RMO – Regional Mathematics Olympiad leads to participation of Indian Students in the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO). It is organised by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on the behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM). RMO is conducted in 25 regions all over the country every year in the month of October. Top 30 students from each region will qualify for the next level which is the Indian National Mathematics Olympiad (INMO). Certificate of Merit is given to Top 50 participants form each region in their respective schools. The RMO is a 3 hours paper with 6 discriptive questions. This article will cover the RMO eligibility criterion, Registration process, Syllabus, exam pattern etc.
RMO Registration process
To enrol for the PRMO the following is the procedure:
- The PRMO exam is organised by the India Association of Physics Teachers (IPAT).
- A link to a portal is available at the IPAT webpage where the schools can register as centres; this portal is open tentatively in the month of May-June. Any school with at least 5 registrations can register in the portal as a “registered centre”. The list of the approved centres will be issued by the IPAT. The student who registers through a given school which is a registered centre may be re-assigned to another nearby centre.
- All the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and Atomic Energy Central Schools may register as a registered centre regardless of the number of students.
- The list of registered centres will be available on the IPAT website tentatively in the month of June.
- Students can approach one of the approved registered centres for a fee of Rs.200 and through the centre register for the PRMO exam. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has made its schools available as centres free of cost; for KV students there is a provision to register with payment of a fee of Rs. 100.
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Eligibility for RMO exam
- All the Indian students who are born on or after August 1 and in addition are in Class 8, 9, 10 and 11 are eligible to appear for the PRMO 2017.
- Class 12th Students will not be eligible for the PRMO/RMO.
- Students from class 8 can take the RMO at the discretion of the regional coordinators.
- Regional Coordinators may charge a nominal fee to meet the expenses for conducting the contest.
For the purpose of training and selection of the students for the Olympiad, 25 regions have been made all over the country. Each region has been assigned a regional coordinator. Additionally, three groups, CBSE, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathana (KVS) have a regional coordinator each.
Important Dates for RMO
- Each Regional coordinator conducts the RMO in his/her region in the first week of October.
- Final list of top 30 students plus the next 5 girl students will be sent by each regional co-ordinator to HBCSE by November last week.
- HBCSE will announce the list of students eligible to appear for the INMO 2018, by December first week.
- INMO exam will be held on January 21, 2018.
Important dates for PRMO:
|Registration of Centres||20th May- 20th June|
|Registration of Candidates||20th June- 25th July|
|Downloading Admit card||01st August- 12th August|
|Date of Examination||20th August|
- The syllabus for International Mathematical Olympiad for all the stages (regional, national and international) is pre-degree college mathematics.
- The areas tested are arithmetic of integers, geometry, quadratic equations and expressions, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, system of linear equations, permutations and combination, factorization of polynomial, inequalities, elementary combinatorics, probability theory and number theory, finite series and complex numbers and elementary graph theory. The syllabus does not include calculus and statistics.
- The syllabus is in a sense spread over Class 9 to Class 11, but the problems under each topic involve high level of difficulty and sophistication. The difficulty level increases from RMO to INMO to IMO.
Exam Pattern and Selection Process for RMO
The RMO is a 3 hour paper with 6 problems. It is a descriptive paper.
RMO is the first level if you wish to appear for the IMO. Top 30 students from each region will qualify for the next level which is the Indian National Mathematics Olympiad (INMO). Certificate of Merit is given to Top 50 participants form each region in their respective schools.
Indian National Maths Olympiad and further stages
Top 30 students from every region are chosen for the next stage of the Maths Olympiad, which is the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). The INMO is held on the 3rd Sunday of January across 28 centres in the country.
The top students from the INMO (approximately 35) are invited for the next stage which the fourth stage, the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) held at HBCSE during April to May. The camp is an orientation camp with emphasis on developing conceptual foundations and problem solving skills. Along with the orientation programmes several selection tests are also held, on the basis of the performance of the students in these tests six highly talented individuals are selected for the IMO.
Important Information Regarding the Mathematics Olympiad Programme (As per the Official Website):
- The National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) which conducts the Mathematical Olympiad activity, has entrusted its implementation on the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) which is to be carried out in coordination with the MO-Cell and the National Coordinator appointed by the NBHM, supervised by a Committee constituted by the NBHM. All major policy decisions with regard to the Mathematical Olympiads programme are made with the concurrence of the NBHM. The following are the major changes announced this year.
- A pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) exam was held on August 20th, 2017 at different centres all over India. In order to be eligible for the RMO it is mandatory that students to qualify through this centrally administered PRMO. No other independent examinations will be recognized from this year onwards.
- Eligibility: All Indian students, born on or after August 1, 1998 and are in Class VIII, IX, X and XI are eligible to appear for the PRMO 2017.
- The PRMO is a machine-correctable test of 30 questions. Each question has an answer which is a number with one or two digits.
- The PRMO exam will be conducted this year by IAPT (the Indian Association of Physics Teachers), the same association which organizes the National Standards Examination, and is the first step for participation in the International Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and Junior Science olympiads. The website for PRMO is available at http://www.iapt.org.in/
- A link to a portal is available on the IAPT webpage where schools can register as centres; this portal was open from the May 20th to June 20th, 2017. Any school with at least 5 registrations could register on the portal as a “registered centre”. However, the list of approved exam centres was issued by IAPT. Students who register through a given school which is a registered centre might have been re-assigned to another nearby exam centre.
- All Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and Atomic Energy Central Schools may register as registered centres regardless of the number of students.
- The list of registered centres is available on the IAPT website from June 20th, 2017.
- Students could approach one of the approved registered centres and through the centre register for the PRMO exam between June 20th and July 25th, 2017 for a fee of Rs. 200. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan had made its schools available as centres free of cost; for KV students there was a provision to register with payment of a fee of Rs. 100.
- A carbon copy of the answersheet (OMR) will be given to the student after the exam; students can check their answers as against the answers which will be uploaded by the HBCSE.
- The top 300 students from each region are be eligible to write the Regional Mathematics Olympiad exam. For the KV, CBSE, JNV schools which have a countrywide coverage, the number to be selected is upto 5 per cent of the number of registrations or 300.
- Each regional co-ordinator (including the co-ordinators for the groups KV, CBSE and JNV) will receive the list of students eligible to write RMO by September 15th . Each Regional Co-ordinator shall conduct the RMO in her/his region on October 8th, 2017.
- Based on the RMO exam, the final list of 30 top students plus the next 5 girl students will be sent by each regional co-ordinator to HBCSE by November 30th, 2017. This should be done after completing re-evaluation (provision for which is mandatory).
- HBCSE will announce the list of students eligible to appear for INMO 2018 from all regions by December 07th, 2017.
- The INMO exam will be held on January 21st, 2018 and will be conducted by each regional co-ordinator and the papers sent to the HBCSE.
- The regional co-ordinators will be sent brochures/posters and will be requested to advertise the information on their web-pages or homepages. As there are major changes, students will be unaware of these and the support of Regional co-ordinators in this regard is crucial.
- This is a preliminary announcement and more details will be announced and communicated to all regional co-ordinators in the next few days. Regional co-ordinators are requested to circulate the announcement and the web-link widely.