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IEO Eligibility Criteria (2023-24 ) – International English Olympiad

Update on: 20 Nov 2023, 12:05 PM

The SOF IEO, organized by the Science Olympiad Foundation, is a well-respected English competition that aims to assess and develop the English abilities of students in Classes 1 to 12. It encourages critical thinking, logical reasoning, and problem-solving skills in young learners. The competition is divided into two levels: Level 1 and Level 2. Level 1 is held within schools during regular school hours, while Level 2 is exclusively for students who qualify from Level 1. The exam covers a comprehensive curriculum that includes various English concepts, challenging participants to apply their knowledge practically and analytically. The SOF IEO promotes healthy competition, creativity, and a love for English. 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 IEO introduces students to the fascinating world of science and inspires them to continue learning hence don’t forget to check out the IEO eligibility criteria for level 1 and level 2 below.

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SOF IEO Olympiad Eligibility Criteria

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

Eligibility for Level 1 IEO Olympiad

  • Class Eligibility: The SOF IEO is a competition for students in grades 1 to 12. Anyone in this grade range can participate and show off their English skills.


  • 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 Level 1 Olympiad Exam: Students from classes 1 to 12 can take part in Level 1 of the SOF IEO 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 English skills.

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Eligibility for Level 2 IEO Olympiad

  • All students from classes 3 to 12 can participate in the Level 1 exam of the SOF IEO. This initial level is conducted within the respective schools during school hours, providing a convenient and inclusive platform for students to showcase their English skills.


  • Eligibility for Level 2 Olympiad Exam: To be eligible for the Level 2 exam, students must qualify based on their performance in the Level 1 exam. The qualifiers for Level 2 include the top 5% of candidates internationally, the top 25 rank holders from each zone and class at the zone/state level, and the class topper from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam and score at least 50% qualifying marks. These qualification criteria ensure that the Level 2 exam comprises the best-performing students from Level 1, creating a competitive environment for further evaluation of brilliance.

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The eligibility criteria for the SOF IEO are designed to be inclusive, providing students from diverse backgrounds and grade levels with an opportunity to participate in this prestigious English competition. It ensures a fair selection process for the Level 2 exam by considering the top performers from Level 1 at different levels – international, national, and within each participating school. Participating in the SOF IEO offers students a chance to challenge themselves, demonstrate their English prowess, and foster a love for the subject. It encourages students to hone their problem-solving skills, logical reasoning, and critical thinking abilities.

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Benefits of Participating in SOF IEO

Language is a very miscalculated subject. Ever since the students start to attend school, English 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-IEO exam benefits students in multiple ways. Some of the ways are mentioned below-

  1. The students are motivated to learn English Language and Grammar with a deeper understanding.
  2. The students are provided with the International level ground for the competition which instills in them, confidence to face the competitions coming in the future
  3. Sitting for the SOF- International English Olympiad helps the students to explore their interests in the field of literature while at the same time strengthening their inclination toward the English language.
  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.

 Frequently Asked Questions on IEO Eligibility Criteria

  1. How can schools register for the SOF IEO?

Any school can register as a center for SOF IEO Level 1. 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 IEO?

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 IEO Olympiad exam?

There is no negative in SOF IEO Olympiad exam.

  1. Which is the hardest Olympiad exam?

SOF IEO – International English 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 IEO Olympiads?

Students of classes 1st to 12th are eligible to appear for the SOF IEO. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks.

  1. What is the syllabus for SOF IEO Olympiad?

The syllabus for the Olympiads is aligned with the curriculum prescribed by reputable education boards such as CBSE, ICSE, and state boards. The Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) also provides the specifics of the syllabus on its official website.

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