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International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)
How does a student benefit by taking IMO?

Participants of IMO are ranked on the basis of marks obtained. Hence, after taking the test, students can judge themselves academically at four different levels - within the school, at city and state level, and above all at International level. Finally students are suitably awarded based on their national ranking. Prizes include medals, trophies, books and magazines, cash prizes, computers, mobile phones, etc.. The prizes for the first 3 toppers of each class are awarded at a grand prize distribution ceremony presided over by an eminent personality. Rest of the prizes are either sent to the schools or can be collected from the Foundation office after announcement.


Who all are eligible to sit for the IMO?

Students of classes 2nd to 10th are eligible to appear for the IMO. There is no other eligibility criteria like minimum marks.


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 all over, along with prospectus and registration forms and posters before the first round and then as the date and venue of the second level is decided, the information is sent to the relevant schools. The students come to know about the necessary details from their school teachers or through the Foundation’s official website : www.sofworld.org

Myself 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 do we do?

Let us know the complete address of your school. We will send detailed information and registration forms to your School so that your Principal / Math Teacher can register your names for the exam.


What happens when I register online for the IMO?

When you register online and give us your complete school address, we immediately inform your school about your interest in participating and send detailed information and registration forms. Subsequently you have to get in touch with your school Principal/teacher.

What is the syllabus for the IMO?
syllabus of the IMO is the same as is prescribed by the CBSE, ICSE or various state boards.

Class 6:

Number operations, Indian and International System, Bodmas Rule, Factors and Multiples, divisibility tests, HCF and LCM, Natural and whole numbers, Integers and operations on integers, Fraction and Decimal Algebraic Expressions, Linear equations, Solving an Equation, Line, Line Segment and Ray, Angle, Triangle, Quadrilateral, Circles, Types of triangles, Types of quadrilaterals, Symmetry, Perimeter and Area, Frequency diagram, Pictograph, Bar Graphs.


Class 7:

Integers, Properties of integers, Fractions, Multiplication and division of fractions, Representation of rational numbers on number line, Operations of rational numbers, Multiplication and Division of decimals, Conversion of units, Powers and Exponents, Algebraic Expressions, Simple linear equations, Concept of percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple interest, Understanding shapes, Properties of triangle, Symmetry congruence of triangles, Perimeter and Area, Circles, Bar Graphs, Simple probability.


Class 8:

Squares and Square Roots, Cubes and cube roots, Exponents and Radicals, Profit, loss and discounts, Algebraic identities, Polynomials, Equations in one Variable, Parallel Lines, Special types of Quadrilaterals and their constructions, Circles, Areas, Surface Areas, Volumes, Statistics.


Class 9:

Irrational Numbers, Polynomials, Ratio and Proportions, Linear Equation in Two Variables, Percentage and its applications, Compound Interest, Lines, angles and triangles, Congruence of triangles, Inequalities in triangle, Parallelograms, Areas, Trigonometry, Mensuration of plane and solid figures, Statistics.


Class 10:

Linear Equations in Two Variables, Polynomials, Rational Expressions, Quadratic Equations, Arithmetic Progression (AP), Similar triangles, circles and their properties, trigonometric identities and problems related to height and distance, surface area and volumes of solid figures, coordinate geometry.

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

There are no special books as such. In general, NCERT books prescribed by the CBSE are sufficient for the preparation. Mathematics part of MTG Read ‘n’ Tick book NSO Work Book and NCO Work Book is helpful for preparation of IMO.For Class 8, 9, 10 Read1. MTG Mental Ability in 30 days.2. MTG Math IQ Challenge is extremely useful.

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.


My school has already despatched 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 exam relevant details and fee immediately to us. We accept it if it reaches us before the last date of registration (usually 4 weeks before the exam).

I am going to write the IMO for the first time. Can I get sample papers?

Sample Papers are sent to all the registered schools. SOF website also contains these papers.


What is the structure and pattern of the examination?

The participant has to answer 50 questions in 60 minutes (30 question for class 2 to 5). There will be a separate question paper for each class.
          Question paper will have three sections
          Section I – Mathematical Ability
          Section II – Logical and Analytical Reasoning
          Section III – Everyday Mathematics


When are the results of IMO declared?

Results of both the levels of IMO are declared within 7-8 weeks of the examination. The results are sent to the schools concerned. The results are also made available on our website.


I have taken part in the IMO Can I also take part in the National Science Olympiad (NSO) and National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)?

Although conducted by the same Foundation, IMO, NSO and NCO are three completely different competitions. The first is to find and recognise budding scientists from schools all over. On the other hand, The National Cyber Olympiad (NCO) is a testing platform for all those young, computer-savvy minds who may be interested to judge themselves on an international level. So, even if one has participated in the NSO, he/she can always take part in the NCO or IMO.

Do I have to regularly visit your website for the latest update of SOF activities?

All the important information regarding Olympiads, Seminars, etc., like date, time and venue is available on our website. So it is beneficial for you to surf our site.

I have cleared IMO and I have come to know from my school/from your website that I am eligible for an award. I am studying in a different school / passed out from school and pursuing further studies. Will I come to know about the date and venue of the presentation ceremony?

As soon as we finalise the date and venue of the presentation ceremony, we send out the information to the schools concerned and also to the winner’s residence addresses as available with us. So preferably please be in touch with your previous school. The information will also be put on the website.


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:
          Pin code:
          Phone No. with STD Code:

Is the IMO conducted in English only?

We have less than 50 students in our school who are interested to take part in the IMO. Can we still enroll for the test?

Less than 50 students a school is not viable for the Foundation to hold the exam. Hence at least 50 students should be enrolled from a school so that a school becomes a center.

Why do students of the same class with similar total marks have different rankings?

When the ranks are generated; score in Mathematical Ability Section is given priority. Hence, a student scoring higher marks in Mathematical Ability Section gets a higher ranking than his / her counterpart. Plus the students’ overall performance, at the school as well as at the state, city and school level, is also taken under consideration while ranking them.

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