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Foundation Entrance Exam -> Olympiads

International Olympiads in Science and Mathematics are the world championships for school students held every year in a different country.
The most famous Olympiads are "The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)", "The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)", "The International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)", "The International Biology Olympiad (IBO)", "The International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)" and "The International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO)".
Countries send a delegation of students and leaders to participate at the International level. India conducts National Olympiads to identify the best students who can represent India at the International level.
 


MATHEMATICS OLYMPIADS  

For the purpose of the Olympiad contests, the country has been divided in about 25 regions. The selection process for participation in the "International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)" consists of the following stages: 

Stage 1 : Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) : 
RMO is currently held on the first Sunday of October each year in each of the regions in the country. All school students from Class XI are eligible to appear in "RMO". Students from Class XII may also appear in "RMO", but the number of students selected from Class XII is at most 6. Exceptionally brilliant students from lower standards may also appear for "RMO" subject to the approval of the Regional Coordinator. "RMO" is a 3-hour written test containing 6 or 7 problems. On the basis of the performance in "RMO", students are selected for the second stage. The Regional Coordinators may charge a nominal fee to meet the expenses of organizing the contest. 

Stage 2 : Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) : 
INMO is currently held on the third Sunday of January each year at the regional centres in all regions. Only those students who are selected in "RMO" are eligible to appear in "INMO". This contest is a 4-hour written test. The evaluation of these papers is centralised. The top 75 contestants in "INMO" receive Merit Certificates. 

Stage 3 : International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) : 
The top 30-35 "INMO" certificate awardees are invited to a month long training camp in May/June each year. The number of students from Class XII who are selected for "IMOTC" is at most 6. In addition to these 35 students, a certain number of "INMO" awardees of previous year(s) who have satisfactorily undergone postal tuition over the year are also invited to a second round of training. 
"A team of six students is selected from the combined pool of junior and senior batch participants, based on a number of selection tests conducted during the camp, to represent India in the International Mathematical Olympiad." 

Stage 4 : International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) : 
 The six member team selected at the end of "IMOTC", accompanied by a leader and a deputy leader represent India at IMO that is normally held in July each year in a chosen country. IMO consists of two 4- and-a-half hour tests held on two consecutive days. The students of the Indian team who win gold, silver and bronze medals at IMO receive cash prizes of  5000/-,  4000/- and  3000/- respectively (prizes for 2008). The six students representing India at IMO automatically qualify for "Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana" (KVPY) Fellowship. 
Syllabus for Mathematical Olympiad (Regional, National and International): Pre-degree college Mathematics. The difficulty level increases from RMO to INMO to IMO. 

Nurture Programme: 
The INMO awardees who choose Mathematics as one of the subjects in their undergraduate studies are eligible for a scholarship by NBHM (which is at present ` 1500/- per month) throughout their undergraduate studies. If they further pursue their studies to Masters, they continue to get scholarship (enhanced). Even the students who do not pursue Mathematics in their undergraduate studies are eligible for certain benefits under a novel program instituted by NBHM, called Nurture Program. Under this program, each batch of students (selected from among the INMO awardees through their responses to a few sets of postal problems) is assigned to an institution. The coordinator in that institution gives out some reading material that the students can go through during their leisure time while pursuing their undergraduate studies. At the end of each year, during summer, they are invited to that institution for a contact program with working Mathematicians. Based on their performance, they may be recommended to a scholarship given by NBHM. This program continues for four years. Thus, even those who pursue under-graduate studies in some other discipline can still get training in Mathematics and use it in their further pursuit of knowledge. 


PHYSICS,CHEMISTRY & ASTRONOMY OLYMPIADS 

Stage 1 : National Standard Examination (NSE) in Physics and Chemistry : 
Physics and Chemistry: Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the Olympiad program must enroll for NSE. NSEs are held at a large number of centers in the country usually in the last week of November. All students of Class XII or below (science stream) are eligible to appear for NSEs. A student may appear for more than one Olympiad as per the examination schedule. Students who have passed Class XII are not eligible. Astronomy: For the Junior level, students should be in Class IX. For the Senior level, students should be in Class X or Class XI. NSE emphasizes comprehension of the subject, not rote memory. 

Stage 2 : Indian National Olympiad Examinations : 
For Indian National Olympiad Examinations, the national top 200-250 students selected from NSEP, NSEC and NSEA each are eligible to appear for Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO), Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (INChO) and Indian National Astronomy Olympiad (INAO) respectively.
Indian National Olympiads are held sometime in the last week of January or early February. These examinations are held at about 15 Centers in the country.
Questions and problems in National Olympiads are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to the International Olympiads. On the basis of performance in the National Olympiads (theory) about 50 students are short-listed in each subject. 

Stage 3 : Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) : 
Physics and Chemistry : The short-listed groups of about 35 students in each subject are invited to the Orientation cum Selection camps at HBCSE. On the basis of their performance in OCSC, the best 20 students in each subject qualify for merit awards, consisting of a merit certificate and a set of complimentary books. The top 5 students in Physics and top 4 in Chemistry are declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees are given a prize of ` 5000/- each in the form of books and cash. In addition there are special prizes in each subject to recognize meritorious performance in theory and experiments. 
The special merit awardees in Physics constitute the 5-member student team to represent India at the International Physics Olympiad. The special merit awardees in Chemistry constitute the 4-member student team to represent India at the International Chemistry Olympiad. 

Astronomy : 
The short-listed groups of about 25 students each for junior and senior levels are invited together to the Orientation cum Selection camp. 
At the end of the camp, 20 meritorious students from camp participants get a Certificate of Merit and complimentary books. The best 2 students from seniors and 3 students from juniors are selected for special merit awards of 5000/- each in the form of books and gifts. These five students represent India at the International Astronomy Olympiad. 

Stage 4 : Training of Indian Teams for International Olympiads : 
The selected Indian teams undergo a rigorous training program at HBCSE in theory and experiment. 

Stage 5 : Participation in International Olympiads : 
The 5-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). 
The 4-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). 
The 5-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO).


OLYMPIADS IN INFORMATICS 

The Indian Computing Olympiad is used to select the team of four students to represent India at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI). The competition is held in three stages: the Zonal Informatics Olympiad, the Indian National Olympiad in Informatics, and the International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp. 

Stage 1 : 
The Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) is a written round. Most of the questions can be solved with the use of algorithmic techniques, although logic is usually enough. 

Stage 2 : 
The Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) - In this students have to write programs on a computer. The INOI is a programming competition round. Students are expected to solve two algorithmic problems in 3 hours in either C, C++ or Pascal. Questions in this round are similar to those in the IOI and other national computing Olympiads. About thirty top-performing students in the INOI are selected for the International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp (IOITC). 

Stage 3 : 
The International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp (IOITC) is a one fortnight long annual training camp held in India to select and train students to represent India at the International Olympiad in Informatics.
At the completion of the camp, 4 students are selected to represent India at the International Olympiad in Informatics.

 

INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR SCIENCE OLYMPIADS

The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is a competitive examination open to students of all countries in the world, primarily studying in secondary schools. All basic subjects of Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics) are given roughly equal representation in the IJSO examination.

Eligibility(NSEJS):
All Indian students who are born on or after January 1, 2001 and, in addition, are in Class X or lower as of November 30, 2015, are eligible to appear in NSEJS 2015 - 2016. If they qualify in the NSEJS, they will be eligible for subsequent stages leading to participation in International Junior Science Olympiad 2015. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the eligibility criteria are satisfied. In case at any stage of the program it is found that the student does not satisfy the eligibility criteria, he/she may be disqualified from the program.

Syllabus:
The syllabus for NSEJS will be broadly equivalent to the secondary school level (upto Class X) of CBSE. The different basic subjects of science (physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics) will have roughly equal emphasis.This is only a broad guideline, and there is no detailed syllabus given for NSEJS.

Stages:
The Junior Science Olympiad program will follow the following 5 stages:

Stage I: National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS).

Stage II: Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO).

Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in junior science.

Stage IV: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IJSO.

Stage V: Participation in International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).


Stage I will be entirely the responsibility of IAPT. All the remaining stages will be organized by the HBCSE.

 

Stage I:
National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) : NSEJS is the first stage of selection of students in the Junior Science Olympiad Programme. NSEJS is organised by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the programme must enroll for NSEJS. NSEJS is held at a large number of centres in the country.

Date of NSEJS 2015:
22 November 2015 (Sunday) 
Time of NSEJS 2015 : 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Qualifying for the Second Stage:
Based on performance in NSEJS, the top 300 students in order of merit qualify to appear for the Second Stage of the Olympiad programme INJSO. 

Stage II:
Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO) INJSO will be organized by HBCSE at about 15 centres in the country. 

Eligibility:
Students selected from Stage I examination (NSEJS) are eligible to appear for INJSO. In addition those students who have been exempted as described in the Enrollment page are also eligible to appear for INJSO. Besides these two ways, there is no other way by which a student becomes eligible to appear for INJSO.

The tentative date and time of INJSO 2015 examination is as follows:

Date : January 30, 2016(Saturday)

Time : 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm (3 hours)
OCSCs : April- June 2016

The confirmed date and schedule will be announced in the first week of January 2016 on this website and communicated by post to the eligible students. Students appearing for INJSO will be eligible for TA/DA as per norms of the programme.

Syllabus : 
The syllabus for INJSO will be broadly similar to NSEJS. The syllabus is, however, only a broad guideline. Questions and problems in National Olympiads are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to International Olympiads. On the basis of performance in INJSO, the top 35 students in the merit list will be selected for Stage III: Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Junior Science.

Stage III:
Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Junior Science OCSC in Junior Science will be organized by HBCSE sometime in April to June 2016 for 2-3 weeks. The precise dates will be announced prior to or along with the announcement of the selection list for the OCSC.

The camp will include several theoretical and experimental tests. Orientation will be provided to students especially in experiments. The camp will conclude with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists will be invited to speak to the students.

The merit list of OCSC in Junior Science will be prepared on the basis of the combined theoretical and experimental score aggregated over all the tests in the camp, with 60% weightage for theory and 40% weightage for experiment. Performance in previous stages (NSEJS and INJSO) will not be a consideration for the merit list and awards of the OCSC.

The top 6 in the OCSC Junior Science merit list will be declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees will be given Rs. 5,000 each in the form of books and cash. In addition, there will be special prizes to recognize meritorious performance in theory and experiments.

The 6 special merit awardees in Junior Science selected at the end of the OCSC 2016 will constitute the 6 member student team for the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) 2015, provided they satisfy required criteria such as age limit, holding valid Indian passport, medical fitness, parental consent, etc.

Stage IV: 
Pre-departure Training (PDT) Camp for IJSO 2016
The selected 6 member student team will undergo a rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiment. Special laboratories are being developed at HBCSE for the purpose of experimental training. Resource persons from HBCSE and different institutions across the country will train the students.

Stage V:

Participation in International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) 2016
The 6 member student team and 3 teacher leaders will constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) 2016.

When And How Should I Start Preparing For The Olympiads

The Olympiads are the most prestigious school competitions in the world. Students have to go through a rigorous process to be selected for the Indian team. Students selected to represent the country get an opportunity to compete and win prizes at an International level. Students who represent India in the International Olympiads in Physics / Chemistry /Mathematics / Informatics and Astronomy automatically qualify for KVPY Fellowship. Organizations like Infoysys, Sasken, NASSCOM etc. also give prizes to the participants and winners of the International Olympiads. Usually students appear for the Olympiads in Class XI but brilliant students can appear for the stage I exam even in lower classes and increase their number of attempts and even their medal tally as they can participate in the International Olympiads till they reach Class XII.

 

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