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How to participate in the International Mathematics Olympiad for class 10 - 4 min read

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The Science Olympiad Foundation organises an annual Olympiad Mathematics test for students in grades 1 to 12. The International Mathematics Olympiad exam is the full name of the IMO test. The purpose of the IMO exam is to discover and promote students who are capable of becoming future scientists or technicians. Exams administered by the International Monetary Organization (IMO) assist qualified students in competing against students from all across the world. It gives students the opportunity to assess their mathematical abilities. Students can use the IMO results to get a better idea of their academic progress. The precise critiques of the students’ efficiency in the exam are shown in a student’s performance report.

Interested applicants should contact their individual schools for IMO exam registration forms. The question papers for the International Mathematics Olympiad are based on the curriculum of the individual class, according to the syllabus. Each class has its own set of questions. According to the International Mathematics Olympiad Syllabus, questions from several subjects of mathematics are divided into four sections: logical reasoning, mathematical reasoning, everyday mathematics, and achievers. The ICSE/ISC, CBSE, and State Board curricula are used to create the question papers for the various courses.

IMO are ideal for assessing a student’s conceptual comprehension of a topic. Students’ problem-solving skills are improved, and they are challenged to think critically. By assessing a student’s aptitude as well as an understanding of a specific subject, it prepares them for future competitive exams. Students are exposed to a variety of national and international platforms.

It instills the value of hard work in kids by encouraging them to study diligently for exams and improve their grades. Olympiads boost students’ school performance by sharpening their thinking and learning processes, allowing them to better absorb the subjects taught in schools.

The majority of Olympiad exams follow the same material as those taught in school. The preparation of these exams does not necessitate the use of any additional reference books. All that is asked of students is that they understand all of the principles and fundamentals. The questions on the Olympiad examinations are not the same as what students study in school. The questions are more difficult and conceptual, requiring students to use a wide range of thinking skills to answer a variety of problems based on logic and concepts.

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Students interested in taking the IMO test should familiarise themselves with the prerequisites. The Science Olympiad Foundation hosts an annual mathematics competition for schoolchildren called the International Mathematics Olympiad. The complete IMO Olympiad eligibility requirements are listed below for the convenience of students. It’s worth mentioning that the IMO exam qualifying requirements are rather lenient and haven’t been altered in a long time. Students should familiarise themselves with the whole IMO test eligibility requirements before commencing their IMO exam preparation to verify that they are eligible.

The prospectus, which includes the registration forms, will be sent to the schools that have registered with SOF. First and foremost, schools must register with SOF. Students can register for classes at their schools. If the school is not already registered with SOF, it can nevertheless welcome potential students by contacting SOF. SOF can be contacted by phone or email by schools. Candidates who are interested can complete out forms with all of the necessary information and submit them to their individual institutions.

Students from SOF schools are eligible to apply for IMO. The schools must select any exam date that is convenient for them and register for it 30 days prior to the exam day. Students who are interested in taking the SOF IMO exam can do so at their individual schools. If the schools are unable to participate in the IMO exam, individual registrations are accepted. The SOF IMO exam requires a minimum of 10 pupils from each institution to register.

The Level 1 IMO examinations paper is for students in grades 10 who want to evaluate their academic performance in mathematics.

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The IMO test is divided into two levels: Level 1 and Level 2.

Regardless of academic performance, all students in class 10 are qualified to take the Level 1 IMO test. The reasonable qualifying conditions for level 1 IMO examinations paper contribute to a higher level of engagement among students all around the world. Students in grades 10 and up who are continuing their studies in the nation or abroad are able to apply for the IMO level 1 test.

In the event of the Level 2 tests, the IMO selection procedure comes into action. For the IMO selection procedure for the 2nd level Olympiad tests, the following criteria have been established:

Students in Class 10 take the IMO test at the second level.

The best 5% of students in each class are chosen for the 2nd Level IMO examinations based on their Level 1 test scores. In terms of exam scores, different portions are given equal weight. In the selection procedure, the top 25 rank holders (zone-wise) from each class are considered qualified. 

Section No. of Questions Topics Marks/Question Total marks
Section-1 (Logical Reasoning) 15 Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. 1 15
Section-2 (Mathematical Reasoning) 20
  • Real Numbers
  • Polynomials
  • Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables
  • Quadratic Equations Arithmetic Progressions Triangles
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Introduction to Trigonometry
  • Circles
  • Constructions
  • Areas Related to Circles
  • Surface Areas and Volumes
  • Some Applications of Trigonometry Statistics
  •  Probability
1 20
Section-3 (Everyday Mathematics) 10 . 1 10
Section 4 – Achievers Section 5 3 15
Grand Total 50 60

You can also refer to IMO Class 10 2011 Question Paper.

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