The international Olympiad movement is aimed at bringing the most gifted secondary and higher secondary students of the world together in a friendly competition of the highest level. A major national Olympiad programme in basic sciences and mathematics which connects to the international Olympiads is in operation in India. The Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education is the nodal centre of the country for this programme. The programme aims at promoting excellence in science and mathematics among pre-university students. For more details regarding International Mathematics and Science Olympiads 2018-19 scroll down the page.


International Mathematics and Science Olympiads 2018-19

Among the sciences, the Olympiad programme in Astronomy (junior and senior level), Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science and Physics is a five stage process for each subject separately. The first stage for each subject is organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) in collaboration with teacher associations in other subjects. All the remaining  stages are organized by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). The Mathematics Olympiad is conducted under the aegis of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM).

Mathematics Olympiads 2018-19

The Mathematical Olympiad Programme in India, which leads to participation of Indian students in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 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. Its main purpose is to spot mathematical talent among pre-university students in the country.

Stages of Mathematics Olympiads 2018-19

The Mathematical Olympiad programme consists of following six stages.

Stage 1 – Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad

Stage 2 –Regional mathematical Olympiad

Stage 3 – Indian National Mathematical Olympiads

Stage 4 – IMO Training Camp

The top students from the INMO (approximately 35) are invited for the fourth stage, the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) held at HBCSE during 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 perfromance 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 – Pre-Departure Camp

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

Stage 6 – International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

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

Science Olympiads 2018-19

The National Science Olympiad starts with an examination held at nearly 1400 schools across the country and culminates with the international Olympiads at different corners of the world. The national level examinations are designed to assess the conceptual understanding, logical reasoning, laboratory skills, and above all, ability to apply problem-solving skills to novel situations, both theoretical and experimental. Training is included from the third stage of the programme and the first two stages do not necessarily require any specialised coaching outside the regular school system.

Stages of Science Olympiads 2018-19

The Science Olympiad programme consists of following six stages.

Stage 1 – National Standard Examination

Stage 2 – Indian National Olympiad

Stage 3 – Orientation-cum-Selection Camp

Stage 4 – Pre-Departure Camp

The selected Indian teams undergo a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment and in 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 – International Science Olympiad

The Olympiad programme culminates 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. Almost every Indian student who has participated in the Science and Astronomy Olympiads has returned with a medal.

Eligibility for Mathematical Olympiad

Candidates born on or after August 1, 1999 and studying in Class 8,9,10,11 or 12 are eligible to write PRMO 2018. Further, the candidates must be Indian citizens.

Eligibililty for Science Olympiad

National Standard Examinations in Astronomy (NSEA), Biology (NSEB), Chemistry (NSEC), Junior Science (NSEJS), and Physics (NSEP) constitute the first stage of selection of students in the National Olympiad Programme. Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the programme and participating in the international Olympiads in 2019 must enroll for the NSEs in the respective subjects to be held in 2018.

Eligiblity for NSE and Subsequent Stages has been given below:

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics:

1 Must be eligible to hold an Indian passport.

  • As per the orders of the Madras High Court, OCI students will NOT be eligible for selection to the Indian team in the International Olympiads. However, such students are provisionally eligible for selection at all prior stages, up to and including the OCSC (stage III), provided they fulfill all other criteria. They are also provisionally eligible to write the selection tests at the OCSC. This policy is subject to revision without prior notice depending on any further orders issued by the courts, or by a competent government authority.

2. Date of birth between 1 July 1999 and 30 June 2004, both days inclusive.

3. Must be residing and studying in India since 30 November 2016 or earlier. OR Must be studying in an Indian school system since 30 November 2016 or earlier.

4. Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 12 board examination earlier than 30 November 2018.

5. Must not have commenced (or planning to commence) studies in a university or equivalent institution by 1 June 2019.

6. Must not be appearing in NSEJS 2018.

Junior Science:

  1. Must be eligible to hold an Indian passport.
  • As per the orders of the Madras High Court, OCI students will NOT be eligible for selection to the Indian team in the International Olympiads. However, such students are provisionally eligible for selection at all prior stages, up to and including the OCSC (stage III), provided they fulfill all other criteria. They are also provisionally eligible to write the selection tests at the OCSC. This policy is subject to revision without prior notice depending on any further orders issued by the courts, or by a competent government authority.

2. Date of birth between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2005, both days inclusive.

3. Must be residing and studying in India since 30 November 2016 or earlier. OR Must be studying in an Indian school system since 30 November 2016 or earlier.

4. Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 10 board examination earlier  than 30 November 2018.

5. Must not be appearing in any of NSEA, NSEB, NSEC or NSEP 2018.

Enrollment for Science Olympiad

Enrollment at student’s own school/collegeA student can enrol 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.

Enrollment 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: www.iapt.org.in by 2 September 2018.

Note:

All students registered from states other than the state of their School are required to send the scanned copy of the NSE admit card, and the school ID by email to [email protected] on or before 15 December 2018; else they will be disqualified.

Enrollment fees: Rs. 150/- per student per subject to be paid to the centre in-charge of the NSE registration centre.

NSE centre registration: Any state recognised school/college is eligible to become a NSE centre with a minimum enrolment of 20 students, subject to approval by Chief Coordinator, IAPT Examinations. Online NSE centre registration on the IAPT website will start on 1 August, 2018.

Syllabus

Syllabus for Science Olympiad

ExaminationFirst and Second Stage
NSEA and INAOIs 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.
NSEB AND INBOIs broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE.
NSEC AND INCHOIs broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE.


NSEJS AND INJSO

Is broadly equivalent to 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.


NSEP AND INPHO

Is broadly equivalent to senior secondary level (up to and including Class XII) of CBSE.


Third Stage Science Olympiad Syllabus

Equivalent to respective International Olympiad Syllabus.

Mathematics Olympiad Syllabus

The syllabus for Mathematical Olympiad (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, 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 major areas from which problems are given are algebra, combinatorics, geometry and number theory . The syllabus is in a sense spread over Class XI to Class XII levels, but the problems under each topic involve high level of difficulty and sophistication. The difficulty level increases from RMO to INMO to IMO.

For more details regarding Olympiad 2018-19 –

Official Website: www.olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in

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