Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics 2020 - 2021

Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country and around the world, the National Olympiad Programme in Maths for the year 2021 has also been affected to an extent where the exam authorities have introduced several changes for the upcoming exams. In view of the prevailing situation, the examination has undergone a major change in its exam pattern and the number of stages has also been reduced as compared to previous years. 

Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM) will be a three-hour examination and will be jointly organised by the Mathematics Teachers Association of India (MTAI), Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) and Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) – HBCSE (TIFR). All the details related to the exam are presented below.

Different Stages of Mathematical Olympiad 

A usual six-stage procedure for the selection of the teams to represent India at the International Mathematical Olympiad that has been followed in previous years, the selection procedure for the 2020-2021 cycle has been changed to just a five-stage process as a one-time exception only. 

Stage 1 – Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM)

The IOQM will be a three-hour examination with 30 questions & each question having an integer answer in the range 00-99. The syllabus and standard of this examination will be the same as that of PRMO of previous years. Students who do well in IOQM qualify for next stage i.e. INMO (Indian National Mathematical Olympiad).

Stage 2 – Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)

The INMO will be a four-hour examination with 6 questions. The syllabus and standard of this examination will be the same as that of the INMO of previous years.

The INMO 2021 is tentatively scheduled to be held on March 7, 2021, from 12:00 – 16:00.

The list of students qualified for the INMO 2021 will be prepared according to the following rule: 

  • Top 300 (class XI or below category)+ 60 (class XII category) from each region in IOQM will get a certificate, provided they have a minimum cut-off score of 5% of the total marks of the IOQM paper. But this is not a qualifying criterion for INMO. 
  • Top 540 in IOQM merit list will qualify for INMO regardless of regional quota. In this pool (a) the number of class XII students will be 90. (b) the number of class VIII, IX, X, XI students will be 450. 
  • A minimum of 30 (class XI or below category) + 6 (class XII category) + 5 (girl students irrespective of the number of girl students qualifying in class XI or below category. No girl student from class XII is eligible to qualify in the girls’ category.) from each region will qualify for INMO regardless of the scores (provided each qualifying candidate has a score above a minimum cut-off score of 5% of the total marks of the IOQM paper.)

Stage 3 – Orientation Cum Selection Camps (OCSC)

In this stage the student undergoes some theoretical and experimental sessions and only 35-40 students from all over India compete against each other to Qualify for Pre Departure Camp. At these camps, orientation is provided to students for Olympiad level of theoretical, experimental, and observational (for astronomy) tasks. Emphasis is laid on developing conceptual foundations and problem-solving skills. 

Stage 4 – Pre Departure Camp 

In this stage, only 4-6 students who qualify from stage 2 undergo some rigorous training programme at HBCSE in theory and experiments before the departure to compete at the International level. Special laboratories have been developed in HBCSE for this purpose. Resource persons from different institutions across the country are invited to the training camps.

Stage 5 – International Olympiad 

The Olympiad programme culminates with the participation of the Indian students (4-6) in the International Mathematical Olympiad. The students are accompanied by 2-4 teachers or mentors.

Eligibility For IOQM (Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics) 

  • Candidates born on or after August 1, 2001, and studying in Class VIII, IX, X, XI or XII.
  • Candidates studying in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) are NOT ELIGIBLE.
  • The candidates must be Indian citizens. Provisionally, students with OCI cards are eligible to write the IOQM subject on certain conditions.
  • As per the orders of the Madras High Court, students with OCI status will not be eligible for selection to the Indian team in the International Mathematical Olympiad.  Such students are provisionally eligible for selection at ALL prior stages, up to and including the IMOTC.

IOQM Syllabus

The syllabus for IOQM 2020-2021 is the same as that of the PRMO of previous years. 

The syllabus for INMO 2021 is the same as that of INMO of previous years.

Exam Date and Time 

Exam  Date And Time 
IOQM January 17, 2021 (Sunday) 9:00 -12:00 hrs
INMO March 27, 2021 (Sunday) 12:00 – 16:00 hrs

Examination Pattern 

IOQM will follow the PRMO pattern. 

Paper Duration : 3 Hrs 

Mode: Offline 

Type of Exam: Integer type answers (single or two digits)

Negative Marking: None

Note – The no of Questions in IOQM will be updated as soon as we get our hands on the new notifications or information that will be shared on the official page of MTAI, IAPT, and HBCSE. 

Application Form 

Online enrolment for IOQM has already started and interested candidates can visit the IAPT website ( to register for the test.

Event  Start Date  End Date 
ENROLLMENT OF CANDIDATES 1.11.2020 05.12.2020

IOQM Results

IOQM results for the recently held exams have been published at –
Students can visit the website and check their scores. The INMO selection list has also been published and students can also directly download it from below.

Download IOQM January 17, 2021 Result List PDF

Merit Catagories Labels

Category Definition
G Girls’ quota
M1 Top 450 in Class 8,9,10,11
M2 Top 90  in Class 12
R30 Regional quota in Class 8, 9, 10, 11
T6 Regional quota in Class 12

Selection of Students

A total of 451 students have been selected in the “top 450 in class 8,9,10,11” category and from the following regions at least 30 students have qualified in this category.

(a) Delhi
(b) North Western States
(c) Mumbai
(d) Maharashtra & Goa
(e) Rajasthan
(f) Telangana
(g) Tamil Nadu

The cut-off marks for this category is 38.

Top 90 in Class 12

A total of 97 students have been selected in the “top 90 in class 12″ category and from the following regions, at least 6 students have qualified in this category.

(a) Delhi
(b) North Western States
(c) Rajasthan
(d) Telangana

The cut-off marks for this category is 51.


  1. If for any region either the regional quota of 30 for class 8,9,10,11 category or the regional quota of 6 for class 12 category was not fulfilled after selecting the students in the “top 450 in class 8,9,10,11” category and “top 90 in class 12” category, the remaining students were selected from the rest of the merit list of either category. All students tied in the 30th position (for class 8,9,10,11) and in the 6th position (for class 12) were included in the respective lists of qualified students of that region.
  2. The region-wise list of all students eligible for a certificate of merit by virtue of scoring at least 5 marks in IOQM and securing a position either in the top 300 among class 8,9,10,11 students or in the top 60 among class 12 students will be put up after March 15, 2021, along with information on the mode of distribution of the certificates and the date of commencement of distribution.

Region-wise Cut-off marks

IOQM 2021 Region-wise Cut-off marks

Other National And International Level Olympiads And Exams

NTSE National Talent Search Examination
NSTSE National Science Talent Search Examination
KVPY Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana
PRMO Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad
RMO Regional Math Olympiad
IOQ Indian Olympiad Qualifier


Q1. What Is IOQM?

Ans: Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics

Q2. What is the online link from where a student will register online for the IOQM exam?

Ans: Student can register for the exam at

Q3. Are there paper-1 and paper-2 in IOQM like other IOQs?

Ans: No, IOQM will be a single examination based on PRMO pattern.

Q4. What is the webpage link of the HBCSE official website for Olympiads?