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What is the benefit of International Maths Olympiad (IMO) ?
IMO picks questions very relevant to the current syllabus and its application.
It improves the students problem solving ability and challenges them to think analytically. Prepares them for future competitive exams by testing a student's aptitude as well as the knowledge of a particular subject. Provides exposure to students at the national as well as international platforms.
Eligibility Criteria
Age: Students of classes 1 to 12th are eligible to appear for the 1st level Olympiads. Students who qualify for the 2nd level exam include.
(a) Top 5% of students’ class wise, who appear for the 1st level exam,
(b) State wise top 25 rank holders class wise, and
(c) Class toppers from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks. Students from classes 1 and 2 are not required to appear for the 2nd level exam and are ranked based on their performance in the first level exam.
Exam Pattern for IMO
Here is the paper pattern for the first level examination.
Classes 1 to 4

Particulars

Details

Subjects

Science, Mathematics and Logical Reasoning

Type of questions

Objective (MCQs)

Mode of examination

Written Test

Exam duration

1 hour

Number of questions

35 questions

Languages

English

Marking scheme

1 mark awarded for each correct answer
(Science and Logical Reasoning)
2 marks awarded for each correct answer
(Achievers Section)

Negative marking

No negative marking

Classes 5 to 10

Particulars

Details

Subjects

Science, Mathematics and Logical Reasoning

Type of questions

Objective (MCQs)

Mode of examination

Written Test

Exam duration

1 hour

Number of questions

50 questions

Languages

English

Marking scheme

1 mark awarded for each correct answer
(Science and Logical Reasoning)
3 marks awarded for each correct answer
(Achievers Section)

Negative marking

No negative marking

Classes 11 and 12

Particulars

Details

Subjects

Physics, Chemistry and Maths/Biology

Type of questions

Objective (MCQs)

Mode of examination

Written Test

Exam duration

1 hour

Number of questions

50 questions

Languages

English

Marking scheme

1 mark awarded for each correct answer
(Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology)
3 marks awarded for each correct answer
(Achievers Section)

Negative marking

No negative marking

Marking scheme for the IMO first level examination:
Class

Topic/ Section

No. Of Questions

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

1st to 4th

Logical Reasoning

10

1

10

Mathematical Reasoning

10

1

10

Everyday Mathematics

10

1

10

Achievers Section

5

2

10

GRAND TOTAL

35


40

5th to 12th

Logical Reasoning

15

1

15

Mathematical Reasoning

20

1

20

Everyday Mathematics

10

1

10

Achievers Section

5

3

15

GRAND TOTAL

50


60

Here is the marking scheme for the IMO second level examination:
Class

Topic/ section

No. Of questions

Marks per question

Total marks

3rd to 4th

Mathematics

30

1

30









Achievers Section

5

2

10

GRAND TOTAL

35


40

5th to 12th

Mathematics

45

1

45









Achievers Section

5

3

15

GRAND TOTAL

50


60

What is the syllabus for IMO?
Class 1
Total Questions: 35
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Patterns, Odd One Out, Measuring Units, Geometrical Shapes, Spatial Understanding, Grouping, Analogy, Ranking Test, Problems based on Figures.
Section – 2 : Numerals, Number names, Number Sense (2 digit numbers), Addition, Subtraction, Lengths, Weights and Comparisons, Time, Money, Geometrical Shapes and Solids, Patterns.
Section – 3 : Syllabus as per Section–1 and 2.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section–1 and 2.
Class 2
Total Questions: 35
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Patterns, Odd One Out, Measuring Units, Geometrical Shapes, Analogy, Ranking Test, Grouping of Figures, Embedded Figures, CodingDecoding.
Section – 2 : Numerals, number names and Number Sense (3Digit Numbers), Computation Operations, Length, Weight, Capacity, Time, Temperature, Money, Lines, Shapes and Solids, Pictographs, Patterns.
Section – 3 : Syllabus same as Section 2.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section 2.
Class 3
Total Questions: 35
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Patterns, Analogy and Classification, Alphabet Test, CodingDecoding, Ranking Test, Grouping of Figures and Figure Matrix, Mirror Images, Geometrical Shapes, Embedded Figures, Days and Dates & Possible Combinations.
Section – 2 : Numerals, Number names and Number Sense (4digit numbers), Computation Operations, Fractions, Length, Weight, Capacity, Temperature, Time, Money, Geometry, Data Handling.
Section – 3 : The Syllabus of this section will be based on the Syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section – 2.
Class 4
Total Questions: 35
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Patterns, Alphabet Test, CodingDecoding, Ranking Test, Mirror Images, Geometrical Shapes and Solids, Embedded Figures, Direction Sense Test, Days and Dates & Possible Combinations, Analogy and Classification.
Section – 2 : Numerals and Number Names, Number Sense (5digit numbers), Computation Operations, Fractions, Length, Weight, Capacity, Time, Money, Geometry, Perimeter of Various Shapes, Symmetry, Conversions, Data Handling
Section – 3 : The Syllabus of this section will be based on the Syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section 2.
Class 5
Total Questions: 50
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Patterns, Analogy and Classification, Geometrical Shapes, Mirror and Water Images, Direction Sense Test, Ranking Test, Alphabet Test, Logical Sequence of Words, Puzzle Test, CodingDecoding.
Section – 2 : Numerals, Number names and Number Sense (7 and 8 digit numbers), Computation Operations, Fractions and Decimals, Measurement of Length, Weight, Capacity, Volume, Time, Temperature and Money, Conversions, Geometrical Shapes and Solids, Angles, Perimeter of Various Shapes & Area of Rectangle and Square, Symmetry, Data Handling
Section – 3 : The Syllabus of this section will be based on the Syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section 2.
Class 6
Total Questions: 50
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Verbal and NonVerbal Reasoning.
Section – 2 : Knowing our Numbers, Whole Numbers, Playing with Numbers, Basic Geometrical Ideas, Understanding Elementary Shapes, Integers, Fractions, Decimals, Data Handling, Mensuration, Algebra, Ratio And Proportion, Symmetry, Practical Geometry
Section – 3 : The Syllabus of this section will be based on the syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section – 2.
Class 7
Total Questions: 50
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Verbal and NonVerbal Reasoning.
Section – 2 : Integers, Fractions and Decimals, Exponents and Powers, Algebraic Expressions, Simple Linear Equations, Lines and Angles, Comparing Quantities, The Triangle and its Properties, Symmetry, Congruence of Triangles, Rational Numbers, Perimeter and Area, Data Handling, Visualizing Solid Shapes, Practical Geometry.
Section – 3 : The Syllabus of this section will be based on the syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section – 2.
Class 8
Total Questions: 50
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Verbal and NonVerbal Reasoning.
Section – 2 : Rational Numbers, Squares and Square Roots, Cubes and Cube Roots, Exponents and Powers, Comparing Quantities, Algebraic Expressions and Identities, Linear Equations in One Variable, Understanding Quadrilaterals, Constructions, Mensuration, Visualizing Solid Shapes, Data Handling, Direct and Inverse Variations, Factorization, Introduction to Graphs, Playing with Numbers.
Section – 3 : The Syllabus of this section will be based on the syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section – 2.
Class 9
Total Questions: 50
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Verbal and NonVerbal Reasoning.
Section – 2 : Number Systems, Polynomials, Coordinate Geometry, Linear Equations in Two Variables, Introduction to Euclid’s Geometry, Lines and Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Areas of Parallelograms and Triangles, Circles, Constructions, Heron’s Formula, Surface Areas and Volumes, Statistics, Probability.
Section – 3 : The syllabus of this section will be based on the syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section – 2
Class 10
Total Questions: 50
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Verbal and NonVerbal Reasoning.
Section – 2 : Real Numbers, Polynomials, Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables, Quadratic Equations, Arithmetic Progressions, Triangles, Coordinate Geometry, Introduction to Trigonometry, Some Applications of Trigonometry, Circles, Constructions, Areas Related to Circles, Surface Areas and Volumes, Statistics, Probability.
Section – 3 : The Syllabus of this section will be based on the syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section – 2.
Class 11
Total Questions: 50
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Verbal and NonVerbal Reasoning.
Section – 2 : Sets, Relations and Functions, Principle of Mathematical Induction, Logarithms, Complex Numbers & Quadratic Equations, Linear Inequations, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Straight Lines, Circles, Conic Sections, Permutations and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Statistics, Mathematical Reasoning, Limits and Derivatives, Probability, Introduction to 3D Geometry.
Section – 3 : The Syllabus of this section will be based on the Syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section – 2.
Class 12
Total Questions: 50
Time: 1 hr.
Section – 1 : Verbal and NonVerbal Reasoning.
Section – 2 : Relations and Functions, Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Matrices and Determinants, Continuity and Differentiability, Application of Derivatives, Integrals, Application of Integrals, Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, Three Dimensional Geometry, Probability, Linear Programming.
Section – 3 : The Syllabus of this section will be based on the Syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
Section – 4 : Higher Order Thinking Questions  Syllabus as per Section – 2.
How to apply
You need to be a student in Classes 1 to 12 to be eligible for this exam.
You must be a student of SSC, ICSE or CBSE boards.
 Qualifying for second level examination:
The top 5% of students (classwise) who appear for the first level exam.
The top 25 rank holders statewise.
Class toppers from each participating school; where at least 10 students participate and score a minimum of 50%.
As long as you’re a student enrolled in any of Classes 1 to 12, you can apply for IMO.
You can only attempt IMO once in every academic year.
Registration for IMO
Here is the registration process for IMO:
 The prospectus containing the registration forms is sent to all schools registered with the Science Olympiad Foundation.
 Unregistered schools can request a prospects by sending an email to info@sofworld.org or making a phone call or sending a fax to 01244951200.
 Your school's coordinating teacher will generate students' roll numbers as per the guidelines given.
 A nominal participation fee is charged from each student in your school.
Important dates
Exam Dates for IMO
The Science Olympiad Foundation only releases exam dates for the current academic year.
Here are the dates for IMO 2018:
Dates

Exam

5th and 17th December 2019

First level exam

2nd or 3rd Sunday of February 2020

Second level exam

Results and cutoff
Qualification for IMO
First level examination
Based on your performance in the first level exam, you are given a rank. This rank determines whether you qualify for the second level exam or not.
If two students score the same marks, ranks are awarded to the student scoring higher marks in priority sections as mentioned below:
Classes 1 to 10

Priority

Section

1

Achievers Section

2

Science

3

Logical Reasoning

Classes 11 and 12

Priority

Section

1

Achievers Section

2

Science

3

Chemistry

4

Mathematics or Biology

If students score the same marks in all sections, they are given the same rank.
Second level examination
In the second level exam, you are ranked on the basis of your total score.
In case two students score the same marks, their ranks are decided on the basis of the below points:
 Higher marks scored in higher priority sections (second level exam)
 Total marks scored in the first level exam
 Higher marks scored in higher priority sections (first level exam)
If two students still score the same marks, they are given the same rank.
Level 2: The level 2 is conducted for students of class 3 to class 12. The qualifiers to second round would include the following:
 Top 5% of candidates class wise who appear for the 1st level exam. Due weightage to marks scored in different sections will be given. Each section is accorded separate weightage.
 Zonewise top 25 rank holders class wise.
 Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks.
Class

Section

N0. of Questions

Marks/Question

Total Marks

1 to 4

Logical Reasoning

5

1

5


Science

25

1

25


Achievers Section

5

2

10


Grand Total

35


40

5 to 10

Logical Reasoning

10

1

10


Science

35

1

35


Achievers Section

5

3

15


Grand Total

50


60

11 and 12

Physics and Chemistry

25

1

25


Achievers Section

5

3

15


Mathematics/Biology

20

1

20


Grand Total

50


60

Note
 Questions of levelI Olympiad exams will be 60% from the current class syllabus and 40% from the previous class syllabus, e.g. Class7 IMO exam will have 60% questions from class7 syllabus and 40% questions from class 6 syllabus.
 Questions of levelII Olympiad exams will be from current class syllabus only.
 Questions in ACHIEVERS SECTION will be from current class syllabus only.
Scholarships and Awards through IMO
The following awards will be given out to the winners of this year’s Olympiad.
Awards for the first level exam:
Zonal Level

Rank

Scholarships

No. of Awards

1 to 25

Medal of Excellence + Certificate of Distinction

240

26+

Participation Certificate

All

Awards for the second level exam:
International Level

Rank

Scholarships

No. of Awards

1

Rs. 50,000 Each + Gold Medal* + Certificate of Outstanding Performance

12

2

Rs. 25,000 Each + Silver Medal* + Certificate of Outstanding Performance

12

3

Rs. 10,000 Each + Bronze Medal* + Certificate of Outstanding Performance

12

Zonal Level

Rank

Scholarships

No. of Awards

1

Rs. 5,000 Each + Gold Medal* + Certificate of Zonal Excellence

240

2

Rs.2500 Each + Silver Medal* + Certificate of Zonal Excellence

240

3

Rs. 1000 Each + Bronze Medal* + Certificate of Zonal Excellence

240

4 to 10

Gifts* Worth Rs. 1000 + Medal of Distinction** + Certificate of Zonal Excellence

1680

11 to 25

Certificate of Zonal Excellence + Medal of Distinction**

3600

26+

Merit Certificate

All

Note: For more information regarding awards and scholarships, visit the official website.
How to prepare
Study Material for IMO
 Here are the books and online medium prescribed for IMO:
 MTG IMO class wise Workbooks (For Class 1 to 10)
 School Connect Online Video Material and Practice Notes
 OSDS (Olympiad Skill Development System)
 Previous Years' Papers
 Olympiad's Book of Reasoning (for preparation for the reasoning section of IMO)
 EQuiz
 If you’re a class 10 or 12 student, you can also refer to publications like Chemistry Today, Biology Today, Mathematics Today, Physics for You and MTG.
 Most importantly login to School Connect Online and Select videos of your choice and read,practice,mock tests to compete in the examination.
Preparation Tips for IMO:
 NCERT thoroughly: Read your NCERT textbook and make a note of important concepts dealt in each of the chapters and practice several questions on these topics from the reference books you have. Take reference from School Connect Online with lot of videos and practice questions.
 Get your foundation clear: Make your concepts crystal clear to yourself. Give the topics time it demands. How much you have studied is more important than how many hours you have studied. Take help from your teachers, friends to through your basics and clear your doubts.
 Make proper notes: For easy learning and revision chits, make short notes and tricks for each chapter. Making notes in your language is very useful and hard to forget.
 Be confident: Learn the concepts of each subject well in advance and be confident. It will help you to approach your goal with a positive attitude.
 Do not lose sight of your goal: One of the major issues that the students face is losing sight of the goal.Exams like IMO demand perseverance and dedication throughout the preparation phase. Find methods to keep you motivated continuously.
 Understand the standard of questions: If you are appearing for IMO, then expect questions of varying difficulty levels that test your logical and observational skills. There will be no direct questions.
 Practice sample papers: Solving sample papers will give you a fair idea of the pattern of the questions asked. They are also good for improving the pace at which you attempt the paper in a limited amount of time. IMO sample papers can be obtained from the official website.
 Relevant books: You must thoroughly study course books suggested by your school or board (ICSE, CBSE or State Board). In addition to this, you can refer the books available for Olympiad preparations to get a good rank in IMO.