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Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO)

Just until about 10 years ago, NTSE or National Talent Search Examination used to be the only prestigious exam for school going kids in India. Things are different now. There are 20+ talent search exams across subjects, classes, and boards including NTSE, SSTSE, KVPY, NCO, NSO, RMO and more.

At present, there are several different competitive exams related to Mathematics as well in India. And this has resulted in the deterioration in the overall quality of these exams in many different aspects. The RMO; however, has been maintaining its quality from the past 30 years, thus proving itself to be extraordinary among a huge lot of mathematics-based competitive exams. Also, simply known as the ‘Mathematics Olympiad’, the main reason behind its prolonged success is its consistency in maintaining the difficulty level of the questions while asking new questions every year.

The Mathematics Olympiad was undertaken by NBHM from 1986 onwards and is currently organized in collaboration with the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai. The main aim of this program was to create love for mathematics and to support mathematical talent among the high school students in the country. For the purpose of administering this Mathematics Olympiad contest, the country has been divided into 16 regions, wherein a regional coordinator is responsible for conducting these tests in each region.

Usually, the students from class 9th to class 12th are eligible for the RMO. This exam is normally conducted in four stages (five stages at some places).  In a nutshell, Stage 1 is a regional level exam (RMO), Stage 2 is a national level exam (INMO), and Stage 3 is a one month camp, wherein if you get selected, you get qualified for the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO). India has been participating in IMO since 1989.

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So, based on popular request, today we are going to discuss why RMO (Regional Mathematics Olympiad) should be on the to-do list of every math lover!

Why Should Every Math Lover Participate in RMO

Early Exposure to Learning and Competition

Students gain additional knowledge, learn how to answer logically and attain confidence to write papers. The competition tends to transform participants into very sharp-minded and ‘clever’ problem solvers. It gives a chance to students to sharpen their skills by tackling a number of problems at a level they are not likely to encounter in their classrooms.

Understanding Concepts and Their Applications

The RMO exam not just tests the students’ concepts but the application of those concepts as well. For example, every child learns about calculating HCF and LCM, but the questions student’s face will be based on “Applications of HCF and LCM”.

Competitive Analysis

Through RMO, students get to analyse their performance at school, city, state, national and international level. It helps them look at the bigger picture and also realise how well they are doing in comparison to others.

Different from the conventional school topics

If you are in 9th or 10th grade and love maths, then this is the best exam you can give. The topics you will study for this exam are entirely different from your regular school curriculum. The beauty of this exam is that there are no prescribed topics as such. It mainly covers Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry and Number Theory. And studying these topics when you are still in school is entirely a different experience.

Awards and Recognitions

Awards are always good for boosting a student’s morale after they achieve something. Prizes include cash awards, medals, gifts, certificates etc. Above all, the pleasure and satisfaction of representing the state/country at national or international level are the best reward for the student.

Solid Foundation for JEE/AIPMT (NEET)

Participating and preparing for exams like RMO help in the development of a student’s IQ, logical and analytical thinking from a very young age. It eventually helps children in the later stages when they prepare for JEE, NEET and other competitive exams.

The most important advantage of RMO is helping students accepting the fact that it’s perfectly okay to lose or win. You will probably fail a fair amount of times before you get your first award. Students are going to learn an important lesson: It takes a ton of effort to become a winner, but it’s totally worth it.

All the very best and keep enjoying Maths!

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