Unicus General Knowledge

Unicus General Knowledge Olympiad is a school-level summer olympiad competitive exam introduced by Unicus Olympiads in which students in grades 2 to 11 can compete. Unicus Olympiads host six olympiads, including the UGKO. The primary focus of the Olympiad is on scientific concepts, equations, and their real-life applications. The UGKO syllabus is divided into categories and serves as the foundation for all boards. Students from all boards are eligible to take the General Knowledge Olympiad, including state, CBSE, ICSE, and international. This exam ensures that students are assessed on a variety of General Knowledge topics such as monuments, religious places, public places, important dates in history, popular personalities, major historical places, countries, continents, capitals, books authors, politics, current affairs and many more.

Unicus Olympiads (Summer Olympiad Exams)

The Unicus Olympiads are unique in that a student’s understanding of the previous year’s subject knowledge is tested. Mathematics, science, English, computer, critical thinking, and general knowledge olympiads are held. A webcam supervises the online exam. 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 (UMO)
  • 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 develops 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 2 to 11 can now register for the UGKO exam 2022–23 on their own or through their schools. The Unicus General Knowledge Olympiad (UGKO) exam dates have been published on the Unicus Olympiads’ official website. Candidates can view exam dates and timetable their studies accordingly.

The exam is held on two separate dates.

  • 6 May 2022, which falls on Friday
  • 24 May 2022, which falls on Tuesday

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 UGKO exam will release the answer key for the exams on:

  • 27 May 2022, which falls on Friday
  • 28 May 2022, which falls on Saturday

Unicus Registration

The Unicus General Knowledge 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 UGKO 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 are 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 e-mail, 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 UGKO 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 3 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 general knowledge.
  • Scholar Section: This section will have questions on current affairs.

Detailed information about the pattern for each class is tabulated below.

Classes

Sections

Total Questions

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

Total Time (in minutes)

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 General Knowledge Olympiad

The syllabus for UGKO 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

2

  • Important Days
  • Festivals and Religious
  • Places of Worship
  • Means of Transport
  • Our Surroundings
  • Family and Relations
  • Animals, Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers
  • Body Parts and Sense Organs
  • Buildings and Monuments
  • Famous Personalities
  • Sports, Games and Its Players
  • Current Affairs

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

3

  • Important Days
  • Buildings and Monuments
  • Family and Relations
  • Festivals and Religions, Places of Worship
  • Books and Authors
  • Plants, Animals, Birds and Insects
  • Our Body
  • Universe, Earth and Its Environment
  • India & Its Neighbouring Countries
  • People and Their Profession, Famous Personalities (India and the World)
  • Transport and Communication
  • Books and Authors
  • Sports, Games and Its Players
  • Current Affairs

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

4

  • People and Their Profession, Personalities (India and the World)
  • Books and Authors
  • Important Days
  • Historical Events, Buildings & Monuments
  • People and Places of the World
  • Features of Earth; Everyday Science
  • Abbreviations
  • Flags of Different Countries
  • Oceans & Continents
  • Sports, Games and Its Players
  • Music, Films and Dance; States, Capitals & Union Territories (India & its Neighbouring Countries)
  • Current Affairs

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

5

  • India – State and Capitals, Neighbouring Countries
  • Historical Events, Buildings & Monuments – Famous Sites in the World
  • Books and Authors
  • People and Places of the World
  • Abbreviations
  • Oceans & Continents
  • Types of Profession
  • Human Body and Animal Family
  • Features of Earth and Our Universe
  • Inventions & Inventors
  • Films – Actors and Actresses, Women in Cinema, and Types of Dance
  • Countries – Flags, Capitals, Currencies, and Cities of the World
  • Sports – Types, Events and its Players
  • Current Affairs

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

6

  • Continents and Oceans
  • India – State and Capitals, Neighbouring Countries; Books and Authors
  • Types of Profession
  • Hill Stations, Sanctuaries and Airports; Abbreviations
  • Historical Events & Famous Sites of the World
  • Human Body and Animal Family
  • Features of Earth and Our Universe
  • Major Mountain Chains of the World
  • Dams & Waterways
  • Famous Institutions
  • Deserts and Plateaus of the World
  • First in India & the World, and Facts about India; Inventions & Inventors
  • Films – Actors and Actresses, Women in Cinema, and Types of Dance
  • Sports – Terms, Types, Events and its Players
  • Countries – Flags, Capitals, Currencies, and Cities of the World
  • Current Affairs

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

7

  • Major Mountain Chains of the World
  • Countries – Flags, Capitals, Currencies, and Cities of the World
  • Major Rivers, Dams & Waterways – in India and the World
  • Famous Institutions, Buildings and Monuments
  • Deserts and Plateaus of the World
  • Hill Stations, Sanctuaries, and Airports
  • First in India & the World, Facts about India, and First in Different Fields
  • Books and Authors; Abbreviations
  • Films
  • Sports
  • Important Dates
  • Highest Honours of Various Countries
  • National & International Awards
  • UNO & its Agencies
  • Inventions & Inventors
  • History of India & the World, Freedom Struggle, and Freedom Fighters of India
  • Indian Constitution, Politics and Political Parties & Elections in India
  • Geographical Features of India & the World
  • Current Affairs

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

8

  • History of India & the World
  • First in India & the World and First in Different Fields
  • Indian Freedom Struggle, Freedom Fighters, Important Years, and Famous Slogans
  • Indian Constitution, Politics & Political Parties, and Elections in India
  • Places of the World; Major Rivers of India & the World
  • Geographical Features of India & the World
  • National Parks and Hill Stations
  • Films; Sports
  • Abbreviations; Books and Authors
  • Countries – Flags, Capitals, Currencies and Cities of the World
  • Important Dates
  • Highest Honours of Various Countries
  • National & International – Awards and Honours
  • UNO & Its Agencies
  • Research Institutes and International Organisation
  • Current Affairs

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

9

  • History of India & the World
  • First in India and the World, First in Different Fields; Indian – Freedom Struggle, Important Years, and Famous Slogans
  • Indian Constitution, Politics & Political Parties, and Elections in India
  • Geographical Features of India & the World
  • Places of the World
  • National Parks, Technology & Research Institutes and International Organisations
  • Economics
  • Books and Authors
  • Abbreviations
  • Films
  • Sports
  • Countries
  • Capitals and Currencies
  • Awards and Honours
  • Hill Stations
  • Dates and Events
  • Battles and Wars, World War I & II
  • National Symbols of India and Its Neighbouring Countries
  • Current Affairs

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

10

  • History of India & the World, Rise of British in India, Freedom Movement
  • First in Different Fields
  • Dates and Events, Battles and Wars, and World War I and II
  • Russian & French Revolution
  • Indian Constitution, Politics and Political Parties, and Elections in India
  • Geographical Features of India & the World
  • Places of the World
  • National Parks, Technology & Research Institutes, and International Organisations
  • Economics
  • Books and Authors
  • Abbreviations
  • Films
  • Sports
  • Countries – Capitals and Currencies
  • National and International – Awards and Honours
  • Hill Stations
  • National Symbols of India and Its Neighbouring Countries
  • Judiciary in India & the World, and Names of Parliament
  • Current Affairs

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

11

  • History of India and the World, Rise of British in India, Freedom Movement
  • First in India and the World, Important Events in World History
  • Indian Constitution, Politics and Political Parties and Elections in India
  • President, Vice-President, Government, Administration
  • Geographical Features of India & the World
  • Places of the World
  • National Parks, Technology & Research Institutes and International Organisations
  • National & International – Awards and Symbols
  • Economics
  • Books and Authors
  • Judiciary in India & the World and Names of Parliament
  • Sports and Railways
  • Countries, Capitals & Currencies
  • Current Affairs

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

UGKO Result

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

UGKO Ranking Criteria

Unicus General Knowledge Olympiads (UGKO) ranking criteria for Classes 2 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 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.
  • The Unicus Olympiads will be held on separate days, and the sessions will 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.

Awards and Recognition

All the students who write the olympiad exams 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.

UGKO Rewards for Classes 2 -11

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

  • The 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.
  • Overall the top 3 students from Classes 2 to 11 will be awarded a 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.

Preparation Tips for UGKO

Students can prepare for the General Knowledge 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 General Knowledge 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 UGKO sample papers available on the official website.
  • Students taking UGKO 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 a GK exam, one must read a lot of magazines and newspapers to know more about current affairs.
  • Spending some time each day on the Olympiad exam syllabus will help you achieve a high score in the exam.

Frequently Asked Questions on UGKO 2022-2023

What are the eligibility criteria for the UGKO exam?

Students of grades 2 to 11 can participate in the UGKO exam.

How are the olympiad exam helpful for students?

The 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.

Describe the Uniscus olympiads.

The Unicus Olympiads are unique in that a student’s understanding of the previous year’s subject knowledge is tested. Mathematics, science, English, computer, critical thinking, and general knowledge olympiads are held. The various olympiads conducted by

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

Which books can be used to prepare for the UGKO exam?

Students can refer to their own academic syllabus (State board, CBSE, ICSE & International board). The student can refer to any general knowledge books that comprise the topics mentioned for the exam.