InterswitchSPAK 3.0 National Science Competition Guidelines 2020 | Win N12.5M

2020 InterswitchSPAK 3.0 National Science Competition Registration Guidelines: Interswitch SPAK National Science Competition Registration Form, Eligibility, Objectives, Requirements, Application Guidelines, Registration Deadline, Examination Date, Time, Venue, Examination Centers, Cash Prizes for Teachers and Students, Frequently Asked Questions and Past Questions and Answers in PDF.

Latest Update: We hereby inform you that InterswitchSPAK3.0 Qualifying exam scheduled for 2nd May, 2020 has been postponed indefinitely until schools resume. However, registration is still on going.

Welcome to InterswitchSPAK, a Pan - African Science competition designed to empower African students in the area of STEM. The initiative was introduced for High school students to develop, ignite and chart a career path in the area of STEM education and drive them towards fully optimizing their potential to make Africa a better place for us all.

The competition is presently in the following countries Nigeria and Kenya.

InterswitchSPAK is the biggest Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition in Nigeria. Thousands of secondary schools in Nigeria have registered their students for a chance to win N12.5m worth of scholarships already. if you have not registered your students what are you waiting for?

Last year, the winner of the InterswitchSPAK Competition, Akachukwu Anumudu won N7.5 million Naira University scholarship, a brand-new laptop and the bragging right of being the best Science student in Nigeria. The search is on; do you have what it takes to become the best STEM student?

RECOMMENDED: InterswitchSPAK Kenya 2.0 National Science Competition Guidelines 2020.


InterswitchSPAK is an annual search across high schools (public and private) in Nigeria for only SS 2 (year 11) students between the ages of 14-17 years.It is introduced to chart the ideal career path and drive the student towards full optimization of their potentials and fulfilment of their dreams (either as an inventor or entrepreneur) with a key message of revving up the interest of students; parents, teachers and other key stakeholders towards STEM education and its application in Africa.


To arouse and sustain keen interest in the study of STEM in high schools across Africa. To raise the standard of STEM education and reward excellence with educational grants through an unbiased competition that would promote sound education in Africa. To create a vehicle that is genuinely interested in the growth, development and well-being of Africa students and teachers through various interventions including scholarship schemes for outstanding STEM students.


There are two main levels of the competition.


In this stage, all the online registered students’ (i.e. the best SIX (6) from each registered school) will write a National qualifying examination conducted by NECO at designated centers across Nigeria including FCT, Abuja. Each school is to prepare their representatives for the qualifying exams in four subjects- Mathematics, Physics; Chemistry & Biology based on the current year 11 WAEC/NECO syllabuses. The National Qualifying Exams. 100 Objective questions in 75 minutes; 25 each from the 4 Subjects.


The best 81 students (with the highest scores) out of those who wrote the qualifying examination will be invited to participate at this stage of the competition. This will be recorded and transmitted on Television across Nigeria and Africa.


You must be a student in SSS2 (year 11) attending a Public or Private Secondary School in Nigeria | You must be between the age of 14 to 17 | You must be resident in Nigeria | You must be willing to travel out of your state of abode if you are not resident in Lagos | Sound knowledge of Physics, Chemistry, Biology & Mathematics based on the current SS2 WAEC/NECO syllabuses is a necessity | You must be willing to comply with the rules of the competition as laid down by the producers


    • To participate, register Here

      This competition is open to students in SSS2 (year 11) between 14 – 17 years; attending full time Secondary Education in both Public and Private Schools in Nigeria. Participation in this competition is FREE.

      Registration to participate is strictly online via Each School is required to present their BEST six (6) students in Science (SS2 students), irrespective of religion, tribe or state of origin, to enhance their chances of qualifying for the second round of the competition. Mixed-schools are required to have at least two female students-amongst the six (6) that would represent them. There are many examination centers across Nigeria.

      Every student will participate in the qualifying test at any of the examination centres across Nigeria.

      The top 81 students will proceed to the competition to battle for the crown of Nigeria's best science student.


      The InterswitchSPAK National qualifying examination will hold Saturday 2nd May 2020 across Nigeria, please check the list of centers on

      1. Students must come to their designated examination centres by 8:00am for accreditation with their Registration slip duly signed and stamped by their school principal.
      2.Latecomers will not be allowed to write the examination.
      Students are to come along with only HB pencil, eraser, ruler and statistical table, NO CALCULATORS WILL BE ALLOWED.
      Students must conduct themselves in an orderly manner Any act of misconduct will lead to disqualification of the student.
      All students MUST come to the exam venue in their School Uniform.
      Please refer to examination centre list to check for the centre nearest to you.
      The competition is open to SS2 (year 11) students ONLY. Each school is to prepare their representatives for the qualifying exams in Physics, Chemistry, Biology & Mathematics based on the current SS2 WAEC/NECO syllabuses.
      The decision of the organizers/ NECO is final and we shall not enter into any correspondence with anyone regarding the conduct of this examination.


      1. Students are advised to check their results via the online platform that will be made available to them from Wednesday 3rd June 2020.
      2. We strongly recommend that students sit for the examination at centres nearest to them·
      3. Only qualified students will be contacted for the second stage (TV quiz) of the competition.
      4. The InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition is to discover Nigeria’s best science student.


      First Prize

      The first prize winner will get five (5) years University Scholarship. Annual stipend worth ₦7,500,000 (Seven million, five hundred Naira). Brand New Laptop. Bragging right of being the best Science student in Nigeria

      Second Prize

      The second prize winner will get three (3) years University Scholarship. Annual stipend worth ₦4,000,000 (four million Naira). Brand New Laptop.

      Third Prize 

      The third prize will get a year University Scholarship worth ₦1,000,000 + Brand New Laptop.


      1. 1st Position - 250,000 Naira
      2. 2nd Position - 150,000 Naira
      3. 3rd Position - 100,000 Naira
      4. 4th – 5th Position - 60,000 Naira each
      5. 6th – 9th Position - 50,000 Naira each
      6. 10th – 27t h Position - 30,000 Naira each
      7. 28th – 81st Position - 20,000 Naira each

      Teachers who nurture the students and their schools will also be rewarded.






      When can we start Registration for InterswitchSPAK?
      InterswitchSPAK registration starts on Friday 2nd Dec, 2019 

      When is the registration closing?
      Registration closes on Sunday 26th Apr 2020.

      Who is qualified in my school that can be part of InterswitchSPAK?
      The qualified Students are the best six (6) Science students in SS2 (Year 11) in your School.

      How much is the registration fee?
      Participation on InterswitchSPAK is FREE for all (schools/students)

      When is the National Qualifying examination?
      National qualifying examination holds Saturday 2nd May 2020. 

      Is there room for students to register manually?
      Registration to participate is strictly online via

      How long is the test?
      The examination is for 1hr 15mins


      Congratulations for being one of the 81 students (with the highest scores) among the Year II Science Students in Nigeria who wrote the qualifying examination for the InterswitchSPAK TV Quiz Competition; the top 81 students have qualified for and are now invited to participate at the stage II of the competition; a 10-day rigorous but fun-filled experience.

      With a 5year Tertiary institute scholarship worth 7.5Million at stake (5year scholarship) at stake, the InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition 2.0 promises to be a competitive one: which will be recorded and broadcast on Television across Nigeria and Africa.

      Please note that there are two (2) categories of students expected for Stage II;
      • Q - Qualified candidates (students who made the highest scores in the National Qualifying Examination)
      • PQ – the students who tied at the National Qualifying Examination. They are expected to write a prequalification examination on arrival to break the ties. The candidates who scale through would join the other qualified candidates to make up a total of 81 Top candidates.

      Day 0 - Arrival of Candidates/ Validation

      1. All candidates (Q & PQ) are expected to arrive at the venue on August, 2020 on or by 10 a.m.
      2. Candidates are expected to provide original credentials for sighting only on arrival to revalidate their claims
      3. Registration and data capturing of students begin upon arrival.
      4. Pre- Qualification examination will hold on the same day.

      InterswitchSPAK MasterClass

      Day 1 - InterswitchSPAK MasterClass Session

      As part of the program designed to further develop the minds of these outstanding students, there will be an InterswitchSPAK MasterClass where top notch Speakers will take turns to interact and share real – life experiences with the students thereby laying a foundation for a solid career in Sciences for them.
      • The Speakers will be led by Mitchell Elegbe (The Group Managing Director of Interswitch Group) and various life- changing topics such as “Emotional Intelligence vs. Intelligence Quotient” will be discussed.
      • This will be a full day session spiced with tasks/ games.
      • The prequalification Examination results will be announced after the MasterClass when those students who scaled through this stage get to join the other qualified candidates to make 81.
      • These shortlisted 81 students will be split into 9 groups of 9 students each to work on 9 different pre-selected science-based projects.
      See more details here. 

      InterswitchSPAK Project

      Day 2 - 4 - InterswitchSPAK Project

      • At this stage of the competition, these students from 9 groups will be given science-based topics/projects relating to solving identified current societal issues in the country. This, the project sessions would revolve around the application of their knowledge of science in solving real life issues.
      • Each group will develop a presentation at the InterswitchSPAK lab and present their project as a group on the main TV Show. Afterwards, a Panel will review all the nine (9) projects based on agreed yardstick i.e. creativity, relevance, presentation and knowledge to determine the overall best project for the season 2.0.
      • This winning group will qualify for the Founder’s Award
        • The Founder’s award is a special recognition where the winning team (of 9 students) will have the rare opportunity of meeting with top officials of InterswitchSPAK and other industry Leaders at a dinner where they will be awarded individual cash gifts.

      TV Recording

      Day 5 - 10 - The main TV recording commences

      • Each of the 9 groups will have students compete amongst themselves to determine the three (3) qualifiers from each group that would move into the next round until the final where the overall Best STEM student would emerge.
      • There will be various awards/educational scholarships for the outstanding Students, Schools, Teachers and the States Ministry of Education.
      • The InterswitchSPAK stage II will focus on General Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. However, good understanding of Geography, ICT and General knowledge will be of great advantage.


      Online Registration ends on Sunday 26th Apr 2020.