IMO 2020-21 Exam Pattern

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IMO Exam Pattern 2020-21

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 to 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 International Mathematics Olympiad exam is organised to help the student learn maths through a competitive approach. The authorities had designed and compiled different exam patterns and syllabus. The student is advised to read ahead to know more about IMO Exam Pattern 2021.


IMO Exam Pattern 2021

  • 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.


14th IMO 2020 – 2021 Exam Pattern

As you know, IMO let the students of Class 1 to 12th participate and show their logical & reasoning skills at international level. The competition is very big that’s why it is divided into two levels.


Level 1: The first round of competition is organized at schools of the respective participants during the school hours.

The question paper is comprised of:

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

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

Also, the question paper consists of four sections:

  • Section-1: Logical Reasoning

  • Section-2: Mathematical Reasoning

  • Section-3: Everyday Mathematics

  • Section-4: Achievers Section


Exam Pattern for Class 1 to 4

Topic/Section

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

Grand Total

35


40


For Class 5 to 12

International Mathematical Olympiad for Class 5 to 12 consists of 50 questions for 60 marks. For the preparation of IMO 2021, read and practice from NCERT Class books for Maths as well as of previous class. Weightage of questions will be 60% from the current class and 40% from the previous class.


Exam Pattern For Class 5 to 12

Topic/Section

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

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.

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.

Level 2: The remaining classes test (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. 


Exam Pattern for Class 3 to 4

Topic/Section

No. of Questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks

Mathematics

30

1

30

Achievers Section

5

2

10

Grand Total

35


40


Exam Pattern Class 5 to 12

Topic/Section

No. of Questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks

Mathematics

45

1

45

Achievers Section

5

3

15

Grand Total

50


60

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What Are the Eligibility Criteria for the IMO Level 2 Exam?

  • The Level 2 Exam is held for students belonging from Class 3 to Class 12. There are certain criteria to decide who qualifies to the IMO 2nd level exam.

  • 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 the 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. How to Register for the IMO Exam?

Students have to register for the exam only from their respective school. IMO does not accept individual applications of the candidate from any other mode.

All the schools all over the country receive all the information along with prospectus, registration forms, posters and other details before the level 1 exam.Then as the date and venue of the level 2nd is decided, the information is sent to the relevant schools again.The students can get  the necessary details from their school teachers or through the Foundation's official website sofworld.

3. What is the Syllabus for IMO Class 10?

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)

4. How to Apply for the IMO Exam?

The applicants who want to apply for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 2020 need to register for the exam from their respective school. So in order to get the complete details about the application process, please refer to this section. 

  • There will be no personal application forms of the individual participation of the applicants in any other mode.

  • The applicants who want to apply for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) need to collect the forms from the school and fill it.

  • Then the duly filled application forms need to be submitted back to their respective school itself. 

  • The respective school will receive complete information about the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) along with the prospective, registration forms, posters, and other details. 

  • The applicants who want to apply for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) need to collect the details from their respective teachers of the school. 

  • However, applicants can also get the details from the Foundations official website sofworld

5. I have Already Appeared for the IMO in the Lower Class? Can I Appear Again?

Yes, thousands of students reappear for the exam to improve their rankings. If you get successful in cracking IMO, the doors of various certificates and prizes will get open to you.

6. I Missed the Registration Process and my School has Already Dispatched the Registration Form. What Should I do now to Register Myself for IMO?

No problem, you can still request your school administration to send your details and fee immediately. SOF will accept your registration if it reaches before the last 30 days of the exam date.

7. I have not Received my Admit card/ Roll No/ Participation Certificate. Kindly Advise What to do?

You can request your school Principal/ Mathematics Teacher to inform SOF about the no-receipt of above. SOF will send you the duplicate copies as soon as possible.