Know about Olympiads

The Olympiad is the World Championship Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country. The first Olympiad was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents. The Olympiad Advisory Board ensures that the competition takes place each year and that each host country observes the regulations and traditions of the Olympiad.

List of Olympiads

CBSE Group Mathematical Olympiad (GMO)

Mathematical Olympiads are the competitions conducted by different organizations to identify, encourage, promote and nurture the talent in mathematics at state, regional, national and international levels. After having been accorded the status of an independent group by National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM) in 1997, Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi has been conducting CBSE group Mathematics Olympiad for students studying in its affiliated schools.

Objectives of Mathematical Olympiad

The role of mathematics cannot be denied in the age of rapid technological advancements and innovations. The broad objectives of conducting Mathematical Olympiad include:

  • Identifying talent in Mathematics providing opportunities to young and talented students to solve challenging problems in Mathematics.
  • Promoting excellence in Mathematics Encouraging talented students to pursue careers in the fields related to Mathematics.
Who can participate in cbse group mathematical olympiad?

Any student studying in class XII, XI, X or IX can participate in the competition. However, there will be a common question paper for all participants. Bright students from class VIII may also appear in RMO. A school can sponsor upto five students for the competition. The five students should be selected strictly on the basis of a screening test conducted by the school itself.

Fee to be paid

Every sponsored candidate shall remit a sum of Rs. 55/- as entry fee for the examination. The fee of the candidates should be forwarded by the principal of sponsoring school to the venue principal (centre) in the form of demand draft in favor of the principal of the venue school. The list of state coordinators (venue schools) appears at the end of this folder.

Syllabus and pattern of examination

There is no specific syllabus for the examination. Areas of school mathematics such as algebra, geometry, basic number theory, trigonometry, arithmetic, combinatorics etc. are to be prepared for the test. The question paper will consist of 6-7 questions of non-routine nature.

Conduct of GMO

The coordinator will act as the Centre Superintendent. For the examination at his/her centre. He/she will appoint invigilator as per CBSE examination norms. In addition to invigilators the Centre Superintendent may appoint one clerk/peon for the conduct of the examination.

Question paper

The question papers will be sent by CBSE to the state/regional coordinator directly in advance. The coordinator shall keep the sealed paper in his/her safe custody till the commencement of examination. The sealed packets containing the question paper should be opened only half an hour before the start of examination.

Merit list

The answer sheets of candidates who appear in CBSE GMO will be evaluated at CBSE Headquarters. CBSE will select 30 candidates strictly in order of merit. Only the selected candidates will be informed about the result and will be eligible to appear in the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad conducted by NBHM. The name of the selected candidates will be communicated to respective schools as well as NBHM for further necessary action.

IGNOU-UNESCO Science Olympiad

Introduction

The test for Science Olympiad will be conducted on 2-Tier basis:

  • First Tier test

    The First Tier test shall be taken by all participants in the respective centres chosen by them. This First Tier test is an objective test for 3 hrs with equal weight for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in terms of test time and marks. It is made up of multiple choice questions with varying degree of simplicity/ hardness. The test will focus on the general but deep understanding of subject materials and comprehension. The test items will be thought provoking. There will be negative marking for wrong choices. Answers are to be marked on OMR sheets for ready reckoning of marks.

  • Second Tier test

    From among the participants the top (about 30 to 40 meritorious students from all SAARC countries) will take the second Tier test by being invited to Delhi. It will test the participant’s higher level of understanding and problem solving capability. Each question may take 5-10 minutes again with equal weight for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Also there will be a question on broader understanding of science and society, which is restricted to 10-15 minutes. The total duration for this test will be 3 hrs. This test will be held in IGNOU, New Delhi.

Medium of Test:The medium of objective and written test will be English.

General Instructions for Registration
  • Registration for participation in this SCIENCE OLYMPIAD will be On-line in the given format.
  • Before applying for registration read the contents of the website carefully. If you fulfill the eligibility criteria keep ready a scanned image of your recent photograph in Passport Size.
  • Before registration, Indian Candidates applying individually must keep ready a Demand Draft of Indian Rupees 50/- (fifty only) from any bank payable to "Raman Chair, IGNOU, New Delhi" OR keep ready your credit card details if payment is to be made using a credit card
  • If applying for a group(Institution) the fee amount in multiple of Rupees 50/- for the candidates in the group may be submitted in the form of a single Demand Draft. Send the list of candidates mentioning their names and Registration No along with the consolidated Demand Draft.
  • Candidates belonging to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Srilanka need not to pay any fees. Their fee will be paid by the respective UNESCO National Commissions.
  • Start filling up the details and upload the photograph as per the instructions thereon. After all information are typed, activate the registration by pushing ‘FINISH” and wait for a moment. You will get a confirmed Registration / Hall Ticket.
  • Download the form which contains details including your photo. If you have paid it by DD , immediately send it along with a copy of your Registration Form BY POST to the following address: Head, Sir C. V. Raman Chair, School of Sciences , IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068, India
  • As soon as DD is received by the Raman Chair, your Registration will be confirmed in this Website, you can take the Print-Out of the Confirmation of your Registration. Those who have paid their Registration fees by Bank Draft, they can check the Registration Confirmation Status by clicking the Button "Registration Status" on the Home Page of the official Website.
Prizes & Awards

Top performing 1000 participants in the first tier test from all SAARC countries will receive Merit Certificates certified by both IGNOU and UNESCO citing the percentile of performance, an indication of their standing and potential in science.

About 30 to 40 most meritorious participants from all SAARC countries will receive medals and cash prize (quantum to be estimated soon) in an award ceremony in IGNOU, New Delhi. They will be provided full local hospitality and travel expenses.

The 5 most meritorious performers from Tier II test in Delhi will receive additional awards in cash or kind. They will again receive these awards in the same award ceremony.

Syllabus

Class IX: Science | Maths Class X: Science | Maths Eligibility: Students should currently (2010-2011 academic year) be enrolled at the 11th Standard/Class level in a higher Secondary School in India or its equivalent in Afghanistan, Bangladesh., Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Students must have appeared and passed in the science branch (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology i.e. MPCB or their equivalent) at their 10th Standard/Class (or its equivalent) final Examination and have scored a minimum of 70%. E.g. If your scores are M=80%; P=75%; C=65% and B=70% average score is 72.5% and you are eligible to participate. If your Scores are in grades as is prevalent in some school board, it should be B1 and higher. In case, PCB is considered as a single Science subject, then the average will be between mathematics and science. Example M=85% Science=75% Average Score =80%.

Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)

The Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) is an Olympiad in mathematics held in India.
The INMO examination is conducted by the MO Cell in February of every year. School students of any class (see below for more) first need to write the Regional Mathematical Olympiad of their respective state or region, usually held sometime between October and December of the previous year. Around thirty students are selected from each region, to write the INMO. Among these 400 or more students, a total of around thirty qualify the INMO.

The qualifying students are invited to a one month mathematics camp at the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education in Mumbai. In this camp, the students are taught Olympiad mathematics and some other general mathematics. Five selection tests are held during this period and the top six students in the selection tests qualify to represent India in the International Mathematical Olympiad

While the INMO is open to students of all classes, students in twelfth class are subject to some restrictions. Firstly, only six twelfth class students from every region can sit for the INMO. Secondly, only six students from twelfth class can qualify the INMO.

The INMO examination paper comprises six problems to be solved over a time of four hours. These problems are in the areas of algebra, geometry, number theory and combinatorics. No calculus is required, though calculus based approaches are allowed to solve problems.

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).

International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)

There are five stage process leading to International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) Stages
The Junior Science Olympiad program will follow the following 5 stages:

  • Stage I: National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS).
  • Stage II: Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO).
  • Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in junior science.
  • Stage IV: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IJSO.
  • Stage V: Participation in International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).

Stage- It will be entirely the responsibility of IAPT. All the remaining stages are organized by the HBCSE. The detailed information about eligibility and structure of the stages is given below:

  • Stage I: National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) NSEJS is the first stage of selection of students in the Junior Science Olympiad Programme. NSEJS is organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the programme must enroll for NSEJS. NSEJS is held at a large number of centres in the country.

    Syllabus:
    The syllabus for NSEJS is broadly equivalent to the secondary school level (upto Class X) of CBSE. The different basic subjects of science (physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics) will have roughly equal emphasis. This is only a broad guideline, and there is no detailed syllabus given for NSEJS.

    Qualifying for the Second Stage:
    Based on performance in NSEJS, the top 300 students in order of merit qualify to appear for the Second Stage of the Olympiad programme INJSO. In case there is a tie at the last position, all students with the same marks at this last position qualify for INJSO. All students who qualify to appear for INJSO get a certificate of merit from IAPT.
  • Stage II: Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO) INJSO is organized by HBCSE at about 15 centres in the country. Eligibility: Students selected from Stage I examination (NSEJS) are eligible to appear for INJSO. In addition those students who have been exempted as described in the Enrollment page are also eligible to appear for INJSO. Besides these two ways, there is no other way by which a student becomes eligible to appear for INJSO.
  • Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Junior Science
    OCSC in Junior Science will be organized by HBCSE sometime in April to June for 2-3 weeks. The precise dates will be announced prior to or along with the announcement of the selection list for the OCSC
  • Stage IV: Pre-departure Training (PDT) Camp for IJSO
    The selected 6 member student team undergoes a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment. Special laboratories are being developed at HBCSE for the purpose of experimental training. Resource persons from HBCSE and different institutions across the country will train the students.
  • Stage V: Participation in International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)
    The 6 member student team and 3 teacher leaders constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country. 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.

Selection Process

In India, the students are subjected to a test called AMTI, region-wise and then some of then are selected for RMO[Regional Mathematics Olympiad].Selected Students are subjected to INMO[Indian National Mathematics Olympiad], from which nationally 35-36 children are selected. They are subjected to a rigorous camp, from which 6 are selected to represent India at IMO.All the exams are rigorous and need a passion and a certain amount of intelligence to pass.

Awards

The participants are ranked based on their individual scores. Medals are awarded to the highest ranked participants, such that slightly less than half of them receive a medal.

Junior Mathematics Olympiad (JMO)

KVS Junior Mathematics Olympiad ELIGIBILITY 10th Class students who have secured Grade B2 in aggregate and Grade B1 in mathematics in 9th Class examination.

Syllabus

There is no fixed syllabus. Sound knowledge of Mathematics up to class 9th and Algebra of class 10th will be normally covered for KVS Jr. MATHEMATICS Olympiad. No routine problems are asked in Olympiad to asses the ability of students in Mathematics.

Registration fee

Rs.40/- (Rupees forty only) per student (To be sent along with Format for Registration (Annexure-I). Fee for SC/ST students will be paid out of Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi of the KV concerned.

Procedure for registration

The eligible & willing candidate has to register herself/himself on prescribed form. (Annexure-I). The school as well as the Regional Offices concerned will retain one copy of the Filled in Registration Forms for their record. However, a consolidated list of students, registered Vidyalaya-wise for the Olympiad should be sent to the undersigned in the format given in Annexure-VIII along with a single draft for the total amount collected as registration fee from all the students of the KVs of the Region concerned. The draft should be made in favour of “KVS, New Delhi” payable at New Delhi.

KVS Junior Science Olympiad (KVS-JSO)

The Olympiad will follow the following two stages:

  • Stage I: KVS Junior Science Olympiad (KVS-JSO)
  • Stage II: Orientation cum training Camp for top 100 performers in order of merit based on their performance in KVS-JSO for National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) conducted by Indian Association for Physics Teachers (IAPT).
    Initially the first 100 students shortlisted from stage-I will be registered to participate in National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) as per attached guidelines .After one year, KVS may conduct its own National Level Examination like Maths Olympiad. The students selected from stage I will be given rigorous training for their participation in Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO)

The detailed information about eligibility and structure of the stages is given below:

Stage I: KVS Junior Science Olympiad (KVS-JSO)

This is the first stage of selection of students. KVS-JSO will be conducted by the KVS regional office on a rotation basis. The first KVS- JSO will be conducted by KVS regional office Delhi (Coordinated by Principal, Kendra Vidyalaya Sector-2 R. K Puram, Near Saint Thomas Church, New Delhi- 110022).

Eligibility (KVS-JSO): All the regular students of Kendriya Vidyalayas who have passed Class IX with Grade_C1 in Science subject in the examination are eligible to appear in KVS-JSO. The first 100 students in the order of merit) will qualify for second stage.

Registration Fee: Rs.100/- (Rupees One Hundred only) per student.. Fee for SC/ST students will be paid out of Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi of the KV concerned.

Procedure for Registration: The eligible & willing candidate has to register herself/himself on prescribed form (Annexure-I). The school as well as in the Regional Office concerned will retain one copy of the filled in Registration Forms for their record.
However, a consolidated list of students, registered Vidyalaya-wise for the KVS-JSO Olympiad should be sent to the undersigned in the proforna given in Annexure-II along with single draft for the total amount collected as registration fee from all the students of the KVs of the Region concerned.
The draft should be made in favour of "KVS, New Delhi" payable at New Delhi.

Syllabus: The syllabus for KVS-JSO will be broadly equivalent to the secondary school level (up to Class X) of the CBSE. This is only a broad outline, and there is no detailed syllabus given for KVS-JSO.

Qualifying for the Second Stage: Based on the performance in KVS-JSO the top 100 students in order of merit in KVS-JSO will qualify to attend Orientation cum Training Camp to be organized by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for preparing them for National Standard Examination on Junior Science (NSEJS) conducted by Indian Association for Physics Teachers (IAPT).

Stage II: Training Program

The training program may be conducted in Autumn Break at selected centres.

Certificates and Prizes/Cash Awards

Students will be given cash awards and certificates at:

KVS State Level
1st award is Rs. 5000/-
2nd award is Rs. 4000/-
3rd award is Rs. 3000/-

Regional Level
1st award is Rs. 2000/-
2nd award is Rs. 1500/-
3rd award is Rs. 1000/-

The students eligible for both at KVS State and Regional level will get ONLY higher cash prize.

Junior Science Talent Search (JSTS) Exam

Junior science talent Search Examination (JSTS) for those students who are studying in any school under NCT Delhi in class IX standard. It is conducted by Science Branch, Directorate of Education, Delhi. Students who have scored 65% or above are eligible for JSTS examination.

National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)

Students of classes 2nd to 12th are eligible to appear for the NCO. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. The top 500 All-India ranked students of the first round from each class are eligible to appear in the 2nd level online / offline exam. Participants of NCO 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 and state level, and above all at All-India level. Finally students are suitably awarded based on their national ranking. Prizes include medals, books and magazines, cash prizes, computers, laptops, 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.

How to Participate?

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

  • The level 1 competition is a written objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 2 to class 12.
  • The question paper consists of : (A) Mental Ability, (B) Logical and Analytical Reasoning, (C) Computer and Information Technology
  • There are separate question papers for each class.
  • The medium of the test is English.
  • CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabus is followed for setting the test papers.
  • The exam is conducted during school hours, preferably between 10.00 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Level 2: Online Examination at Reliance web stores Top 500 Students of level 1 qualify for the level 2 from each class. For the level 2, admit card containing all information regarding exam Centre, date, timing, etc. is issued to the qualified students through their respective schools.

Registration of Students

The event is open to the students of classes 2 to 12 and registrations are received from the schools in the prescribed pro-forma. Registration sheet for the school / students and the information booklet are posted to the schools all over India. Minimum of 50 students need to be registered from each school for feasibility reasons. Students should be registered through the schools only. Individual registration by the student is not encouraged.

Fees

A nominal participation fee is charged from each student. Part of it is retained by the school for its expenses as exam Centre. Details about the fee / mode of payment etc. are given in the School Registration Forms sent to schools.

National Informatics Olympiad (NIO)

The Central Board of Secondary Education will be conducting the National Informatics Olympiad in collaboration with the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS), Mumbai, across the country and abroad. The examination for the same will be held in two stages. The examination will be open to all the students of classes VIII to XII studying in CBSE schools as well as other Boards in the country.

STAGE 1

The examination will be a written examination to test the aptitude of the students, their logical competence, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking.

STAGE 2

The candidates who qualify in the first stage examination as per the norms prescribed by the selection committee will appear in the second stage examination. Selected candidates will be called for intensive training for the final selection of the candidates for the International Olympiad. The Board is planning to conduct the examination in about 40 centres across the country and abroad. Each of these centres will have a coordinator cum Centre Superintendent who will be responsible for the conduct of the examinations.

Instructions to candidates
  • The duration of the examination is 3 hours.
  • Calculators, log tables and other aids are not permitted. The question paper carries 80 marks, broken up into four questions of 20 marks each. Each question has three parts. If you solve all three parts correctly, you get 20 marks for that question. Otherwise, you get 5 marks for each part that you solve correctly.
  • Attempt all questions.
  • There are no optional questions.
  • There is a separate Answer Sheet out your contact details on the Answer Sheet as completely and accurately as possible. We will use this information to contact you in case you qualify for the second round.
  • Please note that CBSE will not reimburse expenses incurred by the school on travel, accommodation.
Signature of the Principal

Note: Candidates should produce bonafide certificate with their photographs duly attested by the principal of the school at the examination centre.

National Science Olympiad (NSO)

National Science Olympiad is a aptitude competition which encourages students to learn important subjects like Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science.

This exam estimates the talent in student at national level which is totally different from exams at school or regional level. Therefore NSO will give an idea to student where he stand in national level and also increase the self confidence in them.

The exam will also help to schools in determining where they are lacking in science education by analyzing the scores there students scored in NSO.

The Syllabus for Science and Mathematics this Olympiad is same as of CBSE, ICSE and other state boards. Results are announced within 7-8 weeks of the exam.

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