How To Participate

PLO 2018 will be conducted in two rounds. Round 1 or the open round will be held on 7th January 2018 across various cities in India. The top ranking candidates of Round 1 will then be invited to participate in Round 2, which is a weeklong residential orientation-cum-selection camp to be held in May or June 2018. The top 8 candidates from Round 2 will represent India in the 16th International Linguistics Olympiad to be held from 26th to 30th July 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Center Information


Will be updated soon.

Details of PLO 2018 Round 1


Date: 7th January 2018 (Sunday)

Time: TBD

Centres: TBD


Categories: PLO Round 1 happens in two categories:

- Junior:
Students currently studying in class 6 to 8 are eligible for the PLO junior contest.

- Senior: Students currently studying in class 9 to 12 are eligible for the PLO senior contest.

For more information on this, see eligibility criteria.

While filling the registration form, make sure to choose the category you are eligible for. Based on the round 1 scores, the top 5 to 10 candidates from the Junior category and 15 to 20 candidates from the senior category will be invited for the Camp and Round 2, which will be held tentatively during May 2018.

Contest Format:



- Round 1 is a written test. There will be 5 to 6 problems, all of which needs to be answered. Each problem will have certain objective questions, though 50% of the marks are reserved for the explanations of the solutions, irrespective of whether it is explicitly asked for. Check the problems from the past contests for an idea about the problems.

- There might be significant or complete overlap between the problems in the senior and junior categories of the contest. However, the grading scheme and the points for the same problem can be very different for the two categories.

- The objective answers will be evaluated first; the explanations will be evaluated only for a subset of the contestants who clear a cut-off score (to be dynamically decided for each category based on the score distribution). The final rank list will be decided based on the sum of the scores of the objective part and explanations.

- English is the default working language for the contest. This means the questions and your answers should be in English. In case you want to take the test in some other Indian language, you can indicate this while filling up the registration form. If we have more than 5 requests for a particular Indian language, we will try our best to allow the concerned candidates to take the test in that language.

Registration Procedure:


Online Registration will open for PLO-2018 on 16th November 2017 (5 PM onwards).

In order to take part in the contest, you MUST register online and pay the registration fee. Registration and payment must be done before to avail the Early-Bird discount. Once you completed the processes, you will receive an email from us that you have now successfully registered for the contest (Please register only once per candidate). And further information regarding the same will be communicated. In case of any queries feel free to drop a mail at plo@iiit.ac.in and allow us at least 5 business days to respond to it.

Identity or Admit Card

In order to enter the test centre and write the test, you will need an id card that has your photograph, your and your school's name, and the class you study in (or alternatively date of birth). If your school id card has all these information, that should serve as a valid admit card for the test. Note that your name and school's name on the admit card should match with what you have entered during registration.


Walk-In Registration will be on 7th January 2018 at the Examination Centers.

Important Dates and Fees ( Same for senior and junior categories ) :

Registration Type Dates for filling up the online form Registration fee
Early bird 15th November - 15th December 2017 Rs. 150/-
Regular 16th - 31st December 2017 Rs. 300/-
Walk in * 7th January 2018 Rs. 300/-


*Walk-in: In case you did not register by 31st December 2017 online, we would not be able to provide you an admit card (You should get school ID for same). However, in every centre, we will have provision for some extra candidates. The allotment of these seats will be on first-come-first-served basis. In such cases, you have to immediately complete all the registration formalities. Your answer script will be considered for evaluation ONLY if the registration formalities are completed by get this checked - 18th Jan 2018 where to pay fees .

Eligibility Criteria:


1. Students who are either Indian citizens or currently studying in a school in India are eligible for the contest (provided they meet the other eligibility criteria stated below). But note that we do not have any test centres abroad for non-resident citizens of India.

2. A student is NOT eligible for competing in PLO if s/he is planning to compete or have already competed and awaiting results for the national linguistics Olympiad of any other country leading to the participation in IOL 2018.

3. Students currently studying in class 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th MUST compete in the senior category.

4. Students currently studying in class 6th, 7th and 8th MUST compete in the junior category.

5. Students who have attended any of the past PLO round 2 orientation-cum-selection camp and are eligible to write the test otherwise, MUST opt for the senior category even if they study in class 8 or below.

6. Students who have qualified for or represented India in IOL 2017 are directly eligible for round 2 and the camp, and need NOT compete in PLO round 1.

7. The PLO 2018 Executive Board reserves all rights to disallow or disqualify any candidate from competing in the contest. The decision of the board on any disputes regarding the rules, eligibility and selection criteria shall be considered as final.