NCO (National Cyber Olympiad)

The National Cyber Olympiad is an annual cyber competition in India that is open to people of all ages. It gives a space for students from many disciplines to study and explore their abilities in order to boost their education. The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur’s Department of Computer Science is hosting the cyber games. It has been successfully held three times thus far, in 2009, 2011 and 2016.

Regardless of their scores in school examinations, all children from Class 1 to Class 10 are entitled to compete in NCO or National Cyber Olympiad 2021-2022. A minimum of 5 students from each institution should apply for SOF NCO 2021-22. Each institution must choose a convenient time to administer the exam. It is not possible to participate as an individual.

NCO 2021-22 Overview

Full Exam Name National Cyber Olympiad
Short Exam Name NCO
Conducting Body Science Olympiad Foundation
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level Matriculate
Languages English
Mode of Application Offline
Application Fee (General) 125 Rs [Offline]
Mode of Exam Offline
Exam Duration 1 Hour

Eligibility Criteria for NCO 2021-22

The eligibility for the SOF National Cyber Olympiad 2021-22 test is determined by the Science Olympiad Foundation. Each student must meet the requirements for SOF NCO 2021-22 eligibility. Check the following qualifying requirements for the NCO test in 2021-22:

  • To be eligible for the NCO test, the student must be enrolled at a school recognised by the SOF.
  • The National Cyber Olympiad is open to children in grades 1 to 10.
  • Before the final date, i.e., 30 days before the test date, the student must have completed the whole application form, and sent it to the school officials together with the costs.

The primary goal of the exam is to determine the following abilities in students:

  1. Mental aptitude
  2. Logical reasoning
  3. Analytical reasoning

NCO 2021-22 Registration Process

The dates for the National Cyber Olympiad will be revealed on the SOF’s official website. Students can fill out the individual registration form on the official SOF website or complete the NCO registration form through their schools.

In order to register, a minimum of 10 students from each school must take the National Cyber Olympiad test.

SOF charges a registration fee of INR 125 to students (including GST). Students with a severe physical disability or whose parent was killed in a defence action are exempt from paying a fee. As a mark of appreciation for the teacher’s efforts in preparing students for the exam, the school may charge an additional fee of Rs. 25/-.

NCO 2021-22 Exam Pattern

The following is the pattern of questions asked in the National Cyber Olympiad:

  • Section I contains questions about patterns, series, and classifications for students in grades 1 to 5. Section I contains both verbal and non-verbal thinking tasks for students in grades 6 to 10.
  • Section II contains questions regarding computers, information technology, and technological advancements.
  • High-Order Thinking questions are included in Section III. Every class has the same topic, however, the difficulty level continues to rise.
SOF NCO 2021-22 Pattern for Class 1 – 4
Units No. of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks
Logical Reasoning 5 1 5
Computers and IT 25 1 25
Achiever’s Section 5 2 10
Grand Total 35 40
SOF NCO 2021-22 Pattern for Class 5 – 10
Units No. of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks
Logical Reasoning 10 1 10
Computers and IT 35 1 35
Achiever’s Section 5 3 15
Grand Total 50 60

NCO 2021-22 Syllabus

Syllabus for Grade 1 – Patterns, Completion of Figure Pattern, Measuring Units (Length, Weight, Time and Money), Geometrical Shapes, Odd One Out, Spatial Understanding, Grouping of Figures, Analogy, Ranking Test.

Syllabus for Grade 2 – Computer IT has Computer-a Smart Machine, General Information about Computers, Parts of Computer, Uses of Computer, Learning to use Keyboard and Mouse, MS-Paint, Latest Developments in the field of IT.

Syllabus for Grade 3 – Coding – decoding, analogy and classification, mirror images, embedded figures, alphabet test, ranking test, a grouping of figures, geometrical shapes, figure matrix, possible combinations, days and dates and computer & IT. Computer and IT has the topics such as Fundamentals of Computer, General Information about Computers, Storage Devices, Parts of Computer, Uses of Computer, Input and Output Devices, Introduction to Internet, MS-Paint, Introduction to MS-Word (Opening, Closing, Saving and Printing a Word document, Components of MS-Word window, Editing commands like Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo and Redo, Moving in a document using Home and End Keys), Latest Developments in the field of IT.

Syllabus for Grade 4 – Alphabet test, coding-decoding, patterns, geometrical shapes, solids, direction test, mirror images, embedded figures, ranking test, days and dates and possible combinations, analogy, classification.

The topics in the computer IT are Evolution of Computers, Parts of Computer, Input and Output Devices, Hardware, Software, MS-Word(Formatting a Word document, Font group, Format Painter, Search using Find and Replace option, Checking Spelling and Grammar using Thesaurus), Using Windows 7, Introduction to the Internet and Its Uses, Computer Networks, MS-Paint, Latest Developments in the field of IT.

Syllabus for Grade 5 – Analogy and classification, coding-decoding, mirror images, geometrical shapes, water images, direction test, mirror images, ranking test, alphabet test, logical sequence of words, puzzle test, embedded figures and computer & IT. The computer IT consists of the topics like Input and Output Devices, Hardware, Software, Storage Devices, Memory –Primary & Secondary Memory, MS-Paint, Introduction to Multimedia, MS-Word (Paragraph formatting Using Paragraph group, Drop Cap, Document Views, Inserting Graphics-Pictures and Shapes, Clip Arts, Symbols, SmartArt, Multimedia Objects, Text Box, Inserting Header and Footer in a document and exploring its features), Introduction to MS-PowerPoint (Component of MS-PowerPoint window and its features, Inserting Graphics-Pictures and Shapes, Clip Arts, Symbols, SmartArt, Multimedia Objects, Text Box, Inserting Header & Footer and exploring its features, Running slide shows, Presentation Views), Internet, Computer Networks, Using Windows 7, Latest Developments in the field of IT.

Syllabus for Grade 6 

Section 1 – Reasoning: Verbal and non-verbal Reasoning.

Section 2 – Computer & IT: History and generations of computers, types of computers, MS Windows, MS Word – Working with charts & tables, page layout, arranging multiple windows of a document; MS Powerpoint – creating a presentation using animations, custom animation, transitions, creating new slides using slides pane, outline pane and slides from an outline, working with handouts and notes master, arranging multiple windows of a presentation, working with charts and tables; internet & e-mail, introduction to QBasic, Hardware, software, Input & Output devices, Memory and Storage devices, and last but not the least latest developments in the IT sector.

Section 3 – Achiever

Syllabus for Grade 7 

Section 1 – Reasoning: Verbal and non-verbal Reasoning.

Section 2 – Computer & IT: Fundamentals of computer, the evolution of computers, memory and storage devices, Windows 7, MS Word – Links, mail merge, macros, exploring styles group; MS Powerpoint – working with slides master and themes, advancing slides using hyperlinks and actions, customising and broadcasting slide shows; MS Excel – Components of MS Excel, Editing and formatting cells in a worksheet, introduction to formulas, sorting and filtering data, macros, features of insert and page layout tabs; programming in QBasic, internet and viruses, networking and latest developments in the field of IT.

Section 3 – Achiever

Syllabus for Grade 8

Section 1 – Reasoning: Verbal and non-verbal Reasoning.

Section 2 – Fundamentals of Computers, Internet & Viruses, HTML-(Html, Head, Title, Body (Attributes: Background, Bgcolor, Text, Link, Alink, Vlink), Font (Attributes: Color, Size, Face), Center, BR, HR (Attributes: Size, Width, Align, Noshade, Color), Comment tag(<!– –>), <H1>..<H6>, <P>, <B>, <I>, <U>, <IMG>, Html Elements: A, Ul and Ol (Attributes: Type, Start), Li), Flash CS6, MS-Access, Networking, MS-Word (Exploring File tab, Language and Translate options, Tracking features -Comments, Reviewing Pane, Tracking Changes, Comparing, Combining and Protecting documents, Working with References), MS-PowerPoint (Exploring File tab and Slide Show tab, Comparing, Combining and Protecting presentations), MS-Excel (Exploring File tab, Useful Formulas and Functions – IF,Even, Odd, LCM, GCD, Power, Product, Round, Sqrt, Sum, Min, Max, Average, Count, Upper, Lower And Replace, Cell referencing, Using Defined Names group), Memory & Storage Devices, Basics of Cyber Crimes, Cyber Laws, Operating Systems(Introduction, Features, Types-single user and multi-user), Latest Developments in the field of IT.

Section 3 – As per section 2

Syllabus for Grade 9 

Section 1 – Reasoning: Verbal and non-verbal Reasoning.

Section 2 – Algorithms and Flowcharts in Programming, Visual Basic, Animations, HTML(Links, Anchors and Table tags), MS-Word, MS-Excel(Formula Auditing, Data Tools, Protecting and Sharing workbooks/worksheets, Working with cell range), MS-PowerPoint, Hardware, Software, Input & Output Devices, Memory & Storage Devices, Flash CS6, Communication Technology (Networking, Internet and Multimedia), Operating Systems(Types-Interactive (GUI based), Real-Time and Distributed, Commonly used OS), Using Windows 7, Introduction to Scratch, Introduction to Python (2.7.0), Latest Developments in the field of IT.

Section 3 – As per section 2

Syllabus for Grade 10 

Section 1 – Reasoning: Verbal and non-verbal Reasoning.

Section 2 – Fundamentals of Computer, Operating System, MS-Word, Networking, MS-PowerPoint, MS-Excel, HTML, Internet, Database Management System (Functions, Types, MS-Access), Using Windows 7, Scratch, Python (2.7.0), Latest Developments in the field of IT.

Section 3 – As per section 2

NCO 2021-22 Result

The SOF NCO 2021-22 result is now available on the official website. Students may verify the result of the NCO test 2021-22 by entering the roll number supplied on the admission card or by going to the school’s website. A participation certificate and a ‘SPR,’ or Student Performance Report, will be issued to each student. You are qualified for the scholarship based on your NCO 2021-22 level 1 result.

Frequently Asked Questions on NCO 2021-2022

What is the full name of the NCO examination?

National Cyber Olympiad is the full form of NCO.

Who is eligible to apply for NCO?

Only students in grades 1 to 10 are eligible to take the NCO test.

Is it possible to apply for NCO and other olympiads at the same time?

Yes, you may apply for NCO and other SOF Olympiads at the same time.

Does the NCO test include any negative marking?

No, the NCO test 2021-22 does not include negative grading.

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