Sri Lankan Biology Olympiad 2019

Sri Lankan students can now compete and win medals in Sri Lankan Biology Olympiad 2019. Four students will also be selected to participate at the International Biology Olympiad to be held in 2020 in Japan.


Students sitting for Local(Old or New Syllabus) or foreign A/L exams in 2019 or 2020 are eligible to apply. There is no age barrier for the local competition, but to participate in the international competition, The student should be below 20 years of age on 30 June 2020.

How to apply:

Application fee is Rs. 800.00. This is a non-refundable fee. This 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.

Applicant should complete the application form and post it with the Payment slip issued by People’s bank to the following address on or before  30 May 2019.

SLBO Coordinator,
Institute of Biology,
SLAAS Office,
120/10, Vidya Mawatha,
Colombo 7

Application form can also be downloaded from website. Photocopies of this application form can also be used.

Sri Lankan Biology Olympiad Competition:

The examination to select the winners will be conducted from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon on Sunday 07 July 2019 at the following Centers:

  • University of Colombo, Colombo
  • Eastern University, Batticaloa
  • Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihinthale
  • University of Jaffna, Jaffna
  • University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya
  • University of Ruhuna, Matara
  • University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda

Both new and old syllabus candidates can answer the paper. Candidates are required to sit for two hour paper with 50 questions, consisting of MCQs and ture/false questions.

The examination is based on GCE Advanced Level(New or Old) syllabus curriculum except Applied Biology Unit.

Candidates can choose to sit for the examination in Sinhala, Tamil or English medium.

Admission cards will be sent to the selected candidates before 20 June 2019 or they can be printed online at after that date.

Selection of Winners:

Gold, Silver or Bronze medals will be awarded to selected candidates based on their performance. Decision of the council of the IOB shall be final in the selection of winners.

A certificate will be awarded for those who score more than 50% of marks, and this certificate can be printed online at website.

For details contact: SLBO coordinating center at Department of Forestry & Environment Science, University of Sri Jayewardepura. (Tharaka 071-7494661) / (Naveendra 071-7701402)

Download Application forms

Application form: Biology Olympiad Application

Download: Olympiad Broachure

Past Examination Papers

You can download examination papers here.

Medal Winners at Past International Olympiads