What are International Olympiads?

Answer: International Olympiads in different subjects are annual contests aimed at the high-achieving students from secondary and higher-secondary schools (class 8 to 12). Olympiads test students through challenging theoretical and experimental tasks in respective subjects.

  What is Indian National Olympiad Programme?

Answer: Indian National Olympiad Programme refers to systematic activity supported by government of India to select and train Indian teams for various International Olympiads.

  Who conducts Indian National Olympiad Examinations?

Answer: Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), Mumbai is the nodal agency for most of the National Olympiads. Following Table indicates coordinating agency for each of the Olympiads supported and approved by Government of India

Sr. No.


International Olympiad

Coordinating Agency


Astronomy & Astrophysics












Junior Science














Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI)


Earth Science


Geological Society of India (GSI)




National Council of Science Museums


Physics (Asian level)


Indian Association of Physics Teachers

  Who provides financial support for the Olympiad Programme?

Answer: National Olympiad Programme is supported by grants received from various ministries of government of India. Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) each provide partial support for multiple Olympiads. Ministry of Earth Sciences, Department of Space and Ministry of Culture support specific Olympiads. Indian participation in IOI is supported by Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd.

  Which body is responsible for overall conduct of National Olympiad Programme?

Answer: National Steering Committee for Science and Astronomy Olympiads is responsible for overall conduct of National Olympiad Programmes in Astronomy, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics. This committee is chaired by Centre Director, HBCSE (TIFR) and includes representatives of various ministries, representatives of teacher associations as well as reputed experts in different subjects. National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM) is responsible for Mathematical Olympiad. Chennai Mathematical Institute is responsible for Olympiad on Informatics.

  Who is/are the person(s) responsible for the actual conduct of the Olympiads overseen by National Steering Committee?

Answer: The National Coordinator is the person with responsibility of running an Olympiad programme. The table below indicates national coordinators of different Olympiads.

Sr. No.




National Coordinator, Astronomy Olympiads

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Prof. Mayank Vahia, TIFR, Mumbai


National Coordinator, Science Olympiad

Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science, Physics

Prof. Anwesh Mazumdar, HBCSE (TIFR), Mumbai


Chief Coordinator, IAPT examinations

National Standard Examination in A/B/C/JS/P

Prof. G. Venkatesh, IAPT, Bangalore


National Coordinator, Mathematics Olympiad


Prof. B. Sury, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangaloare


National Coordinator, Earth Science Olympiad

Earth Science

Prof. Hema Achyutan, Anna University, Chennai


Coordinator, IAO selection process


Mr. S. P. Khened, Director, Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai


Coordinator, IAPT APhO Cell

Asian Physics

Prof. Ravi Bhattacharjee, SGTB Khalsa College, Delhi University


National Coordinator, Informatics Olympiad


Prof. Madhavan Mukund, CMI, Chennai

  Who is the public information officer responsible for Olympiad Programme?

Answer: For the Olympiad programmes conducted by HBCSE, names of the public information officer (PIO) and the appellate authority can be found here.In case of queries regarding NSEs, applicant should contact IAPT. For Olympiad programmes conducted by other agencies, applicant should contact PIOs at the appropriate agency.

  Which courts have jurisdiction in matters related to Olympiad programme?

Answer: The courts at Mumbai alone shall have the jurisdiction to settle and decide all matters and disputes related to the Olympiads organised by HBCSE and Examinations from Indian National Olympiad (INO) and onwards as HBCSE is the nodal organising institute for this programme..

  What are general rules for enrollment and eligibility?

Answer: Information regarding enrollment can be found here and information about eligibility can be found here.

  My date of birth falls outside the specified limit. Can I still enroll for the NSE examination?

Answer: No. NSE examinations are the first stage of a multileveled process for selection of Indian teams for international Olympiads. Only those within specified age bracket can enroll for the Olympiad.

  Is it possible to request age relaxation as a special case?

Answer: No. The age restrictions for various Olympiads are based on corresponding age limits in International Olympiads. These limits cannot be relaxed for any reason.

  I missed the last date of enrollment (15th September). Is it possible to do a late enrollment by some way?

Answer: No. No late enrollment is possible for NSEs. Candidates must enroll for NSEs before 15th September..

  Can a student in class 8 or lower enroll for NSEJS / RMO?

Answer: Yes. He/She can enroll, provided he/she satisfies the age criterion.

  Can a student of class 10 or lower enroll for NSEA/NSEB/NSEC/NSEP?

Answer: Yes. He/She can enroll, provided he/she satisfies the age criterion.

  Can a student in class 11 or higher enroll for NSEJS?

Answer: No. Such a student cannot enroll for NSEJS.

  Can a student in class 12 enroll for RMO?

Answer: No. Such a student cannot enroll for RMOp

  What is nature of questions in NSEs?

Answer: All NSEs comprise of objective questions with multiple choices. Candidates have to mark their responses in an OMR sheet. Syllabus of NSEs can be found here.

  What is nature of questions in RMO?

Answer: RMO question paper consists of 6 descriptive mathematical questions. Syllabus of RMO can be found here.

  When are the NSEs / RMO held?

Answer: NSEJS is held on 3rd Sunday of November and remaining NSEs are held on the 4th Sunday of November. RMO in many regions will be held on second Sunday of October. However, some regions may choose to hold it on a different Sunday in the same month. The candidates are advised to consult respective regional coordinators for exact dates.

  Is it possible to give NSEs / RMO in a language other than English?

Answer: RMO / NSE question papers can be made available in Hindi / few other regional languages on request. Candidates must place request for an Indian language question paper at the time of enrollment. Question papers in any language would be made available only if more than 300 students request question paper in that language.

  When are the results for NSE declared?

Answer: Tentative scores of all candidates appearing for NSE will be announced on IAPT website around 25th December. Final result for NSE will be announced on IAPT website on 1st January of the following year.

  Are certificates issued to all successful candidates in NSEs?

Answer: IAPT / ATC / ATBS issue certificates to meritorious candidates in NSEs. These may include certificates like “Centre top 10%”, “State top 1%” and “National top 1%”. Issuance of any such certificates is purely merit based and not necessarily correlated to selection for INO. It is possible that a candidate may qualify for INO but may not be eligible to get any merit certificate for NSE performance. It is also possible that a candidate getting one or more of these certificates may not qualify for corresponding INO.

  When are the results for RMO declared?

Answer: Each region declares RMO results for their own region. The results for all the regions will be declared on HBCSE website on or before 6th December 2016.

  Are certificates issued to successful candidates in RMO?

Answer: No certificates are issued to successful candidates in RMO. Candidates are advised to retain their letter of selection to INMO and their admit card for INMO as a proof of selection.

  How many students are selected to appear for INO?

Answer: About 300 students are selected to appear for INBO, INChO, INJSO and INPhO. About 500 students are selected to appear for INAO. About 960 students are selected to appear for INMO.

  What are the rules for selection to INMO?

Answer: For INMO, about 30 students are selected from each region in order of merit. A few female students are added to the list as additional students.

  What are the rules for selection to remaining INOs?

Answer: Selection to INOs is based on a number of criteria. Detailed rules of selection can be found here.

  Is it possible to appear for INOs without appearing for NSEs?

Answer: Student who have represented India in the past can appear for INOs of the same subject without appearing for corresponding NSEs. Details of this exception can be found here. There is no other exception and all other candidates must appear for NSEs to qualify for INOs.

  I am selected to appear for one or more of the INOs. What do I do next?

Answer: All candidates selected to appear for INOs must register themselves on HBCSE’s INO registration portal. Only the registered candidate will be issued letter of selection and admit card for INO.

  When are the INOs held?

Answer: INOs are held on the weekend closest to 31st January. INAO, INJSO and INChO are held on Saturday. INPhO and INBO are held on Sunday. INMO is held on 3rd Sunday of January.

  What is nature of questions in INOs?

Answer: Questions in INOs comprise of descriptive as well as objective questions. Syllabus for INOs is broadly equivalent to corresponding NSEs / RMO.

  When are INO results declared?

Answer: Students get information about their INO score by last week of February. Students can request for revaluation of their scores if they desire. Final INO results are typically declred before March 15.

  How many students are selected for each OCSC / IMOTC?

Answer: About 35 students are each selected for OCSC in Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science and Physics. About 25 students are selected from group A and group B each for Astronomy OCSC through separate merit lists. About 30 students are selected for junior batch of IMOTC through INMO. All these selections are purely based on merit.

  What is senior batch in IMOTC?

Answer:The students from previous year’s IMOTC are allowed to join IMOTC as the senior batch, provided they satisfy the eligibility criteria and fulfill academic standards laid down by IMOTC coordinators.

  How two groups in Astronomy OCSC chosen?

Answer:The students who are studying in class 11 or below are eligible to write the examination. There are no different papers for different classes, but the same question paper for all.

  Who are eligible to represent India in IMO?

Answer: Those students who are selected at an IMO training camp conducted by HBCSE(TIFR) and who have a valid Indian passport are eligible to represent India in IMO..

  What is IMO training camp?

Answer: It is a training cum selection camp conducted for students who have qualified in INMO. It is generally conducted in HBCSE(TIFR). Several faculty members from different parts of India come here and teach the students the basic principles in solving olympiad problems. It spreads over 4 weeks. During the camp selection tests are held to identify students to represent India in the ensuing IMO.

  If I take up RMO and INMO how does it help me?

Answer: If you clear INMO and if you take up mathematics in your under-graduation, you are eligible for a handsome scholarship by NBHM. This willcontinue, with appropriate increase, till you finish your Ph.D.

  If a centre registers for PRMO, is it an exam centre?

Answer: Only KVs are exam centres; each centre registering should find the nearest KV in the drop-down list.

  When will sample questions for PRMO be available?

Answer: Sample questions for PRMO will be available by June 15th on this page.

  If the answer is an one-digit number, which number does the student shade?

Answer: If the answer is 3, say, then she shades 0 in the first row and 3 in the 2nd row.

  Can a student shade the OMR with pencil?

Answer: Until the student is sure of her answer, she could keep it darkened with a pencil but the final OMR sheet submitted should have been shaded only with a black or blue pen

  Is PRMO date and time can be changed due to clash of other examination?

Answer: No. The date and time of PRMO has been carefully decided and cannot be changed.

  What are the books to refer for RMO:

Answer: 1. Problem Primer for Olympiads- C R Pranesachar, B J Venkatachala and C S Yogananda (Prism Books Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore). 2. Challenge and Thrill of Pre-College Mathematics- V Krishnamurthy, C R Pranesachar, K N Ranganathan and B J Venkatachala (New Age International Publishers, New Delhi). 3. An Excursion in Mathematics Editors: M R Modak, S A Katre and V V Acharya and V M Sholapurkar (Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana, Pune). 4.Problem Solving Strategies – A Engel (Springer-Verlag, Germany). 5.Functional Equations- B J Venkatachala (Prism Books Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore). 6. Inequalities an approach through problems (texts & readings in mathematics), B J Venkatachala (Hindustan Book Agency) 7.Mathematical Circles-Fomin and others (University Press, Hyderabad).

  Does your institute provide any inhouse guidance on how to prepare for the exam?

Answer: No. we do not provide any guidance for PRMO exam.

  Provide any other suggestion or guidance that help us prepare for the RMO exams.

Answer: Information is available on:

  Is there any negative marking in PRMO 2017?

Answer: NO.