The prevailing COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the education system around the globe, which leads to almost complete closure of universities, colleges, and schools.
The National Olympiad program in Mathematics subject culminating in the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) 2021 and European’s Girls Olympiad (EGMO) 2022 has also been affected by the prevailing Covid-19 pandemics in the country. Considering the ongoing situation, the following rules are announced by the authorities.
The usual four-stage procedure for the selection of the teams to represent India at the IMO 2021 and EGMO 2022, that has been followed over recent years is now being shortened to a three-stage procedure as an exception only for the academic year 2020 - 21.
Back in the days when everything was normal, The procedure to finalise which students who will represent INDIA in International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) was used to be Six steps long. And this selection procedure began with two qualification rounds at Pre regional level and regional level named as PRMO & RMO respectively. However, as everything has been affected due to this ongoing pandemic hence authorities decided to culminate PRMO & RMO in one stage named as Indian Olympiad Qualifiers in Mathematics (IOQM) which depleted this six steps procedure to five steps procedure.
Stage - 1: IOQM (especially for 2020-21 academic year). It is a 3-hour pen & paper test consisting of 30 questions. These questions have an integer answer either in one digit or two. The syllabus of IOQM is similar to PRMO & RMO. The ones who will clear this round will move ahead for Indian National Mathematics Olympiad (INMO).
The date of IOQM 2021 is - 17th January 2021.
Stage - 2: Indian National Mathematics Olympiad (INMO) is a four-hour pen & paper examination with 6 questions, from topics like Number theory, Algebra and Geometry etc. The syllabus and standard of the exam will be as previous INMOs.
The tentative Schedule for INMO is 7th March 2021 (12:00 pm - 16:00).
Criteria for Qualification from IOQM to INMO 2021:
Around Top, 300 students from class 8th - 11th and remaining 60 students from class XII, from their respective regions in IOQM will get a certificate, only constraint here is that they have 5% minimum cut-off marks of the total IOQM marks. This Contratints is not an essential qualifying criterion for INMO.
A total of top 540 students appearing in IOQM merit list will move ahead for the INMO irrespective of their region. The tally of Students from class 8th -11th is 450 whereas the remaining 90 students are from class 12th.
At Least 41 girl students i.e., 30 (from class 8th-11th) + 6(class 12th) + 5 (girls students from class 8th - 11th irrespective of the total number of girl students qualify. No class 12th girl students are allowed in this girl’s quota) from their respective regions will move ahead for INMO in any case only constraint being (they have a score above a minimum cut-off score of 5% of the total marks of the IOQM paper.).
Stage - 3: International Mathematics Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) is the third stage of the Selection Procedure. In this camp, around 36 students, after clearing INMO, are selected and further, they compete to get selected for Pre-departure camp. In this camp, they are trained on the theoretical and experimental level of Olympiads from leading mathematicians in the Country. And after the end of this camp, the team of 5-6 students are selected. The eligibility criteria and the dates for the camp are yet to be disclosed.
Stage - 4: Pre-departure Camp probably the most important stage because in this stage students undergo some meticulous programme at HBCSE before departing for the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO). Special arrangements like labs and special teachers are arranged by HBCSE for this stage to help the students compete at the world level.
Stage - 5: The Olympiad programme culminates with the participation of the students in the IMO. The team of 6 students are accompanied by 4 teachers or mentors.
Online Enrollment for IOQM 2021 was till 5th December 2020 on IAPT official website. The detailed information related to eligibility criteria, enrollment and for any further information visit IAPT Official website.
IOQM, the first stage of selection is scheduled on Sunday, 17th January 2021 from 9:00-12:00 hrs.
INMO, the second and the national level stage is tentatively scheduled on Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12:00-16:00 hrs.
The Eligiblity criteria for IMOTC for students appearing in INMO and the detailed schedule of IMOTC will be shared soon by the authorities.