National Standards Organization
  • About Exam

    National Science Olympiad (NSO) is organized every year to motivate students to strive for better and deeper understanding of scientific facts and data and to enhance their reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills.


    Students of classes 1st to 12 are eligible to appear for the 1st level NSO. Those who qualify for the 2nd level exam include top 5% of students, class wise, who appear for the 1st level exam, state wise top 10 rank holders class wise, and class toppers from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 75% qualifying marks.

    NSO Registration / Application Form

    Students have to register for the exam only from their school itself. NSO does not accept individual participation of the candidate from any other mode.


    All the information is sent to the schools all over the country / Asian countries along with prospectus, registration forms, posters and other details before the first round and then as the date and venue of the second level is decided, the information is sent to the relevant schools again.


  • Eligibility

    Students of classes 1st to 12th are eligible to appear for the 1st level NSO. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. Students who qualify for the 2nd level exam include top 5% of students, class wise, who appear for the 1st level exam, state wise top 10 rank holders class wise, and class toppers from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 75% qualifying marks. Students from classes 1 and 2 are not required to appear for the 2nd level exam and are ranked based on their performance in the first level exam.

  • Test Duration & Pattern

    NSO 2016 Pattern:- The competition is a written test of 60 minutes duration comprising of objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions. Each correct answer carries one mark. There will be a separate question paper for each class. The question paper will consists of two sections. For class 1 to 4:- The participant has to answer 35 questions in 60 minutes.

     • Section I: Mental Ability (10 questions) 
     • Section II: Science (25 questions) For class 5 to 10:- The participant has to answer 50 questions in 60 minutes. 
     • Section I: Mental Ability (15 questions) 
     • Section II: Science (35 questions) For class 11 to 12:- For class 11 and 12, students can opt for Mathematics or Biology. There will be separate papers for each group. 
     • Section I: Mathematics (20 questions) or Biology (20 questions)
     • Section II: Physics & Chemistry (30 questions)

  • Exam Format

    ClassSectionNo. of QuestionsMarks/QuestionTotal Marks
    1 to 4Logical Reasoning515
     Science25125
     Achievers Section5210
     Grand Total35 40
    5 to 10Logical Reasoning10110
     Science35135
     Achievers Section5315
     Grand Total50 60
    11 and 12Physics & Chemistry25125
     Achievers Section5315
     Mathematics/Biology20120
     Grand Total50 60

  • Important Dates

    NSO 2016 Exam Date:- 15th & 24th Nov, 2016.

  • How to Apply

    Students have to register for the exam only from their school itself. NSO does not accept individual participation of the candidate from any other mode.

    All the information is sent to the schools all over the country / Asian countries along with prospectus, registration forms, posters and other details before the first round and then as the date and venue of the second level is decided, the information is sent to the relevant schools again.

  • Official Website

    https://nso.gov.mt