1. How Many Stages Are There in The Olympiad Selection Process?
There are four stages involved in the Olympiad selection process. These include –
Pre-regional Maths Olympiad: It is the first stage in the Olympiad selection procedure and is conducted at the school level. However, to be eligible for PRMO, students need to be born on or after August 1, 2000.
Regional Maths Olympiad: Students who qualify PRMO are eligible to appear for the second stage of the selection procedure. A regional coordinator oversees each area, and they will set the RMO 2020 question paper or avail the one set by the National Board of Higher Mathematics.
Indian National Mathematical Olympiad: The test paper for INMO is set centrally by the NBHM. Top 30 students from classes 8, 9, 10 and 11 and the first 6 from standard 6 are considered the INMO awardees and the rest of the participants receive an INMO Certificate of Merit.
International Mathematical Olympiad: Candidates who are chosen as the INMO awardees are offered a chance to participate in the international maths training camp which is held at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education. A series of tests are held at this camp through which candidates are picked who will represent India at the International Olympiad.
2. What is The Question Paper Pattern in The Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad?
The pre-regional mathematics Olympiad is the very first step in the overall Olympiad selection procedure. Hence, aside from RMO question papers with solutions, candidates should also have an idea of the PRMO question pattern. The exam is conducted for three hours and there are 30 objective type questions, where number 1 to 6 are of 2 marks; numbers 7 to 21 carry three marks and 22-30 have five marks. Furthermore, all questions should be attempted, and there is no negative marking for the wrong answer.
Students will need to mark the correct answer on an OMR sheet. Participants should remember to darken the whole answer bubble with a blue or black dot as a machine will check the OMR sheet.