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SOF IGKO 2020-21 International General Knowledge Olympiad :

Organisation : Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF)
Contest Name : IGKO 2020-21 International General Knowledge Olympiad
Applicable For : Students of classes 1 to 10th
Last Date : 30 days before the chosen date of exam date
Exam Dates : 10th Sep, 15th Sep & 22nd Sep 2020
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SOF IGKO Olympiad

Applications are invited for SOF IGKO Olympiad 2020-21.

Related / Similar Contest : SOF NSO Olympiad 2020-21


Students of classes 1 to 10th are eligible to appear for the SOF IGKO. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. SOF IGKO is a single level exam.

How To Participate?

Registration of Students

The SOF IGKO is open to the students of classes 1 to 10. Students should register through their respective schools only. Individual registrations by students are not accepted. A minimum of 10 students need to be registered from each school for SOF IGKO.

Principals/teachers may please note that any school can be registered as a center for SOF IGKO Level 1. No fee is required from the institution to become a registered examination centre.

Prospectus containing the Registration forms are sent to all schools registered with SOF. Schools not registered may also request for prospectus by sending an e-mail at or by calling 0124-4951200. Schools must return the registration forms to SOF, duly filled in and complete in all respects by the due date.

Roll Numbers

The school’s coordinating teacher should fill the School Registration Form (SRF) and Students’ Registration Sheet (SRS) as per the guidelines given & should send to the SOF’s office before the due date of submission of forms.

SOF will register the applicant school and the students. As per the Students’ Registration Sheet (SRS) received from the School, SOF will generate roll numbers for all students.

SOF will dispatch examination material and guidelines as per the exam date & forms received from the school for conducting the examination.

Registration Fee

Schools in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan & Nepal pay to SOF a registration fee of Rs 125* (including GST) per student / Olympiad towards cost of examination. Schools may charge an additional Rs 25** per student towards honorarium of incharge, remuneration to teachers to teach and guide, and for other expenses.

No fee is payable for students su?ering from any major physical disability, or an Indian student whose parent was martyred during defence operations.

*US$9 for other countries.
**US$1 for other countries.


The syllabus of the Olympiads is the syllabus as prescribed by the CBSE, ICSE and various state boards. The details of syllabus are also posted on the Foundation’s website

Exam Pattern

The SOF International General Knowledge Olympiad is a single level exam. The test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours.

(i) The level 1 competition is a test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 1 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12.

(ii) The question paper consists of four sections:
Section-1: General Awareness
Section-2: Current Affairs
Section-3: Life Skills
Section-4: Achievers Section

(iii) SOF IGKO is conducted on three dates for Level 1. Each school may select a date for conducting the SOF IGKO as per its convenience. There are separate question papers for each class. Change of date for conducting the SOF IGKO is not permitted.
(iv) The medium of the test is English.
(v) CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabi are followed for setting the test papers.
(vi) The exam is conducted during school hours.

Awards/ Scholarships

International, Zonal & School topper awards will be provided to SOF IGKO winners. IGKO is a Single level exam and will be conducted for classes 1 to 10.

Each winner will be entitled to one award for an exam. The winners will be entitled to the higher level award only. For e.g., the international top 3 rank holders will be entitled to awards based on their International ranks.

Awards accruing to them for Zonal ranks will be given to the next rank holder. Similarly, class award accruing to a Zonal award winner will be given to the next rank holder.


Any clarification regarding rules, format/pattern of the paper, etc., may be sought from SOF through phone-call – 0124-4951200 or email at

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