Finding tomorrow’s Astute with Olympiad of Maths

Olympiads of Maths was first held in 1959 in Romania with the name International Mathematical Olympiad. Since 1959 every year (except in 1980) the olympiad is held. It is the oldest olympiad of International Science Olympiads. The prestigious olympiad of maths is for pre-university students. It has grown now to 90 countries in the world. Each year every country participating in IMO sends a team of 6 students for the olympiad.

Format of the Olympiad

In India, students for International Mathematical Olympiad are selected from the Mathematical Olympiad Programme. This olympiad of maths is organized by the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India.

The designated 25 regions of the country select the students each assigned an RC (Regional Coordinator). The three groups Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan(KVS) have a regional coordinator each. The olympiad program consists of 6 stages.

Stages for Olympiad of Maths

Stage 1

Stage 1 is the Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) of 2.5-hour exam consisting of 30 questions. The answers are to be marked on an OMR sheet. The exam is bilingual (English & Hindi).

Stage 2

The Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) is stage 2. It is a 3-hour examination with 6 Questions. The answers are to be marked on an OMR sheet.

Stage 3

The best-performing students from the RMO (approximately 900) qualify for the third stage – the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). The INMO is held on the third Sunday of January at 28 centers across the country.

Stage 4

Stage 4 is a training program for students who passed INMO. The training is held from April to May at HBCSE. In this stage, students are oriented for IMO(International Mathematical Olympiad). Several tests are held in the camp and concepts are developed. On the basis of performance, six students are selected to represent India at IMO.

Stage 5

The selected team undergoes a rigorous training program for about 8-10 days at HBCSE prior to its departure for the IMO.

Stage 6

The Olympiad program culminates with the participation of the students in the IMO. The students are accompanied by 4 teachers or mentors.

Syllabus for INMO

  • Arithmetic of Integers
  • Geometry
  • Quadratic Equations & Expressions
  • Trigonometry
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • System of Linear Equations
  • Permutations & Combinations
  • Inequalities
  • Elementary Combinatorics
  • Probability Theory
  • Number Theory
  • Finite Series & Complex Numbers
  • Elementary Graph Theory
  • Factorization of Polynomial

Format of IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad)

The competition takes place over 2 consecutive days. Each day 3 problems are given to the students to work on for 4.5 hours. Following the general format of high school competitions, it does not require calculus or related topics, though proofs using higher mathematics are accepted.


A 0-7 scale is measured to give a score for each problem. Full marks are only given for complete, correct solutions. There are 6 problems, so the perfect score is 42.


  1. Gold – the top 1/12 of individual scores.
  2. Silver – the next 2/12 of individual scores.
  3. Bronze – the next 3/12 of individual scores.
  4. Honorable mention – any student who receives a score of
  5. 7 on any one problem but did not receive a medal.
  6. Special Prize – Given to students who score 7 on one problem with an especially insightful solution.
School in Sikar preparing students for INMO

Navjeevan CBSE School conducts various activities and talent-hunt programs. The school encourages students for such olympiads and provides every possible help. Students who are interested to participate can directly contact school authorities and are welcomed with warm hearts. Navjeevan CBSE School is not only winning hearts by results but also promotes hidden talent. The aim of the school is to encourage students in whatever they are good at and achieve high in their life.

Navjeevan CBSE School is a unit of Navjeeven Science Group, Sikar. The esteemed group is always eager to give their best in every field. Kautilya IIT Academy, Navjeevan RBSE School, Navjeevan Defence Academy, etc. are also integral parts of the group.

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