International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)

The IMO (International Mathematics Olympiad) is a means to identify and encourage the mathematical creativity of children in schools across India and abroad. The 13th IMO will be on-line exams. Selected students will visit assigned computer centers at allocated time to appear for the exam. Students must report at the exam center at least 30 minutes before the commencement of exam. Rough sheets for calculation will be provided in the exam hall. These must be returned to the invigilator before leaving the hall.

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13th International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) 2019 – 2020

Exam Name  Date
13th IMO (1st Level) Exam 05 Dec and 17 Dec 2019
13th IMO (2nd Level) Exam 2nd / 3rd Sunday of Feb 2020.
13th IMO Result To be announced

Registration of Students: The SOF IMO is open to the students of classes 1 to 12. The Prospectus containing the Registration forms are sent to all schools registered with SOF. Schools not registered may also request for prospectus by sending an e-mail at [email protected]/ phone call. Schools must return the registration forms to SOF, duly filled in and complete in all respects by the due date.

Roll Numbers: The school’s coordinating teacher will generate the students’ Roll Numbers as per the guidelines given. A copy of these roll numbers along with the Students’ Registration Sheet (SRS) and School Registration Form (SRF) should be sent to the Foundation’s office before the due date of submission of forms.

Fees: Schools in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan & Nepal pay to SOF a registration fee of Rs 125* (including GST) per student / Olympiad towards the cost of the examination. Schools may charge an additional Rs 25** per student towards honorarium of in charge, remuneration to teachers to teach and guide, and for other expenses. No fee is payable for students suffering from any major physical disability, or an Indian student whose parent was martyred during defence operations.

*US$9 for other countries.
**US$1 for other countries.

Examination Pattern and Scheme

The International Mathematics Olympiad invites students from classes 1st to 12th to participate and excel at International level. The competition is in two levels.

Level 1: The first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during school hours.

  • The Level 1 competition is an objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 1 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12.
  • The question paper consists of four sections:
    • Section-1: Logical Reasoning
    • Section-2: Mathematical Reasoning
    • Section-3: Everyday Mathematics
    • Section-4: Achievers Section
SOF IMO
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
  • There are separate question papers for each class.
  • The medium of the test in English.
  • CBSE, ICSE/ISC, and State Board syllabus is followed for setting the test papers.
  • The exam is conducted during school hours.

Level 2: The Level 2 is conducted for students of class 3 to class 12. The qualifiers to the second round would include the following:

  • Top 5% of candidates class wise who appear for the 1st level exam. Due to weightage of marks scored in different sections will be given. Each section is accorded separate weightage.
  • Top 25 rank holders class wise & Zone wise.
  • Class topper where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam & scores 50% qualifying marks. In case registration is received section wise, top rank holder, irrespective of the section will qualify for the 2nd level. For section wise registrations, winner(s) of the gold medal may not necessarily qualify for the second level.
Class Section No. of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks
3 & 4 Mathematics 30 1 30
Achievers Section 5 2 10
Grand Total 35 40
5 to 12 Mathematics 45 1 45
Achievers Section 5 3 15
Grand Total 50 60

Clarifications: Any clarification regarding rules, format/pattern of the paper, etc., may be sought from SOF through phone-call/fax – 0124-4951200 or email at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a student benefit by taking IMO? 

Participants of Olympiads are ranked on the basis of marks obtained. Hence, after taking the first level of the test, students can judge themselves academically at four different levels – within the school, at city level, at zonal level and above all at International level.

Each student is provided a Student Performance Report (SPR). The SPR analyses the strong and weak areas of the student and also gives a detailed performance comparison of the student vis-à-vis other students at School, City, Zonal and International level. Analysis of the student’s past 8 years’ performance is also provided.

Who are all eligible to sit for the IMO?

Students of classes 1 to 12th are eligible to appear for the 1st level IMO. For National Cyber Olympiad, students from class 2 onwards are eligible to appear for the 1st level. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. 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. IEO is a single level exam.

I am interested to take part in the IMO. Tell me how will I come to know about the details of the exam?

All the relevant information is sent to the schools registered with us across countries, along with prospectus, registration forms, posters and other details before the first round of exams and then as the date and venue of the second level is decided, the information is sent to the relevant schools again. The students come to know about the necessary details from their school teachers or through the Foundation’s official website www.sofworld.org or through the foundation’s facebook page facebook.com/sofworld.

Are there any special books which the participants should refer to for the IMO preparation?

In general, NCERT books/course books prescribed by the CBSE/ICSE/STATE BOARDS may be referred to for the preparation. We also have the following books/materials for Olympiad preparation:

    • MTG Class wise Workbooks (For Class 1 to 12)
    • SOF Olympiad Trainer’ Mobile Apps
    • OSDS (Olympiad Skill Development System)
    • Previous Years’ Papers
    • Olympiads’ Books of Reasoning (for preparation for the reasoning section of Olympiads)
    • The 100 Percent Real Test Papers
  • E-Quiz

Additionally, class XI and XII students can refer to the various publications like Chemistry Today, Biology Today, Mathematics Today and Physics For You and MTG books which contain useful matter including solved and model test papers of various National and International Olympiads.

I and few of my friends are interested to take part in the IMO but our school has not yet received any information regarding the Olympiad. What can we do?

Please let us know the name, e-mail ID, complete address of your school along with name and contact details of the principal. We will send detailed information and registration forms to your School so that your Principal / Olympiad Teacher-in-charge can register your names for the exam.

My school does not want to register for the IMO, but I am very eager to write the exam. Can I do it on my own?

SOF does not encourage individual participation. Students have to register through their schools only.

I have already appeared for the IMO while I was in a lower class? Can I appear again?

Certainly. This will give you an opportunity to improve your previous rankings, and if you are successful in doing so, you will again be eligible for certificates and prizes.

My school has already dispatched the registration form. I am left out and I want to register myself for the IMO. What should I do?

You can request your school authority to send your relevant details and fee immediately to us. We will accept it if it reaches us before the last date of registration (usually 30 days before the exam).

My school does not want to register for the Olympiads, but I am very eager to write the exam. Can I do it on my own?

SOF does not encourage individual participation. Students have to register through their schools only.

I have still not received my Roll No. / Admit Card / Participation Certificate. I have checked from my school authorities and they are also not in receipt of the same. Kindly advise what to do?

Please request your Principal / Mathematics Teacher to inform us about the non-receipt of the above. We will send duplicate copies to your school as soon as we hear from them.

We have come to know about your Foundation and we are interested. How do we enroll our school with you?

Send us the complete address of your school in the following format and we will send relevant information and registration forms to you at the appropriate time.
School Name, Postal Address, School E-mail, Principal’s Name, Phone Number & Principal’s E-mail ID.

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