International Mathematics and Science Olympiad 2021: Registration, Eligibility

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International Mathematics and Science Olympiads 2021 exam dates will be announced soon. The Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) conducts the International Maths & Science Olympiad. The National Olympiad program is a five and six-stage process, both for Science and Mathematics. All students aspiring to participate must appear in the first stage, i.e. the National Standard Examination (NSE) in the respective subject. These Olympiad exams are designed to assess conceptual understanding, logical reasoning, laboratory skills, and problem-solving skills through novel methods. To get more details about Mathematics and Science Olympiad 2021 exam pattern, syllabus, candidates can go through this article. 

International Maths and Science Olympiad 2021 Exam Status

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The Registration and exam dates of the International Maths and Science Olympiad will be announced shortly. Therefore, the interested students must check the Science Olympiad Exam Date from the table given below:

Science Olympiad Exam Date
Particulars Status
International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) Yet to Announce
International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) 2021 Yet to Announce

International Mathematical Olympiad 2021 

  • The Mathematical Olympiad Programme in India, which leads to the participation of Indian students in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).
  • This Olympiad is organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. 
  • This programme is one of the major initiatives undertaken by the NBHM. 
  • The main purpose of the Mathematical Olympiad is to spot mathematical talent among pre-university students in the country. So, the students who are interested in participating in the International Mathematical Olympiad 2021 must check all the details regarding the exam. 

International Maths Olympiad 2021 Dates

For the students to take part in the INMO 2021, they must know the dates of registration and exams. They can check the tentative dates of the International Maths Olympiad Program 2021 from the table given below:

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Science Olympiad Exam Date
Events Dates (Tentative)
Registration for Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematical (IOQM) 2021-22 November 2021
Last Date of Registration for IOQM December 2021
IOQM Exam 2021 9 January 2022, 16 January 2022 and  23 January 2022
International Maths Olympiad Exam 2021 (INMO) July 2022

Stages of International Mathematics Olympiad 2021

The International Maths Olympiad is a six-stage process. The first stage of the Olympiad examinations is conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT), while the later stages are the responsibility of HBCSE. The details of all the selection process of INMO is given below:

Stage 1

  • The first stage examination, the pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) is a two and half hour examination with 30 questions. 
  • The answer to each question is either a single-digit number or a two-digit number.
  • The answers have to be marked on a machine-readable OMR response sheet.
  •  The PRMO question paper will be in English and Hindi.

Stage 2

  • The second stage examination, the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) is a three-hour examination with six problems. 
  • The RMOs are offered in English, Hindi, and other regional languages as deemed appropriate by the respective Regional Coordinators. 
  • The problems under each topic involve a high level of difficulty and sophistication.

Stage 3

  • Now the selected candidates appear in the third stage of INMO.
  • The best-performing students from the RMO (approximately 900) qualify for the third stage – the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). 
  • The INMO is held in January at 28 centres across the country.

Stage 4

  • The top students from the INMO (approximately 35) are invited for the fourth stage, the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) held at HBCSE from April to May. 
  • At this camp, orientation is provided to students for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). 
  • Emphasis is laid on developing conceptual foundations and problem-solving skills. Several selection tests are held during this camp. 
  • On the basis of performance in these tests, six students are selected to represent India at the IMO. 
  • Resource persons from different institutions across the country are invited to the training camps.

Stage 5

  • The selected team undergoes a rigorous training program for about 8-10 days at HBCSE prior to its departure for the IMO.

Stage 6

  • The Olympiad programme culminates with the participation of the students in the IMO. 
  • The students are accompanied by 4 teachers or mentors.

Changes made in Selection Stages due to Covid-19 

The candidates must note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Olympiad program in Mathematics has culminated in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 2021 and European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) 2022 

The INMO is now a three-stage selection procedure instead of six stages. The details of the three-stage process are given below:

  • The first stage is a three-hour examination called IOQM organized by the Mathematics Teachers’ Association (India).
  • The second stage will be an Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), TIFR.
  • The third stage will be the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) organized by HBCSE.

IOQM 2021-22 Registration and Enrolment

The candidates who are eligible for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM) exam can register for the first stage of the International Maths Olympiad. Students can register directly and enrol themselves in online mode. The students must follow the steps given below to do the online registration for the IOQM exam:

  • Visit the website of the conducting authority of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics exam.
  • Now, click on New User Registration given in the latest updates section.
  • Then a new Registration page will open and you must select the option for Mathematics Olympiad Registration.
  • After that, enter all the mandatory details in the registration form.
  • The candidates must note that the two-step procedure in the registration is common both for Science and Maths Olympiad. 
  • After completing the online registration, the applicants must pay the fees for the Olympiad exam.
  • No candidate will be allowed to appear in the exam if he/she has not paid the application fees or not completed the enrollment for the exam. 

Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM) 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The interested students who wish to participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) must qualify for the IOQM exam. So, they must check the eligibility criteria to enroll for the IOQM 2021 exam. The details of the minimum requirements for the IOQM exam are given below:

  • The minimum age of the applicants must be born on or after August 1, 2001, and studying in Class VIII, IX, X, XI, or XII. Such students are eligible to write IOQM. 
  • Please note that the candidates studying in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) are Not Eligible to write IOQM. These schools will conduct the separate exams on their own. The KVS will conduct IOQM-KV for KV students and the NVS will conduct IOQM-JNV for JNV students to select students for INMO 2021.
  • The INMO 2020 Merit Awardees and all the INMO awardees from 2020 or earlier are eligible to write INMO 2021 WITHOUT qualifying through IOQM provided they fulfill the eligibility criteria.
  • The applicants must be of Indian Nationality. 

Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM) 2021 Exam Pattern

The candidates must check the exam pattern and marking scheme for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics Exam. The details of the IOQM exam pattern are given below:

  • Duration of the Exam: 120 Minutes (3 Hours)
  • Type of Questions: Objective (Multiple Choice Questions)
  • Number of Questions: 30 questions with each question having an integer answer in the range 00-99
  • Medium of Test: English and Hindi
  • Syllabus:  The syllabus and standard of this examination will be the same as that of PRMO of previous years.

Indian National Mathematics Olympiad (INMO) 2021 Exam Pattern

The Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO 2021) examination is organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (HBCSE – TIFR). The details of the INMO Exam Pattern are given below:

  • Duration of the Exam: 240 Minutes (4 Hours)
  • Exam Timing: 12:00 to 16:00 Hours
  • Number of Questions: 6 questions 
  • Medium of Test: English and Hindi
  • Syllabus:  The syllabus and standard of this examination will be the same as that of INMO of previous years.

International Mathematics Olympiad (INMO) Syllabus

The syllabus for Mathematical Olympiad (pre-regional, regional, national, and international) is pre-degree college mathematics. The areas covered are:

  • Arithmetic of integers
  • Geometry
  • Quadratic equations and expressions
  • Trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, 
  • System of linear equations
  • Factorization of polynomial,
  • Inequalities
  • Elementary combinatorics
  • Probability theory and number theory
  • Finite series, and complex numbers
  • Elementary graph theory. 
  • The syllabus does not include calculus and statistics. The major areas from which problems are given are algebra, combinatorics, geometry, and number theory.
  • The difficulty level increases from PRMO to RMO to INMO to IMO.

International Mathematics Olympiad 2021 Result

Once the examination process is completed, the conducting authority will announce the result of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM) and the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) exams. The result will be as follows:

  • The authority will release the Provisional Answer key of the IOQM exam.
  • Students can send their comments on the Provisional answer key to the official authority.
  • Only those who applied for re-evaluation of their INMO 2021 scripts can view their final marks. 
  • The final marks and the provisional marks are the same for those who did not apply for re-evaluation.

International Science Olympiad 2021

  • The International Science Olympiad 2021-22 is conducted in Science subjects (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science, and Physics). 
  • The Indian National Science Olympiad (INSO) is conducted by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), a national center of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). 
  • The international Science Olympiad is in collaboration with the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT), Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT), and the Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences (ATBS). 
  • In order to participate in the International Science Olympiad, the candidates must qualify as per the details given below:

Stage 1: The candidates must qualify in the National Standard Examinations (NSEs)

Stage 2: The second stage will be the Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) organized by HBCSE.

International Science Olympiad 2021-22 Dates

The candidates must check the important dates of the International Science Olympiad. The tentative dates of the Science Olympiad Registration and exam are given below:

International Science Olympiad 2021-22 Dates
Events Tentative Date and Time
Dates for Registration and Enrollment November- December 2021
Reopening of the enrolment for IOQ in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics only December 2021
Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Astronomy (IOQA) February 2022  (9:00 – 12:15 hrs)
Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Biology (IOQB) February 2022  (14:30 – 17:45 hrs)
Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Chemistry (IOQC) February 2022 (14:30 – 17:45 hrs)
Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Junior Science (IOQJS) January 2022 (14:30 – 17:45 hrs)
Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Physics (IOQP) February 2022 (9:00 – 12:15 hrs)
International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) November 2021
International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) 2021 25 July- 2 August 2021 (Online)
International Biology Olympiad (IBO) 2021 18-23 July 2021
International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 2021 17-24 July 2021

Stages of International Science Olympiad

There are five stages for International Science Olympiad. The students must check the details about each stage before doing the enrolment for the International Science Olympiad. However, due to the Covid-19 impact, there have been certain changes in the selection process. The detailed information on each stage of the Science Olympiad is given below:

Stage 1

  • The first stage examination, the National Standard Examination (NSE) is the organizational responsibility of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT).
  • The academic responsibility for Chemistry and Biology rests with the Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT) and the Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences (ATBS) respectively.
  • While Physics, Astronomy and Junior Science are handled by IAPT itself. 
  • The NSEs are of objective-type questions and are offered in English and Hindi, with additional languages also available in Physics. 
  • The syllabus is broadly equivalent to up to Class XII (for Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) and Class X (for Junior Science) of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). 
  • However, the questions in all levels of Olympiads (including NSEs) may be expected to be of a higher difficulty level than the board examinations. 
  • These examinations are held close to the end of November every year at nearly 1400 centres across the nation. 
  • Students can register for this preliminary stage at their own schools. 
  • The registration fee is Rs 100, which is the only fee that the student has to pay in the entire process up to the International Olympiads.

Stage 2

  • The best-performing students from the NSEs (approximately 300 in each subject) qualify for the second stage — the Indian National Olympiads (INOs). 
  • The responsibility of the programme from this stage onwards lies with HBCSE. 
  • The INOs are held in late January at around 18 centres across the country. 
  • The syllabus is the same as that of the NSEs. 
  • The tests consist of objective as well as long answer-type questions.

Stage 3

  • The top-rank students from the INOs (approximately 35 in each subject) are invited for the third stage, the Orientation-cum-Selection Camps (OCSCs) held at HBCSE from April to June. 
  • At these camps, orientation is provided to students for the Olympiad level of theoretical, experimental, and observational (for astronomy) tasks. 
  • Emphasis is laid on developing conceptual foundations and problem-solving skills.
  • Students are exposed to innovative experiments with a focus on conceptual and procedural understanding in experimental science. 
  • In astronomy, students are trained in basic notions in astrophysics, astronomical data analysis, and night sky observations. 
  • Several theoretical and experimental/observational tests are held during the camp.
  • On the basis of performance in these tests, few students are selected to represent India at the international Olympiads.

Stage 4

  • The selected Indian teams undergo a rigorous training program at HBCSE in theory and experiment and in the case of astronomy, observational astronomy prior to their departure for the International Olympiads. 
  • Special laboratories have been developed in HBCSE for this purpose. 
  • Resource persons from different institutions across the country are invited to the training camps.

Stage 5

  • The Olympiad program ends with the participation of the Indian students (4-6 in each subject) in the International Olympiads. 
  • The students are accompanied by 2-4 teachers or mentors. 

Note: The national Olympiad programme of 2020-21 in Science subjects (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science, and Physics) has been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The information on this page relates to the usual procedure of the Science Olympiads, and may not hold for the programme in 2021-22 due to the special circumstances prevailing in the country. Therefore, the students must check the latest updates section of this article for more details.

International Science Olympiad 2021-22 Registration and Enrolment

The candidates will have to enroll for the National Standard Examinations (NSE) to be able to participate in the Indian National Science Olympiad (INSO). The enrolment process for various stages is given below:

Enrolment for National Standard Examinations (NSEs)

There are two ways to enroll for the National Standard Examinations. Check the details given below:

  • Enrolment at student’s own school/college: A student can enroll for NSE at his/her own institution if it is a registered NSE centre (see below for registration of NSE centres). The principal would be the contact person for this purpose.
  • Enrolment at a different school/college: If a student’s own institution is not a registered NSE centre, it is still possible to participate in NSE by registering at a nearby centre. The list of registration centres will be available on the IAPT website.

Enrolment Fees

Applicants are required to pay Rs. 150/- per student per subject to be paid to the centre in charge of the NSE registration centre.

Enrolment for Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs)

  • The official authority will publish the list of the selected students for INO exams.
  • All students appearing in INOs must register themselves on the conducting authority’s website after the publication of the list in order to obtain their INO admit cards. 
  • This registration is mandatory for appearing in INO.
  • Failure to register for INO will result in disqualification of the candidate for INO.

Indian National Science Olympiad 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must have the following eligibility criteria in order to participate in the INSO exams:

  • The applicant must be eligible to golf the Indian Passport
  • Candidates’ Date of birth between 1 July 1999 and 30 June 2004, both days inclusive.
  • Candidates Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) the class 12 board examination earlier than 30 November 2019.

Indian National Science Olympiad 2021 Exam Pattern

The applicants must check the exam pattern and marking scheme of each stage of the Olympiad exam. The details of the exam pattern are given in this article. Students can go through the INSO exam 2021 pattern from the details given here.

Exam Pattern for National Standard Examinations (NSEs)

Exam Pattern for National Standard Examinations (NSEs)
First stage Examination Question paper pattern Medium of Question Paper Syllabus
National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) 80 multiple choice questions with negative marking. English & Hindi (option during registration) Is broadly equivalent to the secondary school level (up to and including Class X) of CBSE. All the basic subjects of science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) and Mathematics may have roughly equal emphasis.
National Standard Examination in Physics (NSEP) A) 3-mark questions, each with only one of four options correct. 

B) 6-mark questions, each with one or more than one option correct. To get credit, all the correct option(s) and no incorrect option(s) should be marked.

English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bangla (option during registration) Is broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE.
National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA) 80 multiple choice questions with negative marking. English & Hindi (option during registration) Is broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE. There will be greater emphasis on Physics, Mathematics, and Elementary Astronomy.
National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB) 80 multiple choice questions with negative marking. English & Hindi (option during registration) Is broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE
National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC) 80 multiple choice questions with negative marking. English & Hindi (option during registration) Is broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE.

Exam Pattern for Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs)

Exam Pattern for Indian National Olympiad Examinations (INOs)
Second stage Examination Exam Centre (Cities) Medium of Question Paper Syllabus
Indian National Astronomy Olympiad (INAO) Ahmedabad

Bengaluru

Bhopal

Bhubaneswar

Chandigarh

Chennai

Delhi

Guwahati

Hyderabad

Jaipur

Kochi Kolkata

Kota

Lucknow

Mumbai

Nagpur

Patna

Ranchi

English & Hindi Is broadly equivalent to NSEA
India National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO) English & Hindi Is broadly equivalent to NSEJS
Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (INChO) English & Hindi Is broadly equivalent to NSEC
Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO) English & Hindi Is broadly equivalent to NSEP
Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO) English & Hindi Is broadly equivalent to NSEB

Indian National Science Olympiad 2021 Result

After the completion of the Olympiad exam for all the stages, the conducting authority will declare the result of the International Science Olympiad on its website. The details of the INSO Result are given below:

  • The result will be available online.
  • The online result of each stage will be released separately.
  • Candidates can check the result through their registration/ roll number.
  • The students can check their names in the Provisional merit list.
  • If a candidate qualifies in Stage 1, then only he/she will be eligible to take part in the exams of further stages. 

International Maths and Science Olympiad 2021-22 Highlights

International Maths and Science Olympiad
Name of the Exam International Science and Mathematical Olympiad 2021-22 (EHF)
Organizing Body Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE)
Purpose of Exam To promote competitive spirits and develop higher learning among the Secondary and Higher Secondary students
Exam Level National and International level exam
Mode of Exam Online OMR Based (due to Covid-19 impact)
Mode of Registration Online/ Offline
Number of Stages  National Standard Examinations (NSEs)

Indian National Olympiad (INOs)

Official Website olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in

About Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE)

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) is a National Centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. The broad goals of the Centre are to promote equity and excellence in science and mathematics education from primary school to undergraduate college level and encourage the growth of scientific literacy in the country. 

FAQs on International Mathematics and Science Olympiad?

Q1. How can I enroll for the International Maths Olympiad 2021?

Ans: Candidates can enroll for the International Mathematics Olympiad online through the link provided in the updates section of this article.

Q2. What is the enrolment fee for International Science Olympiad?

Ans: Candidates will have to pay the registration fee of Rs. 150/- per student. 

Q3. Is the International Mathematics and Science Olympiad exam 2021 online?

Ans: Yes, due to the Covid-19 outbreak the Olympiad exams will be held online or through Video Conferencing.

Q4. What is the process of getting selected for the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)?

Ans: In order to represent the country in the Indian National Mathematics Olympiad (INMO), the candidates will have to qualify in the Indian Olympiad for the Qualifiers in Mathematics (IOQM) exam.

Q5. How can I get selected for the International level Science Olympiad?

Ans: In order to participate in the Indian National Science Olympiad (INSO), the candidates will have to qualify in the National Standard EXaminations (NSEs).

Q6. Can I apply for both Maths and Science Olympiads?

Ans: Yes, you can apply for both the olympiads, depending on the eligibility criteria.

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