National Informatics Olympiad (NIO)

NIO 2022: The National Informatics Olympiad is a nationwide competition organized annually by IARCS to identify school students with outstanding skills in algorithms and computer programming. A team of four students is selected to represent India at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI). Interested candidates currently enrolled in any school can apply for the Olympiad through online mode. Candidates will first have to clear a zonal round only after which they can sit for the national level exam. Find complete details about the National Informatics Olympiad (NIO) 2022 in this article below.

National Informatics Olympiad 2022 Important Dates

The table below presents the tentative dates related to the National Informatics Olympiad 2022:

Major Activities Tentative Dates
Release of official notification Last week of August 2022
Release of online application form 3rd week of September 2022
Last date to submit the application form 1st week of October 2022
Date of Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) 2022 2nd week of November 2022
Date of Zonal Computing Olympiad (ZCO) 2022 1st week of December 2022
Declaration of result 2nd week of December 2022
Date of National Informatics Olympiad (NIO) 2022 2nd week of January 2023
Declaration of result 2nd week of February 2023
IOI Training Camp (IOITC) to be held on June 2023 to August 2023
Date of International Informatics Olympiad (IIO) 2022 1st week of August 2023

Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria must be fulfilled by the candidates applying for the National Informatics Olympiad 2022:

  • The National Informatics Olympiad or Indian Computing Olympiad (ICO) is open to all school students across the country studying in a school affiliated to any recognized board.
  • The student should be studying in any class up to std. XII during the academic year 2022-2023.
  • No lower age limit is prescribed for participation in the National Informatics Olympiad.
  • Candidates who have completed their class 12 are not eligible for the Olympiad even if they are not enrolled in college (have taken a break), or if are planning to redo their class 12 board exams for improvement.

National Informatics Olympiad 2022 Application Form

  • The application form for the different stages of the National Informatics Olympiad 2022 will be released online on the official website of IARCS www.iarcs.org.in.
  • To fill the application form, the candidates will have to provide details like name, age, gender, school name, class studying in, etc.
  • After providing all the details into the application form, the candidates should check the form for any error.
  • Any mistake in the application form should be corrected immediately. The application form can be submitted after that.

Stages of National Informatics Olympiad

The National Informatics Olympiad will be held in the following two stages:

Stage 1:

  • The first round of the National Informatics Olympiad is in two parts.
  • The candidates can appear for the Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) which will be a written exam held at many centers across the country.
  • Alternatively, students can take part in the Zonal Computing Olympiad (ZCO) which will be a programming contest. The programming languages supported are C, C++, Java and Python.
  • Students could write both exams as well and qualify through either one.

Stage 2:

  • The second round will be the National Informatics Olympiad man exam which involves programming. The programming languages supported are C++ and Java.

Result

  • The result of various stages of the National Informatics Olympiad 2022 will be declared online on the official website of IARCS.
  • Candidates who clear the zonal round will be allowed to appear for the national round.
  • Those who qualify the national round will be given 10 days training at the International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp.
  • After completing the training, the candidates will be given the chance to participate in the International Informatics Olympiad.

Benefits of National Informatics Olympiad

The students who clear the National Informatics Olympiad or Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) will get many benefits from completely sponsored graduation to exemption from appearing in entrance tests. Check out some of the benefits of qualifying the Olympiad below.

  • Students who clear the National Informatics Olympiad become eligible for participating in the International Informatics Olympiad.
  • CodeChef conducts a monthly programming contest Lunch Time through CodeChef for Schools and offers incentives for IOI through the Go for Gold for IOI programme.
  • Amrita University offers fully funded B.Tech. Honors CSE programme for students who perform well in ICO.
  • Chennai Mathematical Institute offers direct admission to students selected for IOITC in Class 12.
  • IIIT Delhi offers bonus marks to students selected for INOI and IOITC.
  • IIIT Hyderabad offers admission via the Olympiad category to students selected for IOITC.
  • The Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Canada, offers Michael and Ophelia Lazaridis Olympiad Scholarships to IOI medalists.
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has a scholarship scheme for IOI gold medalists.
  • Nanyang Technical University (NTU), Singapore exempts IOI medalists from writing the entrance exam.
  • National University of Singapore (NUS) offers special consideration for IOI medalists.

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FAQs

  1. How will I get to know about my exam center?

Details of the exam center along with the roll number of the candidates will be published on the official website of IARCS.

  1. Where can I find the study material for preparation of the Olympiad?

Students should refer to their course books for Olympiad preparation. Along with this, study material and sample papers can be found on the IARCS website.

  1. Can you briefly explain the different stages of the International Informatics Olympiad?

The following will be the different stages of the International Informatics Olympiad:

  1. Zonal Computing Olympiad or Zonal Informatics Olympiad
  2. Indian National Olympiad in Informatics
  3. IOI Training Camp
  4. International Olympiad in Informatics
  5. Do I need to clear both Zonal Computing Olympiad and Zonal Informatics Olympiad?

No. By clearing any one of these two exams will make the candidates eligible for the National Informatics Olympiad.

  1. What if I have any query related to the National Informatics Olympiad?

You can send an email to the National Coordinator of the Indian Computing Olympiad at ico@iarcs.org.in in case you have any questions or clarifications regarding the Olympiad.

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