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The HBCSE, or Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, is a nationwide centre of the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). The main objectives of the HBCSE are to promote equity and excellence in Science and Mathematics education from primary school to the undergraduate college level, as well as to promote the rise of scientific literacy in the country.
The HBCSE administers Science and Mathematics Olympiad exams to school students to select candidates to compete in International Olympiads. There were two different tests, PRMO (first stage) and RMO (second stage), until last year, and then they were combined to form IOQM (Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics). As a result of the pandemic, PRMO and RMO were joined as IOQM exam.
The PRMO (Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad) was the first level of the Mathematics Olympiad and was administered by the Mathematics Teachers’ Association (MTA). However, the Homi Bhabha Centre was administering the remaining rounds of Science Education (HBCSE).
Students must have qualified in PRMO to advance to the next round or the RMO exam. However, in the last two years, both exams have been combined to form the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM).
|Name of the Scholarship Exam||Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad|
|Commonly known as||PRMO exam (now known as IOQM)|
|Exam Conducting Body||Mathematics Teachers’ Association|
|Meant for||Educational scholarship for exam qualifiers|
|Exam Date||October 30, 2022 (Concluded)|
|Number of Stages||5|
|Eligibility||Students from class 8th to 12th|
|Number of Students to be selected for RMO||Class 8 to 11 – 300 studentsClass 12 – 60 students|
Candidates can check brochure for IOQM (PRMO and RMO) exam that HBCSE releases on the official website.
The IOQM PRMO and RMO exam pattern 2023 will be released soon by the Indian Olympiad in Mathematics (IOQM). Every year, IOQM exams are conducted for students who wish to participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The IOQM PRMO and RMO exam pattern 2023 will be released on the official website and available for download in PDF format.
The IOQM exam pattern will include the number of questions, time limit, and other important instructions. Candidates preparing for the IOQM PRMO and RMO exams must start their preparation as soon as possible and ensure they are well-versed with the exam pattern.
IOQM is the first level of the Mathematics Olympiad. The exam authorities have introduced many changes to the exams. The examination has undergone a major change in its exam pattern, and the number of stages has been reduced compared to previous years’ exams.
The total duration of the IOQM exam will be 3 hours. This exam will be organised together by the Mathematics Teachers Association of India (MTAI), Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) and the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research – TIFR).
IOQM will follow the PRMO pattern. There are 30 questions in the examination, and the answers to these questions should be marked on an OMR sheet. The instructions on the question paper and the OMR sheet should be read carefully before starting to answer the questions. The answer to each question is either a single-digit or a two-digit number. The questions are in English and Hindi.
|Types of Question||No of Question||Marks per Question||Total Marks|
The exam had six stages for selecting candidates to represent India at the International Level Mathematics Olympiad. However, the selection process has changed. Below we have provided information about the regional Mathematics olympiad, international Mathematics olympiad, and more. The six different stages of the exam are as follows:
Stage 1-Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM)
The Indian Maths olympiad is a 3-hour examination that contains a total of 30 questions. The standard of this exam will be the same as that of previous years. Each question in the paper has an integer answer in the 00-99. Candidates who perform well in the IOQM will be qualified for the next stage of the exam, that is, INMO (Indian National Mathematical Olympiad).
Stage 2-Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)
It is a 4-hour examination that contains a total of 6 questions. The syllabus and the difficulty level of this examination will be the same as that of the previous year’s INMO.
Candidates selected for the INMO must prepare according to the following rules.
Stage 3– Orientation Cum Selection Camps (OCSC)
The student needs to undergo theoretical and experimental sessions in this stage. Only about 35 to 40 students from all over India compete against each other to be eligible for Pre Departure Camp. Orientation is provided to students in these camps for the Olympiad level of theoretical, experimental, and observational (for astronomy) tasks.
Stage 4– Pre Departure Camp
Only 4 to 6 students selected in stage 2 will undergo some particular training programme at HBCSE in theory and practicals before the departure to compete at the International level. HBCSE has developed some special laboratories for this purpose. Authority persons from different institutions across the country are invited to these training camps.
Stage 5– International Olympiad
The Olympiad programme ends up with the participation of the Indian students (4 to 6 students) in the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad), and they are accompanied by 2 to 4 mentors.
The syllabus for IOQM is the same as that of the PRMO. According to the HBCSE, below is the list of important topics for the IOQM syllabus:
|Important Topics For The IOQM Syllabus|
|Trigonometry||Inequalities||Arithmetic of Integers||Elementary Graph Theory|
|Geometry||Permutations and Combination||Quadratic Equations and Expressions||Elementary Combinatorics|
|Probability Theory||Finite Series and Complex Numbers||Number Theory||Factorization of Polynomial|
|System of Linear Equations||Coordinate Geometry||–||–|
Students can check the IOQM class-wise marks distribution from the table below:
|Class||Number of Questions||Total Number of Marks|
Students can check the IOQM syllabus for classes 8, 9, 10 and 11.
|Class||IOQM Exam Syllabus|
Linear Equations in One Variable
Permutations and Combination
Square root & Cube Root
Elementary Graph Theory
|Class 9||Number System
Linear Equations in Two Variables
Surface Area & Volume
Areas of Parallelograms and Triangles
|Class 10||Real Numbers
Surface Area & Volume
Linear Equation in Two Variables
|Class 11||Permutations and Combination
Finite series and Complex Numbers
Sequence & Series
Quadratic Equations and Expressions
Factorisation of Polynomial
IOQM exam will be conducted with a total of 30 questions, where all the answers will be between 0-99. There will be no negative marking system.
|Class||Number of Questions||Total Number of Marks Allotted|
In the following table, candidates can check the dates for the IOQM PRMO and RMO 2022-23 exam:
|Exam Events||Exam Dates|
|Start Date of IOQM registration 2022-23||August 8, 2022|
|Last Date to Apply for IOQM application||September 19, 2022|
|IOQM Exam Date||October 30, 2022|
|IOQM Final Answer Key||December 2022|
|IOQM Result 2022-23||December 2022|
|INMO Exam Date (Second Stage)||January 15, 2023|
Authorities released the IOQM exam (First Stage) 2022-23 admit card on October 18, 2022. The exam is now over. The students who passed the exam and whose names will be present in the IOQM merit list will be eligible to take the INMO 2022-23 exam, which is the next stage exam.
Authorities will likely release the admit card for INMO 2022-23 at least one week before the exam date. So, we recommend candidates to bookmark this article and keep visiting the official website for latest update.
Check the table below for IOQM PRMO and RMO exam 2022-23 admit card details:
|Release of IOQM 2022-23 Admit Card (First Stage)||October 18, 2022 (Released)|
|Release of INMO 2022-23 Admit Card (Second Stage)||To Be Announced|
It is no secret that the IOQM exams is among the most challenging Maths exams in the world. Every year, only a handful of students are able to secure a top score in this exam. This year, make sure you are one of them.
With the right study plan, you can maximise your score in the IOQM exam. Below, we have provided a detailed study guide on how to create a study plan that will help you ace the IOQM exam.
We have also listed some of the best preparation tips that you will need to make the most of your study time. So, if you are looking for a IOQM PRMO and RMO exam study plan to maximise score, then read on!
Below are some vital preparation tips for helping you design a study plan to ace in IOQM while balancing other activities:
Students can use the detailed study plan provided below to supplement the preparation tips and improve their exam readiness:
The IOQM exam (First Stage) 2022-23 was held on October 30, 2022. The results will likely be released in December 2022 on mtai.org.in. Candidates will be able to access their results using their roll number and Date of Birth (DoB). The authorities will release the IOQM exam result along with student’s responses and Cut-off marks.
Authorities have already released the final solutions for the IOQM 2022-23 exam on the official website. For your convenience, we have provided the IOQM final solutions PDF below:
|IOQM 2022-23 Exam||Answer Link|
|IOQM Final Answers and Explanations 2022-23||Get PDF|
Students can check the most frequently asked questions related IOQM 2023 here:
Q.1: Who can apply for the IOQM Exam?
Ans: Students of Classes 8-12 can apply for the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM). Initially there were PEMO an RMO exams, but now it is merged into IOQM.
Q.2: Can students from Kendriya Vidyalaya appear for IOQM Exam?
Ans: No, the students from Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) cannot appear for IOQM.
Q.3: How can I download the previous year’s question papers of IOQM?
Ans: The question papers of IOQM are available at Embibe and also on the HBCSE website.
Q.4: Are RMO and IOQM the same?
Ans: Until 2021, two independent tests were conducted: PRMO and RMO. The PRMO was the first stage, and the RMO was the second stage. These stages were merged to form Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM). This was done to reduce the student’s stress.
Q.5: Will IOQM be held online or offline?
Ans: The IOQM exam was conducted offline by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education in 2022 so the same will be continued in 2023 also.
The Olympiad exams are the best ways to enhance the student’s capability and real potential that brightens minds in mathematics and science worldwide. Each Olympiad exam is conducted by its own organising body, and a common set of rules and regulations are applicable.
Some Popular Scholarship Exams are:
There are various Olympiads held across the world; some of them are listed in the below table:
|Olympiad Exams||Exam Started (Year)|
|The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)||Since 1959 not held in 1980|
|The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)||Since 1967 not held in 1973, 1978, 1980|
|The International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)||Since 1968 not held in 1971|
|The International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)||1989|
|The International Biology Olympiad (IBO)||1990|
|The International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO)||1993|
|The International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO)||1996|
|The International Geography Olympiad (IGeo)||1996|
|The International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL)||2003|
|The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)||2004|
|The International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)||2007|
|The International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO)||2007|
The HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education) is the country’s main centre for Olympiad exams in Mathematics, Sciences and Astronomy. These programmes promote excellence in Mathematics and Science education among pre-university students.
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