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Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)- Eligibility Criteria, Important Dates, Syllabus, Recommended Books, and Online Preparation Assistance

Mathematical Olympiads are organized to identify the capabilities and potential of pre-university students. Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) held in India is the first stage out of the six stages for an Indian student to represent India in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)- the world championship mathematics competition for high school students.

Those students who clear the first step, i.e, RMO exam, are eligible to appear for the next round which is Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). INMO is conducted by the Mathematical Olympiad (MO) cell of the Homi Bhabha Centre of the Science Education (HBCSE) under the aegis of the National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM).

The National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) formed by the Atomic Energy Department targets developing problem-solving abilities in students. It also provides financial aid to establish centers for the same purpose and encourage doctoral and post-doctoral scholars, and researchers.

There are 25 regions all over the country for which regional coordinator is assigned to take care of the training and selection of students for Olympiad. Additionally, three groups- CBSE, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan too have a regional coordinator each. The Mathematical Olympiad encompasses six stages-

Stage 1- Pre-regional Mathematical Olympiad

Pre-regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) Is the first stage of the examination. Two and a half hours are allocated to finish 30 questions in the exam. The answer to each question is either a single digit number or a two-digit number and needs to be marked on OMR sheet. The PRMO question paper will be in English and Hindi.

Stage 2- Regional Mathematical Olympiad

Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) is the second stage of the examination which is conducted in English, Hindi, and other regional languages as deemed appropriate by the respective Regional Coordinators. There are six problems which need to be solved within three-hour duration. The problems under each topic have a high level of difficulty and sophistication.