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  • International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)

    •The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country.

    •The first IMO was held in Romania in 1959.

    •The 61st IMO will be held in Russia in July 2020.

    •In IMO, every country sends teams of up to six students, plus one team leader, one deputy leader, and observers.

    •Contestants must be under the age of 20, an individual may participate any number of times in the IMO.

    Format of Exam

    • Total Six Problems

    • 7 Points to each, Total 42 points.

    • The competition is held over two consecutive days; each day the contestants have four-and-a-half hours to solve three problems.

    Syllabus: Geometry Number Theory, Algebra, Combinatorics, Inequalities (NO calculus/Analysis)

    Awards: At most half the contestants wins a medal (Approx more than 500 contestants)

    SGold Medal, Silver Medal, Bronze Medal, Honourable

    Mathematics Olympiad in INDIA:

    •The Mathematics Olympiad in india is running by NBHM (National Board of Higher Mathematics) in collaboration with the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai.

    • NBHM has taken on the responsibility for selecting and training the Indian team for participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad every year.

    • For the purpose of administering Mathematics Olympiad contests, the country has been divided in 16 regions. A regional coordinator is responsible for conducting these tests in each region


    1.Stage 0: Pre RMO

    • The PRMO exam will be organized by MTA (Mathematics Teachers’ Association). The website for PRMO is available at http://www.mtai.org.in/prmo

    • The PRMO is 3-hour duration test with 30 questions. Each question has an answer which is a number with one or two digits.

    • Pre-RMO held normally in August.

    • The fee will be Rs 230.00 for each non-KV and non-JNV student.

    • From each region, the top (up to) 300 students from Classes 8, 9, 10, 11 and the top (up to) 60 students from Class 12 will be eligible to write the Regional Mathematics Olympiad exam. For the KV, JNV schools which have a countrywide coverage, the number to be selected is up to 5 per cent from Classes 8, 9, 10, 11 and up to 1 per cent from Class 12, of the number of registrations.

    2.Stage 1 Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO)

    •RMO is held in each region normally on the first Sunday of December each year.

    •The fee will be Rs 230.00 for each non-KV and non-JNV student.

    •RMO is a 3-hour written test containing about 6 to 7 problems.

    •On the basis of the performance in RMO, a certain number of students from each region are selected to appear for the second stage.

    •Regional coordinators charge nominal fees to meet the expenses for organizing the contests.

    3.Stage 2Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)

    Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)INMO is held on the first Sunday of February each year at various Centres in different regions.

    Only students selected on the basis of RMO from different regions are eligible to appear for INMO.

    INMO is a 4-hour written test.

    The top 30-35 performers in INMO receive a certificate of merit

    4.Stage 3 International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)

    •The INMO certificate awardees are invited to a month long training camp (junior batch) conducted in May-June, each year.

    •In addition, INMO awardees of the previous year that have satisfactorily gone through postal tuition throughout the year are invited again for a second round of training (senior batch).

    5. Stage 4 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

    The team (6 students) selected at the end of the camp, a "leader" and a "deputy leader," represent India at the IMO.

     The leader and deputy leader are chosen by NBHM from among mathematics teachers/researchers involved in the Mathematics Olympiad activity.

     Students of the Indian team who receive gold, silver and bronze medals at IMO receive a cash prize of Rs. 5,000/-, Rs. 4,000/- and Rs. 3,000/- respectively, from NBHM during the following year at a formal ceremony at the end of the training camp.

    Syllabus: The typical areas for problems are: number theory, geometry, algebra and combinatorics.

    number systems, arithmetic of integers, geometry, quadratic equations and expressions, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, systems of linear equations, permutations and combinations, factorisation of polynomials, inequalities, elementary combinatorics, probability theory, number theory, infinite series, complex numbers and elementary graph theory.

    The syllabus does not include calculus and statistics.

    Suggested Books:

    1.Mathematics Olympiad Primer, by V.Krishnamurthy, C.R.Pranesachar, K.N. Ranganathan and B.J. Venkatachala (Interline Publishing Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore).

    2.Challenge and Thrill of Pre-College Mathematics, by V.Krishnamurthy, C.R.Pranesachar, K.N.Ranganathan and B.J.Venkatachala (New Age International Publishers, New Delhi - 1996).

    3.AN Excursion in Mathematics by Dr. M.R. Modak, Prof S.K. Katre, Dr. V.V. Acharya, Dr V . M. Sholapurkar

    4.Inequalities An approach through Problems by B.J. Venkatachala

    5.Problem- Solving Strategies by Arthur Engel

    International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)

    Link: http://www.sofworld.org

    It conducts exams in 6 subjects:

    1. IMO: International Mathematics Olympiad (Two Levels for class 1 to 12)

    2. IEO: International English Olympiad (Two Level, for class 1 to 12)

    3. NSO: National Science Olympiad (Two Level, for class 1 to 12)

    4. NCO: National Cyber Olympiad (Single Level, for class 1 to 120

    5. ICO: International Commerce Olympiad (Single Level for class XI &XII)

    6. IGKO: International General Knowledge Olympiad (Single level) for class 1 to 10

    Different exam paper for each class.

    Questions Paper Pattern: (Time: 1 hour)

    Class I to IV: 35 multiple choice questions of 40 marks .

    • Logical Reasoning: 10 Questions each carry 1 Marks.
    • Mathematical Reasoning: 10 Questions each carry 1 Marks.
    • Everyday Mathematics: 10 Questions each carry 1 Marks
    • Achievers Section: 5 Questions each carry 2 Marks

    Class V to XII: 50 multiple choice questions of 60 marks.

    • Logical Reasoning: 15 Questions each carry 1 Marks.
    • Mathematical Reasoning: 20 Questions each carry 1 Marks.
    • Everyday Mathematics: 10 Questions each carry 1 Marks
    • Achievers Section: 5 Questions each carry 3 Marks

    Registration of Students:

    The SOF IMO is open to the students of classes 1 to 12. Students should register through their respective schools only. Individual registrations by students are not accepted. A minimum of 10 students need to be registered from each school for SOF IMO.

    Level 1:

    The first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours.

    Level 2:

    The level 2 is conducted for students of class 3 to class 12. The qualifiers to second round would include the following:

    •At International Level:

    Top 5% of candidates, class wise, who appear in the 1st level exam internationally.

    • At Zone/State Level:

    Top 25 rank holders from each Zone and each class.

    • At School Level:

    Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores at least 50% qualifying marks.

    Exams will be held in December


    Please visit http://www.sofworld.org/imo/about-imo-exam/awards

    Contact:Regional coordinator of Bihar

    Dr Vijay Kumar
    Convener cum Executive Joint Secretary,
    Bihar Mathematical Society
    College of Commerce,Arts and Science,Patna.

    Useful link: https://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in