FAQs on International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)

Discover everything you need to know about IMO with our curated FAQs for school students. From eligibility and participation to exam format, syllabus, preparation, and awards, get answers to all your questions.


What is the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)?

The IMO is a prestigious mathematics competition held annually for school students. Its aim is to identify and encourage mathematical creativity and talent in young students worldwide. More details >>

Who can participate in the IMO?

Students from classes 1 to 12 can participate in the IMO. The competition has two levels - Level 1 for classes 1 to 12 and Level 2 for students from classes 3 to 12 who qualify in Level 1.

How can I participate in the IMO?

Students can participate in the IMO through their schools, which can register for the competition via the official Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) website. Registration process >>

What is the syllabus for the IMO?

The syllabus covers math topics taught in school up to class 12, including number theory, algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and probability. Class-wise syllabus >>

How is the IMO conducted?

The IMO is a pen-and-paper based test consisting of multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, and long-answer questions. The exam has two levels, Level 1 conducted in schools and Level 2 conducted at a national or international level.

When is the IMO conducted?

Level 1 is usually held in December, and Level 2 is held in January.

How can I prepare for the IMO?

Practice mathematical problems, solve sample papers, take mock tests, and refer to study materials and books recommended by SOF. Free IMO Study materials >>

How are the results of the IMO announced?

The results are announced in January and are sent to schools and uploaded on the SOF website.

What are the awards and prizes for the IMO?

Top-performing students receive medals, certificates, and cash prizes at both national and international levels.



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