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The International Mathematics Olympiad is a Mathematics competition organized by the Science Olympiad Foundation. The SOF IMO is designed to test the knowledge and potential of students in Mathematics. Students who participate in the IMO are able to assess their understanding of the subject and their ability to tackle different types of sums with respect to their peers at the school, city, zonal as well as international level. In addition to providing students with self-assessment, the International Maths Olympiad also offers a host of awards and scholarships to the achievers. 


So, if you have a knack for Mathematics and are willing to explore the exciting world of IMO, look no further for we have got you covered. Read below to find out all the information on SOF IMO. 

IMO Exam Dates

The International Mathematics Olympiad is a Mathematics competition organized by the Science Olympiad Foundation. The SOF IMO is designed to test the knowledge and potential of students in Mathematics. Students who participate in the IMO are able to assess their understanding of the subject and their ability to tackle different types of sums with respect to their peers at the school, city, zonal as well as international level. In addition to providing students with self-assessment, the International Maths Olympiad also offers a host of awards and scholarships to the achievers. 


So, if you have a knack for Mathematics and are willing to explore the exciting world of IMO, look no further for we have got you covered. Read below to find out all the information on SOF IMO. 

IMO Exam Dates

The SOF usually conducts the International Maths Olympiad in the latter half of the year. The SOF IMO is conducted in four sets or sessions- Set A, Set B, Set C, and Set D. A tentative timeline for IMO exam dates is provided in the table below, taking into account the exam dates of IMO for the previous year.


Set

Exam Date

Set A

4th week of December

Set B

1st week of January

Set C

4th week of January

Set D

2nd week of February


Scoring and Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The SOF IMO is being conducted in the online proctored mode since 2020 given the pandemic. As per the notification on the official website of IMO, the test will be monitored in the same manner until informed otherwise. The International Mathematics Olympiad is conducted at two levels by the SOF, the details of which are provided below.  

IMO Level 1: The test is conducted for students of Classes 1 through 12. The test duration is 60 minutes. Students from Classes 1 to 4 are required to attempt 35 Objective-type (Multiple Choice Questions) while students of Classes 5 to 12 are required to attempt 50 Objective-type (Multiple Choice Questions).

IMO Level 2: The second level of the SOF IMO is conducted for students from Classes 3 to 12. The following students are considered to qualify for the IMO Level 2 exam: 

  • School Level: The Class topper in the case where 10 or more students from Class attempt Level 1 and score a minimum aggregate of 50% marks. 

  • Zone/State Level: The first top 25 rank holders from each class and zone are considered. 

  • International Level: The top 5 percent of the candidates, class-wise, who appear in Level 1 internationally are considered.

Scoring Pattern

The details of the scoring pattern for IMO Level 1 and Level 2 exams are as follows:


Level 

Class

Section

Marks per Question

No. of Questions

Section-wise Marks

Total Marks

Level 1

1 - 4

Logical Reasoning

1

10

10

40

Mathematical Reasoning

1

10

10

Everyday Mathematics

1

10

10

Achievers Section

2

5

10

5 - 10

Logical Reasoning

1

15

15

60

Mathematical Reasoning

1

20

20

Everyday Mathematics

1

10

10

Achievers Section

3

5

15

11 - 12

Logical Reasoning

1

15

15

60

Applied Mathematics/ Mathematical Reasoning

1

20

20

Everyday Mathematics

1

10

10

Achievers Section

3

5

15

Level 2

3-4

Mathematics

1

30

30

40

Achievers Section

2

5

10

5-12

Mathematics

1

35

45

60

Achievers Section

3

5

15


Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for participating in the International Mathematics Olympiad has been laid out by the SOF which are as follows: 

  • Students from Classes 1 to 12 are eligible to participate in the International Maths Olympiad. 

  • Students may either choose to register through their respective schools or individually, if the school is unable to participate. 

Awards

There are a number of awards being offered for the achievers of the International Mathematics Olympiad. The awards are offered separately for the Level 1 and 2 exams and are also categorized on the basis of Class. Details of the SOF IMO Awards are provided below for your reference. 

Level

Rank

Award

Level 1 (Zonal)

1st to 25th

Certificate of Distinction + Medal of Distinction (only for students from Classes 3 to 8)

26th onwards

Participation Certificate

Level 2 (Zonal)

1st

Certificate of Zonal Excellence+Gold Medal+Gift worth INR 1000/-each

2nd

Certificate of Zonal Excellence+Silver Medal+Gift worth INR 1000/-each

3rd

Certificate of Zonal Excellence+Bronze Medal+Gift worth INR 1000/-each

4th - 10th

Medal of Distinction+Gift worth INR 500/-each+Certificate of Distinction (only for Classes 1 & 2)

11th - 25th

Medal of Distinction+Certificate of Distinction (only for Classes 1 & 2)

26th onwards

Merit Certificate

Level 2 (International)

1st

Gold Medal+Certificate of Outstanding Performance+INR 50,000 each

2nd

Silver Medal+Certificate of Outstanding Performance+INR 25,000 each

3rd

Bronze Medal+Certificate of Outstanding Performance+INR 10,000 each


Note - For two or more students achieving the same rank, the distribution of the cash prize is done in the following manner:

  • If up to 5 students get the same rank, the amount of the award will be distributed equally. 

  • For 6 or more students obtaining the same rank, winners are awarded gifts worth Rs INR 1000 each in lieu of the cash award.

Selection Process

The selection process of the IMO comes into play in the case of the Level 2 exams. There are certain criteria set for the IMO selection process for the 2nd level Olympiad exams which are as under: 

  • The 2nd level IMO exam is conducted for students from Class 3 onwards.

  • Class-wise the topmost 5% of the students as per the results of the Level 1 exams are selected for the 2nd Level IMO exams. 

  • Different sections are given due priority in terms of the marks scored in the exams.

  • The top 25 rank holders (zone-wise) from each class are regarded as qualified in the selection process.

  • Each participating school’s class topper where 10 students at least from a class appear in the IMO Level 1 exam and obtain 50% qualifying marks.

Ranking Criteria

For two or more students with the same total marks in IMO exams, a higher rank is awarded to a student on the basis of marks scored in the different sections in the following order of priority.

  1. Achievers Section

  2. Mathematical Reasoning

  3. Everyday Mathematics

  4. Logical Reasoning

Exam Registration

Students who wish to participate in the International Mathematics Olympiad are required to complete the exam registration process. Students can either register individually (in case their school is unable to participate or register through their respective schools. 

  • For the schools registered with the SO, prospectus containing the registration forms can be collected therein. A prospectus can also be obtained by the schools by contacting via telephone at 0124-4951200 or sending an email to info@sofworld.org. 

  • A registration fee of INR 125 (including GST) has to be paid per student for schools in India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Nepal (USD 9 for other countries) towards the costs of the examination. 

  • Schools may additionally charge INR 25 per student (USD 1 for other countries) towards miscellaneous expenses, teachers’ remuneration, and as an honorarium of in charge. 

  • Students with any major physical disability or an Indian student whose parent(s) got martyred during defense operations are not liable to pay any fee.

  • The complete registration fee has to be submitted along with the registration fee before the due date. 

Syllabus

As per the syllabus of the International Mathematics Olympiad, the question papers are set according to the curriculum of the respective class. Each class has a separate question paper.  The questions from different chapters of Mathematics are categorized into the sections of  Logical Reasoning, Mathematical Reason, Everyday Mathematics, and Achievers Section as per the International Mathematics Olympiad Syllabus. The syllabi of  ICSE/ISC, CBSE, and State Board are followed for designing the question papers of the respective classes. 

Result

The International Mathematics Olympiad results for the Level exam are typically declared in the month of March after all the sets of the exam, viz. Set A, B, C, and D are conducted. The IMO results are declared in the online mode on the official website of SOF. Participants are required to enter their exam roll number in order to check their International maths Olympiad result. Students who qualify in the Level 1 of SOF IMO are eligible to participate in the Level 2 of the exam (as applicable). 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. How to Prepare for the Math Olympiad?

Ans. The key trick to preparing for Maths Olympiad is to be thoroughly familiar with the Mathematics curriculum prescribed for your Class. However, it is important to remember that since the IMO syllabus takes into account the syllabi of not only the CBSE Mathematics curriculum for a particular class but also the different State Boards and CISCE curricula, it will be highly beneficial for a student if s/h is able to practice questions from all the three. 

Q2. What is Maths Olympiad?

Ans. Maths Olympiad is a competitive examination designed for students with a knack for the subject. Students appearing in Maths Olympiad are able to assess their knowledge of the subject and adjudge where they stand in respect to their peers at national and international levels. Moreover, the exam also helps the students to attain a competitive edge. 

Q3. How to Participate in the International Maths Olympiad?

Ans. To participate in the International Maths Olympiad, a student must be enrolled in any of the Classes between 1 to 12. Students can either choose to register through their schools (for the schools already registered with SOF) or they may also participate individually by contacting the SOF via email or telephone. 

Q4. What is the IMO Exam Date?

Ans. As per the IMO exam date, the exam for Level 1 is conducted in the months of December, January and February. The second level IMO for higher classes is scheduled to be held between 14th and 24th July 2021. 

Q5. How to Prepare for Maths Olympiad for Class 2?

Ans. To prepare for the Maths Olympiad for Class 2, a student has to be thorough with the following topics:  Patterns, Measuring Units, Odd One Out, Geometrical Shapes, Ranking Test, Analogy, Grouping of Figures, Embedded Figures, Numerals, Coding-Decoding, Number Names and Number Sense (3-Digit Numbers), Length, Weight, Capacity, Computation Operations, Time, Temperature, Lines, Shapes and Solids, Money, Pictographs, Patterns.

Q6. Where can I Find IMO Sample Paper and IMO Previous Year Papers? 

Ans. You can find the IMO Sample Paper and Previous Year Question Papers on the official website. Additionally, you will also be able to download the PDF of these question papers on the official website of Vedantu for free of cost. 

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