Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO)

What is Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO)?
The Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) is the first step for an Indian Student towards representing India at the global platform for 'mathletes', the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The RMO is a three-hour written test with six or seven problems. Mathematical Olympiads are mainly organized to spot mathematical talent in students.

Why Regional Mathematics Olympiad?
The main aim of this program is to create love for mathematics and to support mathematical talent among the high school students in the country. The competition tends to transform participants into very sharp-minded and ‘clever’ problem solvers. It gives a chance to students to sharpen their skills at a level they are not likely to encounter in their classrooms. India has been participating in IMO since 1989.

What is the Eligibility Criteria for taking Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO)?
Candidates born on or after August 1, 1999 and studying in Class 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 are eligible to participate in PRMO 2018. Further, the candidates must be Indian citizens. Tentatively, students with OCI cards are eligible to write the PRMO. The Maths Olympiad Programme which leads to participation in the IMO- International Mathematical Olympiad, constitutes of the following stages:
Stage 1 – is the regional level exam (RMO)

  • Stage 2 – is the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)
  • Stage 3 – is the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) which is a one month camp, wherein if you get selected, you get qualified for the IMO.
  • Stage 4 – International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

What are the Important Dates for Regional Mathematics Olympiad?
Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) exam will be held on August 19, 2018 between 10AM to 1PM at different centres all over India. In order to be eligible for the RMO it is mandatory that students qualify through this centrally administered PRMO. No other independently administered examinations will be recognized.

The PRMO exam will be organized by MTA (Mathematics Teachers’ Association) with assistance from IAPT. The website for PRMO is available at

How to Apply/ Enrol for Regional Mathematics Olympiad?
Enroll for the RMO in one of the 27 listed regions; the list of regional coordinators can be downloaded from the official website i.e.

All Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and Atomic Energy Central Schools may register as registered centres regardless of the number of students.

How is Regional Mathematics Olympiad conducted?
Regional Mathematical Olympiad is held in each region normally between September and the first Sunday of December each year. RMO is a 3-hour written test which contains about 6 to 7 problems. All high-school students up to Class 12 are qualified to appear for Regional Mathematical Olympiad. A regional coordinator ensures that at least one centre is provided in every district of the region. To appear for RMO, students interested should get in touch with the RMO co-ordinator of their region beforehand, for enrolment and payment of a nominal fee.

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

What is the Syllabus for Regional Mathematics Olympiad?
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, systems of linear equations, factorisation of polynomials, permutations and combinations, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry, inequalities, probability theory, elementary combinatorics,  number theory, complex numbers, elementary graph theory and , infinite series.

The syllabus does not include statistics and calculus but students are allowed to use approaches based on them to solve problems. The difficulty level keeps increasing from RMO to INMO to IMO.

What is the Exam Pattern for Regional Mathematics Olympiad?
The first stage examination, the pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) is a two and half hour examination with 30 questions. The answer to each question is either a single digit number or a two digit number and will need to be marked on a machine readable OMR response sheet. The PRMO question paper will be in English and Hindi. The questions generally have high difficulty level and sophistication which only increase from RMO to INMO to IMO.

The second stage examination, the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) is a three hour examination with six problems. The RMOs are offered in English, Hindi and other regional languages as deemed appropriate by the respective Regional Coordinators.

Application Form for Regional Mathematics Olympiad
The PRMO exam will be organized by MTA (Mathematics Teachers’ Association) with assistance from IAPT. The website for PRMO is available at

Exam Fee for Regional Mathematics Olympiad
Students can approach one of the approved registered centres and through the centre register for the PRMO exam between June 20 and July 25, 2017 for a fee of Rs. 200. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has made its schools available as centres free of cost; for KV students there is a provision to register with payment of a fee of Rs. 100.

The portal will be open from June 1 to June 15 for centre registration and from June 1 to June 30 for student registration. Registered centres can start registering students from June 1 to avoid last minute rush. The centre registration closes on June 15, 2018.

Important Books to prepare for Regional Mathematics Olympiad
Following are the best-referred books for the preparation of Maths Olympiad.

  1. An Excursion in Mathematics – Editors: M. R. Modak, S.A. Katre and V.V. Acharya (Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana, Pune, 2008).
  2. Problem Primer for the Olympiads – C.R. Pranesachar, B.J. Venkatachala and C.S. Yogananda (Prism Books Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, 2008)
  3. 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 - 2007).
  4. Problem Solving Strategies – Arthur Engel (Springer-Verlag, Germany, 1999).
  5. Functional Equations – B.J. Venkatachala (Prism Books Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, 2008).
  6. Mathematical Circles: Russian Experience – Fomin and others (University Press, Hyderabad, 2008).

Previous Year Papers for Regional Mathematics Olympiad?
For practicing  previous years papers for Regional Mathematics Olympiad click the link below –

Notifications: For important announcements and dates of exam of different regions, visit



  • Very nice & helping to students

    Anil Kumar Sharma
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