Mathematics Olympiad activity on a national level has been one of the NBHM's major initiatives since 1986. of the main purposes of this activity is to spot mathematical talent amant High School children. NBHM has a taken on the responsibility for selecting and training the India team for participating in the International Olympiad every year.
For the purpose of administering Olympiad contest, the country has been divided in 16 regions. The Olympiad Program leading to India's participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) consists of following stages:
Stage 1: Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO): RMO is held normally between September and the first Sun of December each year in different regions in the country. All school students of Class XI are eligible to app for RMO. This Olympiad is a 3-hour written test containing about 6 to 7 problems. On the basis of the performance in the RMO, a certain number of students from each region is selected to appear for the second stage.
Stage 2: Indian National Mathematics Olympiad (INMO): INMO is held on the first Sunday of February e year at various centers in different regions. Only students selected on the basis of RMO from different regions are eligible to appear for INMO. INMO is a 4-hour written test; the question paper is set centrally and is com throughout the country. The top 30-35 performers in INMO receive a certificate of Merit.
Stage 3: International Mathematics Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC): The INMO certificates awardees are invited to a month long Training Camp in May/June each year. In addition, INMO awardees of the previous year who h satisfactorily gone through postal tuition throughout the year are invited again to a second round of training. On basis of a number of selection tests through the Camp, a team of the best six students is selected from the combined pool of junior and senior batch participants to represent India in the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Stage 4 :International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO): The six-member team selected at the end of the Camp accompanied by a leader and a deputy leader represent India at the IMO that is normally held in July in a differ country. IMO consist of two 4-and-a-half hour written tests held on two days with a gap of at least one day Travel to IMO venue and return takes about two weeks. Student of the India team who receive gold, silver a bronze medals at IMO receive from NBHM a cash prize of Rs. 5000/-, Rs. 4000/- and Rs. 3000/- respective during the following year at a formal ceremony at the end of the Training Camp.
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