IMO 2021-22 Exam Pattern

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IMO Exam Pattern 2021-22

The exam pattern of IMO is crucial for students who are preparing to appear for the upcoming exams. The International Mathematics Olympiad exam is organized to help students learn maths through a competitive approach. With a number of participants from different countries, the competition in the IMO exam is top-notch. As such, general awareness about the IMO exam pattern helps the students gain a competitive edge. Moreover, the exam pattern of IMO allows students to formulate their strategy for preparation accordingly. The authorities had designed and compiled different exam patterns and syllabus. Students are advised to go through the article below to obtain a detailed insight into the IMO exam pattern.

IMO Exam Pattern

IMO Exam Pattern 2021 - Overview

Before we proceed with the intricacies of the IMO exam pattern, we have provided a brief overview of what the IMO exam pattern entails. 

  • The International Math Olympiad exam is conducted in two levels - Level 1 and Level 2.

  • The first level is held in the respective schools of the applicant during their school hours.

  • The Olympiad question paper language will be in English. Authorities follow the syllabus of CBSE, ICSE, and State Boards to set the question papers for the students.

  • The IMO paper pattern is different for different classes.

IMO Exam Pattern - Details

IMO Exam Pattern Level 1

Level 1: The first round of competition is organized at schools of the respective participants during school hours. Students of Classes 1 to 12 can participate in the IMO Level 1 exams. 

There are four sections in the Level 1 Question Paper as per the IMO exam pattern. These include. 

  • Section-1: Logical Reasoning

  • Section-2: Mathematical Reasoning

  • Section-3: Everyday Mathematics

  • Section-4: Achievers Section

As per the exam pattern of the IMO, the question paper is structured in the following manner: 

  • 35 objective-type MCQ questions for Class 1 to 4.

  • 50 objective-type questions for Class 5th to 12th.

IMO Exam Pattern for Class 1 to 4 (Level 1)


Sections

No. of Questions

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

Grand Total

35


40


IMO Exam Pattern for Class 5 to 12 (Level 1)

 

Sections

No. of Questions

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

Grand Total

50


60


Note:

  • Question papers for each class are always arranged separately.

  • The medium of the test is English.

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

  • The exam always gets conducted during school hours.

IMO Exam Pattern (Level 2)

The exam for Class 3 to Class 12 is conducted through this level. The round-II qualifiers will be would include the following:

  • At International Level: Top 5% of candidates class wise who appear for the 1st level exam.

  • At Zone/State Level: Top 25 rank holders from each Zone and each class.

  • At School Level: Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores at least 50% qualifying marks.

IMO Exam Pattern for Class 3 to 4 (Level 2)

 

Topic/Section

No. of Questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks

Mathematics

30

1

30

Achievers Section

5

2

10

Grand Total

35


40


IMO Exam Pattern Class 5 to 12 (Level 2)


Sections

No. of Questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks

Mathematics

45

1

45

Achievers Section

5

3

15

Grand Total

50


60

 

 What is IMO?

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Mathematics Championship Competition for High School students. The main objective of this exam is to identify and encourage the mathematical creativity of children in schools across India and abroad. This exam is held annually in a different country. The first IMO Exam was held in 1959 in Romania, in which 7 countries participated. It has gradually expanded all over the world with 100 countries from 5 continents. The IMO Board ensures that each host country observes the regulations and traditions of the IMO.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What are the Eligibility Criteria for the IMO Level 2 Exam?

Ans. The Level 2 Exam is held for students from Class 3 to Class 12. There are certain criteria, which decide who qualifies for the IMO 2nd level exam, which includes: 

  • The top 5% of the students in every class, who had appeared in the Math Olympiad Level 1 are qualified for level 2nd. If there’s a tie between two candidates, weightage will be given to their scores in separate sections.

  • The 25 top scorers in every class and zone.

  • The topper of the class from which a minimum of 10 students have applied if he/she has scored 50% of the qualifying scores. If registration is received by the section, the topper, irrespective of which section he/she belongs to, will qualify for the IMO 2nd level exam. If registrations have been done section-wise, it isn’t necessary that the gold medal winners will qualify for Level 2.

Q2. What is the Syllabus for IMO Class 10?

Ans. The syllabus for IMO exams for Class 10 includes the following: 

Section 1: Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Section 2: Real Numbers, Polynomials, Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables, Quadratic Equations, Arithmetic Progressions, Triangles, Coordinate Geometry, Introduction to Trigonometry, Some Applications of Trigonometry, Circles, Constructions, Areas Related to Circles, Surface Areas and Volumes, Statistics, Probability.

Section 3: Mathematical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.

Section 4: Higher Order Thinking Questions(Syllabus as per Section 2)

Q3. I Have Already Appeared for the IMO in the Lower Class? Can I Appear Again?

Ans. Yes, you can appear for the IMO exams even though you have appeared previously. Thousands of students reappear for the exam to improve their rankings. IMO is a highly competitive exam and thus students are encouraged not to lose hope and keep trying even though they have appeared previously and could not perform as per their expectations. Participating in the International Mathematics Olympiad will only boost their intellect and confidence and provide them with a window to how competitive exams in advanced classes look like. 

Q4. I Missed the Registration Process and My School Has Already Dispatched the Registration Form. What Should I Do Now to Register Myself for IMO?

Ans. Even if you have missed the IMO registration process and your school has dispatched the application forms, you can still request your school administration to send your details and fee immediately. SOF will accept your registration as long as it reaches them prior to the last 30 days of the exam date.

Q5. I Have Not Received My Admit Card/ Roll No/ Participation Certificate. Kindly Advise What to Do?

Ans. In case you have not received your IMO Admit card/ Roll No/ Participation Certificate, you can request your school Principal/ Mathematics Teacher to inform SOF about the no-receipt of the above. SOF will send you the duplicate copies as soon as possible.

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