The International Mathematical Olympiad's second stage is the Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO). RMO is conducted by the regional coordinators under the supervision of Homi Bhabha Centre For Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai. The HBCSE regional coordinators review RMO response documents, and the results are submitted to the HBCSE.
RMO stands for Regional Maths Olympiad. It is the second stage of the International Mathematics Olympiad followed by the PRMO. The exam generally takes place in the month of October every year. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year the RMO exam has been cancelled.
The Regional Mathematics Olympiad is generally held in 25 regions across the country. There will be three Regional Coordinators (RCs) assigned to each region to look after the examination process i.e. three RCs are from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) respectively.
How to Register for the RMO Exam?
Candidates need to visit the official website of RMO in order to register for the respective exam.
They have to fill in an application form and provide some basic information such as name, email ID, phone number etc.
Upon registration completed, candidates can log in and access the application form to fill in the rest of the form such as academic and personal details.
All the given details must be accurate otherwise the application will be rejected by the authorities.
All the RMO candidates must keep an additional copy of the application form for future reference.
Stages of Mathematical Olympiad
Stage I - Pre Regional Mathematics Olympiad or PRMO
The HBCSE PRMO Olympiad is the first competition in the Indian Mathematical Olympiad. Under the supervision of the Mathematics Teachers Association (MTA), the PRMO exam is held. The PRMO exam's main goal is to recognise and train the best students in the country for various international competitions.
Stage II - Regional Mathematics Olympiad or RMO
The Regional Mathematical Olympiad, or RMO Olympiad, is a three-hour written exam consisting of six problems administered by HBCSE regional coordinators. Each region will select up to 30 students from classes 8 to 11 and nearly six students from class 12 for INMO (stage 3 of IMO) based on their RMO results.
Stage III - Indian National Mathematics Olympiad or INMO
The Indian National Mathematical Olympiad, or INMO, is the third stage of the HBCSE International Mathematical Olympiad. Previously, the top performers on the RMO exam qualified for the third level. However, due to the pandemic, the PRMO and RMO exams have been cancelled, and the IOQM exam was held instead of those exams.
Stage IV - International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp or IMOTC
International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC 2021) is a training camp organized for students who are prospects for being selected for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). This training camo is the first of its type in the country in order to prepare the INMO participants and motivate the students in problem-solving in Maths at the high school level.
Stage V - Pre Departure Camp or PDC
The final move before IMO is Pre Departure Camp/Pre Departure Training Camp. Six of the best students from IMOTC (from both the junior and senior batches) are given rigorous training for eight to ten days. Top scholars and individuals from all over the world are invited to teach and prepare these young brains at this training camp.
Stage VI - International Mathematical Olympiad or IMO
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is quite well-known among the students who want to demonstrate their mathematical prowess. It began with just seven countries in 1959 and now has representatives from over 100 countries across five continents. The olympiad was developed for the main purpose of encouraging students to improve their problem-solving abilities. The National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM), in collaboration with the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) and the Mathematics Teachers Association (MTA), conducts the exam for the International Mathematical Olympiad.
Below is the list of eligibility criteria for aspiring candidates who are willing to apply for the RMO exam 2021. Take a look at the following.
Candidates must have been born on or after August 1, 2001.
Participation is restricted to Indian people only. Students who have been issued an OCI card are also eligible.
Students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades are eligible to apply.
At the discretion of the regional coordinator, exceptionally talented students from Class 8th may be permitted to take the exam.
A maximum of the top 300 students from classes 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th will be selected to participate in RMO after PRMO.
Aside from that, the top 60 students from each region's 12th grade will be chosen to participate in RMO.
As JNV and KV schools are considered a different zone, so, only the top 5% of each class, i.e. 8th, 9th, and 10th, as well as the top 1% of Class 12 will be selected to participate in the RMO.
Students who are studying for the Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO) should be aware of the following test pattern and syllabus as well.
Mode of Examination
Type of Questions
Number of Questions
There will be different marks for each question.
The RMO syllabus is the same for classes 8, 9, 10, and 11, which means it is the same across the nation. The following is a full list of topics taken from the RMO comprehensive syllabus.
Arithmetic of Integers
Elementary Graph Theory
Factorization of Polynomial
Finite Series & Complex Numbers
Permutations & Combinations
Quadratic Equations & Expressions
System of Linear Equations
Below are the important exam dates related to the Regional Mathematics Olympiad 2021 exam. Take a look below.
Date of PRMO exam
2nd week of October 2021 [Cancelled this year]
PRMO result declaration
1st week of November 2021 [Cancelled this year]
Starting of registration for Regional Mathematics Olympiad 2021
2nd week of November 2021 [Cancelled this year]
RMO exam date 2021
Last week of November 2021 [Cancelled this year]
RMO sample papers are released by the HBCSE every year on their official website. The respective authority also publishes the answer key for the same online on the same website so that students can have a better understanding of the question papers.
RMO aspirants who want to prepare for the exam can refer to the previous years’ question papers. These question papers will help them to prepare for the exam more rigorously. Apart from exam preparation, it helps in many ways such as understanding the exam pattern, mark weightage, exam syllabus, frequently asked questions, improvement of time management etc.
As mentioned above, solving the RMO previous years questions paper helps in time management. At the same time, practising the mock test papers or taking as many mock tests as possible also helps a lot in order to improve the time management skills. Completing the paper within the stipulated time is crucial as this helps to reduce the chances of making minor mistakes and give a little extra time to the RMO aspirants to recheck the entire solved paper prior to the final submission.
FAQs (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.