IMO 2020-21 Exam Date

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IMO Olympiad Exam Date 2020-21

SOF Exam Date 2020-21

The Science Olympiad Foundation has revised the IMO exam dates 2020-21 for all the olympiad exams conducted by SOF due to the COVID-19. The notifications for the rescheduling IMO exam date is released by SOF on their official website. The IMO exam revised date has been announced in advance so that students get sufficient time to prepare for their exams. This article gives brief information about the IMO exam dates 2020-21. Candidates can also check the SOF official website for any update related to the IMO exam date as it might help them to prepare for their exam accordingly. 


IMO Olympiad Exam Date 2020-21

IMO Olympiad rescheduled exam date for 2020-21 is given below:

Schools may select any one date for organizing the Olympiad exams in their schools. Change of date is not allowed. Separate questions will be asked for the exams arranged at different dates. Schools should send registration forms to the SOF minimum 30 days before the selected date of the IMO exam.

Candidates can check the revised dates for the 14th International Mathematics Olympiad exam  for both level 1 and level 2 exams in the table given below:

IMO-2021: Important Dates


Year: 2019-20

Year: 2020-21





Students from class 1 to 12

Expected to be similar as previous year

Enrollment Date

June-July 2019

Enrollment from 15 Oct 2020

Negative Marking

No negative marking

No negative marking

Tentative Schedule of 1st Stage

11 Aug-2019

17th Jan 2021 (9:00 AM to 12.00 AM )

Tentative Schedule of 2nd Stage

19 Jan-2019

07th March 2021 (12:00 AM to 4:00 PM)

What is IMO Exam?

IMO exam is a Mathematics competition organized by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) for the students of class 1 to 12 with the aim of observing and supporting future scientists, technologists, and IT talents at the school level. The IMO exam full form stands for International Mathematics Olympiad Exams. The IMO exam paper is held annually to identify and encourage the Mathematics skills of the students both in India and abroad. It provides exposure to the students both at the National and International platforms. Students who participated in the IMO exam are ranked on the basis of the marks obtained by them in the IMO exam paper level 1. After completing the level 1 exam, students can judge themselves academically at 4 different levels  i.e. within the school, at the state level, at the city level and above all at the international level.

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International Mathematics Olympiad Exams Highlights

Name of the Organization Conducting IMO Exam

Science Olympiad Foundation

IMO Full Forms Stands For

International Mathematics Olympiad 

Question Type

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Mode of Examination


IMO Exam Duration for Level 1

60 Minutes

IMO Exam Duration for Level 2

60 Minutes

Medium of Test



CBSE, ICSE/SSC and State board Syllabus

Question paper Details for class 1 to 4

Section 1: Logical Reasoning (10 questions)

Section 2 :Mathematics Reasoning(10 questions)

Section 3 : Everyday Mathematics (10 questions)

Section 4 : Achievers Section (5 questions)

Question paper Details for class 1 to 4

Section 1: Logical Reasoning (15 questions)

Section 2 :Mathematics Reasoning(20 questions)

Section 3 : Everyday Mathematics (10 questions)

Section 4 : Achievers Section (5 questions)

Number of Questions

For class 1- 4 : 35 Questions

For class 5 -12 : 35 Questions


IMO Registration/ Application Forms

Students can get the application forms for the IMO exams from their respective schools. The IMO does not accept the individual participation of the students from different modes. All the important information is sent to the schools participating in the IMO exam along with the application forms, prospectus, posters, and all other necessary details before the level 1 exams and further the date and venue will be decided for level 2 exams. The important information for level 2 exams is again sent to the schools.

The students can get the necessary details from their respective class teacher or they can visit the SOF official website.


Important Points to Remember

  • International Mathematics Olympiad Level 2 exam is organized for the students of class 3rd to 12th.

  • IMO exam answer key will be issued in the month of January 2021.

  • The students of class 3rd to 12th are eligible for IMO Level 2 exams after qualifying their Level 1.

  • The International Mathematics Olympiad Level 1 2020 -21 exam results will be announced in the 3rd week of January 2021.

  • The International Mathematics Olympiad Level 2, 2021 exam result will be announced on March 9, 2021.

  • Students appearing the exam are suggested to solve IMO solved papers to know the exam patterns and the level of questions can be asked in the exam.

  • Students who have cleared their IMO Level 1 exam are requested to prepare the IMO Syllabus for Level 2 in order to score maximum marks in the exams.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is IMO?

The International Mathematics Olympiad, also known as third Level Mathematics Olympiad is the Global championship Mathematics Competition for the High school students and is organized annually in different countries. The first IMO was organized in Romania in 1959 with participants from 7 different countries. The competition was further expanded to 100 countries from 5 continents. The IMO board assures that competition strictly takes place each year in different countries and the host of each country should observe the regulations and traditions of IMO exams.

2. Are there any dedicated books for the preparation of IMO?

Generally, the NCERT books or the course books are prescribed by the CBSE/ICSE/STATE BOARDS, but there are some reference books for the preparations. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • MTG Class wise Workbooks (For Class 1 to 12)

  • SOF Olympiad Trainer’ Mobile Apps

  • OSDS (Olympiad Skill Development System)

  • Previous Years’ Papers

  • Olympiads’ Books of Reasoning (for preparation for the reasoning section of Olympiads)

  • The 100 Percent Real Test Papers

  • E-Quiz

3. I’m Interested in IMO but my school has not received any information regarding OLYMPIADS, How can I approach the same?

In case the school is not registered with SOF, it can still request the prospectus by contacting SOF through phone (0124-4951200) or email ( Students must fill the registration forms with the required details and submit it to their respective schools.

4. My school does not want to register for the IMO, Can I register myself individually?

It’s sad but SOF does not encourage individual participation. Students have to convenience their respective schools to register.