RMO Eligibility Criteria


What is the Minimum Eligibility Criteria for RMO?

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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, or Regional Mathematical Olympiad, is the regional level of the International Olympiad for Mathematics, in India. It is held across 25 regions throughout India. The Homi Bhabha Centre of Science Education (HBCSE) conducts the exam to encourage young minds in the field of Mathematics. They will eventually represent India in the International Mathematical Olympiad program.  

For RMO Eligibility, an applicant has to clear the Pre RMO exams at the first level of the International Mathematics Olympiad. From an All India regional level test to a national level, RMO is the stepping stone which leads to international glory for the participants from our country. 

In this article, the criteria for RMO Eligibility 2020 will be discussed in detail to help you prepare for the upcoming exam.

What is the Eligibility for RMO Exam?

The Mathematics Olympiad focuses on the all-round development of students by testing their fundamentals of the subject. The RMO eligibility criteria specify that any student belonging to class 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 who have already cleared the Pre RMO can take the RMO exam.

The critical criteria for taking the RMO examination are listed below.

  • Based on the performance in the Pre RMO exam, the list of eligible candidates for RMO is prepared.

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

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

  • For JNV and KV schools up to 5% of the top performers from 8, 9, 10, 11 classes, and 1% from class 12 qualify for RMO.

  • Candidates should be Indian citizens.

  • The candidates born after 1st August 2001 are eligible to take the RMO 2020 exam.

  • Students with OCI cards are also eligible to write the exam.

  • The region is determined by the postal address of the student’s school.

After getting a clear picture of the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) 2020 Eligibility criteria, understanding the exam pattern is vital for all aspirants.

RMO (Regional Mathematical Olympiad) is the second stage of representing India Internationally. This exam consists of two papers that are compulsory to attempt. 

Here is a table explaining the exam pattern.

What is the Exam Pattern of RMO?

RMO Exam Pattern


Total Marks


Exam duration

Subjective paper: 3 hours

Total Number of questions

Subjective Paper: 6

Negative Marking


Examination Date 2020

Withheld due to pandemic

Result declaration

Declared by regional coordinators

Exam Platform


Compulsory requirement

Admit card

What are the Stages in the Mathematical Olympiad?

Here are the stages that a candidate must clear to take the International Mathematical Olympiad. 

Stage 1: All - India Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (Pre RMO) is conducted by the Mathematics Teachers Association of India. Students from class 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 qualify the RMO exam eligibility, which is mandatory for the first stage of the Maths Olympiad exam.

Stage 2: In the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) around 30 students are selected to sit for the INMO (Indian National Mathematical Olympiad). 

Stage 3: The Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) is the third stage conducted by the Mathematical Olympiad Cell (MO Cell). Around 35 candidates are selected to attend a camp called the International Math Olympiad Training Camp. These are the candidates who have passed the RMO eligibility.

Stage 4: The International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) is conducted by the HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education) for tutoring candidates for the international exam. INMO also rewards scholarships to students who complete IMOTC, and who pursue B.Sc. with Maths.

Stage 5: The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is a significant exam where a team of 6 is chosen to represent India at the international level. 

A candidate thus has to clear around five stages to be eligible for the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Tips for Scoring High Marks in the RMO Exam

  • Solve Multiple Questions: For all RMO aspirants solving various math problems is essential to develop their problem-solving skills, and to understand the concepts, theories, and formulas better.

  • Refer only to Authentic Math Olympiad Books: Selecting the right text is again crucial for an RMO aspirant. They must refer to books like Problem Primer for Olympiads, An Excursion in Maths, Functional Equations, Combinatorics, etc.

  • Take a Mock Test: A good preparation tip for every RMO candidate is to solve as many mock test papers as possible. Questions from the previous year’s examination are available on the Olympiad website.

  • Online Portals: Students can also prepare for the RMO exam by taking solutions from different online portals available. They provide facilities like online exam and evaluation for an affordable price.

Now that you are clear about the RMO eligibility and its criteria, start preparing for the exam at the earliest. Prepare a schedule and divide time accordingly to practice the essential chapters thoroughly.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How are the Regions Divided for the Mathematics Olympiad?

Answer: Our entire country is divided into 25 regions for the pre-RMO stage. The areas are categorized depending on the need for training and selection. There are 25 regions nationwide in which RMO exams are conducted. Each part is assigned under a Regional Coordinator who declares the result at the appropriate time.

Two groups of schools, the JNVs (Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya) and the KVs (Kendriya Vidyalaya), are assigned their regions. From these schools up to 5% of the top performers from 8, 9, 10, 11 standards, and 1% from class 12 qualify for RMO. Students are assigned their region based on their postal code.

2. How to Download the RMO Admit Card?

Answer: A student qualified for RMO can download the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) admit card from their official website. They have to provide necessary details like date of birth and exam roll number, which will let them log in.

After creating a login id, students will be able to access the admit card and selection letter from the page. Carrying the admit card and school identity card is mandatory during verification for the examination or else they won’t be allowed to enter the examination hall. Even during the result declaration, the admit card can help enter the correct roll number to download the PDF format of the result.