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Sri Lankan Biology Olympiad

Sri Lankan Biology Olympiad
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Parent Organisation:

Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka


About Sri Lankan Biology Olympiad:

The Sri Lankan Biology Olympiad gives the students interested in the field of Biology a chance to explore and challenge their skills in Biology. They compete with others to stand meritorious and to get a chance to compete in the International Biology Olympiad.



The syllabus of the exam includes G.C.E. Advanced Level Biology curriculum (except the Applied Biology Unit). The questions can also be asked on the current developments in Biology, so the students should be prepared on it as well.


Marking Scheme:

The paper consists of 40 MCQs and 20 short answer questions. The total time allocated is 2 hours. The marking of each question is not defined and is not stated by the


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students who are going to appear for local or foreign A/L exams are eligible to apply
  • There is no age barrier for local competition
  • To participate in the international competition, the student should be less than 20 years of age as of 30th June 2018


Level of Exam:

The questions asked in the exam are sophisticated and require presence of mind towards the question itself as well. The competition is a prelim for the International Biology Olympiad and hence the level of the exam is set high to select the best students Exam Dates:

The exam was held on 2nd July 2017 last year and the date for this year’s exam will be tentatively in the vicinity of this date.


Sample Papers:

Previous year question papers for the exam can be downloaded here


Registration Process:

  • A non-refundable registration fees of Rs. 800 should be paid to any People’s Bank Branch to Institute of Biology account number 086-1-001-4-1191763 of Thimbiriyasaya Branch of Peoples Bank
  • Download and completely fill the registration form available here
  • Post the filled examination form and the payment slip generated during the payment of the registration fees to the following address

SLBO Coordinator,

Institute of Biology,

SLAAS Office,

120/10, Vidya Mawatha,

Colombo 7


Benefits, Awards & Scholarships:

  • Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to students based on their performance
  • A certificate will be issued to students who score more than 50% marks in the exam which can be downloaded online from here



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SLBO Sample Papers: