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Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)

Mathematical Olympiads are mainly organized to spot mathematical talent in pre-University students. Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) held in India is the first step for an Indian student to get a chance to represent India in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) - the world championship mathematics competition for high school students.

Those who clear Regional Mathematical Olympiad are eligible to sit for the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO), which 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).

Mathematical Olympiad

The Maths Olympiad Programme which leads to participation in the IMO- International Mathematical Olympiad,constitutes of the following stages: 

Stage 1: Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)

Regional Mathematical Olympiad is held in each region normally between September and the first Sunday of December each year. A regional coordinator makes sure that at least one centre is provided in every district of the region. RMO is a 3-hour written test which contains about 6 to 7 problems. All high-school students up to class XII are eligible to appear for RMO. To appear for RMO, interested students should get in touch with the RMO co-ordinator of their region well in advance, for enrolment and payment of a nominal fee.

Each regional coordinator has the freedom to prepare his/her own question paper or to obtain the question paper from NBHM. The regions which opt for the NBHM question paper hold this contest on the 1st Sunday of December. On Based on theirperformance in RMO, certain number of students from each region are selected to appear for the second stage. The regional coordinators charge nominal fees to meet the expenses for organizing the contests. 

Stage 2: Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)

Indian National Mathematical Olympiad is held on the first Sunday of February every year at differentcentres in different regions. Just the students who are selected on the basis of RMO from various regions are eligible to appear for the INMO. It is a 4-hour written test. Its question paper is set centrally and the test is common throughout the country. Only the top 30-35 performers in INMO receive a merit certificate. 

Stage 3: International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)

This is a training level for the INMO certificate awardees. They are invited for a month long training camp (for junior batch) conducted in May-June, each year. Also in addition, INMO awardees of the previous year who have satisfactorily completed the postal tuition throughout the year are again invited for a second round of training (called the senior batch). 

Stage 4: International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

A leader and deputy leader are chosen by the NBHM from among mathematics teachers/researchers involved in the Mathematics Olympiad activity.So the team selected at the end of the camp, the leader and the deputy leader, represent India at the International Mathematical Olympiad that is normally held in July in a different member country of IMO each year. The IMO consists of two written tests held on two days with a gap of at least one day. Both the tests are of four-and-a-half-hours.

India has 25 regions along with three independent groups that conduct Regional Math Olympiad. Each region has its own Regional Coordinator, who is responsible for conducting RMO in his/her region.

They are:


Name and Address of the Regional Coordinator

1. Assam

Department of Mathematics, Gauhati University, Gopinath Bordoloi Nagar, Guwahati -781 014 Assam

2. Chattisgarh

Head, Department of (Mathematics), Govt. P.G. College, Dhamtari, Chattisgarh 493773

3. Coastal AP & Rayalaseema

Head, PG Department of Mathematics, Maris Stella College, Vijayawada 520 008

4. Delhi

Dept of Mathematics, IIT, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016

5. Gujarat

Abhijat Vidyavihar, Vishwabharti Shikshan Sankool, Vir Savarkar Chowk, Gurukul Road, Memnagar, Ahmedabad – 380 052.

6. Jammu

Professor & Head, Department of Mathematics, University of Jammu, Jammu - 180 006

7. Jharkhand

Kali Mandir Lane, Sukhdeo Nagar – Ratu Road, P. O. Hehal, Ranchi – 834 005

Principal,Guru Nanak Higher Secondary School, Pee-Pee Compound, Ranchi - 834 001 Jharkhand

8. Karnataka

Statistics & Mathematics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore 560 059

9. Kashmir

Department of Mathematics, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Hazratbal 190 006

10. Kerala

Professor and Head (Regional Coordinator INMO), Dept of Mathematics, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin 682 022, Kerala

Department of Mathematics, St. Joseph’s College, Devgiri P.O., Calicut 673 008

11. Madhya Pradesh

Director,State Institute of Science Education (SISE) P. S. M. Campus, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh 482 001

12. Maharashtra & Goa

Department of Mathematics, Fergusson College, Pune 411 004.

13. Meghalaya

Dept of Mathematics, North-Eastern Hill University, Permanent Campus, Mawlai, Shillong, Meghalaya 793 022

14. Mumbai

Centre, Director, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Near Anushaktinagar Bus Depo,t V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai – 400 088

15. North Bihar & Patna

RMO Office, North Bihar & Patna Region, New Azimabad Colony, West Sanichara, P.O. Mahendru, Patna 800 006

16. North Western States

Dept of Mathematics, Panjab University, Chandigarh 160 014

17. Orissa

A2, Rashmi Towers, Nageswar Tangi, Old Town, Bhubaneswar-751002 Odisha, India

18. Rajasthan

Regional Coordinator, INMO, Dept of Mathematics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302 004

19. South Bihar (Bhagalpur)

Ramniwas, Lal Bagh, Tilakamanjhi, Bhagalpur 812 001, Bihar

20. Tamilnadu

C1, Srinidhi Apartment, 16 A, Giri Road, T Nagar, Chennai - 600 017

21. Telangana

Head of the Department, Department of Mathematics, St. Francis College for Women, Umanagar Colony , Kundanbagh Begumpet, Hyderabad 500 016

22. Tripura

Tripura Mathematical Society, Dept of Mathematics, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar, Agartala Tripura 799022

23. Uttar Pradesh

C-1/351 Sector G Jankipuram, Lucknow 226021

24. Uttarakhand

Department of Mathematics, Kumaun University, DSB Campus, Nainital 263 001 Uttarakhand

25. West Bengal

Applied Statistics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, 203 B.T. Road, Kolkata 700 108

26. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools collectively conduct their own RMO

Director (Academic),Central Board of Secondary Education, Shiksha Bhavan 2, Commercial Centre, New Delhi 110 092.

AEO, CBSE, 17, Rouse Avenue, New Dehi- 110 002

27. Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) schools collectively conduct their own RMO

Jt. Commissioner Academic, Navodalaya Vidyalaya of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, A-28, Kailash Colony, New Delhi 110 048

28. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) schools collectively conduct their own RMO

PGT Maths,KVS, Mathematical Olympiad, Kendriya Vidyalaya, NTPC Badarpur, New Delhi 110 044

Regional Coordinators have the discretion of using central RMO paper set by the HBCSE or set the examination paper themselves. Regions that choose to go with the centrally prepared RMO paper have to conduct a pre-RMO to screen students for the central RMO examination.

The format of the pre-RMO paper and criteria for short listing student for RMO is decided solely by the Regional Coordinator.


Only students of class IX, X, XI and XII are eligible to participate in Regional Mathematical Olympiad. However, Regional Coordinators have the discretionary power to allow any Class VIII student with exceptional mathematical talent to sit for the RMO.

Syllabus for Mathematics Olympiads-

  • Syllabus for Mathematics Olympiads (regional, national and international) is class 9th to 12thstandard mathematics.

  • The typical areas of problems are: number theory,algebra, geometry, and combinatorics.

  • The topics covered under these areas are: number systems, geometry, arithmetic of integers,quadratic equations and expressions, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry,systems of linear equations, factorisation of polynomials, permutations and combinations,inequalities, probability theory,elementary combinatorics,  number theory, complex numbers, elementary graph theory and , infinite series.

  • The syllabus does not include statistics and calculus.

  • Though the syllabus is roughly spread over class IX to class XII levels, still the problems under each topic are of an exceptionally high level in difficulty and sophistication as compared to the text book problems.

  • The difficulty level keeps increasing from RMO to INMO to IMO.

Books for preparation of Mathematical Olympiads

The following books treats the topic which are covered in the different levels of the olympiad and also are a rich source of problems-

S. No.





Challenge and Thrill of Pre-College Mathematics

V. Krishnamurthy, C. R. Pranesachar, K. N. Ranganathan and B. J. Venkatachala

New Age International Publishers


Mathematical Challenges from the Olympiads*

C. R. Pranesachar, S. A. Shirali, B. J. Venkatachala, and C. S. Yogananda

Prism Books Pvt. Ltd.


Problem Primer for the Olympiad

C. R. Pranesachar, B. J. Venkatachala, and C. S. Yogananda

Prism Books Pvt. Ltd., #1865, 32nd. Cross, BSK II Stage, Bangalore 560 070. or 49, SardarSankar Road, Kolkata 700029. Phone: 24633890/24633944.


An Excursion in Mathematics

M. R. Modak, S. A. Katre, V. V. Acharya

BhaskaracharyaPratisthan, 56/14 Erandavane, Damle Path, Pune 411 004


International Mathematical Olympiad, Vol I, 1959-1975


Anthem Press (Indian Edition available)


International Mathematical Olympiad, Vol II, 1976-1990


Anthem Press (Indian Edition available)


International Mathematical Olympiad, Vol III, 1991-2004


Anthem Press (Indian Edition available)


Mathematical Circles

D. Fomin, S. Genkin& I. Itenberg

First Reprinted Edition, University Press, New Delhi, 2000


Problem-Solving Strategies

Arthur Engel



A Primer On Number Sequences

S. A. Shirali

University Press


First Steps In Number Theory--- A Primer On Divisibility

S. A. Shirali

University Press


Functional Equations---A Problem Solving Approach

B. J. Venkatachala

Prism Books Pvt. Ltd

*(Contains problems and solutions of International Mathematical Olympiad from 1986-1994)

Apart from the above listed books dedicated for the Olympiad purpose, the following books listed below form the recommended topic-wise reading for the various math competitions. From the given reads, some are elementary, and some are not so elementary.

Books on Geometry

S. No.





Modern Geometry

Durrel M. A., 

Macmillan & Co., London


Geometry Revisited

H. S. M. Coxeter and S. L. Greitzer

Mathematical Association of America


Plane Trigonometry

S. L. Loney

Macmillan & Co., London

Books on Number Theory

S. No.





An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers

I. Niven& H. S. Zuckerman

Wiley Eastern Ltd. New Delhi


Elementary Number Theory

David Burton

Universal Book Stall, New Delhi


An introduction to the theory of numbers

G. H. Hardy & Wright

Oxford University Publishers

Problem Books

  • I M O Problem Collections

S. No.





International Mathematical Olympiad 1959-1977

S. L. Greitzer

MAA Pubications


International Mathematical Olympiad 1978-1985

M. S. Klamkin

MAA Pubications

  • General Problems

S. No.





USA Mathematical Olympiads 1972-1985

M. S. Klamkin

MAA Pubications


Selected problems and Theorems in Elementary Mathematics

D. O. Shklyarshky, N. N. Chensov and I. M. Yaglom



250 Problems in Elementary Number Theory

W. Sierpenski

American Elsevier


Problems in Plane Geometry

I. R. Sharygin

MIR Publishers

Books for General Reading 

S. No.





Higher Algebra

S. Barnard & J.M. Child

Macmillan & Co., London, 1939; reprinted Surjeet Publishers, Delhi, 1990


The Theory of Equations, Vol. 1 (13th Edition)

W. S Burnside & A.W. Panton

S. Chand & Co., New Delhi, 1990


Elementary Number Theory, Second Edition

D. M. Burton

Universal Book Stall, New Delhi, 1991


Introductory Combinatorics

RA. Brualdi

Elsevier, North-Holland, New York, 1977


Geometry Revisited

H.S.M. Coxeter& S.L. Greitzer

New Mathematical Library 19, The Mathematical Association of America, New York, 1967


Modern Geometry

C.V. Durell

Macmillan & Co., London, 1961


Higher Algebra

H.S. Hall & S.R Knight

Macmillan & Co., London; Metric Edition, New Delhi, 1983


Mathematical Gems Part I (1973), Part II (1976), Part III (1985)

R Honsberger

The Mathematical Association of America, New York


Geometric Inequalities

N.D. Kazarinoff

New Mathematical Library 4, Random House and The L.W. Singer Co., New York, 1961



P.P. Korovkin

Little Mathematics Library, MIR Publishers, Moscow, 1975


An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers

I. Niven, H.S. Zuckerman & H.L. Montgomery

Fifth Edition, Wiley Eastern, New Delhi, 2000


Applied Combinatorics

A.W. Tucker

Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1984


High School MathematicsPart II

G.N. Yakovlev

MIR Publishers, Moscow, 1984

Selection Procedure


Students who clear INMO but are not selected for International Math Olympiad (IMO) receive postal problems during the period of July to December. Based on their responses, they might be invited to the pre-departure training camp for IMO directly or asked to sit for INMO again (without having to sit for the Regional Math Olympiad).

Exam Structure

RMO has six or seven problems that students have to solve in three hours. The syllabus for RMO basically covers pre-degree college mathematics. The major areas covered in the syllabus are algebra, geometry, number theory and combinatorics. Calculus and statistics are not within the scope of the exam but students are allowed to use approaches based on them to solve problems.

The questions generally have high difficulty level and sophistication which only increase from RMO to INMO to IMO.

One should go through Regional Mathematical Olympiad past year papers as well as Regional Mathematical Olympiad sample papers to fully understand what is to be expected in the exam.

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