Undertaken by the National Board for Higher Mathematics, the Mathematical Olympiad programme is a great initiative that recognizes the latent talent of students skilled in Mathematics in our country. Its main purpose is to spot and encourage mathematical expertise among pre-university students in the country. The RMO syllabus covers pre-degree college mathematics which is quite wide-ranging. This particular paper has got both sophisticated and difficult problems to solve. We have consolidated some RMO papers here for your better understanding.
25 regions all over the country have been identiﬁed for training and selection of students for the Olympiad contest and each assigned a Regional Coordinator. In addition to this, the three groups – Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) – have a ‘Regional Coordinator’ for each of them.
The entire process of the Mathematical Olympiad programme can be classified into the following stages:
Stage 1: Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)
RMO will be held on the ﬁrst Sunday of December between 1 PM and 4 PM for all the regions opting to take the central paper. The Regional Coordinators are given the responsibility of conducting the RMO in their respective regions. When it comes to eligibility criteria, all school students from Class IX, X & XI can appear for the RMO. For the exceptionally brilliant students from Classes VIII, they may also take the RMO at the discretion of the Regional Coordinator. It is a 3-hour written test having 6 or 7 problems. 30 students from each region are selected for Stage 2 on the basis of their performance in RMO. Along with these, top 5 students among girls are also selected for Stage 2. A nominal fee may be charged by the Regional Coordinator to meet the expenses for organizing the contest.
Stage 2: Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)
INMO, held at centers in different regions, is for only those students who have cleared the RMO. This contest is a 4-hour written test. 30 − 35 students from all over the country are selected based on their performance in this exam and they receive a Certiﬁcate of Merit by becoming INMO awardees.
Stage 3: International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)
The felicitation not only stops here. The INMO awardees are invited to the training camp in the month of May–June each year at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai for a month. Those INMO awardees who have been awarded previous year and have satisfactorily gone through postal tuition throughout the year, are also invited to the second year of Training as the Senior Batch.
Stage 4: Pre-Departure Training Camp for IMO
The selected team of six students goes through another round of orientation and training for about 10 days before departing for IMO.
Stage 5: International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)
IMO is held in the month of July each year in a different member country. In IMO the country is represented by the six-member team selected at the end of IMOTC along with an observer, a deputy leader, and a leader. It is a two 4.5 hour written tests held on two days. It takes two weeks to travel to the IMO venue and return. Since 1989 India has been participating in the IMO. Students, selected for the Indian Team, receive gold, silver and bronze medals at the IMO. They are also awarded a cash of ₹ 5,000, ₹ 4,000 and ₹ 3,000 respectively at a formal ceremony at the end of the training camp during the following year.
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