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International Mathematical Olympiad (HBCSE IMO) 2022: Exam Date, Eligibility

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is one of the most renowned olympiads for students wanting to prove their mathematical prowess. In 1959 it started with only seven countries and now has representations from around 100 countries from 5 continents. The olympiad was created with the sole aim of promoting problem-solving skills in students.

The exam for International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 is conducted by the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) in collaboration with Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) and Mathematics Teachers Association (MTA). In this page, students will find International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 dates, the registration process, and all the other information required.

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International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 Exam Highlights

Students can have a better insight into the International Mathematical Olympiad exam by going through the important details and highlights released by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) and Mathematics Teachers Association (MTA).

Given below are the exam highlights for International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22.

International Mathematical Olympiad Exam Highlights
International Mathematical Olympiad Objective To help the students and observe their performance based on their Mathematical knowledge
Organized By National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM)
Regulated By
  • Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE)
  • Mathematics Teachers Association (MTA)
International Mathematical Olympiad Eligibility For Students from Classes 8,9,10,11, and 12
Application Process By Respective Schools
International Mathematical Olympiad Exam Dates
  • Level 1 Exam: November to December
  • Level 2 Exam: February to March
International Mathematical Olympiad Awards
  • Up to INR 50,000
  • Gold Medal
  • Performance Certificate

International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 Dates

The exam dates for all the International Mathematical Olympiad commences in January and extend till May every year. Students must be aware of the important dates for HBCSE IMO to be better prepared for the examination.

Given below are the exam dates for International Mathematics Olympiad 2021-22.

International Mathematical Olympiad Dates
Exam Date (Tentative)
Pre-Regional Mathematics Olympiad (PRMO) Canceled
Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO) Canceled
Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM) (PRMO+RMO Combined) 9th January 2022
Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) 27th February 2022
IMO Training Camp (IMOTC) April - May 2022
Pre Departure Camp (PDC) Canceled

International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 Stages

The International Mathematical Olympiad allows children to seek exposure to various cultures and meet peers from all around the world. A team represents each country which includes a maximum of 6 students, a team leader, and one or two official observers. The students who represent the country are selected based on the several workshops and tests they appear in. Following are the stages:

Stage 1: Pre- Regional Mathematics Olympiad (PRMO)

The first stage to appear in International Mathematical Olympiad is the Pre- Regional Mathematics Olympiad (PRMO). It is conducted all over India in a registered school, Kendriya Vidyalayas, or a Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. Students belonging to classes 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and are born on or after August 1, 2000, are eligible to write PRMO 2021-22.

Stage 2: Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO)

The second stage in the International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 is the Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO). It is conducted by regional coordinators at selected centers in each region all over India. Students are given 6-7 problems to solve in 3 hours as RMO is a descriptive exam. The results are sent to HBCSE after the answer sheets are corrected by the team in each region.

Stage (1+2): International Olympiad Qualifier of Mathematics (IOQM)

From the academic year 2020-21, HBCSE is conducting the exam only under three stages. The preliminary stages PRMO (stage1) and RMO (stage 2) are clubbed and conducted as a single exam, i.e., International Olympiad Qualifier of Mathematics (IOQM) which is regulated by the Mathematics Teachers’ Association (India).

Stage 3: Indian National Mathematics Olympiad (INMO)

HBCSE, Mumbai, conducts Indian National Mathematics Olympiad in 30 centers all over India. Top 45 students who qualify INMO are invited to the next round and awarded INMO merit certificates,

Stage 4: IMO Training Camp

The students who will represent the country are selected based on the IMO Training Camp conducted by HBCSE, Mumbai. The training camp includes training and several selection tests.

Stage 5: IMO Pre Departure Camp (Cancelled)

The Pre Departure Camp at HBCSE, Mumbai, is attended by six students selected from the group who have attended IMOTC for 8-10 days. This rigorous training camp helps the student to better their theoretical knowledge.

Stage 6: International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 is hosted in a member country, and the students are invited to participate in the exam. The event is ten days long. The first two days are the exam, and the next few days are arranged to bring students together. Out of the 600 students, only 50 or fewer are awarded gold medals on the result day.

International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 Registration

Interested students can participate in International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 by registering themselves for PRMO at the registration centers assigned by HBCSE. The exam center is assigned closest to the registration center by HBCSE. Students can go through the International Mathematical Olympiad registration in detail.

  • All registration centers are not examination centers.
  • The admit card for PRMO can be collected from their respective registration centers.
  • Qualified students can download their admit card and letter of selection by visiting HBCSE or MTA website.

International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 Syllabus

The questions are based on basic concepts of four topic areas- algebra, combinatorics, geometry, and number theory. The use of calculus is not required or expected from the student. Students are required to go through the International Mathematical Olympiad syllabus for better understanding.

International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 Preparation

The difficulty level in the International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 as compared to other Olympiads is more. Only the first round is objective, and thus the International Mathematical Olympiad preparation must start much earlier to have a better understanding of concepts. The duration of the objective paper is 60 minutes for classes 8,9,10,11, & 12.

  • For each class, there will be separate question papers.
  • The medium of language used in the paper is English.
  • The pattern of syllabus followed is from CBSE, ICSE/ISC, and other state board syllabus.
  • The time slot for the conduction of the exam will be school hours only.

The International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 exam has four sections, and they are discussed below.

International Mathematical Olympiad Sections
Sections Details
Section 1 Logical Reasoning
Section 2 Mathematical Reasoning
Section 3 Everyday Mathematics
Section 4 Achievers Section

International Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 Results

The International Mathematical Olympiad result for each level is released at different times. The results of Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad, Regional Mathematical Olympiad, and Indian National Mathematical Olympiad are released by the HBCSE which will be regulated by the NBHM, the National Board for Higher Mathematics. Students can check the table below to see the tentative dates.

HBCSE IMO Result Dates
Exam Important Dates
PRMO Cancelled
RMO Cancelled
IOQM First Week of February 2022
INMO Last Week of March 2022

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