- Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad
- Regional Mathematical Olympiad
- Indian National Mathematical Olympiad
- International Mathematical Olympiad
About International Mathematical Olympiad
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country. It is organized to spot mathematical talent in students. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents. The IMO Advisory Board ensures that the competition takes place each year and that each host country observes the regulations and traditions of the IMO. The stages towards IMO are as follows:
- Stage 1: Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)
This is held in India and is the first step for an Indian student to get a chance to represent India in the IMO. RMO is held in each region normally between September and the first Sunday of December each year. It is a 3-hour written test which contains about 6 to 7 problems. All high-school students up to class XII are eligible to appear for RMO. Based on their performance in RMO, a few students from each region are selected to appear for the second stage.
- Stage 2: Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)
INMO is conducted by the Mathematical Olympiad (MO) Cell of the Homi Bhabha Centre of the Science Education (HBCSE) under the aegis of the National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM). INMO is held on the first Sunday of February every year at different centres in different regions. It is a 4-hour written test. Only the top 30-35 performers in INMO receive a merit certificate.
- Stage 3: International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)
This is a training level for the INMO certificate awardees. They are invited for a month long training camp (for junior batch) conducted in May-June, each year. Also in addition, INMO awardees of the previous year who have satisfactorily completed the postal tuition throughout the year are again invited for a second round of training (called the senior batch).
- Stage 4: International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)
A leader and deputy leader are chosen by the NBHM from among mathematics teachers/researchers involved in the Mathematics Olympiad activity. The team selected at the end of the camp, the leader and the deputy leader, represent India at the IMO that is normally held in July in a different member country each year. The IMO consists of two written tests held on two days with a gap of at least one day. Both the tests are of four-and-a-half-hours.
Objective of the Lakshya Mathematical Olympiad Programme
- To identify talent and promote excellence in Mathematics
- To train a student in Problem solving at Mathematical Olympiad level which prepares them for perseverance required to use problem solving in all walks of life
- To create a foundation for IIT test prep as problem solving is quite similar to Olympiad problem solving
Benefits of the Programme
- Better Conceptual clarity in Mathematics
- Boosts critical thought process and reasoning ability
- Sharpens logical and analytical thinking
- Helps in choosing the right subject stream
- Makes the students competitive exam-ready for JEE, Medical entrance, etc.
- Improves time management