International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)

The International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) is an exam to identify and encourage the mathematical creativity of children.
Olympiad exams help the children to gain confidence for competing with the best around them inthe country and internationally and contribute to personality development. Also, recognition ofmerit at an early age is bound to infuse a certain sense of achievement that encourages them todo even better as they advance in age.
These Olympiad exams are designed in such a way that the students are exposed to a variety ofcomplex problems which require a high level of analytical ability and proficiency in variousconcepts, thereby invoking ingenuity in dealing with them. Since admissions to variousprofessional institutions like IITs and Medical colleges are given on the basis of performance incompetitive exams, such Olympiads also pave the way for a true understanding of the conceptsthat is so essential for doing well in these highly competitive exams.

EXAM SCHEDULE 2020-21

All SOF exams will be conducted online this year. Students will appear for the chosen examsfrom their homes. All exams will be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays so that no student willmiss out online school classes and younger children have parent's support to log in for exams.

Set A Set B Set C
IGKO 7 & 8 Nov 2020 21 & 22 Nov 2020 5 & 6 Dec 2020
IEO 14 & 15 Nov 2020 28 & 29 Nov 2020 12 & 13 Dec 2020
NSO 19 & 20 Dec 2020 9 & 10 Jan 2021 30 & 31 Jan 2021
IMO 26 & 27 Dec 2020 2 & 3 Jan 2021 23 & 24 Jan 2021

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS/RECOGNITIONS

The following awards will be provided to the winners of Olympiads being held during the academic year 2020-21:
For NSO, IEO & IMO - International & Zonal toppers (in 26 zones) of classes three totwelve, awards will be provided to 2 nd level winners.
For IGKO and class 1 & 2 winners of IEO, NSO & IMO - International & Zonaltopper awards will be provided to 1 st level winners as these are single level exams.
Second level Exams - may be conducted based on the prevalent conditions due to Coronavirus at that time leading to feasibility of conducting 2 nd level exams in all states. In case2 nd level exams are not conducted, results of 1 st level exams will be treated as finalresults.
Each winner will be entitled to one award for an exam. The winners will be entitled to thehigher-level award accruing only. For e.g., the international top 3 rank holders will beentitled to awards based on their International ranks. Awards accruing to them for Zonalranks will be given to the next rank holder. Similarly, school award accruing to a Zonalaward winner will be given to the next rank holder.

At International Level

Rank Scholarships No.
1st Rs. 50,000/- Each + Gold Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 46
2nd Rs. 25,000/- Each + Silver Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 46
3rd Rs. 0,000/- Each + Bronze Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 46

At Zonal Level

Rank Scholarships No.
1st Gift worth Rs. 1000/- Each + Gold Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 1196
2nd Gift worth Rs. 1000/- Each + Silver Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 1196
3rd Gift worth Rs. 1000/- Each + Bronze Medal + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 1196
4th to 10th Gift worth Rs. 500/- Each + Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Distinction + Certificate of Zonal Excellence 8372
11th to 25th Certificate of Zonal Excellence + Medal of Distinction + Certificate of Distinction 17940

1. Gold Medal of Excellence to Class Toppers: Medals will be awarded on following criteria:

  • School "Gold Medal of Excellence" will be awarded as under:
  • For 5 to 9 registrations/class - Gold Medal of Excellence to top rank holder in class
  • For 10 to 25 registrations/class - Gold Medal of Excellence to top 3 rank holders
  • For registrations exceeding 25/class - Gold Medal of Excellence to top 10% rank holders in class
2. Participation Certification to each student.
3. Merit Certificate to 2nd level participants
4. Top 25 rank holders from each class & each Olympiad exam will be awarded Medals of Distinction. This will be applicable for winners from 26 Zones for performance in the 1st level Olympiads/ single level Olympiads.

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS:

Girl Child Scholarship Scheme (GCSS): - 300 Nos.

  • Rs.5000/- Each scholarship to 300 girls in India who are academically inclined but come from economically modest families.
  • Scholarship for Excellence in English (SEE): - 120 Nos.
  • Rs.5000/- Each scholarship to 120 in India students exhibiting excellence in English Language.
  • SOF - Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES): - 208 Nos.
  • Trophy to 208 students from class 3 to 10. Student scoring highest number of marks in 4 Olympiad exams during the year wins the AES. Winners to be selected for all 26 zones / states.
  • In case of a tie between two or more students, winners are decided on the following priority:
  • Students scoring higher cumulative marks in 1st level exams.
  • Students scoring higher marks in 1st level exam in the order of Mathematics, Science, English and General Knowledge.
  • Student scoring higher International / Zonal rank in the order of Mathematics, Science, English and GK.
  • Winners of the AES will be declared by end-March'21.
  • PATTERN OF QUESTIONS AND MARKING SCHEME

    IMO Level - 1

    Class Topic/Section No. of Ques. Marks per Ques. Total Marks

    1st to 4th

    Logical Reasoning

    10

    1

    10

    Mathematical Reasoning

    10

    1

    10

    Everyday Mathematics

    10

    1

    10

    Achievers Section

    5

    2

    10


    GRAND TOTAL

    35


    40

    5th to 12th

    Logical Reasoning

    15

    1

    15

    Mathematical Reasoning

    20

    1

    20

    Everyday Mathematics

    10

    1

    10

    Achievers Section

    5

    3

    15

    GRAND TOTAL

    50


    60

    IMO Level - 2

    Class Topic/Section No. of Ques. Marks per Ques. Total Marks

    3rd & 4th

    Mathematics

    30

    1

    30

    Achievers Section

    5

    2

    10


    GRAND TOTAL

    35


    40

    5th to 12th

    Mathematics

    45

    1

    45

    Achievers Section

    5

    3

    15

    GRAND TOTAL

    50


    60



    The SOF International Mathematics Olympiad is conducted at two levels:


    Level 1: The first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours.
    (i) The level 1 competition is a test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 1 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12.
    (ii) The question paper consists of four sections:
    Section-1:Logical Reasoning
    Section-2: Mathematical Reason
    Section-3: Everyday Mathematics
    Section-4: Achievers Section
    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.

    HOW TO PREPARE FOR OLYMPIAD EXAMINATIONS

    Hard work is the key of success. To achieve target one must always be ready to work for it. Nowadays, competition after school getting tougher and thus it becomes necessary for the school students to be prepared emotionally and mentally to tackle the challenges coming their way. Olympiad exams are a great help in this preparation. Olympiad exams are school level competitive exams which provide a platform to students to judge their skills on bigger forums and are tougher as compared to regular school exams. Olympiads help students in improving their understanding of concepts and help in achieving overall academic excellence. Olympiads also help students to develop reasoning and logical thinking at an early stage. Some of the tips to prepare for GATE exam are as follows:

    • First of all, set your goal and target the desired exam from the beginning. Now, the first step in Olympiad exam preparation is to understand the syllabus, pattern and level of difficulty. For this, go through the syllabus and previous year’s question paper.

    • It is necessary to have a study plan for Olympiad preparation to maintain discipline and time management. Plan and freeze daily study hours. Daily scheduling and subject wise scheduling is very important for a systematic preparation. Keep yourself away from social media, mobile phone, Whatsapp and any activity which destruct your concentration.

    • Start from NCERT books as they lay the foundation of advance knowledge. Then students can refer books by MTG etc. to understand level of Olympiad questions. NCERT or similar books of one higher grade can be referred to understand advanced concepts.

    • Prepare notes with the important information and formulae as these notes can be used for revision. This cuts down on the revision time as the notes contain important information from all subjects in a single place.

    • Highlight the points of high importance in book and mark those questions in which you face difficulty. During the time of revision, you have to focus specially on these points and questions.

    • Before going to sleep every day, make a plan of activities and topic of studies for next day. It will help you to reduce unproductive time and improve your performance. In the morning, try to revise topic of last day which will improve your retention capability.

    • Evaluate yourself by attempting as many MCQ type questions as possible for understanding of a topic after studying it. This will help you in knowing weak areas of your preparation. Then go through other books or study material for clarification of the same. Don't allow to accumulate the doubts which may result in mental stress.

    • Make a revision plan parallel to regular studies. Revise each topic at a suitable interval of time using short notes or flash cards otherwise there is a chance of forgetting it.

    • Avoiding silly mistakes in mathematics. Tricky questions require quick and accurate calculation.

    • Do sufficient practice of logical reasoning questions also.

    • When full syllabus is completed, then go through the mock tests of Olympiad exams for which you can join any online test series which give you similar question and environment as Olympiad exams. Koncepts Solutions provide online test series containing topic wise mock test, logical reasoning mock test and full syllabus mock test.

    • During exam, keep patience and be cool. Read the questions carefully before answering them. Mark answers to easy questions and try attempt “Achievers Section” early on. Then mark correct answers on OMR sheet carefully. Check all the questions before leaving the exam hall.

    How to prepare for IMO

    International Mathematic Olympiad (IMO) is a school level competitive exam conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) for class 1st to 12th which is intended to identify and encourage the mathematical creativity of children in school across India and abroad.IMO requires a lot of hard work and disciplined study pattern to achieve the top rank. Along with hard work, a good amount of smart work is necessary to make it to the top. The exam is conducted at two levels. First level is conducted at the school level. Only top 5% of candidates, class wise, who appear in 1st level exam, are qualified for second level. Some of the tips to prepare for IMO exams are as follows:

    • Knowing the syllabus and pattern of IMO: The IMO exam questions are based on respective class school curriculum. Thus, it is very important to know the complete syllabus in detail.
    • IMO papers are usually lengthy and involve tricky questions which are not based on straightforward knowledge of concepts but require an understanding of concepts application.. A student must practice with paper and pen to improve the speed and learning quick calculation tricks. Question asked in the first level will be from predefined class syllabus only and not from topics meant for senior classes. However, the level of questions asked is really very challenging.
    • In the first level, 70% questions are asked from the syllabus of previous class so keep the focus on last year syllabus also in addition to the current class. Students should learn to strengthen their mathematical concepts by revising everything they had even learnt in their previous years.
    • Preparation should be started from the beginning of the school session to understand the concepts thoroughly and to cover the complete syllabus within stipulated time.
    • Get your study material ready well in advance at the start of preparation and don’t waste your crucial time in searching for study material at the last moment. Identify the right kind of books which must cover all the content and topics relevant to IMO syllabus. It must also cover all the important math Olympiad questions for practice.
    • Prepare a study schedule for IMO preparation. Plan and freeze daily study hours. Ensure you are giving enough time for regular academics as well as math Olympiad practice problems along with sufficient resting time to relax your mind for better concentration. Practice all kinds of questions and cover entire syllabus. Find out your weak areas and focus on them to improve every concept.
    • Practice as many IMO exam mock test paper and previous year’s papers. This will improve your problem solving skills, analytical skills along with accuracy and speed. It also boosts your confidence in order to take up the actual exam. You can join any online test series which give you similar question and environment as IMO paper. Koncepts Solutions provide online test series containing topic wise mock test, logical reasoning mock test and full syllabus mock test.
    • Keep patience while preparing for IMO exam. Many students start preparation with full energy but due to poor result at early stage, they become hopeless and leave the preparation. Preparation of these exams don’t give results in short term but it takes time to show complete improvement therefore students should be calm and continue their preparation with patience.
    • The first level consists of reasoning and mathematics questions. The second level is pure mathematics. The second level exam is very challenging and requires advanced level preparations.
    • For second level, student cannot leave any topic. Go through entire syllabus and identify resources to study the different topics of IMO.Result of first level Olympiad exams is announced by January and second level exams are conducted in second week of February. Thus only few days are between first level result declaration and second level exam which are not sufficient to start preparation for second level after result declaration of first level. Therefore if you have done well in level 1 and hope to clear it then you should continue preparation of second level also.
    • Keep yourself away from social media, mobile phone, Whatsapp and any activity which destruct your concentration.
    • During exam, keep patience and be cool. Read the questions carefully before answering them. Mark answers to easy questions and try attempt “Achievers Section” early on. Then mark correct answers on OMR sheet carefully. Check all the questions before leaving the exam hall.

    Dos and Don’ts for Olympiad Exams

    Dos:

    1. Know the syllabus properly understand the level of questions.

    2. Start the preparation as early as possible and stick to the time schedule.

    3. Refer good quality study material. Prepare notes and quick revision tips.

    4. Practice makes perfect so do practice as much as possible.

    5. Identify weak areas and work upon them.

    6. Join Online Test Series. Attempt practice papers and mock test papers.

    7. Do good practice of filling OMR sheet.

    8. Be calm and stay relaxed.

    Don’ts:

    1. Don’t make unplanned preparation strategy.

    2. Don’t leave topic during preparation.

    3. Don’t overburden yourself with studies and don’t lose hope for success.

    4. Don’t be panic during exam and don’t read the question mistakenly.

    5. Don’t spend much time on a single question.

    6. Don’t leave any question unanswered.

    7. Don’t forget to write down your personal detail on OMR sheet.

    8. Don’t leave the exam hall early.



    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. What are Olympiad Exams?

    Olympiad exams are school level competitive examinations which help students in assessing their potential at various levels - within the school, at the city level, at the zonal level and finally at the international level. These exams are conducted by various organizations.

    2. Why one should participate in Olympiad exams?

    Olympiad exams not only give exposure of competitive world to student but also help students in understanding the concepts of their school level. A student performance report (SPR) is provided to each student which analyses the strong and weak areas of the student.

    3. Is there any special syllabus for Olympiad exams?

    Olympiad exams are based on general syllabus of each class but questions asked are based on advanced understanding of concepts. While preparing for these exams students get a chance to understand the concepts at advanced level.

    4. Do these exams require special kind of preparation?

    Yes, as these exams are based on advanced level of concepts, special kind of preparation is required to achieve excellence in these exams.

    5. How do I get ready for Olympiad exams?

    Practice makes a man perfect. However, participant must ensure that he is practicing in the right direction. Students can refer to online test series for practice. To get ready for Olympiad, students must be thorough with syllabus, exam pattern, type of questions and prepare quick notes for revision. It is important for a student to prepare a study plan and stick to it every day. A detailed understanding of foundation is imperative. Students are encouraged to solve as many questions from previous years question paper as possible.

    6. What is the criterion of Olympiad exams?

    Olympiad exams are open to all students from class 1 to 12. It caters to all boards' e.g. state boards, CBSE, and ICSE etc. There is no requirement for minimum marks to get enrolled for these exams. Participants are ranked on the marks they obtain. Olympiad exams help students to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

    7. Who is eligible for Olympiad exams?

    Students of classes 1st to 12th are eligible to appear for Olympiad exams. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks or age criterion.

    8. If my school is not participating in Olympiad exam, how can I participate?

    You can visit the website of Science Olympiad Foundation and can register directly online.

    9. Which books should be referred for preparation of Olympiad exams?

    You can refer NCERT books or books recommended by CBSE/ICSE/State Board for preparation of Olympiad exams. You can also refer MTG work books, previous year question papers or any online test series like Koncepts Solutions.

    10. When are the results of Olympiad Declared?

    Results of Olympiad are declared within 8 weeks of examination. The result is available on website of science Olympiad foundation.

    11. Can I take part in more than one olympiad exam?

    Yes, you can appear in all subjects of a particular class.

    12. Are the Olympiad exams conducted in English language only?

    Yes, These exams are conducted in English language only

    13. What is a criterion of ranking in these exams?

    You can visit the website of Science Olympiad Foundation for the above.