About Olympiad

The international Olympiad movement is aimed at bringing the most gifted secondary and higher secondary students of the world together in a friendly competition of the highest level. The Olympiads do not lead directly to any career benefits; rather, they provide a stimulus to begin a career in science or mathematics, to undertake a lifelong journey into the realms of exciting intellectual challenges. The Olympiads are not merely competitions, they are the meeting places of the brightest young minds of the world, and many friendships forged at the Olympiads form the seeds of scientific collaboration later in life. Much like the Olympics in sports, the Olympiads are a celebration of the very best in school level science and mathematics. A major national Olympiad programme in basic sciences and mathematics which connects to the international Olympiads is in operation in India. The Homi Baba Centre for Science Education is the nodal centre of the country for this programme. The programme aims at promoting excellence in science and mathematics among pre-university students.

Mathematical Olympiads 2021-2022

The Mathematical Olympiad Programme in India, which leads to the participation of Indian students in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is organized by the Homi Baba 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.

Different Stages of Mathematical Olympiad

Mathematical Olympiad Program is a test conducted for Indian students by the HBCSE on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics. Students who deliver exceptional performance will be eligible to take part in the International Mathematical Olympiad which is the final stage of this program. The different stages are discussed in brief below.

Pre-Regional Mathematics Olympiad (PRMO)

The Pre-Regional Mathematics Olympiad (PRMO) is the first stage of the program. Students will find complete details about this stage including eligibility, application, examination mode, cutoffs, results, below.

Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)

RMO is the second stage and is usually conducted in fewer centres in the region. The exam duration is of 3 hours and the paper will consist of six questions. The medium of the examination is English/Hindi and sometimes can be conducted in other regional languages.

Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)

Approximately 900 students who are top performers in RMO across the different regions are selected for the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad.

International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)

HBCSE will invite the top performers (approximately 35) from INMO to join the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC). During their time in the camp, the candidates will be assessed through several tests. Only the best 6 performers will be selected for the final stage.

Pre Departure Camp

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

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The top 6 students who get selected in IMOTC will represent India in the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Eligibility for PRMO

  • The eligibility criteria for PRMO is listed below
  • In order to appear for PRMO, the candidate must be an Indian Citizen.
  • The applicants must be born on or after 1 August 2001 to participate in PRMO.
  • As per the orders of the Madras High Court, students with OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) cards are eligible for all the stages of the Mathematics Olympiad, other than the final stage of representing India in the final International Mathematical Olympiad.
  • Students studying in Class 8 to Class 12 are eligible to apply for the Mathematics Olympiad.

Note: Since the year 2020, the PRMO exam has been renamed to IOQM as the selection procedure has been condensed to three stages: IOQM, INMO and IMOTC.

Events Date
Start Date of PRMO registration form 2021 September 25, 2021
Last Date of PRMO registration 2021 November 15, 2021
Release of PRMO online registration 2021 Admit Card December 2021
PRMO 2021 Exam January 9, 2022
Declaration of PRMO 2021 Result February 2022
INMO exam February 27, 2022
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