Unicus Science Olympiad

The Unicus Science Olympiad (USO) is an international competitive exam held both online and offline (pen/paper) for students in grades 1 to 11 in the year 2022-23. Six olympiads, including USO, are conducted by Unicus Olympiads. The primary focus of the olympiad is on scientific concepts, equations, and their real-life applications. The USO syllabus is divided into different categories and serves as the foundation for all boards. Students from all boards are eligible to take the Science Olympiad, including state, CBSE, ICSE, and international. This exam ensures that students are assessed on a variety of science topics, such as living things, non-living things, atoms, molecules, compounds, substances, matter, force, motion, and chemical reactions, among others, based on their grades and academic curriculum.

Unicus Olympiads (Summer Olympiad Exams)

The Unicus Olympiads are unique in that a student’s understanding of the previous years’ 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 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 Science Olympiad (USO) 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.

  • 8 July 2022, which falls on Friday
  • 26 July 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 USO exam will release the answer key for the exams on:

  • 29 July 2022, which falls on Friday
  • 30 July 2022, which falls on Saturday

UNICUS Registration

The Unicus Science 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 USO 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 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 will apply 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 practical applications of science concepts
  • Scholar Section: This section will have questions on High Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)

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

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 Science 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

  • Parts of Body, Sense Organs
  • My Home, My Family, My School
  • Seasons – Summer, Winter, Rainy
  • Transport – Land, Water, Air
  • Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers
  • Animals – Wild Animals, Domestic Animals, Pet Animals, Farm Animals and Water Animals
  • Animals and Their Sounds
  • Animals and Their Young Ones
  • Animals and Homes
  • Birds and Insects
  • People – Doctor, Teacher, Policeman, Postman, Carpenter, Farmer, etc.
  • Basic Social Manners and Habits – Healthy and Junk Foods
  • Miscellaneous: Festivals, Games, Safety, Traffic Rules

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

2

  • Living and Non-living things
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Beings and Their Needs
  • Good Habits and Safety Rules
  • Air and Water
  • Weather and the Sky

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

3

  • Living and Non-living things
  • Plants and Animals
  • Good Habits and Safety Rules
  • Air, Water and Rocks
  • Weather, Earth and Universe
  • Human Body
  • Food
  • Housing and Clothing
  • Family and Festivals
  • Occupations
  • Transport and Communication

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

4

  • Human Body
  • Our Environment
  • Food, Housing and Clothing
  • Family and Festivals
  • Occupations; Good Habits and Safety Rules
  • Air, Water and Rocks
  • Earth and Universe
  • Plants and Animals; Birds
  • Transport and Communication
  • Matter and Materials
  • Light, Sound and Force

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

5

  • Plants and Animals
  • Birds
  • Housing and Clothing
  • Transport and Communication
  • Human Body
  • Earth and Universe
  • Matter and Materials
  • Light, Sound and Force
  • Our Environment
  • Food and Digestion
  • Force, Work and Energy

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

6

  • Plants and Animals
  • Food and Clothing
  • Natural Resources and Calamities
  • Matter and Materials
  • Force, Work and Energy
  • Our Environment
  • Earth and Universe
  • Human Body and Health

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

7

  • Human Body and Health
  • Natural Resources and Calamities
  • Earth and Universe
  • Food and Its Component
  • Fibre to Fabric
  • Sorting and Separation of Materials
  • Matter and Changes Around Us
  • Living Organisms and Their Surroundings
  • Motion and Measurement of Distances
  • Light, Shadows and Reflection
  • Electricity and Circuits
  • Fun with Magnets
  • Our Environment

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

8

  • Food and Its Components
  • Fibre to Fabric
  • Sorting and Separation of Materials
  • Living Organisms and Their Surroundings
  • Fun with Magnets
  • Our Environment
  • Nutrition, Transportation and Respiration in Plants and Animals
  • Heat and Light; Acids, Bases and Salts
  • Physical and Chemical Changes
  • Weather, Climate and Adaptations of Animals to Climate
  • Winds, Storms and Cyclones
  • Natural Resources and their Conservation
  • Reproduction in Plants; Motion, Measurement of Distances and Time
  • Electric Current and Its Effect

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

9

  • Synthetic Fibres and Plastics
  • Physical and Chemical Changes
  • Weather, Climate and Adaptations of Animals to Climate
  • Natural Resources and Their Conservation
  • Nutrition, Transportation, Respiration and Reproduction in Plants and Animals
  • Motion and Time
  • Electric Current and Its Chemical Effect
  • Light, Sound, Force and Pressure
  • Crop Production and Management
  • Micro-organisms
  • Synthetic Fibres and Plastics
  • Metals and Non-metals
  • Coal and Petroleum
  • Heat, Combustion and Flame
  • Conservation of Plants and Animals
  • Cell
  • Some Natural Phenomena, Stars and the Solar System

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

10

  • Crop Production and Management
  • Micro-organisms
  • Synthetic Fibres and Plastics
  • Metals and Non-metals
  • Coal and Petroleum, Combustion and Flame
  • Conservation of Plants and Animals
  • Reproduction in Animals
  • Chemical Effects of Electric Current
  • Some Natural Phenomena, Stars and the Solar System
  • Light, Sound and Pressure; Matter in our Surroundings, Mixtures, Solutions and Colloids
  • Atoms, Molecules and Structure of Atom
  • Cells and Tissues; Diversity in Living Organisms
  • Laws of Motion and Gravitation
  • Force, Work and Energy
  • Why Do We Fall Ill
  • Natural Resources
  • Improvement in Food Resources.

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

11

  • Matter in Our Surroundings, Mixtures, Solutions and Colloids
  • Atoms, Molecules and Structure of Atom
  • Cell and Tissues
  • Diversity in Living Organisms
  • Laws of Motion and Gravitation
  • Force, Sound, Work and Energy
  • Why Do We Fall Ill; Natural Resources
  • Chemical Reactions and Equations
  • Acids, Bases and Salts
  • Metals and Non-metals
  • Carbon and Its Compounds
  • Periodic Classification of Elements
  • Life Processes and Heredity and Evolution
  • Light-Reflection and Refraction
  • Electricity and Magnetic Effects of Electric Current
  • Our Environment and Its Management
  • Improvement in Food Resources

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

USO Result

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

USO Ranking Criteria

Unicus Science 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, preceding year.
  • 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.
  • Because the Unicus Olympiads will be held on separate days and sessions with 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 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.

USO Rewards for Classes 2 to 11

For students appearing for USO (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.

USO 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 be sent 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 USO

Students can prepare for the Science 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 Science 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 USO sample papers available on the official website.
  • Students taking USO 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 science exam, one must solve and practise more to gain a firm grasp of the concepts and syllabus.
  • Spending some time each day on the olympiad exam syllabus will help you achieve a high score in the exam.

Frequently Asked Questions on USO 2022-2023

What is the mode of Unicus Olympiads?

The Unicus Olympiads are conducted in both online and pen/paper exams. Do note that the registrations for pen/paper exams are possible only through schools.

What are the benefits of the olympiad exam?

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

Are there any special books for the Unicus olympiad?

Students can refer to their own academic syllabuses (State board, CBSE, ICSE & International board). The USO study resources can be found on the official website.