CREST International Drawing Olympiad

CREST International Drawing Olympiad

CREST International Drawing Olympiad (CIDO), is an annual mission that empowers young minds to channel their creativity and unleash their artistic prowess for the betterment of our planet! CIDO isn't just any exam. It's a platform that cultivates skills such as recognising edges, understanding space, working with shadows and light, etc. like recognizing natural edges of our world, understanding the vast expanse of space that surrounds us, and mastering the delicate dance of shadows and light that plays upon our Earth's surface. Hence, CIDO focusses on the United Nations Sustaiable Goals.

CIDO is a part of the Green Warrior Initiative the primary objective of which is to cultivate a profound understanding of our duty and the crucial necessity of working together to safeguard the environment and ensure its conservation for present and future generations.

This Drawing Competition is open from the tiny tots of kindergarten to the mighty warriors of grade 10. It's a mission! To ignite the imaginations, fuel the creativity, and equip the students with the tools they need to become true champions of Mother Earth. So, let us unite in this noble quest to cultivate creativity, nurture imagination, and forge a brighter, greener future for future generations. With the CREST International Drawing Olympiad as our guide, we shall unleash the power of art to protect and preserve our precious planet.

Together, we shall rise as the Green Warriors of tomorrow, armed with brushes, pencils, and a passion for change!

Drawing is one of the oldest forms of human expression within the visual arts. It is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper/other material, where the accurate representation of the visual world is expressed upon a plane surface. It is considered the best form of expression, which reveals true imagination. The CIDO exam allows students to maintain a balance between academics and co-curricular activities, providing them with opportunities to express themselves in ways beyond the traditional classroom setting. Through the CREST International Drawing Olympiad exam, students can showcase their creativity and imagination and develop their skills further. The exam evaluates the Creative Skills of the students.

Other Important Information:

  1. Material to be used
    • i) HB Pencil, Pencil Sharpener, Kneaded Eraser, Drawing Board.
    • ii) Colours as per requirement: Pastel Colours, Painting Brush, Crayons, Oil Pastel colours, Pencil colours, etc.
    • iii) White-Coloured Drawing Sheet

  2. Drawing Sheet Specification
    • i) A4-size Drawing Sheet (size: 210 mm / 297 mm)
    • ii) A border of 1 cm should be given to the drawing sheet and the drawing should be done inside the borders.
    • iii) Candidate's name, CREST ID and Class must be written outside the border (left bottom corner) of the sheet.

  3. Drawing Guidelines
    • i) Make sure your drawing surface is clean and flat.
    • ii) If you are drawing with a pencil, make sure that the images are sharp and crisp. We do not want to see any pencil marks or broken lines.
    • iii) After every 7-10 minutes, the student has to show his drawing to the camera for the examinee committee to keep track of the completion of the drawing failure to which may lead to the disqualification of the student.

  4. Taking and uploading a photo of your drawing
    • i) For taking the photo, keep your drawing on a plain background and click the picture of the drawing only, minimising the picture of the plain background. The image taken should be of high resolution.
    • ii) If you are scanning, make sure it has great scan quality. There should not be any grey shades or marks from the scanner.
    • iii) We recommend you to use Adobe Scan or Microsoft Office Scan or any other scanner which gives good output.
    • iv) Upload the picture of the drawing at the Google Drive here within 15 minutes of your exam submission, failing which may lead to disqualification.
    • v) The size of the uploaded picture should not be more than 10 MB. Also, the format of the uploaded image should be *.jpg or *.jpeg or *.png.

  5. Device to be used for examination and location
    • i) The online exams are conducted on web-enabled devices like laptops, tablets or desktops with a webcam. Mobile devices are not allowed.
    • ii) For students of Classes KG and 1, the parent/teacher can assist the child in guiding them while uploading the image.
    • iii) In case the registration is not through school, the student will have to take the exam from home.

CREST International Drawing Olympiad Highlights

Conducted for Grades KG to 10
Mode of Examination Online (Individual and school)
Mode of Registration Individually and through schools
Exam Duration For KG students, 45 minutes and grades 1 to 10, 60 minutes
Levels of Examination 1

Eligibility Criteria for the Level 1 CREST International Drawing Olympiad exam

  1. The participating candidate's school must be affiliated with any Indian-recognized education board like CBSE, ICSE, IB, State Board, etc. Also, students residing outside of India can participate.
  2. Candidates in Grades KG - 10 are eligible to participate in the examination.

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Why CREST International Drawing Olympiad (CIDO)?

1. The examination evaluates individuals' ability to visually convey ideas, emotions Sustainable goals and connectivity with, and observations through artistic expression and creative problem-solving.

2. Participation in the CREST International Drawing Olympiad provides candidates with an opportunity to discover their true creative potential.

3. The exam assesses students' artistic skills, facilitating the achievement of favourable outcomes. Translating abstract ideas from the realm of imagination onto paper allows for clearer visualisation, improvement, and enhanced creativity.

Art has been very well known to have unique effects on the human body, be it mentally or physically. Art has a variety of forms including music, culinary, and architecture. However, we will be focussing on Drawing only for this particular age group. There is a specially crafted syllabus that can prove very beneficial for them.

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How to participate in International Drawing Olympiad?

The basic requirements for participation

  • i) Gather your materials for e.g. paper, a pencil, an eraser, and perhaps some pens or markers if you want to add colour later.
  • ii) Find a comfortable, well-lit area to work in. Make sure you have enough space to move your arm freely. You should be facing the camera and yes, do not forget to show your drawing to the camera after every 10 minutes.
  • iii) Take a moment to really look at your topics. Pay attention to its shapes, proportions, and details.
  • iv) Once you have finalised topics, start adding details and gradually refine your drawing.
  • v) To give your drawing depth and dimension, add shading to create highlights and shadows. You can also add texture by varying the pressure of your pencil or adding cross-hatching.

CREST International Drawing Olympiad (CIDO) exam will help you to improve your drawing skills. Make sure to go through the marking scheme for complete instructions.

Registration of Students through schools: Students from grades Classes KG - 10 are eligible to take give CREST International Drawing Olympiad. Prospectus containing the registration forms are sent to all schools registered with CREST Olympiads. If your school is not registered with us, then please send an email to and we will send you the prospectus soon. It is mandatory for schools to return the registration forms to CREST Olympiads, duly filled in and completed in all respects by the due date.

Registration for individual participants: If your school does not conduct Olympiads, then you can register as an individual participant as well. The link for the online registration for individual participants is here.

Syllabus & Exam Pattern for Drawing Olympiad

CREST International Drawing Olympiad encompasses a range of abilities and techniques that individuals develop through practice, observation, and study. The International Drawing Olympiad syllabus is available for grades KG-10. It is recommended that students go through the syllabus in detail before starting preparing for the exam.

Marking scheme

To be fair in the evaluation of the drawings, there are various categories on which marks will be provided. Make sure that your drawing covers all the aspects under the categories mentioned below:




Originality/ Creativity

It checks how fresh and unique your ideas are. It also considers whether you've used interesting techniques or ideas that make your drawing stand out and grab attention. In short, it measures how special and original your drawing is.



A catchy text that enhances understanding of the drawing. The title should be concise, within the borders, and no more than 6 words.


Neatness and Composition

Layout: Focuses on the organization and arrangement of elements within the drawing to ensure coherence in composition.

Balance: Assesses the distribution of visual weight to achieve harmony and avoid overcrowding or emptiness.

Overall Impact: Evaluates the drawing's ability to capture attention and engage viewers on a broader scale.

Line Quality: Concentrates on the cleanliness and precision of lines.

Colouring and Shading: Examines the effective use of light and dark areas to create depth.

Detailing: Considers the attention to small elements and intricacies in the drawing.

Craftsmanship: Evaluates the overall neatness and tidiness of the drawing, including technical execution and presentation.


Message Conveyed

The drawing should evoke strong emotions or provoke deep reflection through its thematic content and narrative.


Theme Adherence

Interpretation: How well the drawing relates to the given theme.

Relevance: Whether the drawing clearly connects to the theme without being confusing.


Quality of Scan

When scanning your drawing for upload, ensure it maintains excellent quality without any grey shades or scanner marks. When taking a photo, place your drawing on a plain background and capture only the drawing, minimizing background distractions. Consider whether your drawing is of such high quality that it could be printed and framed as a masterpiece.

We recommend you to use Adobe Scan or Microsoft Office Scan or any other scanner which gives good output. Do note that image should be uploaded in any of the following formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .png


Drawing Evaluation Mechanism

Three panelists will evaluate each drawing, with two panelists assessing each drawing initially. If the marks assigned by the two panelists closely align, the average of their marks will be used. However, if there is a significant discrepancy between the marks given by the two panelists—i.e., if there is a difference of more than 10 marks; the third panelist will intervene. The final mark will be determined by comparing the mark given by the third panelist with the marks given by the initial two panelists, and selecting the mark that is closer to the third panelist's assessment. This approach ensures fair and accurate evaluation of each drawing.

Dates & Fee for Drawing Olympiad

The exam dates for CREST International Drawing Olympiad (CIDO) for the Academic Year 2024-25 are as given below:

Practice 2 exam date

7th June 2024

Level 1 exam date

6th and 19th July 2024

Last date for registration It is advisable to register for the exam before 5th July.

Result date

Generally, the results for Level 1 exam are announced within a month's time

Note: Check Drawing Olympiad exam dates for other CREST Olympiad subjects as well.

The exam fee is INR 225 for students studying and enrolling from India. For students studying and residing outside of India, the fee is country-specific.

How to prepare for Drawing Olympiad?

“Practice leads to improvement. You won’t get any better unless you engage in the attempt. The more you draw the more confident you’ll become.”

To excel in a drawing Olympiad, you must master drawing skills, understand art principles, and become acquainted with potential competition tasks. The topics for the Drawing Olympiad exam are tailored to each student's age and grade level. Each year, The Drawing Olympiad exam features a diverse range of topics that cater to students of different age groups and grade levels. This allows students to improve their drawing skills and prepare for the exam with confidence. Whether it's sketching, shading, or colouring, the topics are designed to challenge students and bring out their creative best. With rigorous practice and dedication, students can ace the exam and showcase their artistic talents on a platform.

Answer Keys and Results for Drawing Olympiad

After the CREST International Drawing Olympiad examination is held, the results for the same are generally released within a month time. The results can be checked on the official website of CREST Olympiads by logging in with your registered credentials. CIDO level 1 results are declared in the month of August. Students can check their performance online from the comfort of their homes.

Olympiad Prizes

CREST International Drawing Olympiads recognize students with Merit Certificates, Trophies, Medals, ‘Honorable mention’ Digital Certificates, etc. for their achievements in the examination. Each participant is also given a digital participation certificate. Students can check Olympiad awards for CREST Olympiads.

Drawing Olympiad FAQs

1. What is the participation fee for the International Drawing Olympiad?

For students studying and enrolling from India for Classes KG-10, the registration fee is INR 225 & for students studying and residing outside India, the fee is country specific.

2. How do I study for the International Drawing Olympiad?

To improve your drawing skills, it's essential to begin by mastering the basics, such as lines, shapes, forms, perspective, shading, and proportions. These fundamental skills will form the foundation for all your drawings. Therefore, it is crucial to set aside dedicated time each day or week for drawing practice to ensure consistency in your improvement. Even short practice sessions can be beneficial in the long run. One of the exercises that can help improve your hand-eye coordination and observational skills is contour drawing. It involves outlining an object without lifting your pen or pencil from the paper.

3. Who is eligible to participate in the International Drawing Olympiad?

Students from across the world can participate in the CREST International Drawing Olympiad examination. Students of Classes KG to 10 are eligible to participate in level 1.

4. Can I participate in the Drawing Olympiad exams individually?

Yes, students can participate in the examination through schools as well as individually. Online individual Drawing Olympiad registration is accepted.

5. Can I reappear in the same test again?

No, once one appears for the test they cannot take the test again.

6. Are there any specific books or study material that students can refer to before taking Drawing Olympiads?

No, in art, practice always comes before theory.

7. Where can I look for Drawing Olympiad results?

To view Level 1 result:

  1. Login with your credentials on
  2. Go to Dashboard -> Performance -> Results -> Select CIDO > Select CIDO Level 1 & result page will show up.

8. What is the importance of the Drawing Olympiad?

The Drawing Olympiad is important because it provides a platform for young artists to showcase their talent and creativity on a global scale. It also fosters a sense of competition and camaraderie among participants, encouraging them to push their artistic boundaries.