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• Eligibility & participant selection process:-
The INMO is conducted by the MO which is held on the third Sunday of January at 30 centres across the country. Prospective candidates first need to write the Regional Mathematical Olympiad(known as RMO) of their respective state or region, usually held on the first Sunday of October of the previous year.
• Structure of the examination:-
The selected team of 6 students goes through another round of training and orientation for about 10 days before departure for IMO.
The six-member team selected at the end of IMOTC accompanied by a leader, a deputy leader and an observer represents the country at the IMO, held in July each year in a different member country of the IMO. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) finances international travel of the team, the leader and the deputy leader, while NBHM(DAE) finances the other expenditure connected with the international participation and the entire in-country programme.
》 Post IMOTC training of qualified candidates for subsequent seasons:-
Students who qualify the INMO once and come to attend the IMO Training Camp are sent postal problems during the period July – December that they have to solve and send back (if they are still in school). Based on their responses, some of the students are invited to the IMO Training Camp the next year directly. Others have to rewrite the INMO again (they do not have to write the Regional Mathematics Olympiad).
Students qualifying the INMO are automatically eligible for admission to the B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematics course in the Chennai Mathematical Institute.
Since 2008, INMO awardees applying for B. Stat or B. Math courses of the Indian statistical the institute is directly called for the interview without having to write the written test.
INMO awardees are also eligible for an NBHM scholarship that currently stands at about Rs. 2500 per month, if they continue their studies in mathematics. They are also offered a 4-year programme of training in Mathematics through correspondence and periodic contact with a chosen faculty. The programme is also available to INMO awardees who do not pursue an undergraduate degree in Mathematics but have a special interest in the subject. They are offered an annual cash award of Rs. 9,000 subject to satisfactory performance in the programme.
Students who make it to the IMO are eligible for the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) fellowship provided they pursue their studies in the science subjects in India. The fellowship amount stands at Rs. 5000 per month.
Indian team members who receive a gold, silver or bronze at IMO are given cash awards by the NBHM of Rs. 5,000, Rs. 4,000 and Rs. 3,000 respectively.
All travel expenses for the IMO Training Camp and all expenses for the IMO are borne by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
• How to Prepare For The Indian National Mathematics Olympiad:-
The International Maths Olympiad (IMO) is one of the most prestigious examinations at the college level. Every year, six of the most talented students in mathematics represent their country among nearly 100 competing countries. They solve a series of extremely challenging problems to fetch the coveted Gold Medal. These students are usually selected through a National Level Olympiad held in respective countries. In India, we have the Indian National Maths Olympiad (INMO) at the national level. INMO is the gateway to the IMO. About 30 candidates are shortlisted from all over the country through this test. These candidates are then further trained at the Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC), and six from amongst them are chosen to represent India at the IMO.
INMO is quite a difficult exam. It requires a special aptitude for mathematics as well as a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Students preparing for the Olympiads are usually pre-occupied with the entrance exam preparations. Hence, it is difficult for them to devote a significant amount of time to the Olympiad preparation. However, if you are a Math lover, then I would highly recommend appearing for these Olympiads as you will come across a lot of beautiful Mathematical ideas in these exams. It indeed offers a very enriching experience and also the knowledge it provides may come in handy later on in your education. Good Luck!
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