National Science Olympiad – Paper Pattern

National Science Olympiad (NSO), conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF), is one of the most common talent search competition organization in India and abroad. A huge number of students from India and elsewhere take this examination to prove their mettle and be a part of the prodigious crowd.The exam tests you on various parameters viz. logical reasoning, scientific thinking, etc. It mainly consists of three sections for candidates from class I to X: Logical Reasoning, Science, and Achiever section while for class XIth and XIIth these three parts include: Physics and Chemistry section, Achiever section and Mathematics/ Biology section. In this article, we are going to discuss the structure of the question paper, advantages of practicing sample papers for the examination.


NSO – Question Paper Structure

Question paper of NSO mainly revolves around three sections. These parts are different for students belonging to class I to X and for students belonging to class XI and XII. A general structure of various sections along with their weightage in the question paper is tabulated below:


Class Section No. of Questions Marks/Question Total Marks
1 to 4 Logical Reasoning 5 1 5
Science 25 1 25
Achievers Section 5 2 10
Grand Total 35 40
5 to 10 Logical Reasoning 10 1 10
Science 35 1 35
Achievers Section 5 3 15
Grand Total 50 60
11 and 12 Physics & Chemistry 25 1 25
Achievers Section 5 3 15
Mathematics/Biology 20 1 20
Grand Total 50 60


NSO Sample Papers

Sample papers and previous question papers are a must to solve when you appear for this kind of competitive examinations. The previous year papers will not only give you an idea of the various topics being asked in the exam but also the kind of questions asked from these topics. You can easily enjoy access to previous year question papers and official sample papers on the official website of Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF). You can download these papers and practice to brush up your skill and excel your performance in the examination.

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