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The Indian National Olympiad is organized every year by the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education in about 18 centers across the country. The exam is conducted to encourage friendly competition among brilliant minds. Students pursuing secondary and higher secondary education can participate in this academic competition. INO does not provide a direct career benefit; however, it stimulates students to begin a career in science or mathematics. 

Eligibility criteria

Fulfilling the eligibility requirements mentioned below will help you appear in the INO exam.

  • Candidates applying for the exams must be Indian citizens.
  • To apply for the Indian National Olympiad, candidates must have appeared for any of the exams of NSEA, NSEP, NSEB, and NSEC.
  • Students will be eligible for the Indian National Olympiad if they score more than the Minimum Admissible Score.
  • Students who score above the merit index will qualify for the Indian National Olympiad for each subject.

Moreover, students who have represented India in any International Olympiad can directly appear in the INO after notifying their coordinator.

Exam pattern

The Indian National Olympiad is conducted as a computer-based test. There are 80 objective-type questions, and candidates are penalized with negative marks in case of wrong answers. 

Next steps 

After qualifying for the Indian National Olympiad, students can appear in the next screening stage. They can expect the following after qualifying for the olympiad:

  • The top students are selected for the Orientation-cum-Selection Camps.
  • Students are trained for the International Olympiad in the OCSC. Here, they understand the theoretical, observational, and experimental aspects. 
  • Based on their performance in the OCSC, students are selected to represent India at the International Olympiads. 

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