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Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics – IOQM

Due to COVID 19 Pandemic, the Maths Olympiad stages in India has changed. Here is the announcement published by HBCSE:

Important Announcement [Updated:14-Sept-2020]

The national Olympiad programme in mathematics culminating in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 2021 and European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) 2022 has been disrupted by the COVID -19 pandemic in the country. In view of the prevailing situation, the following decisions are announced.

❖ In a departure from the usual four-stage procedure for the selection of the teams to represent India at the IMO 2021 and EGMO 2022 that has been followed in previous years, the selection procedure for the 2020-2021 cycle has been condensed to a three-stage process as an exception only for this year. The three stages will be:

1. A three-hour examination called the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM) organised by the Mathematics Teachers’ Association (India) (MTA(I)).
2. The Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) organised by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (HBCSE – TIFR).
3. The International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) organised by HBCSE.

❖ The IOQM will have 30 questions with each question having an integer answer in the range 00-99. The syllabus and standard of this examination will be the same as that of PRMO of previous years.

❖ The INMO will be a four-hour examination with 6 questions. The syllabus and standard of this examination will be the same as that of the INMO of previous years.

❖ The IOQM will be conducted by the MTA(I) with support from Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) and HBCSE.

❖ The INMO and the subsequent stages of the Olympiad programme will be carried out by HBCSE.

❖ Online enrolment for IOQM is expected to start on the IAPT website ( by October 15, 2020. Further confirmation regarding this and detailed information regarding eligibility and enrolment for IOQM will be announced shortly. These are expected to be similar to previous years.

❖ The tentative schedule for IOQM is Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 9:00 – 12:00 hrs.

❖ The tentative schedule for INMO is Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 12:00 – 16:00 hrs.

❖ Please note that the schedules are tentative, and are subject to change at short notice, depending on the prevailing pandemic situation in the country.

❖ There will not be any examination equivalent to the Regional Mathematical Olympiad for the 2020-2021 cycle. The detailed criteria for qualification from IOQM to INMO and from INMO to IMOTC will be announced soon.

❖ The programme for stages beyond INMO will be announced at an appropriate later time.


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By Dr. Ashani Dasgupta

Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, United States.

Research Interest: Geometric Group Theory, Relatively Hyperbolic Groups.

Founder, Cheenta

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