Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO)

The National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) is in charge of the Mathematical Olympiad Program in India. The Pre- Regional Mathematical Olympiad is the first level of Mathematics Olympiad. It is conducted by the Mathematics Teachers’ Association (MTA). The remaining rounds of the Mathematical Olympiad Program are conducted by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). The PRMO examination is usually held in the month of August every year. 

In order to be eligible for the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO), the candidates must qualify in PRMO.

Eligibility for PRMO

  • The eligibility criteria for PRMO is listed below
  • In order to appear for PRMO, the candidate must be an Indian Citizen. 
  • The Applicants must be born on or before 1 August 2002 to participate in PRMO.
  • As per the orders of the Madras High Court, students with OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) cards are eligible for all the stages of the Mathematics Olympiad, other than the final stage of representing India in the final International Mathematical Olympiad.
  • The students studying in Class IX to Class XII are eligible to apply for the Mathematics Olympiad. However, Regional Coordinators allow students of Class VIII with exceptional mathematical skills to write the examination. 

Syllabus of PRMO 2020

The questions asked in PRMO are based on Class VIII and Class XII syllabus. The questions are of a high level of difficulty. The difficulty level of the examination increases from Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) to International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The syllabus of Mathematics Olympiad includes topics like Geometry, Quadratic Equations, Arithmetic Integers,  Number theory, Graph theory, Trigonometry, Permutations and Combinations, etc. A few of the important topics for each class are listed below.

PRMO Class 8 Syllabus Geometry
Algebraic Expressions
Elementary graph theory
Linear Equations in One Variable
Permutations and Combinations
Rational Numbers
Square Root and Cube Root
PRMO Class 9 Syllabus Areas of Parallelograms and triangles
Coordinate geometry
Linear Equations in two variables
Number System
Surface Area and Volume
PRMO Class 10 Syllabus Arithmetic Progression
Co-ordinate geometry
Linear Equation in two variables
Quadratic Equation
Real Numbers
Surface Area and Volume
PRMO Class 11 Coordinate geometry
Factorisation of polynomials
Mathematical Reasoning
Number theory
Probability theory
Quadratic equations and expressions
Sequence and Series

Reference Books for PRMO Examination

Book  Author
Problem Solving Strategies Arthur Engel Edited by K. Bencsath, P. R. Halmos
Challenge and Thrill of Pre-College Mathematics V Krishnamurthy, C R Pranesachar, K N Ranganathan and B J Venkatachala
Inequalities an approach through problems  B J Venkatachala
An Excursion in Mathematics  M R Modak, S A Katre and V V Acharya and V M Sholapurkar 
Functional Equations  B J Venkatachala
Problem Primer for the Olympiads C R Pranesachar, B J Venkatachala and C S Yogananda

A few of these books are available at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). These books can be collected in person or by sending a Demand Draft to HBCSE

PRMO Examination Pattern

Students should be aware of the examination pattern before they start with the exam preparation. There are 30 questions asked in the examination and the answers to these questions should be marked on an OMR sheet. The instructions on the question paper and the OMR sheet should be read carefully before starting to answer the questions. The answer to each question is either a single-digit number or a two-digit number. The questions are in  English/ Hindi. 

PRMO Application Fee

The application fee will be Rs. 125 for the Kendriya Vidyalaya students and Rs.100 for Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya students. The fee is Rs.230 for students from other schools. KV and JNV students must register from their respective schools to avail reduced fee.

PRMO Cutoff

Along with the results, the state-wise Cutoff score is also published on the official website.

The PRMO examination for the year 2020 will be scheduled in the month of August. The  Pre-RMO Cutoff marks for the year 2019 and 2018 are listed below. Refer the same to get an idea about the PRMO Cutoff marks 2020 for candidates from different states. 

Region Cutoff 2019 Cutoff 2018
Class 8 – Class 11 Class 12 Class 8 – Class 11 Class 12
Assam 4 4 2 2
Andhra Pradesh 38 32 28 18
Chhattisgarh 8 8 7 5
Delhi 23 32 18 29
Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli 11 23
Jharkhand 15 21 11 14
Jammu 2 2
Kashmir 2 3
Kendriya Vidyalaya 10 13 10 10
Karnataka 14 21
Meghalaya 2 2 2 2
Madhya Pradesh 14  22 10 22
Manipur 2 2
Mumbai 11 18
Maharashtra and Goa 13 25
Nagaland 2 2
Navodaya Vidhyalaya 10 14 10 10
North Bihar 14 23 10 3
Odisha 14 13 10 3
Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh 18 24 16 28
Rajasthan 22 30 19 30
South Bihar 7 7 2 2
Sikkim 2 3
Tripura 2 2 2 2
Telangana 28 26 22 19
Tamil Nadu 17 26 14 20
Uttar Pradesh 17 25 15 22
West Bengal  14  16  13 18

Steps to Check the PRMO Result

  • Open the official website and click on the link that says PRMO result.
  • Enter the Roll number and date of birth in the required space.
  • PRMO results will be downloaded and take a printout for future reference.
  • In case of any discrepancies in the PRMO result, the students can send their queries to the email address mentioned in the website.
  • The merit list will have the names of all the candidates selected for the Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO).