NSSO - National Social Studies Olympiad

The National Social Studies Olympiad (NSSO) is a standardised test that assesses students’ understanding of history, geography, and civics. Once a year, the Indian Talent Olympiad holds a national competition. The exam takes place at the school level. The NSSO syllabus is divided into classes and contains the foundation for all boards. The Social Studies test is open to students from all boards, including State, CBSE, ICSE, and International.

The Indian Talent Olympiad holds the Social Studies Olympiad for all Classes from 1 to 10. This exam ensures that students are assessed on various social studies courses, including civics, geography, history, and politics, all grouped together as a social science. In this article, we discuss the NSSO 2022-23 in detail.

Indian Talent Olympiad

The Indian Talent Olympiad was founded in 2012 by the country’s top academics and scientists to discover and foster student talent and improve academic achievement. It aids in assessing students’ knowledge, comprehension, and reasoning abilities across India (Classes I to X). Presently, 31,573 schools have registered for the Indian Talent Olympiad Examinations, with millions of children participating in competitions across the country. Over 1 crore parents have put their trust in the organisation over the years. More than 7 lakh teachers throughout the country have pledged their support to the Indian Talent Olympiad.

Exam Schedule for Olympiads

Students in grades 1 to 10 can now register for the 2022-23 olympiad exam either individually or through their schools. The dates for online and offline Olympiad exams are different. Individually, participating students must adhere to the slot-1 and slot-2 online exam dates. The school can choose between online and offline exam modes and exam dates.

Registration Deadline

The registration deadline for the Olympiad exam in 2022-23 is listed below. Individual students and schools can enrol for this academic year before the deadline.


10 September 2022


30 November 2022

Round 1 Dates of the Annual Olympiad Exams (Individual Student Registration)

Schools that choose the online exam mode will take the exam according to the schedule below. For all of the participating students, the school must choose one slot.

Round 1: The annual Olympiad exam is held in two sessions. Students can choose their preferred slot. The slot cannot be changed once it has been chosen.






NSSO – National Social Studies Olympiad

06 Dec 2022

10 Jan 2023

(B) Round 1 Dates of the Annual Olympiad Exams (School Registration)

Round 1: In each school, an offline Annual Olympiad Exam is held. Students who have registered through the school must attend the tests on the dates listed below.




NSSO – National Social Studies Olympiad

06 Dec 2022


NSSO Registration

The registration process for the Social Studies Olympiad is very simple. The registration procedure includes both school and student registration. Only schools can register with the ITO. As a result, a school’s registration with ITO is critical. Students from various schools can only apply for ITO exams if the school has been successfully registered. Students should register for the Indian Talent Olympiad by giving their name and roll number to their school’s organiser.

NSSO Exam Pattern

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Syllabus for NSSO

The NSSO syllabus covers all topics covered in school. Students are not required to study from other sources. The NSSO curriculum relies on chapters established by standard education boards like CBSE/ICSE.

Class 1 Syllabus

Chapter 1: Family, Neighbours and Society

Chapter 2: Social Helpers

Chapter 3: Earth

Chapter 4: Landforms

Chapter 5: Religion, Culture and Traditions

Chapter 6: Seasons

Chapter 7: Transport and Communication

Chapter 8: Our Duties Towards Family and Society

Chapter 9: Water Bodies

Chapter 10: Manners

Chapter 11: Map- States

Class 2 Syllabus

Chapter 1: Family, Neighbours and Society

Chapter 2: Basic Needs

Chapter 3: Our Ancient men

Chapter 4: Our Country

Chapter 5: Our Great leaders

Chapter 6: Social Helpers

Chapter 7: Places of worship

Chapter 8: Public Places

Chapter 9: Good Habits

Chapter 10: Hobbies for recreation

Chapter 11: Road Safety

Chapter 12: Natural Resources

Chapter 13: Our Festivals

Chapter 14: Transport and Communication

Chapter 15: Map- States and Capitals

Class 3 Syllabus

Chapter 1: Direction and Maps

Chapter 2: Understanding time

Chapter 3: Our Village, Our city

Chapter 4: Basic Needs

Chapter 5: Our Community life

Chapter 6: Public Services for Community Life

Chapter 7: Earth- Continents and Oceans

Chapter 8: Our Country and National Symbol

Chapter 9: Religion, Culture and Tradition

Chapter 10: Occupation

Chapter 11: Local Governing Bodies

Chapter 12: Metropolises

Chapter 13: Our Early People

Chapter 14: Transport and Communication

Chapter 15: Maps- State, Capital and metropolises

Class 4 Syllabus

Chapter 1: Rights and Duties

Chapter 2: Our Rich heritage

Chapter 3: National Symbol

Chapter 4: Our country and its states

Chapter 5: The legends of India

Chapter 6: The Freedom Struggle

Chapter 7: Natural Resource

Chapter 8: Climate of India

Chapter 9: Agriculture and Industries (Occupations)

Chapter 10: Landforms in India

Chapter 11: Local Governing bodies

Chapter 12: Earth – Continents and Ocean

Chapter 13: Religion, Culture and Tradition

Chapter 14: Transport and Communication

Chapter 15: Maps- States, Capitals and River

Class 5 Syllabus

Chapter 1: Introduction History and Geography

Chapter 2: Evolution

Chapter 3: Stone age

Chapter 4: Settled Life and Urban Civilisation (World)

Chapter 5: Earth and Solar system

Chapter 6: Living world on earth

Chapter 7: Family and Society

Chapter 8: States and Important cities

Chapter 9: Agriculture and Industries

Chapter 10: Forest cover of India

Chapter 11: Natural Resource- Soil and minerals

Chapter 12: Physical Features of India

Chapter 13: Religion, Culture and Tradition

Chapter 14: Democracy and Local Governing Bodies

Chapter 15: Natural Disasters

Chapter 16: Maps- Crops

Class 6 Syllabus

Chapter 1: Sources of History

Chapter 2: Life and Early Humans

Chapter 3: Civilisation

Chapter 4: Vedic Age

Chapter 5: Religion and Culture of ancients India

Chapter 6: Kings and Kingdoms

Chapter 7: Architecture and Literature

Chapter 8: Towards Gender Equality

Chapter 9: Ancients Traders- India and the world

Chapter 10: Community life

Chapter 11: Government – Nations, States, City, Village

Chapter 12: Citizenship and Human Rights

Chapter 13: Globes and Maps

Chapter 14: Asia, Europe and Africa

Chapter 15: Natural Resources and Energy

Chapter 16: Maps- Asia, Europe and Africa

Class 7 Syllabus

Chapter 1: Vijyanagra and Bahamani Kingdoms

Chapter 2: Bhakti and Sufi movements

Chapter 3: New Kings and Kingdom

a: Nayakas, Palegaras, Naada Prabhus

b: Wodeyars of Mysuru, Kakatiyas, Rajputas, Marathas, Deccan Kingdoms

Chapter 4: Sultans of Delhi

Chapter 5: Mughal Empire

Chapter 6: Arabs and Turkish Invasions

Chapter 7: Establishment and impact of the British Empire

Chapter 8: Freedom Struggle

Chapter 9: Social and Religion Reforms

Chapter 10: Industrial Revolutions

Chapter 11: Asia, Africa and Europe

Chapter 12: America (North and South), Australia and Antarctica

Chapter 13: Weather and Climate

Chapter 14: Natural Vegetation and Wildlife

Chapter 15: Structure of Earth

Chapter 16: Human Environment- Settlement, Transport and Communication

Chapter 17: Air and Water

Chapter 18: Natural Resources- Soil Minerals

Chapter 19: Naturals Regions

Chapter 20: Tribes, Nomads and Settled Communities

Chapter 21: Democracy

Chapter 22: Fundamental Rights of Duties

Chapter 23: Our Defence Forces

Chapter 24: Factors of Production

Chapter 25: Tax and Its Importance

Chapter 26: Our Constitutions

Chapter 27: Map

Class 8 Syllabus

Chapter 1: Geographical Features and Pre-historic India

Chapter 2: Ancient Civilisation of India and World

Chapter 3: British Rule

Chapter 4: Freedom Movement

Chapter 5: India Gains Independence

Chapter 6: Wars

a. The Carnatic Wars

b. Battle of Babur

c. Battle of Plassey

d. Dual Government in Bengal

e. Anglo Maratha War

f. Anglo Mysore War

g. Anglo Sikh War

Chapter 7: Colonialism

Chapter 9: Rise of Jainism and Buddhism

Chapter 10: Mauryas, Kushans, Guptans, Vardhanas

Chapter 11: South India

a. Satavahanas, Kadambas, Gangas

b. Chalukyas of Badami, Pallavas of Kanchi

c. Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta

d. Chalukyas of kalyana

e. Cholas, Hoysalas of Dwarasamudra

Chapter 12: Our Constitution and Parliament

Chapter 13: Human Rights and UNO

Chapter 14: Judiciary System of India

Chapter 15: Caste System

Chapter 16: Natural Resources

Chapter 17: Economic Activities

Chapter 18: Vegetation and Wildlife

Chapter 19: Inside and Outside of the Earth

Chapter 20: Population

Chapter 21: Structure of Ocean Floor

Chapter 22: Money- Saving and Investment

Chapter 23: National Income and Sectoral Aspects

Chapter 24: Maps

Class 9 Syllabus

Chapter 1: Harappan Civilisation

Chapter 2: Events after 1960

Chapter 3: Vedic Period and 6th century BC

Chapter 4: Mauryan, Sangam, Guptas, Cholas, South, Delhi Sultanate, Mughals

Chapter 5: Indo-Islamic Culture

Chapter 6: The Renaissance

Chapter 7: French Revolution Russian Revolution

Chapter 8: Nazism and Hitler

Chapter 9: Colonialism

Chapter 10: Naxalism, Communalism, Regionalism

Chapter 11: Human Rights and Fundamental Rights

Chapter 12: Our constitution

Chapter 13: Union and State Govt

Chapter 14: Defence System

Chapter 15: Election and Political Parties

Chapter 16: National Integrations

Chapter 17: Legislature Judiciary executive

Chapter 18: Physical Features of India

Chapter 19: India- Climate, Natural resources, Population, Tourism, Trade

Chapter 20: Earth (Motion, Structure, Landforms and Disasters)

Chapter 21: Weathering of rocks

Chapter 22: Hydrosphere and atmosphere

Chapter 23: Natural Regions

Chapter 24: Internal forces of Earth

Chapter 25: Economic Development

Chapter 26: Education

Chapter 27: Empowerment of Women

Chapter 28: Income and Tax

Chapter 29: Electoral Politics

Chapter 30: Maps

Class 10 Syllabus

Chapter 1: British Rule in India

Chapter 2: National Movement and Era of Gandhi

Chapter 3: Post Independent India

Chapter 4: Political development of 20th Century

Chapter 5: Imperialism

Chapter 6: World war – 1

Chapter 7: Post-war-Economic depression

Chapter 8: Fascism, Nazism

Chapter 9: World War-2

Chapter 10: UNO

Chapter 11: European Union

Chapter 12: Great Revolt of 1857

Chapter 13: Social and reform movement-19th century

Chapter 14: Cold War

Chapter 15: Partition of Bengal

Chapter 16: Muslim League

Chapter 17: Towards Independence and partition

Chapter 18: Constitution

Chapter 19: India and world peace

Chapter 20: Consumers Rights

Chapter 21: Democracy and diversity, Political

Chapter 22: Gender, Religion and Caste

Chapter 23: Legislature, Judiciary Executive

Chapter 24: Challenges to Democracy

Chapter 25: Sectors of Indian economy

Chapter 26: Money and Credit

Chapter 27: Globalisation

Chapter 28: Federalism

Chapter 29: India

Chapter 30: World- Continents

Chapter 31: Earth

Chapter 32: Waste Management

Chapter 33: Naturals Resources, Regions, Climate

Chapter 34: Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Lithosphere

Chapter 35: Map

NSSO Results

Any competitive exam relies heavily on the results. Within two to three weeks of the examination, the ITO announces the Olympiad results. So, the results of the NSSO 2021 will be announced in the last week of February 2021. Students must have their NSSO admit card in order to check the NSSO results.

NSSO Honours

The goal of offering prizes and scholarships to students is to motivate them to participate and learn more. Most importantly, awards and prizes add excitement to olympiad exams. The students’ efforts in studying for the test will not be in vain, as there are various ITO prizes. Cash prizes, computers, and tablets are among the ITO prizes.

Preparing for the NSSO Olympiad

Students can use their school texts and read extensively to prepare for the Social Studies Olympiad. The annual Olympiad exam questions are all based on the school curriculum. It serves all of the boards, including CBSE, ICSE, and other state boards. Social studies is the study of humans and their surroundings at its most basic level. The physical, social, political, social, economic, and cultural environments are all part of this environment. It is concerned with the advancement of humans and humankind. It’s all about how a person influences his environment and how the environment influences the person in turn. The following are some exam preparation tips:

  1. NSSO uses the MCQ question format. As a result, students should be aware of all of the topics as well as relevant dates and events.
  2. ITO social workbooks provide opportunities for students to practise. Under each social theme, there are several sets of questions.
  3. Olympiad is a forum for students to learn and improve their performance in high-level competitive tests.
  4. Since the syllabus is very similar to what is taught in school, pupils will be able to solve difficult questions.

Frequently Asked Questions on NSSO 2022-2023

What is the procedure for checking Indian Talent Olympiad results?

Students who are taking the Indian Talent Olympiad can check their results at https://www.indiantalent.org/olympiad-results.

Are olympiads challenging?

Yes, olympiads are difficult, but with the right study guide and materials, achieving good results in the Olympiad Exams becomes extremely simple.

How many students from a school can take the Olympiad exam?

An individual school must have a minimum of 40 pupils to participate in the Indian Talent Olympiad (ITO). Maximum participation is unrestricted.

Is there a book that students should read before taking an Olympiad Exam?

Students can consult their own academic syllabuses (state board, CBSE, ICSE & International board). The Indian Talent Olympiad provides study resources in the form of Olympiad books, which may be found on the study app https://www.indiantalent.org/olympiad-books.