NSO Syllabus

Class 1 Syllabus

The question paper consists of 35 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 10 questions in 1st section and 25 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mental Ability which includes concepts of Numerals, Number Name and Number Sense (2 digit numbers), Addition, Subtraction, Length, Weight, Time, Money, Geometrical Skills, Patterns, Odd One Out, Series Completion, Problems Based on Figures.
  • The second section is Science. This section includes concepts of Plants, Animals, Human Beings and Their Needs, Good Habits and Safety Rules, Air and Water, Weather and the Sky.

Class 2 Syllabus

The question paper consists of 35 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 10 questions in 1st section and 25 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mental Ability which includes concepts of Numerals, Number Name and Number Sense (3 digit numbers), Addition, Subtraction, time, calendar, measurement of Weight, Length and Temperature, geometrical Shapes, money, Problems Based on Figures, Series Completion, Patterns, Find Odd Numeral Out.
  • The second section is Science. This section includes concepts of Plants, Animals, Human Body, Family, Food, Clothes, House and House Makers, Occasions and Festivals, Occupation, Good Habits and Safety Rules, Transport and Communication, Earth and Universe.

Class 3 Syllabus

The question paper consists of 35 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 10 questions in 1st section and 25 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mental Ability which includes concepts of Numerals, Number Names and Number Sense (4 digit numbers), Addition, Subtraction, fractional Numbers, multiplication, division, time, straight and Curved Lines, calendar, measurement of Weight and Capacity, geometrical Shapes, money, Patterns, Problems Based on Figures, Find Odd Numeral Out, Series Completion, Coding-Decoding, Mirror Image, Embedded Figures.
  • The second section is Science. This section includes concepts of Plants, Animals, Human Body, Water, Food, House and Occupation, Transport and Communication, Matter and Materials, Earth and Universe.

Class 4 Syllabus

The question paper consists of 35 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 10 questions in 1st section and 25 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mental Ability which includes concepts of Number and Numeration (5 digit numbers), Place-value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Comparison, Geometrical Shapes, Symmetry, Measurement of Length, Weight and Capacity, Time, Money, Fractional Numbers, Pictorial Representation of Data, Roman Numerals, Multiples and Factors, Perimeter of Various Shapes, Problems Based on Figures, Find Odd Numeral Out, Series Completion, Coding-Decoding, Direction Sense, Mathematical Reasoning, Mirror Images, Embedded Figures, Patterns, Conversions, Number Ranking, Alphabetical Test.
  • The second section is Science. This section includes concepts of Plants, Animals, Human Body, Water, Matter and Materials, Transport, General Activities, Earth and Universe.

Class 5 Syllabus

The question paper consists of 50 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 15 questions in 1st section and 35 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mental Ability which includes concepts of Number Sense, Regional and Roman Numerals, Numbers up to Lakhs, Multiples and Factors, Fractional Numbers, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Decimals, Geometrical Shapes and Angles, Symmetry, Measurement of Length, Time, Money, Weight, Perimeter and Area of Square, Rectangle and Circle, Pictorial Representation of Data, HCF and LCM, Problems Based on Figures, Find Odd Numeral Out, Series Completion, Coding-Decoding, Mathematical Reasoning, Mirror Images, Embedded Figures, Direction Sense, Patterns, Number Ranking, Alphabetical Test.
  • The second section is Science. This section includes concepts of Animals, Plants and Food, Human Body and Health, Water, Matter, Natural Resources and Calamities, Earth and Universe, General Science.

Class 6 Syllabus

The question paper consists of 50 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 15 questions in 1st section and 35 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mental Ability which includes concepts of Roman Numerals, Number Sense, HCF and LCM, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractional Numbers, Decimal Fractions, Geometrical Shapes, Angles, Arithmetical Ability, Measurements, Area and Perimeter of Rectangle, Square, Circle, Triangle, Volume, Pictorial Representation of Data, Integers, Factors and Multiples, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Problems Based on Figures, Find Odd Numeral Out, Series Completion, Coding-Decoding, Mathematical Reasoning, Mirror Images, Embedded Figures, Patterns, Direction Sense, Number Ranking, Alphabetical Test.
  • The second section is Science. This section includes concepts of Motion and Measurement of Distances, Light, Shadows and Reflections, Electricity & Circuits, Fun with Magnets, Air & Water, Sorting and Separation of Materials into Groups, Changes Around Us, Living Organisms & Their Surroundings, Food, Health & Hygiene, Fibres to Fabrics.

Class 7 Syllabus

The question paper consists of 50 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 15 questions in 1st section and 35 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mental Ability which includes concepts of Integers, Fractions and Decimals, Data Handling, Simple Equations, Lines and Angles, The Triangle and its Properties, Congruence of Triangles, Comparing Quantities, Rational Numbers, Practical Geometry, Perimeter, Area and Volume, Algebraic Expressions, Exponents and Powers, Symmetry, Visualising Solid Shapes, Logical Reasoning, Conversions, Simple Probability.
  • The second section is Science. This section includes concepts of Heat, Motion and Time, Electric Current and its Effect, Winds, Storms and Cyclones, Light, Acids, Bases and Salts, Physical and Chemical Changes, Weather, Climate and Adaptations of Animals, Fibres to Fabrics, Nutrition in Plants and Animals, Respiration in Organisms, Transportation in Plants and Animals, Reproduction in Plants, Natural Resources and Their Conservation.

Class 8 Syllabus

The question paper consists of 50 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 15 questions in 1st section and 35 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mental Ability which includes concepts of Rational Numbers, Operation on Rational Numbers, Decimal Representation of Rational Numbers, Exponents and Powers, Direct and Inverse Variations, Comparing Quantities, Algebraic Expression, Factorization of Algebraic Expressions, Linear Equation in One Variable, More About Triangles, Congruent Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Circles, Mensuration, Statistics, Arithmetic Ability, Squares and Square Roots, Cubes and Cube Roots, Problem Based on Figures, Find Odd Numeral Out, Series Completion, Coding-Decoding, Mathematical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, Mirror Images, Embedded Figures.
  • The second section is Science. This section includes concepts of Crop Production and Management, Microorganisms, Synthetic Fibres and Plastics, Metals and Non-metals, Coal and Petroleum, Combustion and Flame, Conservation of Plants and Animals, Cell, Reproduction in Animals, Force and Pressure, Friction, Sound, Chemical Effects of Electric Current, Some Natural Phenomena, Light, Stars and Solar System, Pollution of Air and Water.

Class 9 Syllabus

The question paper consists of 50 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 15 questions in 1st section and 35 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mental Ability which includes concepts of Number Systems, Polynomials, Coordinate Geometry, Linear Equations in Two Variables, Introduction to Euclid's Geometry, Lines and Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Areas of Parallelograms and Triangles, Circles, Constructions, Heron's Formula, Surface Areas and Volumes, Statistics, Probability, Logical (Verbal and Non-verbal) and Analytical Reasoning.
  • The second section is Science. This section includes concepts of Motion, Force and Laws of Motion, Gravitation, Work and Energy, Sound, Matter in Our Surroundings, Is Matter Around Us Pure, Atoms and Molecules, Structure of Atom, Cell-The Fundamental Unit of Life, Tissues, Diversity in Living Organisms, Why Do We Fall Ill, Natural Resources, Improvement in Food Resources.

Class 10 Sullabus

The question paper consists of 50 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 15 questions in 1st section and 35 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mental Ability which includes concepts of Real Numbers, Polynomials, Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables, Quadratic Equations, Arithmetic Progressions, Triangles, Coordinate Geometry, Introduction to Trigonometry, Some Applications of Trigonometry, Circles, Constructions, Areas Related to Circles, Surface Areas and Volumes, Statistics, Probability, Direction Sense Test, Mathematical operations, Number Ranking & Time Sequence Test, Coding-Decoding, Distance, Speed, Time and General Reasoning Based on Prescribed Syllabus.
  • The second section is Science. This section includes concepts of Chemical Reactions and Equations, Acids, Bases and Salts, Metals and Non-metals, Carbon and its Compounds, Periodic Classification of Elements, Life Processes, Reproduction in Organisms, Heredity and Evolution, Light-Reflection and Refraction, Human Eye and Colourful World, Electricity, Magnetic Effects of Electric Current, Sources of Energy, Our Environment and its Management.

Class 11 Syllabus

The question paper consists of 50 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 15 questions in 1st section and 35 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mathematics which includes topics such as Sets, Relations and Functions, Mathematical Induction, Logarithms, Complex Numbers & Quadratic Equations, Linear Inequations, Differentiation, Sequences and Series (AP & GP Misc.), Trigonometry, Cartesian System of Rectangular Coordinates, Straight Lines and Family of Straight Lines, Circles, Conic Section, Trigonometry, Permutations and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Statistics, Mathematical Logic, Limits, Probability, Introduction to 3 − D Geometry, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
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  • If the student opts for medical stream, his first section is Biology consisting of topics such as Diversity in the Living World, Structural Organisation in Plants and Animals, Cell: Structure and Functions, Plant Physiology, Human Physiology.
  • The second section is of Physics & Chemistry. The Physics part consists of topics as Units & Measurements, Mechanics, Properties of Matter, Heat & Thermodynamics, Oscillations, Waves.
  • Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Structure of Atom, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, States of Matter, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Redox Reactions, Hydrogen, The s-Block Elements, The p-Block Elements (Groups 13 and 14), Organic Chemistry-Some Basic Principles and Techniques, Hydrocarbons, Environmental Chemistry are included in course study of Chemistry.

Class 12 Syllabus

The question paper consists of 50 questions. The time duration for the test is 60 minutes. There are 2 sections in the question paper; 20 questions in 1st section and 30 questions in 2nd section.

  • The first section is of Mathematics which includes topics such as Sets, Relations and Functions, Mathematical Induction, Logarithms, Complex Numbers, Linear Inequations, Quadratic Equations, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Cartesian System of Rectangular Coordinates, Straight Lines and Family of Straight Lines, Circles, Conic Section, Permutations and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Exponential and Logarithmic Series, Mathematical Logic, Statistics & Probability, Three Dimensional Geometry, Vectors, Stocks, Shares and Debentures, Average and Partition Values, Index Numbers, Matrices and Determinants, Limits, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning.
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  • If the student opts for medical stream, his first section is Biology consisting of topics such as Reproduction, Genetics and Evolution, Biology in Human Welfare, Biotechnology, Ecology.
  • The second section is of Physics & Chemistry. The Physics part consists of topics as Electricity and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction, AC, E. M. Waves, Optics, Modern Physics, Solids & Semiconductor Devices, Communication Systems.
  • Solid State, Solutions, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Surface Chemistry, General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements, p-Block Elements (Group 15 to 18), d-& f-Block Elements, Coordination Compounds, Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers, Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids, Amines, Biomolecules, Polymers, Chemistry in Everyday Life are included in course study of Chemistry.

For the National Science Olympiad (NSO), there would be one common question paper for both medical and non-medical students of classes 11 & 12.

The NSO paper would have 4 sections. Section 1 and section 2 having questions of physics and chemistry would be compulsorily to be attempted by all students. Students have an option to choose between section 3 on biology or section 4 on non biology questions and answer as per their stream.

The streams to be taken should be pre-clarified. The earlier practice of having separate papers for biology and non-biology students is being discontinued.

No more confusion, prepare with fully solved previous years questions for all Olympiads: NSO, NCO, IMO, and IEO for all classes.