Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) – International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)

The Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) is an annual mathematics competition for students of classes 1 to 12. The exam is conducted in multiple levels, with each level having a different syllabus and difficulty level. The IMO is a great opportunity for students to test their mathematical skills and compete against other students from around the world.

Website:

The official website of the NSO is https://sofworld.org/imo/about-imo-exam . The website contains information about the competition, including the syllabus, registration process, and past papers.

Mode:

The SOF IMO is a pen-and-paper exam. The exam is conducted in multiple levels, with each level having a different time limit. The exam is held in multiple cities around the world.

Application Process:

The application process for the IMO is online. Students can register for the competition on the SOF website. The registration fee starts from Rs. 150 and varies as per student class.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to participate in the NSO, students must:

  • Be a citizen of India
  • Be enrolled in a school in India
  • Be in grades 1-12
Syllabus:

The syllabus for the SOF IMO is different for each level. The syllabus for level 1 is based on the CBSE syllabus for classes 1 to 2. The syllabus for level 2 is based on the CBSE syllabus for classes 3 to 4. The syllabus for level 3 is based on the CBSE syllabus for classes 5 to 6. The syllabus for level 4 is based on the CBSE syllabus for classes 7 to 8. The syllabus for level 5 is based on the CBSE syllabus for classes 9 to 10. The syllabus for level 6 is based on the CBSE syllabus for classes 11 and 12.

When it is conducted:

The NSO is conducted annually. The school level test is usually conducted in October, the zonal level test is usually conducted in December, and the national level test is usually conducted in February. Please keep an eye on school notification and websites as registration via school will generally start from the month of June.

How to participate:

To participate in the NSO, students must:

  • Register online on the SOF website or school. depending on the instructions as per SOF website.
  • Pay the registration fee
  • Appear for the school level test
  • Clear the school level test to qualify for the zonal level test
  • Clear the zonal level test to qualify for the national level test

Prizes:

The NSO offers a number of prizes, including:

  • Gold medals for the top 100 students at the national level
  • Silver medals for the next 100 students at the national level
  • Bronze medals for the next 100 students at the national level
  • Merit certificates for all students who clear the national level test

Various Levels & Test Pattern:

The SOF International Mathematics Olympiad is divided into two levels:

Level 1: The initial phase of the competition takes place within the participants’ respective schools during regular school hours. Here are the key details:

  • The Level 1 competition consists of a 60-minute test comprising objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions. For students in classes 1 to 4, there are 35 questions, while for students in classes 5 to 12, there are 50 questions.
  • The question paper for Level 1 is divided into four sections:
    • Section-1: Logical Reasoning
    • Section-2: Mathematical Reasoning
    • Section-3: Everyday Mathematics
    • Section-4: Achievers Section
  • Each exam date has its own unique question paper.
  • The test is conducted exclusively in English.
  • The test papers are designed based on the syllabi of CBSE, ICSE/ISC, and State Boards.
  • Level 1 exams are held during regular school hours.

Level 2: The second level of the SOF International Mathematics Olympiad is specifically for students in classes 3 to 12. The qualifiers for the second round include the following:

  • International Level: The top 5% of candidates in each class who participate in the Level 1 exam at the international level.
  • Zone/State Level: The top 25 rank holders from each zone and class.
  • School Level: The class topper in schools where a minimum of 10 students from the class appear in the exam and score at least 50% of the qualifying marks.

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