Mathematics Olympiad activity on a national level has been one of the NBHM's major initiatives since 1986.One of the main purpose of this activity is to spot .Mathematical talent among High School children.NBHM has also taken on the responsibility for selecting and training the India for participating in the International Olympiad every year . For the purpose of administering Olympiad contest, the country has been divided in to 16 regions .The Olympiad Programmes leading to India 's participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) consists of the following stages .Stage 1 : Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO):
KRMO is normally held in the month of November on a Sunday .It is a 3- hour written test containing about 6 to 7 problems. On the basis of the performance in the KRMO, a certain number of students are selected to Appear for the INMO written test, normally held on the first Sunday of February in the following year. Regional coordinators charge a nominal fee to meet the expenses for organizing the contest. Students studying in I/II P.U.C with Mathematics as one of the subjects of study are eligible to take part in this contest .However ,Exceptionally talented students of XorIX Also can appear.Venue:
The KRMO will be conducted in different centers simultaneously. A candidate can choose anyone of these centers For appearing in the examination. However, if the number of candidates opting for a particular center is too small, the examination will not held at that particular Center & the candidates will be asked to change to a neighboring Center.Registration:
A student interested in participating in the KRMO should register his / her name by Paying a nominal registration fee. This fee is non-refundable and not transferable.All registration for the KRMOP have to be made through the Head of the institution in which the candidates are studying .Direct application by candidates are not accepted by the Regional Co-coordinator.Stage 2 : Indian National Mathematics Olympiad(INMO):
INMO is held on the first Sunday of February each year at various centers in different regions .Only students selected on the basis of RMO from different regions are eligible to appear for INMO .INMO is a 4 – hour written test ; the question paper is set centrally and is common throughout the country .The top 30-35 performers in INMO receives a certificate of merit . Stage 3 : International Mathematics Olympiad Training Camp(IMOTC): The UNMO certificate awards are invited to a month long Training Camp in May/June each year. In addition, INMO awards of the previous year who have satisfactorily gone through postal tuition throughout the year are invited again to a second round of training .On the basis of a number of selection tests through the Camp, a team of the best six students is selected from the combined pool of junior and senior batch participants to represent India in the international Mathematic Olympiad.Stage 4 : International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO):
The six-member team selected at the end of the Camp accompanied by a leader and deputy leader represent India at IMO<that is normally held in July in a different country .IMO consists of two 4-and –a –half hour written testes held on two days with a gap of at least one day .Travel to IMO venue and return takes about two weeks.
Student of the India team who receive gold, silver and bronze medals at IMO receive from NBHM a cash prize of Rs 5000 ,Rs 4000 and Rs3000 respectively during the following year at a formal ceremony at the end of the Tanning Camp .MHRD finances international travel of the 8-member Indian delegation while NBHM(DAE)finances the entire in-country program and takes care of other expenditure connected with international participation
There is no prescribed syllabus for mathematical olympiads. Broadly speaking, students appearing at RMO must be well versed with all the mathematics taught upto Class X level. The major areas from which problems are chosen are Number Theory, Geometry, Algebra and Combinatorics. This includes Arithmetic of Integers, Geometry, Quadratic equations and expressions, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, Systems of linear equations, Permutations and Combinations, Factorization of polynomials, Inequalities, Elementary Combinatorics, Probability Theory and Number Theory, Finite series and Complex numbers, and Elementary Graph Theory. The syllabus does not include Calculus and Statistics.