Olympiad: The Olympiad Exams are school-level Science and Maths exams conducted for the students of Class 1 to 12. The Olympiads are one of the most prestigious and competitive exams to crack. Although cracking this exam doesn’t directly contribute towards the career, it acts as a stimulus for students to choose their higher studies and career in the field of Science and Mathematics. It also helps students prepare for various other competitive exams of national and international levels.
Cracking the Olympiads is a matter of great honour and prestige, and it adds value to the resume of the candidates. Students who crack Olympiads also get an edge over others when it comes to admission to schools and colleges as well as jobs.
The Olympiads exams are at conducted both national and international levels. The national Olympiads in India, which connects to International Olympiads, is administered by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). In this article, we will provide you with all the necessary information about the Olympiads in India.
Olympiad Exams In India
Before getting into the details, let’s have an overview of the National Olympiad Program in India”
|Name of the Program||Olympiads|
|Nodal Centre in India||Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE)|
|Exams Conducted||Science Olympiad & Mathematics Olympiad|
|Subjects||Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science, Physics, & Mathematics|
|Participating Students||Students of Class 1 to 12|
|Type of Exam||National Level|
|Frequency||Once a Year|
|Number of Stages||Five for Science Olympiads and Six for Maths Olympiad|
As mentioned above, the National Olympiad Program in India has two exams:
- National Science Olympiad
- National Mathematical Olympiad
Let us now look into the details of each of the two exams.
National Science Olympiad
The National Science Olympiad which culminates with the International Olympiads has five stages. Students from around 1400 schools from all over the country participate in the exam. The exam is conducted for five subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, and Junior Science. The syllabus of National Science Olympiad is based on the syllabus of Class XII (for Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Class X (for Junior Science) of CBSE. However, the difficulty level of the questions are far higher than that of regular school and even board exams. The questions test the students of their conceptual knowledge, application and analytical skills, critical thinking ability, experimental and observational abilities, and problem-solving skills.
The five stages of the exam are as under:
National Science Olympiad Stage 1: National Standard Examination
This is the Preliminary exam of the Science Olympiads. The details are tabulated below:
|Name of the Exam/Stage||National Standard Examination (NSE)|
|Organizing Body||Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT)|
|Exam Conducting Body||Chemistry – Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT)
Biology – Association of Teachers in Biological Science (ATBS)
Physics, Astronomy, Junior Science – Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT)
|Approximate Number of Participants||Anywhere Between 20,000 to 60,000|
|Type of Questions||Objective Type Questions|
|Language||English/Hindi (For Physics, Addition Languages Available)|
|Exam Conducted in the Month||November|
National Science Olympiads Stage 2: Indian National Olympiad
Shortlisted students from NSE, around 300 in each subject, appear for the Indian National Olympiad. The details of this stage are as under:
|Name of the Exam/Stage||Indian National Olympiad (INO)|
|Conducting Body||Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE)|
|Approximate Number of Participants||Around 300 per Subject|
|Type of Questions||Objective Type Questions and Long Answer Type Questions|
|Syllabus||Same as NSE|
|Exam Conducted in the Month||January|
National Science Olympiads Stage 3: Orientation-cum-Selection Camps (OCSCs)
Around 30-50 shortlisted students from from each subject are invited for this stage which is held at HBCSE. In this stage, orientation is provided to the students with special emphasis on conceptual knowledge and problem-solving abilities. Students are also exposed to various experiments as well as observational tasks. Theoretical and experimental tests are conducted and based on their performance, 4 to 6 students are shortlisted for the next round. This stage is conducted in April/May/June.
National Science Olympiads Stage 4: Pre-Departure Camp
Here, the selected students from the previous stage undergo rigorous training at HBCSE. The training involves both theory and practical/experiments (observational astronomy for students participating in Olympiads for Astronomy). The training sessions are conducted by teachers and scholars invited from various top institutions in the country. Special labs are also developed at HBCSE for the sole purpose of training the selected students.
National Science Olympiads Stage 5: International Olympiad
This is the final stage of the Olympiads wherein 4 to 6 students (per subject) accompanied by 2 to 4 teachers/mentors participate in the International Olympiads.
National Mathematical Olympiad
HBCSE organizes the Mathematical Olympiad Program in India on behalf of National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. This eventually leads to the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). It involves six stages as under:
National Mathematical Olympiad Stage 1: Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO)
This is the Preliminary exam conducted to shortlist students for the next stage. The exam comprises 30 questions and is conducted for two and half hours. The answers are single or double digit numbers to be marked on an OMR sheet. The exam will be conducted in English and Hindi.
National Mathematical Olympiads Stage 2: Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)
Shortlisted candidates from PRMO will appear for this round. This exam comprises six descriptive problems to be solved in three hours. The exam is conducted in English, Hindi, and any regional language as required.
National Mathematical Olympiad Stage 3: Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)
Around 900 shortlisted students from RMO appear for the third stage of the exam. This exam is conducted on the third Sunday of january.
National Mathematical Olympiad Stage 4: International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)
Around 35 of the top students based on their performance in INMO are called for this training and orientation program where special emphasis is given on conceptual knowledge and problem-solving skills. This stage is conducted at HBCSE. During the training, tests are conducted and the top six students are selected to represent India at International Mathematical Olympiads.
National Mathematical Olympiad Stage 5: Pre-Departure Camp
In this stage, the six selected students undergo rigorous training at HBCSE. The training is conducted for eight to ten days.
National Mathematical Olympiad Stage 6: International Olympiads
Finally, the selected students, accompanied by four teachers/mentors, participate in the International Mathematical Olympiads.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Olympiad
Some frequently asked questions regarding the Olympiads are as under:
Q1: What is the use of Olympiad exams?
A1: The Olympiads promote the study of Science and Mathematics. The exams identify the talent of the students and help them reach their fullest potential, improving their analytical, reasoning, application, and problem-solving skills, thereby, preparing students for competitive exams.
Q2: Who can give Olympiad exam?
A2: Students of Secondary and Higher Secondary Levels can appear for the Olympiads.
Q3: How many levels are there in Olympiads?
A3: The Science Olympiads has five stages whereas the Mathematics Olympiads has six stages.
So, now you know everything about the Olympiads. We hope this article helps you.
If you are planning to appear for the Olympiads, you must start your preparation at the earliest and have a smart plan.
At Embibe, you can prepare for the Olympiads for free. Students of Class 8, 9, and 10 can take foundation mock tests on Embibe for Science and Maths. Class 11 and 12 students can solve Class 11 and 12 PCMB practice questions and take Class 11 and 12 PCMB mock tests on Embibe for free. These resources will also help you in other competitive exams, like NTSE, JEE and NEET.
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