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How To Prepare For NSO (National Science Olympiad)


A “Science Olympiad” tests the skills, level of knowledge and power of reasoning of a student outside of their regular school education. It helps the students to strive for better understanding of science knowledge and enhance their reasoning, analytical and problem-solving skills.

National Science Olympiad (NSO) is a school level competitive exam organized by Science Olympiad Foundation annually for class 1st to 12th. NSO helps students to judge themselves academically within the school, city, zone and above all at International level. It is a separate exam conducted every year in English language for every class based on their respective syllabus.

Appearing in Olympiad is easier but getting an International rank is very tough. A systematic approach and smart study is required to get good result. Here are some tips which will help you to crack NSO in more confident way.

Prefer Enhanced Study Material For The Right Guidance 

The syllabus of the National Science Olympiad is totally based on the syllabus prescribed by CBSE, ICSE and various state board. It is important to cover your NCERT books thoroughly if you are studying in a CBSE school. For ICSE and other state board, one should focus on his/her school’s books. Other than your school books, it is advisable to get enriched study material from some good publishers. MTG publishes NSO workbooks, previous years papers and Olympiad Skill Development System (OSDS) to serve you the best study material for NSO.

MTG’s National Science Olympiad (NSO) Workbooks are designed to familiarize the students with the type of questions coming in the Olympiad exams. Chapter-wise multiple-choice questions, Achievers Section & logical reasoning followed by Hints and explanation are available in these workbooks. All workbooks are prepared by the experts of MTG with several years of experience and are based on the present trends.

Many intelligent students could not secure good rank in exams, the reason is they lack the skills to attempt the paper. Olympiad Skills Development System (OSDS) is one of the product of MTG that helps in developing the exam taking skills among the students. OSDS is a downloadable test series of 8 papers and OMR sheet similar to the actual Olympiad and can be downloads easily on MTG website.

Manage Your Time Well

Time management is a key to Olympiad success. It is advisable to start your studies from the beginning of academic session. Study hard and practice more questions of every chapter that you learn during your school studies. Prepare a brief note in your own language for a revision because making chits or short note in your own language is hard to forget and helpful for memorizing the concept.

Also, it is advisable to divide the subject into important category and mark/ underline the important topic for your future reference. Test yourself on weekly, fortnightly and monthly basic, so that you can judge your confidence level and streamline the preparations.

Get Familiar With The Latest Pattern

The NSO pattern is totally different from your school exams and follows an objective type pattern rather than subjective or other type of questions pattern. You can visit the official website of science Olympiad foundation www.sofworld.org to learn the exam pattern of your corresponding class. Generally, the question paper divides into three sections – Logical Reasoning, Science and Achiever Section. It is advised that one should know this pattern very well to rationalize the preparations.

 Practice Sample Papers

Solving the sample papers will gives you a fair idea about the pattern of exam, time limit and the type of questions asked. This will help you acquire the skill of time management and develop the question solving ability. You may procure previous years papers with MTG website. MTG offers downloadable Olympiad Level 1 & Level 2 papers of previous 5 years for the betterment of your preparation. Online test practice will give you a clear insight to your preparation and you will get instant result after submission of test.

Deal with Distractions and Stay Motivated:

When you are studying for the National Science Olympiad, it can be demotivating when you don’t know the answer of some questions. It is advisable to make notes about the topics you are not sure of and don’t leave any questions unanswered. Motivate yourself to be healthy mentally and physically.

  1. Take a deep breath when you are about to get distracted
  2. Get curious about the Science subject
  3. Turn off your internet access before you start your preparation
  4. Put your mobile, tabs etc on silent mode and place it in the other room
  5. Team up with your friends who are interested in the subject
  6. Mark all questions that you are not able to answer and discuss it with your parents/ friends/ teachers regardless of blockage in mind.


In Closing…

You’ll need to make a deliberate and committed effort to crack your National Science Olympiad. I hope the above-mentioned preparation tips will help you in understanding “How to prepare for National Science Olympiad”.  

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