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Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics [IOQM]

The Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQM) in Mathematics is a three-hour duration exam conducted jointly by MTAI, HBCSE, and IAPT. It enables ambitious children to push forward their dreams and provides them with an opportunity to represent their nation. IOQM is a single qualifier exam that comprises two parts, PRMO and RMO (which were previously two different stages). Through IOQM, students at the school level get to experience healthy competition among children of the same age group all around the world.

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What is the IOQM Olympiad?

The Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics introduced in the year 2020 is a single preliminary examination that is jointly organized by the Mathematics Teachers Association of India (MTAI), Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), and the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). The Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics conducts two exams under it, the Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) and the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO). The HBCSE is the coordinator for the conduct of these exams.

Though all the students are eligible to write IOQM, both PRMO and RMO papers, the evaluation of the RMO paper is done for only those who had cleared the PRMO paper.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, there are some major changes in the exam pattern, and the number of stages in which the exam is conducted has also been reduced. Before the pandemic hit, there were six stages for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics, and now it is reduced to three stages, in which two different stages of IMO, i.e, PRMO and RMO are combined as a single qualifier exam, Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM).

Tabulated below are the highlights of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics.

IOQM Exam Highlights
Introduced in 2020
Conducting body Mathematics Teachers' Association India (MTAI)
Regulating body Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE)
Eligibility Students from class 8 to class 12
Exam Date 6th March 2022
Exam duration 3 hours
Results link MTAI
Total number of students expected to be selected 450

IOQM 2021-22 Important Dates

The authorities of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics will be accepting the registration forms from September. The registration closes in the month of October, and the exam is likely to occur in January 2022.

Tabulated below are some of the important dates of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics 2022 that the aspirants should keep in mind:

 
IOQM Exam Process Date
Starting date of IOQM Registrations for schools and colleges September 15, 2022
Starting Date of IQOM 2022 Registration for students October 2021
Last date of IOQM Registration for schools and colleges October 2021
Online PRMO 2021-22 Registration (NIOS Students) October 2021
Last Date of IOQM 2021-22 Registration for students November 2021
Release of IOQM Admit Card December 2021
IOQM-2021-22 Exam March 6, 2022

IOQM 2021-22 Eligibility Criteria

The Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics put forth some criteria which determine the candidate's eligibility to write the Olympiad. The candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria before applying for the Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO).

The eligibility criteria for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics 2021-22 are listed below:

  • Students of classes 8 to 12 who are born on or after 1st August 2001 can apply for Pre-RMO 2021-22.
  • The students should not have completed the class 12 board exam before 30th November 2021.
  • The candidates should not have commenced or plan to commence studies in a university by 1st June 2022.
  • Indian citizens and OCI cardholders can register for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics 2022.
  • The candidate must be staying and studying in India since 30th November 2019 or before OR 

must be studying in an Indian school system since 30th November 2019 or before

  • Pupils studying in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) are Eligible.
  • The candidate is responsible for satisfying the eligibility criteria and also must submit the correct documents. If any of this is proven wrong, the candidate shall be disqualified.

Note: Candidates having OCI cards are not eligible for Indian team selection in the International Mathematical Olympiad.

IOQM 2021-22 Registration Process

After checking the eligibility criteria, the eligible candidates proceed to the registration process. The registration process for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics will begin in September. The eligible candidates can apply through the IAPT website and can also pay the fees.

The registration process for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics is given below step by step:

  • Visit the official website of IAPT: www.iaptexam.in
  • The candidates can download the PRMO/ IOQM application form 2021-22 in pdf format.
  • Fill the form with the correct details asked.
  • Submit the filled the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics form 2021-22 to the applicable registration centre.
  • Pay the registration fee of Rs.230 through offline mode.
  • Registration centers will then submit the student's details at the portal during students' registration.

IOQM 2021-22 Exam Pattern

Due to the pandemic, the authorities at the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics have made several changes to the conduct of the exam. The Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics exam pattern is similar to the pattern conducted last year.

The specifics of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics exam pattern is given below:

  • The Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics is a 3-hour duration exam.
  • There will be a total of 30 questions in the question paper.
  • The examination will be held in pen and paper mode.
  • Each question should be resolved in an integer between 00-99. One or two digits are used for answering each question.

IOQM 2021-22 Syllabus

The Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics Syllabus in 2021-22 hasn't undergone any drastic changes. The exam syllabus is the same as last year, and some of the highest-scoring areas of the exam are Number System, Geometry, and Algebra.

Here we provide some topics that are covered in the syllabus of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics:

IOQM 2021-22 Syllabus
Classes Syllabus
Class 8 Syllabus of IOQM
  • Geometry
  • Rational Numbers
  • Linear Equations in One Variable
  • Algebraic Expression
  • Permutations and combination
  • Square root & cube root
  • Factorization
  • Elementary graph theory
Class 9 Syllabus of IOQM
  • Number System
  • Polynomials
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Probability
  • Linear Equations in two variables
  • Surface Area & Volume
  • Circles
  • Areas of Parallelograms and triangles
Class 10 Syllabus of IOQM
  • Real Numbers
  • Trigonometry
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Arithmetic Progression
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Inequalities
  • Surface Area & Volume
  • Circles
  • Linear Equation in two variables
Class 11 Syllabus of IOQM
  • Permutations and combination
  • Trigonometric Reasoning
  • Quadratic equations and expressions
  • Probability theory
  • Number theory
  • Factorization of polynomial
  • Coordinate geometry

IOQM Sample Papers

Practicing sample papers and previous year's papers of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics can be very beneficial for the candidate's performance.

Here we provide some of the previous year's question papers and sample papers:

IOQM Answer Keys

Candidates must practice previous year's question papers and sample question papers of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics. They must also check the answer key to see whether their method and answer are correct.

Below we have provided the answer keys to the above-given question papers:

IOQM 2021-22 Results

The results of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics are most likely to be released in February 2022. Candidates must visit the official website to check their results.

IOQM Cut off Marks

The cut-off Marks for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics is 51. But there may be variations in the cut-off marks according to the region.

IOQM Selection Criteria

Note that the evaluation of the RMO paper is done for only those who had cleared the PRMO paper. Every year the participating countries select the final six students after various levels of competition to represent their country.

The candidates clearing all the stages of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics would also get an opportunity to represent your nation.

Tips to Prepare for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics

We are here to help some self-doubting children boost their confidence in writing the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics. It is one of the competitive Olympiads at the school level. Even though the name has been changed from PRMO to IOQM, and the syllabus has been reduced due to the pandemic, the difficulty level remains the same.

But we believe that these tips can be very beneficial to ambitious children:

  • As someone said, "where there is a will, there is a way." Unshakable wills and determinations will always succeed.
  • Prepare a timetable for your studies and study only when your mind is focussed and alert.
  • Remember to take breaks in between to have healthy food and water. Children can also dedicate some time to playing outdoors and mild exercise. This will be the time for your mind to absorb the things you have studied.
  • Try to study connecting to incidents in your prior knowledge. That way, you'll be able to remember things like a story.
  • Set your targets for the day. The significance of setting ambitious goals from a young age would also reflect in your future life.
  • Clear your doubts on the way. Students must clear their doubts without procrastinating with their teachers. Otherwise, if the doubts pile up, it would cause huge trouble at the end of the day.

Different Stages of IMO

The IMO is the final stage where the final 6 candidates get to represent their country. India has been a participant of IMO since 1989.

More details about the stages are given below:

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