The National Science Olympiad (NSO) is a science contest for students studying between grades 1 and 12. The olympiad exam is organised by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF). SOF is an educational organization that is well-known for competitions and encourages the development of a healthy competitive spirit among the students. The NSO examination helps the students to think out of the box and gain knowledge, not only from their textbooks but also from other sources.
The exam is conducted in two levels from grade 3 to grade 12. The students studying in grades 1 and 2 will have a single level examination. The exam is an objective-type test consisting of 35 multiple-choice questions for classes 1 to 4 and 50 multiple choice questions for classes 5 to 12. The examination is divided into three sections.
- Section 1 focuses on Logical Reasoning
- Section 2 focuses on Science section
- Section 3 focuses on the Achievers section
The marks distribution for the three sections are shown below
|Class / Grade||Section||Number of questions||Marks per question||Total marks|
|Grade 2||Section 1||5||1||5|
Class 2 Syllabus National Science Olympiad
The syllabus of NSO is completely related to the academic curriculum of CBSE, ICSE and different state boards. Students who study in any of these boards can take the examination. The NSO syllabus is designed based on the concepts and theories that the candidate is going to study in that academic year. The questions asked in the NSO Olympiad exam are as per the syllabus, but the questions are tricky.
The NSO syllabusfor Class 2 is tabulated below
|Section of the exam||Name of the section||Topics included in the section|
|Section 1||Logical Reasoning||Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning
|Section 2||Science Section||The concepts and topics related to Science Subject
|Section 3||Achievers Section||This section deals with Higher-Order Thinking Questions. The topics for this section are the same as the section 2, but the difficulty level would be a little more.|
Studying these lessons from the textbooks and referring to various books helps the students to crack the exam easily. Studying as per the paper pattern helps them to get a sound grip over the subject. In addition, solving NSO sample papers will definitely benefit the candidate’s preparation.