The International Biology Olympiad is the world’s most prestigious biology competition, held every year in July for secondary school students. The 32nd International Biology Olympiad in Lisbon, Portugal, has been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. The competition is designed to find, promote, empower, and assist the next generation of biological science leaders, as well as to expand their worldwide network.
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Biology is a topic that requires a lot of memory recall. Students may also be asked many questions about diagrams, so they should be ready for them in advance. Biology might come up in many multiple-choice questions, thus, candidates’ main goal should be to fully understand the chapter’s contents. In 1990, Czechoslovakia hosted the inaugural International Biology Olympiad, which has been conducted every year since. The virtual IBO 2022 Challenge will be held from July 10-18.
Day Wise Program
The day-wise program from July 10-18, 2022 are tabulated below
|Day 1||During the day: Arrival of the candidates
Evening: Welcome ceremony for the candidates
|Day 2||Social program, excursions, laboratory safety instructions|
|Day 3||Practical exams|
|Day 4||Social program, excursions|
|Day 5||Theoretical exams
Evening: Cultural night, together with jury members Excursion day
|Day 6||Social program, excursions|
|Day 7||Morning: Social program, excursions
Afternoon: Awards ceremony, gala dinner, closing party
The following are the requirements for taking part in the IBO in 2022:
- To take part in the IBO 2022, you must be a member of the IBO Association.
- You should have a National Biology Olympiad (NBO) that selects your participants on a regular basis.
- You must register your nation on the official website of the IBO 2022.
A one-time cost of $150 will be required to register for the IBO 2022 (one hundred and fifty Euros). Each delegation can contain up to four students and no less than two jurors (there is no maximum number of jurors). There will be no further costs.
A country or region’s delegation comprises one to four contestants (students selected by the National Biology Olympiad and a minimum of 2 members of the Jury).
Read more: IBO Registration
IBO Examination Pattern
The IBO test consists of both a theoretical and practical component. Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Plant Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Ethology, Genetics and Evolution, Ecology, and Biosystematics are among the topics covered in the theoretical exams. The marks are weighted so that each theory and practical component receives around 50% of the total.
On the basis of their individual scores, all contestants are ranked. Gold medals are given to the top ten per cent of students, silver medals are given to the next twenty per cent, and bronze medals are given to the next thirty per cent.
Read more: IBO Exam Pattern
Details of IBO Syllabus is given below.
Part 1: IBO Theoretical Exam Syllabus
|Plant Anatomy And Physiology
(With an emphasis on seed plants)
|Animal Anatomy And Physiology
(With an emphasis on vertebrates and seed plants)
|Genetic And Evolution||20%|
Part 2: IBO 2022 Practical Exam Syllabus
The IBO 2022 examinations will take place on July 19, 2022, and will consist of a single practical test.
|Types of Skills||Topics|
|Science Process Skills||
Graphs, Tables, Charts, Diagrams, and Photographs
|Basic Biological Skills||
|Biological Methods||The candidates should know the following biological methods and be able to use them.
|Physical And Chemical Methods||
IBO Exam Eligibility Criteria
Here are the details of the IBO Eligibility Criteria for 2022
|Age||Education||NBO Experience||IBO Experience|
IBO Exam Result
The IBO 2022 test will take place from July 10 to July 18. The results are released a few weeks after the tests are completed. Students may see the IBO 2022 results by going to the official website of the IBO. The IBO result comprises codes, the candidate’s name, rank, practical and theoretical marks, and other information. Both practical and theoretical tests are included in the IBO exam. The host country sends the students’ raw results to the international judges.
The host nation calculates the final result based on the T- score for both practical and theoretical marks (50 percent + 50 percent) when our country’s coordinator approves the student’s raw results. The gold, silver, and bronze medals, as well as the certificates of merit, are awarded based on the students’ final rankings.