Courses for Kids
Free study material
Offline Centres
Store Icon

Must-Read Tips & Topics to Crack IOQM 2022 (Maths Olympiad-2022)

By Vineet DwivediJanuary 05, 2021
share icon

Do you know? The countdown for the IOQM-2022 (Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics) exams has started already. October 30, 2022 is the decided date to conduct the examination across the nation.

Earlier known as PRMO and now termed as IOQM, only the official name of the maths olympiad has been changed, not the exam difficulties.

Also, In the meantime, thousands of students would be revising their syllabus for the second or third time and maybe more.

But, one question that students ask themselves every day is  Am I fully prepared to crack it?

If you’re one of them then you’re in the right place.

To make you confident about your preparation for the Mathematical Olympiad 2022, we are here to guide you with some important topics that must be revised before the examination. And yes at the end Vedantu’s master teachers would like to give you Guru Mantra so that you could give your 100% in the exam.

Here you go with the IOQM exam’s important topics,

IOQM Exam’s Important Topics


Important Topics

Number Theory

  • HCF, LCM, and Euclid

  • Congruence

  • Divisibility & Perfect Squares

  • Diophantine Equation

  • IMP Theorems


  • Angle Tracing

  • Congruence

  • Inequality, Midpoint, and BPT

  • BPT, Similarity

  • Pythagoras and Area

  • Geometry II - Quadrilateral and Circle Prop.

  • Geometry II - Circle Prop. and Tangents

  • Geometry II - Some important theorems.


  • Relation b/w roots & Division of Polynomials.

  • Nature of roots, common roots, Transformation.

  • Analysis of Graph, linear eqn.


  • Combinatorics Arrangement & Selection.

  • Combinatorics Arrangement & Selection & Number of Divisors.

  • Combinatorics Distribution of objects & Circular Arrangement.

Sequence & Series

  • Sequence & Series AP

  • Sequence & Series GP

  • Sequence & Series HP, AGP, Summation

  • Sequence & Series Vn method

IOQM Test Pattern

  • Exam Duration - 3 Hours

  • Mode - Offline

  • Type of Exam - Integer Type Answers (Single or Two digits)

  • Negative Marking - None

First Stage Exam

The first stage of the exam is the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics which is held for 3 hours with a total mark of 100. The answer to each question is an integer in the range 00-99. There is no negative marking and the exam is also OMR-based. The paper consists of 10 questions of 2 marks each, 12 questions of 5 marks, and 2 questions of 10 marks each.

Second Stage Exam

The second stage of the exam is the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) exam. It will be held on January 15, 2023. The exam duration is 4 hours. It consists of 6 questions in a subjective format.   

IOQM 2022 Eligibility Criteria

A student must fulfill the given eligibility criteria to apply for the exam. 

  • Students who are born on or after August 1, 2003, and studying in Class VIII, IX, X, XI, or XII, are eligible for the IOQM.

  • Students studying in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) can also apply

  • The candidate must hold an Indian passport.

IOQM Exam Preparation Strategy 

  • Revise Daily: As we all know that revision is a mandatory practice of active learning. It helps to keep your memory refreshed and memorise all the fundamentals effectively. Just like your PC needs to refresh after turning it on.

What’s the Best Way to Revise?

  • Time: Only when you’re most alert and focused. It can be early morning or evening, but not night. The night is made to get asleep, do not ruin your brain health by awakening late at night.

  • Taking Breaks: Always let your memory recover with regular breaks while revising because your mind needs time to absorb the information.

  • Pace your Learning: Extend the period of time and ways while learning a particular topic, you’ll learn the best. Rather than focusing on single information, change its source to grab the concept in different ways. You never know which one will hit you the best to remember it throughout your life.

  • Do not Practice Passive Learning: Copying out the notes, reading them over and over, and highlighting the bits out of it won’t help you out in any way. Think about the ideas actively whether you need to give a lot of time to a single concept.

  • Active Learning: Always use your prior knowledge to understand the difficult topics to understand and connect the things. Also, look for how the information can be used to answer your exam questions.

  • Set Smart Goals: As the exam date is coming near, it’s time to play a smart game. Maybe you’ve covered the whole syllabus or maybe not. So, make out the hourly plans and choose only important topics that need your special attention. Do not overburden yourself with the whole syllabus mindset. Set achievable goals only. It will make you confident and help you attempt the exam with 100% potential.

  • Clear Your Remaining Doubts: Now if you talk about your remaining doubts. Doubts will always remain a problem until you put yourself to solve them. You can’t afford them to let it be. So, save plenty of time from your smart schedule for them. Out of 10 doubts if you’re covering at least 7, then the probability of answering the questions in the exams increases up to a very good extent. Also, this way you can conquer your fear factor if anything related to your earlier doubts comes in the exam.

  • Dig-Deep Into the Concepts: We all are familiar with the fact that the maths olympiad is one of the toughest exams in the world. Thus, always remember just going through the syllabus, even when you’re revising, won’t give you enough results. Digging deep into the concepts opens the door to understand the questions of the exam with a broader vision. Also, it helps to understand a lot of other methodologies, theorems, equations, etc.

  • Practice Time-Bound Exercises: To understand the standard of exam and the exam pattern, the best solution is to refer to the previous year’s question papers and time-Bound Exercises, Mock Tests & Model Papers.

  • Discipline is the Key: Having a proper study plan is a must. It is important that before one starts the preparation, he/she is well aware of the subjects, topics, exam pattern and the selection process for the respective exams so strategize a timetable devoting equal time to all subjects.

  • Choose Study Material Wisely: Ensure that either online or offline, sufficient study material is provided, separate time for clearing doubts is given and proper revision and tests are conducted.

  • Go for the Online Crash Course: A  small crash course at this critical time period when exams are near. You can always look for an online learning platform offering live sessions to prepare you in every possible way for the exam.

Vedantu Olympiad School is one of its kind option on the online platform that you can go for. Online live classes with Master Teachers, quizzes, one-on-one personal interactions with mentors, mock-tests, well-researched notes & study material, all you can avail of at a very reasonable fee.

Get a free demo from here…

Special Guru Mantra From Our Master Teachers

  • Identify Your Strength Areas: Knowing your strength areas will help you save qualifying marks for the next level of exams. Suppose you’re good in Algebra and Trigonometry, then you must first focus on doing questions related to these topics when you get the question paper. It boosts your confidence and gives you a sense of accomplishment, which eventually helps you attempt the question with 100% potential.

Every student has his own capability and capacity to comprehend things. So, it’s not bad when you’re weak in some topics and good at limited ones. Being a smart student, you should accept it and prepare yourself accordingly for the exams. That’s how you crack the super-tuff exams.

  • Quality is Essential not Quantity: Students should always focus on quality learning and practising rather than just finishing the heavy syllabus. Getting deep into the concepts is the key which gives you a big room to understand them.

It also gets applied while attempting your question paper. Doing maximum questions will never save you higher marks, but attempting them selectively according to your potential surely helps to get your desired marks range.

  • Best Way to Attempt the Question Paper: Right after getting the question paper. Set yourself to read it at least once to get an idea of what you know the best to solve it. Always mark the difficult questions and leave them for solving later on.

Also, attempting question papers in ascending order of increasing marks is the smartest and quickest way to score qualifying marks in the exams. It saves you time and energy to do the rest of the question paper.

After attempting all that you knew the best, break down the complex question into a simpler format and try to attempt the question with your prior knowledge even if it’s less or small. This way you can recall your lost idea of solving hard questions and give your best take to solve them.