RMO Exam 2020

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RMO Exam Details

Regional Mathematical Olympiad or RMO is a prestigious exam for students of class 8,9,10 and 12. It is the second stage in the international Olympiad conducted by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). RMO exam is an opportunity for students to evaluate their profound knowledge of maths and thinking skills. Being able to represent India at the international level is helpful for students who desire to pursue Maths as a field of study. 

Due to COVID - 19, there will be no PRMO and RMO this year. A three-hour examination known as the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM) conducted by the Mathematics Teachers Association (India)(MTA)(I). Read More about IOQM

IOQM syllabus and examination format will be similar to PRMO this year.

RMO Exam 2020

To know about the RMO exam details, keep on reading the article.

What are the Six Stages of the Mathematical Olympiad?

Mathematical Olympiad is a platform for encouraging the young and bright minds in their love for the subject. For helping children gain the deserved acclamation, the exam has been divided into six stages. A candidate has to score well to reach RMO’s cut off marks and aim for the international level. 

Following Are The Stages Which Screen The Students Qualifying For The Next Level

PRMO: All-India pre-Regional Olympiad conducted by the Mathematics Teachers Association is the first stage of this series of tests. It is a two and half-hour exam consisting of 30 objective type questions. Students from class 8,9,10 and 12 are allowed to sit for this exam. Candidates have to mark the one-digit or two-digit answers in the OMR sheet. Based on the marks, they will qualify for the RMO exam.

RMO: RMO exam full form is Regional Mathematical Olympiad which is the second stage exam. Around 30 students are shortlisted for Indian National Mathematical Olympiad or INMO after they clear RMO. Furthermore, five girls are also chosen for the next level. This exam consists of six problems of 17 marks each. RMO exam is offered in Hindi, English and other languages depending on the regional coordinator.

INMO: Indian National Mathematical Olympiad is the third stage conducted by Mathematical Olympiad Cell (MO Cell) in 28 regions. Qualifying 35 candidates are selected to attend a summer camp called International Math Olympiad Training Camp. INMO exam is given by applicants who have passed the RMO exam.

IMOTC: International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp is the fourth stage. It is conducted by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) to train the aspirants for the International Olympiad. The selected students are given accommodation in HBCSE centres, and the emphasis is given on their problem-solving skills. Several tests are conducted to select the top six students who will represent India in the international Olympiad. INMO also rewards scholarships to students completing IMOTC.

Pre-departure Camp: The selected team of six students go through rigorous training for 8-10 days. This pre-departure takes place in HBCSE camp before going for IMO.

IMO: International Mathematical Olympiad is a significant exam where the team of six represent India at an international level. The exam takes place in an international venue where four teachers accompany the students. Participants who successfully qualify for IMO and receive gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded a cash price worth RS. 5000, Rs. 4000 and Rs. 3000 respectively

Thus, a candidate has to clear all the six stages to represent India at the International level.

How is the Eligibility for RMO Exam Decided? 

RMO exam allows students from class 8, 9, 10 and 12 who have cleared the PRMO to take the exam. The Mathematics Olympiad conducted by HBCSE on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics of the Department of Atomic Energy focuses on an all-round growth of students. The exam, therefore, helps in strengthening the basics and grasp the understanding behind the subject.

HBCSE Has Pointed Out Some Criteria for Students to Be Eligible for RMO. These Include

  1. The candidate should be a residing Indian citizen to sit for RMO.

  2. The candidate’s school postal address determines the region from where the student will give the exam. 

  3. Students with OCI cards are also allowed to write the exam.

  4. Individuals born after August 1st 2001 are eligible to give RMO.

  5. Based on the performance in the PRMO exam, eligibility for RMO is prepared.

  6. Around 300 students from class 8, 9, 10, and 11 are selected from each region.

  7. Around 60 students are selected from class 12 from each region other than JNV and KV schools.

What is the RMO Exam Pattern?

A student must know the syllabus and exam pattern to plan their preparation schedule correctly. Though the dates for RMO Exam 2020 are yet to be decided, continuing the survey according to the preceding year’s pattern would be convenient. 

RMO Exam Pattern

RMO Exam


Duration of exam 

3 hours

Total Marks


Number of questions


Marking Scheme 

There are six questions in total, carrying 17 marks each. Based on the explanation and steps of the equations, marks are given.

Result Declared

Regional coordinators declare results at the specific date.

Medium of answering

Hindi, English and other regional Language

Exam platform for 2020


Important Document

Identity card and Admit card

Negative marking


RMO exam date this year has been delayed due to the uncertainty of the pandemic situation. In the HBCSE website, it is stated that the cycle of Olympiad 2020-2021 won’t be held before December 2020. New updates on the exam schedule as per MTA and HBCSE will be available on their website only after September 15th. At the same time, the program of enrolment and examination may take some to decide along with the results.  

To understand the cut off marks and the number of students passed the previous year’s results can be of help. They are available at the official site.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How to Score Well in RMO?

To score well in RMO, a candidate must prepare a study schedule and allot specific time for each chapter. An RMO aspirant needs to solve various maths problems to sharpen his or her problem-solving skills. Again, referring to the right text for preparation is vital. Some of the best books are Problem Primer for Olympiads, An Excursion in Maths, Functional Equations, Combinatorics, etc. 

Solving mock test papers is the smartest tip for adequate preparation. These questions are readily available on the Olympiad website along with the previous year questions. Students can also prepare for RMO exams by taking an online exam from different websites. These portals provide facilities like test evaluation and suggestion.

2. Why Participate in RMO?

Regional Mathematical Exam is the second stage of Olympiad which allows a candidate to represent India at the international level. It can be termed as an excellent opportunity for the young minds that love mathematics and want to pursue their higher studies in this subject. 

RMO can be the stairway to learning and healthy competition. Students with practice develop logical reasoning, understanding and problem-solving skills. Moreover, through RMO, young children understand their weakness and strength in the subject through self-assessment and marks. 

Their efforts are appreciated with awards and recognition as they represent their state/region at the national and international level. It boosts up children’s confidence and their interest in pursuing Maths as their field of study.