National Science Olympiad 2024-25: Application Process, Awards, Eligibility

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The results of the National Science Olympiad 2024–25 (NSO) Level 2 exams were released on January 3, 2024. The National Science Olympiad (NSO) Level 2 exam was held on February 11, 2024. The Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) NSO 2023 was organised in three phases (exams), where Exam Level 1 was held on October 17, 2023, Exam Level 2 on November 21, 2023, and Exam 3 on December 5, 2023. The tentative dates for the years 2024–25 are to be announced soon.

The National Science Olympiad is a national-level competitive exam that is organised at the school level by the Science Olympiad Foundation. The National Science Olympiad offers awards and honours to students scoring maximum marks on the test. In this article, we will cover all the important aspects of the National Science Olympiad Level Exam Date (2024–25).

Name of the ProgramNational Science Olympiad 2024-25
Organising BodyScience Olympiad Foundation (SOF)
EligibilityClasses Ist to XIIth
Performance Certificate
Prize money – Upto INR 50,000
Application FeeINR 125/- Olympiad (Expected)
Official Websitehttps://sofworld.org/nso

National Science Olympiad (2024-25)

The National Science Olympiad is a science competition that aims to identify and bring up children with innovative and analytical skills as futurist scientists, technologists, and information technology talents at the school level.

The participants in the NSO are ranked based on their obtained marks in the examination. After the first level of examination, the student can better know about their potential at the four different levels of the examination that are held at school, city, state, and, at last, International level.

Furthermore, students who qualify for the 2nd level exam include:

  • The first 5 percent of students, according to class, who appear for the 1st level examination,
  • Students who are the first 25 rank holders, class-wise,
  • Class topper from the list of participating schools where at least 10 students from a class appear in the examination and have scored 50 percent qualifying marks.

It should be noted that students from classes 1 and 2 are not required to appear for the 2nd level examination. They are ranked according to their performance in the first level of examination.

Also Read: List of School Level Olympiad Exams

How to Apply for the National Science Olympiad 2024-25?

The National Science Olympiad registration process dates are yet to be announced. Students who are studying in Classes Ist to XIIth and want to apply for the National Science Olympiad via their respective schools or institutions are to be advised to keep an eye check on the upcoming notifications, which will be released soon.

For the NSO Level 2 examination, students are advised to follow the below-given instructions. Furthermore, students are advised to follow the official website of the National Science Olympiad.

  • You will receive a prospectus consisting of the NSO registration form.
  • Students who are studying in a school that is not registered with the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF), can ask for the prospectus by contacting the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) via phone at 0124-4951200 or mail them at [email protected].
  • Fill out the registration form by entering all the required information and submitting it to your school.
  • Pay the registration fee, which is INR 125 for all candidates.
  • Your school will return the filled registration form to the SOF.

Also Read: SOF Olympiad

National Science Olympiad (NSO)Eligibility Criteria

The National Science Olympiad is conducted for school students to asses their academic and scientific knowledge. The NSO 2023-24 will be conducted in three phases, and on different dates. The National Science eligibility criteria will be different for level 1 and level 2 exams.

Level 1 Exam

The Level 1 exam doesn’t have any specific eligibility criteria. This exam is open to all students who are currently enrolled in Classes Ist to XIIth. This level exam is open to all school students and there are no criteria for minimum marks.

Level 2 Exam

The Level 2 exam will be conducted only for those candidates who will score well in the Level 1 exam. Students appearing for the Level 2 exam must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Of all the students who appeared for Level 1, only the top 5% will be selected.
  • There will be 25 zone-wise rank holders from each class.
  • Every class topper from participating schools with at least 10 students from a class will be allowed to appear for the exam and their scores must be at least 50%.

Also Read: SOF Olympiad

National Science Olympiad Awards

Students who secure positions in the National Science Olympiad are awarded medals, certificates and cash prizes. The NSO awards are distributed at both zonal and international levels. The NSO awards for Level 2 and Class 1 and 2 are described in the table below:

International Level

Ranks Number of AwardsAwards
1st12Gold Medal + Performance Certificate + INR 50,000
2nd 12Silver Medial + Performance Certificate + INR 25,000
3rd12Bronze Medal + Performance Certificate + INR 10,000

Zonal Level

Ranks Number of AwardsAwards
1st312Gold Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence + INR 5,000
2nd 312Silver Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence+ INR 2500
3rd312Bronze Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence + INR 1000
4th to 10th2184Certificate of Distinction + Certificate of Zonal Excellence + Gifts worth INR 1,000 Each + Medal of Distinction
11th to 20th4680Certificate of Zonal Excellence + Certificate of Distinction + Medal of Distinction 
Above 20thEveryoneMerit Certificate

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NSO Exams Admit Card, 2024

Let us discuss the admit card and answer key dates of the NSO examination 2024:

NSO Admit Card 2023 is to be out for stage 2January 3, 2024
NSO Admit Card 2023 to be out for stage 2February 2024
NSO stage 2 exam 2023-24 February 11, 2024
NSO stage 2 result 2023-24March 2024

Check out for some important contact Email addresses for NSO Exam 2024:

Important Queries Email Id
Registration[email protected]
Examination[email protected]
Result/Awards[email protected]
Roll no/Admit Cards[email protected]
General[email protected]

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How many exams will be there for the National Science Olympiad?

The National Science Olympiad consists of three exams: Exam 1, 2 and 3. All these exams are for different students belonging to Classes Ist to XIIth.

Who conducts the National Science Olympiad?

The National Science Olympiad (NOS) is annually organized by the Science Olympiad Foundation, which assesses students based on their academic and scientific intelligence.

What is the NSO application fee?

The NSO application fee is INR 125 for all students. The NSO application fee is non-refundable.

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