The Mathematical Olympiads

What is a Mathematical Olympiad?

A Mathematical Olympiad is a problem solving competition open to all "mathletes". The aim of the competition is to test innate problem solving skills. The problems are restricted to those that require minimal background and high ingenuity. Since one of the goals of such olympiads is to identify talent at a young age, these olympiads are usually restricted to students not yet admitted to any undergraduate programme.

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents. IMO 2012 was held in Mar del Plata, Argentina. IMO 2013 was held in Santa Marta, Colombia.

India has been participating in the IMO since 1989 and hosted it in Mumbai in 1996. The 6-member Indian team for the IMO is selected through a three-step procedure, organised by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) and funded by the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India.

In IMO 2013, the following members of Indian Team won medals: Sagnik Saha (Silver), Shubham Sinha (Silver), Pranav Nuti (Bronze), Anish Prasad Sevekari (Bronze), Pallav Goyal (Bronze).


Team India in IMO 2013
L to R: Pallav Goyal, Chaitanya Tappu, Anish Sevekari, Pranav Nuti, Sagnik Saha and Shubham Sinha
Several RMOTC's have been organized of late: (i) during May 28-June 2, 2012 and October 30-November 2, 2012 at ISI, Kolkata, (ii) during 12-14 June, 2012 and 6-7 November, 2012 at North Bengal University.
If any academic institution wants to organize similar camps with help from us, the organizers are encouraged to contact us by sending email to rmo@isical.ac.in. We shall be glad to support such activities by providing resource personnel. We shall consider supporting such camps even when the number of participants is small.

The Regional vMathematical Olympiad is a state level examination, a stepping stone towards the national level examination, the INMO. The next RMO (RMO-2013) will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2013 during 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon and during 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

The next RMO (RMO-2013) will consist of two tests, the first of duration 2 hours and the second of 3 hours. The first test will be based on multiple-choice questions (MCQ), and in the second about 6 to 7 problems will be asked which the applicants will have to solve. We shall grade all the answer-scripts of the first MCQ-based test and based on the performance of the participants in it (i.e., the first test), we shall select an appropriate number of participants whose answer-scripts of the second test will be graded.

An INMOTC is organized at Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata (ISI, Kolkata), 203 B.T. Road, Kolkata 700108 every year. The next INMOTC will be held during January 1--4, 2014 (at ISI, Kolkata). All RMO 2013 awardees are being invited. Awardees of INMO-2013 merit certificates also will be eligible to attend the next INMOTC. Attempts are being made for arrangement of accommodation ONLY for those participants who live in a place far away from ISI, Kolkata and cannot accordingly travel between home and ISI, Kolkata. Co-operation from prospective participants are being solicited in this regard. Prospective participants are requested to confirm their participation in the next INMOTC, by sending email to rmo@isical.ac.in before 12 noon, December 28, 2013 (Saturday). They are requested also to communicate by email if they need accommodation --latest by 12 noon, December 28, 2013 (Saturday).

We are happy to announce the establishment of Mukul Chaudhuri Memorial Prize for the best girl student from each Class VIII to XII, irrespective of whether they are selected for INMO or not, provided they score a minimum qualifying marks. The Prize, in form of books, is made possible by a generous gift from Professor Soma Chaudhuri of Iowa State University, in the memory of her mother.
Mukul Chaudhuri (1922 - 2007) was a talented student of mathematics. She received the Kirtichand-Mackenzie Memorial Gold Medal in 1938, awarded to the candidate with the highest marks in mathematics in the Calcutta University Matriculation Exam. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1942. However her academic career was cut short due to the political situation at the time (Partition of India). She became a school teacher in mathematics and taught in a variety of schools, both in India and abroad. Even though she couldn't further her own academic career, she encouraged numerous girls to pursue higher education in mathematics-related disciplines.

  • How does one prepare?
  • RMO-1990, RMO-1991, RMO-1992, RMO-1993, RMO-1994, RMO-1995, RMO-1996, RMO-1997, RMO-1998, RMO-1999, RMO-2000, RMO-2001, RMO-2002, RMO-2003, RMO-2004, RMO-2005, RMO-2006, RMO-2007.
    INMO-1989, INMO-1990, INMO-1991, INMO-1992, INMO-1993, INMO-1994, INMO-1995, INMO-1996, INMO-1997, INMO-1998, INMO-1999, INMO-2000, INMO-2001, INMO-2002, INMO-2003, INMO-2004, INMO-2005, INMO-2006, INMO-2007, INMO-2008.