INMO 2020 Exam Pattern
Q1. How Many Questions do I Need to Solve in INMO to get Selected?
Ans: The basis for INMO qualification is the rank of the student in the region and not the number of questions you answer. Even though you lack to solve good no. of questions, there is always a good chance of cracking through as it ultimately depends on how the other students performed. More so, you can also check the cut-off scores of different regions from previous INMO papers to have a fair idea.
Q2. How Would I Benefit Academically by Enrolling in INMO?
Ans: With the current education scenario, excellent scores in national level senior Olympiads is far more valuable for future admissions than marks in high school or intermediate. The chief role of outstanding performance in Olympiads like INMO is for postgraduate admissions is that it renders a reflection of talent at a young age. Good performance in INMO is particularly helpful to students seeking out for admission in postgraduate admissions courses like Math, Stats, and C.S. Having said that, don’t confuse this as your guaranteed admission this is just a turning point. A Graduate School, while accounting for a student’s application for admission, is looking at the student’s just finished stage of (undergraduate studies) and the initiatives, achievements, and background procured in this most recent stage.
Q3. What is the Marking Scheme in INMO? How Many Questions do we Need to Solve to get Through RMO?
Ans: The RMO test paper is subjective and partial marks are allotted to the partially correct or incomplete answers written. The answers are assessed on the basis of correctness only. The Foundation already has an answer script prepared which is the RMO answer key. They release the key a few weeks after the date of the INMO examination and before announcement of the results. However, if your solution follows a logical step by step procedure and you’ve got the proof/answer right, you are allotted marks even if your solution differs from theirs.
The number of questions to solve appropriately to ensure clearance differs from test paper to paper, but generally, if you’re sure of scoring 50% of the total marks, you can contemplate yourself safely through.
Q4. Is RMO Tougher than JEE (Adv)?
Ans: RMO is supposed to be cleared only by 300–500 students at most, whereas JEE is meant to be cracked by a minimum of 10000 candidates. That said, only a selective few can really solve RMO problems. Moreover, RMO is a regional level mathematical competition exam but JEE is a national level exam taken by 1.7 million students. You won’t find any trigonometric summation or Taylor series in RMO; instead you’ll see questions that deal with the most abstract concepts and require higher levels of analytical thinking and creativity which isn’t really required in JEE.
RMO aims at mathematical thinking whereas the JEE aims at capturing the smartest technical minds of our country, thus both are different. RMO paper contains 6 questions which have to be solved in 3 hours while JEE has 30 questions to be solved in 60 minutes. And it would be insignificant to say if one is tougher or easier than the other.