Competitive exams at school level

Competitive exams are like a positive push for students towards their excellence. These exams provide very good support to student by offering scholarships also. It’s always the rewards which keeps you going in positive direction towards your goals. Preparing for competitive exams helps in finding out the scholastic talent in students. It is about helping your child be the best. It builds up positive spirit among students and gives ambition and motivation for students.
The main aim of competitive exam is to improve intellectual, logical skills and reasoning capabilities among students. Most of these competitive exams are combination of aptitude and subject knowledge. List of competitive exams:

1.NTSE -National Talent Search Examination
NTSE is activity organised by NCERT for students of various classes. It is one of the most popular examination conducted in India. NTSE was established in 1961. It is a scholarship program.
ELIGIBLITY
Conducted for class-X students only.
SYLLABUS
NCERT prescribed syllabus to be followed. It covers science, maths, social science and mental ability.
SELECTION PROCESS
It has two stages of selection procedures.
STAGE I: written exam conducted by state/UT.
STAGE II: Students selected in state level exam appear for national level.
Website: http://www.ncert.nic.in/programmes/talent_exam/talent_srch_exam.html

2.KVPY–Kishore Vaigyanic  Protsahan Yojana
KVPY was started in 1999 by Department of science and technology, Government of India. The main agenda of this exam is to encourage students to take up research in the fields of basic science, engineering and medicine.
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-XI and class-XII of recognised institutions.
SYLLABUS
Subjects and curriculum of CBSE and ICSE boards.
SELECTION PROCESS
STAGE I: First stage is the aptitude exam. Eligible candidates are chosen from the received applications and are called for aptitude exam.
STAGE II: Interview round. Based on the performance of aptitude exam short listed students will be appearing for interview round. This is the final selection process.
Website: http://kvpy.iisc.ernet.in/

3.HBBVS– Dr. Homi Bhabha Bal Vaigyanik Spardha
HBBVS was initiated by Mumbai science teachers association in 1981. The main aim of this exam is to search for science talents in students and to encourage them take interest in science.
ELIGIBLITY
Only students studying class-VI and class-IX can take up this exam.
SYLLABUS
The exam covers the subjects and topics covered in curriculum up to class VI and class IX.
SELECTION PROCESS
STAGE I: Written test
STAGE II: Practical skill test
FINAL STAGE: Oral test i.e. the interview and submission of action research report.
Website: http://www.msta.in/

4.NSO–National Science Olympiad
NSO is a national level science exam conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF). NSO rankings will be allotted based on the marks obtained.
ELIGIBLITY
Students of class-I to class-XII are eligible to participate.
SYLLABUS
Science and math syllabus as prescribed by CBSE, ICSE or various state boards.
SELECTION PROCESS
There will be four levels of exams. First will be within the school, at the city state level and above all will be the international level.
SOF also conducts NCO-national Cyber Olympiad with same features as in NSO.
Website: http://www.sofworld.org/

5.UCO–Unified Cyber Olympiad
The Unified Council conducts UCO every year. UCO is a test that helps students improve their mental ability, logical reasoning and computer skills.
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-III to class-XII of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
Subjects are more generic and is suitable for CBSE, ICSE and state boards.
SELECTION PROCESS
The selection is done in two stages.
STAGE I: An aptitude type of exam is conducted in school level. And the selected students from each class appear for the second exam.
STAGE II: Students selected in school level appear for state level selection exam. Toppers are announced based on the stage II performance.
Website: http://www.unifiedcouncil.com/why_uco.aspx

6.NSTSE–National Science Talent Search Exam.
Main focus of NSTSE is encouraging students to reason critically and solve problems. NSTSE question papers are scientifically designed to test concepts underlying the curriculum.
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-II to class-XII of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
The subjects and study matter followed is based on CBSE prescribed curriculum.
SELECTION PROCESS
It involves two levels of selection for awarding scholarship for students
STAGE I: Selection is done in state or UT based on written exam.
STAGE II: Exam conducted by NCERT at national level. Every student scoring the required marks will be eligible for scholarship program.
Website: http://www.unifiedcouncil.com/

7.MTSE–Mathematics Talent Search Exam
Mathematics Talent Search Exam (MTSE) is a competitive exam conducted by Indian Institute for Studies in Mathematics (IISMA). Mental ability, mathematical reasoning, accuracy and speed are the main focus of this examination.
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-III to class-IX of recognized schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
The subjects and study matter followed is based on CBSE and ICSE prescribed curriculum.
SELECTION PROCESS
Top rankers per class are selected and awarded scholarships.
Website: http://www.ganithasasthraparishad.org/

8.IMO–International  Mathematics  Olympiad
IMO is a competitive exam conducted to identify and encourage the mathematical creativity of children in schools across India and abroad.
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-I to class-XII of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
The subjects and study matter followed is based on CBSE and ICSE prescribed curriculum.
SELECTION PROCESS
Top rankers per class are selected and awarded scholarships.
Website: https://www.imo-official.org/

9.NLSTSE- National Level Science Talent Search Exam
NLSTSE is organised by Unified Council for students of various classes. It is one of the most popular examination conducted in India. It is a scholarship. Program.
ELIGIBLITY
Conducted for students of class II- XII.
SYLLABUS
It covers science, maths, social science and mental ability. Specifically physics, chemistry, math, biology for high school students.
SELECTION PROCESS
It has two stages of selection procedures.
STAGE I: written exam conducted by state/UT.
STAGE II: Students selected in state level exam appear for national level.
Website: http://www.unifiedcouncil.com/what_is_nstse.aspx

10.NSEJS- National Standard Exam in Junior Science
NSEJS is jointly conducted by IAPT (Indian Association of Physics Teachers) and HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Examination).
ELIGIBLITY
All Indian students of class-I to X.
SYLLABUS
Subjects and curriculum of CBSE and ICSE boards. Mainly focussed on science and generic content.
SELECTION PROCESS
The selection is first made at the school level. And the qualifying students then are then appeared for the national round.
Website: iapt.org.in

11.SSTSE- State Science Talent Search Exam
SSTSE is conducted by Rajasthan state Government. And is exclusively for Rajasthan students only.
ELIGIBLITY
Only students studying class-X of recognised institutions.
SYLLABUS
The exam contents are purely based on science.
SELECTION PROCESS
It is an exam conducted in school level. Schools across the state.
Website: http://schools.aglasem.com

12.SLSTSE- State Level  Science Talent Search Exam
SLSTSE Exam  organised by Unified Council for students of various classes. It is one of the most popular examination conducted in India. It is a scholarship program.
ELIGIBLITY
Students of class-IV to class-X of recognized schools are eligible to participate.
SYLLABUS
Syllabus is mainly based on science.
SELECTION PROCESS
Firstly thee selections are made at school level. And the selected students from all the school compete at the state level.
Website: www.unifiedcouncil.com/slstse.aspx

13.IOS-International Olympiad in Science 
IOS is a science exam held annually in the national and international level. The conducting body for IOS is SSE (Society for Science Education).
ELIGIBLITY
All Indian Students of class-I to class-XII of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
Subjects are more generic and is suitable for CBSE, ICSE and state boards.
SELECTION PROCESS
The selection is done in different stages.
STAGE I: An aptitude type of exam is conducted in school level. And the selected students from each class appear for the second exam.
STAGE II: Students selected in school level appear for state level selection exam.
STAGE III: Students selected in state level appear for national and international level exam.
Toppers are announced based on the stage III performance.
Website: www.sofworld.org

14.RMO- Regional Mathematics Olympiad
RMO is a prestigious exam jointly conducted by IAPT (Indian Association of Physics Teachers) and HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Examination).
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-XI & class-XII of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
The main focus of this exam is mathematics and based on CBSE prescribed curriculum.
SELECTION PROCESS
It is held at the school level and the topper are selected and awarded accordingly.
Website: www.isical.ac.in/~rmo

15.IOM-International Olympiad in Mathematics  
IOM is a proficient math exam conducted annually by SSE (Society of Science Education) to test the mathematics quotient among the students. It is held in national and international levels.
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-I to class-X of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
The subjects and study matter followed is based on CBSE and ICSE and state syllabus.
SELECTION PROCESS
The selection is done in different stages.
STAGE I: An aptitude type of exam is conducted in school level. And the selected students from each class appear for the second exam.
STAGE II: Students selected in school level appear for state level selection exam.
STAGE III: Students selected in state level appear for national and international level exam.
Toppers are announced based on the stage III performance.
Website: https://www.imo-official.org

16.IOEL- International  Olympiad of English Language
IOEL is held annually at national and international level. It is an English proficiency exam conducted by CLF (Computer Literary Foundation).
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-I to class-XII of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
The subject contents are based on CBSE and ICSE and State Board prescribed curriculum.
SELECTION PROCESS
The selection is done in different stages.
STAGE I: An aptitude type of exam is conducted in school level. And the selected students from each class appear for the second exam.
STAGE II: Students selected in school level appear for state level selection exam.
STAGE III: Students selected in state level appear for national and international level exam.
Toppers are announced based on the stage III performance.
Website: schools.aglasem.com

17.NSEB- National Standard Examination in Biology
NSEB is a prestigious exam jointly conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers, Association of Biology Teachers and HBSCE (Homi Bhabha centre for Science Education).
ELIGIBLITY
Conducted for class-XI and XII students only.
SYLLABUS
The main focus is on Biology with CBSE syllabus as the main stream.
SELECTION PROCESS
The selection is first made at the school level. And the qualifying students then are then appeared for the national round.
Website: http://iapt.org.in/

18. NSEC- National Standard Examination in Chemistry
NSEC is a prestigious exam jointly conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers, Association of Chemistry Teachers and HBSCE (Homi Bhabha centre for Science Education).
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-XI and class-XII of recognised institutions.
SYLLABUS
The main focus is on Chemistry with CBSE syllabus as the main stream.
SELECTION PROCESS
The selection is first made at the school level. And the qualifying students then are then appeared for the national round.
Website: http://iapt.org.in

19. NSEA- National Standard Examination in Astronomy
NSEA is a prestigious exam jointly conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers and HBSCE (Homi Bhabha centre for Science Education).
ELIGIBLITY
Only students studying class-XI and class-XII can take up this exam.
SYLLABUS
The main subject focus is on Physics with CBSE syllabus as the main stream.
SELECTION PROCESS
The selection is first made at the school level. And the qualifying students then are then appeared for the national round.
Website: http://iapt.org.in

20. NSEP- National Standard Examination in Physics
NSEP is a prestigious exam jointly conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers and HBSCE (Homi Bhabha centre for Science Education).
ELIGIBLITY
Students of class-XI and class-XII are eligible to participate.
SYLLABUS
The main subject focus is on Physics with CBSE syllabus as the main stream.
SELECTION PROCESS
The selection is first made at the school level. And the qualifying students then are then appeared for the national round.
Website: http://iapt.org.in

21. ZIO–Zonal Information Olympiad
ZIO is a national wide computing examination organised by IARCS. The main focus of this exam is to identify outstanding talents in algorithms and computing. It is conducted by IARCS (Indian Association for Research in Computer science)
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-VIII to class-XII of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
The exam contents are streamlined to CBSE curriculum.
SELECTION PROCESS
The selection is done in two stages.
Firstly the exam is conducted in state and national level.
The top rankers from India are competed in International level.
Website: http://www.iarcs.org.in

22. IIO– International Information Olympiad
IIO is a proficient examination held in computer field. It is conducted by Computer literary foundation every year.
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-I to class-XII of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
The subjects and study matter followed is based on CBSE, ICSE and State Board prescribed curriculum.
SELECTION PROCESS
The selection is first made at the school level. And the qualifying students then are then appeared for the national and international round.
Website: http://www.iarcs.org.in

23. NCO–National Cyber Olympiad
NCO is a national level examination conducted by SOF (Science Olympiad Foundation).
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-II to class-XII of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
The subjects and study matter followed is based on CBSE and ICSE prescribed curriculum.
SELECTION PROCESS
Top rankers per class are selected and awarded scholarships.
Website: http://www.sofworld.org/nco

24. NIMO-National Interactive Mathematics Olympiad
NIMO  Exam organised by NCERT for students of various classes. It is one of the most popular examination conducted in India. It is a scholarship program.
ELIGIBLITY
Conducted for class-V to XII students only.
SYLLABUS
NCERT prescribed syllabus to be followed. It covers science, maths, social science and mental ability.
SELECTION PROCESS
It has two stages of selection procedures.
STAGE I: written exam conducted by state/UT.
STAGE II: Students selected in state level exam appear for national level.
Website: http://www.eduhealfoundation.org/

25. NBTO–National Biotechnology Olympiad
NBTO is conducted by Eduheal Foundation. It is proficient exam to find out the outstanding knowledge of biotechnology among students.
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-V and class-XII of recognised institutions.
SYLLABUS
Subjects and curriculum of CBSE and ICSE and State boards.
SELECTION PROCESS
It has two stages of selection procedures.
STAGE I: written exam conducted by state/UT.
STAGE II: Students selected in state level exam appear for national level.
Website: http://www.eduhealfoundation.org

26. GEOGENIUS: GeoGenius is an Indian Geography Olympiad. It mainly tests the geographical knowledge among students
ELIGIBLITY
Only students studying class-II and class-XII can take up this exam.
SYLLABUS
The exam covers the subjects and topics covered in curriculum.
SELECTION PROCESS
It has two stages of selection procedures.
STAGE I: written exam conducted by state/UT.
STAGE II: Students selected in state level exam appear for national level.
Website: http://www.geogeniusindia.com/

27. KO–Knowledge Olympiad
KO is conducted by Knowledge Society of India.
ELIGIBLITY
Students of class-I to class-XII are eligible to participate.
SYLLABUS
Science and math syllabus as prescribed by CBSE, ICSE or various state boards. And mostly it is test for the generic knowledge among students.
SELECTION PROCESS
The KO has two main exams in that. It is MOF (Mathematics Olympiad) and NKO (National Knowledge Olympiad).
Website: http://aisect.org/
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28. SCYGANLSTSE- Sir C.V.Raman Young Genius Awards in National Level Science Talent Search Exam SCYCANLSTSE is a national level science examination conducted by Vishwabharathi Foundation.
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-IV to class-X of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
Subjects are more generic and is suitable for CBSE, ICSE and state boards.
SELECTION PROCESS
It is conducted in school level and the toppers are selected and awarded accordingly.
Website: http://www.suchirindiafoundation.org/

29. ASSET–Assessment of Scholastic Skills Through Educational Testing
ASSET is an exam conducted by Educational Initiative.
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-I to class-XII of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
The subject are based on curriculum prescribed by CBSE, ICSE and State Boards.
SELECTION PROCESS
It is conducted in school level and the toppers are selected and awarded accordingly.
Website: http://www.ei-india.com/

30. IAIS– International Assessment for Indian Schools
IAIS is considered as one of the toughest tests in the spectrum.
ELIGIBLITY
Students in class-III to class-XII of recognised schools are eligible.
SYLLABUS
The subjects and study matter followed is based on CBSE and ICSE and State Boards prescribed curriculum.
SELECTION PROCESS
Top rankers per class are selected and awarded scholarships. 
Website: macmillaneducation.in

31. Maharashtra Talent Search Exam
All student studying in Std. VIII, IX or X in Govt. recognized schools are eligible to participate in Talent Search Examination. MTSE is a center of search and excellence to search for Talented students. To evolve students for NTS and other and competitive examination in future. It also encourage students for various exams by awarding scholarships and prizes.
Website: https://www.mtsexam.org/

International Olympiad

1. International  Olympiad of English Language (IOEL)
The International Olympiad of English Language (iOEL), a test of competence and knowledge in the subject of English Language, is held annually at the National and International levels, based on syllabus prescribed by CBSE/ICSE and the State Boards.
Structure of the Olympiad
Level 1 :All the students of classes 1st to 12 are eligible to take part in Level 1
Level 2 :Top 500 Olympiad rank holders of the 1st Level from each class will compete for top positions in a 2nd level examination. All Class 1st rank holders with minimum 75% of Marks with Minimum 75 Students from a particular school are also eligible for Level 2.
Level 3 :Olympiad 1st Rank Holders of classes 6th to 12th from 2nd level will be eligible for Level 3. Level 3 will be conducted at New Delhi, India.
Website:http://silverzone.org/newweb/ioel_informatics_olympiad.html

2. International Space Olympiad-
International Space Olympiad is an international level Quiz competition on Space Science and Technology for students of Grades 5-12 and is organized by Edu Mithra Intellectual services Pvt. Ltd.,every year with a mission to attract and encourage talents in the fields of space science and technology and enhance the aptitude of children in Space ScienceandTechnology. International Space Olympiad is designed to examine the in depth knowledge of Students in various fields related to Space science and technology and honor the genuine talents with amazing prizes and laurels.
Website:http://internationalspaceolympiad.com/

3. International Earth Science Olympiad – The International Earth Science Olympiad – IESO, was founded as one of the major activities of the International Geoscience Education Organization (IGEO). It is an annual competition for secondary school students. The main aims of the IESO are to encourage students interest and public awareness of Earth Science and to enhance Earth Sciences learning and to enhance Earth Science teaching/learning at school level. The IESO aims further to foster friendly relationships among young learners from different countries and promoting international cooperation in exchanging ideas and materials on Earth sciences and Earth sciences education.
The Geological Society of India is the body responsible for selecting the Indian Team for the International Earth Science Olympiad. So far, the Earth Science Olympiad program in the country involved four stages:
(i) National level Entrance Test,
(ii) Training Camp culminating in the Indian National Earth Science Olympiad, (iii) Pre-departure training camp and
(iv) International Earth Science Olympiad.
The Earth Science Olympiad (ESO) is conducted by the ESO Cell at the Geological Society of India constituted by the President, Geological Society of India.
The IESO is supported by the Ministry of Earth Science (MoES), Government of India as one of its outreach programme for promotion of Earth Science.
Website:http://www.geosocindia.org/index.php/ieso

4. International Health Olympiad
International Health Olympiad is an International Level Quiz Competition for children of grades 5-12 all over the world on Health and Health related topics with a view to educate the young generation about the importance of health and health care and there by initiating a change for a Healthier society and More Vigorous Generations.

Website:http://www.internationalhealtholympiad.com/

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