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ICSO Eligibility Criteria (2024-25) – International Computer Science Olympiad

Update on: 09 May 2024, 05:23 PM

The SOF ICSO, organized by the Science Olympiad Foundation, is a well-respected computer science competition that aims to assess and develop the computer aptitude of students in Classes 1 to 10. It encourages critical thinking, logical reasoning, and problem-solving skills in young learners. It is a single-level exam held within schools during regular school hours. The exam covers a comprehensive curriculum that includes various computer concepts, challenging participants to apply their knowledge practically and analytically. The SOF ICSO promotes healthy competition, creativity, and a love for computer. Through thorough preparation and participation in this prestigious Olympiad, students develop skills that extend beyond traditional classroom learning, empowering them to solve problems and think analytically with confidence. The ICSO introduces students to the fascinating world of computer and inspires them to continue learning hence don’t forget to check out the ICSO eligibility criteria.

SOF ICSO Olympiad Eligibility Criteria

The Science Olympiad Foundation has rules about who can participate in the International Computer Science Olympiad. These rules make sure that everyone has an equal chance to compete. Now let’s look at these rules in more detail:

  • Class Eligibility: The SOF ICSO is a competition for students in grades 1 to 10. Anyone in this grade range can participate and show off their computer aptitude.
  • School Affiliation: The participating school must be affiliated with a certified education board, such as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), or the State Board. This requirement ensures that the participating schools meet the educational standards necessary to provide a suitable academic environment for the students.
  • Eligibility for Single-level Olympiad Exam: Students from classes 1 to 10 can take part in the SOF ICSO exam. This exam happens in school during school hours, which is easy for all students to join. It’s a good opportunity for students to show their computer skills.

Also Check – ICSO Exam Registration – How to Participate SOF ICSO 2024-25

Benefits of Participating in SOF ICSO

Computer is a very misunderstood subject. Ever since the students start to attend school, Computer is introduced as a subject. However, there are hardly any independent exams to evaluate the students’ knowledge of the same.

At this point, taking the SOF-ICSO exam benefits students in multiple ways. Some of the ways are mentioned below-

  1. The students are motivated to learn Computer with a deeper practical understanding.
  2. The students are provided with the international level ground for the competition which instils in them, confidence to face the competitions coming in the future
  3. Sitting for the SOF- International Computer Science Olympiad helps the students to explore their interests in the field of computer while at the same time strengthening their inclination toward the computer applications.
  4. Various benefits such as medals, certificates, cash prizes, and SPR (Students Performance Report) are provided to the students. Through the SPR, the students can evaluate their weak and strong areas hence, getting an idea of where they need improvement.

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Frequently Asked Questions on ICSO Eligibility Criteria

  1. How can schools register for the SOF ICSO?

Any school can register as a center for SOF ICSO. No fee is required from the institution to become a registered examination center. Prospectus and registration forms are sent to all registered schools. Schools not registered may request the prospectus by emailing info@sofworld.org or calling 0124-4951200.

  1. What is the registration fee for the SOF ICSO?

Schools in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal pay a registration fee of Rs 125* (including GST) per student/Olympiad. Schools may charge additional fees for in-charge honorarium, teacher remuneration, and other expenses. Students with major physical disabilities or Indian students whose parents were martyred during defence operations are exempt from the fee. For schools in countries other than India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal, the registration fee is $9* per student, with an additional fee of $1** per student.

  1. What types of questions are asked in Olympiad exams?

The Olympiad comprises multiple-choice questions where students are presented with various options and must choose the answer, they believe to be correct. Students need to bring their pens and pencils to complete the examination.

  1. Is there any negative marking in SOF ICSO Olympiad exam?

There is no negative marking in SOF ICSO Olympiad exam.

  1. Which is the hardest Olympiad exam?

SOF IMO – International Mathematics Olympiad is considered the most difficult exam as it contains mostly numerical questions.

  1. Who gets gold medal in SOF Olympiads?

Medals of Excellence will be awarded on the following criteria:

  • All students scoring 100% marks will be awarded Gold Medal of Excellence.
  • For 5 to 9 students writing the exam from a class – Gold Medal of Excellence to top rank holder in class.
  • For 10 to 25 students writing the exam from a class – Gold Medal of Excellence to top 3 rank holders.
  • For more than 25 students writing the exam from a class – Gold Medal of Excellence to top 10% rank holders in class.
  1. Who is eligible to sit for the ICSO Olympiads?

Students of classes 1st to 10th are eligible to appear for the SOF ICSO. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks.

  1. What is the syllabus for SOF ICSO Olympiad?

The syllabus for the Olympiads is aligned with the curriculum prescribed by reputable education boards such as CBSE, ICSE, and state boards. You can check here the ICSO Syllabus for session 2024-25.

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