The Science Olympiad Foundation conducts the National Science Olympiad examination every year. This NSO exam primarily focuses on science subjects. The students studying from grades 1 to 12 can take up the examination. This exam helps to recognise and promote future scientists, technologists, IT and other professional talents at a fundamental level, that is from the school level itself. Olympiad exams induce a healthy competitive spirit among the students and encourage students to participate in national and international platforms. These types of exams help the students to think out of the box, and provide a unique chance to showcase their innovative ideas to the world.
About the NSO Exam
The NSO is a scholarship exam that aims at enriching scientific reasoning and logical ability. There are two levels for the examination. The first is level 1 and the student who qualifies in this level will be eligible to write the level 2 examination. The two levels of the NSO olympiad exam start from grade 3. Students studying in classes 1 and 2 will have only level 1 examination, and ranks are given based on their performance.
- 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.
- To attempt the second level of NSO examination the student must hold a position in the top 5% of students class-wise, who appear for the 1st level exam and will qualify for the next level.
Exam Pattern for Class 5
The exam is an objective-type test consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions for Class 5. The examination is divided into three sections.
- Section 1 the questions are based on Logical Reasoning
- Section 2 the questions are based on Science
- Section 3 the questions are based on HOTS and is called the Achievers section
The marks distribution for the three sections is shown below.
|Class / Grade||Section||Number of questions||Marks per question||Total marks|
|Grade 5||Section 1||10||1||10|
Class 5 Syllabus National Science Olympiad
The syllabus of NSO Class 5 is according to the general syllabus that a student studies in grade 5. The student from any academic board, such as CBSE, ICSE and other various state boards, can read the syllabus from the prescribed academic curriculum. The syllabus and concepts for the exam are as per the syllabus of grade 5 students.
The NSO syllabus for Class 5 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 section 2, but the difficulty level would be a little more|
Any prescribed curriculum textbook that includes the above-mentioned topics and concepts for grade 5 students’ ability can be used. For better understanding and preparation for the exam, the student can take the NSO mock test for Class 5, which is available on the official website, for further reference on examination patterns and difficulty levels of the exam. This gives a clear picture of how the exam is going to be, and also encourages the students to learn writing and time management skills.