The International Science Olympiads are a group of worldwide annual competitions in various areas of the formal sciences and natural sciences. The competitions are designed for the 4-6 best students from each participating country in specific age group selected through internal National Science Olympiads.
The aims of ISO are to promote a career in science; to challenge the brightest students from around the world. Although the competitions are aimed for secondary school pupils, the standard of the exams are extremely high. In fact, achieving a high ranking in any ISO guarantees access to a university of choice and a fellowship. Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Cambridge, for example, famously recruit a multitude of ISO medalists to their incoming undergraduate class every year.
Students, who represent India in the International Olympiads in Physics / Chemistry /Mathematics / Informatics and Astronomy automatically qualify for KVPY Fellowship. Most of the top ranked students in JEE and NEET entrance examinations are mostly Olympiad qualifiers, although no direct weightage is given to medalists as such.
This programme consists of five stages.