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IMO

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the world championship mathematics competition for high school students and is held annually in a different country.
Info About IMO
  • Field
    Olympiad
  • Eligibility
    Class 1 to 12
  • Subjects
    Maths
  • Questions Type
    Objective MCQs
  • Difficulty Level
    Medium to Hard
  • Time to Prepare
    2 year
  • When
    March to April
What you will learn

Maths

You will learn complex problems in trigonometry, quadratic equations and will learn to use graphs. You will also start understanding roots, ratios and proportions and will learn how to apply them. You will learn complex theorems in Geometry and will solve equations of varying difficulty in Algebra and master topics like calculus (limits and derivatives), complex numbers, permutations and combinations, statistics, and probability.
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All you need to know about IMO

Sections

Facts, Syllabus & Pattern

  • What is IMO?
  • Syllabus for IMO
  • Exam Pattern for IMO

How to apply

  • Eligibility Criteria for IMO
  • Registration for IMO
  • Application Fee for IMO
  • Admit Card for IMO

Important Dates

  • Exam Dates for IMO

Results and Cut-off

  • Results for IMO

How to Prepare for IMO

  • Preparation Tips for IMO
  • Sample Papers for IMO
  • Previous Years’ Papers for IMO

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What is IMO?

  • The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the world championship mathematics competition for high school students and is held annually in a different country.
  • The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents.
  • The IMO board ensures that the competition takes place each year and that each host country observes the regulations and traditions of the IMO.

Syllabus for IMO

Class 1
  1. Numerals
  2. Number Name and Number Sense (2 digit numbers)
  3. Addition
  4. Subtraction
  5. Length
  6. Weight
  7. Time
  1. Money
  2. Geometrical Skills
  3. Patterns
  4. Odd One Out
  5. Series Completion
  6. Problems Based on Figures
Class 2
  1. Numerals and Number Name
  2. Number Sense (3 digit numbers)
  3. Money
  4. Measurement of Length (conversions), Weight, Time and Temperature
  5. Calendar
  1. Point, Line and Plane Figures
  2. Problems Based on Figures
  3. Patterns
  4. Series Completion
  5. Find Odd Numeral Out
  6. Geometrical Shapes
Class 3
  1. Numerals and Number Name
  2. Number Sense (4 digit numbers)
  3. Addition
  4. Subtraction
  5. Multiplication
  6. Division
  7. Fractions
  8. Money
  9. Length (conversions)
  10. Weight
  11. Capacity
  1. Time
  2. Point
  3. Problems Based on Figures
  4. Odd One Out
  5. Patterns
  6. Series Completion
  7. Coding-Decoding
  8. Mirror Images
  9. Embedded Figures
  10. Straight Lines and Curved Lines
  11. Geometrical Shapes
Class 4
  1. Numerals and Number Name (5 digit numbers)
  2. Place Value
  3. Roman Numerals
  4. Addition and Subtraction
  5. Geometry : Square, Rectangle, Circle, Closed, Open Figure
  6. Multiplication and Division
  7. Factors and Multiples
  8. Fractions
  9. Measurement
  10. Pictorial Representation of Data
  11. Money, Time, Weight and Capacity
  1. Series and Pattern Formation of Numbers and Figures
  2. Conversions
  3. Comparison
  4. Perimeter of Various Shapes
  5. Direction Sense
  6. Mirror Images
  7. Embedded Figures
  8. Number Ranking
  9. Alphabetical Test
  10. Coding-Decoding
  11. Mathematical Reasoning
  12. Symmetry
Class 5
  1. Number Sense
  2. Numeral and Number Name (7 and 8 digit numbers)
  3. Roman Numbers
  4. Addition
  5. Subtraction
  6. Multiplication
  7. Division
  8. Factors and Multiples
  9. LCM, HCF
  10. Rules of Divisibility
  11. Whole, Prime and Composite Numbers
  12. Fractions
  13. Decimals
  14. Geometrical Shapes and Angles
  15. Circles
  16. Symmetry
  1. Measurement of Length, Mass, Capacity
  2. Perimeter and Area of Rectangle, Square
  3. Measurement of Volume, Temperature, Time and Various Operations on Time
  4. Relationship Between Seconds, Minutes and Hours
  5. Money
  6. Representation of Data in Pictorial Form
  7. Patterns
  8. Formation of Numbers and Figures
  9. Direction Sense
  10. Number Ranking and Alphabetical Test
  11. Series
  12. Odd One Out
Class 6
  1. Knowing our Numbers
  2. Whole Numbers
  3. Playing with Numbers
  4. Basic Geometrical Ideas
  5. Understanding Elementary Shapes
  6. Integers
  7. Fractions
  8. Decimals
  9. Data Handling
  10. Mensuration
  11. Algebra
  12. Ratio and Proportion
  1. Symmetry
  2. Practical Geometry
  3. Problems Based on Figures
  4. Odd One Out
  5. Series Completion
  6. Coding-Decoding
  7. Mathematical Reasoning
  8. Mirror Images
  9. Embedded Figures
  10. Patterns
  11. Direction Sense
  12. Number Ranking and Alphabetical Test
Class 7
  1. Integers
  2. Fractions and Decimals
  3. Exponents and Powers
  4. Algebraic Expressions
  5. Simple Linear Equations
  6. Lines and Angles
  7. Concept of Percentage
  8. Profit and Loss
  9. Simple Interest
  10. Probability
  11. Properties of Triangle
  12. Symmetry
  13. Congruence of Triangles
  14. Rational Numbers
  1. Perimeter and Area
  2. Data Handling
  3. Arithmetical Ability
  4. Visualising Solid Shapes
  5. Problems Based on Figures
  6. Odd One Out
  7. Series Completion
  8. Coding-Decoding
  9. Mathematical Reasoning
  10. Mirror Images
  11. Embedded Figures
  12. Patterns
  13. Direction Sense
  14. Number Ranking and Alphabetical Test
Class 8

Section – I (Logical Reasoning)

  1. Mathematical Operations
  2. Series Completion
  3. Direction Sense Test
  4. Analytical Reasoning
  5. Problems on Cubes and Dice
  1. Number Ranking and Time Sequence Test
  2. General Reasoning Based on Prescribed Syllabus

Section – II (Mathematical Reasoning)

  1. Rational Numbers
  2. Squares and Square Roots
  3. Cubes and Cube Roots
  4. Exponents and Powers
  5. Comparing Quantities
  6. Algebraic Expressions and Identities
  7. Linear Equations in One Variable
  8. Understanding Quadrilaterals
  1. Constructions
  2. Mensuration
  3. Visualising Solid Shapes
  4. Data Handling
  5. Direct and Inverse Variations
  6. Factorisation
  7. Introduction to Graphs
  8. Playing with Numbers

Section – III (Everyday Mathematics)

  1. The syllabus of this section will be based on the syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning.
Class 9

Section – I (Logical Reasoning)

  1. Mathematical Operations
  2. Series Completion
  3. Arithmetical Reasoning
  4. Problems on Cubes and Dice
  5. Number Ranking & Time Sequence Test
  1. Inserting Missing Character
  2. General Reasoning Based on Prescribed Syllabus

Section – II (Mathematical Reasoning)

  1. Number Systems
  2. Polynomials
  3. Coordinate Geometry
  4. Linear Equations in Two Variables
  5. Introduction to Euclid’s Geometry
  6. Lines and Angles
  7. Triangles
  8. Quadrilaterals
  1. Areas of Parallelograms and Triangles
  2. Circles
  3. Constructions
  4. Heron’s Formula
  5. Surface Areas and Volumes
  6. Statistics
  7. Probability

Section – III (Everyday Mathematics)

  1. The syllabus of this section will be based on the syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning.
Class 10

Section – I (Logical Reasoning)

  1. Direction Sense Test,
  2. Mathematical Operations,
  3. Number Ranking & Time Sequence Test,
  4. Coding-Decoding,
  5. Distance,
  1. Speed,
  2. Time,
  3. General Reasoning

Section – II (Mathematical Reasoning)

  1. Real Numbers
  2. Polynomials
  3. Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables
  4. Quadratic Equations
  5. Arithmetic Progressions
  6. Triangles
  7. Coordinate Geometry
  8. Introduction to Trigonometry
  1. Some Applications of Trigonometry
  2. Circles
  3. Constructions
  4. Areas Related to Circles
  5. Surface Areas and Volumes
  6. Statistics
  7. Probability

Section – III (Everyday Mathematics)

  1. The syllabus of this section will be based on the syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning.
Class 11
  1. Sets
  2. Relations and Functions
  3. Mathematical Induction
  4. Logarithms
  5. Complex Numbers & Quadratic Equations
  6. Linear Inequations
  7. Sequences and Series
  8. Trigonometry
  9. Straight Lines
  10. Conic Sections
  1. Trigonometry
  2. Permutations and Combinations
  3. Binomial Theorem
  4. Statistics
  5. Mathematical Logic
  6. Limits and Derivatives
  7. Probability
  8. Introduction to 3-D Geometry
  9. Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
Class 12
  1. Relations and Function
  2. Trigonometry
  3. Matrices and Determinants
  4. Continuity and Differentiability
  5. Application of Derivatives
  6. Integration
  1. Application of Integration
  2. Differential Equation
  3. Vector Algebra
  4. Three Dimensional Geometry
  5. Linear Programming
  6. Probability

Exam Pattern for IMO

For classes 1st to 4th

  • You have to answer 35 questions in 60 minutes.
  • There will be a separate question paper for each class.
  • Question paper will have these sections:
    • Section I – Logical Reasoning (10 questions)
    • Section II – Mathematical Reasoning (10 questions)
    • Section III – Everyday Mathematics (10 questions)
    • Section IV – Achievers Section (5 questions)

For classes 5th to 12th

  • The participant has to answer 50 questions in 60 minutes.
  • Question paper will have these sections:
    • Section I - Logical Reasoning (15 questions)
    • Section II - Mathematical Reasoning (20 questions)
    • Section III - Everyday Mathematics (10 questions)
    • Section IV - Achievers Section (5 questions)

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Eligibility Criteria for IMO

  • Students of classes 1 to 12 are eligible to appear for the 1st level Olympiads.There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks.
  • Students who qualify for the 2nd level of the exam include:
    • Top 5% of students’, class wise, who appear for the 1st level exam.
    • Zone wise top 25 rank holders, class wise.
    • Class toppers from each participating school, where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam, and score 50% qualifying marks.
    • In case registration is received section wise, students with highest marks, irrespective of section will qualify for the 2nd level.
  • For section wise registrations, winner(s) of gold medal may not necessarily qualify for the second level.
  • Students from classes 1 and 2 are not required to appear for the 2nd level exam and are ranked based on their performance in the first level exam.

Registration for IMO

  • You have to register for the exam from your school itself, because IMO does not accept individual participation from any other mode.
  • The SOF IMO is open to the students of classes 1 to 12.
  • Prospectus, containing the registration forms, are sent to all schools registered with SOF.
  • Schools not registered may also request a prospectus by sending an e-mail at [email protected]/.
  • Schools must return the registration forms to SOF, duly filled in and completed in all respects, by the due date.

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Application Fee for IMO

  • A charge of Rs 125 (including 18% GST) towards cost of examination is payable by each participant for schools in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal
  • If you are suffering from any major physical disability or if you are an Indian student whose parent was martyred during defence operations, you are exempted from paying the fee.
  • Further the school may collect an amount upto Rs 25 per student towards honorarium of incharge, remuneration to teachers, study material supplied by SOF and other miscellaneous expenses.

Admit Card for IMO

  • Admit card for IMO 2018 exam will be issued by the Science Olympiad Foundation.
  • You can download your admit card from the SOF official website.
  • IMO admit card has details like your name, venue of the exam etc.
  • It is a compulsory document that has to be carried to the exam centre.

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Exam Dates for IMO

Exam Name

Exam Date 1

Exam Date 2

11th IMO (1st Level)

5th Dec 2017

14th Dec 2017

11th IMO (2nd Level)

11th Feb 2018

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Results for IMO

  • You can check the IMO Result 2018 through the official website
  • You will have to enter your exam roll number, date of birth, etc. to get the result.
  • The result for IMO 2018 will available online.

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Preparation Tips for IMO

  • Practice is the key: Practice as much as you can. 70% of your IMO preparation comprises of practice. Toppr offers over 3.5 lakh questions in our question bank to help you learn and strengthen concepts in each chapter.
  • Take All-India Level mock tests: Give time-bound mock tests in a completely exam-like environment to improve your efficiency at attempting questions. Toppr offers an All-India Test Series that lets you compete with other students from all over India.
  • Clear all your doubts: Don't get stuck with doubts. Discuss and clarify them with Subject Experts at Toppr to get an instant reply.
  • Study from the best sources: NCERT and several recommended books for IMO are the minimum resources you need. Toppr offers the best study material from all over the web to help you prepare better.
  • Revision is important: When you go through a formula or concept, maintain revision notes in the form of bullet points. Revision will be useful when the exam is close and a good revision pattern will take less time. Normally, without these notes, you would have to go through the entire chapter to understand important points once again.

Sample Papers for IMO

Solving sample papers and previous year papers is not only advisable, but also mandatory if you want to stay ahead of the stiff competition in IMO 2018. Solving sample papers will help you to prepare for the expected paper and its pattern, while also assisting you in learning efficient time management. You can also assess your own performance by practicing sample papers and judge your level of preparations for IMO 2018.

Previous Years’ Papers for IMO

Practising previous years’ IMO papers is important as it helps you simulate the real exam. Toppr provides you with a complete set of all question banks from previous years which you can practice to sharpen your skills.