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All You Need To Know About HBCSE Olympiad Exam

By Satabdi MazumdarOctober 14, 2022
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The Indian National Olympiad (INO) 2022 is conducted by the HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education) to select talented minds in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Junior Science. INO is the second stage of the qualification exam for the International Science Olympiad. Clearing the National Standard Examination (NSE) makes students eligible for participating in the INO exam. 

The Indian National Olympiad or HBCSE exam is the idea initiated by the TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) and the exam is held in association with many government organizations. The qualified students of the HBCSE exam are sent to International Olympiads to represent India. The HBCSE exam is conducted in two stages: HBCSE Mathematics Olympiad and HBCSE Science Olympiad.

For Mathematics, the first stage is PRMO (Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad) held by MTA and the final stage is RMO (Regional Mathematical Olympiad) conducted by the HBCSE. Students studying in Classes lower than 12th are eligible to participate in the exam. They can enroll in the exam through online mode.

Below, you will get detailed information about the INO exam 2022 including eligibility criteria, important dates, application forms, fees, the selection process, and many more.

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INO (Indian National Olympiad) 2022 - Highlights 

Conducting Body

Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education (HBCSE)

Frequency of Exam

Once In a Year

Number of HBCSE


Name of HBCSE Olympiads

HBCSE Mathematics Olympiad - 3 Stages

HBCSE Science Olympiad - 2 Stages

Exam Level



English & Hindi

Mode of Application


Mode of Exam


INO 2022 Important Dates

For Science Olympiad:


Important Dates

Application Begins

September 2022, 3rd Week

National Standard Exam (NSE) Date

November 2022

INO For All Subjects

January 2023, 4th Week

Declaration of Result

March 2023, 4th Week

Orientation-cum-selection camp


Pre-Departure Camp


International Olympiad 


For Mathematics Olympiad:



Application of Registration Process 

June 2023

Last date to submit the registration form

July 2023

Date of PRMO Exam

August 2023

INO HBCSE - Eligibility 

For Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics:

  • Nationality of the candidate should be Indian

  • The date of the birth of the candidate should fall between 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2007. 

  • The candidates must be residing or studying in India or studying in an Indian school system since 30th November or earlier.

  • The candidate must have completed or is about to complete the class 12 board exam earlier than 30 November as in the year of examination.

  • Candidates must not have completed studies in a university or equivalent institution by June 1. 

  • Must not be competing in the NSEJS exam in the same year of examination.

For Junior Science:

  • The candidate must hold an Indian passport

  • The date of birth of the candidate should be between 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2008, both days inclusive.

  • Participants should be studying and residing in India since 30 November or earlier or studying in an Indian school system since 30 November or earlier.

  • They should not have completed or are about to complete the 10th class board examination earlier than 30 November as in the year of the examination.

  • The candidates must not be appearing in the NSE Junior Science exam as in the year of examination.

For Mathematics

  • The candidate must be an Indian

  • The date of birth should fall on or after August 1, 2003.

  • Students of classes 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 from the recognized board/school are eligible to participate.

INO HBSE - Application Process

For Science Olympiad:

  • The applicants can participate through their institution if it is registered with the INO website. If the institution is not a registered NSE center, the participants can download the INO application form from the link available on the website.

  • The details in the INO application form include personal, educational, academic, residentials, contact, and many more. 

  • Then the applicants can check and submit forms to the website with the registration fee.

For Mathematics Olympiad:

  • Candidates need to register online for the Mathematics Olympiad by visiting the official website of MTA.

  • Students can also participate through any of the approved registration centers.

INO HBCSE - Exam Pattern

Below is the average pattern of the INO HBCSE exam:

For Science Olympiad:

  • No of Questions - 80

  • Type of Questions - Multiple-choice 

  • Language - English or Hindi

  • Negative Marking - Applicable 

  • Exam Duration - 2 Hours

For Mathematics Olympiad:

  • Exam Duration - 3 Hours

  • No of Questions - 30

INO HBCSE Syllabus

INO HBCSE Syllabus for Science and Mathematics are provided below.

For Science Olympiad:

  • Biology / Chemistry / Physics: The syllabus for the INO HBCSE exam is based on the syllabus of classes lower than 12th as per the CBSE board pattern for the subjects.

  • Astronomy - The syllabus is based on up to class 12th level for Physics, and Mathematics including elementary level astronomy 

  • Junior Science - It includes the syllabus prescribed by the CBSE for up to classes 10th Science subject.

For Mathematics Olympiad:

The syllabus for the Mathematical olympiad contains topics from pre-degree college mathematics. Some of the covered topics under the syllabus of PRMO are mentioned-below:

  • Arithmetic of integers

  • Trigonometry

  • Inequalities

  • Coordinate geometry

  • System of linear equations

  • Permutations and combinations etc.

INO HBCSE Exam Stages

Stage 1: National Standard Examination

The National Standard Examination (NSE) is the first stage of the INO HBCSE exam which candidates are required to clear to enter into the next stage ie. INO. These NSE exams cover conceptual-based, objective-type questions conducted in English and Hindi. The syllabus of these exams includes Astronomy, Biology, Junior Science, Chemistry, and Physics. The agenda is to test the students’ logical reasoning, laboratory skills, and problem-solving skills including both theoretical and practical.

Stage 2: Indian National Olympiad

The Indian National Olympiad (INO) is the second stage of this exam. It is conducted every year in January in 18 centers across the country. The syllabus is repeated as that of the NSEs.

Stage 3: Orientation-cum-Selection Camp

The top 35 students in each subject from the INO exam are eligible for the third stage. The stage takes place after the result declaration of every subject of the INO Olympiad. This is a training camp being organized at HBCSE from April to June where students are developed with conceptual-based knowledge & problem-solving skills. Moreover, the students are rewarded with books, cash prizes, and other items.

After the OCSC, the students are selected for each subject as under:

  • 5 students each for the international olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) and International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) respectively

  • 4 students each for International Biology Olympiad (IBO) and International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) respectively

  • 6 students for the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).

Stage 4: Training for International Olympiads

Before enrolling the shortlisted candidates for the international olympiad, they are provided with rigorous training by HBCSE.

Stage 5: International Olympiads

The qualified students are formed into a team along with teachers and are sent to the International Olympiad as per their chosen subject.

How to Check INO HBCSE Results?

Candidates can go through the following steps to check INO HBCSE Results:

  • Candidates can check the results of the different stages of the Olympiad exams on the official website.

  • The names of the students who qualify for the next rounds will be uploaded on the website.

  • Candidates can also check the final score and performance card who qualify for INO on the website.

  • For the science olympiad, the candidates can participate in the Indian National Olympiad after qualifying for the National Standard Examination.

  • For the Mathematics Olympiad, the candidates can take part in the Regional Mathematics Olympiad after passing the Pre-Regional Mathematics Olympiad.

To conclude, Olympiads are national and international level exams conducted by several authorities to provide a platform for students from different schools to compete with one another. These exams are beneficial for the students in the long run. It helps improve their memory power, retention power, as well as their logical, & analytical thinking.

FAQs on All You Need To Know About HBCSE Olympiad Exam

1. What is the syllabus for the Olympiad exams?

The syllabus for the Olympiad exams is broadly equivalent to senior secondary level below & up to the class 12th of CBSE. It includes Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Junior science.

2. How do I apply for the HBCSE Olympiad?

To apply for the exam, students must get themselves registered with the official website of the HBCSE. Students can also enroll through their respective schools if the school is registered with the NSC center.

3. How do I register for the Math Olympiad 2022?

The willing candidates must visit the official website of the MTA and enroll for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM). The enrollment fee is INR 200.

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