“Mathematical Olympiad” is basically a talent search programme for the pre-university
students. The main purpose of this programme is to encourage students to develop
their mathematical ability. Through this programme a nationwide search is made every
year to spot talented students in the field of Mathematics.
, this programme is a major initiative undertaken by the National Board for Higher
Mathematics (NBHM). On behalf of NBHM this prpogramme is organized every year by
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai. HBCSE has been organizing
this programme since 1988. This programme is the earliest programme from amongst
other similar programmes organized now for difference science subjects like Physics,
Chemistry, Biology, Astrophysics. INMO programme is the only programme which leads
to participation of Indian students at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)
which was started way back in 1959 and is held in different countries every year
(In Indian it was held in 1996). There are more than 100 participating countries.
Indian performance has always been satisfactory.
Organization, conduction and training
For the selection of the talented students the tests are held throughout the country
on a single day and with a single paper. The questions asked are really challenging
and they measure the students capacity for original critical thinking.
For holding and selecting the most talented the country has been divided in 23 regions
in addition to three groups (CBSE, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and Navodaya Vidyalaya
Sangathan). Each region is assigned a regional coordinator who organizes the tests
for I and II stages.