International Math Olympiad – Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Study Tips From MySchoolPage

The International Math Olympiad (IMO) is one of the most anticipated events by many school students in recent times. The first International Math Olympiad was held in Romania in 1959. Ever since, students from all around the world come together each year to put their math skills to test.

More than 100 nations compete in this International Math Olympiad and from each country six students are selected to represent their country. The International Math Olympiad will test the students through extremely challenging tasks and only one nation can emerge as the winner at the end.

The Indian Math Olympiad (INMO) is the ultimate gateway for students to take part in the international event. Indian students from every part of the nation can apply to take part in the INMO event and the top 6 students are trained and sent to the international event for representing India.

The international event is specifically for class 10 and above students. Participating in this event will grant college scholarship for many students and is the ultimate gateway to get into top-notch universities and colleges around the world.

Though India has many highly skilled students, we couldn’t win the International Math Olympiad even once. China, United States, Hungary, Russia, and many other countries have won the IMO finals over the past years. It’s high time to work hard and make sure that we get the upcoming IMO title for our nation.


About Indian Math Olympiad (INMO)

The Indian Mathematics Olympiad (INMO) was started by National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) in 1986. This national math event is currently run in collaboration with the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai.

The main purpose of this national event is to support and harness maths skills among students from all over the country. The NBHM also selects and trains the top performing students from the national event to build the most challenging team of students to represent India in the International Mathematics Olympiad event.


Your Way From National (INMO) to the International Math Olympiad (IMO)

Stage 1 – Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO)

This is the first official examination held at the school level. Only selected schools can hold this PRMO exam and students who wish to participate can apply for Math Olympiad through their schools. Students can apply for the relevant exam levels based on their respective classes from 1 to 12.

PRMO is a 2:30 hours examination and consists of 30 questions in total. This test, being the preliminary exam, will have only one or two digit answers. Students will have to mark their answer on the OMR response sheets. Only students who qualify in this prelims can go to the RMO.

Stage 2 – Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)

RMO is a regional level selection test which is normally held between the months of September and December every year. RMO is only for high school students and consists of only 6 to 7 math problems. Students will have to complete this written test in 3 hours.

Stage 3 – Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)

The INMO is usually held in the month of February. INMO centres are set up across different schools in various cities in India. Currently, 28 centres have been set up across the country for hosting the INMO. Students who qualified in the RMO can take part in this national level event.

The Indian Mathematical Olympiad is written test lasting for 4 hours. The questions will majorly cover Class XI to Class XII level mathematics syllabus , but the problems under each topic will involve varying high levels of difficulty. Questions from the following topics will be asked in the INMO:

  • Arithmetic of integers
  • Geometry
  • Quadratic equations and expressions
  • Trigonometry
  • Coordinate geometry
  • System of linear equations
  • Permutations and combination
  • Factorization of polynomial
  • Inequalities
  • Elementary combinatorics
  • Probability
  • and more…

(NoteMySchoolPage provides solved answer sheets and key questions for all the above-mentioned topics. Stage 4 – International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)

The best performers from the INMO, approximately 30-35 students, are invited to the IMOTC during the months of April and May. They are trained under different problem-solving, conceptualization, and analytical skills by various high-profile Math trainers and teachers from India.

They are subjected to various tests and only 6 students are selected at the end to represent India in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO.)

Stage 5 – International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The team selected at the end of the camp will represent India at the IMO. They will compete against students from different countries to win the International Math Olympiad.


Exam Pattern for the International Math Olympiad (IMO)

Class 1 to 4

Total Number of Questions 35
Duration of Test 60 Minutes
Number of Sections 3
Number of Questions/Section 1 10 – Logical & Analytical Reasoning
Number of Questions/Section 2 15 – Mathematical reasoning
Number of Questions/Section 3 10 – Everyday Mathematics

Class 5 to 12

Total Number of Questions 50
Duration of Test 60 Minutes
Number of Sections 3
Number of Questions/Section 1 20 – Logical & Analytical Reasoning
Number of Questions/Section 2 20 – Mathematical reasoning
Number of Questions/Section 3 10 – Everyday Mathematics

Students aspiring for the Olympiad generally require a good amount of training and high-level of understanding of their Math syllabus. They need to self-evaluate their knowledge level in Mathematics before starting their olympiad preparation.

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