Students who are preparing to appear for the International Mathematics Olympiad must be familiar with the exam dates. Knowing the IMO exam date provides the students with a tentative timeline to design their preparation schedule accordingly. Usually, the exam dates for IMO are announced in advance so that the students get sufficient time to prepare for their exams. The IMO conducting body, the Science Olympiad Foundation announces the IMO exam dates for Classes 1 to 12 on their official website. To prevent students from the hassle of searching for the exam dates of IMO, we have provided all details pertaining to the same on this page.
IMO Exam Date
IMO Olympiad Exam Date 2021-22
The SOF provides a range of dates for conducting the IMO exam. Schools may select any one date for organizing the Olympiad exams in their schools. Change of date, however, is not allowed. Separate questions will be asked for the exams arranged at different dates. Schools should send registration forms to the SOF a minimum of 30 days before the selected date of the IMO exam.
IMO is conducted at two levels - Level 1 and 2. The Level 2 exams are usually conducted within a duration of 2 months after the Level 1 exams are over. Since the IMO exam dates for 2021-22 are not announced by the SOF yet, we have provided a tentative timeline of the IMO exam dates, Level 1 and 2, based on the previous year’s dates.
IMO Exam 2021-22
Enrollment Date (Level 1)
2nd week of October onwards
Level 1 Exam
3rd week of January
Level 2 Exam
1st week of March
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.
International Mathematics Olympiad Exam Highlights
Science Olympiad Foundation
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Mode of Examination
IMO Exam Duration for Level 1
IMO Exam Duration for Level 2
Medium of Exam
CBSE, ICSE/SSC, and State Board Syllabus
IMO Exam Points to Remember
International Mathematics Olympiad Level 2 exam is organized for the students of class 3rd to 12th.
The students of class 3rd to 12th are eligible for IMO Level 2 exams after qualifying their Level 1.
IMO exam answer key will be issued is issued after the exams are conducted.
The International Mathematics Olympiad Level 1 exam results are typically announced within two weeks of conducting the exams
Students appearing in the exam are suggested to solve IMO solved papers to know the exam patterns and the level of questions that 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.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. What is the International Mathematical Olympiad?
Ans. The International Mathematical Olympiad, also known as the third Level Mathematics Olympiad is the Global championship Mathematics Competition for 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. The 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad is scheduled to be conducted between 14th - 24th July 2021 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
2. Are There Any Dedicated Books for the Preparation of Imo?
Ans. 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
3. I’m Interested in the IMO but My School Has Not Received Any Information Regarding Olympiads, How Can I Approach the Same?
Ans. In case the school is not registered with SOF, it can still request the prospectus by contacting SOF via phone (0124-4951200) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students must fill the registration forms with the required details and submit them to their respective schools.
4. My School Does Not Want to Register for the IMO, Can I Register Myself Individually?
Ans. While the SOF encourages the registration of the schools with the foundation for accepting students for the Olympiad exams, students can also opt to register individually, as mentioned on the official website, in case the school is unable to participate. Students can directly contact SOF via phone or email and express their desire to participate in IMO exams. Such students will be further guided by the SOF regarding their registration process for the IMO exams.