In the previous years, there was a general four-stage procedure for the selection of the teams to represent India at the IMO 2021 and EGMO 2022. The selection method for the 2020-2021 cycle has been consolidated to a three-stage process as an exception solely for this year.
The three stages will be:
Stage 1: A three-hour exam known as the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM) organised by the Mathematics Teachers’ Association (India) (MTA(I)).
Stage 2: The Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) organised by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (HBCSE – TIFR).
Stage 3: The International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) organised by HBCSE.
- Stage 1 – IOQM will have 30 questions with every question having an integer answer within the range of 00-99. The syllabus and level of examination will be the same as per PRMO (Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad) of previous years.
- Stage 2 – INMO will be a four-hour exam with six questions. The syllabus and level of examination will be the same as that of the INMO of previous years.
- The IOQM will be carried by the MTA(I) with the assistance of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) and HBCSE.
- The INMO and the consequent stages of the Olympiad programme will be carried out by HBCSE.
- Online registration for IOQM is estimated to start on the IAPT website (iaptexam.in) from October 15, 2020. Further confirmation related to this with detailed information about the eligibility criteria and enrollment process for IOQM will be published shortly. Although, these are assumed to be similar to previous years.
The tentative timeline of IOQM & INMO examinations are stated below:
- The tentative schedule for IOQM is Sunday, January 17, 2021, from 9:00 – 12:00 hrs.
- The tentative schedule for INMO is Sunday, March 7, 2021, from 12:00 – 16:00 hrs.
- The schedules are tentative and can change at short notice, depending on the countrywide pandemic situation.
- There won’t be any exam similar to the Regional Mathematical Olympiad for the 2020-2021 cycle. The detailed guidelines for qualification from IOQM to INMO and from INMO to IMOTC will be declared soon.
- The programme for stages beyond INMO will be published later at an appropriate time.