Olympiads in India- Syllabus, Books, and Courses
Indian Olympiad Exams are national-level scholarship program conducted throughout India and also on the International level. These are competitive exams, which helps talented Indian students to get a scholarship and make them ready for future competitive exams in life. These are the cornerstones of Indian School System, as it helps to find out talented students, who are not from economically stable families.
There are Olympiad examinations of different classes and different subjects such as International English Olympiad which are mainly conducted by NGOs. These exams are taken on a school-based syllabus for each class. There are also Olympiads conducted by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, which directly connects with the international Olympiads.
Syllabus of the exams
Different NGOs take these exams for different subjects. Subjects vary from Math, English, Science, Computer science, General Knowledge to Social Sciences, Reasoning and Aptitude and Informatics, etc. This Exam is taken from class 1 to 10 individually.
The exam is mainly based on multiple-choice questions. They mainly concern the Board-certified syllabus of the individual class. Class 1 and Class 2 can participate on the national level, and from class 3 selected students are allowed to sit on the International level Olympiad Exams.
Now coming to the Olympiad Centers conducted by HBCSE; they conduct it from class 1 to 12. They have two exams- Science Olympiads and Mathematics Olympiads. These exams are taken based on Board Certified Syllabus of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science, Physics and, Mathematics. They are conducted once a year and have several stages. If a student clears all the stages, they are sent to the International level.
Other than HBCSE, many NGOs also conduct Olympiads Exams.
A list of most recognized Olympiad Centers are:-
- Indian School Talent Search Exam, for class 1 to 10, conducted once a year.
- Unified Council Takes many exams like-
- Unified International English Olympiad
- National Level Science Talent Search Examination
- Unified Cyber Olympiad
- Unified International Mathematics Olympiad
- SilverZone Foundation takes many exams, like-
- International Social Sciences Olympiad
- International Reasoning and Aptitude Olympiad
- International Informatics Olympiad
- International Olympiad of Science
- International Olympiad of English Language
- Smart Kid General Knowledge Olympiad
- International Maths Olympiad
- International Talent Hunt Olympiad
And many others, like- Indian Talent Olympiad, Science Olympiad Foundation, etc are also there in the list.
How to prepare yourself for Olympiads?
Olympiads, one of the most difficult but prestigious exams in India, needs a certain amount of skill to crack. You need to be knowledgeable about the subjects and also to be very efficient to solve those questions in a given amount of time. Though the exams are taken by The NGOs are hard to crack; Olympiad conducted by HBCSE is harder.
Here are some Olympiad Books from different publications to solve those problems-
- Springer Publication
- Books by Dhanpat Rai
- Mir Publication
- McGraw Hill Education
Olympiad Exams are taken throughout the country divided by different zones, but most common exam centres are- Kolkata, Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, etc. International level Olympiads are held in different countries and students are accompanied there with teachers.