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International Biology Olympiad

Updated on February 26, 2013
International Biology Olympiad 2013
International Biology Olympiad 2013

Exam Dates

  • Practical exam : July 16/2013 ( Tuesday)
  • Theoretical exam: July 18/2013 ( Thursday)

What is IBO?

World Championship Biology Competition for high school students

Participates: 70 countries across five continents.

IBO delegations : 4 Students+ 2 Academic advisors

Useful links

IBO official site:

USA Biology Olympiad: US ABO

IBO Sample Questions & Answers

Who can

  • Secondary school students
  • Age Between: 14-19

IBO Exam Topics

Animal anatomy and physiology
Cellular, molecular and microbiology
Genetics, population genetics and evolutionary biology
Plant anatomy and physiology
IBO Exam Topics 2013

Exam Pattern

I. Theoretical exam - 100 multiple choice like questions

  • No of exams: 2
  • Duration: 3 hours

II) Practical Exam

  • No.of exams: 4
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

Biology Olympiad Questions

Question 1: Select the chemical property that is shared by all types of lipids forming the plasma membrane.

A. Polar head

B. Sugar component

C. Glycerol backbone

D. Phosphate group

E. Hydrophobic region

Question 2: Which of the following can children only inherit from their mother?

A mutation:

A. on the X chromosome.

B. on the Y chromosome.

C. in the mitochondrial genome.

D. in a maternally imprinted gene.

E. in the hypervariable region of an antibody gene.

IBO Practical Exam
IBO Practical Exam

IBO Practical Exam Questions

  • Task I: Reconstruct the phylogenetic tree of six plant species using parsimony method
  • Task II: Reconstruct the phylogenetic tree of six insect species using the UPGMA method
  • Task III: Co-evolution between plants and insects

IBO Practical exam Topics

  • Comparative and Functional Biosystematics
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Plant Ecology and Physiology
  • Evolutionary Ethology

Exam Place- IBO 2013

Berne, Switzerland

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