refer good quality study material. Prepare notes and quick revision tips.

4. Practice makes perfect so do practice as much as possible.

5. Identify weak areas and work upon them.

6. Join Online Test Series. Attempt practice papers and mock test papers.

7. Do good practice of filling OMR sheet.

8. Be calm and stay relaxed.

Don’ts:

1. Don’t make unplanned preparation strategy.

2. Don’t leave topic during preparation.

3. Don’t overburden yourself with studies and don’t lose hope for success.

4. Don’t be panic during exam and don’t read the question mistakenly.

5. Don’t spend much time on a single question.

6. Don’t leave any question unanswered.

7. Don’t forget to write down your personal detail on OMR sheet.

8. Don’t leave the exam hall early.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What are Olympiad Exams?

Olympiad exams are school level competitive examinations which help students in assessing their potential at various levels - within the school, at the city level, at the zonal level and finally at the international level. These exams are conducted by various organizations.

2. Why one should participate in Olympiad exams?

Olympiad exams not only give exposure of competitive world to student but also help students in understanding the concepts of their school level. A student performance report (SPR) is provided to each student which analyses the strong and weak areas of the student.

3. Is there any special syllabus for Olympiad exams?

Olympiad exams are based on general syllabus of each class but questions asked are based on advanced understanding of concepts. While preparing for these exams students get a chance to understand the concepts at advanced level.

4. Do these exams require special kind of preparation?

Yes, as these exams are based on advanced level of concepts, special kind of preparation is required to achieve excellence in these exams.

5. How do I get ready for Olympiad exams?

Practice makes a man perfect. However, participant must ensure that he is practicing in the right direction. Students can refer to online test series for practice. To get ready for Olympiad, students must be thorough with syllabus, exam pattern, type of questions and prepare quick notes for revision. It is important for a student to prepare a study plan and stick to it every day. A detailed understanding of foundation is imperative. Students are encouraged to solve as many questions from previous years question paper as possible.

6. What is the criterion of Olympiad exams?

Olympiad exams are open to all students from class 1 to 12. It caters to all boards' e.g. state boards, CBSE, and ICSE etc. There is no requirement for minimum marks to get enrolled for these exams. Participants are ranked on the marks they obtain. Olympiad exams help students to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

7. Who is eligible for Olympiad exams?

Students of classes 1st to 12th are eligible to appear for Olympiad exams. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks or age criterion.

8. If my school is not participating in Olympiad exam, how can I participate?

You can visit the website of Science Olympiad Foundation and can register directly online.

9. Which books should be referred for preparation of Olympiad exams?

You can refer NCERT books or books recommended by CBSE/ICSE/State Board for preparation of Olympiad exams. You can also refer MTG work books, previous year question papers or any online test series like Koncepts Solutions.

10. When are the results of Olympiad Declared?

Results of Olympiad are declared within 8 weeks of examination. The result is available on website of science Olympiad foundation.

11. Can I take part in more than one olympiad exam?

Yes, you can appear in all subjects of a particular class.

12. Are the Olympiad exams conducted in English language only?

Yes, These exams are conducted in English language only

13. What is a criterion of ranking in these exams?

You can visit the website of Science Olympiad Foundation for the above.