Unicus English Olympiad

The Unicus English Olympiad (USO) is an international competitive exam for students in grades 1 to 11 that is held both online and offline (pen/paper) for the year 2022-23. Unicus Olympiads organises six olympiads, including the UEO. The Olympiad’s primary focus is on the appropriate use of the English language to develop communication skills in the language. As we know that English is a global language, being good at the language helps the person to travel and pursue a career in any corner of the world. The UEO syllabus is classified and serves as the foundation for all boards. Students from all boards, including state, CBSE, ICSE, and international, are eligible to take the English exam. Based on their grades and academic curriculum, the exam ensures that students are assessed on a variety of English topics such as nouns, adverbs, adjectives, Spoken and Written Expressions, Jumbled Words and Punctuations and many more.

Unicus Olympiads (Summer Olympiad Exams)

The Unicus Olympiads are unique in that a student’s understanding from previous years is tested. Mathematics, science, English, computer, critical thinking, and general knowledge olympiads are held. The online exam is supervised by a webcam. The offline exam is only available to students who register through their schools. The exam is only given at one level, and there is no negative marking.

The various olympiads conducted by Unicus are as follows:

  • Unicus Mathematics Olympiad (USO)
  • Unicus English Olympiad (UEO)
  • Unicus Science Olympiad (USO)
  • Unicus Critical Thinking Olympiad (UCTO)
  • Unicus Cyber Olympiad (UCO)
  • Unicus General Knowledge Olympiad (UGKO)

Exam Date

Unicus Olympiad is India’s first summer olympiad exam, established to encourage students to study concepts rather than memorise facts. This method fosters students’ curiosity, allowing them to answer all why, what, how, when, and where questions. Unicus Olympiads encourages children by presenting them with certificates.

Dates for Academic Year 2022-2023

Students in grades 1 to 11 can now register for the USO exam 2022–23 on their own or through their schools. The Unicus English Olympiad (UEO) exam dates have been published on the Unicus Olympiads’ official website. Candidates can view exam dates and schedule their studies accordingly.

The exam is held on two separate dates.

  • 10 May 2022, which falls on Tuesday
  • 27 May 2022, which falls on Friday

Answer Key Release Date

After every exam, the Unicus releases the answer key for the respective exams. The candidate can check the answer key and evaluate the marks that can be obtained in the olympiad exam. The USO exam will release the answer key for the exams on:

  • 30 May 2022, which falls on Monday
  • 31 May 2022, which falls on Tuesday

Unicus Registration

The Unicus English Olympiad registration process is very simple, and the guidelines can be found on the official website. The details and procedures regarding the registration process are described below.

Some important points to remember when registering are listed below.

  • Students can enrol for the olympiad either individually or through their school.
  • To appear for exams, students must complete the UEO Registration Form 2022.
  • Unicus olympiads require students to complete the application form within the time frame specified.
  • Registration must be completed online at the Unicus Olympiad’s official website.
  • Students must register with the help of school officials or their parents.

Registration of Students through School

Unicus Olympiads is open to students in grades 1 to 11. A prospectus containing registration forms is distributed to all schools registered with Unicus Olympiads. If any of the schools have not yet registered with the organisation, they can contact the organisation via email, and the necessary arrangements will be made. Schools must return duly completed application forms to Unicus Olympiads at least one month before the final exam.

Registration for Individual Participants

Individual participation is possible if any of the schools do not hold Olympiads. Individual registration for participants is available on the official website. The exam is taken online using a laptop or desktop computer, a high-speed internet connection, and a webcam. For individual participants, the final exam will require access to a webcam as it is conducted online. The student must attempt the exam from home.

Examination Pattern

The examination pattern for USO varies for different grades. Unicus Olympiads test students’ conceptual understanding of what the candidate has learnt during the previous and current academic year. The previous class will be weighted 70-75 per cent in the exam, and the one before will be weighted 25-30 per cent. This applies to students in grades 3r to 11. The exam for Class 2 will have the same weightage as Class 1. Pre-primary classes will be weighted 100 per cent in the exam for Class 1. The exam consists of two sections:

  • Classic Section: This section will consist of questions related to practical concepts of the English language.
  • Scholar Section: This section will have questions on High Order Thinking Skills (HOTS).

Classes

Sections

Total Questions

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

Total Time (in minutes)

1

Classic Section – Pre-primary

20

1

20

Scholar Section – Pre-primary

5

2

10

Grand Total

25

30

45

2

Classic Section – Class 1

30

1

30

Scholar Section – Class 1

5

2

10

35

35

40

60

3 to 5

Classic Section – Previous Class

23

1

23

Classic Section – Previous to Previous Class

7

1

7

Scholar Section – Previous Class

7

2

14

Scholar Section – Previous to Previous Class

3

2

6

Grand Total

40

50

60

6 to 11

Classic Section – Previous Class

28

1

28

Classic Section – Previous to Previous Class

12

1

12

Scholar Section – Previous Class

7

2

14

Scholar Section – Previous to Previous Class

3

2

6

Grand Total

50

60

60

Syllabus for Unicus English Olympiad

The syllabus for USO is as per the academic curriculum of CBSE, ICSE and other state boards. The syllabus for various classes is tabulated below.

Class

Syllabus of Classic Section

Syllabus of Scholar Section

1

  • Letters (Aa-Zz), including Alphabetical Order
  • Pre-writing Strokes – Standing, Sleeping, Slanting and Curves
  • Article (A/An); Objects Related to Letters; One-Many (adding ‘s’)
  • Rhyming Words; Sound of Letters; Opposite – Gender; This-That & These–Those
  • Vowel Words; Vowels and Consonants
  • Three to Five Letter Words
  • Pronouns – He, She, They, It
  • Basic Social Conversations
  • Picture Composition, Making Sentences with Certain Words or Structure and Use of ‘in’, ‘on’ and ‘under’ in Sentences

High-Order Thinking Skills-based questions – Syllabus as per Classic Section

2

  • Words: Their Meanings and Opposites
  • Identify the Word From the Picture, Making a Word; Jumbled Letters
  • Feminine and Masculine; One and Many
  • Word Pairs, Odd One Out
  • Animals
  • Their Babies
  • Sounds and Groups
  • Nouns; Verbs; Articles
  • Comprehension (Prose and Poetry)

High-Order Thinking Skills-based questions – Syllabus as per Classic Section

3

  • Words: Their Meanings and Opposites
  • Identify the Word From the Picture, Making a Word, Word Pairs, Odd One Out
  • Jumbled Letters
  • Feminine and Masculine
  • One and Many; Nouns, Pronouns; Verbs, Adverbs
  • Collocations
  • Adjectives, Prepositions
  • Articles, Conjunctions
  • Contractions, Punctuation
  • Simple tenses
  • Spellings, Words Related to Animals and Their Sounds, Groups, Clothes, Body parts, Basic Emotions, Food, etc.
  • Proverbs and Phrase Pairs
  • Search For and Retrieve Information From Various Text Types Like Stories, Short Dialogues, Etc. Acquire a broad understanding of and look for specific information in short texts like messages, invitations, etc.
  • Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like thanking, greeting, asking for permission, introducing (oneself), etc.
  • Comprehension (Prose and Poetry)

High-Order Thinking Skills-based questions – Syllabus as per Classic Section

4

  • Word Power & Jumbled Words and Sentence Creation: Homophones, Collocations, Spellings, Words Related to Animals, Household Things, Clothes, Basic Emotions, Food, Animals, Pets, etc.
  • Gender and Relations
  • Singular-Plural and One Word Substitution; Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Verbs, Adverbs
  • Contractions
  • Adjectives
  • Articles and Prepositions; Simple Tenses – Present and Past
  • Conjunctions and Punctuations
  • Questions and Question Tags
  • Comprehension (Stories and Poetry): Search For and Retrieve Information From Various Text Types Like Stories, Anecdotes, etc.
  • Understand information through pictures, timetable format, etc.
  • Spoken and Written Expressions: Acquire a broad understanding of and look for specific information in short texts like messages, invitations, etc.
  • Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like apology, greeting, introduction, request, etc.
  • Search for and retrieve information from various text types like stories, short dialogues, etc. Acquire a broad understanding of and look for specific information in short texts like messages, invitations, etc.
  • Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like thanking, greeting, asking for permission, introducing (oneself), etc.

High-Order Thinking Skills-based questions – Syllabus as per Classic Section

5

  • Word Power & Jumbled Words and Sentence Creation: Homophones, Collocations, Spellings, Words Related to Animals, Household Things, Clothes, Basic Emotions, Food, Animals, Pets, etc.
  • Gender and Relations
  • Synonyms and Antonyms; Singular-Plural and One Word Substitution
  • Proverbs and Phrase Pairs; Nouns and Pronouns
  • Verbs and Adverbs
  • Adjectives
  • Articles and Prepositions
  • Contractions
  • Conjunctions and Punctuations; Comprehension (Stories and Poetry): Search for and Retrieve Information from Various Text Types, Like Stories, Anecdotes, etc.
  • Understand Information Through Pictures, Time-Table Format, etc.
  • Spoken and Written Expressions: Acquire a broad understanding of and look for specific information in short texts like messages, invitations, etc.
  • Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like apology, greeting, introduction, request, etc.; Tenses – Simple, Present and Continuous.

High-Order Thinking Skills-based questions – Syllabus as per Classic Section

6

  • Word Power & Jumbled Words and Sentence Creation: Collocations, Spellings, Words Related to Animals, Household Things, Clothes, Basic Emotions, Food, Animals, Pets, etc.
  • Synonyms and Antonyms; Nouns and Pronouns
  • Verbs and adverbs, Contractions, Phrasal Verbs; Adjectives
  • Articles and Prepositions; Comprehension (Prose and Poetry): Search For and Retrieve Information From Various Text Types Like Stories, Anecdotes, etc.
  • Understand information through pictures, timetable format, etc.
  • Spoken and Written Expression: Acquire a broad understanding of and look for specific information in short texts like messages, invitations, etc.
  • Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like apology, greeting, introduction, request, etc.
  • Tenses – Present – Perfect, Past – Simple, Continuous and Perfect; Passive Voice and Reported Speech; Short Composition (Notices and Messages), Composition Based on Visual Stimulus and Letter

High-Order Thinking Skills-based questions – Syllabus as per Classic Section

7

  • Nouns and Pronouns
  • Verbs and Phrasal Verbs; Adverbs
  • Adjectives; Articles
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Punctuations
  • Tenses – Present – Perfect, Past – Simple, Continuous and Perfect
  • Jumbled Words
  • Voice – Active and Passive and Reported Speech
  • Composition based on visual stimulus and letter
  • Letter (Formal and Informal)
  • Short Composition: Notice, Message, Post Card, Diary Entry, Newspaper Report and Poster Making; Comprehension (Prose and Poetry)
  • Spoken and Written Expression

High-Order Thinking Skills-based questions – Syllabus as per Classic Section

8

  • Nouns and Pronouns
  • Verbs and Adverbs
  • Articles and Preposition
  • Conjunctions and Punctuations
  • Adjectives; Tenses
  • Reported Speech
  • Voice – Active and Passive and Narration
  • Short Composition: Notice, Message, Post Card, Diary Entry, Newspaper Report and Poster Making
  • Letter (Formal and Informal)
  • Sentences and Sentence Sequencing
  • Jumbled Words
  • Spellings, Collocations and Words related to Travel, Locations, Activities, Homonyms and Homophones, etc. Synonyms and Antonyms
  • One Word Substitutions, Proverbs, Facts and Opinions
  • Phrasal Verbs and Idioms, Modals, Word order; Analogies
  • Short Composition (Notices, Messages and Letters): Search For and Retrieve Information From Various Text Types Like News Stories, Brochures, Formal and Informal Letters and Advertisements.
  • Understand Information Given In News Reports, Brochures, Itinerary, Etc.
  • Acquire a broad understanding of and look for specific information in short narratives, Biographies, Notices and Messages, Etc.
  • Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like requesting and refusing, Apologies and stating of preferences and expression of intent, etc.
  • Comprehension (prose and poetry)

High-Order Thinking Skills-based questions – Syllabus as per Classic Section

9

  • Nouns and Pronouns
  • Verbs and adverbs
  • Adjectives, Determiners
  • Articles and Prepositions
  • Prepositional Phrases, Participle Phrases
  • Spellings, Collocations and Words related to Travel, Locations, Activities, Homonyms and Homophones, Synonyms, Antonyms, etc.
  • Analogies and Spellings; Jumbled Words
  • One Word Substitutions, Proverbs, Facts and Opinions and Idioms
  • Phrasal Verbs and Idioms, Modals, Word order; Tenses
  • Conjunctions and Punctuations
  • Sentences and Sentence Sequencing; Voices and Narration; Question Tags
  • Short Composition (Notices, Messages and Letters): Search for and retrieve information from various text types like News stories, Brochures, Formal and informal letters and advertisements
  • Acquire a broad understanding of and look for specific information in short narratives, Biographies, Notices, Messages etc.
  • From various text types like news reports, blurb, dictionaries, etc.
  • Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like requesting and refusing, Apologies and stating of preferences and expression of intent, etc.
  • Understand Information Given in News Reports, Brochures, Itinerary, etc.
  • Words Related to Leisure, Household Items/Issues, Social Causes, Outdoor Locations and Activities, etc.
  • Understand information presented in instruction manual format, Message format and others; acquire a broad understanding of and look for specific information in longer texts like editorials, essays, etc.
  • Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like requesting, giving information, expressing surprise, pronunciation, etc.
  • Comprehension (Prose and Poetry).

High-Order Thinking Skills-based questions – Syllabus as per Classic Section

10

  • Nouns and Pronouns
  • Verbs, Adverbs and Adjectives
  • Articles and Prepositions; Conjunctions and Determiners
  • Prepositions, Prepositional Phrases, Participle Phrases; Tenses
  • Voices and Narration – Question Tags; One Word Substitutions, Proverbs and Phrasal Verbs, Concord, Question Forms, Conditionals, Modals, Reported Speech. Collocations, Idioms
  • Jumbled Words and Punctuations; Sentences and Sentence Sequencing
  • Understand Information Presented In Instruction Manual Format, Message Format and Others
  • Acquire a broad understanding of and look for specific information in longer texts like editorials, essays, etc.
  • Search for and retrieve information from various text types like news reports, blurbs, dictionaries, etc.
  • Synonyms and Antonyms, Homonyms, Homophones, Words Related to Social Cause, Travel, Workplace, etc.
  • Analogies and Spellings
  • One-word substitutions, Phrasal Verbs and Idioms or Proverbs
  • Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like requesting, giving information, expressing surprise, pronunciation etc.
  • Comprehension (Prose and Poetry): Acquire a broad understanding of and look for specific information in longer texts, like editorials and essays
  • Composition

High-Order Thinking Skills-based questions – Syllabus as per Classic Section

11

  • Nouns and Pronouns
  • Nouns (Nominalisation, Countable and Uncountable)
  • Adverbs and Adjectives
  • Articles and Prepositions
  • Conjunctions and Determiners
  • Verbs and Phrasal Verbs
  • Tenses; Voices, and Narration
  • One Word Substitutions, Proverbs and Phrasal Verbs, Concord, Question Forms, Conditionals, Modals, Reported Speech
  • Collocations, Idioms
  • Sentences and Sentence Sequencing
  • Words Related to Leisure, Household Items/Issues, Social Causes, Outdoor Locations and Activities, etc.
  • Jumbled Words and Punctuations
  • Spoken and Written Expression: Ability to understand situation-based variations in functions like giving advice, stating preferences, discussing probability, making an offer, etc.
  • Synonyms and Antonyms, Homonyms, Homophones, Words Related to Weather, Countries, Language and People, Global Problems, Words Related to Social Cause, Travel, Workplace, etc.
  • Analogies and Spellings
  • One Word Substitutions and Idioms
  • Word Order
  • Spoken and Written Expression: Ability To Understand Situation-Based Variations In Functions Like Giving/Accepting Compliments, Agreeing, Disagreeing, Requesting, Seeking Information, Pronunciation, etc.
  • Comprehension (Prose and Poetry): acquire a broad understanding of and look for specific information in longer texts, like editorials, essays
  • Compositions

High-Order Thinking Skills-based questions – Syllabus as per Classic Section

UEO Result

One month after the final exam, the Unicus Olympiad will release the UEO 2022 results. Candidates must visit the official website to stay up to date on the UEO 2022 results. Students can also check UEO results with the school coordinator.

USO Ranking Criteria

Unicus English Olympiads (USO) ranking criteria for Classes 1 to 11 are offered based on total marks earned in the examination.

Where two or more students score the same total marks, on the basis of,

  • Marks secured in the preceding section of the class.
  • Marks that were secured in the Scholar Section of the preceding class.
  • Marks in the Classic Section of the preceding year.
  • Marks scored in the Classic Section, which year preceded.
  • In the event of a tie (in the case of an online exam), the student who completed the test in less time will be ranked higher.
  • In the event of another tie (in the case of an online exam), the younger student, based on the Date of Birth, will be ranked higher.
  • Since the Unicus Olympiads will be held on separate days, the sessions have different sets of question papers. The final ranks will be determined by normalising the ranks for each session.
  • If two or more students receive the same score under the above criteria, they will be assigned the same rank.
  • In the event of a misunderstanding, the Academic Council’s decision will be final and binding.

Class 1 Ranking Criteria

The students who achieve more than 60% in the exam will receive a Merit Certificate and Medal delivered to their home/school address. Also, all the students will get a digital Participation Certificate, which can be downloaded from the Results section on the dashboard.

Awards and Recognition

All the students who write the Olympiad prepare with great zeal and expect a reward from the organisation. These help to boost the confidence of students and encourage them to write more such competitive exams.

UEO Rewards for Classes 2 to 11

For students appearing for UEO (Classes 2 to 11), the awards and recognition are described below:

  • Top 15% of students will be awarded a Merit Certificate.
  • Gold Medal for all students who get 95 percentile or above, or Zonal rank less than or equal to 10.
  • The top 3 students (registered through school) from every school with more than 25 students in a class appearing for an Olympiad exam will be awarded a Medal of Excellence and a Merit Certificate.
  • The top 3 students from Classes 2 to 11 will be awarded Scholar’s Trophy and Merit Certificate.
  • Every participant will be awarded a digital participation certificate. This will be available in the dashboard of the participant.
  • If a student meets 2 or more criteria, then they will qualify for a higher award.

UEO Rewards for Class 1

For students appearing for USO (Class 1), the awards and recognition are as follows:

  • All students scoring more than 60% will receive a Merit Certificate and a Medal.
  • Every participant will be awarded a digital participation certificate. This will be available in the dashboard of the participant.
  • No ranks will be declared for all the students.

Preparation Tips for UEO

Students can prepare for the English olympiad by reading extensively from their school textbooks. The questions on the annual olympiad exam are all based on the school curriculum. It provides services to all boards, including CBSE, ICSE, and other state boards.

The following are some preparation tips for the Unicus English Olympiad.

  • Participants should be familiar with the exam format for their respective classes. The exam is divided into two parts: Classic and Scholar.
  • To practise conceptual questions, use the UEO sample papers available on the official website.
  • Students taking UEO 2022 can expect a variety of difficult questions. The exam is introduced to evaluate students’ interests.
  • A practice test can be taken to determine the exam’s difficulty level.
  • Since this is an English exam, one must read more books and have a good vocabulary.
  • Spending some time each day on the olympiad exam syllabus will help you achieve a high score in the exam.

Frequently Asked Questions on UEO 2022-2023

What is the syllabus of the UEO Olympiad?

Unicus Olympiads follow a combination of CBSE, ICSE and state board syllabi for the olympiad exam.

How are olympiad exams helpful to students?

Olympiad exams are designed to bring out the best in children. These are national and international competitions that have long-term benefits. Some of the most notable advantages are improving problem-solving ability, analytical thinking, and testing students’ aptitude.

What are the different olympiad exams conducted by Uniscus?

The various olympiads conducted by Unicus are as follows:

  • Unicus Mathematics Olympiad (USO)
  • Unicus English Olympiad (UEO)
  • Unicus Science Olympiad (USO)
  • Unicus Critical Thinking Olympiad (UCTO)
  • Unicus Cyber Olympiad (UCO)
  • Unicus General Knowledge Olympiad (UGKO)

Is the examination pattern the same for all grades?

The examination pattern is different for all grades.