International Olympiad Foundation® (IOF)

Cyber Olympiad

Cyber Olympiad Qualifier(IOQ) is a UAE level Informatics/Cyber Olympiad that is conducted annually by International Olympiad Foundation(IOF®). IOF® is the official representative for International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in UAE. 

Cyber Olympiad Qualifier ®

Exam Date:

September to October

Syllabus For the Initial Qualifiers (Round 1/2), Syllabus will be a mix of all the Curriculum for a particular Grade/ Year.

Students are supposed to follow their own school curriculum for the same.

Syllabus varies for each International Competitions.( Details can be found against the same below)
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Eligible Grades

Grade 1/ Year 2 to Grade 12/ Year 13

Qualification procedure

General Rules

  1. Student should register for the current grade/year in which he/she is studying at the time of application.
  2. Students can apply for a higher grade/ year at the time of application as well. But in that case all the records would be updated accordingly.
  3. Any student who is found competing in a lower grade would be disqualified automatically
  4. You must qualify the Cyber Preliminary Olympiad qualifier (Round 1 ) that will be conducted during the period from September to October. The Preliminary Olympiad qualifier is Multiple choice question test consisting of 30 questions from Computer Science. Exam syllabus is a mix of all the curriculum for a particular grade/year. The Preliminary Olympiad qualifier can be taken in UAE in all the Emirates(Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah)
  5. If shortlisted in Preliminary Olympiad qualifier, you must appear for final qualifier (Round 2) to be held during the Period from Mid of November to Mid of December (Applicable only to Grade 8/ Year 9 and above). The final Olympiad qualifier is objective test consisting of 45 questions from Computer Science. The final Olympiad qualifier can be taken in UAE in all the Emirates (Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah)
  6. Students from grade 8 onwards, in top 10 national ranks will qualify for the second round to be held in December.
  7. International Olympiad foundation will shortlist the students based on the qualifiers for IOI.
  8. Age criteria for each International Competition is decided by the respective organising committee. IOF doesn’t have any control over this process. Please visit the respective International Competition websites for more information
  9. Students from senior grades will be given preference over junior grades for selection to IOI. The preference from high to low for selection will be as Grade 12/Year 13, Grade 11/Year 12, Grade 10/Year 11 and so on.

International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)

  • Candidate must undergo the selection process conducted by International Olympiad Foundation
  • Contestant should be enrolled in a school at a level of secondary education or lower, should not be enrolled in a degree programme at a tertiary education institution with a half-time or greater load.
  • 4 students form an IOI National team
  • Student should not be older than twenty years on the 1st of July of the competition year
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