The International Maths Olympiad (IMO) is a platform provided to high school or pre-university students in various parts of the world. The olympiad is organised by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF).
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is a national-level exam meant for school students from across the country. It takes place every year. Students can prepare for IMO once they know all the concepts and solutions to problems related to the subject. The concepts and fundamentals regarding the subject and the competitive environment of the exam will be familiar to the student as they appear in this exam. A suggestion is to practice as many previous years' question papers as possible and to stay updated on the changes that occur every year in the syllabus of the examination.
The exam pattern of IMO is crucial for students who are preparing to appear for the upcoming exams. The International Mathematics Olympiad exam is organised 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.
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IMO Level 1 exam is of 60 minutes duration which contains 35 objective type MCQ for grade 1 to grade 4. Also, for grade 5 to grade 12 there are 50 objective type MCQ that should be solved within the same 60 minutes duration.
While appearing for the IMO exam, the student should be well-informed that the examination comprises two levels; Level-I and Level-II. While Level-I is for students from all classes i.e. 1-12, Level-II is only for students from classes 3-12.
It should be noted by students appearing for the IMO that questions of Level-I Olympiad exams will be 60% from the current class syllabus and 40% from the previous class syllabus, for example, the Class-8 IMO exam will have 60% questions from the class-8 syllabus and 40% questions from class 7 syllabus.
However, questions of Level-II Olympiad exams will be from the current class syllabus only.
The Question Paper Consists of Four Sections
No. of Questions
Classes 1 to 4
10 (1 mark per question)
10 (1 mark per question)
10 (1 mark per question)
5 (2 marks per question)
According to the table, the marks distribution can be clearly noted. The first section, Logical Reasoning comprises 10 questions, each of 1 mark awarding a total of 10 marks. The second section, Mathematical Reasoning comprises 10 questions, each of 1 mark awarding a total of 10 marks. The third section, Everyday Mathematics comprises 10 questions, each of 1 mark awarding a total of 10 marks. The last section, Achievers Section comprises 5 questions, each of 2 marks awarding a total of 10 marks. Thus, students from classes 1-4 have to attempt 35 questions for a total of 40 marks.
Classes 5 to 12
15 (1 mark per question)
20 (1 mark per question)
10 (1 mark per question)
5 (3 marks per question)
According to the table, the marks distribution can be clearly noted. The first section, Logical Reasoning comprises 15 questions, each of 1 mark awarding a total of 15 marks. The second section, Mathematical Reasoning comprises 20 questions, each of 1 mark awarding a total of 20 marks. The third section, Everyday Mathematics comprises 10 questions, each of 1 mark awarding a total of 10 marks. The last section, Achievers Section comprises 5 questions, each of 3 marks awarding a total of 15 marks. Thus, students from classes 5-12 have to attempt 50 questions for a total of 60 marks.
No. Of Questions
Marks Per Question
3rd & 4th
5th to 12th
The pattern of mark distribution for Level-II papers of classes 3-4 can be clearly noted here. It is divided into four sections: Logical Reasoning, Mathematical Reasoning/Applied Mathematics, Everyday Mathematics and Achievers Section. The overall Mathematics section comprises 30 questions, each of 1 mark, awarding a total of 30 marks. The Achievers section comprises 5 questions, each of 2 marks, awarding a total of 10 marks. Thus, students of classes 3-4 have to attempt 35 questions to score a maximum of 40 marks.
The pattern of mark distribution for Level-II papers of classes 5-12 can be clearly noted here. It is also divided into the same four sections; Logical Reasoning, Mathematical Reasoning/Applied Mathematics, Everyday Mathematics and Achievers Section. The overall Mathematics section comprises 45 questions, each with 1 mark, awarding a total of 45 marks. The Achievers section comprises 5 questions, each of 3 marks, awarding a total of 15 marks. Thus, students of classes 5-12 have to attempt 50 questions to score a maximum of 60 marks.
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. The IMO is organised by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF).
Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) conducts competitive exams in subjects like Mathematics, English, General Knowledge, Science, and Computer throughout the country. It is a not-for-profit organisation, boosting the education skills of students through active participation in competitive exams from a growing age. It provides high-level knowledge through its sample papers. The SOF helps the students to enhance their skills, talents in various fields.
The Olympiad led by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) allows the students to enhance their performance. All the SOF activities help the students to test their insight at a selected level, and through SOF, students are able to work upon and improve the subjects to make them more interactive and practical.
Here are The Various Olympiad Exams Held by the SOF:
International English Olympiad (IEO)
International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)
National Science Olympiad (NSO)
National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)
International General Knowledge Olympiad (IGKO)
International Company Secretaries Olympiad (ICSO) are the various Olympiad examinations conducted by the SOF.
Benefits of Olympiad Exams
There are Several Benefits of Participating in the Olympiad Exams Organised by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF).
Through the Olympiad, students are going to be ready to boost their reasoning skills.
Appearing for the Olympiad exam lets the student understand their potential.
Students are going to be ready to understand the weakness to figure on after giving the exam.
The student will be able to sharpen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Competing at the International and National levels helps the students to prepare for future competitive exams.
It helps in enhancing a good understanding of the facts related to the subject.
Olympiad exams test the skills of the students. Students can appear for different Olympiad exams and accordingly understand their abilities and shortcomings through their performance.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. 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.
2. 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)
3. 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.
4. 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. You can first talk to your class teacher or even contact your principal to help you out. To avoid such instances, always check the official website and make a note of the date.
5. 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. When you enrol, you will be given a receipt that has your registration number and more. SOF will send you the duplicate copies as soon as possible. It is important that you have all the necessary documents a few days before your exam so that you don’t miss out on anything that’s important.