The Math Olympiad Program in India aims to encourage the students interested in Mathematics. It nurtures their talent through healthy competition among pre-university students in India. This programme is one of the major initiatives undertaken by the National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM) and is organized by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).
In India, there are 25 regions designated for training and selection of students in these stages. Each of these regions is assigned to a Regional Coordinator (RC). The Indian National Mathematics Olympiad (INMO) leads the Indian Students to participate in the International Math Olympiad (IMO).
Pre Regional Mathematics Olympiad (Pre RMO): This is the first phase of the International Mathematics Olympiad, conducted in August. In this exam, there are 30 questions that the students need to solve in two and a half hours of examination. Answers are marked on a machine-readable OMR Sheet. Students from Class 8 can enroll.
Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO): This is the second phase of the International Mathematics Olympiad, conducted in October. The question paper contains six problems and the duration of the exam is three hours. The difficulty level of the exam is higher than in the first phase.
Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO): This is the third phase of the International Mathematics Olympiad, conducted in January. The students selected (approximately 900) in the RMO are eligible for the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). It is held at 28 centers across the country. Successful candidates get direct entry in Indian Statistical Institute and Chennai Mathematical Institute interview pool for their prestigious bachelor's program.
IMO Training Camp - Approximately best 35 students are invited to take training at HBCSE from April to May. In this camp, stress is laid on building the concepts and problem-solving skills of the students. Also, orientation is provided for the IMO. Students need to take several selection tests during this training period. Taking the performances of the students into consideration, only six students are selected to go for the IMO Examination.
Pre Departure Camp - The selected students go through rigorous training of 8-10 days before the main Olympiad.
IMO - A team of 6 candidates accompanied by 4 teachers or mentors represents India in the greatest mathematics contest of the world.
What is not an actual Math Olympiad?
Many private organizations use the name of IMO to conduct their own contests. These include booksellers who are trying to sell books to coaching centers who use it as a marketing trick. Parents and teachers have requested them to not use the name of IMO.
These private contests are no way similar to the actual math olympiad which is organized by the department of atomic energy and Indian Statistical Institute. In fact, they can sometimes be counterproductive as they promote rote learning of formulas.
In the actual International Math Olympiad, students have 9 hours to solve 6 problems. These problems require special problem-solving skills and creativity. The fake olympiads usually kill this creative spirit and replace them with rote formula learning.
Here is a public petition against fake math olympiads in India.
The preparation involves months of problem-solving and concept building. The real math olympian is regarded very highly by the prestigious universities of the world. For example, an IMO medal is almost a sure shot entry to Ivy League universities like Harvard, MIT, Yale. Even an INMO level medal, lets the student take the interview of Indian Statistical Institute's B.Stat - B.Math Program, and Chennai Mathematical Institute's B.Sc. Math Program, bypassing the entrance tests.
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