IEO (International English Olympiad): Eligibility, Application, Awards, Dates

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

SOF, which also organises a number of other such Olympiads like the NSO, NCO, IMO, ICSO and IGKO, tests students on the basis of their English language and grammar knowledge. The Olympiads organised by SOF see a huge response from all around the country with a large number of students participating in various competitions.

Readers kindly note that the dates mentioned in the article are tentative and subject to change as per the discretion of the organiser (SOF).

IEO or the International English Olympiad is a yearly exam conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) for school students. It is an English language and grammar competition that helps students judge themselves in terms of their English knowledge. Participating students compete at different levels including school, city, zonal and international level. SOF, which also organises a number of other such Olympiads like the NSO, NCO, IMO, ICSO and IGKO, tests students on the basis of their knowledge in various subjects. The marks obtained in the Olympiad help students judge themselves by comparing it with other students from all across the country as well as abroad. Students participating in IEO also receive a Student Performance Report (SPR) that provides them with a detailed analysis of their performance.

Do you want to know more about the IEO? Are you interested in applying for the IEO? Do you want to know if you are eligible or not? Do you want to know about the key dates and awards related to IEO? If yes, then this is the right place to be. The article will talk in detail about all the above aspects of IEO.

IEO – Overview

IEO is focussed on the usage of the English language and it tests the students on the same. Let ’s discuss in brief about SOF before we head on to a deeper discussion.

About SOF

The Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) that organises IEO each year aims to help students test their English language knowledge. SOF is an educational organisation that assists the academic development of students through various competitions and Olympiads. The Olympiads organised by SOF see a huge response from all around the country with a large number of students participating in various competitions. For over two decades, SOF has been organising the following:

National Cyber Olympiad (NCO), National Science Olympiad (NSO), International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), International English Olympiad (IEO), International Company Secretaries Olympiad (ICSO), International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO).

The IEO is organised around the same time each year. Students interested in appearing for IEO must be aware of the key dates so as to avoid missing the deadlines.

The table below throws light on various key dates relevant to the IEO.

Key dates for IEO*

1. Level one exam October – November

2. Level one result December – January

3. Level two exam February – March 5.

Level two result March – April

*The dates mentioned above are tentative and subject to change as per the discretion of the organiser (SOF).

IEO – Eligibility

Students of Class one to twelve who are interested in competing with other students in order to assess their knowledge of English can participate in IEO. The Olympiad is a two-level competition where only the top-performing students in Level one proceed to participate in the Level 2 exam.

Eligibility for Level one exam:

For the Level one exam, there is no specific criterion as students of Class one to twelve can participate. Also, there is no requirement of minimum marks which in turn makes Level one exam open to a large number of students. All the students from the country or abroad enrolled in Class 1 to 12 are eligible.

Eligibility for Level two exam:

Students performing well in the Level one exam are then shortlisted to appear for Level 2. The following are the eligible students for Level two exam: Top five % of the students from each class who appeared for the Level one exam Top twenty-five zone wise and class wise rank holders Class toppers from each participating school where at least ten students from a class appear in the exam and scores 50% qualifying marks Top rank holder in case of section-wise registration.

However, it must be noted that students from Class one and two will be ranked based on their performance in Level 1. Hence, they do not need to appear for the Level 2 exam.

IEO – Application process

Students interested in applying for IEO can do so through their respective schools. Class one to twelve students can follow the below steps to apply for the Olympiad-

First, the schools need to register themselves with the SOF. The registered schools will receive the prospectus containing the registration forms.

Students can then get these registration forms from their respective schools. Schools not registered with SOF can contact SOF to request the prospectus. Schools can contact SOF through phone (0124-4951200) or email ( Interested students must then fill the registration forms with all the relevant details. Submit the duly filled forms to the respective schools. The schools must then return the duly filled registration forms to SOF before the due date. There is also a registration fee that applicants need to pay. The fee structure will be in the following manner.

  • For schools in India, a registration fee of INR one hundred and twenty-five (including GST) per student

  • For international schools, a registration fee of USD 9 per studentSchools may collect an additional amount of INR 25 (USD 1 for International schools) per student towards honorarium of incharge, remuneration to teachers to teach, guide using study material supplied by SOF and other miscellaneous expenses.

IEO – Exam structure

IEO is conducted in two levels with top-performing students in Level one then qualifying for Level 2. Here is how the exam is structured.

Level one: The Level one exam has a relaxed eligibility criterion to promote higher participation of students. Since there are no minimum marks, all the school students enrolled in class one to twelve can enter the Olympiad. The major highlights of Level one exam are:

  1. Level one is organised in the respective schools of the students. The exam is conducted during school hours. The duration of the exam is 60 minutes.

  2. The exam is in the form of multiple-choice questions (objective-type). There are thirty-five questions for students of class one to four and fifty questions for class 5 to 12 students.

  3. There are four sections in the question paper: Word and Structure knowledge (Section 1) Reading (Section 2) Spoken & Written Expression (Section 3) Achievers Section (Section 4) There are separate question papers for each class and medium of the exam is English.

  4. The exam papers are designed from CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabi.

Level two: Students with excellent performance in Level one exam qualify for Level two exam.

Those studying in class three to twelve appear for the Level two exam. Students of class one and two are judged based on their performance in the Level one exam only and thus they need not appear for Level two exam.

The following students are eligible to appear for Level two exam:

  • Top 5% of students, class-wise who appear for the 1st level exam. Due priority to marks scored in different sections will be given.

  • Zone wise top 25 rank holders from each class.

  • Class topper from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks.

IEO – Awards

Awards will be given to top-performing students as well as schools. The IEO award winners are felicitated at the international and zonal level. Click here to get a detailed description of IEO awards based on different criteria.

IEO – Results

The results of IEO are sent directly to the registered schools. IEO results are declared within eight weeks of the examination. Applicants whose schools do not receive the results can also check their results on the website of SOF. Tentatively, the results of Level one are declared by December – January and Level two results by March – April. The year-specific exact dates are decided on the discretion of SOF.

A major part of the IEO results is the scholar Performance Report (SPR). An SPR is a detailed analysis of the student’s performance. The SPR received by each student helps them and their parents judge their performance. An SPR basically helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses.

The SPR has six sections: Section A covers student’s marks and rank achieved in School/City/Zone/at the international level. Section B covers section wise performance score of the student. Section C covers correct answers to questions asked in the Olympiad exam, the answers are given by the student and performance comparison of the student’s answers vs other students in the Zone and at the International level. Section D covers a percentage score analysis of the student with a comparison with the Class, City, Zone and International level. Section E covers a comparison of average marks analysis at the School, City, Zone and International level. Section F covers a comparison of the student ’s performance in the Olympiad exams during the past 8 years.

In case any queries still remain, students can get in touch directly with the SOF in any of the following ways:

Address: B-8, Taj Apartment, Ring Road, Adjacent Safdurjung Hospital, New Delhi, Delhi 110029, India

Phone: +91 93126 80855


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