Intermediate Level Syllabus

International Space Olympiad 2017-2018


This year  Edu  Mithra  is back  with  more  excitement  and  fun.   International Space Olympiad 2017-2018, is already at your door step.  All you have to do is open up your doors and be a part of this adventure.

This  year  as usual  there  will be multiple  levels of exams  and  we will refine out  the  best  from the  competition for the  grand  prize that awaits.   To give a helping hand for our ISO aspirants we are introducing a video tutorial series.  These series will be made available to all at nominal price and students can download the ISO Reference Book Part 2 by clicking the Reference book link in the top menu tab.

ISO Tutorial Series

ISO will provide training based on video tutorial created by subject experts.    These tutorial will cover areas such as Astrophysics, Astronomy, Cosmology, Planetary science and Earth science, Fundamental Physics, Basic Sciences and Applied mathematics.   These series are pre- recorded tutorials in video format.   These recording can be made available as per request by the candidate at a reasonable price.  These tutorials are exclusively prepared for the ISO intermediate level exam.  Irrespective of the student category, the tutorials are structured in such a way that it covers the topic from basic to advanced level.

There will roughly 60% questions from the tutorials, 20% from the additional study materials, and 20% beyond the tutorials.  There will be a few questions that test the logical reasoning ability of the candidate. These percentage are subjected to change within a margin of 5%. Rather than  giving  the  whole  tutorial the  videos  will be  released  on  daily  basis  before  the exam.  Those who are interested in purchasing the tutorials are requested to register for the same. The detailed syllabus of the video tutorial will be same as the ISO intermediate level exam for Astrophysics, Astronomy, Cosmology, Planetary science and Earth science, Fundamental Physics, Basic Sciences and Applied mathematics.

Please note that ISO video tutorials is optional, If any candidate NOT interested to register with video tutorial just drop an email to for registration link without video classes.

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ISO Intermediate Level Syllabus

The intermediate exam will test the knowledge from basic to advance level. There  will be 50 questions in one exam.  These questions include multiple choice questions including numerical questions. The main areas of focus will be as follows

1 Astrophysics

2 Astronomy

3 Cosmology

4 Space agencies and space missions

5 Scientists and Space explorers

6 Planetary science and Earth science

7 Fundamental Physics

8 Basic Sciences

9 Applied mathematics

10 General information about space science

Detailed Syllabus

0.1     Astrophysics

Star  formation  – Stellar  evolution  – Classification  of stars  – Interior  structure of stars  – Nuclear process  in stars  – Protostars – Mani  sequence  stars  – Stellar  giants  – Nebula  formations  – Low and  high mass stars  – Type  I and  Type  II supernova  – Neutron  stars  and  pulsars  – Dwarf  stars

– Radiations – Variable  stars  – Astrophysical events  – Gamma  ray bursts  – Elements  formation  – Sun – Solar flares – Sun spots – Corona  mass ejections  – Scientists  behind  astrophysics

* Total  15 percentage

0.2     Astronomy

Observational science – Graph  plotting – Measurements and technique  – Celestial sphere – Constel- lations  – Observatories around  the  world – Optical  telescopes – Non optical  observatories – Space based  telescopes  – Hubble’s  law – Doppler  shifts  – Stellar  magnitude measurements – Distance measurements – Error  analysis  – LIGO-VIRGO projects

* Total  15 percentage

0.3     Cosmology

Pre-Newtonian universe  – Post  Newtonian  universe  – Special theory  of relativity – General  theory of relativity – Proof  of general  relativity – Gravitational waves  – Black  Holes – New models  of universe  – Dark matter and dark  energy – Big band  and CMBR  – Gravitational red shifts.

* Total  15 percentage

0.4     Space agencies and space missions

Space agencies around  the world – The history  of space agencies – Indian  space exploration – First missions – Remarkable achievements – Rockets  and satellites  – Expense  of missions

* Total  12 percentage

0.5     Scientists and Space explorers

Space explorers (Astronauts, Cosmonauts etc.)  – Nationality of space explorers – Famous  missions

– The year of missions

* Total  12 percentage

0.6     Planetary science and Earth science

Planets of Solar system – Earth – Moon – Continents and Oceans – Magnetic field of Earth – Earths atmosphere – Ozone – Clouds – Interior  of Earth – Tectonic  motions  and earthquakes.

* Total  8 percentage

0.7     Fundamental Physics

Units  and measurements – Coordinate systems  – Inertial  frame – Newtonian  dynamics  and laws – Laws of gravity  – Special relativity – Material  science – Atoms and molecules – Laws of thermody- namics – Electricity and magnetism – Nuclear and particle  physics – Quantum theory  (basics ideas only) – Communication systems.

* Total  8 percentage

0.8     Basic Sciences

Fundamental knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Computer science based on school books.

* Total  5 percentage

0.9     Applied mathematics

Basic Algebra  – Fundamental Trigonometry (Seniors and  Super seniors only) – Numerical  ability  – Graphs

* Total  5 percentage

0.10     General information about space science

Recent developments in space science (Up to 2017) – Nobel prize winners – Famous scientists  and their  contributions

* Total  5 percentage

Patter of Questions

Question will be according to  the  category  of students.  Students are  supposed  to  make  sure  to which  category  they  belongs too.   Any correction after registrations will not be entertained.

1 Juniors  (class 5, 6 and 7)

2 Seniors (class 8, 9 and 10)

3 Super Seniors (class 11 and 12)

The questions will have 4 multiple choices among which only one is the correct answer.   The students can answer the questions and save their answers.  Once the time is over the answers will be automatically saved and no further changes will be allowed. Any malpractice will result in the termination of the candidature.

Registered candidates will receive Video Tutorials by 23rd on words.


Last Date of Registration with Late Fee: 28th February 2018

Date of ISO Intermediate Level Examination: 28th April 2018

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