IMO 2020 -The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

IMO Exam - Registration, Exam Date, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Result and Other Details

What is IMO Exam?

Thinking about what an IMO exam is? IMO is regarded as a prestigious Mathematics Olympiad conducted each year by SOF (Science Olympiad Foundation). IMO exam full form stands for International Mathematics Olympiad. The exam presides over in 2 stages. The 1st level consists of mathematics questions and reasoning. The 2nd level is complete mathematics. However, know that only top 5% students make headway to the 2nd level. The 2nd level examination is not easy as a kid’s play and thus requires advanced level preparations.

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IMO Exam 2020 


IMO Exam Latest Updates

The exam dates for 14th International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) 2020 – 2021 have been revised. Check information about IMO exam and various dates pertaining to IMO 2020 – 2021 from the table given below:-

IMO Exam

Date

IMO (1st Level)

Date 1 : 01 Dec 2020

Date 2 : 22 Dec 2020

Date 3 :19 Jan 2021

IMO (2nd Level)

Second/Third Sunday of  Feb 2021

Result Announcement ( Level 1)

3rd week of Jan 2021

Result Announcement ( Level 2)

To be announced


Note:-  Any clarification and information about IMO exam regarding rules, pattern of the etc., may be sought from SOF through email at info@sofworld.org. Or phone/fax – 0124-4951200.


All About 14th (IMO) 2020 – 2021 Exam Pattern

The IMO sponsored by SOF invites students from classes 1st to 12th to participate and be pre-eminent at International level taking the competition in two levels.

  1. Level 1 Competition

  •  Level 1 competition is organized in the respective schools of the candidates during school hours.

  • State Board or CBSE, ICSE/ISC syllabus is followed for setting the test papers.

  • The Level 1 IMO exam duration is a 60 minutes objective-type test.

  • Consists of 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 1 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12.

  • The medium of the IMO test is English and there are separate question papers for each class


The Level 1 Question Paper Comprises of Four Sections as Provide in the Table

Class (1-4)

Section Type

No. of Question

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

 

Logical Reasoning

10

1

10

 

Mathematical Reasoning

10

1

10

 

Everyday Mathematics

 

10

1

10

 

Achievers Section

5

2

10

Total

35

 

 

40

Class (5-12)

Section Type

No. of Question

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

 

Logical Reasoning

15

1

15

 

Mathematical Reasoning

20

1

20

 

Everyday Mathematics

 

10

1

10

 

Achievers Section

5

3

15

Total

 

50

 

60

 

  1. Level 2 Competition

Conducted for candidates of class 3 to 12, the qualifiers to the 2nd round would include the following:

  • At International Level: Top 5% of candidates class wise that participated for the level 1 exam.

  • At State/Zonal Level: Top 25 rank holders from each state and each class

  • At School Level: Class topper where minimum 10 students from a class appear & scores a minimum 50% qualifying marks.


The Level 2 Question Paper Comprises of Two Sections

Class (3-4)

Section Type

No. of Question

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

 

Mathematics

 

30

1

30

 

Achievers Section

5

2

10

Total

35

 

 

40

Class (5-12)

Section Type

No. of Question

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

 

Mathematics

45

1

45

 

Achievers Section

5

3

15

Total

 

50

 

60

 

Eligibility to Sit for the IMO

Applicants must be a student of classes 1 to 12 to appear for the 1st level IMO. Besides, there is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks or class progress report. Candidates who qualify for the 2nd level exam include - 

  • Class wise top 5% of students’ who appear for the level 1 exam paper.

  • State-wise & class-wise top 25 rank holders.

  • Students from classes 1 and 2 need not appear for the level 2 exam and are ranked based on their performance in the level 1 exam.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How to Crack the IMO Exam? What Preparation is Needed?

The key is to take enough mock tests in order to improve your results and get exam ready. Practice questions from IMO class wise workbooks and huge question bank. Determine your weak areas through detailed reports and strengthen them.

Books/ Material for IMO exam paper preparation:-

  • MTG class wise Workbooks

  •  Olympiad’s Book of Reasoning for the reasoning section

  • Previous Years Papers

  • SOF Olympiad Trainer’ Mobile Apps

  • Olympiad Skill Development System (OSDS)

  • E-Quiz

  • Class wise IMO Sample Papers from 1st to 12th (contains all sections of the original paper, i.e. Mathematical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Achievers Section).

2. What Are the Benefits of IMO Exam to Students?

The SOF International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) exam is a means to recognize and motivate the mathematical creativity of students in schools across a global platform including India and abroad. IMO exam paper is conducted at two levels, i.e. Level 1 and Level 2. Students of Classes 1st to 12th are considered eligible to take part in IMO. More so, Level 2 is organized for Classes 1rd to 12th. A minimum of 10 students are chosen from each school. Candidates are obliged to register from their respective schools only since SOF does not encourage individual participation.

3. What Do We Understand About the Student Performance Report (SPR) in the IMO Exam?

Every participating student who appears in the SOF conducted IMO exam is given a Student Performance Report (SPR) which is a detailed assessment of how the student performed in the level 1 Olympiad exam. However, the main motive of SPR is to make familiar the student and his/her guardian/parents, proficiency of student’s mathematics knowledge and analysis answers. This is generated to enable the student to understand their areas of strengths and weakness in absolute terms and more so on a competitive scale comprising millions of students of their respective class who appeared for the Olympiad.

4. What is SOF?

Established in 1996, The Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) is a founding nonprofit and educational organization, based in New Delhi, India which conducts six Olympiads each year, namely IMO, IEO, ICO, IGKO, NCO, and NSO. The objective of various Olympiad examinations is to boost the knowledge of mathematics, science, English, general knowledge, reasoning and elementary computer skills among school children.