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1 
Students of which class are eligible to write mathematical olympiad ? 
Students of Class VIII to XII (812) are eligible to appear for the first stage of mathematical olympiad provided they fulfill other criteria. 

2 
Is a student who takes a break after passing Class XII (12)(Board Exam) and is not enrolled in University or planning to take Class 12 exam again (for improvement) eligible to appear? 
NO. If you have passed Class 12, you are no longer eligible, even if you have taken a break and not enrolled in college, or if you are planning to take Class 12 exam for improvement. 

3 
What are the eligibility criteria to appear for mathematical olympiads ? 
https://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in/howtoparticipate/eligibility/mathematicalolympiad/ 

4 
What are the different stages of mathematical Olympiads? Full forms: PRMO: PreRegional Mathematical Olympiad [Organized by MTA(I)] RMO : Regional Mathematical Olympiad IOQM: Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics [Organized by MTA(I)] INMO : Indian National Mathematical Olympiad IMOTC: International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp PDC : PreDeparture Camp IMO: International Mathematical Olympiad 
Students should qualify different stages (14 listed below) of the national mathematical olympiad to participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad(IMO).


5 
What is the pattern of questions in the Mathematical Olympiad? Is there any negative marking? Where can I find previous year’s question papers? 
Pattern for 202223 year
Previous year’s question paper is available on following website: https://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in/howtoprepare/pastpapers/ 

6 
What is the syllabus for the Mathematical Olympiad ? 
Predegree college mathematicarithmetic of integers, geometry, quadratic equations and expressions, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, system of linear equations, permutations and combination, factorization of polynomial, inequalities, elementary combinatorics, probability theory and number theory, finite series and complex numbers and elementary graph theory. The syllabus does not include calculus and statistics. The major areas from which problems are given are algebra, combinatorics, geometry and number theory . The syllabus covers a few topics from the curricula of Class X to Class XII, but the problems under each topic involve a high level of difficulty and sophistication. The difficulty level increases from RMO to INMO to IMO. 

7 
Where can I register for the first stage of mathematical olympiads? 
You can register online on the following website : https://www.mtai.org.in/ OR https://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in/ 

8 
Can I select the exam center of my choice? 
You can indicate your preference of exam centre during registration; although every effort will be made to allot you a preferred centre, this cannot be guaranteed. 

9 
What is the registration fee for PRMO / IOQM? 
₹200/ The fee is charged for the first stage, there are no fees for subsequent stages if qualified. 

10 
How do I identify my region of selection? 
Your region will be identified as per your school pincode & as per the region definition recommended by NBHM. 

11 
Will I get Certificate at PRMO/IOQM stage? 
Yes, provided the student qualifies the criteria set by the Mathematical Teachers’ Association (India) (MTA (I)). The certificates will be distributed electronically. No hardcopy of the certificate will be sent to your address. 

12 
Will I get Certificate if I clear RMO and qualify for INMO? 
Yes. The respective regional coordinators will issue certificates to students who have qualified RMO. Students are advised to contact regional coordinators for RMO certificates. List of Regional Coordinators – Click here 

13 
Will I get Certificate if I qualify for IMOTC by clearing INMO? 
Yes. Top 30 students – Class 811. Top 6 students – Class 12 Top 5 girl students excluding those in above 30+5 Will get INMO Awardee (IA) Certificate. 

14 
Is there a special provision for Girl’s appearing for mathematical olympiads? 
Top 5 girl students excluding those in above 30+5 Will get INMO Awardee (IA) Certificate. 

15 
Is it possible to obtain previous year’s admit card / hall ticket for any stage of mathematical olympiad examinations? 
No. Students are advised to retain their admit card for future needs. The request to generate admit cards again will not be entertained for any stages of mathematical olympiads. 

16 
Can I apply for reevaluation? 
Yes, students can apply for reevaluation. The window period for reevaluation will be published/updated on our website : https://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in 

17 
Can I appeal again after reevaluation? 
NO. Once the marks are finalized after reevaluation, there will be no change in whatsoever manner. Please note that no query or representation in this regard will be entertained. 

18 
Where can I get past question papers? 
https://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in/howtoprepare/pastpapers/ 

19 
From where can I purchase Olympiad books? 
https://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in/howtoprepare/olympiadbooks/ 

20 
Are Home School students eligible to appear for mathematical olympiads? 
Yes, provided they fulfill all other eligibility criteria. 

21 
Is there any training conducted by HBCSE for students who appear for mathematical olympiads? 
Yes


22 
What are the career opportunities if we clear PRMO, RMO, INMO? 
The Olympiads do not lead directly to any career benefits; rather, they provide a stimulus to begin a career in science or mathematics, to undertake a lifelong journey into the realms of exciting intellectual challenges. 

23 
Can I represent India at International Olympiads in multiple subjects organized by HBCSE? 
No, not in the same year. In a particular year, based on your preferences during registration, you can appear in multiple subjects upto prefinal stage i.e INMO level. A student can participate in the orientation/training/selection of only one subject (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, junior science) according to a preference order decided by the student himself/herself. Hence, if selected to the final Indian team, he/she can represent India at the International Olympiads in any one subject. However, students can represent India at other International Olympiads not organized by HBCSE (APhO, Earth Science, Informatics, IAO) provided the dates of international events do not clash. 

24 
Can an OCI/PIO appear for mathematical olympiads? 
https://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in/howtoparticipate/eligibility/scienceolympiad/ 

25 
Are students who are enrolled in a polytechnic diploma (diploma after 10th) eligible for PRMO/IOQM ? 
Students admitted for 3 years Diploma after Class X are not eligible to enroll for IOQM/PRMO 

26 
Is a student with an Indian passport enrolled in a foreign board abroad eligible to participate in the Mathematical Olympiad? 
NO. 

27 
Is a student with an Indian passport studying in the Indian school system abroad, eligible to participate in a mathematical olympiad? 
YES, provided he/she fulfills other eligibility criteria. 

28 
Is a student with an Indian passport studying in India enrolled in foreign board eligible to participate in a mathematical olympiad? 
YES, provided he/she fulfills other eligibility criteria. 
 HBCSE reserves the right to change any of the criteria/policies mentioned above.
** The above FAQs is based on the usual procedure of mathematical olympiads. For the pandemic years PRMO and RMO were clubbed as IOQM. The eligibility criteria for IOQM remains the same.