How To Participate

PLO 2017 will be conducted in two rounds. Round 1 or the open round will be held on 22nd January 2017 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 2017. The top 8 candidates from round 2 will represent India in the 15th International Linguistics Olympiad to be held from 31st July to 4th August 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

Center Information


Registered participants can check for Roll Numbers in the Final Roll Number List.

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Center Addresses have been updated with map information.

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Details of PLO 2017 Round 1


Date: 22nd Jan 2017 (Sunday)

Time: 09:00 - 13:00 (4 hours)

Centres: The test will be held in the following Indian cities:

Agra, Bangalore, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Pune, Raipur

While filling up the registration form, you have to indicate which city you would like to take the test from. In case we do not have a centre in the city or town of your choice, you can indicate it during filling up the registration form, or contact us directly. We will try to coordinate with your school to set up a centre in your city (if your school wants to). Address of the test centre will be emailed to you after you complete the registration process.

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 in May or June 2017.

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 is closed for PLO-2017. Walk-In Registration will be on 22nd Jan 2017 at the Examination Centers.

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.

If you do not have any such document, then download the admit card form (to be provided) , fill it up, affix your coloured passport size photo, and get the photo attested by the principal of your school.

Note that your name and school's name on the admit card should match with what you have entered during registration.

Payment Procedure:

You should first pay the appropriate registration fee through bank transfer (we will not be able to accept any other mode of payment this year), note down the transaction number, and then fill up the payment form. Please note that your registration is not complete unless you fill this form correctly. Your name, email address should match exactly to what you have entered in the registration form.

Beneficiary's account details:

Name of the Bank State Bank of Hyderabad
Address of the Bank IIIT Campus, Gachibowli, Hyderabad-500032, Telangana, India
Account Name International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad
Account Number 52081085019
Account Type Current
Branch Name Gachibowli
MICR Code 500004135
Branch Code 21161
IFSC/RTGS Code SBHY0021161

* For wire transfer detail from outside India, please drop a mail to plo@iiit.ac.in

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

Registration Type Dates for filling up the online form Dates for paying the registration fee Registration fee
Early bird 22nd Dec - 6th Jan, 2017 1st Jan - 6th Jan, 2017 Rs. 150/-
Regular 7th Jan - 18th Jan, 2017 7th Jan - 18th Jan, 2017 Rs. 300/-
Walk in * 22nd Jan 2017 22nd Jan 2017 Rs. 300/-


*Walk-in: In case you did not pay the registration fee by 18th Jan 2017 or did not register online, we would not be able to provide you an admit card. 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 18th Jan 2016.

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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 2017.

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 2016 are directly eligible for round 2 and the camp, and need NOT compete in PLO round 1.

7. The PLO 2017 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.