Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad or PRMO 2017 has been conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) on 20th August. The PRMO 2017 answer key was released by one of the leading coaching institutes – Resonance immediately following the conclusion of the exam.This year, Pre RMO has been conducted by IAPT in association with National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM). Each Regional Co-ordinator will conduct the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) in October for shortlisted students through PRMO 2017.
The exam was conducted this Sunday in different schools, including Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas across the Country. PRMO 2017 answer key can be accessed from the Resonance’s web portal – www.resonance.ac.in. Pre-RMO consisted of 30 questions and only a limited number of students will be declared qualified to appear for RMO.
Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) works as the gateway for an Indian candidate to get an opportunity to represent India at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), which is the world Mathematics Championship for High schools. The event was commenced in India in the year 1996.
The Mathematical Olympiad acts as a talent search program for pre-university candidates. With the help of this program, a countrywide hunt is done each year to pick up talented students in mathematics subject. Presently, more than 100 countries take part in the program. Though, a few numbers of students or parents know about the exams, while the students who are conscious about it, assume it to be tough and do not consider attempting it.
As per the new amendments, the pre-test will determine the position in RMO, further, no other exam will be acknowledged from this year onwards. The candidates must need to qualify pre-test before RMO exam. From each region, the top 300 students will have the eligibility to apply for the RMO exam.
Vivek Savant, managing director of Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), said, “It is a good initiative on the part of authorities to introduce pre-test for Regional Mathematical Olympiad.”
As per the official agenda outlined by the HBCSE, all the 16 regional co-coordinators will get the list of students who will be eligible to sit for RMO by 15th September. Each regional co-coordinator will conduct the RMO exam in the respective region on 8th October. The NBHM assigned the implementation to the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) who took a decision to hold the Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) exam to make certain of consistency at every stage.
As per the circular of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), PRMO was introduced. With an intention to reinforce the awareness of students, to develop natural problem-solving skills and to recognize their ability at a young age, the exam has been conducted.
Abhijit Dive, principal, Podar CBSE School said, “The Mathematical Olympiad evokes a huge response from students every year and it is a good move to introduce a pre-qualifier exam. The Pre-test would ensure level playing field for further selection processes.”
The Mathematics Olympiad Program plays a significant role at various stages. Stage 1 is the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) which is held in each region between September and the first Sunday of December each year. The students up to class XII are declared eligible to appear for RMO. Based upon RMO, some chosen students from every region appear for the second stage.
Stage 2 is Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO), for which 21st January has been announced as the date for INMO 2018. INMO is a 4-hour written test. The top 30-35 candidates from INMO 2018 will be rewarded with a certificate of merit. Stage 3 is International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC), under which the INMO certificate chosen candidates will be given a month-long training camp. Stage 4 is International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The team is chosen at the end of the camp, from which a “leader” and a “deputy leader” will represent India.