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India Wins Gold at International Olympiad for Informatics

September 08, 2023
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In a remarkable achievement, a team of four exceptionally talented students represented India at the prestigious International Olympiad for Informatics, considered one of the top five science olympiads globally. India's participation in this international competition spans an impressive 22-year history, and this year, the Indian team clinched a gold medal, marking a significant triumph after a nine-year gap. Last time, India secured a Gold in 2014.

The Indian team comprised four outstanding students, all of whom achieved remarkable success. Kshitij Sodani got the gold, while Paras Kasmalkar and Shreyan Ray secured well-deserved silver medals. Additionally, Sushil Raaja U earned a prestigious bronze medal. The team was under the able leadership of Madhavan Mukund, Director of Chennai Mathematical Institute, and Jatin Yadav from IIT Delhi.

This exceptional competition took place in Szeged, Hungary, where these young minds showcased their exceptional skills and brought honor to India on the global stage.

Kshitij Sodani's journey at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI) is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Over the course of four consecutive years, beginning in 2020, he has consistently demonstrated his exceptional prowess. He commenced with a bronze in 2020, followed by silver medals in 2021 and 2022, and culminated his IOI journey with a remarkable gold medal in 2023. What sets Kshitij apart is his distinction as the sole Indian student to have earned four consecutive IOI medals. His journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment and remarkable talent.

Notably, Kshitij Sodani has achieved milestones of age and achievement. In 2020, at the tender age of 14, he became the youngest Indian student to secure a medal at IOI. In 2023, he rewrote history by becoming the youngest-ever gold medalist at the age of 17.

His achievements extend beyond IOI, as he clinched a gold medal at the Asia Pacific Informatics Olympiad (APIO) 2023, hosted in Beijing. This marked India's second gold at APIO, with the previous gold medal secured 14 years ago.

Kshitij Sodani, originally from Gurugram and currently residing in Kota, aspires to make a significant impact in the tech sector. His passion lies in research, particularly in the fields of theoretical computer science and mathematics. With his exceptional track record, the future holds great promise for this young prodigy.

The path to international competition involves three rigorous selection rounds: zonal, national, and camp phases.

  • Zonal Round: In the first phase, candidates tackle either the Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) or the Zonal Computing Olympiad (ZCO). Out of 300 applicants, the best performers move forward.

  • National Round: The Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) is the next challenge, where 30 students are chosen through competitive programming.

  • Camp Phase: The final camp phase involves three demanding tests, akin to the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). The best minds are identified here to represent India globally.

This process ensures that only the most exceptional talents in informatics earn the honor of representing India internationally.

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