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India wins 34th International Biology Olympiad

In a remarkable achievement, India has emerged as the overall winner at the 34th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) held in Al Ain, UAE from 2-11 July. The Indian student team clinched an unprecedented all-gold performance, securing the top position on the medals tally for the first time.

Intensive Six-Part Examination Series

Throughout the competition, the participants underwent a comprehensive series of six tests. The initial two tests, conducted on computers, focused on theoretical knowledge. These tests covered a wide range of subjects such as anatomy, animal and plant physiology, cell science, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, behavior, and biosystems. The remaining four examinations involved practical experiments, specifically in the fields of biochemistry, plant molecular biology, bioinformatics, and ecology, along with an ethical component.

Unparalleled Success

The Indian team’s outstanding performance at the IBO 2023 reflects their exceptional knowledge, skills, and hard work. With a total of four gold medals, India stood at the pinnacle of success. This resounding triumph marks the first time that India has achieved an all-gold performance at the IBO.

List of winners and the state they belong from

S.no Name Medal State
1 Dhruv Advani GOLD Bengaluru, Karnataka
2 Ishan Pednekar GOLD Kota, Rajasthan
3 Megh Chhabda GOLD Jalna, Maharashtra
4 Rohit Panda GOLD Risali, Chattisgarh


India and Singapore emerged as the leading nations, securing an impressive total of four gold medals each. China, Chinese Taipei, and the future Olympic delegation claimed the second position with three gold medals. Notably, the UAE celebrated its inaugural triumph in the International Biology Olympiad, as Reem Rashid Alnaqbi, an Emirati student, earned a well-deserved bronze medal.

Global Participation

The IBO 2023 witnessed the participation of 293 students from 76 countries, making it a truly global event. Despite the stiff competition, India emerged as the frontrunner, showcasing the country’s remarkable talent pool in the field of biology. Singapore was the only other country to secure four gold medals, highlighting India’s exceptional performance.

India’s Dominance in Science Olympiads

India’s triumph at the IBO 2023 adds another glorious chapter to the country’s success in various science Olympiads. Over the years, India has consistently excelled in prestigious competitions, securing top positions in diverse fields. Previously, India has topped the medals tally in Astronomy and Astrophysics (in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2021), Physics (in 2018), and Junior Science (in 2014, 2019, 2021, and 2022). This remarkable consistency reflects the country’s commitment to nurturing and promoting scientific excellence among its youth.

Key takeaways for competitive examinations

  • Host for International Biology Olympiad 2024: Kazakhstan
  • Minister of Education in the United Arab Emirates: Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi

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