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Indian Computing Olympiad (ICO) 2022

IARCS provides leadership in computing within India. IARCS members are leading researchers of the country in Computer Science from premium institutes of India. Furthermore, IARCS aims to promote excellence in the Cyber field by facilitating interaction and awareness among the students, acting as a bridge between Academia and Industry, and finally, elevating the quality of Computer Science education in India.

IARCS is the only one who runs the longest-running conference in computer science in India, FSTTCS. It's been the 26th year of the FSTTCS conference. Since its inception in 1981, the conference (held in December) has helped nurture and formulate an environment for exchanging ideas amongst the cyber research community in the country by attracting top researchers and scientists worldwide to the conference.

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IARCS is well aware of the impact of computing science in school education. So to actively promote good practices, IARCS has been involved in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). IARCS is involved in all aspects of training and selection of the young talent to represent the country at this prestigious International level Olympiad.

Given below are some of the key points of IARCS:

  • IARCS has also initiated a new program where top scientists and researchers teach to teachers, ultimately spreading knowledge to young minds.
  • IARCS Council elections are also conducted every year at FSTTCS conferences in December which will be termed for three years. The current IARCS Council took over in December 2017 and will hold office until December 2020.

IARCS Council Members

There are many talented people under the council of IARCS for the conduct and enactment of the exam to go smoothly. There are different duties and positions given to each person.

Given below is the list of all the key council members, along with their positions.

IARCS Council Members
Name Position
Deepak D'Souza President Department of Computer Science and Automation
R Venkatesh Vice-President Tata Research Development and Design Centre
Nutan Limaye Treasurer Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
B Srivathsan Secretary Chennai Mathematical Institute
S Akshay Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Niloy Ganguly Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Ashutosh Gupta Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Kishore Kothapalli Center for Security, Theory, and Algorithmic Research, International Institute of Information Technology, Gachibowli
Amit Kumar Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Arpita Patra Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

About Indian Computing Olympiad

The Indian Computing Olympiad is a nationwide Olympiad organized yearly by IARCS. The goal of the exam is to identify school students with exceptional skills in algorithms and computer programming.

The Indian Computing Olympiad exam is practiced to select a team of four students to represent India at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI). IOI is one of the twelve International Science Olympiads held yearly worldwide. Other notable Science Olympiads include Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, and Astronomy.

Given below are the important dates of the Indian Computing Olympiad.

Indian Computing Olympiad Exam Dates
Name of exam Indian Computing Olympiad
Conducting body Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS)
Commonly known as ICO Olympiad
No. of stages 3
  • ZIO- 20th October to 24th November 2021
  • ZCO- 3rd November to 4th December 2021.
Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) 5 December 2021
Zonal Computing Olympiad (ZCO) (Optional)  19 December 2021
Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) January–February 2022
IOI Training Camp (IOITC) March-June 2022
Indian Computing Olympiad (ICO) Announced later (Hosted in Indonesia)
Indian Computing Olympiad Results Announced later

ICO 2022 Registration

Schools can also register on behalf of their students. ICO Registration 2022 will include certain information which is to be filled in very carefully. In that case, students can take their parents or respected teachers' help.

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ICO 2022 Syllabus

Indian Computing Olympiad contains the updated syllabus for the students. The IARCS board has also provided the latest updated topic for the practical examination.

As we know, the site is the best source for the students to download the Indian Computing Olympiad Syllabus. In addition, students can download the syllabus and ICO sample papers in PDF format.

Road to World Finals (For Indian Students)

The four students to represent India at the IOI World finals are chosen through the Indian Computing Olympiad (ICO). The first ICO was organized way back in 2002; however, it got its present name in 2006. The Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) conducts the ICO every year. The competition is held in three stages, which are discussed below.

Read More: ICO Syllabus

Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) & Zonal Computing Olympiad (ZCO)

The Zonal Informatics Olympiad is the first step towards the IOI world finals. ZIO is an offline written test, and Zonal Computing Olympiad (ZCO) is an online test, an online programming contest. Most of the questions in these contests involve algorithmic techniques; however, even logic suffices to get you through this first round.

Students have to pay nominal fees of approx Rs.250/- towards the registration process. Students have to register online on the IARCS website. This Olympiad is held in November/December every year. Around 250 students from all the participants are selected for the next round. You can appear in any one of the exams, ZIO, or ZCO, and be capable of selection to the next round.

Stage 1: Summary

The features of the first stage of the exam are given below in points:

  • Zonal Informatics Olympiad: ZIO is a written exam held at numerous centers across the country.
  • Students can also qualify for the 2nd stage by participating in the Zonal Computing Olympiad (ZCO), a programming contest with programming languages such as C, C++, Java, and Python.
  • ZIO 2022 exam dates are expected to be held in December 2022, and ZCO between November to December 2022.
  • Students can either clear the ZIO or ZCO or both to qualify for the second round INOI.

Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI)

Before students qualify, the ZIO or ZCO will move on to the second round of the competition, the INOI. INOI is a programming competition. The questions here are similar to those students will be subjected to at the International Olympiad of Informatics world finals. Candidates have to solve two algorithmic problems in three hours. The students have the choice of writing their programs in either C, C++, or Java. The contest is held at several centers across India.

Stage 2: Summary

INOI 2022 exam dates are expected to be in February 2022.

International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp (IOITC)

The International Informatics Olympiad is one of several annual international science olympiads held around the world. In the prestigious algorithmic competition, exceptional high school students from different countries compete to sharpen their computer skills - such as problem analysis, algorithm design and data structures, programming, and testing.

Based on participants' results in INOI, 30 students will be chosen to take part in the International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp. Organized by the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS), the IOI training camp is held in September,

Training camp held at the International School Bangalore (TISB) selects the final 4 students to represent India. This training camp, in general, is for 2 to 3 weeks. It will be the final chance for the super 30 students to sharpen their programming talents before putting them to the test at the world finals.

The students will get training from Prof. Madhavan Mukund (President and Member, Executive Council, Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) and Executive Director, International Olympiad in Informatics.)

Students who have previously appeared in competitions like IOI and ACM ICPC know that rigorous training at this camp ensures that the students are well prepared for the World Finals.

Stage 3: Summary

IOI-2022 will take place in Indonesia in June 2022 (tentative).

Key Changes in Indian Computing Olympiad 2022

The INOI this year will have a new structure and expanded syllabus. The eligibility for participating is open to any school across the nation and any school board.

Key changes that are introduced in the Indian Computing Olympiad 2022 are as follows.

  • Due to the prevailing pandemic situation, the ZCO 2021 was canceled. Students can either write ZIO and ZCO or both and qualify for either exam to the second round.
  • Due to the CoVID-19 pandemic, IOITC 2021 was conducted online from March to June 2021.
  • The IOI exam of 2022 will be hosted by Indonesia.
  • The International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI-2021) was conducted online by Singapore from 19th to 28th June 2021.
  • The first-ever European Girls Olympiad in Informatics was conducted online by Switzerland from 13th to 19th June 2021.
  • The Indian team for IOI is chosen at the International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp (IOITC). IOITC-2021 was organized online during March–June 2021.
  • The Indian National Olympiad in Informatics, 2021 (INOI-2021) was organized on Sunday, 28th February 2021. Forty-two students have qualified for the International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp, 2021 (IOITC-2021) to choose the Indian team for the International Olympiad in Informatics, 2021 (IOI-2021).

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