Mathematical Olympiad Programme In India

The Mathematical Olympiad programme is a major initiative undertaken by the National Board for Higher Mathematics. Its main purpose is to spot and encourage mathematical talent among pre-university students in the country. The programme leads to participation of Indian students at the International Mathematical Olympiad. The Mathematical Olympiad Programme in India, which leads to participation of Indian students in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. This programme is one of the major initiatives undertaken by the NBHM. Its main purpose is to spot mathematical talent among pre-university students in the country.For the purpose of training and selection of students for the Olympiad contest, 25 regions all over the country have been identified and each assigned a Regional Coordinator. Additionally, three groups – Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) – have a ‘Regional Coordinator’ each. The Mathematical Olympiad programme consists of the following stages:


• Stage 1: Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)

RMO will be held on the first Sunday of December this year (6 December 2015) between 1 PM and 4 PM for all the regions opting to take the central paper. The Regional Coordinators are given the responsibility of conducting the RMO in their respective regions. All school students from Class IX, X & XI are eligible to appear for the RMO. Exceptionally brilliant students from Classes VIII may also take the RMO at the discretion of the Regional Coordinator. RMO is a 3-hour written test containing 6 or 7 problems. On the basis of the performance in RMO, 30 students from each region are selected for Stage 2. In addition to these 30 selected students, top 5 students among girls are also selected for Stage 2. The Regional Coordinator may charge a nominal fee to meet the expenses for organizing the contest.

• Stage 2: Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)

INMO will be held on Sunday 17 January 2016 between 1 PM and 5 PM at centres in different regions. Only those students selected in the RMO are eligible to appear for INMO. This contest is a 4-hour written test. On the basis of INMO, 30 − 35 students from all over the country become INMO awardees and receive a Certificate of Merit. 

• Stage 3: International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)

INMO awardees are invited to a month long training camp in May–June each year at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai. INMO awardees of the previous year who have satisfactorily gone through postal tuition throughout the year are invited again to a second year of Training (Senior Batch). The senior batch of participants who successfully complete the camp receive an award of ₹ 5,000 in the form of books and cash. On the basis of a number of selection tests through the Camp, a team of the best six students is selected from a combined pool of junior and senior batch participants.

• Stage 4: Pre-Departure Training Camp for IMO

The selected team of six students goes through another round of training and orientation for about 10 days prior to departure for IMO.

• Stage 5: International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The six member team selected at the end of IMOTC, accompanied by a leader, a deputy leader and an observer, represents the country at IMO, held in July each year in a different member country of the IMO. The IMO contest consists of two 4.5 hour written tests held on two days. Travel to the IMO venue and return takes about two weeks. India has been participating in the IMO since 1989. Students selected for the Indian Team who receive gold, silver and bronze medals at the IMO receive a cash award of ₹ 5,000, ₹ 4,000 and ₹ 3,000 respectively at a formal ceremony at the end of the training camp during the following year.

Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) finances international travel of the team, the leader and the deputy leader, while NBHM (DAE) finances other expenditures connected with international participation and the entire Olympiad programme in India.