International Mathematics and Science Olympiads

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The International Mathematics and Science Olympiads are conducted to motivate the students towards excellence in the field of Science and Mathematics. Every year, teams of students and teachers represent India at the International Olympiads. The students are selected after a very strict process. The International Mathematics Olympiad consists of 6 stages. Similarly, international science Olympiad consists of 5 stages. In this post, we are going to provide all the necessary details related to the International Mathematics and Science Olympiads 2022.

International Mathematics and Science Olympiads 2022 Important Dates

The tentative dates for International Mathematics and Science Olympiads 2022 are as follows.

Mathematics Olympiad

Stages of the exam Tentative dates
Pre – Regional Mathematical Olympiad 3rd week of August 2022
Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) 2nd week of October 2022
Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO): 3rd week of January 2023
International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) April/ May 2023
Pre-Departure Training Camps May/ June 2023
International Olympiad 3rd week of August 2023

Science Olympiad

Stages of the exam Tentative dates
National Science Examination November 2022
Indian National Olympiad January 2023
Pre-Departure Camp April/ May/ June 2023
Orientation Cum Selection camp July/ November 2023
International Olympiad July/ December 2023

International Mathematics and Science Olympiads 2022 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria are different for International Mathematics and Science Olympiads as given below.

Mathematics Olympiad

  • The candidate should have born on or after 1st August 2004.
  • All the students must be studying in Class 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
  • The candidates must Indian citizens.

Science Olympiad

The eligibility criteria for Science Olympiad are further classified as given below.

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics:

  • The candidate must be eligible to have an Indian Passport.
  • Date of birth of the students should be between 1st July 2003 and 30th June 2008.
  • Candidate must be residing and studying in India since 30 November 2019 or earlier. Or must be studying in an Indian school system since 30 November 2019 or earlier.
  • Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 12 board examination earlier than 30 November 2022.
  • Must not have commenced (or planning to commence) studies in a university or equivalent institution by 1 June, 2022.
  • Candidates must not be appearing in NSEJS 2022.

Junior Science

  • The applicant should be eligible to hold an Indian Passport.
  • Date of birth of the student should be between 1st January 2008 and 31st December 2009
  • Candidate must be residing and studying in India since 30 November 2019 or earlier. Or must be studying in an Indian school system since 30 November 2019 or earlier.
  • Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 10th board examination earlier than 30 November 2022.
  • The candidate must not be appearing in any of NSEA, NSEB, NSEC, or NSEP 2022.

International Mathematics and Science Olympiads 2022 Application form

There are various ways by which a student can enroll in International Mathematics and Science Olympiads. Given below the various methods by which a candidate can apply.

Enrollment at the student’s own School/ College

  • The students may contact their school authorities in order to register for the Science Olympiad.
  • After getting the application form, students need to fill it very carefully.
  • The duly filled application form must be submitted to the school authorities before the last date.

Enrollment at another school/ College

  • If the school of a candidate is not registered as an NSE center then he/she may contact another school.
  • Please note that the school in which you enroll should be a registered NSE center
  • The list of all the registration centers is available at the official website of IAPT i.e. www.iapt.org.in.

 Important Point to remember

  • All those students who are registered from any other state than their school need to send the scanned images of the NSE admit card along with the school ID via email to iapt.nse@gmail.
  • Those who will not send the scanned images of the NSE admit card and school ID via email will be rejected.

Application Fee

  • The application fee will be Rs. 150/- needs to be paid to the center in-charge of the NSE registration center.

Note: It is compulsory for a school to have at least 20 students to take part in the Olympiad in order to become a registered NSE center

Stages and Pattern of Science Olympiad

The science Olympiad consists of the following five stages.

1st stage: National Standard Examinations

  • National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA): 80 multiple choice questions with negative marking. Questions will be asked in both Hindi and English languages.
  • National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB): 80 multiple choice questions with negative marking. Questions will be asked in both Hindi and English languages.
  • National Standard Examination in Junior Science: 80 MCQ with negative marking. Questions to be asked in English and Hindi both.
  • National Standard Examination in Physics: 3-mark questions, each with only one of four options correct. 6-mark questions, each with one or more than one option correct. To get credit, all the correct options and no incorrect option should be marked. Questions will be asked in English, Hindi, Gujarati, and Bangla languages.
  • National Standard Examination in Chemistry: 80 MCQ with negative marking. Questions to be asked in English and Hindi both.

2nd stage: Indian National Olympiad Examination (INOs)

  • Those candidates who will clear the 1st stage examination will be allowed to participate in the 2nd stage of the examination.
  • Please note that candidates need to register themselves separately in order to get the INO admit cards.
  • The duration of the INOs will be 3 hours.

3rd stage: Orientation cum Selection Camps (OCSCs)

  • Those who will clear the Indian National Olympiad Examinations will be allowed to participate in the Orientation cum Selection Camps.
  • Several theoretical and experimental/observational tests are held during the camp.
  • Based on the performance in the camps, a few candidates will be selected to represent India.
  • The number of candidates to be selected for various international Olympiads are given in the table below.
International Olympiad Number of students selected
International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 5
International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) 6
International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) 4
International Biology Olympiad (IBO) 4
International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) 5

4th stage: Training of Indian teams for International Olympiads at HBCSE

  • The students selected after the 3rd stage will undergo a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment and in case of astronomy, observational astronomy prior to their departure for the international Olympiads.

5th stage: Participation in the International Olympiads

  • Finally, the team of students and teachers will participate in the International Olympiads.
  • Please note the Olympiads will be held at various international locations.

Stages and Pattern of Mathematics Olympiad

The International Mathematics Olympiad consists of the following 6 stages.

1st stage: Pre- Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO)

  • This test will be three hours having 30 questions.
  • The answer to each question will be either single-digit number or a two-digit number.
  • The examination will be offline (OMR sheet based examination)
  • PRMO questions will be asked in both English and Hindi languages.
  • Up to 300 students from Classes 8, 9, 10, 11 and up to 60 students from class 12 will be selected to participate in the next stage.
  • For KV and JNV, up to 5 percent top performers from Classes 8, 9, 10, 11, and up to 1 percent from Class 12 will be selected to participate in the next stage.

2nd Stage: Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)

  • This exam will also be for three hours.
  • Candidates will be asked to answer 6 questions.
  • On the basis of the performance in RMO, up to 30 students from Classes 8, 9, 10, 11, and up to 6 students from Class 12 from each region are selected for Stage 3 (INMO).

3rd Stage: Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)

  • The duration of this examination will be for four hours.
  • The top 30 students from Classes 8, 9, 10, 11 and the top 6 students from Class 12 in merit from all over the country will be chosen as INMO awardees.

4th Stage: International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)

  • The INMO awardees and the girls selected from INMO for training are invited to a month long training camp in April-May each year at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai.
  • On the basis of a number of selection tests during the Camp, a team of the best six students is selected from the combined pool of junior and senior batch participants as the IMO Team.

5th Stage: Pre-departure Training Camps

  • Those six students shortlisted after the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp goes through another final round of training and orientation for about ten days prior to departure for IMO.

6th Stage: International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

  • The six member team along with a leader, a deputy leader and observers will then represent India at the IMO.
  • Students of the Indian Team who receive gold, silver and bronze medals at the IMO receive a cash prize of Rs. 5000/-, Rs. 4000/- and Rs. 3000/- respectively at a formal ceremony at the end of the training camp.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question – 1: My school is not interested to take part in the Science Olympiad. What should I do in order to apply?

Answer: You can apply through another school which is a registered NSE center.

Questions – 2: How many questions will be asked in the Pre- regional Mathematical Olympiad?

Answer: In this test, a total of 30 questions will be asked.

Question – 3: I want to attempt the national standard examination in the Hindi language. What should I need to do?

Answer: You need to mention the same at the time of enrollment.

Question – 4: How many students will be selected to participate in the Regional Mathematical Olympiad?

Answer: Total of 300 students from Classes 8, 9, 10, 11 and up to 60 students from class 12 will be selected to participate in RMO from each of the regions.


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